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Letter: Affordable early-childhood education a priority for Feltes

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Research shows that quality early childhood education is the keystone to success for children in both primary and secondary school. This is true for children across socio-economic classes. Our family is lucky in that we have the ability to send our children to a high-quality preschool while we work. Our boys will also be able to go to kindergarten full time, which they could not do if we had to … 0

Letter: North is paying for south

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In northern New Hampshire, a region plagued with gas prices 15 to 20 cents per gallon consistently higher than southern New Hampshire, adding another deliberate tax is unthinkable. But in the infinite wisdom of state politicians, a deliberate tax increase was imposed. Have you felt the “pain at the pump” yet, northern New Hampshire? North Country Democratic representatives as well as a majority … 0

Letter: Expand Social Security

Thursday, July 10, 2014

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law in 1935. The country was suffering through the Great Depression, and millions of people were out of work. The program was originally intended, and still acts today, as a social insurance program. Big Money interests have pushed Congress to end or drastically reduce government involvement in retirement programs and health care, while … 0

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Letter: Why sell assault rifles?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I frequently shop at Walmart in Gilford. The store has been remodeled and offers many new products. Families, children, young people and older people like me visit the store. Walmart is the biggest and wealthiest retail chain in the country. The stores carry guns, ammunition, fishing equipment, bikes … 0

Letter: Rebelling against corruption

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The fundamental problem in government today is that most of those who have been elected to represent us don’t. They represent the interests of those who can get them money for re-election and promise them jobs with giant salaries when they leave the House or Senate. That is, … 0

Letter: What Democrats believe

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In response to Tom Kamberis’s letter “What Republicans believe” (Monitor, July 6): Democrats believe they should decide the nation’s gun laws even most gun laws passed by Democrats have failed, and they believe that pushing an agenda like “war on women” is reality. Democrats believe that business is … 1

Letter: What Democrats believe, Part 2

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Democrats believe all guns should be banned. Democrats believe women should control their own health care but their bosses should pay for it. Democrats believe women need to have maternity coverage up to age 65. Democrats believe Obamacare is great. (Then why is it a mandate?) Democrats believe … 0

My Turn: The many reasons Americans should be proud

Thursday, July 10, 2014

‘Recapturing the meaning of patriotism” seemed to be an appropriate title for the Monitor’s editorial on the Fourth of July. However, the editors chose to frame their discussion around the difference between what they termed as the “supernationalism” of two cable television pundits and true patriotism. The discussion … 3

My Turn: U.S. bears responsibility for growing refugee crisis

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I’ve been watching with sadness the angry mobs in Murrieta, Calif., preventing immigrant detainees, including children, from being housed by federal officials in Border Patrol detainee centers. Living up north here, it’s easy to view Latin America as … 1

Editorial: State should ban some types of fireworks

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fourth of July fireworks are a tradition in New Hampshire – and so too, it seems, are injuries related to the use of reloadable mortar fireworks. With two incidents in the past three years, the town of Pelham has become the center of debate in the state over … 0

national view: Clear rules for clean water

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lawmakers, mostly but not only Republicans, are seeking to undermine the twin foundations of Environmental Protection Agency authority: the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. In both cases, Congress should back off. The agency badly needs clearer rules on which bodies of water it has the … 1

Letter: Tobacco fight continues

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

With the recent death of baseball great Tony Gwynn at age 54 from cancer related to chewing tobacco, Bow High School graduates with celebratory cigars pictured in the New Hampshire Union Leader and Beverly lacrosse players with cigars on school property – let alone the continued exponential rise … 0

Letter: Vested interest in good roads

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Regarding Mr. Jay Meehan’s statement (Monitor letters, July 5) that “the increase in the gas tax . . . is completely unreasonable”: As a former moving-company man, he must be aware of the strong connection between gasoline taxes (paid by virtually everyone who drives a vehicle in this … 1