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Letters

Letter: Foreign follies

Friday, July 31, 2015

Whomever the candidate, the major issue that needs immediate attention is this: Why are we (the United States military) bombing Middle Eastern countries? Is it under the pretext that somehow these rebel groups, under any name, are a threat to us? Hasn’t that ongoing misconception been exposed as fraudulent? Hasn’t our entire military aggression (encompassing the last 12 years) in the Middle East been recently labeled as a “mistake”? Not …

Letter: Faith in politicians restored

Friday, July 31, 2015

I would like to thank Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s office for helping me with Social Security. I have liver cancer and am unable to work at this time. I applied for disability benefits almost two years ago, and depending on who I would talk to when checking on the status, the story would change. They hadn’t made a determination, or they had made a …

Letter: Gilmanton secrecy

Friday, July 31, 2015

I have serious concerns about the governance of the town of Gilmanton under the current board of selectmen. A review of board minutes reveals extensive nonpublic sessions, with minutes duly sealed, so the public can never find out what goes on behind those closed doors. In particular, the retirement of the police chief, and the appointment of his replacement, was considered so secretive …

Letter: Candidate questionnaire

Friday, July 24, 2015

To get my vote, the candidates for political office would have to answer the following key questions: 1. Have you ever pushed a shopping cart through a supermarket on a Friday or Saturday night? 2. Have you ever stood in line at the motor vehicle office to renew …

Letter: On Hassan’s side

Friday, July 24, 2015

After reviewing the budget arguments, I find myself in agreement with Gov. Hassan. The budget sent to her was fiscally imprudent. It would have given more tax cuts to big corporations and added tens of millions to the state deficit (as was determined by an analysis by state’s …

Letter: Texas is open for business

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The message is clear. On the same day Gov. Hassan vetoed a bill protecting business startups from added taxes that threaten job creation in New Hampshire, the Wall Street Journal wrote this about the business-friendly and resilient economy in the Lone Star State: “Texas is mainly in the …

Letter: A productive year

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thanks to my constituents in District 16 for allowing me to serve you in Concord. I want to highlight a couple issues we’ve worked on during the 2015 session. The drug overdose epidemic facing New Hampshire affects public safety and contributes to one of the most significant public …

Letter: A climate flip-flopper

Thursday, July 23, 2015

With the slogan “Telling It Like It Is,” Chris Christie clearly wants to be seen as the straight-talking candidate in this presidential race. But when it comes to climate change, Christie can’t seem to keep his own talking points straight. In 2011, he said, “When you have over …

Letter: No place for a fountain

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In the same sense that nature abhors a vacuum, the supporters of a fountain on the State House plaza sought to fill this open space simply because it is there. This mentality does not take into consideration that some open spaces are so sacred in a secular sense …

Letter: On climate change, Bush chooses to ignore obvious

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Last week, Jeb Bush told the Union Leader that, when it comes to climate change, “Ultimately, there’s going to be a person in a garage somewhere that’s going to come up with disruptive technology that’s going to solve these problems.” I’m not sure what magic innovation Bush is …

Letter: Budget games

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I’d like to address the elephant in the room regarding the budget: Sen. Ayotte and her allies are playing games with the budget to hurt Gov. Hassan politically. Hassan has shown, time and time again, unswerving dedication to Granite Staters’ interests by supporting and focusing on our state’s …

Letter: The truth about chickens

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

If allowed to pursue a natural life, chickens are sentient beings who extensively care for their young, have elaborate social lives, love to bask in sunshine and enjoy dust baths. On today’s mega-farms, all of the chicken’s natural instincts are frustrated. On broiler farms, chickens are jam-packed in …

Letter: O’Malley deserves attention

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke recently at a meeting on Kent Street in Concord before a crowd of about 150, including my wife and me. His speaking style is low-key yet inspiring; he speaks with a quiet passion. He answered questions from our group skillfully and warmly. His platform …