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New Hampshire. Massachusetts. What’s the diff?

Red Hook versus Harpoon. Ayotte versus Warren. Dartmouth versus UMass Dartmouth. Readers share the endless ways to tell the Granite State from the Bay State.

  • A state-run liquor store is seen just off Intersate 95 in Portmouth, N.H., Sunday, May 22, 2011. Some Maine lawmakers  say Maine's tax burdens make it tough to compete with New Hamsphire where there is no income or sales tax. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    A state-run liquor store is seen just off Intersate 95 in Portmouth, N.H., Sunday, May 22, 2011. Some Maine lawmakers say Maine's tax burdens make it tough to compete with New Hamsphire where there is no income or sales tax. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks at the Nebraska GOP state convention in Fremont in Fremont, Neb., Saturday, July 31, 2010, with Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., at his side.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks at the Nebraska GOP state convention in Fremont in Fremont, Neb., Saturday, July 31, 2010, with Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., at his side.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

  • CORRECTING BYLINE TO CBS NEWS TO REFLECT PROPER NEWS ORGANIZATION ATTRIBUTION ALREADY IN CAPTION BODY AND SOURCE - In this June 6, 2013 photo released by CBS News Sunday, June 9, 2013, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., talks on CBS's Face the Nation in Washington. Ayotte said she will back the bipartisan overhaul of the nation's immigration system, which she said is broken and needs to be fixed. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

    CORRECTING BYLINE TO CBS NEWS TO REFLECT PROPER NEWS ORGANIZATION ATTRIBUTION ALREADY IN CAPTION BODY AND SOURCE - In this June 6, 2013 photo released by CBS News Sunday, June 9, 2013, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., talks on CBS's Face the Nation in Washington. Ayotte said she will back the bipartisan overhaul of the nation's immigration system, which she said is broken and needs to be fixed. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

  • U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., center, waves to the crowd at the conclusion of a concession speech as his daughter Ayla Brown, left, applauds and wife Gail Huff, right, waves at an election night watch party in a hotel in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Brown lost to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., center, waves to the crowd at the conclusion of a concession speech as his daughter Ayla Brown, left, applauds and wife Gail Huff, right, waves at an election night watch party in a hotel in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Brown lost to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  •  A couple of weeks back, ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine declared that it was difficult to differentiate between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hmph! We knew ‘Monitor’ readers would have a snappy comeback or two, and we weren’t disappointed. Our query even in

    A couple of weeks back, ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine declared that it was difficult to differentiate between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hmph! We knew ‘Monitor’ readers would have a snappy comeback or two, and we weren’t disappointed. Our query even in

  • Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is congratulated by Mark Walsh of Boston as she greets commuters and thanks Massachusetts residents, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. Warren defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

    Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is congratulated by Mark Walsh of Boston as she greets commuters and thanks Massachusetts residents, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. Warren defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

  • Cars drive by Exit 22 on the Interstate 93 southbound tunnel in Boston, Sunday, April 4, 2004. The tunnel shrank from three to two lanes on Sunday. The left hand lane at Exit 22 now diverts drivers onto a surface street, which eventually rejoins I-93.(AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

    Cars drive by Exit 22 on the Interstate 93 southbound tunnel in Boston, Sunday, April 4, 2004. The tunnel shrank from three to two lanes on Sunday. The left hand lane at Exit 22 now diverts drivers onto a surface street, which eventually rejoins I-93.(AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

  •  A couple of weeks back, ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine declared that it was difficult to differentiate between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hmph! We knew ‘Monitor’ readers would have a snappy comeback or two, and we weren’t disappointed. Our query even in

    A couple of weeks back, ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine declared that it was difficult to differentiate between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hmph! We knew ‘Monitor’ readers would have a snappy comeback or two, and we weren’t disappointed. Our query even in

  •  A couple of weeks back, ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine declared that it was difficult to differentiate between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hmph! We knew ‘Monitor’ readers would have a snappy comeback or two, and we weren’t disappointed. Our query even in

    A couple of weeks back, ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine declared that it was difficult to differentiate between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hmph! We knew ‘Monitor’ readers would have a snappy comeback or two, and we weren’t disappointed. Our query even in

  • A state-run liquor store is seen just off Intersate 95 in Portmouth, N.H., Sunday, May 22, 2011. Some Maine lawmakers  say Maine's tax burdens make it tough to compete with New Hamsphire where there is no income or sales tax. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
  • U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks at the Nebraska GOP state convention in Fremont in Fremont, Neb., Saturday, July 31, 2010, with Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., at his side.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
  • CORRECTING BYLINE TO CBS NEWS TO REFLECT PROPER NEWS ORGANIZATION ATTRIBUTION ALREADY IN CAPTION BODY AND SOURCE - In this June 6, 2013 photo released by CBS News Sunday, June 9, 2013, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., talks on CBS's Face the Nation in Washington. Ayotte said she will back the bipartisan overhaul of the nation's immigration system, which she said is broken and needs to be fixed. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)
  • U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., center, waves to the crowd at the conclusion of a concession speech as his daughter Ayla Brown, left, applauds and wife Gail Huff, right, waves at an election night watch party in a hotel in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Brown lost to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  •  A couple of weeks back, ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine declared that it was difficult to differentiate between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hmph! We knew ‘Monitor’ readers would have a snappy comeback or two, and we weren’t disappointed. Our query even in
  • Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is congratulated by Mark Walsh of Boston as she greets commuters and thanks Massachusetts residents, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. Warren defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)
  • Cars drive by Exit 22 on the Interstate 93 southbound tunnel in Boston, Sunday, April 4, 2004. The tunnel shrank from three to two lanes on Sunday. The left hand lane at Exit 22 now diverts drivers onto a surface street, which eventually rejoins I-93.(AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)
  •  A couple of weeks back, ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine declared that it was difficult to differentiate between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hmph! We knew ‘Monitor’ readers would have a snappy comeback or two, and we weren’t disappointed. Our query even in
  •  A couple of weeks back, ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine declared that it was difficult to differentiate between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hmph! We knew ‘Monitor’ readers would have a snappy comeback or two, and we weren’t disappointed. Our query even in

A couple of weeks back, Vanity Fair magazine declared that it was difficult to differentiate between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hmph! We knew Monitor readers would have a snappy comeback or two, and we weren’t disappointed. Our query even inspired participation from some former New Englanders, no doubt pining away for snow shoveling and below-zero wind chills.

