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Opinion

My Turn: Resolution helps boost the voice of Bhutanese

Monday, April 20, 2015

By unanimous vote, the New Hampshire Senate recently passed a resolution honoring the contribution of Bhutanese refugees to the Granite State and encouraging efforts to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Bhutan.   We wish to thank the resolution’s sponsors, Sens. Dan Feltes, Jeb Bradley, Donna Soucy, Lou D’Allesandro and David Watters, and Reps. Latha Mangipudi, Lee Oxenham and Patrick Long.  We hope the House follows the Senate’s lead, although we can already say …

My Turn: Commercial real estate bill hurts buyers

Monday, April 20, 2015

There are many policy issues that consume our elected officials today, but considerable attention is paid to identifying ways to lessen the burden on businesses in order to spur economic growth in our state. Indeed, legislators are currently contemplating a change in law that would lower business taxes, and politicians routinely talk of the value of reducing regulations and fees that add to …

Letter: Thanks, Sen. Feltes

Monday, April 20, 2015

After a six-month battle with the Department of Health and Human Services, I sought help from my elected officials. My two state representatives and representative on the Executive Council showed no interest. Emails were not returned (if they were read). Sen. Dan Feltes reached out to me. I explained the problem. He contacted HHS, and I am awaiting a letter with the information …

Letter: Dean-Bailey is a fresh voice

Monday, April 20, 2015

It’s clear Democrats in Rockingham 32 are scared to death of the young and fresh GOP nominee, Yvonne Dean-Bailey, running in the special election. How do I know that? Within the past week, two extensive letters have been published in the Monitor, not attacking her policies, but her …

Letter: Smearing NEC

Monday, April 20, 2015

I was dismayed to read your article on the coach at Keene State accused of sexual misconduct (Sunday Monitor front page, April 12). The article reads as a clear smear of New England College in order to deflect the true blame, which lies with Keene for not doing …

Letter: A better world for all

Monday, April 20, 2015

I couldn’t agree more with Rabbi Robin Nafshi and Dr. Susan Zlotnick-Hale (Monitor Forum, April 11) that we must “remember the Holocaust so it never happens again.” My great hope is that through Holocaust Remembrance Day the world will truly learn from history, honor the victims and respond …

Letter: Ditch ‘The Pledge’

Sunday, April 19, 2015

‘Gotta balance the budget, gotta cut vital programs, gotta cut education spending, gotta maintain just basic government functions, gotta pass on the brunt of the costs to the homeowner, gotta do all this without no darn sales taxes!” Isn’t this getting old? Hasn’t New Hampshire as a society …

Letter: Faith and longevity

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thank you for your excellent editorial on April 8, “Want to live longer? Just be at peace.” Centenarian Gertrude Weaver and your editorial both got it right: Trust in the Lord, obey Him, love everyone and work hard. Your editorial says that all of these ways of thinking …

Letter: A tragedy recognized

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bravo to Pope Francis for addressing the atrocities of the Armenian massacre and decrying the global indifference that has allowed us to forget the first genocide of the 20th century: “It is the duty of everyone to not forget the senseless slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians …

Letter: Everybody should read Azzi

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thanks to the Monitor for printing Robert Azzi’s commentary (Sunday Monitor Forum, April 12). It should be required reading for everyone, and especially for politicians and the makers of foreign policy. How many people know the history of the U.S. involvement/interference with Iran, going back a century? The …

Letter: Devastating cuts

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Last week, Lakes Region Community Services celebrated 40 years of service to our community. It was a time to think about how the organization began and remember those who together affected change and created a community-based system that supports independence, dignity and opportunity in the lives of people …

Letter: Common Core myths

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Hampshire’s proud electoral traditions give us an early view of the presidential campaigns and their messages. So far, it’s been a disappointing slog of misinformation and myths about the Common Core State Standards. Voluntarily adopted by more than 40 states beginning in 2010, the Common Core is …

Letter: Bear-baiting facts

Sunday, April 19, 2015

It is important to pause and become informed as hunters and non-hunters. Baiting is an important and useful management tool, as New Hampshire Fish and Game has stated. The effectiveness of baiting allows a responsible hunter to make an educated and informed ethical harvest. Protecting lactating sows from …