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OK Free Stater's, you tell me what "Trigger the Move" is then. From your very own website - "At the current signer acquisition rate, the FSP will reach 20,000 signers in 2018, and attract the remaining movers to New Hampshire by 2023. That's too long to wait. We know concentrating liberty activists in New Hampshire is a winning, proven strategy to achieve Liberty in Our Lifetime. We need the next wave of activists NOW! See who our Patrons are below."............ This has traditional NH values written all over it. NH was selected as the victim state because, and I quote again -"The organization began without a specific state in mind. A systematic review started by narrowing potential states to those with a population of less than 1.5 million, and those where the combined spending in 2000 by the Democratic and Republican parties was less than $5.2 million....." I have found my calling and it is protecting our NH from these subversives. Tillie you can have BPR and Itsa. This is personal. ...(full comment)

Letter: Free Staters part of the New Hampshire tradition

Paranoid not hardly, irritated beyond belief at the tactics being used by you wonderful FS'ers. You people seem to think you can come into NH with the goal of showing us how we should live and you call me paranoid. The FSP is nothing more than a group of whatevers, that think they know best. Frankly you know nothing of NH traditions. This is straight of the FSP Porkfest web site, and I quote - "The FSP is an agreement among 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire for "Liberty in Our Lifetime." We are more than 75% of the way to our goal, after which we will “Trigger the Move."" Sounds like a sleeper cell. So spineless that you have to disguise yourself as conservative republicans during elections then reveal your true colors when you "Trigger the Move" Personally I would rather have someone from al qaeda move next door than a free stater, at least with them you know where they stand. If you honestly think we are all that stupid, well you're in for a surprise now that your motives are clear. I worked for Eugene McCarthy's campaign, was a tie-died bellbottom wearing hippie, that hated the establishment and the government (of the time), but we were at least honest, naive but honest. ...(full comment)

Letter: Free Staters part of the New Hampshire tradition

You do the math this time. You've just asked Nelle what % the human contribution of ghg is to the ATMOSPHERE. This is your chance to do the math correctly, after being shown numerous times why your repetitively wrong answer plays games with the truth. It's in the atmosphere where the greenhouse effect takes place, and it's been shown that climate sensitivity to a doubling of ATMOSPHERIC CO2 is 3 degrees C. We won't hold our breath waiting for the correct answer. ...(full comment)

My Turn: It’s time to take a hard look at climate hyperbole

You'd have to ask Sen. McCain. He seems to think it will cure everything that's wrong with the world. ...(full comment)

Letter: A spineless response

The timeline of events provided above is deceptive, at best. All we have here is a itemized list of (non)events, devoid of any real continuity. That should in no way be confused with a carefully crafted plan, leading to an end result that best serves the city of Concord. In reality, the Complete Streets project is an "end around"; a "quarterback sneak", if you will. For the sake of brevity, I will detail what needs to be at the top of the priority list for this project. 1) The work has to be done at night. Otherwise, countless retailers will not survive the project, even if it comes in on time (which it likely will not). Concord's Main Street is laden with novelty shops that cannot survive without walk-in biz. If this heavy-duty construction project is done during the daytime, people will avoid downtown like The Plague. By 2016, Main Street will look like a ghost town. The work has to be done at night. 2) The power lines need to be buried. Ever see a Mexican Spoiler on the trunk of a Mercedes? Of course you haven't. Bury the power lines. 3) Put the Snow Melt system in while the sidewalks are torn up. That way it's there for if/when Concord Steam gets their act together, or when an alternate source is found. Tearing the sidewalks up again in three, four or five years would be totally impractical, and very expensive. Do it, now. 4) The Clock Tower. Get those clock facings back up on top of the buildings where they can be SEEN from the interstate. There are four clock facings, which would look great on two WEST corners of Main Street (two facings per, at 90-degree angles), several blocks apart. This is where they were originally (albeit, all 4 facings on just one corner), and would provide a whole lot more WOW FACTOR, than colored lights in trees. But none of it really matters, does it? Heck, no. The "city" is obviously hell-bent on ramming this thing through, no matter how loud the town protests to the contrary. What's needed here is an accurate temperature taken before the operation. I am challenging the CCC to put this project up for public referendum. Let the taxpayers of this city vote, BEFORE the CCC does. How about it Mayor? What say you, Tom Aspell? You guys got the gonads? I doubt it. ...(full comment)

One more look at Concord’s Main Street project

Having been there myself and seen it with my own eyes, Robert Azzi's words ring true and are much appreciated. I would only add that Netanyahu's recent anti-justice, pro-war manipulations are only the latest examples of decades of the same by the State of Israel. Also, while there may be no winners in this war, the Palestinian people who inhabit the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and especially Gaza have suffered, and continue to suffer, disproportionately. I hope, too, that Rabbi Nafshi will apologize to protesters, e.g., myself. ...(full comment)

My Turn: ‘Peace isn’t something simply to be desired. It follows from justice’

Gracc, Tempting. Really tempting but how does bombing Iran help with Russia's direct or proxy invasion of Ukraine? (First line may have contained a bit of sarcasm) ...(full comment)

