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Katy Burns

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: On Syria, a sober answer to McCain’s question

Sunday, July 28, 2013

It was quite a week for news. The most important baby in the world – ever, it would seem from the media reaction – made a grand debut in London. Sadly for the celebrity watchers among us, he has been named George, a name which – with due …

Katy Burns: A war on women?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I never liked the charged phrase “a war on women” to illustrate (and to decry) the ongoing effort by conservatives, almost all Republicans, to restrict the reproductive freedom of the 50 percent of the population that’s female. But in the light of recent developments, I’m reconsidering. What was …

Katy Burns: Down the drain with Paula Deen

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Well, no doubt all of America was greatly reassured when embattled butter booster Paula Deen assured Today’s Matt Lauer that she would never have fired herself. And she tearfully told the world that these days her time was …

Katy Burns: Take the money and run!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Senate President Peter Bragdon, presumably speaking on behalf of his Republican cohorts, has grave misgivings about accepting the $2.5 billion the feds want to give New Hampshire to expand Medicaid to cover uninsured Granite Staters. But he might, he said, be open to “a New Hampshire solution.” Peter, …

Katy Burns: Out, damned spot! . . . er, unruly spirit

Sunday, June 16, 2013

On Tuesday a friend mourned. The lovely half-barrel of colorful annuals outside her door would soon be a koi pond, at least if she had koi. And I looked out the window into the garden, where normally decorous, downright humble hosta plants grow larger by the day, their …

Katy Burns: On education, science (and more!) hysteria takes the place of reasoned debate

Sunday, June 9, 2013

‘I feel like this Common Core thing is just evil. I’m going call it what it is. I think it’s evil.” A woman from Manchester was talking to NHPR reporter Sam Evans-Brown about the Common Core standards being adopted in states throughout the country, including New Hampshire. Common …

Katy Burns: Bye bye, Michele Bachmann! 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

No, no, no, Michele! Don’t leave us, not yet. You are too young, too vibrant, too . . . well, you. Unique. And boy, are you quotable! I refer, of course, to the inimitable Michele Bachmann, member of …

Katy Burns: Oops! Lemons for casino backers

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Once again that old gambling truism was proved right: The House always wins. In this case, the winner was our House of Representatives, famous (or infamous, if you prefer) for standing staunchly against the expansion of gambling in the Granite State. Too bad for Gov. Maggie Hassan and …

Katy Burns: Watergate? Are you crazy?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

It was inevitable. In a short press conference Thursday, a downy-cheeked young reporter – couldn’t have been more than 35 – asked President Obama: How do you respond to these comparisons of you with Richard Nixon and Watergate? The president smiled a bit ruefully. “I’ll let you guys …

Katy Burns: The IRS, then and now

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Among the manifold sins of Richard Nixon 40 years ago was a blatant attempt to use the IRS, then more directly under presidential control, to punish the 37th president’s many enemies and to reward a few of his friends. For instance, not only did he demand access to …

On Main Street, reasons to cheer

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Katy Burns: There's plenty of reasons to cheer Main Street …

Katy Burns: When it comes to crazy legislators, New Hampshire is tops

Sunday, April 28, 2013

For a few years, one of my sisters and I have had fun sparring via email over whose state’s legislators were crazier. Er, more eccentric. Della lives in North Carolina, which – while not remotely in a class with our brother Tom’s South Carolina, known the nation over …