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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 …

Ray Duckler: Retelling a day of horror and bravery that lingers

Sunday, October 4, 2015

‘We have a few characters from that day who are present tonight,” author Richard Adams Carey told us. We turned our heads and searched the book store, eyes wide and scanning, waiting for Carey to introduce people connected …

Ray Duckler: The doctor, Munro Proctor, was always in, somewhere around the world

Sunday, September 27, 2015

When Dr. Munro Proctor wasn’t taking care of someone’s heart, he was showing how big his was, seemingly to the whole world. The local cardiologist, who died on Sept. 14 at the age of 89 from Alzheimer’s disease, …

Ray Duckler: Yogi Berra: A small man who lived as a giant

Friday, September 25, 2015

To this day, 30 years later, I’ll never forget the time I met Yogi Berra. It was opening day at Fenway Park, 1985. Berra, the manager of the New York Yankees at the time, walked slowly through the dimly-lit tunnel that connected the visitors dugout to the clubhouse. …

Ray Duckler: Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Dr. Carlson!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dr. Berger Carlson should have worn a red cape and a big “S” on his chest. How else to describe a man who saved lives with surgery that no one had tried before, who played competitive tennis, who …

Ray Duckler: He could lead the free world, and you can call him Joe

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sometimes, the name just fits. In this case, the name is Joe, as in, he’s a regular Joe, or, “What’s up, Joe?” You’d certainly feel comfortable having a cup of Joe with him, and lately, we’ve heard another …

Ray Duckler: Following the missing $20 million from HHS; gone today, here tomorrow

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Kellie Denoncourt, the guardian of two nonverbal adult sisters lost in emotional darkness, doesn’t want to hear excuses. All she knows is $20 million, money recently lost then found by the Department of Health and Human Services, money …

Ray Duckler: A man and a boy share a vision together

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sometimes, evolution can happen quickly, even in just an hour or so. I saw a quick change in Tom Proulx, aided by a 14-year-old boy from Bow, on Friday night at NHTI, site of the Concord Friendly Kitchen …

Ray Duckler: Three voices look back on Sept. 11, while an event lends a helping hand

Friday, September 11, 2015

Bill Campbell, a firefighter in New York City at the time, packed his bag before the towers even fell. He was visiting his parents’ house in Amherst, where he grew up. He had a lot on his mind …

Ray Duckler: 100 years later, Polly Johnson still has strong opinions about the GOP

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Polly Johnson, two days short of her 100th birthday, remains unsure who to vote for, five months before the Republican primary. She saw last month’s debate and watches Fox News, but no one jumps out in the GOP’s …

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 …