by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Hassan’s Heroes on the Board of Education struck a blow for mediocrity last week, denying the application for a K-4 charter school focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Two of the three votes against came from Hassan-appointees Bill Duncan and Emma Rous; the other came from
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by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Constructive criticism is a good thing. At least that’s what I tell myself when I receive it. And I received some from readers – including a state legislator – about my previous essay, “The Cost of a Snark.” I was told it was long on problem, short on
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer “Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice: That alone should encourage the crew. Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true.” – The Hunting of the Snark, Lewis Carroll Once, twice, or thrice
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer The political circus we call the “First in the Nation Primary” has packed up and moved on. Good riddance, I say. At the risk of losing my New Hampshire-born-and-raised membership card, I would shed no tears if the “honor” of casting the first ballots in the most expensive
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Inevitably in policy debates one side or the other compares the U.S. with Europe. From health care and insurance to passenger rail to taxes, Europeans are held up as either the example (usually by the Left) or counter-example (usually the Right). I’m not one who turns to the
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times “Resistance is futile!” Anyone familiar with the Star Trek universe will recognize that threat as coming from the Borg (and will know that for some reason, in the 24th century, it’s pronounced FEW-tile). For non-Trekkies: Borg are an evil collective race with a single queen directing billions of cybernetic
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Baby New Year is only weeks old and the scythe-wielding old man of 2015 has passed away. Beyond the symbolic hand-off little has changed. Same old resolutions made and quickly broken, same challenges, same hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, being an election year, the 2016 Baby will live most of its
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times There’s more than a touch of irony in the fact that the man credited by many with trampling the Bill of Rights to remake America was also the man who declared the first Bill of Rights Day. History is full of ironies and strange coincidences. That President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times The liberal-progressive Slate magazine’s recent article, “Obama: The Statue of Liberty Lays Out Some Pretty Clear Guidelines on the Whole Refugees Thing” provides a window into the President’s mixed-up thinking: “On the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, there are the words we know so well.
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Two very different quotes from two very different Republicans came to mind last week as the increasingly ludicrous student demonstrators continued their foul-mouthed shrieking and university administrators continued their shameful acquiescence. It has not been a good semester for American higher education, but it has been entertaining.
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times The recently late but eternally great Yogi Berra famously said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” That’s a concise diagnosis for the problem ailing our constitutional Republic: We don’t learn from our past mistakes. What good is a sense of precognition if we don’t take a better path the
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times By virtually every measure, New Hampshire is a great place to be a kid and to raise a family. In the current Casey Foundation “Kids Count” data book, we rank 4th nationally for overall child well-being, based on four key indicators: economic well-being, education, health, and family & community. In
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing The storyline seems intriguing enough: A doctor famous for exploiting body language to discern the truth grows rich using his skills to solve crimes. The television show “Lie to Me” ran from 2009-2011, so the protagonist, Dr. Lightman, isn’t around today for any “ripped from the headlines” episodes. I’m
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer There’s nothing quite as life-affirming as attending a Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor, recognizing the accomplishments of a new Eagle Scout. I’ve attended six Eagle ceremonies as a Troop adult volunteer, and left each one feeling a bit more hopeful about the future. Last Sunday I was
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer It took them more than a week to recognize they had become laughingstocks, but University of Tennessee president Joe DiPietro finally ordered the Knoxville campus to remove a pronoun guide posted by the public university’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity. The guide had made the Knoxville campus the latest