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Letter: Ditch ‘The Pledge’

Sunday, April 19, 2015

‘Gotta balance the budget, gotta cut vital programs, gotta cut education spending, gotta maintain just basic government functions, gotta pass on the brunt of the costs to the homeowner, gotta do all this without no darn sales taxes!” Isn’t this getting old? Hasn’t New Hampshire as a society progressed to the point where we are politically more to the center? Don’t we see the need to be frugal but also …

Letter: Faith and longevity

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thank you for your excellent editorial on April 8, “Want to live longer? Just be at peace.” Centenarian Gertrude Weaver and your editorial both got it right: Trust in the Lord, obey Him, love everyone and work hard. Your editorial says that all of these ways of thinking and living, which I find endorsed by the Bible, contribute more to health and longevity …

Letter: A tragedy recognized

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bravo to Pope Francis for addressing the atrocities of the Armenian massacre and decrying the global indifference that has allowed us to forget the first genocide of the 20th century: “It is the duty of everyone to not forget the senseless slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks.” Turkey has long resisted the designation of this event as a …

Letter: To say thanks

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On Saturday, New Hampshire will recognize and honor Vietnam-era veterans with a third Welcome Home Ceremony. This year’s special event will take place at the Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington at 2 p.m. The first event on March 30, 2013, at the Armory in Concord was …

Letter: Business owns Obama

Monday, April 13, 2015

Now-betrayer-of-the-environment President Obama has given Shell permission to drill for oil in the Arctic. Here’s what Greenpeace released: “It’s an indefensible decision,” said Greenpeace Arctic campaigner Ian Duff. “The Arctic is melting rapidly because of climate change. But instead of seeing it as a warning, Shell sees profit. …

Letter: A tribute to Ted Kennedy

Monday, April 13, 2015

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy first inspired me by announcing the Basic Grant program (now Pell) at an event in the early 1970s, putting into action his belief that higher education should be a right, not a privilege. In the mid-80s, he left a message that the grant …

Letter: Art close to home

Monday, April 13, 2015

I was very disappointed to see Monitor reporters going to a Walmart-like art studio such as the Muse Paintbar in Manchester to do a story for the Sunday Monitor Your Life section on April 5. Kimball Jenkins School of Art has an excellent “Colors & Cabernet” evening taught …

Letter: Assess that insulation

Monday, April 13, 2015

I noticed two pictures in the Real Estate section recently. One showed a house with very little snow left on the roof and very thick icicles nestled in a shady corner of the eaves. Inside the section was another house with perhaps three or four inches of snow …

Letter: Let voting be your voice

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The April 1 demonstration by hundreds of New Hampshire citizens inside and outside the State House was impressive. I have found, however, that demonstrations do not change politicians’ votes. The House still voted for a budget that would repeal Medicaid expansion, slash funding for substance misuse treatment, cut …

Letter: A legislative success story

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Last month, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that will create tens of thousands of good paying jobs, cut carbon emissions and save consumers billions of dollars a year. If this sounds too good to be true, it’s not. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, otherwise known …

Letter: Mann being Mann

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Since moving here from New Jersey in 2002, I have seen floods, a tornado, ice storms, tragic losses and wonderful celebrations. Whether she was comforting someone after the loss of a loved one, advocating for her constituents, volunteering at the library or serving chowder at the Deerfield Fair, …

Letter: Theft and taxes

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I’m writing to make others aware of a problem. The problem is identity theft, and right now it’s happening in a major way with the filing of fraudulent income tax returns using stolen Social Security numbers. When I attempted to e-file through TurboTax, my return was rejected because …

Letter: Message to Bibi

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Newsflash! United States and Iran reach a tentative agreement concerning Iran’s nuclear program. Message to Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu: We don’t live in your fantasy world in which Iran represents the pinnacle of evil and threatens to destroy everything we hold dear. And we will not play …