Unless the employer is disregarding health guidelines, fear of contracting illness in the workplace is not a valid reason to refuse to work and expect to be paid for it indefinitely.

We sympathize with 70-year-old liquor store worker Bob Walker of Grafton. His chronic conditions and age appear to place him square in the group of people most at risk in the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Walker shouldn’t expect the state to hold a position open for him indefinitely while it pays him unemployment compensation.

This is of a piece with Democrats in the state Senate pushing legislation that would expand unemployment benefits and extend them indefinitely with the virus as the wedge.

Walker says he won’t return to his job until a vaccine is available and even then he is not sure he will want to. That’s his choice. If he does decide to seek work in the future, there are so many New Hampshire companies desperate for workers that we expect he won’t lack for employment opportunities.

Perhaps he could be a Manchester school crossing guard.

The City of Manchester apparently expects crossing guards to be paid even when the schools are closed in a pandemic.

Mayor Joyce Craig was in classic doubletalk mode last week, with a side of passing-the-buck. Asked by fellow school board members why the city was billing the district for this, Craig said that it was up to the school board to decide whether to pay the bill the city sent it on behalf of the police department. The police are in charge of providing the crossing guards.

Really? The mayor couldn’t have directed the city to notify the school board that, due to services not rendered, there would be no bill?

Buy this isn’t altogether surprising, given the mayor’s reluctance to lay off other city employees whose work was curtailed by the virus.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Some things are worth saving and some entities have the wherewithal to save them. Coincidental with Exeter officials making the right call regarding the Ioka theater property (the property owners can remove an old marquee), the venerable Chandler House in Manchester has been spared the wreck…

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Exeter Zoning Board of Adjustment made exactly the right call in its unanimous vote to allow the new owners of the former Ioka theater building to proceed with their project without keeping in place the theater marquee. Progress is not always perfect but those who oppose it need to be on…

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

We are thinking of establishing an award to duly recognize the most fantastic, over-the-top, errant nonsense uttered or issued in a New Hampshire political campaign. We know, that covers a lot of ground. We won’t test our readers’ memories on this. We will instead start from scratch: 2020 ca…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A bit of good news amidst the ongoing worries over a pandemic, drought, and political tomfoolery came in our Monday business section report on a Mittersill ski project in Franconia Notch.

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Today the New Hampshire Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a case regarding release of the so called “Laurie List” or more formally the “Exculpatory Evidence Schedule.”

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The news of the pending retirement of Catholic Medical Center’s Dr. Joseph Pepe is bittersweet. He richly deserves time to spend with his family and we wish him all the best, but his departure (next June) will be a big loss for CMC.