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Letter: Thanks from District 9

Thursday, November 27, 2014

After a hard-fought race that ended up with one seat in a perfect tie, we would like to thank the voters of Loudon and Canterbury (Merrimack County District 9), not only for their votes, but also for their interest and attendance at the two candidate forums and several “meet and greet” venues that were hosted in the two towns. We hope to continue meeting with you at regular intervals to …

Letter: Save the pigs

Thursday, November 27, 2014

As a New Hampshire resident who cares deeply about animals, I have been following the news stories about a bill in New Jersey that would ban the use of gestation crates, inhumane barren cages where pregnant pigs are kept for almost their whole lives. The crates are so small, the pigs can’t even turn around. I am discouraged to hear that Gov. Chris …

Letter: Pilgrims Shadow

Thursday, November 27, 2014

When pumpkins dot the landscape A frost it coats the ground Cornstalks dried from days gone by My spirit starts to settle down I think of family and crowded rooms The kitchens busy background implies A time for honest reflection Of the years hopes and dreams arise Casting shadows of tall black hats With feathered bans and native dress I hear the sound …

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My Turn: Embrace the sight of those dirty dishes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

With Thanksgiving almost here, I have been thinking of life and what I give thanks for. At 60, I have many memories to look back on; some fondly and others not so fondly. Our memories are our lives as we have lived. On the cusp of another holiday …

Mike Pride: In ‘Essays After Eighty,’ Donald Hall looks back at a remarkable life

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Donald Hall’s essay “Out the Window” appeared in the January 2012 New Yorker. The title did not lie. An old man stares out his window, sees what he sees and riffs on it, his mind moving amid farmhouse …

Letter: A warning for GOP

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I have voted Republican for most of my adult years. One recent exception was in 2012, when I voted straight Democratic for the state offices. I did this because I was disgusted by the news articles describing the antics of Bill O’Brien and his minions in the state …

Letter: The cycle of violence

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I once again find myself in agreement with the moral and factual thrust of Robert Azzi’s “My Turn” column (Monitor Forum, Nov. 23). The tragedy of the Arab-Israeli conflict is that no one side is in possession of the entire “truth.” It is doubtful that anyone can neatly …

Letter: It’s about people, not power

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I am grateful that President Obama is a leader who considers humanitarian motives when establishing an executive order about the immigration situation in our country. It distresses me to hear some commentators and members of the congressional delegation try to change the debate from care for people to …

Editorial: State has options to cut energy costs

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Hampshire residents and businesses face a budget-busting increase in natural gas and electricity prices this winter. The price of natural gas, which heats about a quarter of the state’s homes and produces more than half of its electricity, spikes on the coldest days because the region’s antiquated …

My Turn: Carry that holiday spirit throughout the year

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This is the season when many caring people generously open their hearts to the less fortunate. Some donate or volunteer to provide Thanksgiving dinners for those without means or without family with whom to share it. Some buy Christmas gifts for children whose families do not have the …

My Turn: Add public workers to your gratitude list

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

As Thanksgiving approaches and you are counting your blessings, I hope you will include the many services brought to you every day by public employees. Many of us take for granted the thousands of services our public employees provide – they are so embedded in our day-to-day activities …

Letter: Yes, please

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Trader Joe’s in Penacook is the best idea I have heard in a long time (Monitor editorial, Nov. 19). I hope city officials read the editorial and take it to heart – a resounding “yes” to Trader Joe’s! LINDA FANNY Concord …

Letter: A rewarding race

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dear Neighbors in District 5: The elections of 2014 have come and gone, and we all have our thoughts about the outcomes. All races have their particular demands and surprises, but nothing is more rewarding than the help and support of volunteers and voters. Without you our democracy …