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New York City was making a big push into modernity when the Great Blizzard of 1888 delivered a significant setback.

Off Main: A walloping for the ages

Friday, March 6, 2015

What a winter, huh? There are all sorts of fancy ways I could talk about New Hampshire’s awful weather of the last couple of months, all sorts of elegant turns of phrase I could employ. But it’s been too awful, too sustained a barrage of snow and cold for that. What a winter. There have been worse, though. Looking through weather stories a couple of weeks ago, I came across an account of the Great Blizzard of 1888. That wasn’t just a snowstorm. That was a society-changing event. The facts of the March 11-14 storm are clear and unsettling enough. According to the History Channel, …

My Turn: In this battle, let’s all root for the Marshall Islands

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Many thanks for Sol Solomon’s thoughtful and timely piece about outlawing war (Monitor Forum, Feb. 28). We need some progress in that direction, hopefully before the “doomsday clock” runs out. The Russell-Einstein Manifesto (60 years this July) urged world leaders to adopt “new thinking” in the nuclear age if humankind was to escape self-annihilation. The new thinking involved the recognition that long-term survival …

My Turn: We can’t stop time from stealing our youth, but why do we let it take our compassion?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

ears ago, my sister-in-law taught third grade in a bad neighborhood. Many of the kids lived in poverty, some ran loose after school, a few had parents in jail. At one parent-teacher conference, the father of one student showed up and demanded to know when his kid was going to be taught some …

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My Turn: Who else but Hillary can manage world’s problems?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

We see ads frequently reminding us that friends do not let friends drive drunk. And we are also devoted to the idea that friends should not ask friends to run for president. We are referring to all the …

And the Oscar for best Oscar category goes to . . . Best Feature Documentary

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve never been a big fan of awards – especially industry awards. I like televised award shows even less, and there is no show I despise more than the Oscars. Maybe it’s the mind-numbing speeches or all of …

Katy Burns: As if the snow isn’t bad enough, we have politicians

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It is Thursday afternoon, and it is snowing. And more snow is cascading to earth as my husband diligently rakes the roof of the sunroom where I write. His legs are at eye level as he stands on …

My Turn: Penny wise and pound foolish, then penny foolish

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Energy conservation and energy independence both took a beating this week in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. First, the House voted to defund the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI is a cap-and-trade program (a concept introduced by the Reagan administration) in which all New England states and …

National view: Republican presidential candidates unite to ignore immigration in 2016

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Immigration is supposed to be a bitterly divisive topic for Republicans. Yet a very narrow range of opinion separates the party’s leading presidential candidates, which is unfortunate for the country. The last Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, opposed giving legal status to illegal immigrants. But most of the …

My Turn: Why is Social Security in trouble? Follow the money

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Entitlement? We would like someone to explain to us why we are referred to as entitled people. Yes, my husband and I are on Social Security and Medicare presently. This is after paying in by payroll deductions from our paychecks for 45 years and matched by our employers, …

My Turn: Gun law change is wrong for state

Saturday, February 21, 2015

If someone had told me six years ago that I’d be writing a newspaper piece about the finer points of New Hampshire state gun laws, I would not have believed them. I was never a particularly political person. But nothing shapes someone’s world view more than personal experiences …

My Turn: It’s time to clear a path toward STEM success

Saturday, February 21, 2015

If we, as a state, are going to get serious about preparing our students for 21st-century careers, then we need to begin by prioritizing STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and adding an “A” (arts), creating STEAM for our students today. In fact, the New Hampshire Scholars Initiative, …

My Turn: Senate votes prove conservation is bipartisan

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The conservation of our nation’s lands and waters is a concept that unites nearly all Americans – certainly those of us who like to hike, watch wildlife, fish and hunt. In our state, 90 percent of people asked …

My Turn: Democrats are looking for ways to raise your taxes

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Here’s the thing about loopholes. When a Democrat claims to have found a loophole in the tax code, hide your wallet. You can be sure they’ve just found another way to take your money. The last time we heard about closing loopholes was when then-Sen. Maggie Hassan pushed …