The week’s hot weather didn’t suit some folks but count us as fans of summer’s warmth over winter’s chill. We spent a few minutes one afternoon in the shade of Stark Park.

It happened that we were sitting on a bench dedicated to the memory of Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs, who was shot the morning of Oct. 16, 2006, and died the next day, robbed of too many of his own summer days.

We had just read columnist Garrison Keillor’s piece about one of the main characters in our favorite play, Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Keillor mused on how the play’s Emily, also taken much too young, speaks from the grave to say “Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.”

“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it,” asks Emily, “every minute?”

Of course we don’t. We are too busy with our daily routines and complaints about the heat or the cold or the TV blowhards to savor the magnificence of a sunlit sky or the simple beauty of a little child, filled with wonder at the sight of a bird.

General John Stark, for whom the park was named, probably didn’t notice the birds or the heat either on that August day in 1777 when his New Hampshiremen and others routed British General John Burgoyne’s forces at the Battle of Bennington. Stark, however, lived a long life, long enough to see his land become the United States of America and long enough to return to his home overlooking the Merrimack River and savor many summer afternoons.

We should remember to thank Stark and others who gave us the gift of this exceptional land of freedom. And we need to remember peace officers like Michael Briggs, who had little time to realize how wonderful is this earth, this life.

Friday, June 18, 2021

The latest wrong thing being done in Washington is the Biden administration decision this week to help biological men invade the world of women’s sports.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The City of Nashua made news, and noise, in a couple of respects last week. One had the local politicians in an uproar because a tax cap protecting citizens was reinstated by the Legislature. The other had some citizens, and police, concerned about letting City Hall, rather than Concord, dec…

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic we have maintained that Gov. Chris Sununu handled the emergency superbly. That is why New Hampshire weathered the crisis well relative to most other states. It is also why the voters overwhelmingly returned the young governor to office last November.

In an opinion piece for this weekend’s Sunday News, state Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut makes the case for the passage of legislation regarding what should and shouldn’t be taught in our schools relative to race and discrimination. We recommend his piece to readers. We urge legisl…

Friday, June 11, 2021
Wednesday, June 09, 2021

The punishment (and attendant reeducation) of two Bedford police officers may have been a bit harsh for their offense but that’s difficult to determine. In fact, Chief John Bryfonski has not shed much light on l’affaire TikTok, in which two of his men using the video social platform apparent…

Columnist George Will had a nice turn of phrase last week for what New Hampshire’s congressional delegation and Democrats nationally are up to with their attempt to nationalize elections. Will says it “reflects an appetite for constitutional vandalism.”

Sunday, June 06, 2021