Entries by Andrew Cline

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Mask mandates and the urge to control

Portsmouth’s City Council approved a mask mandate on a 7-2 vote last week. The city had fewer than five known active coronavirus infections the day the ordinance passed, meaning more councilors voted for the ordinance than there were active cases in the city, NH Journal pointed out. The city still has fewer than five known […]

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Reopening is putting N.H. back to work

In May, some politicians and activists warned that reopening the state’s economy would be a public health disaster. Instead, it’s been an economic savior.  New Hampshire employment fell by more than 151,000 from March to April as the economic shutdown tanked the economy, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of this week, […]

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The wrong policies could bring California’s rolling blackouts to New Hampshire

Energy policy is often described in moral terms, with “green energy” representing the forces of good and fossil fuels representing the forces of darkness. But really it’s about math. California politicians have spent decades fighting a losing battle against math. In August, math finally won.  The rolling blackouts that cut off power during an August […]

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Without innovation, labor can’t generate progress

The weekend has arrived when Americans play for three days while politicians give speeches and issue press releases recognizing the economic contributions of the American labor movement.  Labor’s contributions are worth recognition. But have any politicians ever acknowledged that laboring in isolation produces nothing beyond basic subsistence? For labor to generate human progress, it has […]

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Croydon grandparents sue over state law that bans religious schools from tuition program

A Croydon couple on Wednesday filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state, challenging a law that forbids local school districts from paying tuition to religious schools. In 2017, New Hampshire passed a law that allows school districts that don’t offer education at certain grade levels to send students to private schools for those grades. […]

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August’s big drop in COVID-19 numbers brings N.H. back to spring levels for top three metrics

NOTE: This post, originally published Aug. 28, was updated on Aug. 31 to add the final numbers for the month.    August has recorded New Hampshire’s lowest numbers of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths since May. The dramatic, summer-long decline in all three metrics occurred as the state reopened its economy. But it has been […]

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Study: Charter schools improve teacher quality at traditional public schools

Charter schools increase the average quality of traditional public school teachers by providing high-quality, unlicensed teachers an easier pathway into the field, a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research concludes.  “Because the fixed costs to participating in the charter sector are low, teachers are able to explore their taste for teaching […]