John McGauley

    John McGauley has worked as an editor and reporter at both the Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig and at Associated Press in Chicago. For a quarter century he worked in public relations until 2013 when he sold his agency. He is the author of four novels, all available on Amazon Kindle. His column is a mix of both lighthearted and serious topics, all with a wry look at Keene and the Monadnock region.

    It is the day that Christ was born. Christmas. Tuesday this year. Why are so many companies even open on Monday? Two more shopping days from today, although W algreens and CVS are open on Christmas Day itself, for you louts who haven’t bought anything for your wives or girlfriends. Can you s…

    School started this week, so I’m taking the opportunity to write a short primer that you parents, grandparents or guardians can read to the kids, since few children pick up the Sunday newspaper with their cup of coffee. Remember, it’s to be recited to them. Sit them down.

    This story starts with a scene I witnessed in the dining area of the Monadnock Food Co-Op last week: There was a guy in the back working on a laptop computer at one of the tables and he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” ball cap. The place was crowded, but no one was sitting near him,…

    I don’t usually pay a whole lot of heed to the routine court news, but a case last week caught my attention. It happened at the Cheshire County Superior Court in downtown Keene, the place where it’s hard to find a parking spot and defendants show up in cheap and ill-fitting suits and the law…

    I ’m going all biblical on you today — if for no other reason than it’s Sunday and it’s rarely done anymore and, unlike mowing your grass at 7 a.m., doesn’t upset the neighbors too much. I mean, come on, it’s not like I’m a wild prophet screaming from the gazebo on Central Square in Keene, a…

    About 4 a.m. every morning, the Keene Police Department sends me an email. No, they’re not checking on my whereabouts for probation purposes; that’s what the ankle bracelet is for. It’s what’s called the “press log” for their activities in the previous 24 hours.

    They’re at it again; that is, the Keene City Council. This time it’s a proposal to add $40,000 to the budget for a part-time environmental sustainability officer. Hey, that’s a pittance in the nearly $64 million budget proposed this year, which, by the way, is more than a 4 percent increase …

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