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Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Cosby, 77, is facing sexual assault accusations from at least 15 women, with some of the claims dating back decades. He has denied the allegations through his attorney and has never been charged with a crime. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Cosby accusations follow a familiar path of celebrity and abuse

Sunday, January 25, 2015

They were both beloved entertainers, both icons in their own way. And both of their reputations were tarnished by lurid allegations of sexual abuse. But there are differences between Bill Cosby and British TV fixture Jimmy Savile. For one thing, Savile died before the news media started paying attention to his accusers. For another, few in the United States have …

Burns: Careful not to mix politics and poetry

Sunday, January 25, 2015

One of this country’s most noted independent bookstores is Politics and Prose, an eccentrically rambling operation that thrives in northwest Washington, D.C. Prose and politics are, in fact, inseparable in life. Not so much poetry and politics. And maybe that’s as it should be. At least if the present brouhaha brewing in our own State House is any indication. More on that coming …

My Turn: Time to close capital gains loophole

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Hampshire has a revenue problem. Simply put, the state doesn’t make enough money to pay its bills. While some lawmakers like to say we have a spending problem, we know that’s not just wrong, it’s disingenuous. And that’s because the way lawmakers “solved” the so-called spending problem four years ago was to stop paying the state’s bills. In reality, their actions didn’t …

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My Turn: Can’t we all just get along and rebel?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

When it comes to politics, we generally disagree. Take health care. One of us, a progressive, believes health care is a basic human right and government should see to it that everyone is covered when markets do not. …

My Turn: Voters must rise up and demand change

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Our political system is in crisis. Much like the gilded age of the late 19th century, our leaders seem more responsive to the agendas pursued by modern day robber barons than the voices of the average citizen. Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United …

My Turn: Building a better forecast

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What heat wave? On Sunday, Jan. 4, Accuweather forecasted a high temperature of 48 degrees for Concord. The mercury bulb reached only 34. There was snow and slush on the driveways from the day before. A person believing the forecast might have decided that the temporary heat wave …

national view: So far, Cuba gambit isn’t working out so well

Saturday, January 10, 2015

In announcing the normalization of relations with Cuba last month, President Obama violated two pledges he had made: to link such a liberalization to “significant steps toward democracy,” including the freeing of all political prisoners; and to consult with Cuban civil society, including pro-democracy activists, on the change. …

My Turn: A game of chance

Friday, January 9, 2015

I think there is plenty of room to disagree about the most compelling football or football-related story of 2014. Locally some might pick the New England Patriots’ surprising run, which may lead to a Super Bowl appearance. As …

My Turn: The four myths of homelessness in Concord

Friday, January 9, 2015

The homelessness action plan proposed by Concord’s blue-ribbon commission will cost a lot of money and result in more homeless people in the city than there are now. What is the point of using more housing to attract more freeloaders and drug abusers to the city, when there …

My Turn: A call for caution on Feltes tax loophole plan

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sen. Dan Feltes, in his “My Turn” piece (Monitor Forum, Jan. 4), proposes two actions to close tax loopholes. One is to tax sales of stocks. The other is to eliminate channeling interest and dividends through a certain type of trust that enables avoidance of tax on them. …

Board of Contributors: Twilight for the king of the road

Thursday, January 8, 2015

We made the car trip again last week. Five hundred thirty miles there, five hundred thirty miles back to Concord. As is usually the situation, I did all the driving. Though the temptation is to yak about how …

My Turn: Journalism’s epitaph and democracy’s obituary

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I keep wondering why so many Americans tolerate gross income inequality, unmanageable student debt, the tsunami of anonymous dollars spent to manipulate election outcomes, ignore the dire threats of climate change and reluctantly accept as a function of “the free market,” Wall Street’s relentless rape of the middle …

NATIONAL VIEW: A disconcerting look at the power of cable news

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Does your vote depend on which news channel you watch? If you are a regular viewer of Fox News, will you become more likely to vote Republican? Until recently, it has been impossible to answer that question empirically. Sure, Republicans tend to favor Fox News and Democrats tend …