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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: Democracy isn’t what it used to be

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Many years ago, in a one-room school, we learned that we were “citizens,” and that the entire edifice of democracy rested on our young shoulders. This year’s election was the most depressing of my life. As I dutifully watched the flood of TV adds and what were advertised …

On to Bonn: Life is too short to avoid the call of adventure

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I have a friend, a colleague in Concord, who once said to me, “I truly believe that significant change only occurs with risk.” Sometimes taking a risk is like jumping off a steep cliff into the unknown, the …

My Turn: The political campaign that could have been

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I recently had the chance to talk politics with an unusual commentator: an unemployed woman at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter where I volunteer. When I asked her if she planned to vote, she laughed and said, “No thanks.” According to her, politics is way too dirty, …

My Turn: Garcia will just add to gridlock

Sunday, November 2, 2014

As we head into the final days before voters go to the polls to cast their ballots, Granite Staters in the 2nd Congressional District are faced with a clear choice. When I first came to office, I pledged …

My Turn: Things are getting bizarre, so let’s cue the ‘Twilight Zone’ music

Sunday, November 2, 2014

We’ve just ended a week where we learned that there is at least one politician in New Hampshire more unpopular than President Obama. It’s former Massachusetts politico Scott Brown, who tossed his barn jacket into his pickup truck …

My Turn: Council is no place for partisanship

Sunday, November 2, 2014

It is often said that government should be run like a business. While this framework has its limitations at times, I know from running a 97-year-old family restaurant business that there are many ways that Concord can provide better customer service and value for the taxpayers’ dollar. In …

My Turn: The only option for Israel is to choose life

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Every year on the fast day of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Hebrew calendar, Jews around the world read the following: From Deuteronomy 30:15-20: I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose …

My Turn: Brown’s energy agenda is not for New Hampshire

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Here in New Hampshire, we face unique energy challenges, which is why we must recognize the economic and environmental importance of crafting sound energy policies. We must drive innovation in clean energy that will create jobs in New …

My Turn: Shaheen promised to be independent, but she isn’t

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Our country is at a crossroads. In just a few days, we have a real opportunity to make a change for the better when voters head to the polls. Over the past several months, you have heard from …

Monitor Board of Contributors: The Ballad of the Koch Boys

Friday, October 31, 2014

Now David Koch and Charlie Koch Decided they would go for broke To see just how much mischief they could do. “Let’s settle Democratic hash By dumping suitcases of cash That way we’ll make some red states out …