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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 the state is in serious trouble when it is willing to lose federal funding to meet the target of a balanced budget. …

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 the findings and preach a political ideology of division in our country. Middle- and lower-income …

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 on the practice of respectful decorum by all. Robert’s Rules of Order is the prime …

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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 …

Letter: The will of Webster’s people

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Why the harsh lecture from the Monitor to Webster voters (Sunday Monitor editorial, March 22)? The editorial started off with, “When the town of Webster decided against publishing the names and salary information of its employees in its annual report,” but it should be made perfectly clear that …

Letter: The long view

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The very informative front-page story in Monday’s Monitor is headlined with the telling understatement: “Proposed HHS cuts cause doubt.” The story that follows evidences an alarming basis for uncertainty over whether the Legislature is exercising sound fiscal reasoning, let alone vision. To eviscerate crucial social service programs to …

Letter: Make big money a big deal

Sunday, March 29, 2015

John Broderick and Brad Cook speak an important truth (Sunday Monitor Forum, March 22), that “big money, left or right, has little to do with the interests of ordinary Americans.” They urge us to take the essential first step toward any solution: using our privilege as New Hampshire …

Letter: Ayotte’s out of touch

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Based on her long emails and op-eds attempting to justify signing the letter to Iran, it is clear that Sen. Kelly Ayotte remains clueless as to the gravity of that action. Not only did that letter embarrass our president (a president, she would do well to remember, who …

Letter: Missed it by that much

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The score in Bradford: Town hall team, 144; opposing team, 79. Needed to pass: 148.5 (two-thirds majority). My heart is numb. With a stunning majority, voters supported the town hall restoration, a plan ensuring a long life for our historic building, complete with energy efficient, code compliant, safe …

Don’t tell the Joneses, Part Four: Economic reality challenges liberals, conservatives

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Previous parts revealed that our market economy distributes its wealth so unequally that few can afford even a modest, middle-class standard of living without substantial help, that democracy requires a broad middle class, and, therefore, that our market democracy must intervene heavily in the market to assure this …

Editorial: Budget shows political will still absent

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last week, the House Finance Committee, along straight party lines, passed a portion of its adolescent attempt at crafting a state budget on to the full House, which quickly rejected a key component – the committee’s decision to cripple the state Department of Transportation with a budget cut …