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Editorial: Enough hot air — time to play ball

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl are always a time for media hype, overblown issues and millions of words dedicated to discussing things most NFL fans already know. This year is no exception to that rule. In fact, it’s the best example in recent memory of the media beating a story into the ground as we head toward the big game. The big story, of course, is … 0

Letters: It’s just greed, pure and simple

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

To the editor: Why, oh why, is it that so many people support politicians and causes that are directly contrary to their own best interests? No sooner do we get the frightful news that Kinder Morgan is proposing a huge new natural gas pipeline to run through our beautiful southern New Hampshire towns than the usual local gas bags are writing letters to … 0

Letters: Pipeline got a ‘full-court press’

Thursday, January 15, 2015

To the editor: I’m not sure what the New Hampshire journalism awards are called, but I hope your paper is recognized for the remarkable work you are doing covering the story of the Kinder Morgan pipeline planned for this region. Since local towns were first made aware of this project in early December, your paper has done a wonderful job raising awareness of … 0

Letters: Midnight surges and wind power

Thursday, January 22, 2015

To the editor: The meteorological data show that high winds at one weather station in New Hampshire generally means there are high winds at most/all the other stations in the state. Stronger than normal wind speeds on Mount Washington at 6,000 feet generally mean stronger than normal wind … 0

Letters: 2nd Amendment common sense

Thursday, January 22, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to the common sense letter from Ted Leach, which has been attacked. Let us look at history. When the Constitution was written, we did not have the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, State Police, Sheriff’s Office, town police … 0

Viewpoint: Political correctness — a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Thursday, January 22, 2015

George Orwell warned us. The “Ministry of Truth” has arrived. Slavery is freedom (debt-serfdom of college grads and entire nations) and war is peace (as long as over there). Orwell depicted a surveillance society dominated by fear, snitching, newspeak, groupthink, endless unwinnable wars and deception so accepted that … 0

Viewpoint: Watch what you say

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Political correctness or politically correct has been in our lexicon for several decades. The term itself was, apparently, coined in a comic strip and now is more commonly known simply as PC. Undoubtedly started as a way to bring a more civilized vocabulary into our lives and to … 0

Letters: Empty spaces in downtown

Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: A picture taken on a recent late morning of the 13 spaces by the fire house for public parking shows they are almost empty, as usual. Another picture shows the parking area way around back … 0

Viewpoints: Debating our future

Friday, January 23, 2015

“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.” — Voltaire, “Essay on Tolerance” After having read Pete Burwen’s letter to the editor entitled, “Short memory on school district,” it brought to mind how easily those who disagree on an issue can misconstrue, misinterpret, … 0

Viewpoint: Is the savings really worth the cost?

Friday, January 23, 2015

In his Jan. 22 Viewpoint piece regarding closing schools and allegedly dismantling the school district, Matt Craig of Sharon wrote, “Peterborough residents I’ve talked with give the warrant article to change this requirement great support.” Apparently Matt Craig is afraid to venture beyond the borders of Sharon and … 0

Moment of Bliss: ‘Don’t end up a panther in a cage’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The ides of January has come and gone. Jan. 15, the day a little toy snowblower on my desk lost a wheel. It happened when I tripped over an APC back-up, while carrying my MacBook Pro. I caught … 0

Letters: Compromise is necessary

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

To the editor: Several months ago I was talking with someone about Warren Hatch and Ted Kennedy working across the aisle. The person responded with “No more Ted Kennedys.” In the Jan. 8 paper I’m reading a letter from John Diefenbach of Mason, who writes, “Voters did not … 0

Viewpoint: Food for thought: Eminent domain

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

While I’m not a lawyer, I’m puzzled by the possibility that Kinder Morgan can take a large piece of my land for the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project through eminent domain. The American Heritage dictionary definition of eminent domain is relatively straightforward: “eminent domain n. The power of … 0