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Without the help and cooperation from the public [customers] the outcome would likely have been much different. People should realize that they can make a difference in issues that matter - [think no. pass] Congratulations to all who put their futures on the line for what they knew was right. Customers appreciate and support you. ...(full comment)

Deal reached to sell supermarket chain to Arthur T.

Itsa – We agree on many topics such as government waste and the unaccountability of government sector workers. But this “tax inversion” is not about that. It is about the companies building their business in the US, wanting the benefits of the US, wanting the infrastructure of the US and wanting the customers of the US but not being willing to pay their share of the cost of it. Regardless of how much the government spends if companies shift “their name” off shore then the US citizen has to cover the tax cost that they are adverting. Corporations and the wealthy have gotten tax cuts before and now they just want more for their pockets. Corporations are setting on a reported $1,600,000,000,000 in cash in offshore accounts, so they are making very good money. The stock market is doing well too. These companies show me they have zero consumer loyalty so conversely I will have zero loyalty to them as a customer, actually I will go further and show bias against them. ...(full comment)

Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons

Hey, My e-mail to ALL the City Councilors yesterday * got not one reply of even the courtesy of them having received it, let alone of to talk about how their appointed City Manager Aspell who in turn hires the City Assessing Director Temchack who does totally ignore the fact that "they"/ The City had a P.I.L.O.T. with the Feds years and decades ago, of in effect saying to the owners who pay property taxes, of to heck with you owners, of we will NOT comply with the law by RSA Ch. 123:1 to send Uncle Sam / the Feds a property tax bill even when they FAIL to provide the paperwork for to get only their land exempt by RSA 123:2. Or in other words: The City to keep the taxes jacked up on everybody while letting Uncle Sam get away with not paying their over $2 million on their $100 million non-assessed but appraised * = And phone calls to two councilors of one saying that I do not work in his ward of to try another who said the first one was wrong, and even so of that I be not a resident and so have no official gripe of he, in effect, could not care less about those within his ward of thus paying more than their fair share. Plus those of us in the surrounding towns paying more in that County slice of the property tax pie too. So this looking for tax breaks while letting Uncle Sam off the hook is absurd! These City Councilors being officials supposedly took the RSA 42:1 + 92:2 oaths to obey the law, but allow their employees to evade the law! Why doesn't some property tax payer file a claim on their RSA 93-B:1-5 "faithful performance" bond of each one insured for up to $100,000 and get the COPs to prosecute these Councilors who act illegally as against this statute put on the books by Legislators like Councilor Candace Bouchard who wears these two hats, but is two-faced of like her just talking into a mirror to herself! ...(full comment)

Above downtown streets, Concord committee is trying to make development add up

The leader of a prominent liberal super PAC on Wednesday defended taking money from billionaire George Soros while simultaneously condemning conservatives for benefiting from the fortunes of the Koch Brothers. During a Twitter exchange Wednesday, Brad Woodhouse of the Soros-backed American Bridge 21st Century argued that it is okay for his group to accept money from liberal billionaires because, unlike the Koch Brothers, these donors are “not looking to screw the middle class to enrich themselves.” ...(full comment)

Shaheen up with first negative TV ad against Brown

"Fenwick" is Rep. Laurie Sanborn's maiden name. I do not know if this is Rep. Sanborn's Concord Monitor comment handle, however: perhaps someone else hijacked this handle. If this is Rep. Sanborn, she is not exactly being the epitome of civility by saying that her colleague (who is also one of her spouse's colleagues) has "no credibility." In all fairness, however, she is known for her tireless opposition to raising any existing taxes or fees--- and she is even more tireless in her opposition to creating any new taxes or fees. That means she is opposed to any attempts to reform our state's tax system, since you can't reform an antiquated tax system just by cutting existing taxes and fees. (BTW, "TimothyHorrigan" is indeed rep. Timothy Horrigan's Concord Monitor comment handle.) ...(full comment)

My Turn: Why is Hassan criticizing bipartisan tax reforms?

LF, If Odell did anything wrong, it's by not holding out for a 10¢ gas tax hike. The 4¢ hike appears to have had zero negative impact. Moreover, if six more cents per gallon would balance the budget, and shut up the casino-mongers, then I say 'do it'. ...(full comment)

My Turn: Why is Hassan criticizing bipartisan tax reforms?

