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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 medical care for life after they complete 20 or more years of active duty service. Over time, that entitlement has been eroded …

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 superfluous, and did so in less than dignified fashion. Indeed, a few politicians rudely mocked …

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 ill-conceived policy change that would place new financial and logistical hardships on already overburdened election …

Letter: Don’t punish state’s seniors

Friday, April 17, 2015

Don’t miss it. Amid all the finger-pointing over the state budget, the Legislature is trying to restore millions of dollars in reimbursements for nursing homes and senior care that Gov. Hassan refused to honor this year. Hassan is a tax-and-spend liberal. She’d say the House Republicans are heartless …

Letter: Constitutional lesson

Friday, April 17, 2015

An open letter to Sen. Kelly Ayotte: It has come to my attention while observing your attempts to subvert the president’s negotiations with Iran that you may not understand our constitutional system. Thus, I am writing to bring to your attention a feature of our Constitution – the …

Letter: Weighing Loudon Road costs

Friday, April 17, 2015

Regarding the Loudon Road redesign (Monitor front page, April 10), here’s the thing: Many of us who travel frequently on Loudon Road consider the idea of going from four to three lanes to be a dismal, thoughtless waste of money. Prove us wrong, city leadership, by telling us …

Letter: A slogan for some

Friday, April 17, 2015

It is rather rare these days that I read the Monitor, but glancing at the April 8 front page, a story about marijuana caught my eye. Neill Franklin believes in the “Live free or die” slogan, but he should be aware that that slogan pertains only to those …

Letter: Toward true equality

Friday, April 17, 2015

There has been a clear increase in racist behavior in recent years. The shooting in South Carolina is the latest example of disregard for the lives of African-American citizens. Racist emails comparing the president of the United States to a monkey were circulated within the Ferguson, Mo., police …

Letter: Vote for Dean-Bailey

Friday, April 17, 2015

Yvonne Dean-Bailey is running for election as representative in a special election May 19 in the towns of Northwood, Deerfield, Nottingham and Candia. We already know her opponent has been a vote for more spending rather than for ways to follow the Constitution, so Dean-Bailey is important for …

Letter: Serving big companies

Friday, April 17, 2015

As the budgeting process moves from the New Hampshire House to the Senate, it should be judged on its ability to improve the well-being of Granite Staters and grow our economy. Unfortunately, Sen. Jeanie Forrester and Senate Republicans are instead already showing allegiance to big companies, many of …

Editorial: Don’t add barriers for state’s voters

Friday, April 17, 2015

A bill being considered by the New Hampshire House of Representatives would impose a 30-day residency requirement for voting in New Hampshire. It’s a solution in search of a problem, and yet another in a series of GOP-led efforts to discourage the state’s young people from voting. But …

My Turn: The death of German author Günter Grass this week is New Hampshire’s loss, too

Friday, April 17, 2015

When a person with a global reputation passes away, as did the German Nobel Prize winning author Günter Grass this week at age 87, carefully constructed accolades fill cyberspace and appear in print. So it is just now …

My Turn: An abuse of power fueled by silence

Friday, April 17, 2015

On March 27, the Monitor printed a blurb on the state Senate-passed bill at the heart of the sale of Eversource’s power plants. The agreement slates Eversource to get almost $400 million for the Bow plant’s failed scrubber project. In 2006, PSNH gave it a promotional estimate of …