Letter: A spineless response

The ACA is causing business to flee the U.S.? Seriously? And "profit is an unalloyed social good"? Really? One can easily imagine any number of circumstances where private profit harms the "social good". Your statement is simply not true under all circumstances. Even you should be able to come up with some real world examples. We won't hold our breath though. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Attention Walgreens shoppers

CEO’s of major American corporations are increasingly isolated and insulated from the rank and file of the companies they run, and from the effects of their actions, including actions that may harm their company, or may not be in the national interest. Capital flight, of which this is a variation, can arguably be taken as an act of disloyalty to the nation, in the name of greed. Here are some details on Walgreen CEO Greg Wasson, who wins even when the company loses. “Walgreen Co. did about as well in 2013 as it did in 2011. CEO Greg Wasson, on the other hand, is doing much better. Mr. Wasson's total compensation for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31 rose more than 13 percent to $13.7 million… there's a gap between Mr. Wasson's pay and Walgreen's performance. Net income of $2.45 billion this year was a big jump from 2012's $2.13 billion, but it's less than the $2.71 billion Walgreen recorded in 2011. Revenue was essentially flat over the two-year period at $72.2 billion. Yet Mr. Wasson's 2013 pay was almost 13 percent higher than his 2011 total. That's because the drugstore chain has chosen to insulate him from certain costs resulting from his management and decision-making. He picked a fight with pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co., one of the biggest prescription drug buyers in the country. His refusal to accept Express Scripts' prices shut Walgreen's doors on millions of customers. He capitulated after about six months, but that was too late to prevent a 21 percent decline in 2012 profits.You might think the disastrous performance would have earned Mr. Wasson a big pay cut for 2012. You'd be wrong. His total compensation slipped less than 1 percent to about $12 million. Why does Mr. Wasson get double-digit raises when performance rises, but only a minuscule pay cut when results decline by a similar rate? It's all in the performance metrics.These metrics had another benefit in 2013: helping to boost Mr. Wasson's annual bonus 78 percent to $2 million. Similar exclusions helped lift his stock awards 9 percent to $6.8 million. Those payments would likely have been much lower if compensation calculations had included such expenses as amortization and other costs related to acquisitions, and the money Walgreen paid to settle DEA charges that company operations in Florida mishandled drugs…This is an example of the “heads I win, tails I win even more” executive compensation policy many publicly traded companies embrace. By picking and choosing which costs to include in performance metrics and setting relatively easy targets, Walgreen ensures that Mr. Wasson's pay rises even when company performance isn't all that impressive by standard benchmarks.” http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131206/BLOGS10/131209862/we-should-all-be-as-fortunate-as-walgreens-wasson# ...(full comment)

Editorial: Attention Walgreens shoppers

Fire is pretty devastating. It happened to my family during a move, of all times. The entire moving van went up in flames, somehow. We never got a plausible explanation for the fire, just a $4200 check for everything we owned. The amount was painfully inadequate, and took several weeks to arrive. We lived in a sparsely furnished house during the interim. I don't want to join the negative commenters, but was there not a better alternative than that $220/night at a Residence Inn? Know there are other hotels/motels up that way, and maybe one that would give them a weekly rate (even if it meant breaking with policy, given the extenuating circumstances). Still can't see the daily rack rate being anywhere near $220/night at the Econolodge, or Days Inn, for instance. Will not list the other properties in the area, as I have to believe the Masses have scoped out their options, but $220/night...jeez-louise. On the bright side, A.J. and Eric might have a future as a comedy duo, as evidenced by their exchange regarding A.J. going back in the house after his brother; "I don't know what I was thinking.", countered by Eric's, "That was surprising because we fight a lot.". LOL. ...(full comment)

Ray Duckler: Burned out after being burned out, couple try to cope

Please forgive me, rje. I had you all wrong. Appears you're just a choirboy who tours casino towns across the USA. Tom Joad of the slots; "Where can you find me, Ma? Wherever there's a casino with a free buffet, so hungry seniors can eat. Wherever there's 3 cherries on one pull, and a cop that can escort me out to the parking lot, whenever I think I'm $200 up. Wherever there's a busload of geriatrics headed for the next Lipstick on a Pig. That's where you'll find me, Ma.". rje49, the Gambler of Wrath. ...(full comment)

My Turn: Atlantic City offers a skewed view of casinos

From the chief indoctrinator comes a list of indoctrination outfits. Did the readers know this ....100% of priests believe in GOD ...(full comment)

My Turn: It’s time to take a hard look at climate hyperbole

It appears that Arthur T has been likened to George Bailey from It's A Wonderful Life. Is He? Arthur T has had years and years to convinces his employees that his cousins are evil. Arthur T also seems to leave bodies in his wake, lawyers and now employees. It was proven in court that Arthur T's Dad was pretty ruthless in cheating his sisterinlaw and her kids out of millions of dollars in stock. Someone who cares about his employees would not encourage them to sacrifice their jobs on his behalf. Especially if that someone has the financial resources to start his own chain of markets. Just the other side of the picture. John Gotti was loved by everybody in his neighborhood too. ...(full comment)

Letter: For Market Basket leaders, one misstep after another