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When exactly is something either fair or unfair? Whether the topic is taxation, pay and bonuses, government benefits, crime and punishment, or almost anything else, we just can’t seem to agree.

JEERS to four of the five members of the New Hampshire Executive Council for leaving $27 million in federal funds on the table, seemingly to appease a relatively small – yet unlawful – group of anti-vaxxers.

More than 275 books were challenged or banned outright in schools and libraries across the country last year, according to the American Library Association.

With news on Wednesday that the federal government declared 23 species of fish, mussels and birds extinct — including the legendary ivory-billed woodpecker — it’s worth taking a minute to watch a short black-and-white film shot in 1935 in a Louisiana swamp.

The internet’s capacity to solve problems, connect people and make life more enjoyable is ever expanding and fascinating. But the web is also a sandbox for buffoons. And platforms such as TikTok have an absolute responsibility to keep a check on illegal behavior, even if it’s only suggested.

A quiet ceremony in a state highway garage the week before last was a chance to again remember a local hero not for the golf shot heard ‘round the Milky Way but for the turn he took at the controls of a gravel spreader and crane back when Interstate 93 in southern New Hampshire was still road planner’s dream.

Despite dire predictions, Tropical Storm Henri turned out to be more of a heavy mist and breeze in this corner of New England on Aug. 16. Forecasts into the weekend told us to prepare for the first direct hurricane strike on the region since Hurricane Bob came rolling over Rhode Island 30 ye…

If the delta variant wasn't enough to spoil the collective mood, now we learn our hot dogs are killing us. An article published last week in the journal Nature Food by researchers at the University of Michigan reports that a hot dog reduces the typical lifespan by 35 minutes, 24 seconds.


It's ironic that many people recall Spanish philosopher George Santayana's saying, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,"  but few American leaders took the message to heart when it came to our country's military interventions in the 21st century. 

If failed or nonexistent policies to protect people from the spread of COVID-19 around the country weren’t a potent enough example of the consequences of leaving science and health policy to the states, consider the dangers posed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

With a huge smile on her face and a large part of America's Olympic dreams on her shoulders, Simone Biles accepted her bronze medal in the balance beam final last week, ending what may well be her last Olympics.

A news photo taken five years ago on a Habitat for Humanity job site shows a married couple pausing from their volunteer duties. He has a tool belt and a level. She’s holding a hammer. They’re wearing jeans, matching denim shirts and white helmets. And they’re sneaking a kiss.

Some of the next millionaires in Massachusetts will be made because of the COVID-19 vaccine, and it won’t be for their work for Pfizer or Moderna, the pharmaceutical and biotech companies that make them.

This year’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places highlights the growing impact of storm surge and rising seas, as well as focusing on locations important to Black history and the civil rights movement.

Fixing blame for the violence engulfing Israel and Gaza is a fraught exercise. Whether your sympathies lie with the Palestinians provoked by Israeli aggression, or a country bombarded by rockets and defending itself against terrorism, the moral high ground is elusive.

JEERS to internet tomfoolery and a searing image, for anyone unlucky enough to stumble upon it, that was about as far from the visage of Londonderry High School’s “Larry the Lancer” mascot as one could get.

“It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.”

Robotic rovers — the wheeled vehicles decked out with solar panels and cameras — have been slowly racking up mileage on the Martian surface since 2004, when Spirit and Opportunity dropped in for a look around. If you’re counting, there are five rovers there now: Sojourner, Opportunity, Spiri…

Warmer weather is arriving just as the pandemic loosens its grasp on our daily lives. New Englanders are being vaccinated at a pace that outstrips their fellow Americans, and with a newfound sense of security comes a desire to leave the house and head for the woods.

Words are inadequate to describe the depth of evil visited upon humanity at the Nazi complex in Auschwitz.

Flowers are blooming and so is COVID-19. And at the risk of sounding like a scold, a combination of warmth and a neighbor’s vaccination shouldn’t lure us to lower our masks and start standing too close to strangers at Market Basket.

When it’s time to talk about New England sports heroes, the names that immediately jump to mind are Ted Williams, Bill Russell, Bobby Orr and Tom Brady.

Even amid their tortured rollout, it is well worth the time to pause and again appreciate the stunning scientific achievement represented by the vaccines against COVID-19.

With the solemnity befitting his office and empathy born from his own family tragedies, Joe Biden paid homage Feb. 22 to the more than 500,000 people who have died in the U.S. from the coronavirus.

Surrounded as we are by breakdowns of science, engineering and imagination — just ask anyone who's tried to navigate the online system to register for a COVID-19 vaccination — an image from a Mars rover landing the same day more than 129 million miles away was a refreshing reminder of the co…

Coronavirus was just surging across China this time last year — more than 1,770 deaths had been tallied since the outbreak began in December — and was seeping over oceans and across borders into other parts of Asia. Americans exposed while on a cruise ship were being flown by chartered jet f…

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There’s a story about Henry Aaron breaking into major league baseball that surely resonates with any Red Sox fan. The Milwaukee Braves were playing in spring training against the Boston Red Sox in Sarasota, Florida, on March 14, 1954, the story goes, when a 20-year-old kid called up to repla…

Bill Belichick has accumulated more wins as an NFL coach than anyone else alive, with the single exception of Don Shula. His teams have won more playoff games, won more conference championships and won more Super Bowls than those of any other NFL coach, living or dead. His trophy case runneth over.

Among the more striking images taken the day of the last presidential inauguration, on Jan. 20, 2017, were those showing President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeting President-elect Donald Trump and future First Lady Melania Trump at the White House.

With each new year comes a crop of familiar resolutions: Exercise more and eat less. Spend less time in front of the TV and more time with your friends. Travel more, and really see the world.

Fairness dictates that New Hampshire workers who’ve been cut off by COVID-19 from their offices in Massachusetts should not have to pay income tax on work they do at home. If fortune has blessed them so that they may keep their jobs while teleworking from their kitchens or living rooms, the …

Given all we’ve been dealing with for the last 10 months, it’s easy to pass on doing the little things, like making sure your car is completely clear of snow and ice before you hit the highway.

It seems like you can’t go anywhere without driving by an Amazon Prime van pulled to the curb for a delivery at almost any hour of the day or night. And if it’s not an Amazon van, it’s a U.S. Postal Service truck dropping off boxes with the Amazon “smile” logo on the side.

Given the rancor over politics and race in recent years and a growing anti-immigrant sentiment in some quarters, the data from the FBI’s hate crime report for 2019 should come as no surprise.

We celebrated a few weeks ago when the U.S. Census Bureau announced it had nearly completed its decennial count of America’s population despite so much wrangling and litigation over deadlines. The bureau said it eventually contacted all but a tenth of a percent of the country’s households, r…

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