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Letter: Guinta’s only choice

Friday, May 22, 2015

It’s now official! New Hampshire voters elected a bald-faced liar: Congressman Frank Guinta. Despite his numerous and constant protestations to the contrary, the Federal Election Commission found that Guinta violated campaign finance laws and lied when he gave all the various explanations these past five years as to where he got the $355,000 he lent his campaign in 2010. He has told nothing but lies since the issue was first …

Letter: Hopkinton tax madness

Friday, May 22, 2015

Perhaps I have been asleep for a few years, but the gist of the May 17 Sunday Monitor article about the Hopkinton tax rate appears to be that selectmen and the school board are forming a “group” to look at ways to prevent the rate from spiking in the future. Isn’t this precisely what they have been telling taxpayers each March at town …

Letter: No state for bicyclists

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The League of American Cyclists just released its rankings of bike friendly states and New Hampshire is in the bottom half. While my hometown of Concord has passed a Complete Streets policy and received multiple awards for being bike friendly, much of the rest of New Hampshire is extremely dangerous. Last week, after a breakfast in Manchester, I elected to bike home to …

Letter: Mother’s Day moose meltdown

Sunday, May 17, 2015

What a glorious Mother’s Day we had. My wife, daughter, two granddaughters and I headed down to my mom’s here in Epsom late morning for a visit. At age 91, she certainly was appreciating the “glorious, glorious day.” She begged off with our planned trip to the coast …

Letter: Wilmot under siege

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I am grateful, and horrified, to read Jonathan P. Baird’s “My Turn” (Monitor Forum, May 9) about the Huckleberry Oil and Propane Company’s plan to build – on Route 11, in Wilmot – a facility for storing propane, heating oil and kerosene. All over the country, storage tanks …

Letter: Price of declining enrollment

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Last month, you published an article titled “Declining school enrollment doesn’t always equal lower budgets” (Sunday Monitor front page, April 5). Having prepared enrollment projections for the Shaker Regional School District (Belmont and Canterbury) for more than 10 years, I, together with Peter Hofman have researched the key …

Letter: Weighing the rail reports

Saturday, May 16, 2015

So URS Corp. was paid $3 million-plus to estimate the economic value of commuter rail and concluded that an investment of $260 million for construction costs and an annual operating subsidy of $7 million would result in the creation of 5,600 jobs at a cost of $46,429 per …

Letter: Ethical shortcomings

Saturday, May 16, 2015

It has been disclosed that Gov. Chris Christie spent $85,000 in taxpayer money on luxury boxes at sports arenas between 2010 and 2012. The state Republican Party later reimbursed the state after clearer heads realized just how badly this would make Christie look. Christie, in reply to the …

Letter: Respect parks and fields

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I would like to thank the city of Concord for its continued support of the Frank Monahan Foundation. Named after the legendary basketball coach, the foundation has been able to raise money to give back to the community in various ways to help support the children of our …

Letter: A point misunderstood

Friday, May 15, 2015

In response to Rabbi Robin Nafshi’s May 14 letter: When I wrote, “The ADL, founded in 1913 ‘to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all,’ cannot by any stretch of the imagination be described as being pro-Muslim,” I merely …

Letter: Invest in UNH

Friday, May 15, 2015

I serve on the board of directors for the UNH Alumni Association, which represents the 130,000 alumni across the globe, 50,000 of whom live in New Hampshire. As the state Senate Finance Committee continues to work on the state budget, I encourage them to prioritize funding for the …

Letter: No RGGI refund

Friday, May 15, 2015

I am writing about the amendment to House Bill 208 that would allocate the current portion of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative proceeds to low-income weatherization and municipal energy efficiency programs instead of to refunding individual utility ratepayers, as the bill currently does. We Americans (including New Hampshirites), individually …

Letter: Expand clean energy

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tesla Energy’s recent announcement of the Powerwall, a stationary battery that can help power homes and businesses when the sun isn’t shining, is a potent reminder of game-changers poised to accelerate the transition to 100 percent clean energy. Tesla’s new battery is but one of many new developments …