Scary Times Ahead

Today is Halloween, and if you did a quick survey of people you know, you’re likely to find that it’s the favorite holiday of many of them. Most of us harbor plenty of good memories of trick-or-treating amidst the fall leaves, more candy than we could easily consume, and the fun of dressing up and, […]

Looking After the Taxpayer

When you get a new job, is your first concern your exit strategy? During your interview, did you negotiate salary and vacation, or insist on a multi-month severance package? If you’re a public official, it was probably the latter. The rest of us just give notice and hope for two weeks pay. Over the past […]

A Right to be Heard

We just have to wonder – what are public officials afraid of hearing? Someone who disagrees with their consensus? A viewpoint different from their own? In recent years, we’ve heard more and more efforts to stifle public comments, whether it’s limiting public forum, moving it to the end of the meeting when most everyone has […]

Part of the Community

This is National Newspaper Week – it runs Oct. 6-12 – and what it celebrates is something most people take for granted. The old song about newspapers going the way of the dinosaur has been sung for years now, and we’re still here, and still going strong. So let’s take a minute to see what […]

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

For months, the Town of Londonderry expendable trust fund has been paying for repairs to various town buildings. The north and south fire stations, both of which are far from old, regularly need repairs for work that should have been taken care of in the original construction. Indeed, for the north fire station, discussion at […]

It’s the Law

The Hampstead School Board chair’s decision to “respectfully request” audience members to refrain from using electronic devices, and the board’s agreement with that request, flies in the face of the state’s Right to Know law, and its justification is based on little more than the chairman’s wishes. That’s not enough. RSA 91-A:2 clearly states that […]

Say No to Censorship

Thomas Jefferson wrote to his friend John Adams, “I cannot live without books.” He literally spent a fortune on building a library. The author of the Declaration of Independence knew the value of free speech, and worked diligently to include it in the Bill of Rights. Books – and the freedom to read, something Jefferson […]

Season’s Greeting

Last week, Governor Maggie Hassan picked the ceremonial “first apple” of the season, and proclaimed that day as New Hampshire Apple Day. While we would have preferred that she did the honors at one of Londonderry’s venerable apple orchards, apple season has started. And that says we’re leaning more into fall than summer. In spite […]