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Opinion

Letter: A new modest proposal

Monday, March 30, 2015

I read with interest the dire straits that New Hampshire is facing because of proposed cuts. Anyone who has to make those choices in the process of developing a public budget does not, in my opinion, do it in a thoughtless manner. It is apparent to me that the state is in serious trouble when it is willing to lose federal funding to meet the target of a balanced budget. …

Letter: A failure to lead

Monday, March 30, 2015

President Obama commissioned the Simpson-Bowles study to find ways to have the federal government put policies in place to create more 40-hour-per-week jobs with growth in wages and salaries. He could exercise leadership and work with the Congress to institute the policies, but instead has chosen to ignore the findings and preach a political ideology of division in our country. Middle- and lower-income …

Letter: The rules of decorum

Monday, March 30, 2015

As a long-serving town moderator, I would not allow the comments of Jeffrey Clay in a town meeting (Sunday Monitor Forum, March 22). Differing opinions and specific challenges to decisions and practices of the selectmen are always in order. But effective conduct of the public’s business also depends on the practice of respectful decorum by all. Robert’s Rules of Order is the prime …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Letter: No excuses

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

To my fellow voters already fed up with the 2016 election: Don’t let any candidate get away with saying “I’m not a scientist” when discussing global warming. Most haven’t served in the military, yet we are choosing a commander in chief. Most have never started nor run a …

Letter: Bow lessons

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The good folks of Bow have set a new standard for surrounding communities to follow. After careful and reasoned consideration, they voted not to fund a new public safety building or renovate the existing public safety structure. In a stunning rebuke, the voters have sent a strong message …

Letter: An ‘F’ for animal tests

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

With more than 500 companies (and the list is constantly growing) manufacturing home and personal-care products without any testing on animals, it is amazing that many mainstream companies are still subjecting animals to tests that cause massive suffering. Many non-animal alternatives exist today that are faster, cheaper and …

Letter: The Minnesota story

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Last month, Carl Gibson of US Uncut wrote about Minnesota’s present Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, who inherited a $6.2 billion budget deficit and a 7 percent unemployment rate from the previous Republican governor. During his first four years as governor, Dayton, a millionaire in his own right, increased …

Letter: Wrong turn on roads

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The proposed reduction in the Department of Transportation budget is a bad idea. Before my retirement, much of the time I worked out of state, coming home on alternate Wednesdays or weekends, from Maine, Massachusetts or upstate New York. I came home no matter what the weather. I …

Letter: Unions and the middle class

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker signed the so-called right-to-work legislation in the state of Wisconsin. As you know, he is also running for president. So what is the true purpose of right-to-work laws? It is a way to weaken unions by allowing any non-union worker in a unionized business to …

Letter: Iran letter wasn’t unique

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

No one who reads your paper regularly was surprised by your editorial position on the 47 senators’ letter to Iran (Monitor Opinion, March 11), nor by the dozens of letters you published faulting the letter. You published letters from former congressman Paul Hodes and former ambassador George Bruno …

Letter: Psychology of poverty

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

While it is said that Republicans voted down a minimum-wage increase because it would “hurt business” (Monitor front page, March 13), I imagine that Gov. Maggie Hassan might have said that not raising it would hurt people. Like ducks that have been lined up in advance, three separate …

My Turn: Lawmakers must remember their purpose

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

When lawmakers insulted and confused visiting fourth-graders at the State House this month, it was a painful and infuriating moment for many of us. First, as a father, my blood boiled. Then, as an elected official, I was mortified. But the feeling that took a few days to …

My Turn: When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called 50 years ago, I answered

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In mid-March 50 years ago, I received a telegram from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference inviting me, a young pastor up in Lisbon, to walk in the March on Montgomery. After four …