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Letter: So much for transparency

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Last week was celebrated as Sunshine Week to reflect the need for government to be open and accountable. This newspaper did a great analysis of state and local responses to requests for information. This past week also was the second consecutive year that the Obama administration set a record for censoring government files or denying access to them under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The Washington Post and the …

Letter: College math

Friday, March 27, 2015

The usual attack on the president’s proposal for free community college that suggests that a student who doesn’t pay for college won’t value it when part or all of the tuition is subsidized contains faulty economics. While studying, that student is delaying working to put herself into a better employment position. Going to school, even for free, incurs costs for the student. These …

Letter: A simple solution

Friday, March 27, 2015

We are today an unhappy nation. Nothing seems to work as advertised. President Obama is blamed for all bad things at home and overseas. Congress is deadlocked. We have a national malaise. Republicans now believe that an immediate solution to all of America’s problems is to remove the heavy burden of taxes and government regulations from business. New jobs will appear, they predict, …

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Letter: War on poverty redefined

Friday, March 27, 2015

What’s going on in this country in general and our state in particular? The war against poverty has become the war against the poor. Nationally, Republicans in Congress are proposing to decrease the budget deficit by, among other things, cutting funding for food stamps, a successful program that …

Letter: Optional services?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Imagine being unable to get out of bed, shower or dress. These basic tasks are essential. So why is this support no longer being funded? Earlier this month, the House Finance Division III Committee voted to no longer fund “optional services” in the state Medicaid program. Unfortunately, this …

Letter: Well done

Friday, March 27, 2015

Thank you, Clay Wirestone, for taking the time to fact check Rep. Bill O’Brien’s malicious comments about Margaret Sanger. Too often people accept ranting and drivel as the truth or simply shrug their shoulders. It takes courage and energy to confront lies. Thank you, Mr. Wirestone, for yours. …

Letter: Don’t forget about the land

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage and Investment Program is a good thing, and we are grateful that the governor is funding it. But we should also wonder why more of those funds are not directed toward wildlife habitat and wetland protection projects. According to an article in …

Letter: The two-state solution

Friday, March 27, 2015

I am no fan of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, though I understand the predicament he is in as the leader of a Jewish state. He has made it quite clear that he wants a two-state solution for two peoples. When media outlets discuss him and his ideas, they …

Letter: Why does his age matter?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A few questions concerning the Monitor headline “73-year-old surrenders” on the front page of the March 19 edition and one comment: What is the significance of the man’s age? How old is the writer of this headline? How old is the editor who let it pass? Hey, it’s …

Letter: An elder plot

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It appears from reports that the Republicans in Congress are proposing to cut funding for Meals on Wheels. Apparently, some billionaire donor has convinced them that us elderly folk are staying elderly longer just so we can get Meals on Wheels. ART MORSE Pittsfield …

Letter: Speak out about cable

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It is time for the residents of Concord to voice their concerns regarding renewal of the contract with Comcast. Seniors and disabled persons on fixed incomes should demand a low flat rate. It is my understanding there is currently available a $2 per month discount for seniors if …

Letter: The truth about Cruz

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thanks are due to the Monitor for its courage to speak the truth in the March 19 editorial, “Cruz’s world looks nothing like our own.” The editorial’s explication of the “deeply crazy contentions” of Sen. Ted Cruz is essential to voters’ knowledge of what this possible Republican presidential …

Letter: Thanks, Obama

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Under the Obama administration, in fiscal year 2014, $3.3 billion has been recovered and returned to the U.S. Treasury by going after Medicare and Medicaid fraud. This is $7.70 recovered for every dollar spent on going after the perpetrators, a very good return on investment. Thank you to …