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I’ve seen it said that social media is the cigarettes of this generation. An addiction that we have minimal understanding of, and won’t understand the detrimental effects until it’s too late.

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Each Christmas season, I get my annual car insurance premium bill for the next year. Within moments, I go from Happy Holidays to Bah Humbug.

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Many people have described 2018 as a terrible year. According to the latest polls, the only thing Americans agree on is that Americans do not agree on anything. At the top of that list is The Wall. This was also the year there seemed to be much confusion about whether America’s former enemie…

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1. It was another safe year for air travel. One Delta Air Lines jet did slide off the runway, but Delta made up the recovery cost by charging the passengers an exhilaration fee.

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When most believers thank a higher power for the people in their lives, a

The staff at the Manchester Times has spent the past couple of weeks reviewing our “resolutions” for the New Year and planning for how the newspaper can better serve our readers, our advertisers and our community.

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1. My wish is that we have more bipartisan meetings like last week's with Trump, Pelosi and Schumer - just the three of them and their food tasters. We have become a tribal nation that will tolerate most forms of violence except helmet-to-helmet contact.

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What is the result of years of leftist, nanny-state rule? It has hurt the middle class, and eventually there are riots like we see now in France. French President Macron’s woes should serve as a warning to America’s rising Left.

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Recently, a manager who works with a chain of retail stores asked me for an honest opinion. He said one of his store’s competitors seemed to get more favorable mentions on social media, and he was concerned about losing a chunk of his business.  “What are they doing that we aren’t doing?” he…

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One of the funniest episodes of the old TV show “Happy Days” involved super-cool Fonzie having to admit he was wrong about something. He couldn’t even say the word. “I was…wrrr…” He just couldn’t do it.

Nothing will make you feel older than trying to follow the slang of a modern teenager. This is a language so devoid of English influence it should be a foreign language option in high school (Or for adults to take, because none of us have any idea what these words mean).

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For something to be funny there has to be truth in it. So it is with the new board game that is flying off the shelves, Monopoly for Millennials. It will be fun for all the entitled hipsters in your family. It is replete with ninth place trophies and, of course, they do not own real estate, …

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I could bore you with a long list of things I don’t do well.  For starters, there’s swimming, car repair, and working with any technology introduced after the Bush administration (the first one).

I’m not old enough to have lived through all the stresses of life. I imagine that even a full life doesn’t guarantee I will experience them all. At least I hope not.

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Since they lost in the 2016 presidential election, Democrats from Hillary Clinton to candidates for statewide offices have been fed this talking point to use constantly.  They say, “Our democracy is under attack.” Leftist reporters never follow up with the obvious question: How so?

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The lady cornered me after I spoke to her church group. “I have a question,” she said. “You’re on the news.  Maybe you know the answer.”

This is the time of year when I generally mock everyone for “being thankful” for just one month, sarcastically reminisce about my tenure at the Times since I’m at my work anniversary and then berate those who have already decorated for Christmas.

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Let’s agree that strip club bouncer (and aspiring pizza delivery man), hyped up on steroids and living in his van, Cesar Sayoc is not a criminal mastermind. Going into an election, this nut job has handed Democrats a gift and the status they love, the highest honor a Democrat can bestow upon…

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I often joke with my sons about my tough childhood.  The punch line usually involves something about how we didn’t have a remote control for the TV set.  I would tell them, “If I wanted to watch another channel, I had to GET UP from the sofa, and WALK to the television to change channels.”  …

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It pays to have thick skin.  I’m not sure if people are angrier now than in generations past.  Maybe it just seems that way.

There are two types of people in this world. Those who expect things, and those who know they must earn things. The microcosm of that is no more apparent than at the annual Safe on the Square trick-or-treating event in Manchester. 

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Teen Vogue showed the ignorance of a poorly educated and lazy generation by trashing capitalism in favor of socialism. The magazine told kids who act like they read Teen Vogue that capitalism has left the world in a "dystopian 'Mad Max' nightmare in which resources have dwindled and rich plu…

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Kanye West left California and flew east to visit with Donald Trump. It was quite interesting. Now the media has to redouble their efforts to destroy Kanye, an African American who dares to think for himself and is trying to escape the Democrat plantation that owns the black vote.

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More than a few times over the years, I’ve filled this space with “Facebook Fails” or “AutoCorrect Accidents,” a collection of unfortunate misspellings. 

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In response to the recent letter to the editor regarding the Sheriff’s Office leaving nurses open to violence, there has been some misconceptions about this practice and responsibilities by all parties involved.

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One in three folks over 50 who need a colonoscopy fail to have one. That’s nuts. It’s easier than it’s ever been, and not getting this thing done might kill you. So schedule one now, before Obamacare implodes further and you can only see your doctor in a few years if you sign up to caddy on …

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Back in 1975, Tom T. Hall sang, “I like beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow. I like beer, it helps me unwind and makes me feel mellow. Whiskey's too rough, Champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear. This little refrain should help me explain, as a matter of fact I like beer.”

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“I went to bed hungry many nights as a child. It was a Dream that dressed me up when I was ragged, and it was a Dream that filled me up when I was hungry. Now it's my Dream to see that no child in this world ever goes hungry, certainly not here in America, the most bountiful country in the w…

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As a kid, I grew up laughing at Bill Cosby. Comedy albums were big in the pre-cable era and when Cosby released a new album, I had to have it. His routine about Noah’s ark is a classic and I made sure my kids had a chance to enjoy it too.

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What would a sensible immigration policy look like? It would have three goals: be humane, enforce the laws and meet America's need for labor. This can happen only if our political fringes get out of the way.

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Let me say up front: I’m a free-market libertarian, and I never advocate for more regulation -- mainly because it doesn’t work and it is done by government (which I trust only one-tenth as much as I trust business). If you study history, our nation’s biggest financial problems stemmed from h…

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I write about the state of the news media from time to time, at least from my point of view. In case you haven’t noticed, my profession ranks somewhere around telemarketers and meth dealers in public trust surveys.

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If Democrats and resistance Republicans think they are going to depose President Trump or thwart his presidency by endlessly savaging him in the name of protecting the republic, they don't have any concept of the fierce resolve of his supporters.

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Having written this column for 16 years, I find that there has never been a time when the news and actions in Washington moved so fast. Trump is getting things done. Half the country says Trump is crazy and turning Washington on its ear. The other half of the country agrees but says that's w…