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Editorial: Long-term fix needed for highway fund

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for about $150 million worth of road repairs and transportation projects in New Hampshire each year, is slated to run out of money on Aug. 1. The fund, which is filled with a per-gallon tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that hasn’t increased since 1993, can’t keep up with the need to maintain America’s aged infrastructure. Today’s vehicles use less fuel and people … 0

Katy Burns: America’s ugly side is showing on the border

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Let’s make one thing clear: We Americans pride ourselves on our love of children. After all, our GIs in World War II famously carried chocolate bars for the ragged and hungry urchins haunting the ruined streets of Europe after that cataclysmic strife. It is a treasured image – that of a generous nation and people who above all treasure and protect society’s youngest … 4

My Turn: We refuse to cast our fate to the wind

Sunday, July 13, 2014

When an industrial wind company representative comments about only seeing the same familiar faces at meetings of concerned citizens; when a corporate lawyer for an industrial wind company mentions personal lawsuits possibly being filed against individual town officials for supporting opinions of their constituents, is it time to up the ante? When five towns vote “no” to Big Wind projects in their region, … 0

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Letter: Thanks to DOT workers

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A hearty thank you to the New Hampshire DOT workers who strive so hard to keep our roadsides mowed and free of litter. Our roadsides – especially those along the interstates – look great, and are appreciated by residents as well as tourists. In the same vein, shame … 0

Letter: Focus on solving problems

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Despite voting for Democrats, I remain a registered independent in New Hampshire. My problem with the Democrats is that they focus too much on the Koch brothers and not enough on what they stand for. They do almost as many attack ads as the Republicans. We need a … 11

Letter: Replace Shaheen, Shea-Porter

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has trotted out many shiny objects (Memorial Bridge, widening Interstate 93, VA in Keene, etc.) in TV ads to divert voter attention away from the Affordable Care Act. Shaheen doesn’t want to be held accountable for her failed legislation and the lie she told: “If … 6

Letter: Politics wins, people lose

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Thanks to Sen. Jeb Bradley for sponsoring SB 120 and Rep. Bob Perry for introducing the companion bill, HB 392. SB 120 is the “Disclosure Bill” that requires full and timely reporting of campaign expenditures, revealing outside groups’ “dark money” spent to influence elections, usually with those gloomy … 1

Letter: More gender bias

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby case is infuriating. Five old, “conservative,” Judeo-Christian, male chauvinist pigs still cannot fathom that a woman is an individual human being capable of making her own choice regarding reproduction/birth control, and, just like men, has her own right to … 6

My Turn: Warmth and support in wake of tragedy

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

(Editor’s note: Todd Phelps is the son of Michael Phelps, 66, a former Concord High School teacher who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Allenstown on June 30.) This week my family and I have suffered one of the greatest tragedies of our lives, the death of … 0

Editorial: Just sit back and enjoy the show, Sox fans

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A baseball fan is nothing without passion, but that passion too often comes at the price of perspective. With the All-Star break just a week away, the Boston Red Sox sit in last place in the American League East with a record of 39 wins and 49 losses. … 0

Letter: Trouble on Main Street

Monday, July 7, 2014

An article about the Main Street project in the June 27 Monitor stated that “city staff decided” that the share of the project that was supposed to be paid by downtown property owners should instead be included in the bonds to be paid by general funds (TIF and … 2

Letter: Wind and hot air

Monday, July 7, 2014

Open letter to all the green/renewable energy folks out there: Please give me a break with all your expensive, inefficient windmills and solar panels, I can’t afford them. And stop telling me it’s free energy. It’s not, never will be. Most of you are as uninformed about what … 10

Letter: Snowden deserves support

Monday, July 7, 2014

How many of you think Edward Snowden is a traitor? He disclosed government secrets. He released detailed evidence that our government (the NSA) is violating the Constitution on a massive scale by conducting unrestricted and unwarranted surveillance of anyone they want to. The Supreme Court has supported this … 0