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I typically don’t read letters or columns from the local right-wing "pundits," but when a one-time state representative and current chairman of the Carroll County Republican Committee writes an Op-Ed, I take the time to read it. One would expect a piece from the leader of a major political p…

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There's talk of Fryeburg becoming a "marijuana mecca." With the preponderance of medical marijuana dispensaries that have sprung up locally, and recreational outlets on the horizon, there needs to be awareness of a very real threat posed by cannabis. I was uninformed as are many, and fortuna…

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In the summer of 1971, I decided to see the part of the U.S. that I had missed, which was most of it. I paid $125 for a 1961 Chevy station wagon. The floor had rusted through, but I pulled the seats out, squeezed a sheet of heavy-gauge steel roofing in through the tailgate, pounded it into s…

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In his appearance before a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, President Biden sought to answer Americans' questions about what direction he intends to steer the country. But Mr. Biden's speech, less a State of the Union Address than a statement about what kind of union he envisions, …

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More than 32 years ago, I was given the choice to take a job with a public relations firm specializing in the seafood industry or come to work at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber as PR/marketing manager. I asked myself, “Which would I rather fill my days with: fish or fun?” I chose fun and …

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The manufacture, distribution and implementation of the COVID-19 immunization program has exceeded all expectations, with 43 percent of Americans having received at least one dose, and 29 percent of Americans fully vaccinated.

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Our state, not to mention our valley, is hardly immune to sexual assault and its lifelong impact. New Hampshire has made 11 arrests this month in an investigation of the Youth Development Center in Manchester, now the Sununu Youth Services Center. To date, a staggering 230 men and women alle…

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It was difficult to determine whether state Rep. Anita Burroughs was acting from ignorance or deceit when she tried, back on April 8, to portray me as a transplant to New Hampshire, just like her. Her slight error in locating my birthplace revealed that she found it in a source that also tol…

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"The time is now near at hand which most probably will determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have property they can call their own; whether their houses or farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from …

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Education funding for K-12 is always a hot topic in getting the House budget passed, because it affects every taxpayer in every community.

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The court case against a Minneapolis police officer for murdering George Floyd last May was an interesting one, to say the least. The prosecution’s case was about as strong as one could be without an outright confession of guilt. The video, lasting over nine minutes, of Derek Chauvin kneelin…

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It's again time to hand in my weekly homework, aka Storyworth, and for those who don't read my column every week, I'll fill you in. (Then I'll be taking names!) Storyworth is an online journaling service that anthologizes a life via a series of weekly questions that are essentially writing p…

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We’ve heard a lot about election fraud over the past six months. Donald Trump blamed it for his loss in the presidential election, and Democrats who lampooned him for it are now raising the same hue and cry over a congressional race in Iowa that one of their own lost. Instead of storming the…

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Morrie Schwartz was a Brandeis sociology professor who died of ALS in 1995. While he was dying, he had a couple of conversations with Ted Koppel on “Nightline” and a bunch with his former student Mitch Albom, who wrote a book, “Tuesdays With Morrie,” which sold over 15 million copies. For a …

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VERO BEACH, Fla. — The Dodgers are long gone, having abandoned their onetime spring-training home here a dozen years ago. The snowbirds are flocking north to New Jersey and Michigan as the springtime temperatures soar. But in this season of transition, all eyes suddenly are on Florida.