We asked folks to complete this sentence:

The difference between New Hampshire and Massachusetts is . . .

∎ senators from Massachusetts pose nude for women’s magazines, and senators from New Hampshire do not.

Mike Alberici, Concord

∎ no one from New Hampshire ever moves to Massachusetts.

Art Morse, Pittsfield

∎ only Massachusetts ever voted for Mitt Romney in a general election.

Alec MacGillis, Baltimore

∎ Scott Brown has never represented New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate – and, God willing, never will. Vote local.

Nancy Hendryx, Bow

∎ the difference between Dartmouth College and UMass Dartmouth.

David Shribman, Pittsburgh, Pa.

∎  the difference between Wachusett Mountain and Wildcat Mountain.

David Shribman, Pittsburgh, Pa.

∎ the difference between Bretton Woods and Woods Hole.

David Shribman, Pittsburgh, Pa.

∎  the difference between New Hampshire and Vermont – cubed.

Dan Williams, Concord

∎  one makes Harpoon, the other makes Red Hook.

Alec MacGillis, Baltimore

∎New Hampshire elects female governors; Massachusetts never has.

Arnie Arnesen, Concord

∎ the Massachusetts health care reform law, to name one.

Judith Englander, Henniker

∎ Massachusetts was not chosen by the Free Staters to be taken over; lucky us, New Hampshire was.

Arnie Arnesen, Concord

∎ residents of Massachusetts move to New Hampshire for a better life.

Bob Hunt, Belmont

∎ New Hampshire does the first-in-the-nation presidential primary; Massachusetts consultants get hired to “work” the New Hampshire presidential primary.

Arnie Arnesen, Concord

∎ Massachusetts supports public TV; New Hampshire does not.

Arnie Arnesen, Concord

∎ New Hampshire sells liquor on its highways; Massachusetts residents buy liquor on our highways.

Arnie Arnesen, Concord

∎ Massachusetts raises the cigarette tax; we lower ours so Massachusetts residents can spend more time in their cars buying our cigarettes and clogging our roadways.

Arnie Arnesen, Concord

∎ Massachusetts has the darling of the progressives, Sen. Elizabeth Warren; New Hampshire has the darling of the conservatives, Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

Arnie Arnesen, Concord

∎  Massachusetts looks at guns as weapons; New Hampshire looks at guns the way some folks look at children – willing to protect them over anything else.

Arnie Arnesen, Concord

∎  New Hampshire has only one statewide elected official (the governor); Massachusetts elects everything – from governor to lieutenant governor to attorney general to treasurer to secretary of state to auditor.

Arnie Arnesen, Concord

∎  only New Hampshire has a NASCAR track.

Alec MacGillis, Baltimore

∎ Massachusetts speakers of the House get felony convictions; New Hampshire’s get nationally recognized with leadership positions with the National Council of State Legislators.

Arnie Arnesen, Concord

∎  Massachusetts has an Institute of Politics at Harvard; New Hampshire has an Institute of Politics at St. Anselm, a Roman Catholic school.

Arnie Arnesen, Concord

∎  the border between your state and ours, stupid.

Parker Prescott, Concord

∎ Since I was a girl we’ve always known the big difference is in the way they drive. In New Hampshire we are courteous; yield to pedestrians, cows and horses; and keep to a reasonable speed. That’s mostly because we know there’s no hurry; we’ll get there. And we mostly know our neighbors, so we aren’t keen on running them down (unless there’s good reason to, but that’s what town meeting is for).  South of the border, they practice XXtreme road sports and call it commuting. Traffic lights? Red means stop, green means go, yellow means go faster. You can always tell Massachusetts drivers, often by their horn. Or by their frequent use of hand signals, and I don’t mean to indicate a turn, except for the worst.

Mel Graykin, Deerfield

Legacy Comments7

Arnie Arnesen should feel free to move back from where she came. If she agrees to do so, I'll pay for the truck.

Must one be a resident of NH in order to voice an opinion on the difference between NH and MA? What if one is a resident of MA? Wouldn't that give them just as much right to answer the question? Or for that matter, shouldn't anyone else be able to venture a guess regarding the difference between these two states? Sure, Arnie was WAY over-represented in the sampling of answers. But . . .

Their bigots keep their mouths shut. Our bigots feel it's their First Amendment right to express themselves.

If you think folks in MA keep their mouths shut Devil Doc, my guess is you do not know a lot of folks from that state. Folks from Ma are notorious for speaking their mind on everything, so much so, they are often compared to folks in NYC, rude and in your face.

Mass people come north to vote in NH elections, but NH people don't go south to vote in Mass elections.

For Arnie. Massachusetts people do come to NH for a better life but they bring their bad habits which have ruined Massachusetts with them. They ask where the street lights and walkways are, where the kiln is in the school or where the olympic sized pool is. They want paid fire departments, more police, larger infrastructure.

Conclusion...Arnie Arnesen, who is not a native NH'ite (along with Shaheen and Hassan)...has way too much time on her hands.

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