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Ray Duckler

Ray Duckler: A great trip for the Greatest Generation

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Navy veteran blamed his tears on pollen. Pollen, Roger Hamel of Claremont said, caused his eyes to mist like the wind-blown spray from the memorial’s two fountains. Not the 1,000 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans killed during World War II, or the Boy Scouts and other tourists who stopped to thank Hamel for his service, or the bronze sculptures showing soldiers storming beaches and dying while fighting the Germans and Japanese. Just pollen. “I acted like I believed him,” Nicolette Burns, a 35-year-old health care professional, told me. “Then I started crying, too.” Hamel, an 88-year-old cabinet maker, and Burns sat with me …

Ray Duckler: Clinton comes to town, spin cycle and all

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jeff Zeleny, CNN’s senior Washington correspondent, got in close yesterday and threw his best punch. Hillary Clinton, as she often does, ducked, then left the ring without a scratch. It’s a tactic that’s worked for Clinton during the early stages of her campaign for president. Ask and you shall not receive. In fact, …

Ray Duckler: She’s as strong as ever

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Want to get on Pat Pelletier’s bad side? Suggest she use a wheelchair, or a cane, or a walker. That’ll do it. She doesn’t care that she lost the lower portion of both legs when a trolley ran her over in 1929, the day before her third birthday. And it doesn’t matter that …

Ray Duckler : The passing of a man who changed a campus

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

More than 30 years ago, the rector at St. Paul’s School, a man with sharper vision than a bald eagle, spoke in front of his students and fought back tears. Bill Oates explained why he had expelled a …

Ray Duckler: If you’ve never heard of Jonathan Daniels, read this

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jonathan Daniels, answering a call from God and Martin Luther King Jr., went to Alabama in the spring of 1965 and died there five months later. He was killed by a shotgun blast from a man named Thomas …

Ray Duckler: In this case, silence is the golden rule

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sometimes, a half-hour of silence says a lot. Take yesterday, for example, in front of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. No one said a word from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., yet the voices were loud and clear, varied …

Ray Duckler: A stroke of genius outweighs sour grapes

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, is a super genius, and that’s from someone, me, who hates the Patriots. Belichick pulled a fast one Saturday in a playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, leaving football …

Ray Duckler: Settle in for the new year with a little kindness

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The holiday season is over, meaning it’s time to clean up and make good on those promises for 2015. There’s lots to do: Pack up the lights, move the tree outside, chuck the fruitcake, return the Chia Pet, lose weight, pay the credit card bill, sponsor a child, …

Ray Duckler: Ronnie Berlack, Franconia skiing star, killed in avalanche

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The news broke like the avalanche itself, quick, powerful, unforgiving. Ronnie Berlack, a 20-year-old skier from Franconia, a prospect on the U.S. ski team, a young talent who nearly competed on the World Cup circuit, died yesterday, the …

Ray Duckler: A couple of dedicated women honored in big ways

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Check the photos used for today’s column and you’ll notice two local people, each shown in a 15-minutes-of-fame snapshot that grew from their personal stories. On Dec. 3, Dottie Spofford, an 80-year-old Concord farm girl with the wisdom …

Ray Duckler: He sure proved me wrong. How about you?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Forget leftovers from the holidays, the turkey, the ham, the Christmas goose. For me, pass the crow. I deserve it. Three months ago, before he donned a cape on his back and an “S” on his chest, I …

Ray Duckler: Concord High student shows plenty of class

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Alyssa Pellegrini doesn’t care what you think about her. Not anymore. Once, when a digestive disorder made her throw up in the school bathroom and leak stuff from a tube during class and miss weeks of school, causing …

Stories of the Year #10. With heroin use surging, state looks across its borders

Friday, December 26, 2014

Opioid abuse, specifically heroin, emerged as a major threat in 2014, forcing the state’s safety, medical and political leaders to scramble in search of a solution. According to data released in a recent report, 911 calls for drug …

Ray Duckler: In her perfect world, her sister fits right in

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

She says her artwork is perfectly imperfect, meaning there’s a human element in everything she creates. So maybe this is a case of art imitating life. After all, nothing has been perfect for Katie Johnson, and that’s just …

Ray Duckler: War and sand replaced by magic and snow

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For Greg and Amber Card, neither place seemed real. Not the Middle East, with its enemy soldiers, blood and death. Not the North Pole, with its Santa Claus, elves and magic. Call them contrasting visions, fighting for a …