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What to ask the candidates: What’s going to happen with Social Security?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A group of us here in the Monadnock region have some questions for our presidential candidates we think are important to share with our neighbors before we vote in November. What follows is an expanded question about the future of Social Security and some of the background that’s relevant as context: How, specifically, would you stop the federal government’s confiscation of our retirement savings in Social Security, which we are forced to participate in, which is then routinely diverted into the general fund? Better yet, would you advocate for a Chilean-style private system, which has been so successful for decades? If not, why? Recent headlines …

Viewpoints: Bipartisan progress on heroin and opioid crisis

Friday, January 29, 2016

As people across New Hampshire know painfully well, the heroin and opioid crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing our state. No matter how often we repeat the statistic, the fact that more than 400 Granite Staters died from a drug overdose in 2015 is no less staggering or …

Letters: A barbaric bobcat lottery

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: Special thanks to the Ledger-Transcript staff for its comprehensive review of all things related to the well being of New Hampshire’s bobcats. Though I gained insights from the firsthand accounts of a trapper and Fish and Game, I am most grateful to Eric Aldrich’s informative contributions, which delicately locate the issue of the bobcat within the Fish and Game Commission’s …

Viewpoint: On the matter of choice in addiction

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In the matter of choice vs. no choice in addiction, there is one critical element missing from the recent discussion. That element is truth. People don’t choose to take drugs or to drink alcoholically. They choose to be …

Letters: New pipelines more dangerous

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: The Pipeline Safety Trust of U.S. Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has documented that pipelines installed since 2010 have more incidents annually than those installed in all previous decades. Even the most ancient pipelines have fewer incidents per year than the newest pipelines. This …

Letters: Bobcat hunt is a cruel plan

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: The Fish and Game Department allowed the bobcat to be hunted in the 1980s to almost the point of extinction. Now, after many years free of hunts, bobcat numbers are increasing. I have not read or heard of them being a problem; in fact, as …

Editorial: Voters call for change

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Voters in New Hampshire’s Primary have spoken, and change is the keyword of the day. Rather than choosing candidates who have more experience, or who are accepted by the establishment, Granite Staters — and those in the Monadnock region were no exception — selected relative outsiders Bernie Sanders …

Letter: Petition articles would undo town

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To the editor: How easy it is for those who play no part in public affairs to sneer at the compromises required of those who do. — Cicero (106-43 BC) A group of Greenfield residents calling themselves “The Coalition of Concerned Citizens” is waging an unprecedented assault on …

Letter: So, you want a revolution?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To the editor: You say you want a revolution? As I write this on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, the “insurgent” candidate is polling well ahead of the establishment candidate in the Democratic contest. The insurgent is urging his followers to start a revolution. Let me …

Community Conversations: Seniors make good neighbors

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Ledger-Transcript and Monadnock Center’s Community Conversations on Turning Neighbors into Neighborhoods is so timely for Monadnock at Home, a nonprofit helping seniors over 62 to age at home. This week, we announce a new initiative we are …

Viewpoint: Medicaid expansion in our best interest

Monday, January 25, 2016

Recently, we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Across the state, citizens, elected officials, and those aspiring to be elected officials, praised King’s work toward justice and equality. Some even remembered tha King admonished “Of …

letters: Rein in spending by corporations

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: An open letter to all elected officials: Revoking corporate charters is a pleasure and responsibility elected officials may want to learn more about. It’s been too long since we the people have been able to effectively advocate for the quality of life our children deserve. …

Viewpoint: N.H. executives urge reauthorization of Medicaid

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We write in support of House Bill 1696, which will reauthorize the state’s unique version of Medicaid expansion, the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. The health of New Hampshire’s residents is …