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Opinion

Fran Wendelboe: Budget hysteria obscures the facts

Saturday, April 18, 2015

April 15 is the day Americans reflect on how much they pay in federal taxes and how that money is spent. On a state level, the pages of our state’s newspapers have had much commentary lamenting draconian cuts to the state budget and how it impacts lives. The answer for those feeling the state needs to spend more on services is usually an income tax, a sales tax or both. …

Katy Burns: Campaign season isn’t what it used to be

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Oops! Scooby, the big black GMC van that is currently Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign-on-wheels, was going to pull in behind the community college building in Iowa while a small army of reporters and photographers was waiting out front. In a literal display of pack journalism, the whole tribe of scribes broke into a …

Hot Topic: Casinos remain a tough sell in New Hampshire

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Budget season means a return to the gambling debate. Here is a sample of what readers are saying: A plan for the gambling revenue Like the potholes that keep showing up each spring in our under-funded roads, lawmakers are once again dangling the prospect of gambling revenue as a curative for our budgetary woes. But gambling revenue is fickle – it’s tough to …

National view: Stop shaming people on the internet for grammar mistakes

Saturday, April 18, 2015

I am a writer, which is why it’s particularly embarrassing that I sometimes type the word “right” when I mean to type “write.” Shouldn’t I know better? Just yesterday, I typed “there” when I meant “their.” And I’ll even admit that I’ve committed the most mocked grammar error …

Letter: Good stuff in Pittsfield

Saturday, April 18, 2015

To the good citizens of Pittsfield: I needed a month to collect my thoughts about this year’s school district meeting. I had attended the school’s celebratory dinner a few days earlier, and heard the news about phase two funding of the NMEF grant, as well as the recently …

Letter: Check your facts

Saturday, April 18, 2015

‘Live free or die” was widely used during the French Revolution way before General Stark: “Vivre livre ou mourir.” You better double check your fact check (Monitor, April 11). PETER DAVIS Laconia …

Letter: No meat, better Earth

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In regard to human physiology and our eating of meat, I am living proof that it is not necessary. In fact the only reason to consume meat is purely for one’s own “pleasure” of palate. Also, the practice is taking a heavy toll on the environment. Last month, …

Letter: Dear letter writers

Saturday, April 18, 2015

With all due respect to each of the following April 11 letter writers: Dan Williams: Yes, I can have it both ways. I personally, am not quite “vegan” yet, but pretty close. I am aware that many people do require meat otherwise they have very severe headaches and …

Letter: Sentencing the homeless

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Currently, the House budget cuts homeless services by 50 percent. Should this budget cut pass the Senate, we will see a rise in the cost of homelessness in the long run. Communities will spend more on hospitalizations, disability aid, town welfare, unnecessary incarceration and law enforcement. This does …

Letter: No defense for indoor tanning

Saturday, April 18, 2015

As someone who is currently in treatment for cancer, I was shocked to read a recent op-ed published in your newspaper (Monitor Opinion, March 30). Just like tobacco companies, the indoor tanning industry is trying to assure the public that its product is safe and healthy when the …

My Turn: Pentagon punishing its retired warriors

Saturday, April 18, 2015

An open letter to Congress: It appears our government is again trying to shift the burden of defense costs onto the shoulders of military retirees. For the past 40 or so years, Congress has repeatedly reneged on its long-standing promise to career servicemen and spouses to provide free …

My Turn: Senators’ refusal to protect kids’ health is unconscionable

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In the last month, there has been much discussion regarding legislation brought forth by fourth-graders that would have established an official state raptor. Anyone who reads a newspaper, watches TV, or subscribes to HBO knows by now that the state House of Representatives rejected that legislation for being …

My Turn: Policy change would create chaos at the polls

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Since the House vote on the state budget, significant attention has rightly been paid to decisions by the Republican majority to cut funding to social service programs, reduce scheduled payments to municipalities and raid dedicated funds to pay for operating expenses. What hasn’t received much attention is an …