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Letter: Where’s the CCSNH data?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

On Friday, Chairman Paul Holloway of the Community College System of New Hampshire wrote, among other things, that CCSNH was modernizing its “systems so that we can enhance the services and programs we offer students and compete effectively on the basis of cost and offerings” (Monitor Forum, July 24). By this he was likely referring to the student database software upgrade that was projected to cost $1.6 million but is now …

Letter: Malarkey revisited

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

In his “My Turn” (Monitor Forum, July 18), Shawn McCormick characterized my earlier “My Turn” (Monitor Forum, July 15) as “malarkey.” Since I like that word, I want to defend it from such an inappropriate use. His criticisms were wrong right down the line. First, he misconstrued a piece of IRS data concerning state income taxes currently paid by Granite Staters. Then he …

Letter: Feltes’s latest gaffe

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It would appear from Sen. Dan Feltes’s latest “My Turn” (Monitor Opinion, July 27) that he has overloaded on Hassan budgetary Kool-Aid. The budget Gov. Hassan vetoed contained a 75 percent increase in state funding to address the heroin epidemic and at the same time Hassan lost track of a $12 million grant to combat substance abuse. Worse yet, the continuing resolution contains …

Letter: No place for vigilantes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When mass shootings occur, there are feelings of grief for the victims and frustration over the inability to do anything about it. While the desire to do something constructive is laudable, the response of private citizens arming themselves and walking in front of recruiting stations poses some problems. …

Letter: The adjunct mistake

Monday, July 27, 2015

Announcing layoffs of seven faculty members, Lakes Region Community College’s president stated “adjuncts are a dime a dozen.” His idea: Full-time faculty for adjuncts is an apples-to-apples trade. I was one of those seven full-time faculty who were laid off. Prior to that I’d been an adjunct faculty …

Letter: Hassan’s doing her job

Monday, July 27, 2015

I have read several pieces in the news where Republicans bemoan services that are receiving less funding due to the governor’s budget veto. Listing vital programs funded at current levels and placing the blame solely on the governor is neither productive nor accurate. Both sides agree that additional …

Letter: An amazing gift

Monday, July 27, 2015

Thank you, Christine Hamm, your wonderful cast and all the “backstage” volunteers who brought Thornton Wilder’s Our Town to Hopkinton. What an amazing 250th anniversary gift to our community. Bravo! EMILIE CHRISTIE BURACK Hopkinton …

Letter: Ayotte thinks long-term

Monday, July 27, 2015

I was impressed to see Sen. Kelly Ayotte make a strong pitch on a long-term transportation and infrastructure bill instead of another short-term patch. Kelly has never been afraid to tackle hard issues, and I’m glad we have a senator who continues to push her colleagues to do …

Letter: Ayotte is trying to keep us safe

Monday, July 27, 2015

Remember when nearly half the Senate signed a letter telling Iran we wouldn’t back down on sanctions no matter how much the Obama administration wanted to capitulate? Well, now all the hand-wringing and hyperbolic outrage that transpired seems pretty short-sighted. It looks like Kelly Ayotte and her colleagues …

Letter: CCSNH needs outside help

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Recently there have been many calls – including an editorial by this paper – for Gov. Hassan to have an independent panel investigate the management of the Community College System of New Hampshire. Since the CCSNH receives $42 million annually in state funding, and the governor appoints the …

Letter: Ayotte hasty on Iran deal

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Recently, I received another one of Kelly Ayotte’s emails. Her subject line offered her “thoughts” on President Obama’s historic agreement with the government of Iran, which will reduce the number of uranium centrifuges in Iran and limit the amount of processed uranium the Iranians would produce (and which …

Letter: No fan of new downtown

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I do not know Scott Preston Hardy but I very much agree with his July 19 letter and Susanne Smith Meyer’s July 11 “My Turn” about the fountain proposed for the State House Plaza. The State House Plaza is a historic civic place, not a playground. We have …

Letter: An archaic tax system

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I have read a few articles lately pro and con for a broad-based tax in New Hampshire. Many of the positions have been passionately presented. To me, it should simply boil down to the ability to pay. Our family vacationed in Maine recently. Nice state – the people …