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Letters

Letter: Subtle racism

Friday, July 3, 2015

One of the most powerful lines in President Obama’s eulogy in Charleston was this: “Maybe we now realize the way a racial bias can infect us even when we don’t realize it so that we’re guarding against not just racial slurs but we’re also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview but not Jamal.” Affirmative action has always been ridiculed by many folks, but …

Letter: A hypocritical zealot

Friday, July 3, 2015

On the one hand, Jerry DeLemus advocates for a “draw Muhammad art contest” even if it insults the faith of Muslims. And yet, on the other hand, he would not allow any drawings he deems “indecent or crude” because, as a “born-again Christian,” he would find similar drawings of Jesus insulting. Thus, while saying he wants to “defend our constitutional rights” he seems …

Letter: A sad bunch

Friday, July 3, 2015

Here we go again, another GOP presidential primary season. Remember the words of former Celtics coach Rick Pitino: “Larry Bird isn’t walking through that door, fans. Kevin McHale isn’t walking through that door, and Robert Parish isn’t walking through that door.” It’s the same with the primary. Dwight Eisenhower isn’t walking through that door, folks. Nelson Rockefeller isn’t walking through that door, and …

Letter: Investigate college system

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Professor Laura Morgan’s column (Monitor Opinion, June 22) regarding mismanagement of the community college system was truly an eye-opener that calls for more investigation. Colleges were experiencing enrollment declines when the chancellor and board of trustees took $2.5 million from what appears to be a reserve fund for …

Letter: Happy Market Days

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Our Main Street looks amazing – we are so proud of it! The renovation has been such a great experience. Severino workers and all their subcontractors have been so friendly and helpful to us and to our customers. The worksite is always accessible and tidy. Communication has been …

Letter: Questionable council conduct

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dear Mayor Bouley: The June City Council meeting had some interesting theater that normally doesn’t take place at council meetings. First off, you have Councilor Allan Herschlag moving to amend rule 6A with language provided to him by former mayor Martin Gross. You would think he had foolishly …

Letter: Animals over people

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Once again, we’re being excoriated by Barbara Bonsignore about abusing animals (Monitor letters, June 22). She’s now expanded her horizons to include carriage horses, rodeos, etc. I’ve been a reader for almost 30 years and have seen countless Bonsignore diatribes about animal abuse of one sort or another, …

Letter: Guilty until proven innocent

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I have recently become aware of a great injustice that occurred down at Amherst College. A young man was expelled after a young woman accused him of rape. Not unreasonable if true, but the evidence pretty much belies the accusation. The young woman in tweets to advisers and …

Letter: A lot of good in budget

Thursday, June 25, 2015

It’s important to recognize levels of support for services in the proposed budget that haven’t been available in years. From the perspective of an advocate and provider of services to seniors and adults with disabilities, this budget contains a home care reimbursement rate increase that we haven’t seen …

Letter: Tear down that flag

Thursday, June 25, 2015

No one asked New Hampshire whether the state wanted to fight the Civil War. In 1861, when the fighting began in Charleston, we were in the war because our American identity prevails over our identity as a state. Southerners, of course, thought the “rights” of states prevailed. But …

Letter: Protect the REF

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Republican budgets from the House and Senate raid the Renewable Energy Fund to fill gaps that they created in other vital services. Are any of us surprised? Aside from being entirely unconstitutional, the raids are foolish and shortsighted – just the sort of one-time budget gimmicks we’ve …

Letter: The dangers of ignorance

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance feeds hate and distorted “truths.” Fanatics who spew one-sided deceptive information based on their ignorance on a subject are what society should fear most. I recently saw a cartoon depicting a deer raping a hunter. Is this clever or just disgusting and ignorant? …

Letter: Justice, not anti-Semitism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Note to Rabbi Robin Nafshi (Monitor letters, June 9) and Prof. Joseph Spoerl (Monitor Forum, June 13): The divestment movement is not anti-Semitic. “Anti-Semitic” suggests Nazi thugs torching shops and SS men sending people to the ovens. Let’s not equate those of us who oppose the acts of …