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Ray Duckler
Harriet Cady, shown at the State House, has been fighting for transperancy in local government for 40 years starting in Raymond while advocating for her son.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: To know, or not to know, that is the question

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Is Harriet Cady fighting for transparency in government? Yes, she is. Is the 71-year-old Deerfield resident also, at times, a pain the butt? Well, it’s safe to say yes to that as well. On her side stands the New England First Amendment Coalition, which honored Cady recently for her work in prying open the oftentimes gator-like jaws that local boards …

Ray Duckler: Bruschi stops by to visit his friend

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In 2005, Tedy Bruschi moved left, then went down, hard. But unlike so many other times in his NFL career, there was no crunching block involved, no wallop from an offensive lineman the size of a condominium, or a running back with a bowling ball-like center of gravity. And it didn’t happen on …

Ray Duckler: Given a second chance, Ryan Pitts recalls the nine who died. . . forever

Saturday, March 14, 2015

We wanted to be near him, make eye contact with him, because we wanted to understand. Maybe we’d see something in Ryan Pitts’s eyes that would give us a clue as to how someone saves lives, loses friends and remains focused, with death tugging at you like an impatient child. What’s Pitts, 29, …

Ray Duckler: The start of a tradition, on a day made for tradition

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kathleen Vincent chose to be with her husband during yesterday’s Veterans Day ceremony in Boscawen. She sat in the grass, legs outstretched, one ankle crossed over the other. Her right shoulder rested against one end of his headstone, …

Ray Duckler: After lots of pain, lots of gain

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Daphne Hegreness once felt desperate to find the source of her pain, later diagnosed as cancer. She once felt taller than usual after rising on her prosthetic leg, finally pain free. And she once suffered dizzy spells from …

Ray Duckler: Lights, cameras, action: N.H. is in the spotlight, as usual

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Once again, our cows, our moose, our flannel shirts, our suspenders, our tractors and our state motto have become more important than they were in the past. And it’s not even first-in-the-nation primary time. Instead, our race for …

Ray Duckler: The guard is on the move again. Anyone listening?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

If you want to upset Brig. Gen. Craig Bennett, disrespect the men and women under his command in the New Hampshire Army National Guard. Go ahead, raise your eyebrows in shock upon hearing the Guard is still needed …

Ray Duckler: Bob Ryan never met a sport he didn’t like

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I had a preconceived notion about Bob Ryan, the Boston Globe sports columnist who will sign his new book, Scribe: My Life in Sports, on Tuesday at Gibson’s Bookstore. Ryan, I figured, was the kind of guy who …

Ray Duckler: In a one-shot deal, Magdziarz finally gets his prize

Friday, October 24, 2014

The woods, Stanley Magdziarz says, insulate him from life’s harsh terms. There, he’s able to put aside his sadness, caused by family tragedies, feeling safe, fulfilled, at peace. And there, in the woods of Berlin last Sunday, after …

Ray Duckler: As Shaheen, Brown camps battle over territory before debate, a chicken works ‘undercover’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? Because he didn’t have to, and that was fine with the chicken. Let me explain, and please, be patient. Before we address the chicken, we must first address who received permits …

Ray Duckler: Listen up: There’s more to her than meets the eye

Monday, October 20, 2014

Metaphorically speaking, Kristen Vermilyea wants you to look in a mirror, at yourselves. Not at her chest. At least not for too long. She’s an actress, writer and filmmaker, formerly of Pembroke, living in Switzerland, who believes in …

Ray Duckler: Walking me through history, with the help of a cane

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Boston Post Cane, lying on the mantelpiece in Edith Carr’s Contoocook living room, can be used for a walk in the park, or a stroll down memory lane. So lean on it and take a walk with …

Ray Duckler: Judy Smith was a horse of a different color

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The disciples of Judy Smith, who died from cancer Oct. 1 at age 72, walk through horse manure like it was shag carpeting. In years past, they’ve delivered baby horses in their pajamas at 3 in the morning. …

Ray Duckler: Leave the rest behind and come over here

Friday, October 10, 2014

‘I have to show you,” Deborah Ramsey said, with the enthusiasm of a child. “I have some in the trailer.” Ramsey rushed inside, dressed in khaki shorts, a pink top and sandals, as though she had something precious …

Ray Duckler: McCann speaks softly and carries a big stick

Sunday, October 5, 2014

‘Something’s off,” the Sports Illustrated editor told the Concord law professor. “Figure it out.” So Mike McCann did. He requested records from the University of Arkansas and pieced together a story, about sex, betrayal and corruption, that brought …