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Opinion

My Turn: A casino is the last thing the Concord area needs

Monday, April 27, 2015

The New Hampshire House is once again poised to vote on a bill to bring casino gambling to the state. This time, the bill calls for two casinos. One will undoubtedly be built at Salem’s former Rockingham Park race track. There is a strong possibility that the second will be built down the road from Concord at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In the lead-up to the vote, gambling interests have …

Editorial: Pulitzer Prizes tell a media story

Monday, April 27, 2015

It’s not difficult to identify failures of journalism in the past several years, from the unquestioning reporting on Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” in the lead-up to the Iraq War to a recent Rolling Stone article about campus rape that was later retracted. Add to this the ethical failings of broadcasters such as Bill O’Reilly and Brian Williams, and it becomes obvious …

My Turn: Stark was indeed a founder of this state

Monday, April 27, 2015

I have no horse selected yet in the presidential sweepstakes, but I disagree with a recent “fact check” (Monitor, April 11) giving Rand Paul a failing score for John Stark as a founder of our state. On April 19, 1775, the battles of Lexington and Concord set the course for violent revolution. Four days later, on April 23, Col. John Stark was chosen …

Letter: Hassan is ignoring the law

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I’d like to take this opportunity to respond to a letter to the editor by Paula Trombi of Meredith (Monitor letters, April 6). To set the record straight, the bottom line is this: Gov. Hassan is trying to raid nursing homes and home health care agency funds that …

Letter: Go vegan

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal. If you are searching for a healthier lifestyle, a vegan (total vegetarian) diet can help you to achieve that goal. Many of the debilitating diseases present in America today, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, many types of cancer, heart disease, etc., …

Letter: A fundraising primer

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In response to Tim Jandebeur’s letter regarding the upcoming Rockingham District 32 special election (Monitor letters, April 20), Jandebeur waves the flag for the Republican candidate, Yvonne Dean-Bailey. The rest of his letter is an attempt to spread false generalizations about the Democratic candidate, Maureen Mann. He seems …

Letter: A call for secession?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Young Yvonne Dean-Bailey (running in Rockingham 32) has preached an extreme form of localism in government that brims with ideological fervor but shows woeful ignorance the actual facts. She does not recognize that the New Hampshire Constitution invests primary authority in the state. In matters of taxation, education, …

Letter: More about Pelletier

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I would like to commend Ray Duckler for his story about Patricia Pelletier (Sunday Monitor, April 19). I would like to add some information that did not get published. I first met Pat when she worked as a cashier for Kresage’s on North Main Street in the late …

Letter: More housing options needed

Saturday, April 25, 2015

It was encouraging to read the article about an approved retirement community plan in the April 16 Monitor. Having had several ongoing discussions with friends and acquaintances (over 55), we found that many were very interested in downsizing their existing homes into smaller, low-maintenance, single-family, resident-owned units. Many …

My Turn: Proposed Mount Sunapee expansion offers balance

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The time has come to move Mount Sunapee forward. The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development has developed a draft proposal for consideration that achieves a balance between conservation and recreation. DRED Commissioner Jeff Rose’s amended plan clearly includes input from residents, outdoor enthusiasts, conservationists and …

My Turn: Time to stand up and save the land for the people

Saturday, April 25, 2015

As an avid skier who grew up on the slopes of Mount Sunapee, I find the draft decision from New Hampshire’s Department of Resources and Economic Development allowing the Mount Sunapee Resort to expand to the west to be unacceptable. I know there are many others who are …

My Turn: Concord needs maintenance, not new projects

Saturday, April 25, 2015

It should not come as a surprise that the mayor, who recently spoke at a Concord Chamber of Commerce “State of the City” forum, told that audience about his disappointment that the state Legislature was about to renege on approving funds to begin the renovations to Loudon Road. …

Letter: Fresh advice

Friday, April 24, 2015

It might have been useful to point out, as a preface to the Associated Press salmon article (Monitor Food, April 22), that all of the salmon discussed in this article comes from the Pacific Ocean and needs to be shipped across the country to New England before it …