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Opinion

Letter: The Free Stater way

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I found Nick Reid’s article “Church of the Sword” truly fascinating (Monitor front page, July 28). On the one hand, I was laughing my butt off at the rallying cry “I look forward to killing you.” That fits right in with most fundamentalist religious beliefs of today. I do give them credit for using swords made of foam rather than M-16s. On the other hand, these freeloaders, oops, Free Staters …

Letter: They’re not vigilantes

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I disagree with James Cole’s characterization of the armed persons guarding military recruitment centers as vigilantes (Monitor letters, July 28). A vigilante would be one acting as though he had law enforcement powers, which as far as I know these people are not doing. As far as I know, they’re not detaining, frisking, harassing or otherwise interfering with people coming and going from …

Letter: The blame game

Sunday, August 2, 2015

On the front page of one of our local newspaper, the headline on a story about the death of Trevor Gonyer in Weare read: “Did pursuit cause crash?” It is not the pursuit that caused the crash, it was the failure of the driver who didn’t stop when he saw the blue lights of the police but instead decided to “run away.” Trevor …

Letter: Foreign follies

Friday, July 31, 2015

Whomever the candidate, the major issue that needs immediate attention is this: Why are we (the United States military) bombing Middle Eastern countries? Is it under the pretext that somehow these rebel groups, under any name, are a threat to us? Hasn’t that ongoing misconception been exposed as …

Letter: Faith in politicians restored

Friday, July 31, 2015

I would like to thank Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s office for helping me with Social Security. I have liver cancer and am unable to work at this time. I applied for disability benefits almost two years ago, and depending on who I would talk to when checking on the …

Letter: Gilmanton secrecy

Friday, July 31, 2015

I have serious concerns about the governance of the town of Gilmanton under the current board of selectmen. A review of board minutes reveals extensive nonpublic sessions, with minutes duly sealed, so the public can never find out what goes on behind those closed doors. In particular, the …

My Turn: After more than 60 years, film still resonates

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Race and equality are among the top news stories today with headlines coming from Ferguson, Baltimore and Charleston, yet it is worth remembering that a small city in New Hampshire can have an affect on race relations. Sixty-six years ago, in 1949, a groundbreaking film examined the lives …

Editorial: Committee made the right call on Wozmak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee made the right decision Wednesday in accepting continued funding for the state drug czar position held by John Wozmak. The committee should be congratulated for refusing the temptation of scoring petty political points. The safety and health of the state’s residents depends on …

Monitor Board of Contributors: A man of the people

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Like almost everybody, I have been surprised by the surge of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential race. At first I thought, given our proximity to Vermont, he might do well in New Hampshire. Then I thought he …

Letter: Ensuring a bright future

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Much has been written in this newspaper about leadership decisions at the Community College System of New Hampshire. Some question the administration’s priorities, claiming faculty are losing their jobs in place of online courses and questioning spending on technology and staffing. There have been tough economic times for …

Letter: Words with ‘trump’

Thursday, July 30, 2015

My dictionary says a trumpeter swan “honks.” It also has interesting definitions for “trumpery,” “trump up,” “trumpet,” “trumpete,” “strumpet” and, last of all, “no trump.” PERSIS GOW Concord …

Letter: Iran give-aways

Thursday, July 30, 2015

And now finally it is revealed that “secret” agreements have been made as part of the Iran deal. Maybe the public would like to know what kind of give-away the Obama administration has agreed to now. However, it isn’t being reported in the “mainstream” news outlets. Curious. FYI …

Letter: Crime and punishment

Thursday, July 30, 2015

When I read about the illegal dumping in Dunbarton, my first reaction, like many readers I guess, was “when they catch the jerks, shoot them or cut their hands off. Islamic law certainly should apply here.” Or how about the New Hampshire House passes a new law that …