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Letter: College math

Friday, March 27, 2015

The usual attack on the president’s proposal for free community college that suggests that a student who doesn’t pay for college won’t value it when part or all of the tuition is subsidized contains faulty economics. While studying, that student is delaying working to put herself into a better employment position. Going to school, even for free, incurs costs for the student. These “opportunity costs” are the dollars the student …

Letter: A simple solution

Friday, March 27, 2015

We are today an unhappy nation. Nothing seems to work as advertised. President Obama is blamed for all bad things at home and overseas. Congress is deadlocked. We have a national malaise. Republicans now believe that an immediate solution to all of America’s problems is to remove the heavy burden of taxes and government regulations from business. New jobs will appear, they predict, …

Letter: War on poverty redefined

Friday, March 27, 2015

What’s going on in this country in general and our state in particular? The war against poverty has become the war against the poor. Nationally, Republicans in Congress are proposing to decrease the budget deficit by, among other things, cutting funding for food stamps, a successful program that ensures adequate nutrition for millions of low-income families and children, and by cutting Medicare funding. …

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Letter: Psychology of poverty

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

While it is said that Republicans voted down a minimum-wage increase because it would “hurt business” (Monitor front page, March 13), I imagine that Gov. Maggie Hassan might have said that not raising it would hurt people. Like ducks that have been lined up in advance, three separate …

Letter: Keep the high court in mind

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I see that Sen. Ted Cruz came to town to tell us that the sky is falling. Having been a voter since 1968, I have survived the presidencies of Nixon, Reagan and Bush II, so I suppose we’ll manage to continue this experiment in representative government – unless …

Letter: State of dysfunction

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Under current efforts of the New Hampshire House Finance Committee, New Hampshire will become a pariah in the nation, known as the state that: is most hostile to two-income families that happen to have children in need of child care; allows shut-in seniors to starve without Meals on …

Letter: Cuts are too deep

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I support Gov. Hassan’s budget proposal and oppose the House Finance Committee’s proposal to cut funding for the Department of Transportation’s budget at a time when the state’s bridges and roads are in serious need of repair. This and the proposed cuts to Health and Human Services are …

Letter: Stop working against us

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Well, here we go again. The state cannot balance its budget without taking services away from our most needed facilities such as the Department of Safety, Veterans Home in Tilton, etc. Try reaching into your own pocket and see how long you can survive. It is about time …

Letter: A nonexistent problem

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Hampshire Senate Republicans recently voted against the repeal of an onerous election law designed by a previous Republican legislature to suppress voting rights. The defeated SB 207 was a common-sense repeal bill that would have kept in place the current photo ID law while protecting voters’ privacy. …

Letter: Prison reimagined

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Hampshire lawmakers have another chance to build a reasonably priced women’s prison. The reports that the new prison will be $10 million over budget gives them a chance to take another look at this issue. The first step would be to save some money and look for …

Letter: Great shots

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Compliments to Cameron Johnson on the great shots of Irish dancers at the Barley House (Monitor Local & State, March 18). Low light, fast action. Good job! SHERRY YOUNG Contoocook …

Letter: Why we need term limits

Monday, March 23, 2015

The preponderance of letters on a single subject – Sen. Kelly Ayotte and the Iran letter (Monitor Forum, March 13) – makes a political cynic like myself think there may be some organization behind the effort. It was admirable for Peter Hoe Burling to reveal his political preference. …

Letter: Fund kindergarten

Monday, March 23, 2015

One of the many cool things about having a granddaughter is watching her go through her developmental stages. As a lifelong special educator, I am in awe at how quickly she is acquiring language and social skills. This is due in no small part to her active, engaged …