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Saying goodbye to a good friend

A friend is somebody who supports you when you want to get something done. A friend is somebody who lends a shoulder when you are in pain. A friend is somebody who celebrates your accomplishments with you without taking the credit for themselves. And a friend is somebody who gives you honest ...

Telehealth is essential for N.H. health equity

Over recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the need to improve access to telehealth services across New Hampshire. During this challenging period, and at all times, individuals and families face significant hurdles to accessing in-person health care, including physical, geographic, ...

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George Floyd and America’s original sin

In the spring of 1968, I was a 22-year-old seminarian preparing for the ministry at a theological school in Rochester, New York. It was a predominantly white seminary with a sizeable number of Black students (the term “African American” had not come into use at that time). On the evening ...

Frankly speaking: Talking like Sinatra

Dames. Broads. Cats. Crumb bums. Sadly, no one talks like this anymore and it’s a doggone shame. I wasn’t born until ‘64 so I missed the parlance from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s eras. Having seen Sinatra live more than a dozen times, I have relied on his ring-a-ding-ding lingo to ...

Slouching toward the Legislature’s final days

The coronavirus interrupted 2020 legislative session will be one to remember, just as graduations will be this year for college and high school seniors. Normalcy is gone, improvisation is the norm and things may never be the same. This year a high school graduation ceremony was held atop ...

Who was that masked man?

OK, today it would be, “Who was that masked person?” But most of us who hail from a certain age group can certainly identify with this question. It was typically asked by anyone who was present when none other than the Lone Ranger himself would mysteriously disappear and ride old Silver off ...

Part II: Remembering two iconic Nashua eateries, both named Howard Johnson’s

We were just taking the final bites of dinner – mine, of course, of butter-grilled “frankfurts” and potato chips – when the man I didn’t know pulled my mother aside to convey a message that had come from the big meeting room upstairs. Until that moment, it was a routine, uneventful ...

We must be open enough to the important lessons 2020 to navigate the future

“But times must alter, or this is a ruined country. Nothing but integrity in private and justice in public bodies can preserve a republic. If calamities are necessary to teach us wisdom and virtue, I wish God would rain down showers of them upon us.” – Benjamin Rush to John Adams, ...

The crazy coolness of an 8-track

Call it the kitsch of death. When you think back, the 8-track tape was the music equivalent of the middle finger. It was a punk. It was skateboarding on the sidewalk, shoplifting at Woolworth’s stupid. It had no respect for pretention, had no use for societal norms and sound quality? Let’s ...

Reopening New Hampshire casinos a gamble full of risk

For four years, I have been blessed to work in New Hampshire’s charitable gaming industry, and even more privileged to have spent a year and a half managing the staff at the highest grossing casino in the state. It’s an industry filled with memorable characters on both sides of the gaming ...

Fond memories from Ferry Street in Hudson

As I travel down Ferry Street toward Library Park, I am impressed by the display of American flags on the park. Each flag represents an individual and each individual has their own story of service as a veteran or first responder. This display brings to my mind these May 30, 1949, photos of ...

Pandemic driving: Time to lock down my car keys

Am I the only one who’s misplaced their driving mojo during the pandemic? Actually, anyone who has been misguided enough to ride in the co-pilot seat with me would claim I’ve never had any driving mojo. With one minor fender bender on my 50-year driving resume, that would seem a bit ...

Lincoln would urge you to write for change

As our country faces enormous challenges, let's be inspired by what Abraham Lincoln said of America's noble purpose: "government of the people, by the people, for the people." Lincoln spoke those words during the Gettysburg address of 1863 when America's survival as a nation was in peril ...

We must take action on racism

Do you enjoy walks at your local park? Do you shop in the local corner store? Ever drive through town late at night? How about taking a jog in the neighborhood where a new house is being built? Do you fear these simple activities could risk your well-being? If you are a person of color, you ...

House Bill 1218: Net-metered renewable power costs less, too

On June 11, the State House of Representatives will get back to work-at the UNH hockey rink in Durham, with masks, temperature checks, and social distancing. One bill on the agenda, HB 1218, would spur investment in low-cost renewable power by net-metering electric ratepayers. Home-grown ...