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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 …

My Turn: Compromise, not ideology, key to legislative success

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Politics is defined by conflict, government by compromise. This balance seems to be perpetually lost on Washington, where politicians are swept away in perceived mandates and partisan warfare. This is not what the people want. Quite frankly, it’s what they most dislike about politics, and now it is what they most dislike about their government. The voters in my North Country district, the …

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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 …

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 …

A national holiday that isn’t all about the kids

Monday, November 24, 2014

‘Over the river, and through the wood, to Grandfather’s house we go,” goes the 1844 Thanksgiving poem. These days, it’s more often sung as “Grandmother’s house,” and we’re more likely to travel by jet than by sleigh. Still, it’s a familiar journey. Thanksgiving remains very much associated with …

My Turn: Battle with Iran needs to happen at negotiating table

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The deadline for Iran to achieve a nuclear agreement with the international community is fast approaching, set for Monday. Over the past year, our nation’s diplomats, along with global powers, have been working tirelessly to produce an agreement that will prevent both an Iranian nuclear weapon and another …

My Turn: Why I voted against Keystone XL legislation

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A thorough regulatory review process is critical for any major infrastructure project, particularly one that will cross our country’s borders. That’s why I voted against legislation to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to circumvent the normal approval process. …

Katy Burns: So little time, so many thanks

Sunday, November 23, 2014

For 364 days a year – 365 in leap years – Americans believe profoundly in their natural right to complain about anything that irritates us. And we sure do, seemingly endlessly. But on one day, by tradition if not constitutional mandate, we’ll give thanks. And this year on …

Board of Contributors: In Jerusalem, a struggle among memory pain, peace and justice

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Together, we bore witness: four rabbis and others murdered early Tuesday morning in a Jerusalem synagogue while worshipers were davening Shacharit. Streaks of blood, stained prayer books and debris marked the sacred site long after the dead were …

My Turn: It’s not easy to find truth about state’s energy situation

Saturday, November 22, 2014

These days, we’ve been hearing a great deal about two power projects: Northern Pass and the natural gas pipeline. We hear a lot of conflicting opinions about whether these projects are good or even necessary for New Hampshire and New England. Last January, the six New England governors …