Opinion

Letters: Guns R Us, a poem

Thursday, March 12, 2015

To the editor: My response to a letter by June Sailor-O’Day that appeared in the Feb. 17 issue of the Ledger-Transcript: To pack, or not to pack; that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The sneers and arrogance of outrageous government. Or to take arms against its squads of soldiers, And by opposing, rile them? To die; to fall Amidst a swarm of bullets! ’Tis … 0

Letters: Pipeline and Rhododendron

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: Kinder Morgan is misrepresenting the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline’s impact on Rhododendron State Park. Their map of the NED pipeline and related incineration zone shows the park as only existing in Fitzwilliam, well south of the pipeline. Let me set the record straight. My JIMAPCO New Hampshire Road Atlas, maps 132 and 133, clearly show a much larger park that … 0

Letters: I say, trappers enjoy cruelty

Friday, March 20, 2015

To the editor: Trappers enjoy cruelty. Why would anybody defend the extremely cruel methods of trapping animals? If you have to hunt and kill your prey, do it in a sportsman’s way, without luring the animal with bait and torturing it in a trap before the “merciful” killing. Seems to me that trappers have spent a good amount of money, bribing our officials, … 0

Viewpoint: Another great SB2 success

Friday, March 20, 2015

But before I start, let me take a moment and tell you about the ConVal musical program I attended recently: 149 ConVal students — 149 of them — put on the show of shows. It was a masterful program that was very professional and very entertaining. The program … 0

Letters: Shopping local or local shopping

Friday, March 20, 2015

To the editor: What inspires you to visit local merchants and buy from them? Today families must look to shave the budget in order to have a movie budget. I get it. Do what you can with what you have where you are (Teddy Roosevelt). As anyone thinks … 0

Letters: Businesses leave for a reason

Friday, March 20, 2015

To the editor: In reply to Mr. Rosen’s March 17 article and Mr. Whitten’s enthusiasm about Peterborough being open for business, perhaps you need to do more homework as to why a business may or may not move here. If a business owner were to move here, they … 0

Viewpoint: Better accountability needed

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The back and forth between Ms. Cadorette and Mr. Kolk regarding teacher staffing levels has been entertaining, as only small-town, local papers can be. It also inspired me to do my own research into teacher staffing levels, among other things. Some of the results surprised me. In a … 0

Viewpoint: Wild swing on gas tax, up in Concord

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Strange things happen in Concord! Last month, I stopped in at the Hancock Library to talk about the last increase in the gasoline tax. Things have taken a wild swing since that time. With the news of the huge (and unacceptable) cuts in the Department of Transportation, the … 0

Letters: Don’t stop questioning

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

To the editor: Your “3 steps forward, 3 steps back” editorial published March 24 was interesting, but flawed. Your lead paragraph was thought-provoking: Why question the Medicaid expansion — also known as “Taxpayer Subsidized Health Care Act” or Obamacare or ACA — the decision has been made! I … 0

Letters: Loss to the community

Friday, March 27, 2015

To the editor: After receiving excellent medical care for years in Southern California, I was a bit worried about finding the same in my new, much smaller community, Peterborough. It seemed like a gift that Drs. Scott Jaynes and Annika Brown were just opening their practice here. As … 0

Letters: Where did they find the money?

Friday, March 27, 2015

To the editor: I applaud the New Ipswich Select Board for their efforts to find savings in the town budget to allow the town pool to operate as it has in the past. They even managed to find extra funds! In a front page story on March 24, … 0

Viewpoint: Addressing obstacles to civil discourse

Friday, March 27, 2015

Civil discourse in its most pure and natural form is a language of dispassionate objectivity that lends itself as a tool to society to promote understanding through the communication of thoughts and ideas that are subject to change and growth as new information is uncovered and absorbed. Such … 0

Viewpoint: Proposed budget bad for towns, businesses, taxpayers, vulnerable

Friday, March 27, 2015

A recent Ledger-Transcript article, published March 19, described a meeting of Peterborough town officers with Sen. Andy Sanborn that included concerns about reduction of state revenues to local municipalities (downshifting of costs). Unfortunately, there is every reason to believe that this downshifting will continue, putting upward pressure on … 0