A NEW YEAR brings new opportunities for land conservation across New Hampshire that benefit people, ecosystems, and the lands we all enjoy. Our state has some of the nation’s most treasured landscapes that increase the state’s resilience in the face of climate change and provide locations to recreate outdoors.

Congress has an opportunity in 2024 to protect existing critical investments in New Hampshire’s land conservation and create new programs to enhance and restore the Connecticut River Watershed. Fortunately, members of the New Hampshire Congressional delegation are already taking action to protect investments conserving the Granite State’s natural resources through their co-sponsorship of the Connecticut River Watershed Partnership Act (CRWPA), and their work to oppose any drawback of Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) dollars.

Matt Leahy, of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, lives in Concord. David Govatski, of Friends of Pondicherry, lives in Jefferson. Chris Thayer, of the Appalachian Mountain Club, lives in Sugar Hill.

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IN EARLY 2021 our New Hampshire House Education Committee held a hearing on a transgender sports measure. I had serious concerns about biological (XY chromosome) boys playing contact sports against biological (XX chromosome) girls, but naturally wanted to hear everyone’s thoughts.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

IN ANY industry, failing to meet the expectations of consumers — especially a significant number of them — spells disaster for a business. If I ran a restaurant and 75% of the people who ate my food left with food poisoning, I wouldn’t just go out of business — the state would shut me down a…

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

LAST YEAR was a record-breaking year for organ donation and transplant here in New Hampshire and across the nation. In fact, it was the 13th consecutive record-breaking year for life-saving organ transplants in the country, with more than 46,000 organ transplants performed in 2023 — includin…

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

AS A PARENT, I am concerned with the rising use of recreational marijuana in society, especially in our youth and young adults. As a physician I see firsthand the effects of marijuana on health, and it is clear the marijuana on our streets in 2024 is not the same marijuana we or our parents …

ALL EYES were on New Hampshire’s pivotal role in the Republican presidential primary last month. Outside of the political arena, everyday organizations can change their leadership model well before November to have an immediate positive impact on their workforce.

Monday, February 12, 2024

IN THE spring of 1945, I was playing in an alley near our house when church bells started ringing all over town. I was only 5 years old, but I knew it wasn’t Sunday, so I thought it was unusual. I went inside and asked my mother, “Mom, why are the bells ringing?” She replied, “The war is over.”

AS A retired priest of the diocese of Manchester, in January, I received notice of clergy pastoral assignments. Eleven were listed. I recognized only two. Nine are not even listed as clergy on the diocesan website, though here for some time. One unlisted was named pastor; it seemed immediate…