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Diversity of Thought

True Diversity – Paradigms, Opinions and Points of View

'Karen and Jay share insights on the value of understanding and appreciating divergent views'

Too often we think about diversity in relatively shallow ways – while in fact, the true value of diversity lies in ‘diversity of thought.’   People come from a variety of backgrounds – and can be described by their different ethnicities, nationalities, religions, skin colors and more.  However, these are typically surface level descriptors that fail to get to the true value of diversity.  If we want to be serious about the value of diversity, we need to get to a deeper level – that is, to develop a genuine respect for one another and value each other’s opinions and points of view.  To be open and tolerant in encouraging freedom of expression for one and all.


In fact, there is a great opportunity that lies ahead.  Too often our national debate is characterized by divisiveness and bitter debate – with each side becoming increasingly entrenched and emotionally invested in their position.  Exacerbated no doubt by the confirmation bias of social media, advocates on tv and people in our personal networks – almost acting as an echo chamber to validate our views. The opportunity, however, is to transcend all this.  To broaden our exposure, to value the opinions of others, to include diverse thoughts – and while not necessarily agreeing, to honestly evaluate – and I suspect, quite often, find nuggets of value and truth in these disparate views.


We all, of course, are shaped by our background and experiences.  We develop paradigms, or ways of looking at the world.  So very often, we can be looking at exactly the same set of circumstances and develop diametrically opposing views or observations.  Rather than dig our heels in and loudly proclaim the righteousness of our insights, it seems that the better option is first to probe and understand how another person might actually arrive at their differing viewpoint.  This is precisely how learning and a deeper understanding occur.


Diversity of thought is such a cornerstone of innovation, progress, and societal advancement. It allows us to enjoy a wide range of perspectives, ideas, and experiences and challenge conventional wisdom.  It delves into the realm of intellectual diversity, which is far more valuable and impactful in fostering our genuine understanding and progress.

By embracing diverse perspectives, we create an environment where constructive debate, collaboration, and innovation thrive, leading to more robust and effective solutions. In contrast, focusing solely on superficial diversity risks reducing individuals to mere representatives of their identity groups, overlooking the rich tapestry of experiences, beliefs, and ideas that shape their worldview.

As we go forward, let’s challenge ourselves to embrace ‘true diversity.’  Let’s get past the stereotypical usages of the concept that pervade so much of the conversation and instead, engage in civil discourse - respecting the opinions of others.  But, in doing so, let’s also go one more step.  Let’s consistently take the initiative to delve below the surface, probe and truly understand how others are actually developing their divergent points of view.  When we do so, we will be able to enjoy the benefits that ‘true diversity’ – ‘diversity of thought’ can provide.

Nackey Loeb - First Amendment and Diversity of Thought 

Join us as we celebrate the life of Nackey S. Loeb, the late publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, who made significant contributions to promoting diversity of thought and educating on the First Amendment in New Hampshire. Loeb's commitment to upholding the principles of free speech and freedom of the press played a pivotal role in fostering an environment where diverse perspectives could flourish. Through her leadership, the Union Leader became a platform for robust debate and discussion, welcoming voices from across the ideological spectrum.

Loeb's dedication to educating the public on the importance of the First Amendment is highlighted by her founding of the the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications dedicated to protecting our First Amendment freedoms.  It is also evident in her many advocacy efforts and community engagement initiatives. She recognized that a vibrant democracy depends on the protection of individual liberties, including the right to express diverse viewpoints without fear of censorship or reprisal. By organizing events, hosting forums, and supporting educational programs, Loeb empowered citizens to exercise their rights and engage in civil discourse.

Furthermore, Loeb's commitment to promoting diversity of thought extended beyond the pages of the newspaper. She actively supported initiatives aimed at expanding access to information and amplifying marginalized voices. By championing investigative journalism and providing a platform for underrepresented communities, Loeb helped to democratize the media landscape and promote greater inclusivity in public dialogue.

Her namesake school, founded in 1999 also promotes understanding of and appreciation for the First Amendment. This particular constitutional guarantee gives us free press and speech, among other liberties, and is a fundamental tenet of Mrs. Loeb’s generous educational legacy. She and the School help to cultivate to this day an environment where individuals can freely express their opinions and contribute to the rich tapestry of ideas that define a vibrant democracy. Her efforts and that of the School’s, continue to inspire journalists, educators, and citizens to uphold the principles of free speech and press freedom for generations to come. 

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications offers programming in the form of free classes, resources, and annual events to celebrate, promote, defend, and educate others about The First Amendment, which states the following:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

While the First Amendment covers three areas...religion, speech and petition, the overall theme is designed to allow for the diversity of thought to be part of the American landscape. Thank you to Nackey S. Loeb and the School for their contributions in keeping the spirit of the founding fathers strong for generations to come. 

Media Diversity in the 603

Diversity of opinions fosters strong debate. Fortunately, right here in New Hampshire, we have some of the best news reporters providing valuable insight into the state's most pressing issues. While they might have differences in opinions, their coverage of politics is vital to New Hampshire's everyday life. There are many reporters we can touch upon; here, we will highlight just a few.  But first, let’s share a little background/context and the importance of New Hampshire media.

New Hampshire’s political media holds significance – in large part - due to our "first-in-the-nation" presidential primary. As the first state to hold a primary election during the presidential nomination process, the Granite State draws national attention and sets the tone for the rest of the primaries. As a result, candidates spend considerable time and resources campaigning in New Hampshire, and media coverage of the state’s political landscape is amplified, making it a crucial battleground for presidential hopefuls.

