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Letter: Welfare pays well

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Cato Institute has released an updated 2013 study showing that welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Yet, even worse, welfare pays more than $15 per hour in 13 states. The study shows that welfare benefits have increased faster than minimum wage. Yup, it is now more profitable to sit at home than it is to earn an honest …

Letter: Follow the rules

Monday, December 22, 2014

It’s time for Rep. Bill O’Brien to face up to the fact that he cannot force people to vote the way he wants. Rep. Shawn Jasper won by the vote, now get to work on the business at hand and get over it. Abide by the rules. ROBERT BLODGETT Epsom …

Letter: Each story is unique

Monday, December 22, 2014

In his excellent column, Ray Duckler introduced us to that large segment of Concord’s homeless population that won’t or can’t be productive for a variety of reasons ranging from long-term injury to mental illness to addiction to attitude (Sunday Monitor Forum, Dec. 14). But he didn’t tell us about the ones who work hard and are productive. They could be the “working poor” …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Letter: Self-destruction

Monday, December 22, 2014

We insult babies to point out babyish behavior in New Hampshire’s Republican-strong House. Luckily their babyish or bratty behavior may have an upside in 2016. During that election cycle, enough New Hampshire voters may be fed up with Republicans that they don’t put their votes there, from the …

Letter: No more Bushes

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dear Republican Party: We the people need a third Bush about as much as we need a second Obama (or Clinton). You pushed the Romney coin forward in 2012 and lost for very valid reasons. Do not force independent voters to once again consider the opposition. I will …

Letter: Undercovered

Monday, December 22, 2014

We recently went through the ACA marketplace in search of an insurance policy that would be affordable. After searching through the plans from all the available providers for New Hampshire, the only affordable plans were in the bronze category. In brief, the cost would have been between $300 …

Letter: Thanks to Catholic Charities

Monday, December 22, 2014

Nice article about Tim O’Shea’s experience at the New Hampshire Food Bank (Sunday Monitor Your Life, Dec. 14). Unfortunately, a key piece of information was missing: The New Hampshire Food Bank is a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire. Catholic Charities, through the New Hampshire Food Bank and …

Letter: A fitting tribute

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thank you for Jonathan Baird’s feature article on Noam Chomsky (Monitor Forum, Dec. 12). Baird is to be commended for his accurate, albeit brief, portrayal of a truly brilliant and courageous contemporary American hero. CKRIS WALLENSTEIN Bennington …

Letter: Let the rebellion begin

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thank you for publishing Daniel Weeks’s “My Turn” (Sunday Monitor Forum, Dec. 14). Today is the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, and boy, do we need a rebellion again. The movement is afoot! There are already many, many people working to reclaim our democracy. This is not …

Letter: Special interests win again

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington Democrats and Republicans just passed a budget that rewards the special interests at the expense of the American people. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Annie Kuster voted for the special interests. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted for the people. The budget was created by the …

Letter: Remove historic steel bridges

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It is past time to remove the last of New Hampshire’s historic iron and steel truss bridges. For those who don’t know what these are since there are so few left, they are “Erector Set” style bridges of trusswork. George Kelly wrote about one in his “My Turn” …

Letter: Truth about the pipeline

Sunday, December 21, 2014

In a recent article on proposed electric rate increases, the Monitor wrote, “Both companies attribute rising prices to the region’s lack of natural gas pipeline infrastructure” (Monitor front page, Dec. 16). The Monitor should stop regurgitating this statement from the power companies and do a little research on …

Letter: Homeless Americans

Sunday, December 21, 2014

We have been avidly following the series of articles on the homeless population in Concord. Living in close proximity and volunteering within the community serving both the homeless and the refugees, it has become sadly apparent that our homeless population consists predominantly of American citizens. Many of them …