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Letter: Harmful cuts

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans was shocked and dismayed to see the cuts to senior services in the proposed New Hampshire House budget, as well as the other massive reductions in state spending all across the spectrum of services. As many of us know, New Hampshire has one of the oldest populations in the country. It makes no sense to make such cuts. It hurts our communities and …

Letter: A water threat

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Belmont, Northfield and Tilton residents need to weigh in to protect our drinking water from expansion of the Bestway waste transfer station. The Bestway transfer site lies on top of a shallow aquifer – a fragile resource where water pools and flows underground close to the surface. Water supplies for Belmont, Northfield and Tilton are drawn from this aquifer with local people using …

Letter: Lessons of the past

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

When will we ever learn? Back in the 1960s, there was a story in the local paper that went like this: People were calling the police complaining that there were two bodies of homeless men in the snowbanks and children were asking their parents, “Daddy, why are those two men sleeping in the snow?” The newspaper had a front page story with the …

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Letter: A lamentable distinction

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I would like to congratulate the New Hampshire Legislature, especially the House, for passing the U.S. Congress as the most useless legislative body in America. I do not believe you can properly run any government by ideology alone, for example cutting all services to save money, because the …

Letter: Our broad-based tax

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

For years, the state has been claiming it does not have a broad-based tax. But it does. It’s embedded in the property tax. In 1993, the Supreme Court stated the “state constitution imposes duty on the state to provide constitutionally adequate education to every educable child in public …

Editorial: Little things are worth debating, too

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Why is a toddler so attached to a teddy bear, which is nothing but fabric and cotton stuffing? Why wear that ratty old flannel shirt when there’s a brand new one hanging in the closet? Why hold on to all of those old picture books that the kids …

My Turn: ‘No’ to Medicaid expansion would hurt state’s elderly

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Medicaid expansion doesn’t benefit only the 35,000 New Hampshire residents who previously didn’t have access to health insurance, it’s also keeping elder care costs down and helping businesses in the state comply with the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. And, until 2020, it’s 100 percent paid for by …

Letter: A new modest proposal

Monday, March 30, 2015

I read with interest the dire straits that New Hampshire is facing because of proposed cuts. Anyone who has to make those choices in the process of developing a public budget does not, in my opinion, do it in a thoughtless manner. It is apparent to me that …

Letter: A failure to lead

Monday, March 30, 2015

President Obama commissioned the Simpson-Bowles study to find ways to have the federal government put policies in place to create more 40-hour-per-week jobs with growth in wages and salaries. He could exercise leadership and work with the Congress to institute the policies, but instead has chosen to ignore …

Letter: The rules of decorum

Monday, March 30, 2015

As a long-serving town moderator, I would not allow the comments of Jeffrey Clay in a town meeting (Sunday Monitor Forum, March 22). Differing opinions and specific challenges to decisions and practices of the selectmen are always in order. But effective conduct of the public’s business also depends …

Letter: Bow meetings revisited

Monday, March 30, 2015

I was disappointed in the “My Turn” article by Jean Rich (Monitor Opinion, March 24). I was one of the core group of a half-dozen or so Bow neighbors who initially got together to talk about how to get other Bow citizens more involved in how our town …

My Turn: Maintaining Medicaid expansion helps state’s economy, working families

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Among the more notable features of a state budget recommended by the House Finance Committee is a proposed and ill-advised decision to end New Hampshire’s unique version of Medicaid expansion, called the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. The NHHPP leverages available federal funds to offer private sector health …

My Turn: Argument against indoor tanning cherry-picks data

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I would like to correct some misleading facts in the Monitor’s March 12 editorial, “Senate should pass bill on underage tanning.” The editorial opines that because irresponsible tanning habits increase the risk of cancer, we should ban it outright for our youth and that heavy regulations already in …