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The Boston Tea Party of 1773, as depicted in an old Engraving.Bostonians dressed as Indians dumped 342 chests of tea overboard from three British ships in protest against "taxation without representation."      The famous tea party took place at Griffin's Wharf, where the ships were tied up. The site remained a landmark even after the waterfront was filled in, leaving the spot several hundred yards inland.     Recently there were rumors that the site was "lost".   It was re-discovered in the center of rubble of buildings being torn down to make way for an elevated highway.   A temporary sign marks the spot.     (AP Photo)

My Turn: Thanksgiving and revolution

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It’s again time to celebrate the older of America’s two extraordinary “T-parties,” Thanksgiving. The two parties are strikingly different. For one thing, they arose at two very different times. Pilgrims in the early 1600s were vulnerable newcomers, allowed to share land that red men had occupied for millennia, and to share it rent-free because of the strange Native American belief …

My Turn: On immigration, U.S. can learn from the Romans

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In 2007, Cullen Murphy’s intriguing book Are We Rome? was published. Although a slender volume, it shed new light on a long-discussed issue. To what extent is the United States the new Rome? Our founders certainly looked to the Roman republic for many of the aspects of the new government they were creating. We have, for example, a Senate and also selected the …

Editorial: Be thankful, New England sports fans

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Life tends to hit its stride on Thanksgiving. Dinnertime isn’t a hurdle to be cleared, hugs are doled out a little less awkwardly, and excess calories and laziness aren’t only accepted, they’re expected. For a day, the tiresome mental newsreel that plays on an endless loop in the stressed-out mind is silenced by the present moment. And everybody gives thanks because there is …

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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: Embrace the sight of those dirty dishes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

With Thanksgiving almost here, I have been thinking of life and what I give thanks for. At 60, I have many memories to look back on; some fondly and others not so fondly. Our memories are our lives as we have lived. On the cusp of another holiday …

Mike Pride: In ‘Essays After Eighty,’ Donald Hall looks back at a remarkable life

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Donald Hall’s essay “Out the Window” appeared in the January 2012 New Yorker. The title did not lie. An old man stares out his window, sees what he sees and riffs on it, his mind moving amid farmhouse …

Letter: A warning for GOP

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I have voted Republican for most of my adult years. One recent exception was in 2012, when I voted straight Democratic for the state offices. I did this because I was disgusted by the news articles describing the antics of Bill O’Brien and his minions in the state …

Letter: The cycle of violence

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I once again find myself in agreement with the moral and factual thrust of Robert Azzi’s “My Turn” column (Monitor Forum, Nov. 23). The tragedy of the Arab-Israeli conflict is that no one side is in possession of the entire “truth.” It is doubtful that anyone can neatly …

Letter: It’s about people, not power

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I am grateful that President Obama is a leader who considers humanitarian motives when establishing an executive order about the immigration situation in our country. It distresses me to hear some commentators and members of the congressional delegation try to change the debate from care for people to …

Editorial: State has options to cut energy costs

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Hampshire residents and businesses face a budget-busting increase in natural gas and electricity prices this winter. The price of natural gas, which heats about a quarter of the state’s homes and produces more than half of its electricity, spikes on the coldest days because the region’s antiquated …

My Turn: Carry that holiday spirit throughout the year

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This is the season when many caring people generously open their hearts to the less fortunate. Some donate or volunteer to provide Thanksgiving dinners for those without means or without family with whom to share it. Some buy Christmas gifts for children whose families do not have the …

My Turn: Add public workers to your gratitude list

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

As Thanksgiving approaches and you are counting your blessings, I hope you will include the many services brought to you every day by public employees. Many of us take for granted the thousands of services our public employees provide – they are so embedded in our day-to-day activities …

Letter: Yes, please

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Trader Joe’s in Penacook is the best idea I have heard in a long time (Monitor editorial, Nov. 19). I hope city officials read the editorial and take it to heart – a resounding “yes” to Trader Joe’s! LINDA FANNY Concord …

Letter: A rewarding race

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dear Neighbors in District 5: The elections of 2014 have come and gone, and we all have our thoughts about the outcomes. All races have their particular demands and surprises, but nothing is more rewarding than the help and support of volunteers and voters. Without you our democracy …