Reference: ". . . the committee did not file the required reports with the secretary of state. " of compare this to RSA Ch. 123:1 too in that the agent of "Uncle Sam", i.e. the 40USC255 to 3112 "head" of "agency", meaning The GSA / General Services Administration landlord for his tenants over there at 55 Pleasant Street in Concord, did not file his required paperwork either so as to get their RSA Chapter 123:2 land exempt from taxation, but that the Concord, N.H. City Assessor doesn't register them to begin with by the April 1st deadline each year, of he (and the ASB/ Assessing Standards Board that dictates to him of to ignore this law! as co-conspirators who do evade the law!) ought to be charged with RSA Ch. 643:1 for this "Official Oppression" for his "refrain" from doing so, of that would bring in over $2 million a year in property taxes for their $100 million buildings, as the Feds claim Exclusive Jurisdiction but that is a bunch of hogwash since their excrement flows to the local sewer lagoon, and so they are NOT exclusive!, but are supposed to have concurrent jurisdiction, as per Article 1,. Section 8, Clause 17 of the United States Constitution of only when they comply with the law of in this or that state! See: and their own U.S. Attorney Manual 664 and so are merely proprietary! And so what does Bill Gardner, the N.H. Secretary of State put down in his Annual Report to the G&C, of his accounting, of having counted to ZERO? He doesn't mention ANY #number, but instead prints his job description and calls it an accounting of having counted that is a lie, of him a LIAR! and the Governor & Executive Councilors take it: hook, line and sinker, of LIARS in the 2nd degree!! of thus so much for a check and balance of the Legislators in the General Court (House & Senate) who Article 67 elected this Bozo! of him getting paid $110,750.02 per year by RSA Ch. 94:1-a,II but whose RSA Ch. 93-B:1-5 "faithful performance" bond of $100,000 ought to be called in! and him FIRED by the next batch of General Court Members this Fall. / 12:42 p.m. ...(full comment)

Political parties file dueling finance complaints

If you squint, Obama is starting to look like Dubya... ...(full comment)

U.S. won’t work with Assad if airstrikes in Syria happen

Yes, they do absorb IR night and day. But the IR wanes over hours of night. The greenhouse effect slows the cooling, it does not stop the cooling. Entropy happens. I think we are saying the same things here. There are apparently whole ecosystems in deep ocean water that depend on geothermal heat- I will find some sources that confirm that, because I know I have read that. I am having some trouble finding papers that confirm his statements about CAGW changing the polar vortex. I found a paper that finds an association between the LIA Little ice age and polar circulation. I need to keep looking, anyway here is this one- sorry. but it is not what you are looking for since it does not link the circumpolar vortex to CAGW: Science 29 August 1997: Vol. 277 no. 5330 pp. 1294-1296 DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5330.1294 REPORT Bipolar Changes in Atmospheric Circulation During the Little Ice Age K. J. Kreutz*, P. A. Mayewski, L. D. Meeker, M. S. Twickler, S. I. Whitlow, I. I. Pittalwala Author Affiliations K. J. Kreutz and P. A. Mayewski, Climate Change Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and Department of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, USA. L. D. Meeker, Climate Change Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and Department of Mathematics, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, USA. M. S. Twickler, S. I. Whitlow, I. I. Pittalwala, Climate Change Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, USA. ABSTRACT Annually dated ice cores from Siple Dome, West Antarctica, and central Greenland indicate that meridional atmospheric circulation intensity increased in the polar South Pacific and North Atlantic at the beginning (∼1400 A.D.) of the most recent Holocene rapid climate change event, the Little Ice Age (LIA). As deduced from chemical concentrations at these core sites, the LIA was characterized by substantial meridional circulation strength variability, and this variability persists today despite strong evidence for an end to LIA cooling. Thus, increased late 20th century storm variability may be in part a result of the continuation of these climatic fluctuations. ...(full comment)

Letter: What climate change looks like

Yeah, that gas tax is really killing me. I paid 3.32 yesterday in Northwood, according to the Nashua Telegraph, gas prices were 14 cents higher last Labor Day without a tax hike. And maybe we will be able to have less pot holes this winter. ...(full comment)

My Turn: Why is Hassan criticizing bipartisan tax reforms?

about time - probably just an oversight [again] ...(full comment)

N.H. delegation: More transparency needed in Northern Pass federal permitting process

Could you have buried this article any deeper? I don't know why a front page above the fold article gets absolutely no mention what so ever in the online while third rate articles abound. Could someone please explain? I realize it's just about political posturing before the primary as they all accept the PSNH/no pass contributions while calling for a fair and transparent process - nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Luckily for NH, residents like Lynne Placey stood up to no pass and refused to sell out telling them to keep their money. If only our politicians had the same amount of backbone. ...(full comment)

N.H. delegation: More transparency needed in Northern Pass federal permitting process

GAS TAX HIKE The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted, 4-1, to support the bill, with Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, casting the sole no vote. Among Upper Valley lawmakers, state Sens. Bob Odell, R-New London, and David Pierce, D-Lebanon, voted for the gas tax increase. State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, was opposed. Thanks alot ODELL, you have no credibility.... ...(full comment)

My Turn: Why is Hassan criticizing bipartisan tax reforms?