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Letter: Not the time for refugees

Monday, November 30, 2015

I have a real problem with accepting refugees from Syria. It’s not because I don’t have a heart; those who know me know I do. My concern is about keeping our nation safe. Reading about how we are going to vet these folks really bothers me. They are supposed to undergo screening by state agencies as well as Homeland Security. Supposedly it may take several years to do that. Where …

Letter: We’re terrorizing ourselves

Monday, November 30, 2015

Don’t be scared. ISIS isn’t coming here anytime soon. Why would they? They see that we are already doing a damn good job of killing us. They fear that no matter how hard they try, they might not even make the nightly news or get front-page coverage. How embarrassing. We have more that 365 mass shootings per year. They don’t have the manpower …

Letter: Choose hope over fear

Monday, November 30, 2015

Ray Duckler hawking fear and worry – how could you publish that (Monitor front page, Nov. 21)? How does that edify, enlighten, encourage? I think Franklin Roosevelt would wonder if you had forgotten his words. Good always has and always will overcome evil. If we would work on the side of good, shouldn’t our collective goal be to promote not fear but brotherly/sisterly …

Letter: Girl Scouts as revenue source

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Concord School District has recently made a change to its policy on allowing nonprofit children’s groups, such as the Girl Scouts, to meet on the school property. There is now a $35 charge per meeting. The previous rule, in place since 1983, was that nonprofit children’s groups …

Letter: History’s ugly lessons

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Words have power, especially when they come from our leaders. Recently, Gov. Hassan said that Syrian refugees should not be given sanctuary in New Hampshire, implying they might be terrorists. She has since tried to walk her statements back, but she needs to understand that this kind of …

Letter: Hospitals need Northern Pass

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As a registered nurse for more than 20 years, I can tell you that the need for reliable electricity in New Hampshire is higher than ever. With the closure of Vermont Yankee and the pending closure of Plymouth Pilgrim, our electricity grid and its capacity will not be …

Letter: Hassan has my vote

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As an independent voter, I want to applaud Gov. Hassan for putting the safety and welfare of New Hampshire ahead of all the partisan politics. Her approach is to step back and be sure we are safe before offering safety to others. After we are sure the refugees …

Letter: The meaning of misogyny

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

This is in response to Melissa May’s letter to the editor, “We need fewer feminists” (Monitor letters, Nov. 2). Among other statements and opinions, May wrote, “Girls communicate so well yet she could not be so clear as to a firm ‘No’ and not going to a room …

Letter: American shame

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The shining beacon of light that is America is diminished today by the cowardice of some of our governors and citizens. According to them, we should refuse refugees. We should ignore suffering on a great scale in order to keep our precious pampered citizenry safe from the ISIS …

Letter: More to fear from Americans

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

After the horrible terrorist attack in Paris, many in the U.S., mostly Republicans (Gov. Hassan what are you thinking?), as well as the NRA and other gun rights groups, have been calling for a moratorium on allowing Syrian refugees into the United States. They say they don’t want …

Letter: Greed and family values

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

During these crazy times, many have realized how important family is. One of the biggest hurdles to families spending time together and relaxing during the Thanksgiving holiday is the greed of the big-box retail businesses. Those retailers are now opening on Thanksgiving Day and disrupting the reunions of …

Letter: It takes a city

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I also applaud the North Main Street redevelopment. Kudos to all. But let’s not be complacent. Just because we built it does not mean they will come. It is a community-wide endeavor to recruit new businesses to Concord, not just city staff and the Chamber of Commerce. The …

Letter: Appreciation for workers

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Please remember those whose work will keep them from their families this Thanksgiving Thursday. While family traditions vary, gratitude is the universal theme of the day. Our SEA/SEIU Local 1984 family also has much for which to be grateful. As union members, we continue to set the bar …