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Letter: Time’s up

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Since it is almost three weeks since the election, all of the political signage should have been removed. I am referring specifically to the Garcia, Guay and Burns signs that are littering Exit 1 in Bow and elsewhere around town. These signs are on the state and town right of way, not private property. There may be others out there, but these are the ones I see daily. HELAINE KANEGSBERG …

Letter: The wrong headline

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It’s been a while, but I see that the writer of the sub headline for an article who doesn’t read the article is back working at the Monitor. The latest example of his or her talent is on page A6 of the Monday, Nov. 24, edition describing an article by Michael Birnbaum from the Washington Post. The first sentence of the second paragraph …

Letter: Local food, locals sources

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This is in response to the brewing opinions in regard to the Fournier Foods processing plant. It seems to me after observing the process for some time that some of us take a prejudicial view and overlook the contribution that growth makes to our communities. I believe that processing plants bring us closer to local food from local sources. We should begin to …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Letter: A new ‘Pickles’ fan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I usually at least skim over letters to the editor, and the latest brouhaha about the cartoon Pickles caught my attention. I don’t think I’d ever really tuned in to it, but I checked it out to see what the controversy was about. I love it now and …

Letter: Twisting the truth

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I’m upset with all this Ferguson reporting. Most people never really give the facts in the Michael Brown case. Gee, even the Brown family’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, who appeared on ABC with George Stephanopoulos recently, can’t tell the truth. His last words were “little black boy dead on …

Letter: Blowing smoke

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

So, the Obamacare naysayers have been proclaiming for weeks that health care costs are going to skyrocket now that the ACA is in place. Well, maybe not so much here in New Hampshire. The real story is that thanks to competition (New Hampshire will have five competing providers …

Letter: Thankful in Henniker

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Regarding Ray Duckler’s excellent article on Carol Conforti-Adams (Sunday Monitor front page, Nov. 16), Henniker is fortunate to have such a strong, committed and experienced person as Carol as the new caseworker providing much needed additional human services to the community. Henniker selectmen should be commended for their …

Letter: The bigger problem

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My sympathy for Raymond Valas (Monitor front page, Nov. 22) is limited; it’s unfathomable in today’s world that a man like Valas would solicit sex from an underage teenager. He should be punished, but putting him in prison for the rest of his life will benefit nobody and …

My Turn: Compromise, not ideology, key to legislative success

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Politics is defined by conflict, government by compromise. This balance seems to be perpetually lost on Washington, where politicians are swept away in perceived mandates and partisan warfare. This is not what the people want. Quite frankly, it’s what they most dislike about politics, and now it is …

Editorial: An American story for a popular doll

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In 1899, economist Thorstein Veblen introduced the world to the term “conspicuous consumption” in his book The Theory of the Leisure Class. Veblen argued that there was a middle-class tendency to buy items not to meet needs but to serve solely as a display of wealth. What catchy …

My Turn: Embrace the sight of those dirty dishes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

With Thanksgiving almost here, I have been thinking of life and what I give thanks for. At 60, I have many memories to look back on; some fondly and others not so fondly. Our memories are our lives as we have lived. On the cusp of another holiday …

Mike Pride: In ‘Essays After Eighty,’ Donald Hall looks back at a remarkable life

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Donald Hall’s essay “Out the Window” appeared in the January 2012 New Yorker. The title did not lie. An old man stares out his window, sees what he sees and riffs on it, his mind moving amid farmhouse …

Letter: A warning for GOP

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I have voted Republican for most of my adult years. One recent exception was in 2012, when I voted straight Democratic for the state offices. I did this because I was disgusted by the news articles describing the antics of Bill O’Brien and his minions in the state …