Opinion

Care of the poor: a look back

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A major difference between Democrats and Republicans concerns treatment of the poor. Democrats believe that governmental programs help the poor the most. Republicans believe that developing individual responsibility and a favorable attitude towards business will lead to job creation, thereby benefiting the poor more. The purpose of this viewpoints is to examine how the poor were treated in ancient Israel. This information provides ideas for reflection relevant to contemporary society … 0

Viewpoint: How NH’s tax on the 1 percent became a tax on the middle class

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Hampshire’s interest and dividends tax has strayed very far from its roots as a tax on the rich. The tax was created in 1923, at the end of the Progressive Era. In the nineteenth century, most taxes were property taxes. After the Civil War, as the industrial revolution transformed the economy, it became clear that an increasing amount of economic activity — … 0

Looking back: My family’s business and rooting for Arthur T.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I know something about dysfunctional family businesses. I grew up in one. My father, Frank, and his brothers, Sam and Bill, owned a factory called the “Claremont Waste Manufacturing Company,” which turned waste textiles into flock. A century ago, the company did 100 percent of the world’s flock business. Whenever I mention the family business, they ask, “What’s flock?” “It’s the fuzzy stuff … 0

Letter: The Monahons supported farming

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: Next Monday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. there will be a public meeting of the Planning Board at the Town House in relation to a Conditional Use Permit being sought by local farmers to enhance and support their plans to carry on the work of … 0

Letter: Rep. Emerson has changed

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: Thank you to the people who wrote letters of support for Rep. Susan Emerson. You proved my point precisely. It’s interesting to see that the only ones that came to Ms. Emerson’s defense were liberals. I have seen the voter lists. One proudly stating that she … 0

Letter: Repeal education tax credit

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the Editor: On Sept. 4, the Ledger-Transcript published nearly identical letters from two Republican candidates for the State House, David Bedard and Jim Kofalt. These letters are clearly not the independent and original work of their authors. They provide an example of the lock-step orthodoxy, exemplified by … 0

Moments of Bliss: ‘I am an artist after all’

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I am in the middle of a two-week vacation. We scheduled going away for parts of it, and we have done that. I planned to read many books and I have done that, too. I planned to eat … 0

Viewpoint: Issue goes well beyond simply supporting farmers

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The following is in response to the editorial published on Sept. 18, 2014, regarding the Conditional Use Permit Application filed by Dancing Grounds Farm, LLC to allow permission for 16 large events, including weddings, to be held on … 0

Letter: You don’t know about the road

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To the editor: We certainly hope that you will give more thought and actual research to the editorials you write than you did to the high-sounding sermon in the paper of Sept. 25, regarding the deserving family hoping to farm the land on Four Winds Farm Road and … 0

Editorial: Applaud younger folks who care

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Here’s what we say to the two 30-something Peterborough residents who have just announced the start of a new Political Action Committee: Good on you. No matter what your politics are, or whether you agree with Molly Cowan and Sam Blair’s approach to grading our state Senators voting … 0

Editorial: Challenges ahead for theater group

Monday, September 22, 2014

Saturday’s “Fill the Void” concert on the grassy slope behind ConVal High School was a great way to kick off a campaign to raise money for a performance arts center at the high school. The event showcased the talents of local musicians and singers, including the high school … 0

Letter: Extremism gets us nowhere

Friday, September 12, 2014

Letter to the editor: Why I’m voting for both a Democrat (Pat Martin) and a Republican (Susan Emerson) to represent me in the New Hampshire House: The art of politics is the art of compromise. For any political body to succeed, its members must, at the very root … 0

Letter: His passion is helping veterans

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: My name is John Carpenter, the older brother of Gary Carpenter, who is running for N.H. State Representative. While I live in San Diego, Calif., and have no affiliation with New Hampshire, I wanted to share with your readers that Gary became disabled while in … 0