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Report to Readers: Here’s a quick bit of advice . . .

Friday, June 7, 2013

All we had to do was ask! We told readers this week that we were looking for advice for graduating high school seniors in short form – essentially, graduation speeches told in 200 words or less. Turns out, scads of readers have had fun with this project. The deadline was today at noon, yet the submissions are still rolling in …

Report to Readers: Here’s what every 18-year-old should know

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Chances are, an awful lot of high school seniors are going to hear an awful lot of long, windy speeches in the next few weeks. …

Report to Readers: Three good reads: guns, casinos and amputees

Saturday, June 1, 2013

If you’re hunkered down inside this weekend, trying to stay out of the heat, here are three good reads for you: 1. Former Monitor reporter …

Report to Readers: Need a hint? Take three

Monday, February 18, 2013

On Sunday we published a political quiz that proved popular among State House junkies and fans of the New Hampshire presidential primary. I also received a few notes from readers begging for a little help. Okay, okay. If you missed it, you can find the contest here. The …

Report to Readers: She said yes!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Strangely enough, the Monitor managed to get scooped on one of the coolest blizzard stories in the region. Darn you, USA Today! If you’re not a regular reader of that paper, you might have missed its reporting on …

Report to Readers: Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Fred Flintstone

Friday, February 8, 2013

Most weeks, the Monitor publishes three political cartoons by New Hampshire artist Mike Marland. On the off days, we choose from a big selection provided to us by a syndicated cartoon service. Typically, we pick cartoons by American …

Report to Readers: Why not take the kids?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Even before they were married, it was clear that Dan and Danielle Barrick had at least one big thing in common: a real curiosity about all things New Hampshire, their adopted state. The Barricks are former Monitor colleagues. We miss them here! But I’m happy to report that …

Report to Readers: The case of Annie Kuster’s unpaid taxes

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

When I arrived at work Tuesday, the first message in my email was one accusing the Monitor of a partisan double standard. Why had we made such a big deal about Jennifer Horn’s unpaid federal taxes but not told our readers about Annie Kuster’s late property tax payments …

Report to Readers: Would you publish these letters to the editor?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I got to spend a fun morning with seniors today. They were participating in a lecture series on the art and history of letter-writing, organized by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. My job was to talk about letters to the editor. Fun topic! Fun crowd! I brought with …

Report to Readers: Write your congresswoman today!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Here’s a typical ending to a letter to the editor: “Write your congressman today and tell him how you feel about guns/pollution/abortion/the deficit.” In recent years, some correspondents have used deliberately gender-neutral terms: “Write your member of Congress” or “Call your legislator.” This morning we received a letter …

Report to Readers: When it comes to inaugural front pages, we’re among the best

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

When big news happens, it’s always fun to see how other newspapers treat it. Today, the website BuzzFeed did that work for us. Journalists there collected what they considered the best front pages about the presidential inauguration from across the country. And here’s the best part: the Monitor …

Report to Readers: The ‘Monitor’ and the ‘n-word’

Monday, January 21, 2013

In a week when the nation is celebrating the second inauguration of our first black president as well as the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., I’ve been thinking about a far less lofty matter of race: the use of what has become known as the “n-word” in …

Report to Readers: A riveting story becomes a legal headache

Friday, January 18, 2013

One thing Concord Monitor reporters learn quickly: If you’re covering a story that involves Tony Soltani, it’s always going to be interesting. Recently, however, what started out as an especially interesting tale turned into a stressful legal fight for the newspaper. Soltani, a former state lawmaker from Epsom, …