Questioning Mask Mandates
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The Soapbox – Mask You a Few Questions: Why I’m weary of vaccine and mask mandates

The entire premise of lockdowns, mask/vaccine mandates and other orders is that there is a health crisis caused by coronavirus which is extremely deadly. It started as asking people to stay home for two weeks to “flatten the curve” and has grown to mandating vaccines for all.  While it was harder to prove this was not the case in 2020, the data is in and it is clear that coronavirus is not as deadly as currently advertised. READ MORE

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The Soapbox: Building bridges across party lines and in New Hampshire

Granite Staters know that an investment in roads, bridges, and high-speed internet access is a direct investment in our families and our economy. And this week, we took a major step forward in doing exactly that by passing a once-in-a-generation infrastructure package. It’s the type of investment in America’s future that doesn’t happen often, one that will rebuild our state and our country as a whole. READ MORE

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The Soapbox: Live Free or Pretend

After the Revolutionary War and the establishment of this country, only a very few wealthy white men enjoyed the right to vote and own property. Has the Union Leader forgotten the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and women rallying for the right to vote? If “all men” always meant “all people” as the Union Leader suggests, why were these movements necessary? READ MORE

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Understanding Juneteenth: A Perspective from an African-born American

My family and I fled the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1998 when I was 8 years old. The country was in the midst of a civil war and there was widespread violence. My father was assassinated and my mother, fearing for her life, escaped with nothing but her four sons. We lived in a refugee camp in the country of Benin, in West Africa, for the next two years. Benin also happens to have been a major hub in the transatlantic slave trade. For many Africans, their last sight of Africa was the Benin shore from the confines of a slave ship. My own journey to America was a miracle. It was a second chance at life for my family.  READ MORE

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Much ink has already been spilled about HB 544, the so-called ‘divisive concepts’ bill – here’s some more

As a longtime public school English teacher, I have a vested interest in whether this bill becomes a law.  As someone trained in the law, I have profound reservations about its constitutionality.  And as an active citizen in my community, I fear the bill will be used for nefarious partisan purposes that will have a significant chilling effect on the open exchange of ideas that is so critical to cultivating the next generation of active citizens, an outcome that I suspect is actually an objective of the bill’s sponsors.   READ MORE