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Off Main: When you lose a loved one, the holidays change forever

Friday, December 19, 2014

It’s been 3½ years. That’s the simplest way to say it, to think about it. On June 26, 2011, my mother died at the age of 58. It was an unexpected death. She had battled rheumatoid arthritis for many years, bravely trying drug after drug, gritting her teeth through the pain when they didn’t work. And most of the time …

My Turn: Let Congress serve as a model of what not to do

Friday, December 19, 2014

It is my hope, that with the New Year, we can endeavor to achieve a spirit of cooperation that will carry throughout the legislative session. We face very significant challenges as a state, and they will only be made more difficult if we don’t work together to solve them. Personal differences should be set aside and commonalities should be identified so that a …

My Turn: For good of the state, it’s time to get to work

Friday, December 19, 2014

Here in New Hampshire, we have long prided ourselves on having a truly representative government. We have the largest state legislature in the United States. It is truly a citizen legislature made up of young and old, with diverse backgrounds, beliefs and life experiences. With 400 house members, by its very design, we are meant to reflect the state we are all proud …

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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: 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 …

My Turn: Giving Tuesday is a great place to start

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A letter came to my office recently from a young scholarship recipient. “I am forever grateful for this scholarship,” she wrote. “Coming from a low-income household means that I am forced to fund my college education all on my own, and this scholarship has taken a lot of …

Katy Burns: The Cosby Conundrum

Sunday, November 30, 2014

One headline summed up the extremely unpleasant story developing rapidly on the air, online and in print: “Doctor Huxtable and Mr. Hyde.” The good doctor is, of course, Bill Cosby, who achieved idol status by playing wise and lovable Dr. Cliff Huxtable in the wildly popular ’80s family …

Our Turn: When ‘reasonable belief’ is unreasonable and unjust

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The grand jury has spoken. Officer Darren Wilson has had his day in court. The focus of the press and public is moving on from Ferguson, Mo. Although the outcome of the case is clear – Wilson will …

Share your Thanksgiving power outage stories with the ‘Monitor’

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Holiday gatherings are often memorable, but a lot of families in the Concord area and around the state will be talking about this Thanksgiving for years to come. And from this point on, every time the lights stay …

My Turn: Costs to ratepayers pile up, but who’s listening?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

It is encouraging to read that PSNH CEO William Quinlan believes the cost of burying the Northern Pass Project may be on the low end of estimates. However, ratepayers need to be mindful of two important points: 1.) Underground transmission line projects with the capacity and voltage of …

My Turn: When it comes to malware, it’s a jungle out there

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The town of Durham has recently been the target of a series of internet-based malware attacks. Such attacks are not unusual. This week, for example, the Dickson County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Office indicated it recently paid more than $500 ransom to release files locked away by a malicious software …