How Is This Possible?

by W.D. Ehrhart Where do I begin? Let’s just dive right in: Donald J. Trump claims he is the same as a veteran of military service because he went to a military academy as a schoolboy, though he avoided military service during the American War in Vietnam by obtaining a medical deferment for bone spurs from a podiatrist who was financially beholden to Trump’s father. Apparently, he learned a lot about war at the New York Military Academy because he has subsequently claimed that he knows more about war than career generals and admirals. He has considered awarding himself the Purple Heart Medal while musing …

Read more

New Life for Local Newspapers

by Jim Hightower How about a little bit of good news for a change? Specifically, good news about news. The demise of local newspapers has been a very depressing story in the last few years, with several thousand of them gobbled up by Wall Street profiteers. Those money powers loot the publications’ assets, then callously shut down each community’s paper, or reduces them to empty news shells. So that’s that—local print journalism is passé, right? Wrong! High-spirited, community-minded subscribers in places like Glen Rose (Texas), Hamburg (Iowa), Portland (Maine), and International Falls (Minnesota) are humming an upbeat tune of regeneration that could be titled “Not …

Read more

A Little Inconvenient History

Ron DeSantis—the only sitting governor known to have both committed torture* and gotten married at Disneyland—rampaged through the Granite State recently.  Can we say rampaged? After careful consideration, yes, we can. Other candidates—normal candidates—campaign. When you try to drum up support by threatening to slit the throats of federal workers, rampage is actually a euphemism. DiSantis volunteered this insight into his management style at a July 30th barbeque held in Rye, just down the road apiece: “On bureaucracy, you know, we’re going to have all these deep state people, you know, we’re going to start slitting throats on Day One and be ready to go.”  …

Read more

The Cold War Continues

The Soviet Union fell more than thirty years ago, but the Cold War continues—at least, here in New Hampshire.  Merrimack County Superior Court is the site of the latest battle. Andru Volinsky filed a lawsuit there Monday, calling for the restoration of a state historical marker remembering Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, also known as “The Rebel Girl.” The marker had been placed in response to a public request, in accordance with established process. After a review for historical accuracy and relevance, and a final OK of the wording, molten aluminum was poured into a mold, giving the marker its final, familiar, and iconic shape. On May …

Read more