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Opinion

Letter: Extremists?

Friday, May 29, 2015

With all due respect, I take issue with Fran Wendelboe’s column “The real abortion extremists” (Sunday Monitor Forum, May 16) in which she states pro-choice, Planned Parenthood supporters are the real extremists. I do not believe a fertilized egg is a person, definitely not a person deserving 14th Amendment rights, but rather a “blueprint.” About 60 percent of fertilized eggs do not implant to the uterine wall. Of those embryos …

Letter: Shaheen owes state explanation for TPP vote

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen voted this month with 13 other Democratic senators and 48 Republicans for cloture over the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, thus paving the way for fast track authority for the president. In the opinion of many – Paul Krugman, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the Gutenberg Project, for example – the TPP, a so-called trade pact, is actually more of an …

Editorial: In New Hampshire, power of church fades

Friday, May 29, 2015

Religion in the United States is in decline. That’s the inescapable conclusion one draws from a new study by the Pew Research Center. The center’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study documented several ways in which the country’s religious landscape is changing. The percentage of Americans calling themselves Christian dropped from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent last year. The percentage of those …

National View: Nebraska’s deep-red leap

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

‘We’ve got the state out of the killing business today,” Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers said last week, according to the Omaha World-Herald. His state would not be the first to live without the death penalty; it would be the 19th. It also would not be the first …

Letter: Support higher education

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As the fight for state support of higher education builds across the nation, it’s especially encouraging to see how young people in New Hampshire are joining together. This month, students from UNH and Keene State College attended a Senate Budget Committee hearing to testify for restoring public support …

Letter: Shortage of selectmen

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Perhaps we made a mistake when we voted not to have five selectmen rather than three in Sanbornton. It seems that every time an issue is raised with the selectmen, they form a committee to investigate and recommend some sort of action, if any. The latest committee to …

Letter: Crush of confidentiality

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Our society has gone overboard on confidentiality. Everyone values privacy and looks for friends with whom one can safely confide. But our society has gone way too far in how much it values this. We are moving from being a free society with a presumption of unhindered speech …

Letter: Homeless and careless

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The sign on Fort Eddy Road reads: “No trespassing. Property of Unitil. Police take notice.” The message has been interpreted this way: “Free camping. Prime waterfront. No worries about sewage, septic or litter.” Like so many homeless camping sites around Concord, this area will be distinguishable by hideous …

Letter: God and Gallo

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Democrats got it wrong when taking umbrage with Gov. Mel Thompson’s suggestion that Catholic priests would get a better benediction if they used Gallo wine during the 1975 boycott initiated by the United Farm Workers. Democrats said, “the governor’s suggestion that the Almighty would take sides in a …

Letter: Stop the raiding

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

State Sen. Andy Hosmer deserves kudos for standing up and calling his Senate Finance Committee colleagues on their about-face on raiding the renewable energy fund. The news that they will use the fund to cover homeland security needs smacks of hypocrisy. The ink was barely dry on the …

Letter: Thank you, District 32

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank everyone who supported me in the special election for state representative on May 19. I am constantly encouraged by the amount of community members who are passionate about fiscal responsibility and the need for a fresh conservative voice …

Letter: Trash that list of wants

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What is happening here? Raise taxes again, and that’s not enough – raise the price of trash bags, too. Why, because you want new sidewalks? New skate house at White Park? New women’s prison? Methadone clinics, Narcan, new schools where everyone gets an iPad? Guess what? I don’t …

Letter: Spirit of Sunapee

Monday, May 25, 2015

A few years have passed since I stood with a couple hundred fellow New Hampshire citizens in the Sherburne Gymnasium in Sunapee. The occasion was the presentation by Rob Thomson, then director of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, of the Muellers’ proposal to lease Mount Sunapee …