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Letter: Save the bobcats

Saturday, January 31, 2015

I was shocked to learn that Fish and Game is considering opening a trapping season on bobcats. The UNH study of these magnificent creatures is barely off the presses showing their numbers have increased in New Hampshire due to their protected status. Now that protection is in jeopardy. While Fish and Game struggles financially and are seeing dollar signs in opening a trapping season, in reality, their large budget deficit …

Letter: Let’s talk loopholes

Saturday, January 31, 2015

State Sen. Dan Feltes and state Rep. Richard Ames want to start a conversation about closing tax loopholes that primarily benefit the richest 1 percent of New Hampshire taxpayers at the expense of the rest of us. Credit them with creative thinking that has brought a fresh approach to the stale debate over tax policy in New Hampshire. It has been estimated that …

Letter: Bigger fish to fry

Saturday, January 31, 2015

To Frank Warman, regarding his letter in the Monitor’s Jan. 26 edition about the “Deflategate” controversy: Frank, you are too kind. Limiting your criticism to just the sports world ignores the source of these “problems.” The source is our government that does these things all the time. Ignorance and complacency is the attitude of the vast majority of Americans, so we have what …

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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: Blame it on Blount

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Loyal Patriots fans understand why 11 of 12 footballs were under normal weight (psi) at halftime during the Indianapolis-New England AFC Championship game. We know our running back LeGarette Blount weighs 250 pounds and ran the ball 30-40 times during that game. We know that if he had …

Letter: Why the harsh words?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

In regards to the “My Turn” article by Dave Potter “Why am I still searching for my dad’s GOP?” (Monitor Forum, Jan. 24): What have any of the three men mentioned actually done in word or deed that validates your character assassination? They might be all that you …

Letter: Time to say ‘no’

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Soon it will be town and school district meeting time here in Hopkinton, and we will be asked to approve various expenditures on behalf of both groups. During the past few weeks, these groups have presented to the town budget committee and seem to do a fairly good …

My Turn: State laws are clear regarding service animals

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hey, Ralph Jimenez: Don’t get exasperated, get educated! In your harangue on airline preboarding “scams” (Monitor Forum, Jan. 21), you missed an opportunity to educate the public on laws that have been in effect for many years, as well as a change in New Hampshire law effective Jan. …

My Turn: The real nature of karma

Saturday, January 31, 2015

While reading Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman recently, I had an epiphany that brought the notion of karma alive for me. The novel explores various alternative worlds Einstein might have dreamed about. In one scenario, a person is …

My Turn: Budget woes call for bold solutions

Saturday, January 31, 2015

‘We don’t have a whole lot of options.” That was the statement from Nick Toumpas, the commissioner of Health and Human Services, after explaining the plan to shift $7 million of Medicaid funding away from state nursing homes. It is part of a series of moves to close …

My Turn: Bills pose a threat to public education

Friday, January 30, 2015

So many things are going right in New Hampshire public education right now. Our students score among the top in the country. Our educators have led the successful effort to set higher standards for our students and make the new lesson plans to match. Our schools have taken …

My Turn: Workers’ compensation panel’s findings are valid

Friday, January 30, 2015

When a powerful interest group supports a hasty change to our state laws, be wary. The New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association is feverishly pushing to scrap the findings of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan Workers’ Compensation Commission. The NHADA is lobbying to rashly change laws designed to protect our …

Letter: Drawing conclusions

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A belated response to Jeannine Aucoin’s letter “Role reversal” (Monitor letters, Jan. 16). To the question “What conclusions should one draw?” concerning the police killing of an unarmed white man in Salt Lake City: ∎ More whites are shot by police, also mainly white, than are blacks. (Department of …

Letter: Ready for Bernie

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bernie will be back in town! Although the media has been concentrating on the potential GOP presidential candidates and the local shenanigans, I would like to remind folks that there are other voices to be heard. On Saturday, Jan. 31, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be coming to …