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My Turn: If O’Brien likes being a leader, he doesn’t show it

Friday, November 28, 2014

Much has been written recently about Bill O’Brien and his planned return to his former position as speaker of the New Hampshire House. In a recent interview, O’Brien proclaimed how he relishes being a leader. A leader? Nobody seems to dare question his commitment to representing people in his own district, much less his ability to lead those who actually do represent their constituencies. Let’s look at the facts regarding …

My Turn: All I want this year for Christmas is a job

Friday, November 28, 2014

How does an older person compete in today’s job market? I am almost 61 years old – too young to officially retire – and had hoped to work for another five to 10 years at least. Having been laid off over a year ago from my full-time executive director position and then staying on for another six months at a cut in pay …

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 …

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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

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 …

My Turn: No shortage of lessons after a year in the garden

Saturday, November 8, 2014

As a new resident of Concord without a lot of home green space, I decided to rent the smaller plot size in the Concord Community Garden. I had lived in Boston for the past seven years and could not dream of having a plot as big as the …

My Turn: Why are athletes held to a higher standard than judges?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Ever since the Ray Rice domestic violence case exploded across the media, public attention to domestic violence has probably reached an all-time high. The video of Rice’s brutal assault on his then-fiancee opened a window into a world …

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 …