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Letter: Lots to do in Concord

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A recent Insider article jokingly suggested that there was “nothing to do” in Concord. Huh? That observation is just amazing to me, because nothing could be further from the truth. Concord has an inventory of historic and cultural amenities that rival any other community in this state. Couple this with outstanding outdoor opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing, skating, kayaking and fishing, many of these within eyeshot of downtown Concord. The …

Letter: An offensive suggestion

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Regarding “Waiting on a Muslim Francis” (Sunday Monitor Forum, Aug. 23): I would be outraged if I were a Muslim at the suggestion (and its implication) that somehow because the Muslim faith is lacking its own Christ-on-Earth figure in Pope Francis, it had better run out and get one. It is patronizing, silly and ho-hum simplistic, and might be why some Muslims are …

Letter: GMO propaganda

Friday, August 28, 2015

Propaganda gains power by constructing reality irrespective of truth or facts. Nazi Reich Minister for Propaganda Joseph Goebbels summed it up: “It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent; its task is to lead to success. . . . It should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths.” An excellent example of the seemingly …

Letter: Choices clear for climate voters

Sunday, August 23, 2015

NextGen Climate recently called on presidential candidates to set two benchmarks for America: transitioning to 50 percent clean energy by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050. For some candidates, that plan seems daunting – not because of how realistic it is to achieve (it is), how cost effective …

Letter: Renewable beauty

Sunday, August 23, 2015

We need to develop a broader definition of beauty. In past months, I have read about people complaining about how terrible windmills look. There are some neighborhoods in Concord where outside clotheslines are banned. Now there is news of a family saying that some nearby solar panels disrupt …

Letter: Give Iran deal a chance

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I must say I’m appalled at the opposition to the multinational nuclear accord recently negotiated with Iran – much of it, though not all, by congressional Republicans. With our experience of the past 10 years, why would anybody be inclined to trash, many without even reading, an agreement …

Letter: A true lifesaver

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I would like to show my gratitude and appreciation to the man who saved my life while I was having lunch with my granddaughters at the Tilt’n Diner on Aug. 13. While enjoying a wonderful lunch, I felt the food I was eating get stuck and I could …

Letter: Winant deserves better

Sunday, August 23, 2015

In the most recent attempt by activists to fill an open space, the John Winant Memorial Committee is going to place a statue of John Gilbert Winant on the State Library lawn (Monitor front page, Aug. 15). Unfortunately, the proposed statue does not begin to do justice to …

Letter: Old pets need homes, too

Saturday, August 22, 2015

An animal shelter is the best place to find your next “forever” companion animal, whether it be a dog, cat, horse, or small pets such as hamsters, gerbils or guinea pigs. Yes, there is a fee to adopt shelter animals, but you are making a donation to help …

Letter: Manufactured controversy

Saturday, August 22, 2015

With hidden camera equipment, anti-abortion activists have surreptitiously recorded hours of video tape with physicians at Planned Parenthood. The group went on to claim that edited video shows that PP sells the body parts of aborted fetuses, a serious felony throughout the United States. As a former news …

Letter: Sounding the alarm

Saturday, August 22, 2015

I would like to thank you for publishing the editorial “A great security risk in the making” (Monitor Forum, Aug. 14). It is just this type of piece that, hopefully, can alert our legislators to action. The editorial cited James Hansen the climatologist who has issued grave warnings …

Letter: Something’s fishy

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Recently, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called the requirement for fishermen to pay $710 per day for catch monitoring “the most perfect example of an unfunded mandate” and called the policy “ridiculous” and “outrageous.” As a fisherman with close to 50 years experience, I could not agree more, but …

Letter: Return of the king

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Donald Trump repeatedly attacks his opponents (of both parties) for their raising money in order to campaign for president. Of course all of his opponents have to raise money to be heard. He claims that the biggest donors will tell their candidates what to do and to favor …