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Letter: A beautiful article

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thank you for publishing the excellent, beautiful, full length article by Sindiso Mnisi Weeks (Monitor Forum, April 16). That is what newspapers are for: to inform and educate. That also sells newspapers. SELDEN R. STRONG Franklin … 0

Letter: It’s time to stop killing

Friday, April 18, 2014

What’s wrong with capital punishment to begin with is that it is humans making the decision to kill another human. The punishment, once completed, is irrevocable. Humans are prone to error, to misjudgment, to prejudice. The justice system itself is not perfect. Death row inmates have been exonerated with new evidence. There is enough killing in the world. End capital punishment for good. … 1

Letter: Reward for missing data

Friday, April 18, 2014

I am writing to see if I can get any help retrieving the data from the computer that I lost on April 2. I inadvertently drove out of my driveway on Sanborn Road in Concord with my black Macbook on the trunk of my black Miata. I don’t know where it fell off, but it was somewhere between there and Mountain, Sewall’s Falls, … 0

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Letter: A curious sponsorship

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

So Citizens United, the prime force behind the lawsuit to have corporations treated as “people,” sponsors the summit in Manchester where everyone speaks about protecting individual freedoms. Really? SUSAN WHITBECK Pembroke … 6

Letter: CASA needs you

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Being a CASA/GAL, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem, is one of the most rewarding and awe-inspiring experiences anyone can have. It brings surprise, challenge, education, friends, support and the opportunity to give back to a child who desperately needs a supportive adult in their … 0

Letter: Death penalty is barbaric

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The most often articulated rationale for keeping the death penalty is to prevent murder or punish murderers. Execution is murder. Premeditated, at that. The death penalty is not a deterrent. There is still risk that it will mistakenly be used to end the life of an innocent person. … 0

Editorial: Another path toward inmate rehabilitation

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley called the possible repeal of the death penalty a “vote of conscience.” A more exact phrase is difficult to imagine. It is harder still to imagine conscience being absent in the consideration of any aspect of the criminal justice system, especially … 1

My turn: The price of the Renewable Fuel Standard

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It’s amazing what you can learn in a grocery store. A few months ago, I overheard a woman talking about how groceries were becoming more expensive and that the government was to blame. I had no idea what she was talking about, so I decided to go home … 2

Letter: Not quite North Korea

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I read with some amusement the Monitor’s reporting of the recent gathering of prominent and aspiring conservatives, particularly Mike Huckabee’s quip that, “I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the U.S.” The fact that he could say that in … 1

Letter: Think before you throw

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

As the snow melts away, I can’t help but be discouraged by the amount of trash that litters our roadsides. Think of the state Department of Transportation employees who kept your roads safe all winter whose duties now include trash pickup along state roads. It’s not an enjoyable … 1

Letter: Marijuana law lacking

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I was reading the story about the proposed changes to New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law, and it made me think that these things should have been hashed out before the law was passed. I’m not for the recreational use of pot but strongly believe it can help those … 2

Letter: Thwarting Boehner

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mr. President, how about an executive order to restore the emergency unemployment extension? If John Boehner can kill a bill on purpose, try this as a solution. MALCOLM GRAHAM ROGERS Concord … 1

Letter: Follow the money

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We have a new big money player in New Hampshire: His name is Peter T. Paul. He just set up a Super PAC and planted half a million in it with the intent to get his “friend” Dan Innis elected to Congress. Big money and politics is now … 1