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Opinion: Sometimes, the system works
06-29-2024 7:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. With all the dysfunction we see in Washington these days, it can be tempting to lose faith...

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Opinion: Reflection on fatherhood
06-08-2024 8:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. I had a father, and I am a father. Thus, on Father’s Day, I look in two directions, toward...


Opinion: Looking forward to resting in motion
05-18-2024 7:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. Not too long ago, Nancy Jo and I finally buttoned up our estate planning documents. Ours is...


Opinion: Brown v. Board of Education and the Claremont Lawsuit
05-17-2024 6:00 AM

By RICHARD W. OSBORNE

Richard W. Osborne lives in Contoocook. Today, May 17, is the anniversary of a milestone in American jurisprudence. It was on this date, seventy years ago that the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case of Brown v. Board of...


Opinion: Look to facts in Medical Aid in Dying
05-02-2024 6:00 AM

By MITCHELL SIMON

Mitchell Simon lives in Contoocook. The most frustrating and infuriating part of the debate on the proposed Medical Aid in Dying bill is that the only objections being voiced are based on speculation. According to the recent Monitor story, we hear...


Opinion: Learning from landscapes
04-27-2024 8:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. Not long after my family and I returned from Ireland last summer, I started putting up...


Opinion: Climbing my family tree
04-06-2024 7:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. Until recently, I have not been all that interested in family history. I enjoyed my...


Opinion: Proposed 306 revisions equals slow death to public schools
04-02-2024 4:25 PM

By JANET WARD

Janet Ward lives in Contoocook. New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut recently submitted his revision of the 306 Rules to the NH State Board of Education for their approval. Many of the commissioner’s revisions are so subtle they...


Opinion: My Irish roots
03-15-2024 7:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, this seems like a fine time to explore my family’s...


Opinion: Why Hopkinton citizens should vote against SB 2
02-28-2024 6:00 AM

By JANET WARD

Janet Ward lives in Contoocook. Doris Haddock, known by many as “Granny D”, walked across America at the age of 90 to call attention to the need for campaign finance reform. She did it because she believed that “Democracy is not something we have,...


Opinion: Our memories enrich our everyday activities
02-25-2024 8:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. When I take my daily walk around Contoocook I will often see, hear, or even smell something...


Opinion: Happy accidents in Ireland
01-31-2024 6:30 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. In my last My Turn, I wrote about happy accidents my family has experienced while...


Opinion: The beauty in happy accidents
01-14-2024 7:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. My wife, Nancy Jo, and I have done our fair share of traveling. We’re not the most...


Opinion: The thrill of victory
12-22-2023 6:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. I am a sports fan. Nearly four years after my daughter graduated from high school, I still...


Opinion: Let the lights shine
12-01-2023 7:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. With the national holiday of Thanksgiving behind us and several religious holidays ahead,...


Refurbished signal atop Contoocook Railroad depot brings back an unusual memory
11-26-2023 5:18 PM

By GEOFF FORESTER and DAVID BROOKS

The return of the semaphore signal atop the long-closed train depot in Contoocook this week produced one surprising memory: A kiss from 70 years ago. “When I was a young girl riding up north to Stark where my mother was born, my parents would always...


Opinion: The art of the story
11-12-2023 7:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. I recently wrote about why I write. Today I write about how I write. More often than not,...


Opinion: The reason why I write
10-18-2023 5:00 PM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. Recently, when I was picking up my canine friend Annabelle, the younger of her two human...


Opinion: The American experiment
09-30-2023 6:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. In just over a year, we will elect a new U.S. House of Representatives, a new Senate, and...


Opinion: Democracy means writing our story together
09-13-2023 6:00 AM

By JANET WARD

Janet Ward lives in Contoocook. Every one of us comes into the world without an instruction booklet. We arrive naked and alone without any information about where we came from or how we are to survive. Lucky for us there were other human beings around...


Opinion: Reckoning with history
09-08-2023 8:57 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. In August, my family and I took a bus tour around Ireland. I was struck by many things: the...

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