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Letter: 2nd Amendment is crystal clear

Sunday, July 5, 2015

In their editorial in the Concord Monitor dated June 26, “The Evolution of Arms,” Michael S. Lewis and Leah A. Plunkett posed the question: Isn’t it reasonable that our interpretation of the Second Amendment change as well? I believe the wording and intent of the phrase “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” is crystal clear and should not be open to interpretation …

Letter: Sorry, Dustin, but Holt’s the man

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I greatly admire Dustin Pedroia, and I consider him to be the heart and soul of the Red Sox. That being said, if anyone is selected from the Red Sox for the American League All-Star team, it should be Brock Holt. Thus far, he has played all positions in the infield and outfield, some more than six times, and done as well as …

Letter: A gay rights pioneer

Sunday, July 5, 2015

On June 26, it was with great joy that we heard the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage a right nationwide. Monitor columnist Ray Duckler paid homage to gay rights activist Rev. Robert Wood a week before the ruling (Monitor front page, June 18). It is fitting that this story came out just before the anniversaries of the protest on Washington and …

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 …

Letter: A moral document

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Two weeks ago I joined a vigil at the State House. Forty people from around the state stood silently in the Hall of Flags and then at the entrance to the Senate chamber as the Senate voted on the budget proposal. We held signs that said, “A budget …

Letter: Congress and climate

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thank you for “A moral obligation to protect our Earth” (Monitor Forum, June 18). I raise one objection: The writers advocate “supporting public policies that will lead us to a more sustainable energy future that reduces carbon pollution and the effects of climate change,” supporting EPA power plant …

Letter: Ditch the polluters

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Here we go again. The congressional Republicans are putting corporate polluters first by working to dismantle environmental and public health safeguards that have protected our health and helped the economy. By fighting to allow corporations to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air, they are putting …