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Letter: Response to ‘Bait and switch’

Published: 9/14/2021 7:00:07 AM

While I understand the Monitor must run letters to the editor even if they are rife with factual errors, to do the same with a My Turn extended format is deeply troubling. Joseph Mendola’s “Bait and Switch” (Monitor, 9/10) is filled with opinions that I find distressing, but that is not my complaint. I am appalled by the outright lies that the Monitor published without any fact-checking.

New Hampshire is not getting “few billion for real infrastructure and a few trillions for social programs.” The legislation is not yet finalized, but if the bill were to go through without major cuts, the entire social infrastructure proposal is for $3.5 trillion. It is hard to imagine that they are sending it all to NH. There is only one way that immigrants become citizens. They take a citizenship test and pay a substantial fee. Mendola is simply lying when he says that undocumented immigrants will “be given citizenship without going through the legal procedure,” that other immigrants go through. Again, I cannot fathom why the Monitor would give anyone so much space to spew lies. In an era of so much fact-free journalism, we ought to be able to trust that our local paper will do better than that.

Cheryl Bourassa



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