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Letters

Letter: Let’s keep solar working

Saturday, February 13, 2016

In response to the editorial “State’s solar formula needs adjustments” (Monitor Opinion, Jan. 31): I am a solar worker and employer in New Hampshire and can attest through firsthand experience that full retail net metering is essential for allowing continued solar expansion and job growth in our state. My company recently went through a round of layoffs because Eversource hit its net metering cap. I agree with your assessment that …

Letter: Net metering isn’t a subsidy

Saturday, February 13, 2016

As New Hampshire’s largest local solar installer, we are proud to have seen our business grow by leaps and bounds as the cost of our product (solar panels) declined by over 75 percent in the last 10 years, a perfect antidote to two of our state’s most pressing problems: high energy costs and an environmental crisis caused by reliance on fossil fuels. We …

Letter: Raise the minimum wage

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Because New Hampshire does not have a minimum wage, we are required to follow the federal minimum wage, a stipend of $7.25 an hour, which is below the poverty level for a family of two. An analysis by the Census Bureau found that roughly two-thirds of all low-wage workers are employed by large corporations with over 100 employees and 80 percent of these …

Letter: Lessons from Bosnia

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Like many young Americans, I have followed this presidential election more closely than any other in my lifetime. But I am watching it unfold from afar while living in the small, post-conflict nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. To those back home, Bosnia might seem a far cry from …

Letter: Clinton’s Iraq baggage

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In the Jan. 31 Sunday Monitor, Daniel Benjamin makes his case that Bernie Sanders is ill-prepared to be the commander-in-chief of the country. Benjamin’s personal experience in the State Department and knowledge obtained during his long-term involvement in foreign affairs gives him a leg up on others when …

Letter: Sanders is no Cruz

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In response to the editorial “No time to put an amateur in the Oval Office” (Monitor Opinion, Feb. 3): I am appalled that the Concord Monitor would publish an editorial that equated Ted Cruz with Bernie Sanders. Cruz sought and gained the endorsement of Kevin Swanson, a preacher …

Letter: Socialism vs. capitalism

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

For those who aren’t sure about the difference between socialism and capitalism, here’s a simple explanation: Socialism is where the government exercises control over big business so that they can’t screw the people. Capitalism is where big business exercises control over the government so that they can screw …

Letter: Why Medicaid expansion matters

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I am writing in as a mother and a concerned Granite Stater. I am urging legislators to reauthorize Medicaid expansion, not for me but for my son. He is the reason I feel so compelled to publicly share why the New Hampshire Health Protection Program is so important …

Letter: The decline of the GOP

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I loved the article “Why I am no longer a Republican” (Monitor Forum, Jan. 29) by Douglas Hall. He is absolutely right that the Republican Party has changed dramatically. It is now the party of the ignorant. It promotes a lack of science knowledge, guns for protection against …

Letter: Support net metering bill

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Last summer, we installed solar panels to reduce our electrical bill by using renewable energy. Right now, we are reimbursed when our panels and those on other homes generate extra electricity. Current law regulates that reimbursement at 50 megawatts, a cap that has largely been hit. That is …

Letter: An avoidable tragedy

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

“Each man’s death diminishes me / For I am involved in mankind.” On Sunday, Jan. 31, Gene Parker died after a tragic car accident. Gene was homeless and had lost his legs to frostbite several years ago. On the evening of Jan. 28, he had left the Friendly …

Letter: City must act now

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I was very saddened to learn of the death of the homeless man (who was in a wheelchair) who was killed on Interstate 393. I live on North Main Street and am a victim of cars going 50 to 60 mph on the stretch after the lights at …

Letter: It didn’t have to happen

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Shame on the city of Concord’s management for putting a dollar sign before the safety of our most vulnerable people. Last winter, I almost ran into a man on the far right Interstate 393 entrance. I wrote a letter to the editor saying it was only a matter …