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Opinion: Life’s a beach? I sure hope not
07-21-2024 7:00 AM

By BRIAN ADAMS

Brian Adams of Andover, Mass., is a UNH alumnus originally from Londonderry. He was previously a sketch comedy writing instructor and staff writer at ImprovBoston and a founding contributor to satirical online newspaper Recyculus. He is a father to...

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Opinion: Find your superpower
07-20-2024 8:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. Two or three times a year it falls to me to hang a big art show, 100 pieces or more, at one...


Opinion: Backyard mosquito spraying companies and their role in the biodiversity crisis
07-20-2024 7:00 AM

By CAELIN GRABER

Caelin Graber lives in Greenville. Now where did I put that? It is somewhere in this old box full of memorabilia from my days studying entomology at the University of Arkansas. Here’s my phloem sandwich (don’t ask). Here’s my jar of cicada...


Opinion: A strong electorate
07-20-2024 6:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com Donald Trump, candidate for president of the United States, said in a recent campaign speech this election is “a choice...


Opinion: Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty
07-19-2024 6:00 PM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. This birch tree is special to me. It was just a mere sapling back in 1977 when I was building my house. Marauding kids, footloose for...


Opinion: July fireworks and July skiing
07-19-2024 6:00 AM

By MIKE MOFFETT

State Representative Mike Moffett (R-Loudon) chairs the House Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs. I left the hilltop military base shortly after my relief arrived at 2000 hours. I warily drove out the gate and down the hill,...


Opinion: Retired? Have some free time? Why not help save the world?
07-18-2024 6:00 AM

By JAMES WHITLOCK

James Whitlock, MD, father and neurologist, of Sandown, is a member of the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility. After many years engaged in neurological rehabilitation of brain-injured adults, he worked with TBI/Polytrauma and...


Opinion: Tackling burnout in our healthcare workforce
07-17-2024 6:00 AM

By AHMED KUTTY

Ahmed Kutty, MD lives in Peterborough. A recent paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association dated June 25 (page 2,067) reporting on a study in 2020 said one in five physicians in the U.S. intended to quit practice in the next two years,...


Opinion: Hope & restoring community
07-16-2024 6:00 AM

By SCOTT DICKMAN

Scott Dickman lives in Concord. Curiously, with all that the world of art has to offer, one of my favorite paintings is Edward Hicks’ “The Peaceable Kingdom,” an image by all accounts drawn from the Old Testament passage Isaiah 11:6-8. In this...


Opinion: Criminalizing homelessness, Supreme Court edition
07-15-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. During years working at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, I represented many homeless individuals. The reasons for homelessness were varied: eviction, job loss, divorce, domestic violence, and disability, among...


Opinion: Impacts of the Supreme Court’s ruling
07-14-2024 4:00 PM

By PETE and MARY MOSSEAU

Pete and Mary Mosseau live in Concord. After leaving office, Donald Trump was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2023 for his conduct following the November 2020 election. The indictment alleged he conspired to overturn it by spreading...


Opinion: Communities have become places to escape
07-13-2024 8:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. Have you ever noticed your status in your local community no longer depends so much upon your behavior, character, and reputation? In...


Opinion: Say ‘No’ to violations of international humanitarian law
07-13-2024 7:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.comSpeaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have released a statement saying that Prime...


Opinion: Why I give blood, and why you should too
07-13-2024 6:30 AM

By DAN WISE

Dan Wise is a freelance writer and a certified occupational therapy assistant. He lives in Concord. I have been donating blood for 20 years or so. The Red Cross periodically thanks me and tallies the number of pints I have given. (Sometimes,...


Opinion: We must demand for Gaza as we do for Ukraine
07-13-2024 6:00 AM

By ROBERT AZZI

Robert Azzi is a photographer and writer who lives in Exeter. His columns are archived at robertazzitheother.substack.com We were a small group gathered for dinner; diverse in our interests, origins, and traditions, privileged in our comforts and...


Opinion: Why equality is so elusive, yet so necessary
07-12-2024 3:48 PM

By NARAIN BATRA

Narain Batra is the author of “India In A New Key: Nehru To Modi-75 Years Of Freedom Democracy.” He lives in the Upper Valley. Reading Darrin McMahon’s book “Equality,” especially on the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the result of...


Opinion: Replacing Biden is possible, here’s how you mitigate the chaos
07-12-2024 6:00 AM

By JOHN LAPPIE

John Lappie, Ph.D., is a professor of political science at Plymouth State University. There are serious concerns about the president’s health, and whether he can serve as the party’s candidate. Party leaders face a crucial decision: do they...


Opinion: Criminalizing homelessness is a heartless response to a complex issue
07-11-2024 4:47 PM

By MANDY LANCASTER

Mandy Lancaster is the director of the Homeless Youth and Young Adult Department at Waypoint, a statewide nonprofit human services and advocacy organization, and is based in the Dover office. Imagine you are a young adult struggling with a toxic,...


Opinion: Election 2024: Where do we go from here?
07-11-2024 6:00 AM

By DAN WEEKS

Dan Weeks spent 20 years promoting democratic election reform as a nonpartisan nonprofit leader. He lives in Nashua with his wife and kids. We Granite Staters are rightfully proud of our first-in-the-nation presidential primary. For more than a...


Opinion: Why leaving abuse is not the end
07-10-2024 4:30 PM

By ANGELA MAGOON

Angela Magoon lives in Hillsboro. The circumstances of how you left don’t matter, the important part is, you are not there anymore. For many victims, this often comes as a dramatic, abrupt ending. Leaving, however, is just the beginning of a new...


Opinion: The flag is not a partisan symbol — it represents all Americans
07-10-2024 6:00 AM

By JEFF FRENKIEWICH

Jeff Frenkiewich teaches U.S. history and government at Milford Middle School. He is an adjunct professor of education at the University of New Hampshire. The views expressed here represent those of the author, not Milford School District or UNH....

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