Chris Ryan is a prominent political news reporter based in New Hampshire. He is known for his hosting of the popular radio show ‘New Hampshire Today’ and his extensive coverage of local and national political events, particularly during the state’s presidential primary season. Ryan has built a reputation for providing insightful analysis, breaking news, and in-depth reporting on New Hampshire’s political landscape, which are closely followed by both local and national audiences. His work contributes to shaping public understanding and discourse on political issues within the state and beyond.

Michael Graham is a conservative political commentator and radio host. He is known for his work at ‘NH Journal’ and his outspoken views on a range of political issues, often aligned with conservative ideology. Graham has covered various political events and developments in New Hampshire, providing analysis and commentary from his perspective. As a political reporter, he has focused on topics such as elections, policy debates, and the state’s role in national politics, offering insight and commentary for both local and national audiences.

Josh Rogers is a well-known political news reporter who has covered New Hampshire politics extensively. He has worked for outlets such as New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), where he has provided in-depth analysis and reporting on state and national political events. Rogers’ reporting includes coverage of elections, legislative sessions, political campaigns, and other key developments shaping the political landscape in New Hampshire. He is respected for his thorough research, insightful commentary, and ability to communicate complex political issues to a broad audience.

Gary Rayno is another veteran reporter known for his coverage of New Hampshire politics. He has contributed to public debate by providing in-depth analysis and reporting on various political issues, helping to inform citizens and stimulate discussion.

Chris Thompson is a columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader. His weekly column, "Making the Deal," discusses topics so near and dear to many, but also opens our eyes to things right in front of us. He’s never shy to ask the tough questions or raise a topic that might make some uncomfortable. His insight and invaluable contribution to shedding light on valuable and important information is why his weekly feature is one of the longest-running columns in New Hampshire.

Kathy Sullivan is a prominent figure in New Hampshire politics. She has served in various roles, including as the Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Her contributions to public debate stem from her advocacy for Democrat policies and her involvement in shaping the party’s platform and strategies in the state.

Jack Heath. And of course, my great friend, Jack Heath.  Jack is a New Hampshire treasure.  Well-known throughout the Granite State as the former news director at WMUR-TV and now hosting the popular radio show, the ‘Pulse of New Hampshire,’ Jack brings energy and excitement to all that he does.  Most important, Jack has done enormous work in support of our veterans and leads the way in spirit and action for multiple causes that honor and help those who have served our country.

Overall, each of these individuals plays a role in shaping public discourse in New Hampshire, whether through reporting, commentary, or political advocacy. They bring divergent opinions and yes, true diversity of thought.  Their contributions help to inform citizens and shape the direction of political debate in the state.  We are so very fortunate to have this breadth and depth of quality journalism right here in the 603!

Positive Profile of the Week: Ted Gatsas

This week we are delighted to highlight a friend and highly respected leader in the Granite State, Ted Gatsas. 

Earlier this week, news broke that Ted was announcing his retirement after 24 years of public service. Having known Ted since the 1990s, he is one of the most energetic, tireless public servants I have ever met. It’s no surprise that his titles have included Alderman, State Senator, Senate President, Senate Minority Leader, Mayor, and current New Hampshire Executive Councilor. A prominent figure in New Hampshire politics, Ted leaves a significant political legacy that will have a lasting impact on the state. Serving as the Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city, from 2010 to 2018, Gatsas brought a blend of business acumen, political savvy, and dedication to public service to his role.

One of Gatsas’ key contributions has been his focus on economic development. He understands the importance of fostering a business-friendly environment to spur growth and create jobs. During his tenure as mayor, he worked to attract new businesses to Manchester while supporting existing ones. Gatsas also prioritized infrastructure improvements, recognizing that modern infrastructure is vital for economic competitiveness. His efforts helped Manchester maintain its position as a regional economic hub.

Gatsas also made education a priority. He advocated for reforms aimed at improving the quality of education in Manchester, including increasing accountability measures and expanding school choice options. Gatsas understood that a strong education system is essential for the future success of the city and its residents.

Gatsas also played a significant role in addressing public safety issues. He worked closely with law enforcement agencies to reduce crime rates and improve public safety in Manchester. He recognized the importance of collaboration between the city government, law enforcement, and community organizations in tackling crime and ensuring the safety of residents.

Furthermore, Gatsas was known for his commitment to fiscal responsibility. He worked to balance the city’s budget while maintaining essential services, navigating through challenging economic times without compromising Manchester’s financial stability. His prudent financial management earned him praise from supporters and helped solidify his reputation as a capable leader.

Beyond his specific policy initiatives, Gatsas left a broader legacy of leadership and public service in New Hampshire. His dedication to serving the people of Manchester and his willingness to tackle tough issues earned him respect across party lines. His collaborative approach to governance and his ability to bring people together to find solutions to complex problems set an example for future leaders in the state.

Ted Gatsas has carved out an impressive political legacy in New Hampshire which serves as a testament to his dedication to improving the lives of us all, particularly through his focus on economic development, education, public safety, and fiscal responsibility. Karen and I wish him and Cassandra a wonderful post-public service life and join every Granite Stater in thanking them for the sacrifices they have made to better New Hampshire.

Positive Quotes of the Week:  Diversity of Thought

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein


"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." - Mark Twain


"The best ideas are born from the collision of different perspectives." – Unknown


"We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion." - Max de Pree


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