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The Boston Tea Party of 1773, as depicted in an old Engraving.Bostonians dressed as Indians dumped 342 chests of tea overboard from three British ships in protest against "taxation without representation."      The famous tea party took place at Griffin's Wharf, where the ships were tied up. The site remained a landmark even after the waterfront was filled in, leaving the spot several hundred yards inland.     Recently there were rumors that the site was "lost".   It was re-discovered in the center of rubble of buildings being torn down to make way for an elevated highway.   A temporary sign marks the spot.     (AP Photo)

My Turn: Thanksgiving and revolution

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It’s again time to celebrate the older of America’s two extraordinary “T-parties,” Thanksgiving. The two parties are strikingly different. For one thing, they arose at two very different times. Pilgrims in the early 1600s were vulnerable newcomers, allowed to share land that red men had occupied for millennia, and to share it rent-free because of the strange Native American belief …

My Turn: On immigration, U.S. can learn from the Romans

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In 2007, Cullen Murphy’s intriguing book Are We Rome? was published. Although a slender volume, it shed new light on a long-discussed issue. To what extent is the United States the new Rome? Our founders certainly looked to the Roman republic for many of the aspects of the new government they were creating. We have, for example, a Senate and also selected the …

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 …

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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: New England is betting it all on natural gas

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Is there any doubt that abandoning nuclear and coal plants will trigger a sharp increase in electricity prices? Utilities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts have put customers on notice that electricity will cost a lot more due to the imminent closure of Vermont Yankee and several coal plants. …

My Turn: The beauty of bare trees

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Every year we deal with this, what falls in fall. Some of us rake them up and dump them in the compost; some bag them to be hauled away. Some folks use leaf blowers. I don’t get leaf …

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 …