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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 …

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.” …

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 …

Report to Readers: This story wasn’t ours

Monday, April 8, 2013

At least a couple residents in the New London area received an email in recent days that included what purported to be a news article published in the Monitor about the former town police chief. The chief, as we reported last week, was forced from his job after …

Report to Readers: No comments, please

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

For the first time in at least a year, the Monitor today removed all the reader comments attached to a particular news story on concordmonitor.com and shut off the commenting feature for that story. It’s an option we use only rarely, and I want to explain the situation. …

Report to Readers: What was behind that MV story?

Friday, March 29, 2013

I wasn’t surprised that our coverage of the arrests of six Merrimack Valley students caused some consternation on the part of the girls and their friends and families. What has surprised me, in the week since our story …

Report to Readers: Coming Sunday, a column that was difficult to write, important to read

Friday, March 15, 2013

We have an embarrassment of riches planned for Sunday’s edition. Reporter Tricia L. Nadolny will assess New Hampshire’s controversial “sexually violent predator” law. Sarah Palermo will examine deep budget cuts in the Hillsboro-Deering School District. Columnist Grant Bosse …

Report to Readers: A four-day focus on the state’s troubled mental health system

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sometimes it seems like Monitor journalists have been writing about the state of New Hampshire’s mental health system forever. And forever, it seems, patients and their advocates have been trying hard to get the attention of the public and politicians. Their message, year in and year out: The …

Report to Readers: One aggravated judge, one aggravated lawyer

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Twice in recent days the Monitor’s reporting has apparently gotten under the skin of participants in criminal proceedings. In both cases, the reporter was simply doing her job. The first instance was during the Rwandan genocide case that played out in federal court this month. Among the most …

Report to Readers: ‘The Insiders’: equal-opportunity jokesters

Monday, February 25, 2013

Last Tuesday, The Insiders poked gentle fun at Concord’s would-be thespians and let readers know about tryouts for a Community Players production. On Wednesday, The Insiders made a little joke at the expense of poetry (and, weirdly, Justin Bieber) and then let readers know about an open-mic poetry …

Report to Readers: Looking for a little fun? We can help

Monday, February 18, 2013

Here’s one complaint we hear from readers who live in Concord: It’s so hard to find out about fun stuff going on in town. And here’s a complaint we hear from readers who live outside of town: I wish I could get the Concord Insider. That’sthe free weekly …

Report to Readers: Need a hint? Take three

Monday, February 18, 2013

On Sunday we published a political quiz that proved popular among State House junkies and fans of the New Hampshire presidential primary. I also received a few notes from readers begging for a little help. Okay, okay. If you missed it, you can find the contest here. The …

Report to Readers: She said yes!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Strangely enough, the Monitor managed to get scooped on one of the coolest blizzard stories in the region. Darn you, USA Today! If you’re not a regular reader of that paper, you might have missed its reporting on …

Report to Readers: Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Fred Flintstone

Friday, February 8, 2013

Most weeks, the Monitor publishes three political cartoons by New Hampshire artist Mike Marland. On the off days, we choose from a big selection provided to us by a syndicated cartoon service. Typically, we pick cartoons by American …

Report to Readers: Why not take the kids?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Even before they were married, it was clear that Dan and Danielle Barrick had at least one big thing in common: a real curiosity about all things New Hampshire, their adopted state. The Barricks are former Monitor colleagues. We miss them here! But I’m happy to report that …