It appears that thousands of Massachusetts motorists were given drivers’ licenses without ever taking the required exam. Why are we not surprised?

Bay State officials chalk this up to a few shady RMV employees. But isn’t it possible — as in mythical Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average — that every driving applicant was given a trophy and a passing grade, no test necessary? Wouldn’t want anyone’s self-esteem to be hurt, don’t you know.

Last we heard, Massachusetts was also about to join the states that allow illegal immigrants to have drivers’ licenses. Proponents argue that illegals will feel more comfortable knowing that their bad driving won’t get them deported. The bill’s backers also assure that these licenses won’t be used for voting purposes. New Hampshire, of course, has no such problem.

The Massachusetts’ sketchy license story has an interesting ending. Drivers who were discovered not to have taken the test were required to do so. Roughly half of them showed up. Of that number, 693 flunked the test, 381 qualified. In Massachusetts, that’s considered a passing grade.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The American Red Cross needs to step up and let Eliot Webster donate blood. We suspect that is the conclusion of pretty much anyone who read City Matters columnist Mark Hayward’s piece in our Monday edition.

We know that people interested in disability rights were eager to read Mark Hayward’s column (see related editorial). We know this because several of them inquired as to how they might “get around” the UnionLeader.com paywall.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

For most Granite Staters, issues regarding landfills are out of sight and thus out of mind. But if you live near Forest Lake in Dalton or Whitefield, or you like to hike along or sit beside the Ammonoosuc River in Bethlehem, the siting or expansion of a landfill nearby tends to concentrate t…

If it weren’t cost-prohibitive, we would expect Gov. Chris Sununu, House Speaker Sherm Packard, and Senate President Chuck Morse might be burning the midnight oil this week trying to resolve the congressional redistricting issue that overzealous House Republicans have handed them. As elected…

Having quickly gone into secret session at its special meeting last Wednesday night, the Manchester school board emerged later in the evening to pat itself on the back and announce it had selected the most qualified candidate to be the new superintendent of schools.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Soaring property values, higher taxes and explosive inflation have real world impacts; and for some with burdens to begin with the toll is dire. Yet hope has a way of showing up in New Hampshire when hardship befalls us, even if you might have to wait a beat for it to knock.

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…