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Old-school politics: There was a time when I myself was a candidate for change

Thursday, October 30, 2014

(I was digging through some old school papers and came across this speech, which I gave when I ran for class president many years ago. I have to say, I think it holds up pretty well. – D.W.) Friends, classmates, neighbors: I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I am seeking the office of fourth-grade class president. Many months ago, as third grade was coming to …

Editorial: Shea-Porter, Kuster deserve to be re-elected

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In the finals days of perhaps the most negative campaign season in our state’s history, undecided voters are rightly confused as they sift through the false claims, blind accusations and tired talking points. In the absence of all the noise, though, voters across New Hampshire will have a clear choice when choosing who to send to the U.S. House of Representatives. Democratic incumbents …

My Turn: THE LONG VIEW

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I’m having an out-of-body experience and, to be honest, taking the long view makes it hard to worry about what’s happening down there. If anyone is incubating Ebola today, I am not able to care. Republicans and Democrats are indiscernible, as are the hungry, the needy, the privileged and the poor. I am …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: History hidden in the wood

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds of Pittsfield will become the fifth recipient of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry on Thursday. Leading up to the event, Monitor Editor Emeritus Mike Pride will present and offer commentary on a selection of her poems. This is the second …

Letter: Georgevits has integrity

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I have known Ken Georgevits for more than a decade, and I am writing to urge your support for him as Merrimack County commissioner for District 1 (Concord, Boscawen and Webster). Ken has been an active and vibrant leader in the community for over 30 years. His work …

Letter: Fennessy is the best choice

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Please join me in casting your vote for school board District B candidate Nathan Fennessy. While there are two other fine candidates running for this seat, Fennessy stands out among the group. Nathan comes from a family of educators and understands the value that public education brings to …

Letter: An important voting lesson

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Our slogan shouldn’t be, “Get out and vote”; it should be, “Get out and vote wisely.” I was a second-grade teacher. Just before Election Day each year, I held a mock election in my classroom. On the way to school, I would stop at the post office and …

Letter: McConaha cares about the city

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

There is a new candidate running to represent Concord at the State House and one I hope you will support. His name is James McConaha, and he is no stranger in this city, for he has long worked on its behalf. I have known Jim for many years …

Letter: Raiche Manning will help keep New Hampshire safe

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The voters of state Senate District 16 have an opportunity to elect an outstanding individual as their next state senator, Maureen Raiche Manning. As someone who has been a law enforcement officer for more than 30 years and as the former chairman of the New Hampshire House Criminal …

Letter: A ‘people first’ candidate

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to hear Carolyn Mello, candidate for New Hampshire state Senate District 2. Listening to Carolyn was like a breath of fresh air. She was happy to answer questions on how she felt about key issues; she answered them forthright unlike her opponent, who …

Editorial: So, when is the big vote? It’s in March

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If you’ve been paying attention over the last several months, you’ve probably learned a lot about ISIS, Ebola, immigration reform and Obamacare. You probably know where the candidates stand on the issues, and they may have helped you refine your own views. Maybe you’ve even had a couple …

My Turn: A sense of humor diagnosed

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds of Pittsfield will become the fifth recipient of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry on Thursday. Over the next three days, Monitor Editor Emeritus Mike Pride will present and offer commentary on three of her poems. Diagnosis By the time I …

Letter: Kimball for school board

Sunday, October 26, 2014

It is with great enthusiasm and conviction that I share my support for Alana Kimball in her pursuit of being a representative the school board in Wards 8-10 in Concord. Alana has a breadth of experience that uniquely qualifies her for this role. Most importantly, she has a …