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Bob Gardiner hoped for a career in aeronautics until advanced mathematics at Colgate University interfered. "My dreams of being an aeronautical engineer were destroyed by calculus," says the 88-year-old resident of Lenox, Massachusetts, one of the jewel communities in the western part of the state. As a lark he took an English literature class, and the teacher changed his life. "It came to me suddenly that I wanted to do what he was doing," remembers Gardiner.

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“There are people in every time and every land,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said, “who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.”

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This Independence Day, a poll from Issues & Insights revealed that only 36 percent of adults aged 18-24 said they were "proud to be American," compared with 86 percent of those over the age of 65. This shouldn't be surprising. America's children have been raised in a system dedicated to …

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The poor soul responsible for selecting the most laughable falsehood to have emanated from Trump World is going to have his work cut out for him. The sheer volume of hooey to the effect that former President Donald Trump won the election that he lost, that the election he lost was stolen fro…

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It occurred 50 years ago this month, a story known primarily by people now dead but one that is vital for our times, and for all time. It is a tale about the Pentagon Papers, the Unitarian Universalist Church, a teeny publishing house, a radical historian, a renegade Pentagon employee, a cou…

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This week, heretofore nearly anonymous hammer thrower Gwen Berry made international headlines when, during the podium ceremony for winning bronze in an Olympic trial, she turned away from the United States flag as the national anthem played. The anthem wasn't played for her, or for the other…

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The expression commonly used to capture the unique power of a president to elevate America's character was coined by Theodore Roosevelt, according to historians. Reading aloud a message he had drafted for the American people, he mused to those present, "I suppose my critics will call that pr…

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According to the establishment media, critical race theory, or CRT, is a distraction. It is a right-wing smear. It is a conservative attempt to quash the dark side of American history. Most of all, according to the establishment media, you must never — ever —- pay attention to the infusion o…

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Earlier this month, comedian Bill Maher delivered a biting commentary on self-styled progressives, mocking "the recurrent theme on the far left that things have never been worse." On privileged university campuses, Maher noted, progressive students "can't see that your dorm in 2021 is better…

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On Monday, June 28, the Laconia City Council will hold a public hearing for the expansion of the Historic Overlay District. Currently, the district includes the Laconia Passenger Station, Veterans Park, Gale Memorial Library, and the J.W. Busiel House. The original proposal for the historic …

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Today, no one remembers Topo Gigio or Senor Wences. Today, no one thinks the riffs of Alan King are side-splitting gems of comedy. Today, no one would consider it appropriate to film a performer such as Elvis Presley only from the waist up. Today, no one would even think of telling Mick Jagg…

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This week, a video from a San Francisco Walgreens went viral on Twitter. The video depicted a man standing next to his bicycle, loading up a garbage bag with products. The man then rides his bicycle down the aisle, past a security guard, who limply throws out a hand to try to grab the bag; t…