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Letter: Foreign follies

Friday, July 31, 2015

Whomever the candidate, the major issue that needs immediate attention is this: Why are we (the United States military) bombing Middle Eastern countries? Is it under the pretext that somehow these rebel groups, under any name, are a threat to us? Hasn’t that ongoing misconception been exposed as fraudulent? Hasn’t our entire military aggression (encompassing the last 12 years) in the Middle East been recently labeled as a “mistake”? Not …

Letter: Faith in politicians restored

Friday, July 31, 2015

I would like to thank Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s office for helping me with Social Security. I have liver cancer and am unable to work at this time. I applied for disability benefits almost two years ago, and depending on who I would talk to when checking on the status, the story would change. They hadn’t made a determination, or they had made a …

Letter: Gilmanton secrecy

Friday, July 31, 2015

I have serious concerns about the governance of the town of Gilmanton under the current board of selectmen. A review of board minutes reveals extensive nonpublic sessions, with minutes duly sealed, so the public can never find out what goes on behind those closed doors. In particular, the retirement of the police chief, and the appointment of his replacement, was considered so secretive …

Letter: CCSNH is a business

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New Hampshire’s community colleges exist to provide high-quality, affordable education that meets the needs of students and New Hampshire’s economy. While recent years have seen growing interest in community colleges, we face difficult challenges. To remain competitive, we must offer relevant programs at a price point that families …

Letter: Judge governor’s budget proposal on its merits

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The main criticism by key Republican legislators of the governor’s proposed budget compromise last week was that the governor announced it with only Democrats at her side. “That clearly demonstrates a lack of bipartisanship,” said the second most powerful Republican in the House. Since many New Hampshire legislative …

Letter: Let’s keep talking

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I want to thank those who testified before the city council or wrote letters in support of the city plaza fountain proposal, particularly InTown Concord and the various Main Street merchants who expressed their belief in the project’s transformative potential. Thanks, too, to the property owners and businesses …

Letter: Repeal health insurance tax

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On behalf of New Hampshire’s engineering industry and the small businesses it consists of, the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Hampshire would like to commend Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Frank Guinta for co-sponsoring the Jobs and Premium Protection Act, which will repeal the small-business health …

Letter: Services worth celebrating

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I have heard a lot of negative things said about New Hampshire Health and Human Services, so I think it’s time for giving credit where credit is due. My wife and I are both disabled, and in an emergency we needed to get guardianship of my grandson. My …

Letter: Suspicion and fear

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thank you to Robert Azzi for the alert to the New Hampshire National Security Action Summit, which convened in Bedford on Saturday (Monitor Forum, July 22). One of the sponsors, the Center for Security Policy, describes itself on its website as “working behind the scenes.” The site also …

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). …

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 …

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 …

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. …