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Letter: CIA did what it had to do

Friday, December 19, 2014

Recent editorial cartoons show your approval of the findings of the Senate Report on the CIA and its actions after 9/11. I would like to remind everybody that the individuals under CIA control have one purpose, and that is to kill as many of your loved ones as possible in as heinous a way as possible. Compare what those terrorists in CIA custody experienced with the experiences of families on …

Letter: Humiliating

Friday, December 19, 2014

We all knew the CIA tortured prisoners during the Bush administration, but the grisly details that were revealed in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report were horrifying. And now the discussion revolves around the effectiveness of the “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” lovingly called EIT’s for short. What kind of people would defend torture by any name or for any reason? Man’s inhumanity to man continues …

Letter: Chomsky and Russell

Friday, December 19, 2014

I was pleased to see Jonathan Baird’s very nice tribute to Noam Chomsky for his decades-long fight for peace and truth on the global scene (Monitor Forum, Dec. 12). He’s not only a thinker of great intellect and learning, but also one with the moral courage to climb down from the “ivory tower” of academia and talk truth to power, regardless of danger …

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Letter: No relief

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Merrimack Valley School District has just presented its proposed budget for 2015-16. In theory, this should have been a good year for the taxpayers in MVSD towns because this was the last year of the construction bond. The principal and interest last year was budgeted at $2,014,650. …

Letter: The real DeSmith

Friday, December 19, 2014

It is important to me and my son for people to hear about the “real” Casey DeSmith. During his suspension from the UNH hockey team, Casey voluntarily worked with my son Vincent, who is a goalie for the Dover Stars Youth Hockey Association. Casey is the most respectful, …

Letter: Chomsky deserves attention

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thanks for running the article about Noam Chomsky (Monitor Forum, Dec. 12). I am a Vietnam veteran, and it’s nice to see Chomsky getting attention here in Concord for his accurate assessment of not only the Vietnam war, but for his tireless advocating for the oppressed. He has …

Letter: The wrong 12 days

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Keith Testa and Tim Goodwin stated in their “Insiders” column on Friday that we can’t begin Christmas until Sunday, Dec. 14, because of the 12-day rule. I hate to burst their bubble, but the “12 days of Christmas” doesn’t refer to the 12 days before Christmas. It refers …

Letter: Don’t forget about seniors

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Opening the Hopkinton tax bill was a shock this year. For fixed-income folks trying to live economically in condos, there is undue hardship. Seniors facing health issues often need to change living arrangements quickly. Many are one illness away from assisted living. Receiving a 40 percent increase over …

Letter: The world against Israel

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In the history of modern warfare, no nation has gone to such lengths to avoid civilian casualties as Israel did in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge campaign – even while Hamas cells in Gaza fired missiles at civilian populations in Israel from hospitals and schools. Even so, in …

Letter: Morally offensive

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It is morally misguided that the current debate over torture hinges on whether the practice yielded useful information. Torture is wrong and morally offensive. It was not outlawed by international treaties because it was ineffective; it was outlawed because signatories were morally offended by its practice. Slavery was …

Letter: Two paths to change

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dr. James Fieseher’s “My Turn” was one of the best analyses I’ve read about our health care “system” (Monitor Forum, Dec. 13). At bottom, it comes down to a simple truth that affects every major problem facing this country today, which is the economic power exercised by the …

Letter: Flawed logic

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I found Hunter Carbee’s tone very patronizing (Monitor Forum, Dec. 10). Effects of forestry on wildlife cannot be summed up by the tired old axiom, “deer follow the ax.” Yes, well-planned timber harvesting has a place in the management of our public forests, but every timber cut will …

Letter: An intellectual hero

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thank you for publishing Jonathan Baird’s “My Turn” article praising the life and work of Noam Chomsky (Monitor Forum, Dec. 12). I had the pleasure of studying Chomsky’s ground-breaking work in linguistics and philosophy while an undergraduate college student. His work inspired my political thinking and his “truth …