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Opinion

Letter: GMO propaganda

Friday, August 28, 2015

Propaganda gains power by constructing reality irrespective of truth or facts. Nazi Reich Minister for Propaganda Joseph Goebbels summed it up: “It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent; its task is to lead to success. . . . It should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths.” An excellent example of the seemingly innocuous, albeit nefarious, charm of clever yet …

Letter: Join Bernie

Friday, August 28, 2015

I have waited an enormously long time to have a candidate who fully expresses my political views run for president of the United States. Bernie Sanders, as his campaign gains momentum, is talking openly and honestly about the major issues that are impacting the majority of America. He is articulating solutions to these problems that people see as a way to overcome the …

Letter: Brave and unarmed

Friday, August 28, 2015

Saturday’s terrorist incident on a train in Belgium suggests that another thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a couple of brave, unarmed Americans. ROBERT REIN Concord …

Letter: Immigration facts

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fran Wendelboe’s “End the reign of the PC police” (Sunday Monitor, Aug. 15) reads like an incoherent amalgam of opinion, illogic and complaint. Conflating standards of consideration and decency with censorship and authoritarianism is little more than a cry for a return to the “good old days,” when …

Letter: Taxpayers and Narcan

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

From every form of media and politician, I continue to hear how important it is to appropriate state funds to pay for Narcan to revive heroin users who have overdosed. Why is it that I, as a taxpayer, have to pay for medical treatment of a drug user …

My Turn: So many students, so many cracks to fall through

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Although Richard Cohen does a wonderful job of pointing out the inadequacies of education for people identified with special needs (Monitor Forum, Aug. 19), he has left out a more insidious issue: those not identified who graduate from high school with minimal education. My son-in-law and daughter run …

Our Turn: Let the Democratic candidates debate

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

While the bulk of political reporting right now seems obsessed with the ups and downs of Donald Trump’s blather and hairdo, the substance of the critically important primary race among five Democrats goes forward pretty much under the radar. Little is said about the exchange of ideas that …

Editorial: For these men, the term ‘hero’ applies

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The word “hero” has lost meaning. With earnest feelings of gratitude and appreciation, people assign the label to anybody and everybody who chooses activities or occupations that involve service, guidance, healing or protection. But the problem of such a generous application of the term and its derivatives, regardless …

Letter: A sensible vote

Monday, August 24, 2015

In her Aug. 19 “My Turn,” Jennifer Frizzell blames the politicians for politicizing funding for Planned Parenthood. Rather than blame them, why not instead look at the funding issue sensibly? The funding itself is political because Planned Parenthood is asking the public to pay for it. There are …

Letter: A road rescue

Monday, August 24, 2015

There are still nice people in the world! While returning from vacation recently with our motor home, we developed problems and could go no further. Within minutes of stopping, a young man and his two small boys pulled in behind us. Matt DeGreenia is a mechanic for Kirk’s …

Letter: Prayer travesty

Monday, August 24, 2015

I am not only upset by the “performance” of Rev. Garrett Lear at an Executive Council voting session but have a question. Does the Well of Living Waters (with a local address of 66 Buttercup Lane in Wakefield) enjoy a tax-exempt status as a religious institution? If so, …

Letter: Shedding light on solar debate

Monday, August 24, 2015

In its Wednesday editorial, the Monitor mischaracterizes the solar panel case in order to conclude that the zoning board acted properly. The case was not about the ZBA approving or not approving solar panels. The Magees could have put in about 65 feet of panels simply by pulling …

Letter: Don’t trust Iran

Monday, August 24, 2015

A letter to the editor on Aug. 20 applauds Jeanne Shaheen for supporting the nuclear “deal” with Iran. I wonder if she’s had a chance to read the, up until now, secret deal with the IAEA as published on page B7? Iran will be allowed to inspect its …