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Mike Pride: So long to the ‘Monitor’s’ comeback kid

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Off and on for the last quarter century, Felice Belman has been a journalist for this newspaper. Mainly she has been an editor, and not just any editor, but as one former colleague put it, “a reporter’s dream editor.” Tomorrow is Belman’s last day at the paper. That is bad news for the Monitor, its readers and Concord. It is good news only for the Boston Globe, where she starts …

Mike Pride: Dartmouth’s finest . . . so to speak

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

No frolic so slight ever won such glowing praise as the service of the Dartmouth Cavalry during the Civil War. Writers lauded these college men on horseback even for what they didn’t do. On class day at graduation in 1863, the cavalryman William Lapham Flagg began the drumbeat with a poem of many …

Mike Pride: In the newsroom, this season is a democracy marathon

Sunday, March 16, 2014

You wouldn’t believe what this season of school and town meetings is like in the newsroom. If you live in a town and want to be an involved citizen, you attend two meetings and vote on the second Tuesday in March. In addition to the satisfaction of doing your civic duty, you get a break from cabin fever and a chance to catch …

Mike Pride: Would we execute Addison after repealing the death penalty?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Imagine it is March 14, 2039. New Hampshire abolished the death penalty 25 years ago. It has executed no one for a century. Nevertheless, today 58-year-old Michael Addison, a convicted cop killer whose appeals have finally run out, …

Mike Pride: out of retirement (for now) and back to the ‘Monitor’

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Maybe you saw the notice in yesterday’s paper that I am back at the Monitor. At my age, I should know better. What am I doing here? I was nearly six years into a retirement I loved when it occurred to me that the Monitor might need me. …

Mike Pride: Memories at Midway

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Stan Abele was on display on the hangar deck of the Midway, the retired aircraft carrier that is now a museum in San Diego. As he often does, Commander Abele stood beside a plane like the one he …

Mike Pride: Message to Democrats: Embrace Obamacare

Sunday, February 2, 2014

President Obama’s State of the Union Address was a yawner, but let’s hope New Hampshire’s Democratic members of Congress didn’t nod off during his riff on Obamacare. All three of them, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster are up for re-election in the fall, …