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Perhaps most surprising in this year’s election cycle is how far to the right the Republican Party has shifted. We don’t mean the 40 Free Staters who wield outsized leverage as swing votes in the State House, but rank-and-file Republican voters. Your neighbors and ours.

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Thanks to a procedural error, the Conway School Board has a chance to fix their ill-advised selection of Joe Lentini to fill the vacant seat for the next eight months until the next election in April.

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For a moment, let’s put aside the debate about whether to close John H. Fuller or Pine Tree elementary schools. Let's  look at the big picture and consider how we, as one community, can best serve all of our students and best allocate resources.

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Governments mostly raise money and fix problems, or at least try to. Attempts to do one without the other often don't work. The latest proposal to install parking meters in North Conway is firmly aligned on the side of raising money. As for fixing a problem: What problem?

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There is nothing that symbolizes small-town life like pilgrimages to the landfill, and for many, those trips are the much-anticipated anchor to a week of household chores.

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After the poorly attended town and school deliberative meetings in March, we called for a change in town government from SB 2 to a town council.

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Incumbent Carl Thibodeau and Joe Mosca are competing for one seat on the Conway Board of Selectmen. In addition, five candidates — Steve Steiner, Ray Shakir, Mark Hounsell, Ted Phillips and incumbent Bill Barbin — are competing for two seats on the Conway Planning Board.

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If you were forming a committee to look into closing a school, wouldn't you want to call it the School Closing Committee? Instead, the Conway School named it the Facilities Use Committee.

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Debate over spending $400,000 on public restrooms in North Conway Village dominated the deliberative town meeting and is the most controversial money article on next Tuesday’s town ballot.

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The school and town deliberative meetings are over, and on full display was a major flaw in Conway's political system under SB 2, which has turned over critical decision-making — particularly on budgets — to a tiny group of voters.

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Had another 37 Conway taxpayers attended Monday’s school deliberative meeting, voters in April may have had an alternative when voting on the school budget, as an effort to trim the budget by 1 percent was defeated by a 60-24 vote. Instead, they will have little choice between two budgets, e…

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Columnist Bill Marvel recently compared Conway’s school district to others with similar-sized student populations and made the point that given the district’s resources and makeup of its student population, proficiency test scores, which have been declining, should be better..

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Like the passing of old friends, it is sad to witness the demise of so many of Conway’s old buildings.

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It is a common belief among most Realtors that short-term rentals have little effect on the housing market.