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Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz give his closing argument in the Steven Avery trial on March 14, 2007.

The Anatomy of ‘Making a Murderer’: Media changes the game in high-profile cases

Sunday, February 14, 2016

(The following is the second part in an occasional series about legal issues raised by the documentary “Making a Murderer.” Part one was published on Jan. 31.) ‘Murder is hot.” That was the observation of an NBC Dateline reporter as she tried to explain the media circus surrounding Steven Avery’s murder trial in the documentary Making a Murderer. The 10-part …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Beyonce’s black power

Sunday, February 14, 2016

It was loud, beautifully choreographed, insistent, flawlessly executed and a testament of faith, monochromatic, spelled out in Helvetica Bold – a font so clear, unequivocal and easy to read – an affirmation that no matter how many violent and oppressive acts are inflicted upon them, black people in America stand strong, un-submissive, not …

Katy Burns: Fun with old dead white guys

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Going a few rounds with a bunch of live wanna-be presidents sure didn’t turn out to be much fun. What a cranky bunch! So it is with pleasure that I recommend to my fellow Granite Staters that they now spend a little quality time – especially this weekend as we celebrate Presidents Day – with a whole lot of dead ones who are …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Climate change is the test that matters most

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Most people won’t actually remember what a real litmus test is. The term comes from chemistry, where litmus paper is used to measure the relative acidity or alkalinity of a liquid. Somehow, politicians altered the term as a …

My Turn: Facts, not emotion, guide bobcat hunt opposition

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is considering opening a trophy hunt on bobcats, and plans to allow trapping, hounding, baiting and hunting. I am vehemently opposed to this, and I hope that others will join me in opposing it on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in …

My Turn: Medicaid expansion flaws are glaring

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

This year, the state Legislature will decide the future of expanding the state’s Medicaid program to able-bodied adults under Obamacare. Medicaid expansion – passed in 2014 by a Legislature more sympathetic to Obamacare and growing government – expires later this year, and some of our elected officials are …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Let’s deliver a blow to the wealthy and powerful

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My regular readers know that as a general rule I try to avoid politics. I also tend to avoid religion, but when it comes up I try to be tolerant and respectful of all belief systems, drawing the line only when they preach hate or try to pass …

Katy Burns: On Day One, I’ll . . .

Sunday, January 24, 2016

If Chris Christie is elected president, 11-year-old Jacob Royal can eat whatever he wants for lunch, the New Jersey governor promised about a week ago. This pledge came after Jacob complained that school lunches “were fine when Mrs. …

Monitor Board of Contributors: No games on state Medicaid expansion

Sunday, January 24, 2016

As New Hampshire’s Legislature kicks off, there is probably no issue of greater significance for the state than the future of its Medicaid expansion. More than 46,000 people are now enrolled in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, our Medicaid expansion. It is estimated that by the end …

My Turn: Clinton offers hope in Alzheimer’s fight

Friday, January 22, 2016

Just a few weeks ago, I lost my mother to Alzheimer’s disease. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about her and wish that she was here. But over her three-year battle with this …

My Turn: City needs to explain Loudon Road logic

Friday, January 22, 2016

In response to Jack Shields’s Jan. 15 “My Turn” regarding the Loudon Road project, I would offer the following counterpoints: Shields asserts that in our everyday lives we regularly put our trust in professionals like doctors and lawyers. Why, then, he asks, don’t we place our trust in …

My Turn:

Friday, January 22, 2016

I urge the many women in our community to consider volunteering for the overnight shift at the Homeless Shelter at St. Peter’s, where there is a shortage. The Friends Program is spearheading this effort with funding from the city of Concord. I took a turn myself this last …

My Turn: As Republicans, we should focus on fixing things instead of blowing them up

Friday, January 22, 2016

When I was in junior high school, I agreed to play on a church basketball team. One night we played the top team, against which I had scored 19 points during our previous meeting. Apparently, that was frowned …