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Report to Readers: Here’s a quick bit of advice . . .

Friday, June 7, 2013

All we had to do was ask! We told readers this week that we were looking for advice for graduating high school seniors in short form – essentially, graduation speeches told in 200 words or less. Turns out, scads of readers have had fun with this project. The deadline was today at noon, yet the submissions are still rolling in at an astonishing pace. We’ll run a big collection in … 1

Report to Readers: Here’s what every 18-year-old should know

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Chances are, an awful lot of high school seniors are going to hear an awful lot of long, windy speeches in the next few weeks. I say “hear” rather than “listen to,” because, alas, it’s often easy to let your mind wander during the average high school graduation speech. You know the type: “This is a beginning, not an end.” “Follow your dreams.” … 1

Report to Readers: Three good reads: guns, casinos and amputees

Saturday, June 1, 2013

If you’re hunkered down inside this weekend, trying to stay out of the heat, here are three good reads for you: 1. Former Monitor reporter Chelsea Conaboy, now a journalist at the Boston Globe, had a riveting front-page story this week about a former University of New Hampshire football player who lost his legs in a crash but now serves as an inspiration … 0

Report to Readers: Among free weekly papers, ‘The Concord Insider’ is tops

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Boy, there’s a lot of congratulating to be done today. Yesterday, just as Ben Conant and Keith Testa were putting the finishing touches on their giant annual Cappies Awards edition of The Concord Insider, they got word that they, too, had won a big award. The Cappies, for … 3

Report to Readers: Starting today, a new focus on health care

Sunday, May 19, 2013

If you read the Sunday Monitor in order, from front to back, chances are you’ve not yet come across Sarah Palermo’s new column on the Your Life page – and I want to make sure you don’t miss it. Palermo has a hybrid reporting mission in the Monitor … 0

Report to Readers: How’d he get that shot?!

Friday, May 17, 2013

This morning’s front page was dominated by a large photo of the Rock ’N Race in downtown Concord last evening. Photographer Taehoon Kim captured the crowd of thousands running down Main Street from what appeared to be a … 0

Report to Readers: KenKen wins the puzzle contest

Thursday, May 16, 2013

We have a clear winner in our “Pick A Puzzle” contest – as well as a new challenge for Monitor readers. First, the winner: KenKen was the choice of 99 participants, followed by 66.5 votes for 7 Little Words and 35.5 votes for Word Roundup (more on those … 2

Report to Readers: Three bonus days of puzzles!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Here’s a reminder for Monitor puzzle fans – and a small gift. First the reminder: Our “Pick a Puzzle” contest is about halfway over. If you want to participate, we’ll need your vote by Wednesday at noon. Now the gift: While our original plan was to publish the … 0

Report to Readers: More politics, more casino coverage

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

We’ve started a few new things at this week, and I want to make sure readers have found them. First, reporter Annmarie Timmins has started a new blog about the casino gambling debate in the Legislature. If you go to, you can keep track of small … 0

Report to Readers: In early voting, KenKen takes the lead!

Monday, May 6, 2013

As you might have noticed in this morning’s paper, the Monitor today kicked off a reader contest to help us choose a new word or numbers puzzle to add to the daily mix. Amazingly, readers started chiming in on Sunday, even before we’d shown them the options. Readers … 0

Report to Readers: Help us pick a puzzle!

Friday, May 3, 2013

If you’re a regular Monitor reader and a fan of brain-teasers, you’ve no doubt already mastered our daily puzzle offerings: Sudoku, the Jumble, the hard crossword puzzle, the less difficult crossword. We’ve had the same lineup for many years – and it’s time to shake things up. We’re … 2

Report to Readers: A fabulous story by an old friend

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Remember Eric Moskowitz? A few years back, he was a stand-out Monitor reporter who covered Concord City Hall, among other topics. Strangely, the story I remember most by Moskowitz is one that never saw the light of day: an enormous and wonderful profile of Carol Moseley Braun, intended … 0

Report to Readers: A little poetry amid the gore

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

When putting together the front page of the Monitor, we tend to look for a good mix of stories: a little politics, a little crime, a little human interest, something to talk about over breakfast. Tuesday’s front page was full of news but, as a couple readers pointed … 0

Report to Readers: Is it sexist to call a woman a lapdog?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Among the many, many letters to the editor we’ve received in recent days about Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s vote against a gun control measure last week was one that caught me by surprise. The letter, published yesterday, came from … 17

Report to Readers: A blizzard of mail, all about Ayotte

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In a letter to the editor to be published later this week, a reader from Amherst criticizes the Monitor for publishing an “inordinate” number of letters about U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the past several days. I’m not … 19