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Joe Randazzo (left), formerly of Penacook, leans in for a "kiss" with Johnny Depp in costume as Donald Trump. Depp plays Trump in Funny or Die's "The Art of the Deal."

Ray Duckler: Joe Randazzo razzes Trump, and everyone else, for that matter

Friday, February 12, 2016

For someone like Merrimack Valley High School graduate Joe Randazzo, Donald Trump is pure gold. Randazzo is a satirist who holds up a mirror to show us how dumb we are, or can be. Last Wednesday, a Trump-roasting mockumentary, written by Randazzo and shown on the humor website Funny or Die, appeared online the day after our first-in-the-nation primary. Called The Art of the Deal: The Movie, and based on Trump’s 1987 business-guide book, it stars Johnny Depp as The Donald and also includes Ron Howard as the narrator; Henry Winkler as former New York City mayor Ed Koch; Michaela Watkins as Ivana Trump; and …

Ray Duckler: How Hillary Clinton lost New Hampshire in eight years

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Granite Staters announced Tuesday night that they believe in Santa Claus. Robin Hood, too. Bernie Sanders, perceived as a politician who gift wraps idealism and robs from the rich to give to the poor, won the state’s hearts as well as its primary. He stamped the official state seal on an election season …

Ray Duckler: Fast food workers demand $15 an hour

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Money makes the world go around. It also stops traffic in Manchester, makes the city’s cops mad, disrupts a local fast food restaurant, scares kids, and makes you wonder what we, as a country, should do about the minimum wage. Fifteen dollars an hour? That is the question, and you can bet voters …

Ray Duckler: Graham loaded with ammo at local gun show

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to meet you, shake your hand, have a chat. Graham, in fact, needs your vote, and he thinks our style of retail politics is the perfect way to get it. He’d better, because nationally …

Ray Duckler: In boy’s battle against little-known SMA, parents mix sadness with hope

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sadness mixes with hope these days at the Bhattarai home in Concord. Deodonne and Ranjan Bhattarai remember Ranjan’s parents visiting last spring from Nepal, excited to see their grandson, 1-year-old Bodhi, for the first time ever. Maybe they’d …

Ray Duckler: McCann, UNH law professor, says Goodell’s decision was out of bounds

Friday, September 4, 2015

Read the judge’s 40-page decision and talk to a local legal expert, and you realize that Roger Goodell should have been penalized for illegal procedure. What else can we think? The NFL commissioner’s ruling, that Patriots quarterback Tom …

Ray Duckler: Rape trial forces boarding schools to look in the mirror

Saturday, August 29, 2015

During the Watergate investigation 41 years ago, Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee, wondering about Richard Nixon’s role in the scandal, asked, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” Baker’s succinctly worded curiosity has resonated …

Ray Duckler: This rape trial makes you wonder: where did we go wrong?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maybe we can learn something from the heart-wrenching trial that’s unfolded in superior court here since last week. Maybe we can talk to our children about stuff we don’t want to talk about, namely sexual assault, instead of leaving it up to the schools. Maybe we can mention …

Ray Duckler: Trump, the billionaire who exposes the discontent of money in politics

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Donald Trump wanted us to visualize a marionette, controlled with strings by someone above. He wanted us to understand that others seeking the presidency of the United States, Republicans and Democrats, are told what to do by those …

Ray Duckler: The man behind the Donald: tough as granite

Saturday, August 15, 2015

John Lynch stands in a back office at the state’s chapter of Americans for Prosperity, stiff, speechless and defenseless, just like he was five years ago. The effigy of the former governor has been there for a while, …

Ray Duckler: Come fly with me, Jeanne Gerulskis says

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jeanne Gerulskis, the executive director of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, needs her space. Nine years ago, she drove to an auction in New York City and bought a jumpsuit worn by a character from Star Trek: The Motion …

Ray Duckler: A party 250 years in the making

Saturday, August 8, 2015

There’s a birthday party this week, all week, and you’re all invited to attend. Whether your thing is music, dancing, history, farming, sports or parades, Concord 250, the organization in charge of coordinating and promoting this celebration, has …

Ray Duckler: An activist continues to spread a message calling for no nuclear weapons

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Look at life through Arnie Alpert’s eyes, and you’ll see peace signs and doves, not weapons and wars. A nonthreatening presence, he’s a slight man with a small, narrow face that almost disappears behind his mustache and glasses. …

Ray Duckler: A very dark problem on a very sunny day

Monday, August 3, 2015

‘Hi, Ray. How ya been?” That’s how the conversation started downtown, on a perfect Sunday afternoon, with an acquaintance whose name will remain hidden, for now. My friend, Kevin Clark, was working, playing his guitar at the entrance to Eagle Square, and I was sitting in what amounts …

Ray Duckler: I wanted to track a moose, at a time when calves are dying

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Henry Jones peered through the trees, flashed a peace sign-like symbol, then flicked his index and middle fingers quickly back and forth, over and over, one at a time. “We’re close,” whispered Jones, a graduate student in a …