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The writer's dad, Herbert Mandel, holding a portrait of his grandfather, Johannes Karl Mandel.

Of roots and serendipity: A genealogical trip to Germany ended the only way it could

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the strictest sense of the word, “adventure” translates from a combination of Latin words for “what must happen” and “to arrive,” which makes perfect sense in recalling my recent family adventure to Germany. My father is first-generation American, born in Philadelphia in 1925. He was the joy of his mother’s new life. In the midst of the Great Depression, … 1

My Turn: Modern education needs competition and choice

Friday, September 19, 2014

Years ago while cleaning the attic, I found a book published in 1897 titled Burke’s Conciliation with America. A relative, Henry Tilton Gorrell, had written his name and the date – 02/28/28 – inside the cover. Henry was 17 in 1928, likely a high school senior. The book appears to have been used in a history class; the margins are filled with his … 4

My Turn: Look north, look east to see cost of climate change

Friday, September 19, 2014

Climate change is already financially affecting those who can least afford it in New Hampshire. Just ask this state’s North Country businesses that cater to our moose hunters. With several shorter winters over the last decade causing huge spikes in winter tick numbers, moose numbers are down some 40 percent. Yes, the winter tick actually kills juvenile moose and even affects adult survival … 7

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Poetry Corner: A tumultuous peace

Friday, September 5, 2014

We have had some magnificent storms this summer, and the oppressive heat and humidity of the day makes the gathering clouds a welcome sight. The small breaths that stir the air in whispers grow by degrees to clear our minds and souls of all that has accumulated in … 1

My Turn: Court decision a victory for parents, students, taxpayers

Friday, September 5, 2014

Last week’s unanimous New Hampshire Supreme Court decision to reject the challenge against an educational choice law is a victory for Granite State families and taxpayers generally. The law expands educational opportunity by granting tax credits to corporations worth 85 percent of their donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations. … 11

My Turn: Independent voice needed in Washington

Friday, September 5, 2014

Over the past five months, Gail and I have traveled to every corner of New Hampshire, listening and learning, meeting with you in your living rooms, businesses and on your main streets. We have heard first-hand about the issues that matter to you, including taxes and spending, the … 6

My Turn: Lessons from Lily

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tasting our homemade chocolate chip cookies on a cool March day on the deck of my older son’s home near Lake Tahoe, my granddaughter and I chat: “Where’s Poppa John, Grammy Candy?” “Back home in New Hampshire, Lily girl.” “You don’t live with him anymore?” “No, sweetie, we … 0

My Turn: Jury nullification keeps government in check

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today, we celebrate Jury Rights Day. It was on this day in 1670 that Quaker William Penn of London was arrested, pleaded not guilty and subsequently argued against England’s Conventicle Acts, which outlawed the practice of religions other than the Church of England. The judge instructed the jurors … 2

My Turn: Back in the old days, the Hopkinton Fair was fun

Friday, September 5, 2014

My grandfather was a proud director of the Hopkinton State Fair in the late 1970s and early ’80s, back when folks thrived on the traditions and values of having a small town community state fair. He enjoyed helping provide a fun and family-friendly atmosphere for people young and … 2

My Turn: The issue of student debt causes a young Republican to lose faith in the party

Thursday, September 4, 2014

For the last two years, it has been my mission to recruit millennials into the fold of the Republican Party. Talking to young voters, educating my classmates and motivating them to get involved was an incredibly rewarding experience … 49

My Turn: For the Washington Redskins and the NFL, there is no defense

Thursday, September 4, 2014

As the new football season hurdles toward us, the controversy over whether the Washington Redskins need to change the team name has heated up. The controversy is hardly new. It has been actively going on for more than … 5

My Turn: An education in college affordability

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I am a future teacher who was forced out of New Hampshire schools because college costs are just too expensive. I was also recently forced into the decision to change my career path because of the soaring cost of education, going from a dual major in mathematics and … 1

My Turn: Obama has left United States with no good options

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 35 years, both active and reserve, including a deployment to Iraq in 2004 where I served as deputy legal counsel, Multi-National Force Iraq. I retired June 1 as … 14