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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: The case of Annie Kuster’s unpaid taxes

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

When I arrived at work Tuesday, the first message in my email was one accusing the Monitor of a partisan double standard. Why had we made such a big deal about Jennifer Horn’s unpaid federal taxes but not told our readers about Annie Kuster’s late property tax payments … 3

Report to Readers: Would you publish these letters to the editor?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I got to spend a fun morning with seniors today. They were participating in a lecture series on the art and history of letter-writing, organized by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. My job was to talk about letters to the editor. Fun topic! Fun crowd! I brought with … 1

Report to Readers: Write your congresswoman today!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Here’s a typical ending to a letter to the editor: “Write your congressman today and tell him how you feel about guns/pollution/abortion/the deficit.” In recent years, some correspondents have used deliberately gender-neutral terms: “Write your member of Congress” or “Call your legislator.” This morning we received a letter … 0

Report to Readers: When it comes to inaugural front pages, we’re among the best

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

When big news happens, it’s always fun to see how other newspapers treat it. Today, the website BuzzFeed did that work for us. Journalists there collected what they considered the best front pages about the presidential inauguration from across the country. And here’s the best part: the Monitor … 0

Report to Readers: The ‘Monitor’ and the ‘n-word’

Monday, January 21, 2013

In a week when the nation is celebrating the second inauguration of our first black president as well as the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., I’ve been thinking about a far less lofty matter of race: the use of what has become known as the “n-word” in … 0

Report to Readers: A riveting story becomes a legal headache

Friday, January 18, 2013

One thing Concord Monitor reporters learn quickly: If you’re covering a story that involves Tony Soltani, it’s always going to be interesting. Recently, however, what started out as an especially interesting tale turned into a stressful legal fight for the newspaper. Soltani, a former state lawmaker from Epsom, … 5

Report to Readers: Naming Adam Lanza

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

There’s a curious drumbeat in my email in-box these days: Every time we publish a story about the Newtown, Conn., shootings, I hear from readers who are angry that we have – again – named the shooter. It happens when we publish stories that originate with the Associated … 0

Report to Readers: Fast, furious and well-told

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Longtime readers of the Monitor might remember the name Ann E. Marimow, a talented reporter who got her start here and now works for the Washington Post. She had a particularly good story in the paper over the weekend. And if you, like me, have been feeling remiss … 0

Report to Readers: The case of the angry letter writer

Monday, January 7, 2013

Tuesday’s Monitor will include a letter to the editor about the trial and sentencing of Jamie Locke, the woman on Saturday’s front page who was charged with beating a homeless teen and throwing him into the frigid Merrimack River in Concord several years back. In many ways it … 0

Report to Readers: New year, new information from the police

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The other day, Monitor police reporter Tricia L. Nadolny started her morning at the Concord Police Department, where she planned to check the arrest logs before driving to the office. It took her a loooooooong time – and that’s good news. It’s not that the police had arrested … 0

Report to Readers: The new boss is a ‘Monitor’ veteran

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Back in 1988, when I was a very green Monitor reporter, my boss, then-City Editor Mark Travis, sent me to cover a meeting where Concord officials would give their blessing to construction of the Steeplegate Mall. Sure, it was among the most momentous occasions in the city’s development, … 5

Report to Readers: Guess who’s popular: ‘Dear Abby’ (of course)

Friday, December 7, 2012

After agitating conservative politicians and liberal politicians, friends of the mayor and foes of the mayor, deer hunters, website commenters and untold others recently, you’d think I’d be smart enough to avoid angering what appears to be Concord’s largest lobby group. You guessed it: fans of the “Dear … 0