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Letters

LETTER: To spank or not to spank

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The high court in Massachusetts ruled that spanking is permissible, but that doesn’t mean spanking is wise. While it’s important to recognize the good intentions of parents who spank their children – most genuinely want to teach their children to behave properly – it’s just as important to recognize that, as a practical matter, spanking isn’t effective. Spanking may produce quick results in the short term, but it undermines the …

LETTER: Bad budget for the people

Thursday, July 2, 2015

An open letter to my constituents in Chichester and Pembroke: You need to know what the state budget that was passed by the House and Senate in Concord on June 24 will cost you. According to New Hampshire Public Radio, the additional costs that will be downshifted to property taxpayers in these two towns in Merrimack County District 20, which I represent, will …

LETTER: Fired up about Bernie

Thursday, July 2, 2015

While Clinton ships in a “few dozen” volunteers and out-of-state big wigs, hundreds of New Hampshire residents attend any Bernie Sanders event. People are sick of establishment politics, the Koch brothers and the decline of the middle class. The “Heat is on” (Sunday Monitor Local & State, June 28), because Bernie is burning it up! SHEILA ZAKRE Concord …

LETTER: Stand with Sanders

Thursday, July 2, 2015

For a number of very good reasons, many New Hampshire Democrats are joining with their fellow union brothers and sisters in the rapidly growing support for Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. Unlike other candidates in the race, he does not have to apologize for his Iraq war vote …

Letter: Give steam a chance

Monday, June 29, 2015

I am writing to express my support for the city staying with Concord Steam rather than converting to natural gas. I have followed the issue, and I am also a longtime city taxpayer. If Concord Steam is truly able to upgrade its equipment, lower our cost as projected …

Letter: Patriotism in action

Monday, June 29, 2015

On July 4, the N.H. Rebellion will be holding several walks to help rescue American democracy from the rising influence of big money. The big walk will be along the Seacoast. This is a fine opportunity to overcome the sad notions that government is merchandise for sale and …

Letter: No one like Hillary

Monday, June 29, 2015

I was invited and planned to attend the New Hampshire launch party for the Hillary Clinton New Hampshire campaign. I could not attend. This letter was written as the launch was taking place. I supported Clinton in the past and I support her now. There is no one …

Letter: A war on meth

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the good citizens of Pittsfield and Northwood: My family, like many others in our towns, has been infected with crystal meth and heroin. I’m not happy. I have started a no-meth campaign. Too many people throughout the history of our towns have given everything they could and …

Letter: Educate us, Eversource

Monday, June 29, 2015

Eversource would be wise to fully inform area citizens of what the proposed massive $70 million Seacoast Reliability Project will do for – and to – the communities (Madbury, Durham, Newington, Portsmouth) on which it will be imposed. I suggest that Eversource charter a bus or two and …

Letter: Clean air for our kids

Monday, June 29, 2015

I was interested to learn about the connection between disease risk and the time of the year one is born in Ana Swanson’s recent article (Monitor Nation & World, June 16). While we may not yet understand this fascinating phenomenon very well, we do understand how global warming …

Letter: Praise for the poet

Monday, June 29, 2015

I have been reading the works of Donald Hall for as many years as I care to remember. I greatly appreciate his poetry and essays. As a matter of fact and the reason I am writing this letter, I am presently reading his recent book of essays, Essays …

Letter: Do your homework on tax cuts

Sunday, June 28, 2015

As a successful entrepreneur whose company has brought millions into New Hampshire for decades, I cringe at the rant for lower business taxes as a cure-all to increase jobs. Legislators who join this clamor have not done their homework: California has the highest business taxes in the nation …

Letter: Support for the veto

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It is wrong to cut taxes for corporations while not renewing the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan, potentially leaving thousands of people without health insurance. The Republican budget proposal does not move our state forward, and I support Gov. Hassan’s veto. BOB HOLLEMAN Hopkinton …