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Opinion

Letter: CCSNH is doing good work

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I have read the recent letters to the editor and the Monitor’s editorial concerning the Community College System of New Hampshire. I serve on the board of trustees for the community colleges and am proud of the work we have done. I can understand the opinions being expressed, as it is certainly true that change is very hard. Decisions regarding layoffs were not made lightly and were very hard to …

Letter: CCSNH on the right track

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I am a former student at Manchester Community College and served as a student trustee on the Community College System of New Hampshire board. With that perspective, I write to praise CCSNH leadership for their focus on affordability and student success. It is never easy to make difficult decisions when it means expense and personnel reductions. It is not easy to change and …

Letter: Ghoulish characters

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Everyone should watch the two video clips made public of the pro-life actors posing as buyers for fetal organs, seeking to purchase them from Planned Parenthood. In one of the clips they are discussing how they might best kill the unborn babies in order to get the desired organs. People, come on. If Planned Parenthood broke any laws or not, are we too …

Letter: Main Street mistake

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Evidence continues to mount that the Main Street renovation is moving from just a costly bad idea to one that is going to take lives in the process. As outlined in the July 29 Monitor editorial, backing into the parking spaces will certainly help. But what about the …

Letter: Stop the budget sniping

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The New Hampshire Public Health Association urges negotiations now on the budget. We understand why some wish Gov. Hassan had not vetoed it, but we think she was right. The unacceptable cuts in business taxes amount to a poison pill inside the half-a-loaf of needed increases in funding …

My Turn: Main Street project exceeding expectations

Saturday, August 1, 2015

While I supported the Main Street project from the beginning, as it becomes a reality I am even more of a fan. I knew that most Main Street businesses would now be more accessible to people with walking difficulties. Wheelchair users would now be able to enjoy shopping …

My Turn: Postal Service red ink was created by politicians

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A recent “My Turn” (Monitor Opinion, July 13) cast U.S. Postal Service problems somewhat oddly, seeking to blame the slowing of the mail in states with large rural populations, such as New Hampshire, on a focus on “metropolitan centers like San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York.” While …

My Turn: It’s time to end the ego ‘sport’ of trophy hunting

Saturday, August 1, 2015

This past week, much of the world has been outraged at the tragic death of a renowned lion named Cecil. I first learned of Cecil’s death shortly after it happened, being connected on social media to opposition pages …

Letter: Foreign follies

Friday, July 31, 2015

Whomever the candidate, the major issue that needs immediate attention is this: Why are we (the United States military) bombing Middle Eastern countries? Is it under the pretext that somehow these rebel groups, under any name, are a threat to us? Hasn’t that ongoing misconception been exposed as …

Letter: Faith in politicians restored

Friday, July 31, 2015

I would like to thank Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s office for helping me with Social Security. I have liver cancer and am unable to work at this time. I applied for disability benefits almost two years ago, and depending on who I would talk to when checking on the …

Letter: Gilmanton secrecy

Friday, July 31, 2015

I have serious concerns about the governance of the town of Gilmanton under the current board of selectmen. A review of board minutes reveals extensive nonpublic sessions, with minutes duly sealed, so the public can never find out what goes on behind those closed doors. In particular, the …

My Turn: After more than 60 years, film still resonates

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Race and equality are among the top news stories today with headlines coming from Ferguson, Baltimore and Charleston, yet it is worth remembering that a small city in New Hampshire can have an affect on race relations. Sixty-six years ago, in 1949, a groundbreaking film examined the lives …

Editorial: Committee made the right call on Wozmak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee made the right decision Wednesday in accepting continued funding for the state drug czar position held by John Wozmak. The committee should be congratulated for refusing the temptation of scoring petty political points. The safety and health of the state’s residents depends on …