We’re looking at the stories of the week: disagreement over when to issue ID cards for medical marijuana, wood pellet manufacturers are taken by surprise by demand, and former Senator Bob Smith prepares to kick off his campaign to regain his old seat.
Today, defining a good teacher has become far more complex than we might remember from our own schooldays. Many states now rely on student test scores as a major way to assess teacher quality, while others also use classroom observations, student evaluations, and lesson plan reviews. Backers of tougher assessments argue that since U.S. students as a whole are lagging behind other industrialized nations, something needs to be done. But others worry that these data-driven judgments diminish what’s really important: teachers using their skills and creativity to engage with students .
About a decade ago, Marion Nestle made waves when she published her groundbreaking book “Food Politics,” now considered by many to be one of the founding documents of the movement to reform the American food system. In it, Nestle criticized the high quality, low quantity eating habits encouraged by the food industry and how many lawmakers in Washington have been influenced by the deep pockets of big agriculture and big food.
Upon first glance, the numbers look good, the U.S. jobless rate now sits at 6.6%, a full 1.6% better than last year. But dig deeper into those numbers and you find a different story: currently 4 million Americans have been out of work for more than half a year, and in New Hampshire that makes up nearly 32% of the jobless. But now, the stress of long-term unemployment is being felt even more as the extensions usually given after 6 months were dropped in December leaving 1,300 in New Hampshire and nearly 2 million nationwide without benefits.
Childhood has always had its fears - from monsters under the bed, to sleep-away camp, to schoolyard bullies. But normal jitters, about these and other childhood challenges, become an issue when they interfere with regular activities, from riding the bus to going to bed at night. And this kind of debilitating anxiety seems to be on the rise: now affecting close to 1 in 5 kids.
We’re looking at the stories of the week: the gas-tax debate revs up, the House puts off a vote on a bill to ban hand-held use of cell phones while driving, and the city of Rochester repeals its panhandling ordinance under pressure from the ACLU.
Second District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster was swept into office in the last election amid a storm of anti-incumbent feeling in the Granite State. In her victory speech, she promised to work in the spirit of bipartisanship.
In the 1990s, New Hampshire topped national rankings for its mental health system. Over the past twenty years, however, care has deteriorated to the point of crisis. With the erosion of community-based care, a ‘revolving door’ pattern of hospital admissions, and an alarming number of mentally ill Granite Staters in our prisons and jails. And so, in early 2012, the Disabilities Rights Center filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of six plaintiffs who had experienced prolonged stays in state institutions.
A recent report finds that a growing number of elderly patients outlive their hospice stay, costing Medicare millions, and raising questions about how we look at end of life care. Some say these conversations should start long before a terminal diagnosis. That they say will end up helping them live more comfortably in their final days, all while reducing the bottom line.
In this new approach to the Civil War, Wineapple provides the reader with a sense of the passions and tragedies of the era, including character studies of the vibrant and flawed personalities behind the scenes.
Brenda Wineapple – teaches literature at both New York's New School University and Columbia University. Wineapple is also professor of modern literary and historical studies at Union College. Her previous book is White Heat: the Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.
We’re looking at the stories of the week: a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases, an explosion at the New Hampshire Ball Bearing plant in Peterborough, and the Granite State’s official state dog’s first appearance at the Westminster dog show.
Long a problem in New England and around the country, heroin has recently caused a rise in overdose deaths and drug-related crime, and increased concern over contamination. We’ll find out what’s fueling this increase, how it’s affecting our region and different strategies states are adopting to combat it.
For some students pledging that fraternity or sorority is a rite of passage, creating a sense of belonging and friendship on campus. But after a series of recent ugly incidents - including hazing, binge drinking, and sexual assaults - some colleges are looking harder at Greek organizations and whether some are getting out of control. We’re examining the big picture, nationally and in New Hampshire.