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Wednesday
Aug272014

Josiah Bartlett Center - There are Fewer Reporters because Nobody Cares 

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on the issues impacting New Hampshire

 
 

Though we all pretend to care about state and local affairs, few of us actually can be bothered to pay attention. A tiny sliver of the population votes, participates, or even seems to care. Despite that epidemic of apathy, people can always be counted on to be annoyed by changes they themselves helped cause. Changes to journalism are one example of this trend.

There has been a great deal of angst lately as the Nashua Telegraph closed their State House bureau and released veteran reporter Kevin Landrigan. Following the retirement of longtime Associated Press reporter Norma Love, observers worried that no one in an increasingly lonely press room had any historical knowledge and that the public would be poorer because of it. The concern is real but exaggerated and sometimes expressed by people who helped cause it.

In a small press corps, losing two reporters who have witnessed so much definitely lessens the knowledge base but they weren’t the only veterans around. The Union Leader has a strong presence at the State House with Gary Rayno, a veteran of three decades and multiple newspapers, whose knowledge of the inner workings of the State House is equal to that of any current or former reporters....Click here to keep reading

Wednesday
Aug132014

Josiah Bartlett Center - Elections are about Hired Hands, not Statesmen 

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Every elected official fancies him or herself a statesman, a leader whose portrait will soon grace currency after he or she carefully deliberates a new constitution or the next Treaty of Versailles. In reality, they are mere functionaries we hire to perform tasks we are too busy to do ourselves. They are replaceable with a long line of equally or perhaps more satisfactory contractors willing to take each of their places at a moment’s notice.

I don’t mean to denigrate the politicians we hire to represent us in our constitutional republic. Nor do I suggest they are without talent or industry. In fact, I would prefer we hire the most talented and industrious contractors available for the job. If I need electrical work or plumbing done, I want to hire someone with talent and knowledge that I don’t myself possess....Click here to keep reading

Friday
Jul182014

Josiah Bartlett Center - Carl Cameron Confirmed for JBC Dinner!

Carl Cameron Confirmed for JBC Dinner!
July 23, 2014
Hi everyone. Great news: Carl Cameron has confirmed as speaker for our annual Libertas Dinner. We’re very excited. Those of you who know “Campaign Carl” – Fox News chief political correspondent and former political director of WMUR-TV – know how great it will be to have him helping Gov. Steve Merrill honor Joe McQuaid for us.

I can’t tell you how excited we are about this event which may be our biggest dinner ever. It is one heck of a program to have and I’m pleased at how it has come together. I knew it would be great when we decided to honor Joe but it’s turned out even better. I would be remiss, though, if I didn’t try and coax you into attending.

We have room and you will enjoy it greatly. Attached to this email is the information on the dinner and you can click here to reserve a seat. I hope to see Wednesday
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Charlie                        
Monday
Jun302014

Josiah Bartlett Center - NH is Comfortably Mediocre 

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Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

 
 

When did New Hampshire stop being New Hampshire? Whether one describes New Hampshire’s economy as mediocre, stagnant, or lackluster there is no denying that the latest economic news shows that we are no longer leading any economic charges but instead content to hope some crumbs drop from the tables of others. Once the envy of our neighbors, we may now be stuck as an economic backwater, another nondescript pea in the New England pod.

A terrific piece from Ben Leubsdorf in the Wall Street Journal this week speaks of the uneven recovery. The country as a whole has technically recovered: total jobs have come back to where they were prior to the recession. But recoveries are uneven with some winner states and many loser states.

That economic reality is familiar to Granite Staters. We count on it. New Hampshire is typically said to lead the region out of the recession. We mean that when jobs return, they return here first and we end up with a growing economy at the expense of more lackluster states. But that’s the old reality....Click here to keep reading.


Don't forget to order your tickets to this year's Libertas Award Dinner, on July 23, in Concord. This year's honoree is Union Leader Publisher Joseph McQuaid Click here to order online or by mail.

 
Tuesday
Jun242014

Josiah Bartlett Center - Libertas Dinner Tickets on Sale and How Canada Gets It Right 

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Tickets for the 2014 Libertas Dinner are now on sale! This year's dinner, honoring New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joesph McQuaid, will be held on July 23, at the Grappone Center in Concord. Click here to order your tickets today!
 


The return of warm weather to our state seems the right time for me to wax poetic about Canada again. To the chagrin of many, I hold up “the true North proud and free” as an example to be emulated south of the border. Bear with me and see if you don’t agree that the United States should be more like Canada.

Let me begin by saying that I don’t suggest for a minute that everything Canadian is superior to everything American. Those of you familiar with the English language will understand that. But invariably on this topic some yahoo writes me a long diatribe about “socialized medicine” despite my disclaimer about not preferring their health model. In that yahoo’s defense, this column will run a good 750 words and it’s a lot to expect a reader to make it through all of them. Click here to keep reading