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Posted at 11:01 PM

Editor’s note: In his Council Corner column on Jan. 5, Ashland Mayor John Stromberg invited readers to submit essays giving “A concrete example of how I can make the world better in 2016” and offered as a prize a meal with the mayor at his favorite restaurant. The mayor reports he received 9 “thoughtful, articulate, meaningful and on-point entries. What a town this is!” The winning essay by Vanessa Houk appeared Tuesday. The remainder will appear in...

Posted at 11:01 PM

The conservatism that has dominated the Republican Party for decades is in crisis. Capitalism has lost its allure among a large swath of young Americans. And the Clinton and Bush brands are yesterday's products in desperate need of...

Updated Feb 10, 2016 at 7:36 AM

The New Hampshire primary election, coming right after the Iowa caucuses, has provided some clarification to the 2016 presidential contest. On the Republican side, Donald Trump has fresh momentum, after coming in second in Iowa. For...

Posted Feb 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Dear Mayor Stromberg: I am rising to the task of writing an essay on the topic: "A Concrete Example of How I Can Make the World Better in 2016." Given that written communication still remains powerful in this age, I believe that...

Posted Feb 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Editor’s note: In his Council Corner column on Jan. 5, Ashland Mayor John Stromberg invited readers to submit essays giving “A concrete example of how I can make the world better in 2016” and offered as a prize a meal with...

Posted Feb 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Nineties throwbacks seem to be everywhere these days: low unemployment, a Bush and a Clinton running for office, friends from "Full House" and "X-Files" entering our living rooms again. And now identity politics are back, too. In this...

Posted Feb 8, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Editor’s note: In his Council Corner column on Jan. 5, Ashland Mayor John Stromberg invited readers to submit essays giving “A concrete example of how I can make the world better in 2016” and offered as a prize a meal...

Posted Feb 8, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Before I was on the council, I made my way up the stairs of City Hall to meet with the city administrator about some planning issues and I found a lock had been put on the door. One could no longer freely meet with the city government, a foreign...

Updated Feb 8, 2016 at 9:42 AM

I can’t be the only one. I feel really sorry for the people of New Hampshire. They are voting in presidential primary Tuesday, and I have no idea how they could possibly have chosen a candidate. I can find things I like...

Posted Feb 7, 2016 at 11:01 PM

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — There was a time when Republican governors were not all that different from Democratic governors. The politicians from both parties who ran the states tended to be a pragmatic lot. They were pro-business because...

Posted Feb 7, 2016 at 11:01 PM

We are entering what will soon be the high season of politics. Soon, both the Democratic and Republican fields will have been winnowed — a process not to be missed — and there will be two candidates left standing. The differences...

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