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Opinion

Letter: Dobson for District 32

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I have known Brian Dobson of Nottingham, a candidate for state representative in Rockingham County District 32, for a few years. Between his service to his country, his commitment to community and his knowledge of state issues, he would represent our towns well. Brian recently wrapped up a 12-year military career, which included two tours of duty in Iraq and service to the New Hampshire National Guard. He has degrees … 0

Letter: Honored and humbled

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to you all for your dedication and support and for contributing your time and effort in our campaign. I was deeply moved by your expression of confidence, and I am honored and humbled that you had trust in me and stood by me. While the outcome of this month’s primary was not what we hoped for, … 0

Letter: It’s not about the ‘R’ or ‘D’

Saturday, September 20, 2014

In response to Katherine Murfey’s letter, “Ayotte Meets with Everybody” (Monitor letters, Sept. 15), the other point of view (not Murfey’s conservative one) is denigrated in her letter. She pays lip service to Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s “duty as a senator to meet with everyone she represents.” That’s the truth. Our elected officials don’t represent the one party that provides the “R” or “D” … 0

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Editorial: Looking back and ahead at the same time

Letter: The season for eyesores

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alas it is election season again and time for the ugly political signs to sprout, denigrating the beauty of our rural vistas. I remain amazed that we invite visitors to come to our state, especially in the fall, to enjoy the natural beauty our state has to offer … 0

Letter: Kuster has weak grip on foreign policy issues

Saturday, September 20, 2014

With new terror threats, is Rep. Annie Kuster up to the task? During President Obama’s speech to the nation about the dangerous consequences of leaving ISIS unchecked and the need to destroy the terrorist organization, he said that the American people needed Congress to vote to authorize some … 2

Letter: DOT to the rescue

Saturday, September 20, 2014

On Sept. 15, my wife’s car broke down on Route 3 south of the Bedford tolls. She had no sooner pulled over when a Department of Transportation employee pulled up behind her, got out and, after reassuring her he wasn’t a rapist or anything, made sure she was … 0

My Turn: Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Christian eyes

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I spent a lot of time this summer talking to people and thinking about the recent violence in Israel and Palestine. I have been trying to figure out what it is that a Christian pastor should think about the bombings and rhetoric over the summer. After all, this … 4

My Turn: Merrill arguing for more do-nothing politics

Saturday, September 20, 2014

We should consider a constitutional amendment to restore First Amendment freedoms to the proper balance. About six months ago, I attended a charitable event in Manchester and saw from across the room a tall, balding man holding court over a table full of fresh-faced associates. I approached him … 0

My Turn: How a tax on the rich became a tax on the middle class

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Hampshire’s Interest and Dividends Tax has strayed very far from its roots as a tax on the rich. The tax was created in 1923, at the end of the Progressive Era. In the 19th century, most taxes were property taxes. After the Civil War, as the industrial … 2

Letter: Feeding bellies and minds

Friday, September 19, 2014

We would like to express our appreciation to the Greater Laconia community for helping to make our first year of “Got Literacy” a success. Summer of 2013, we three retired teachers volunteered for the first time in the outstanding “Got Lunch, Laconia” program delivering lunches to deserving families. … 0

Letter: Just say no to Shaheen, Kuster and Shea-Porter

Friday, September 19, 2014

New Hampshire is well-known for its retail politics where the candidates are required to get out and listen to the people. All across the state, Republicans are holding one town meeting after another listening to the people and letting them know where they stand on the issues. While … 24

Letter: A difficult day made easier

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sept. 9 was one of the saddest days for me and my husband, as we had to put down our loving family dog, Zoe, due to kidney failure. It was very hard saying goodbye to Zoe after 12 years of being known and recognized by many in Boscawen … 1

Letter: Invitation to war

Friday, September 19, 2014

I’m overjoyed to announce that the Iraqi army is now accepting recruits without Iraqi citizenship. This means that all of the warmongering members Congress, the president, his cabinet, the State Department, the Pentagon talking heads, media pundits and generals can have their wish and go to war against … 2