Opinion

Letter: Natural gas is not the answer

Thursday, December 11, 2014

To the editor: This is in response to the letter by Charles Saari in the Dec. 9 edition. Increasing dependence on natural gas will not lower energy costs. More natural gas is not needed to meet our heating or electricity needs. The industry’s justification is based on a peak demand scenario that occurs a few hours a day on a few days a year. Such peaks could be handled by … 0

Letter: Tough choices in school budgets

Thursday, December 11, 2014

To the editor: School Budget time. Some districts are being forced to cut teachers. I hope that they choose very carefully. It seems that most people think about cutting special education teachers first. They are just glorified babysitters, right? Wrong, they are the difference between children with issues becoming either an active member or a burden to society. They teach children life lessons. … 0

Letter: Power for NH, and the country

Thursday, December 11, 2014

To the editor: Sirs, as a longtime advocate of nuclear power, the endless talk about gas and hydro should be replaced with some discussion of nuclear power. However, I would like to see a different approach by looking at the U.S. Navy and the nuclear plants that run the aircraft carriers and subs. The nuclear program in the Navy is light years ahead … 0

Viewpoint: Some answers to our budgetary shortfalls

Friday, December 12, 2014

Governor Hassan has done an excellent job working with legislative leaders to craft and oversee the state’s current two-year budget. An array of problems is being effectively managed. This budget will end in balance. But looking ahead to the next two-year budget, we in state government face difficult … 0

Viewpoint: NH suffering from aligning with Obama administration’s agenda

Friday, December 12, 2014

Oh, Maggie, Maggie, Maggie. Read an article recently titled, “Governor tells state agencies to trim budgets.” It announced, “State agencies are cutting a combined $18.3 million from their current budgets to meet the spending reductions Gov. Maggie Hassan … 0

Viewpoint: Why are we heating half-empty buildings?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Nobody likes filling their oil tanks in the winter. I remember watching the fill gauge last winter, one of our coldest yet since moving here, and seeing it inch down, as our boiler worked to keep the house … 0

Editorial: Take matters into your own hands

Monday, December 15, 2014

When you want to get something done, sometimes, you just have to do it yourself. That’s what we’ve learned from some folks interviewed for two stories in today’s paper. The first concerns the Ingalls Memorial Library in Rindge. The 120-year-old library has undergone several renovations in the past … 0

Viewpoint: It’s time to start talking

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air — explode softly — and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the … 0

Viewpoint: Energy policies and projects are the way forward

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A recent editorial by Marc Brown, the executive director of the New England Ratepayers Association, had a very one-sided approach to improving electric rates in New Hampshire: Promote Northern Pass and attack all the energy policies that are helping our state become less reliant on oil and gas. … 0

Letter: South Meadow thanks you

Thursday, December 4, 2014

To the editor: South Meadow School students and staff would like to thank you very much for your generous donation of water and gift certificates for turkeys for our annual Turkey Trot. Sincerely, South Meadow School. Anne O’Bryant South Meadow School Principal … 0

Letters: Who’s running the town of Antrim?

Monday, December 8, 2014

To the editor: This letter is in response to the Antrim Select Board conducting the equivalent of a “closed-door” meeting, out of sight and out of mind, by only posting an agenda item four hours before the Select Board meeting on Nov. 24, and prior to a critical … 0

Letters: Muslims face harsh treatment in U.S.

Monday, December 8, 2014

To the editor: It seems surreal the prophetic nature of my own words in my last letter. I had said, “...if you are a Muslim, it does not apply.” My fellow Americans will very quickly dismiss any form of contribution by Muslims, Islam or Qur’an to humanity or … 0

Letter: No recourse through courts

Monday, December 8, 2014

To the editor: The latest from “Jane Q. Citizen v. The System” (see Court Updates 2 on Jaffrey Voices Google Group). A corporate state is when citizens have no recourse to protect their rights through the courts. Looks like New Hampshire is there. Public officials who don’t follow … 0