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Opinion

Letter: The case for Mount Sunapee

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An open letter to Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development: Dear Mr. Rose, I am writing you this letter to advocate for the proposed expansion of Mount Sunapee. I have been a resident of Sunapee for 17 years and can attest to the positive impact Mount Sunapee has had on our town and the surrounding region. I was hired by the new mountain operations management … 0

Letter: Don’t let Big Oil win

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Recently, Frank Guinta denied “man-made” climate change. Climate change deniers often cite a bogus non-peer-reviewed report by the oil industry-funded Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change. Don’t be fooled. NIPCC’s main funding comes from the Heartland Institute, an industry shill with a clear conflict of interest and bias. In 1998, the Heartland Institute cited “experts” who said, “smoking in moderation has few, if … 0

Letter: We need more Roosevelts

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hopefully, many in New Hampshire have enjoyed one of our state’s great natural resources, the creativity of Ken Burns. Viewing his intimate portrait of the Roosevelts has been both educational and inspiring. The ability of people to rise up from great personal sorrow to contribute so much to our country should serve as an example for our public servants today. Unfortunately, our political … 0

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My Turn: Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Christian eyes

Letter: Dobson for District 32

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I have known Brian Dobson of Nottingham, a candidate for state representative in Rockingham County District 32, for a few years. Between his service to his country, his commitment to community and his knowledge of state issues, he would represent our towns well. Brian recently wrapped up a … 0

Letter: Honored and humbled

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to you all for your dedication and support and for contributing your time and effort in our campaign. I was deeply moved by your expression of confidence, and I am honored and humbled that you had trust in me and stood … 0

Letter: It’s not about the ‘R’ or ‘D’

Saturday, September 20, 2014

In response to Katherine Murfey’s letter, “Ayotte Meets with Everybody” (Monitor letters, Sept. 15), the other point of view (not Murfey’s conservative one) is denigrated in her letter. She pays lip service to Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s “duty as a senator to meet with everyone she represents.” That’s the … 2

Letter: The season for eyesores

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alas it is election season again and time for the ugly political signs to sprout, denigrating the beauty of our rural vistas. I remain amazed that we invite visitors to come to our state, especially in the fall, to enjoy the natural beauty our state has to offer … 1

Letter: Kuster has weak grip on foreign policy issues

Saturday, September 20, 2014

With new terror threats, is Rep. Annie Kuster up to the task? During President Obama’s speech to the nation about the dangerous consequences of leaving ISIS unchecked and the need to destroy the terrorist organization, he said that the American people needed Congress to vote to authorize some … 9

Letter: DOT to the rescue

Saturday, September 20, 2014

On Sept. 15, my wife’s car broke down on Route 3 south of the Bedford tolls. She had no sooner pulled over when a Department of Transportation employee pulled up behind her, got out and, after reassuring her he wasn’t a rapist or anything, made sure she was … 0

My Turn: Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Christian eyes

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I spent a lot of time this summer talking to people and thinking about the recent violence in Israel and Palestine. I have been trying to figure out what it is that a Christian pastor should think about the bombings and rhetoric over the summer. After all, this … 27

My Turn: Merrill arguing for more do-nothing politics

Saturday, September 20, 2014

We should consider a constitutional amendment to restore First Amendment freedoms to the proper balance. About six months ago, I attended a charitable event in Manchester and saw from across the room a tall, balding man holding court over a table full of fresh-faced associates. I approached him … 1

My Turn: How a tax on the rich became a tax on the middle class

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Hampshire’s Interest and Dividends Tax has strayed very far from its roots as a tax on the rich. The tax was created in 1923, at the end of the Progressive Era. In the 19th century, most taxes were property taxes. After the Civil War, as the industrial … 4

Letter: Feeding bellies and minds

Friday, September 19, 2014

We would like to express our appreciation to the Greater Laconia community for helping to make our first year of “Got Literacy” a success. Summer of 2013, we three retired teachers volunteered for the first time in the outstanding “Got Lunch, Laconia” program delivering lunches to deserving families. … 0