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Protesters from the American Friends Service Commitee walk in front of Ted Cruz supporters at his event at the Village Trestle in Goffstown earlier this week.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: The biggest political issue of our times, and few care

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The voter waiting in line to hear Hillary Clinton held the pamphlet crumpled in her hand, unread, destined for the trash. I asked the woman, Melissa Umpierrez of Manchester, for comment on the material given to her by Arnie Alpert outside the middle school, in a cold rain, moments before. Somewhat embarrassed, Umpierrez began to pull apart the pamphlet’s edges, …

Ray Duckler: Looking for the Democratic nod for president? Let me introduce Mary Louise Hancock

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton wasted no time naming someone who reflects New Hampshire’s grace and grit: Mary Louise Hancock of Concord. Speaking to former governor John Lynch during a rally at Dartmouth College in November, the potential Democratic nominee for president is glad to have this 95-year-old political sparkplug as an ally. “She watches everything …

Ray Duckler: Concord, a hockey town, shows why at White Park

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The rich history in the big tent, serving as a makeshift locker room for the sixth Black Ice Pond Hockey Championships, hit me like a barrage of slapshots. Look, there’s Bruce Gillies, the goaltender who once faced pucks fired by The Great One, Wayne Gretzky. And look, there’s Lee Blossom, a college star …

Duckler: Brother’s kidney gave him 45 more years to live ... and counting

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Jim Blanchard wakes up in Concord each morning with his late brother and a cruel sense of irony nearby. Alan Blanchard’s kidney is filtering the blood in Jim’s body, cleaning it against all odds after transplantation surgery 45 …

Ray Duckler: Sanbornton officials tell residents to swap and shop some place else

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lynn Chong, the main source powering an effort to keep a local tradition alive, pointed at the big dumpster to show an example of waste. “Look there,” the English teacher from Sanbornton said, with emphasis in her voice. …

Ray Duckler: Will Bill Gardner protect our primary against Howard Dean? Yeeaaaagh!

Friday, October 30, 2015

It’s not often Secretary of State Bill Gardner is at a loss for words. State politics? Buckle your seat belt. New Hampshire’s importance in the presidential nominating process? Cancel all appointments for the rest of the day. The …

Ray Duckler: Changes and words connected to the Bush campaign mean little, some say

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The news from Jeb Bush’s camp, in the days leading up to tonight’s Republican debate, sounded problematic for the former Florida governor. His staff had been reduced, salaries cut. His recent statements suggested frustration. And his polling numbers remained lower than a Donald Trump cheap shot at Megyn …

Ray Duckler: Objective reporting in context

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Objectivity in reporting doesn’t exist. Or, put another way, it’s in the eye of the beholder. There, I said it, and I feel better. Objectivity is a concept that’s drilled into us by some invisible journalistic bible, a …

Ray Duckler: This trick, pumpkins flying through the air, is a real treat

Friday, October 23, 2015

Steve Seigars can’t let it go, and there’s not much his wife Kathleen can do about it. He loves wearing his hard hat and turning on the hydraulic pump, with its loud-yet-tranquil hum. He loves watching the 30-foot …

Ray Duckler: No matter who you support, Biden’s departure has an impact here

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Did you hear the sighs Wednesday, after Joe Biden announced he would not run for president? Some represented sadness that their candidate declined to join the race. Others, supporters of someone else, were relieved that Biden chose not …

Ray Duckler: Policies change, but Guard members don’t

Monday, October 19, 2015

The undercurrent, not listed in the event’s six-page program, had been created two days before, with a change in foreign policy. We’d be spending more time in Afghanistan, President Obama had told us recently, with more troops than …

Ray Duckler: These pumpkins carry a lot of weight in Goffstown

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Kids aren’t the only ones who grow up fast. Pumpkins do, too. Just ask Jim Beauchemin of Goffstown, whose hobby is growing really big pumpkins, some of which you can see today at the Goffstown Regatta. Competitors will …

Ray Duckler: Sarah Merchant, Stage IV cancer victim, wondered if anyone was listening

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Pink is big today. We’ll see pink ribbons and pink hats and pink sneakers, weaving through a five-mile course from Memorial Field and back. As part of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides of Concord, we’ll hear about …

Ray Duckler: Howdy, sheriff Huntsman. Can you bring us law and order?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

He looked like the good guy from a Hollywood western, handsome, silver hair swept to the side and blue jeans that were a slender, perfect fit. He rode into Manchester on Monday, during the first-ever No Labels Problem …

Ray Duckler: Historic start to our bipartisan future? We’ll see about that

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

History was made Monday at a hotel in downtown Manchester. Or was it? The light of reason shone brightly as well. Or did it? We’ll know more in the days and weeks and months and years ahead, after eight presidential candidates, from both sides of the aisle, spoke …