Byline: By JIM BAER

Mediocrity is an equal opportunity human condition. It can be found in most fields of human endeavor. It appears to be growing worse.Mediocrity is...

My Turn: A few lessons in gifting

8/11/19

I enjoy giving. Millions of people have purchased New Hampshire Lottery tickets with the hope of becoming financially independent. I am among them...

In our troubled world, there is little to be joyous about. Global warming, droughts, famines, diseases, wars, corrupt leaders, population...

The Atlantic magazine is well respected for its high standards of journalism and professional integrity. In the autumn of 2016, it published an...

Laura Knoy’s morning program The Exchange on NHPR is popular and engaging. Sort of like that second cup of coffee that gets your day off to a good...

I begin my day by first reading the front-page news in the Monitor and then turning to the obituary page. Losing local friends reminds us of how...

A recent article in the news caught my attention because of the author’s alarming statement. The writer commented on how important it was that our...

If you graduated from high school before 1970, you probably took a course referred to as “Civics.” The curriculum was usually focused on promoting...

Americans may soon lose one of the most fundamental rights enshrined in our Constitution: the right to vote in fair and transparent elections and...

English language scholarship is in trouble. It is slowly drifting into a dark area where the undecipherable “smocking,” recently used by the...

Watch a movie, have a couple laughs

12/14/18

I was recently Christmas shopping in a crowded mall. My fellow shoppers were serious and dedicated to the task at hand, finding the doorbuster...

Do you have sleepless nights, worrying about life’s problems and what to do about them? Things like bills to pay, finding a joint in your kid’s...

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