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Letter: Fund kindergarten

Friday, February 27, 2015

I write in support of SB 228, co-sponsored by Sens. Dan Feltes, Nancy Stiles, David Watters and David Boutin. This bill is a bipartisan effort that provides full state funding support for those local school districts that choose to offer full-day kindergarten. It is vitally important that the children in our state do not start their education a step behind. This bill emphasizes how important early childhood education is to …

Letter: A misleading photo

Friday, February 27, 2015

Good heavens! Where on earth did you get the terrible photo that accompanied your vaccine article in the printed version of the Monitor (Sunday Monitor front page, Feb. 22)? How frightening it must have been to parents and children. No clinician in the country would aim a needle that long at a small child’s arm, and no routine vaccine contains 5 cc of …

Letter: A cartoon image

Friday, February 27, 2015

As a nurse who has given hundreds, likely thousands, of injections, I found your front page picture of a child receiving an injection to be preposterous (Sunday Monitor, Feb. 22). The syringe and needle are huge and the amount of “medicine” is way too much; it reminds me of a cartoon. Normally, I wouldn’t bother to respond to such a photo but it …

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Letter: Vote for Ted and Tom

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dear Dunbarton citizens: In a few weeks, you will have a very important decision to make when you are asked to vote for two selectmen. One is for a one-year term, to replace a selectman who resigned, and the other is for a three-year term. I hope you …

Letter: Kiniry for selectman

Monday, February 23, 2015

Being New Hampshire natives, my wife, Tammy, and I moved here to raise our children in the Bow school system. I served in the Army in support of Operation Desert Storm, attended Keene State College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Lately, in reference to “a …

Letter: Common ground on guns

Monday, February 23, 2015

In my two years in the New Hampshire House, I’ve seen polarization on many issues. One that continues to cause deep division is guns. I surmise that everyone is fearful of that proverbial “slippery slope,” and that makes us resist allowing ourselves to even contemplate reasonable common ground. …

Letter: Difficult lessons

Monday, February 23, 2015

I am saddened and disappointed to hear of the death of 32-year-old hiker Kate Matrosova in the Presidentials. My thoughts are with her loved ones. As a 34-year-old who was also hiking Feb. 15, as it was cold and windy at Cannon, this hits home. My hope is …

Letter: Don’t ban body armor

Monday, February 23, 2015

H.R. 378, the Responsible Body Armor Protection Act, is in the House Judiciary Committee and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations subcommittee. Congresswoman Annie Kuster stated the bill is to prohibit any U.S. citizen from possessing military-grade body armor to “prevent criminals from using body armor in firearm …

Letter: Truly equal protection

Monday, February 23, 2015

Urge Congress to pass the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. The year may be 2015 but you can still get fired for being LGBT; this is a concern to many people. Job retention should be based solely on your performance, not who you are, who you love or what gender …

Letter: Duplication of efforts

Monday, February 23, 2015

Just when we thought we had too many managers in New Hampshire state government, the governor now wants a new position created: It’s called chief operating officer! I thought that was the governor’s job? Where will she get the money to compensate this proposed new state employee, only …

My Turn: Politicizing franchise law hurts businesses

Monday, February 23, 2015

I am a New Hampshire small-business franchise owner. My company owns and operates four hotels in this state under franchise agreements that have served customers, workers and employers well for decades. Locally owned franchise businesses like mine are an important part of the American small-business success story. Franchising …

Letter: A worthy kindergarten bill

Sunday, February 22, 2015

As a mom of a 1-year-old daughter and a member of the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, I fully support the passage of SB 228 to provide adequate education funding for full-day kindergarten. Almost one year ago, I brought my daughter to her first school district meeting, where I …

Letter: Keep the school strong

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It’s no secret that taxes are increasing every year. There is, however, a tendency to seek quick fixes for saving a few pennies, which poses catastrophic consequences for the quality of our children’s education. Much of the budget contains non-discretionary expenditures required by state and federal mandates. Thus, …