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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: A regrettable comment

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Monitor reporter made an inappropriate comment this morning that was unintentionally public and subsequently became fodder for a speech on the floor of the New Hampshire House. I apologize for the incident and want to explain how it happened. As our State House reporters noted in their … 14

Report to Readers: Love ‘Dear Abby’? Hate her? Love to hate her?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Okay, okay, we’ll play along. We’ve published three letters from readers in recent days about the daily “Dear Abby” column, published Monday through Saturday on the Comics page and Sunday inside the Your Life section of the newspaper. … 0

Report to Readers: A lovely honor (and an unfortunate error)

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Monitor – specifically Ralph Jimenez, our longtime editorial writer – received a terrific honor Sunday evening. Then, on Monday morning, there was a big error in the newspaper – big enough to quickly bring me back down to earth. First the honor: Jimenez received the annual Bill … 0

Report to Readers: Two pieces of old news

Monday, November 26, 2012

I had several calls from readers today wondering why it took us so long to get the story into the paper. As it turns out, they were talking about two different stories. Here’s what happened: In the first case, our critic griped about the story in the Sunday … 2

Report to Readers: The case of the Canterbury mushroom forager

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I returned from a short Thanksgiving holiday to some old messages from readers, including one from a man incensed by Hillary Nelson’s recent Food section column on mushrooms. Nelson, who writes the twice-monthly “Home Plate” column about cooking with local food, had a particularly interesting one on Nov. … 2

Report to Readers: A ‘Monitor’ story read far beyond Concord

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

When reporter Tricia L. Nadolny was working on her story about Lisa Biron last week, I knew it was going to be well read. It had allegations of awful crime and religious hypocrisy. It had FBI men swooping into Manchester to make a dramatic arrest in a local … 0

Report to Readers: Tina Fey movie with a ‘Monitor’ cameo

Monday, November 19, 2012

When the movie Admission opens in theaters next spring, most viewers will be looking for Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Wallace Shawn and others. Me, I’ll be scouring the screen for a glimpse of the Monitor. We get frequent … 0

Report to Readers: New Hampshire’s Civil War

Friday, November 9, 2012

If you’re a New Hampshire history buff or a Civil War buff or a fan of good detective stories, you won’t want to miss a fun event next week. The Monitor and the New Hampshire Historical Society are … 0

Report to Readers: The case of the unpublished cartoon

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Elections always come with regrets. Politicians who lose often obsess over missed opportunities to connect with voters. For me, Tuesday’s election results meant we were unable to publish a terrific cartoon from Mike Marland.  On Tuesday morning, Marland sent … 5

Report to Readers: Unfair to Romney! Unfair to Obama! Unfair! Unfair!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Boy, when you get to the end of a close election campaign, readers are on the lookout for any hint of unfairness in our political coverage. Consider these half-dozen complaints I’ve received in recent hours, and see what you think: *From an Obama fan at the polls in … 8

Report to Readers: A Monitor alum’s take on the Legislature

Sunday, November 4, 2012

About a dozen years ago, Sarah Koenig was a star reporter at the Monitor. She covered the New Hampshire Legislature and George W. Bush’s first presidential campaign in the state, among other things. These days, she’s a journalist for the “The American Life” radio show, which airs locally … 2

Report to Readers: No more election letters!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Monitor has received an unprecedented volume of letters to the editor in recent days, mostly because of the election. We've opened up extra space in the newspaper for letters, publishing scores of them over the past few weeks.  But if you didn't get yours in, I have … 2