Years ago, going downtown was a big deal. Downtown had plenty of stores for everyone’s needs, lunch counters and full service restaurants, and maybe some recreational activities. And it was a place to see fellow townspeople. Then came malls and shopping centers, and downtowns died off, although the buildings remained.
With plenty of advance notice, including signs on the major highways of the state, New Hampshire’s hands-free law went into effect July 1. That advance notice gave drivers time to figure out how to hook up their vehicle Bluetooth or to buy a device for older cars that would enable hands-free use of cell phones
July 4 comes on a Saturday this year, but whenever it arrives, it should never become a Monday holiday to provide an excuse for a day off or a long weekend. Without the events of that long ago summer day, we might well be subjects of Great Britain to this day. Instead, the Declaration of