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Katy Burns: Let us all praise Lyndon Baines Johnson! Really.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A number of years ago I had a drink with an old friend. We’d first met as very young reporters and hit it off immediately, sharing a fascination with politics as well as a great curiosity about people and life in general. Our conversation turned to the subject of Lyndon Baines Johnson, by then well out of office, and I was going on about the then-discredited former president and “his” …

Katy Burns: Is America overregulated? Hardly!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

So Scott Brown – the erstwhile Massachusetts senator who recently took it into his head that the scenery in New Hampshire is so much more attractive than that in the Bay State – is finally ending his elaborate political tease. He wants back in the U.S. Senate – but this time to represent …

Katy Burns: Hey, single ladies! Get hitched!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Republicans have lately been stewing about their problem with the ladies. That is, the fact that they really, really aren’t popular with women. Look at the results of the last presidential election. The Democratic ticket got a healthy 11 percent more of the female vote than did the Republican. Now, some say this might have to do with the Republican Party’s stance on …

Katy Burns: Gay marriage: an American success story

Sunday, December 29, 2013

In 2003, no Americans – zero percent of us – lived in a U. S. jurisdiction where gay people were allowed to wed. At the end of 2013 – just 10 years later – fully 38 percent of us live in places where marriage equality is legal and …

Katy Burns: A Christmas state of mind

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The halls are decked with sprigs of holly – our halls are too small to accommodate huge boughs – as well as faux pine swags, red bows and gold ribbons. The tree is up, festooned with colorful lights and glittering ornaments. The cupboards and refrigerator are stuffed with …

Katy Burns: Memo to the Cheneys: family values

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dear Dick and Lynne: I trust you don’t mind my using the familiar address. After all, we’ve been listening to you both for so many years that I do feel we know you personally. I have been following …

Katy Burns: Our connected – and perilous – world

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Even as we prepare for Thanksgiving, celebrating the bounty of the season, we are haunted by the images of small children in ragged clothes desperately drinking water from dirty ditches and old ladies sitting, weeping, among the wreckage …

Katy Burns: Cyber bullies

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Deborah Lielasus is a 54-year-old freelance grant writer from Portsmouth who has spent much of her adult life working in the nonprofit sector, particularly the arts. She is also – take your pick – a “parasite,” a “useful idiot,” a “professional beggar,” a “scammer,” a “phony,” a “leech,” …

Katy Burns: It’s all about the toilet paper . . . and other passions

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Y’know what gets the American people exercised? Forget Ted Cruz. Or Obamacare. Or even the lousy fall TV season. What really riles up the masses is (ta da!) toilet paper. It fully engages the interest – and often the anger – of ordinary folks out there. About a …

Katy Burns: Enough is enough!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The U.S. Senate chaplain’s prayer was more like an order, barked out by the retired Navy admiral. “Lord, when our federal shutdown delays payments of death benefits to the families of children dying on far-away battlefields, it’s time for our lawmakers to say enough is enough,” Barry Black …

Katy Burns: Marching proudly back to the future!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Woohoo! They said it couldn’t be done – in fact they said it for 67 years, ever since it was a fanciful gleam in cartoonist Chester Gould’s eye – but by gum Samsung has done it! Once again the powerhouse South Korean company has forged ahead of the …

Katy Burns: Again? Again?!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

It was just a tiny vignette on NBC’s nightly news show last Monday. Richard Engel, the network’s widely respected chief foreign correspondent, was visiting a Syrian refugee camp where he interviewed a man who’d fled to the camp with his wife and 11 children to “hide from the …

Katy Burns: A Cuban-Canadian president?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

So where’s Harry Accornero when we really need him? Accornero, as connoisseurs of New Hampshire’s more eccentric legislators surely remember, is the guy from Laconia who was elected to the Legislature in 2010 and promptly shot to national notoriety (and great adulation in crackpot corners of the internet) …

Katy Burns: Hey, it’s history! Sort of.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

One thing for sure about titled nobility in 15th-century England: They had access to really great tooth whiteners. Their perfect choppers fairly gleamed in their faces. This is just one of the gems gleaned from The White Queen, a 10-part historical epic currently showing on the cable channel …

Katy Burns: Has the GOP lost its mind?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Last Thursday Rep. Bill O’Brien, former speaker of our House of Representatives, blessed readers of the Monitor with an exceptionally incoherent column. Near as I could tell, he cited a piece on to argue that, somehow, all members of the “Doctrinaire Left” are political and philosophical descendants …