Modern word-speak has become too much for us. We have long since ignored much “breaking news.” It is seldom news, and being the first to post a press release is hardly shattering.

The local TV station’s weather reporting has been on a permanent “storm watch” for years now. We guess that’s OK. Technically, even if it has been sunny and snow-free for a week, there will come a storm, eventually.

The TV has recently moved up to something called “impact” weather. “Impact” weather apparently occurs on what are now to be known as “alert weather days.” We gather that these are days on which the watched-for-storm is, finally, about to arrive.

That’s fine with us. WMUR’s information during a storm is helpful to the public.

But the color-coded weather maps startle. Should we pay more attention to a storm “warning” or a storm “advisory?”

While we’re at it, we know we are not to panic during a pandemic, but when do we “isolate” and when do we “quarantine?”

Should we build back better? Should we do that even if it’s an alert weather day?

Friday, May 13, 2022

Once again, a New Hampshire community has been kept in the dark while its police chief was kept from his duties for months, on paid leave, with no reason given. Attorney General John Formella needs to shake up a system that breeds public distrust and puts law enforcement in an even tougher p…

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

New Hampshire courts are continuing to side with the people when the people’s government insists on trying to keep public information to itself.

There were just two qualified applicants for the Manchester school superintendent job? That’s it? It doesn’t seem like the fruits of a very thorough or widespread search or of much outside interest in coming to work for the city that Mayor Joyce Craig insists is making great progress on ever…

Sunday, May 08, 2022

We used to bring cowslips to our mom on Mother’s Day. Also known as marsh marigolds, they grew in the swamp in back of the house. We didn’t mind getting our feet wet for Mom.

A Portsmouth cop may well have saved a man’s life last Thursday morning. They do that every day, of course, police stepping forth to put themselves in peril for the public that they serve.

Friday, May 06, 2022

Since trust in government seems to be much in the news these days, just how long are the citizens of Gilford to be kept in the dark as to what has happened to their police chief?

If you play Powerball regularly, maybe you’ve pondered how the prize for matching a white ball and a Powerball in the game is the same as matching the Powerball alone. These are the two most common winning tickets, have significantly different odds, appear on separate lines in the prize tabl…

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

A reversal of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely to result in the ruination of the United States. Abortion advocates who claim otherwise know this. They also know that such a court decision helps them raise funds and support for liberal candidates in an election year.

Civic-minded clubs have had trouble retaining members or even staying in existence in these times. People seem too busy, too stressed, too engaged with social media to see the value in actually sitting down on a weekly or monthly basis in a club that they recall their granddad or great aunt …