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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 most evenly divided political district in the …

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 shopping frenzy and the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we overlook some simple …

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 ghosts and on to his own slow demise. A hundred readers of “Out the Window” …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: Standardized poll times would boost turnout

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We hear during every election, “Get out the vote!” But as I stood in line with at least 20 other voters on Nov. 4 waiting for my poll in Portsmouth to open at 8 a.m., I wondered how many voters could not vote because of time constraints. My …

My Turn: Don’t let Sunapee go way of Okemo

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Eleven years ago, many Sunapee area locals fought tooth and nail to prevent the Mueller’s Okemo Corp. from expanding down the west side of Mount Sunapee, with plans to build trails, 250 condos and a base area in Goshen. Thanks to then-Gov. John Lynch, the plan was not …

My Turn: What voters need now is time to heal

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I just received my “Are you ready for Hillary?” donation request. My short answer is “no.” When will politicians realize that we need a break from politics? The perpetual campaign is akin to the endless war we are fighting. By permanently maintaining an adversarial stance, be it political …

My Turn: Where’s Pindell?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Another New Hampshire election cycle has ended. The ballots are counted and the outcome was more or less predictable. Except for one thing: Nobody expected WMUR.com Political Director James Pindell to disappear. It all started during the Oct. …

My Turn: 'Monitor' editorial arrogant and offensive

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There is a prevalent elitist attitude that was expressed in portions of the editorial in the Nov. 7 Monitor. In an attempt to make sense of the midterm election, the editors included the following statement: “New Hampshire voters, we believe, tend to be better educated and more involved …

My Turn: Setting term limits is the key to building a better government

Sunday, November 9, 2014

How many times have you wanted to make a point and something happens at just the right time that does it for you? Today we have one of those moments that more or less makes my case. Remember when you were in grade school and, at about 10:30 …

Katy Burns: And we all laughed with him

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ray Magliozzi, one of the two Tappet Brothers who were the originators and unlikely stars of Car Talk, one of NPR’s longest running and most popular shows, candidly admitted several times that he had no idea which of …

My Turn: In 1979, the Hopkinton Fair was something special

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thirty-five years ago, I wrote a piece that was published on the front page of the Monitor (“The Fair,” Aug. 30, 1979, by Susan Andrews), much to the delight of my family and friends. After reading David W. Jones’s “My Turn” article headlined, “Board must act now to …

My Turn: No shortage of lessons after a year in the garden

Saturday, November 8, 2014

As a new resident of Concord without a lot of home green space, I decided to rent the smaller plot size in the Concord Community Garden. I had lived in Boston for the past seven years and could not dream of having a plot as big as the …

My Turn: Why are athletes held to a higher standard than judges?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Ever since the Ray Rice domestic violence case exploded across the media, public attention to domestic violence has probably reached an all-time high. The video of Rice’s brutal assault on his then-fiancee opened a window into a world …