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national view: The ruble wrecker

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The drama playing out in Russia on Tuesday was not pretty. The ruble’s exchange rate has collapsed by some 50 percent against the dollar since mid-June, with an accelerating fall in recent days. A panicked attempt by the central bank at 1 a.m. Tuesday to stop the slide was a failure. Russia now faces a full-blown currency crisis. For President Vladimir Putin, the crisis is his own doing, a direct …

Board of Contributors: The perks of being a library director

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It all began with a message posted on the statewide library email list where we librarians share information, ask questions and generally tap into the hive mind of all the libraries in the state. The subject line was “The Perks of being a Library Director,” and it was posted by Vicki Varick, the …

My Turn: Tragedies and triumphs unfold each day in shelters

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last shelter season, with Brian riding shotgun and myself at the wheel, we’d cruise through our frozen city searching behind stores and inside characterless concrete coves and caves. Our mission was always the same – looking for an errant shelter guest who may have passed out in the January air and didn’t make it to the church on time to check in for …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: A day will dawn when we embrace entanglement

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Maybe it’s because of my hippie past, but I have always been fascinated by the idea of “entanglement.” Entanglement is the theory that once two objects or particles have interacted with one another, they will be forever joined; …

My Turn: The misguided push to ban Sharia Law

Saturday, December 6, 2014

As the leader of a religious community with a wide range of political views, I am always cautious when speaking out on partisan issues. But sometimes, I must. Now is that time. On Sept. 20, the delegates of the New Hampshire Republican Party adopted a Platform of Republican …

Concord 250: Celebrating ourselves, and connecting along the way

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Recently the Concord City Council voted to appropriate $50,000 for Concord 250, the celebration of our 250th anniversary. There was one dissenting vote, which I found a bit surprising. But what really surprised me was how many people I talked to who either agreed that there should be …

My Turn: A plan to power NH

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lately I hear many concerns about the future of New Hampshire. As often as I hear those concerns focused on rising energy costs, I hear them focused on our state corporate tax structure, the lack of a skilled workforce, and the trend showing that our population is significantly aging.  …

My Turn: Wishing for a Kasich-Rubio ticket

Friday, December 5, 2014

Clinton versus Kasich in 2016? Nov. 5 marked the unofficial start of the 2016 Presidential campaign – that being the day after the mid-term elections. With a new president guaranteed for 2016, New Hampshire political junkies should be …

My Turn: Contemplating the $100 Christmas

Friday, December 5, 2014

The power is back on, Thanksgiving is over, let the financial race to ruin we call Christmas begin! If there are any lessons to be learned from this last power outage, it is that less can be way more when combined with a healthy dose of gratitude. Our …

My Turn: Mary Baker Eddy and a ‘Faith on Trial’

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Note from the author: “Faith on Trial” is the product of my years as library director at the New Hampshire Historical Society where many materials about the case reside. I was impressed by the amount of national media …

Other Views: We need police data

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Washington Post You can’t make good policy on the basis of bad information – or no information at all. Among the lessons of the tragedy in Ferguson, Mo., is that, when it comes to the realities of policing cities and suburbs, many Americans did not know how much …

My Turn: Pisgah State Park – Recreation in a vanishing wilderness

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Five years before settling in Chesterfield in 1981, I came to this area as a student. In the second year of my graduate program at Antioch, I worked as an intern on a project about the future of the newly formed Pisgah State Park. The title of that …

How we spent our Thanksgiving: Readers recount their snowed-in holidays

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A warm bunch This Thanksgiving will have a prominent place in the fabric of holiday stories. It was a challenging celebration that will turn out to be a great memory. Our power went off on Wednesday afternoon and …