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Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz give his closing argument in the Steven Avery trial on March 14, 2007.

The Anatomy of ‘Making a Murderer’: Media changes the game in high-profile cases

Sunday, February 14, 2016

(The following is the second part in an occasional series about legal issues raised by the documentary “Making a Murderer.” Part one was published on Jan. 31.) ‘Murder is hot.” That was the observation of an NBC Dateline reporter as she tried to explain the media circus surrounding Steven Avery’s murder trial in the documentary Making a Murderer. The 10-part …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Beyonce’s black power

Sunday, February 14, 2016

It was loud, beautifully choreographed, insistent, flawlessly executed and a testament of faith, monochromatic, spelled out in Helvetica Bold – a font so clear, unequivocal and easy to read – an affirmation that no matter how many violent and oppressive acts are inflicted upon them, black people in America stand strong, un-submissive, not …

Katy Burns: Fun with old dead white guys

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Going a few rounds with a bunch of live wanna-be presidents sure didn’t turn out to be much fun. What a cranky bunch! So it is with pleasure that I recommend to my fellow Granite Staters that they now spend a little quality time – especially this weekend as we celebrate Presidents Day – with a whole lot of dead ones who are …

My Turn: Seeking a balance of power in the energy revolution

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Decisions being made now for the creation and delivery of energy in New Hampshire will impact the quality of lives and our economy for many decades to come. We are experiencing a revolution. Change is coming in the form of ever more affordable and diverse sources of renewable …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Off the wall

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Central to the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump is the idea that, if elected, he is going to build an impenetrable wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal Mexican migrants. Not only that, he says he …

National View: The rise and fall of public campaign funding

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sometimes, prosperity can be a sign of failure. Take the $292 million pot of taxpayer dollars that politicians are refusing to touch. For years after the public fund for presidential candidates was established in 1974, the biggest worry for its minders at the Federal Election Commission was whether …

Our Turn: Treat kindergarten like any other grade

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kids enrolled in full-day kindergarten programs might be half as tall and don’t eat as much as 12th-graders, but are they worth only half as much? According to the law that defines the state’s financial support for education, the answer is yes. That needs to change. House Bill …

Mike Pride: The return of my father

Sunday, February 7, 2016

As a man of a certain age and generation, I’m not alone in realizing how much like my father I have become. We were opposites – opponents – during the 1960s. He rooted for Liston, Ali became my …

Our Turn: The truth about net metering

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It is time to set the record straight on net energy metering. The New Hampshire CleanTech Council and the Granite State Hydropower Association, which represents hundreds of businesses and thousands of employees across New Hampshire, want to explain what net metering is and why it is creating jobs …

My Turn: Kasich is best hope for a better future

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Another New Hampshire primary election season nears its end. Granite Staters have been treated (some would say subjected) to a race on the Republican side that is unique in my lifetime. Campaign styles have run the gamut from conventional to so over the top that it seemed we …

Katy Burns: Beware of wishful voting

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Many years ago my grandmother was a regular at bingo at St. Rose’s Church in Cleveland, one of many bingo-happy old ladies who were also, coincidentally, die-hard Democrats. And so the games attracted Democratic politicians looking for votes, …

My Turn: Medicaid expansion key to treating mental illness, addiction

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The New Hampshire Health Protection Program, which now provides access to health care to more than 47,000 people in our state, will sunset later this year unless the Legislature enacts a bill to reauthorize it. The program is New Hampshire’s version of Medicaid expansion – a unique, Granite …

My Turn: New Hampshire isn’t first in the nation on raising wages

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Hampshire has a proud tradition of being first. It’s tough to miss these days, while we’re in the midst of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Our intelligent, informed citizens provide the perfect place to scrutinize presidential candidates and help choose the next leader of the free world. But …