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Letter: Save the bobcats

Saturday, January 31, 2015

I was shocked to learn that Fish and Game is considering opening a trapping season on bobcats. The UNH study of these magnificent creatures is barely off the presses showing their numbers have increased in New Hampshire due to their protected status. Now that protection is in jeopardy. While Fish and Game struggles financially and are seeing dollar signs in opening a trapping season, in reality, their large budget deficit …

Letter: Let’s talk loopholes

Saturday, January 31, 2015

State Sen. Dan Feltes and state Rep. Richard Ames want to start a conversation about closing tax loopholes that primarily benefit the richest 1 percent of New Hampshire taxpayers at the expense of the rest of us. Credit them with creative thinking that has brought a fresh approach to the stale debate over tax policy in New Hampshire. It has been estimated that …

Letter: Bigger fish to fry

Saturday, January 31, 2015

To Frank Warman, regarding his letter in the Monitor’s Jan. 26 edition about the “Deflategate” controversy: Frank, you are too kind. Limiting your criticism to just the sports world ignores the source of these “problems.” The source is our government that does these things all the time. Ignorance and complacency is the attitude of the vast majority of Americans, so we have what …

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Letter: Ayotte took stand on climate

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Two thumbs up to Sen. Kelly Ayotte for joining Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina in acknowledging the reality of human-caused climate change in a Jan. 21 Senate vote. As a former Republican who was …

Letter: Easy on Vermont barbs

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I’d like to thank Paul Brogan for coming to my defense against the dyspeptic Katy Burns (Monitor, Jan. 21). I was only trying to suggest that efforts should be made toward regional primaries, and that a good way to start would be Vermont scheduling a primary the same …

Letter: In defense of Vermont

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I loved Paul E. Brogan’s My Turn in response to Katy Burn’s slice, dice and diminish Vermont piece (Sunday Monitor, Jan. 18). His last statement couldn’t have hit any closer to a soul searching, (wo)man in the mirror moment. Bravo to Brogan! MAUREEN MEDEIROS Barnstead …

Letter: RGGI helped our town

Sunday, January 25, 2015

One terrible bill being presented at this time in Concord is a regressive and irresponsible bill designed to repeal New Hampshire’s participation in the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. If approved, it would bring losses of income for our state and greatly needed help for our residents, towns …

Letter: On the anti-abortion rally

Sunday, January 25, 2015

About 400 persons, tots to the elderly, led by New Hampshire’s Catholic bishop and a Protestant minister, marched Saturday, Jan. 17, about two miles to and from the statehouse for a pro-life rally, spending almost two hours in 7-degree weather. Along the way they were confronted by a …

Letter: The dangers of Keystone XL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Well, it’s official. The U.S. Senate is again debating the Keystone pipeline. But while the new Congress may have ushered in new voices, the facts remain the same. Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline would add 27.4 million metric tons of carbon pollution per year – a move …

Letter: Looking through the Koran

Sunday, January 25, 2015

This is in response to Darlene Olivo’s letter concerning my “screed against Muslims.” (Monitor, Jan. 17) If Ms. Olivo had known of my Sept. 4, 2007 letter, she would have found that I am basically in agreement with her that all religions have had their bad moments over …

Letter: Against Sunapee expansion

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I am opposed to the West Bowl expansion of the ski area at Mt. Sunapee State Park. Our state parks were created to “preserve, protect, and steward New Hampshire’s natural, recreational, and historic sites,” according to the Division of Parks and Recreation. While Mt. Sunapee State Park has …

Letter: Time to close Gitmo

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Many thanks for Calif. Rep. Jackie Speier’s well argued piece (“Time for U.S. to Close Guantanamo” Monitor, Jan. 19). Gitmo certainly does “run contrary to our values” – well, at least our espoused values. But there’s more to the story. It’s a shameful relic of not only the …

Letter: Stop the pipeline

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I am concerned that many residents affected by the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project in New Hampshire are unaware of the scope and depth of this undertaking. Not my water: First, most of the affected communities have only private wells for each household or business. Many of us …