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Opinion: Criminalizing homelessness, Supreme Court edition
07-15-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. During years working at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, I represented many homeless individuals. The reasons for homelessness were varied: eviction, job loss, divorce, domestic violence, and disability, among...

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Opinion: Project 2025 — The heart of the agenda
07-22-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. As people give the candidacy of convicted felon and adjudicated sexual assaulter Donald Trump a closer look, more eyes have been drawn to Project 2025, a project launched by the Heritage Foundation, a well-endowed...


Opinion: Bump stock baloney at the Court
07-08-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Back in 2017, in what was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a gunman killed 60 people and wounded 411 at a music festival held on the Las Vegas Strip. The gunman who was perched on the 32nd floor of...


Opinion: Why Juneteenth matters
07-01-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot.We just passed the Juneteenth holiday and although it may be the holiday with the coolest name, I don’t think the history behind the holiday is well-known or well-understood. I would argue it is one of our most...


Opinion: Quock Walker and the early struggle against slavery in New England
06-24-2024 9:33 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Probably there is no more famous novel in American literature than Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” So it is an event that there is an audacious new novel, “James” by Percival Everett, that recreates...


Opinion: Extending the Big Lie to the justice system
06-16-2024 3:00 PM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. The collective freak out of the Republican Party leadership after the criminal conviction of their cult leader, Donald Trump, was predictable. They appeared to be in a state of disbelief when a New York jury found...


Opinion: The harsher approach to student protests today
06-03-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. The current round of student protests brings back memories. I started at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in the fall of 1968. One of my early college memories is demonstrating against then-Republican...


Opinion: The Republican Faustian bargain
05-28-2024 10:20 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Last week I saw a letter to the editor in this newspaper about Republicans. The letter said we are inundated with misinformation and name-calling. The writer explained that Republicans believe in God, America,...


Opinion: Never again to anyone
05-20-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. May 6 was Holocaust Remembrance Day. The world failed the Jewish people both before and during the years of World War II, with catastrophic consequences. Six million Jews ended up dying in the concentration camps....


Opinion: Expanding the U.S. Supreme Court: An idea whose time has come
05-13-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Where the U.S. Supreme Court is concerned, the shocks keep coming. While you cannot always tell what a court will decide based on oral argument, it was bracing to watch a former president who tried to overthrow his...


Opinion: The inspiring life of Howard Zinn
05-06-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. It has now been 14 years since Howard Zinn died. A historian, Zinn is mostly remembered for writing “A People’s History of the United States,” a controversial recounting of the American story. Zinn focused on the...


Opinion: No, Republicans are not better on the economy
04-29-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Polls are omnipresent in America and I admit to deep skepticism about their accuracy. I think of Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton and the failure of the red wave to materialize in 2022 as examples that justify that...


Opinion: The positive value in disbarring coup-plotting attorneys
04-21-2024 4:00 PM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Previously I have written about the failure of lawyers and judges to respond to the growing threat of fascism in the United States. Very few lawyers who supported Trump’s anti-democratic coup attempt have faced any...


Opinion: Whatever a court decides, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn retains an important place in American labor history
04-15-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Probably like many people in Concord, I was disappointed in the NH Superior Court’s decision finding that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue the state for its removal of the Elizabeth Gurley Flynn historical...


Opinion: The Comstock Act and the continuing threat to women
04-07-2024 4:00 PM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. After the oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on the Mifepristone case, FDA v Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, most pro-choice commentators breathed a sigh of relief. It appeared that the Court was not buying...


Opinion: A progressive Democratic Project 2025, part 2
04-01-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. In my last My Turn, I outlined a progressive Democratic agenda that differentiates sharply from what the Republicans are selling. The Democrats are a big tent and I write with the recognition that some Democrats,...


Opinion: The Democrats need their own Project 2025
03-25-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Many close observers of the 2024 presidential race have commented on Project 2025, the Republican plan for what they intend to do if Trump wins in November. The plan is a maximalist horror show that includes a...


Opinion: Persecuting the pregnant and the would-be pregnant
03-17-2024 12:00 PM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Up until the recent Alabama Supreme Court decision, the concept of extrauterine children was foreign to me. It is a hard concept to wrap your head around. I hadn’t seriously considered the idea that frozen embryos...


Opinion: Delay is the name of the game
03-10-2024 4:00 PM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Usually I harbor low expectations about how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule. That is because of the far-right plurality on the Court that rarely deviates from the Federalist Society “billionaires are us” party...


Opinion: What Trump’s 2020 gambit could mean for the 2024 election
03-03-2024 3:00 PM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. After the January 6 Committee released its report, it would be easy to conclude that we learned everything about Donald Trump’s attempt to stay in power after the 2020 election. Recent events show that is not the...


Opinion: Democrats, don’t cave to Republicans on immigration
02-26-2024 6:30 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. The bipartisan border deal that the Republicans ultimately walked away from on orders from Donald Trump was a Stephen Miller wish list. It embodied a number of terrible, cruel ideas. Yet, the Democrats promoted this...

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