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Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: Sunday News gaining a new 'Perspective'


November 18. 2012 6:32PM

News, and life, come at us too fast these days. Have you noticed? We all just turned around from the election, to news of Army generals being investigated, and now it is about to be Thanksgiving. What's a poor publisher to do?

Well, this one has asked our editors to come up with a new feature for our New Hampshire Sunday News. Not to put them on the spot, but the tentative launch date for New Hampshire Perspective is next Sunday, Nov. 25.

We have listened to readers who say they often don't have time to follow day-to-day events in New Hampshire, even though they know they are important and can be of real value to them. So the few paragraphs that we now devote to a "week in review" feature are going to be transformed into a full page each Sunday.

We hope that Perspective provides you with a quick but comprehensive look at what just happened, in New Hampshire news, politics, business, sports, etc., and what is ahead. And we will try to add a catchy quote and a bit of quirkiness or humor along the way.

New Hampshire Perspective won't substitute for reading the daily paper cover to cover, to be sure, but it will give you another way to keep informed about what is happening here.

Please take a look, starting next Sunday. And let us know what you think and what you would add to or subtract from it. Perspective will be on the front of Section B, which necessitates moving a man with his own perspective, John Harrigan. We are looking to move John upfront to Page A2.

Also coming fast at us is next Thursday, Nov. 29. That is significant because my friend, Pat Buchanan, will be at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord that evening on behalf of the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, Inc.

Pat is speaking at the school's 10th annual First Amendment honors program. The event honors people or groups who have fought for the public's right to know and to promote our First Amendment rights.

With everything that has gone on in the world of late, including that election and those generals, Pat should provide a most interesting perspective. Information is available at

I may have to go back to school myself. I apparently missed a chapter in music appreciation.

I learned this at the Veterans Day parade in Manchester. I ran into a lady who told me that, although she was a graduate of Manchester High School Central, she had to admit the Memorial High's band was the best by far.

I asked her on what basis she was making this claim.

"Did you hear them just play Taps?" she replied. "Awesome."

Help me if I'm not mistaken, but isn't Taps usually a solo? Can you really judge a whole band that way?

Happy Thanksgiving.

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