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Letters

Letter: Ditch ‘The Pledge’

Sunday, April 19, 2015

‘Gotta balance the budget, gotta cut vital programs, gotta cut education spending, gotta maintain just basic government functions, gotta pass on the brunt of the costs to the homeowner, gotta do all this without no darn sales taxes!” Isn’t this getting old? Hasn’t New Hampshire as a society progressed to the point where we are politically more to the center? Don’t we see the need to be frugal but also …

Letter: Faith and longevity

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thank you for your excellent editorial on April 8, “Want to live longer? Just be at peace.” Centenarian Gertrude Weaver and your editorial both got it right: Trust in the Lord, obey Him, love everyone and work hard. Your editorial says that all of these ways of thinking and living, which I find endorsed by the Bible, contribute more to health and longevity …

Letter: A tragedy recognized

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bravo to Pope Francis for addressing the atrocities of the Armenian massacre and decrying the global indifference that has allowed us to forget the first genocide of the 20th century: “It is the duty of everyone to not forget the senseless slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks.” Turkey has long resisted the designation of this event as a …

Letter: Everybody should read Azzi

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thanks to the Monitor for printing Robert Azzi’s commentary (Sunday Monitor Forum, April 12). It should be required reading for everyone, and especially for politicians and the makers of foreign policy. How many people know the history of the U.S. involvement/interference with Iran, going back a century? The …

Letter: Devastating cuts

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Last week, Lakes Region Community Services celebrated 40 years of service to our community. It was a time to think about how the organization began and remember those who together affected change and created a community-based system that supports independence, dignity and opportunity in the lives of people …

Letter: Common Core myths

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Hampshire’s proud electoral traditions give us an early view of the presidential campaigns and their messages. So far, it’s been a disappointing slog of misinformation and myths about the Common Core State Standards. Voluntarily adopted by more than 40 states beginning in 2010, the Common Core is …

Letter: Bear-baiting facts

Sunday, April 19, 2015

It is important to pause and become informed as hunters and non-hunters. Baiting is an important and useful management tool, as New Hampshire Fish and Game has stated. The effectiveness of baiting allows a responsible hunter to make an educated and informed ethical harvest. Protecting lactating sows from …

Letter: Rally for clean energy

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The public is invited to call on policy makers to “Lead Us to Clean Energy” at an Earth Day rally in front of the State House at noon on Wednesday. The rally will ask for policies that promote energy efficiency and the development of solar and off-shore wind …

Letter: Good stuff in Pittsfield

Saturday, April 18, 2015

To the good citizens of Pittsfield: I needed a month to collect my thoughts about this year’s school district meeting. I had attended the school’s celebratory dinner a few days earlier, and heard the news about phase two funding of the NMEF grant, as well as the recently …

Letter: Check your facts

Saturday, April 18, 2015

‘Live free or die” was widely used during the French Revolution way before General Stark: “Vivre livre ou mourir.” You better double check your fact check (Monitor, April 11). PETER DAVIS Laconia …

Letter: No meat, better Earth

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In regard to human physiology and our eating of meat, I am living proof that it is not necessary. In fact the only reason to consume meat is purely for one’s own “pleasure” of palate. Also, the practice is taking a heavy toll on the environment. Last month, …

Letter: Dear letter writers

Saturday, April 18, 2015

With all due respect to each of the following April 11 letter writers: Dan Williams: Yes, I can have it both ways. I personally, am not quite “vegan” yet, but pretty close. I am aware that many people do require meat otherwise they have very severe headaches and …

Letter: Sentencing the homeless

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Currently, the House budget cuts homeless services by 50 percent. Should this budget cut pass the Senate, we will see a rise in the cost of homelessness in the long run. Communities will spend more on hospitalizations, disability aid, town welfare, unnecessary incarceration and law enforcement. This does …