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Letter: The Free Stater way

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I found Nick Reid’s article “Church of the Sword” truly fascinating (Monitor front page, July 28). On the one hand, I was laughing my butt off at the rallying cry “I look forward to killing you.” That fits right in with most fundamentalist religious beliefs of today. I do give them credit for using swords made of foam rather than M-16s. On the other hand, these freeloaders, oops, Free Staters …

Letter: They’re not vigilantes

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I disagree with James Cole’s characterization of the armed persons guarding military recruitment centers as vigilantes (Monitor letters, July 28). A vigilante would be one acting as though he had law enforcement powers, which as far as I know these people are not doing. As far as I know, they’re not detaining, frisking, harassing or otherwise interfering with people coming and going from …

Letter: The blame game

Sunday, August 2, 2015

On the front page of one of our local newspaper, the headline on a story about the death of Trevor Gonyer in Weare read: “Did pursuit cause crash?” It is not the pursuit that caused the crash, it was the failure of the driver who didn’t stop when he saw the blue lights of the police but instead decided to “run away.” Trevor …

Letter: Dangerous travels

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I enjoyed the article “A Different Road” by Mel Graykin (Monitor Forum, July 24). My husband and I enjoy riding our bicycles around Bow and Concord. Unfortunately, we are balancing our need for exercise and joy of biking with the worry about our safety. I feel many motorists …

Letter: A game voters can’t win

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Are politics trumping governance? There is a difference between governance and politics. One is a process for managing our government and its programs. The other is a public debate determining who will have the opportunity to govern. When politics gets into governance, we the people lose big time. …

Letter: Illogical taxation

Thursday, July 30, 2015

In a Sunday letter, Richard Foss aptly points out how New Hampshire’s reliance on real estate taxes burdens retirees attempting to keep their homes (Monitor letters, July 26). That disadvantage is exacerbated by another. Although citizens pay no tax on in-state salaries, retirees supplementing their Social Security with …

Letter: A thanks to all volunteers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I feel a need to rebut Mel Graykin’s view of my “volunteer” job as a New Hampshire legislator (Monitor Forum, May 1). Regardless of our political views, we’re all in the House and Senate trying to make a little bit of a difference. Some have the ability to …

Letter: Inaccurate information

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In his recent letter regarding adjunct teachers at the community colleges, Rick Watrous presents information that is not accurate (Sunday Monitor letters, July 26). Adjunct faculty do not make up 80 percent of faculty at New Hampshire’s community colleges. System-wide, 57 percent of the courses are taught by …

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 …