Opinion

Letter: Giving thanks to our volunteers

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: This National Volunteer Week, April 6 to 12, Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center celebrated our dedicated volunteers, the people who are the essence of all we do. Every day you make a difference and we thank you! Monadnock RSVP has over 300 registered volunteers from all walks of life who share a common dedication to take action to improve social living conditions and create long-term change that produces … 0

Viewpoint: Gregg’s position flawed

Friday, April 18, 2014

I was among those privileged to attend the inaugural Walter Peterson Forum for Civil Discourse last week. Senator Gregg was the perfect choice to kick off what is sure to become a landmark series going forward. Monadnock Center Executive Director Michelle Stahl, Joni Doherty of Franklin Pierce University, and Monadnock Center Board President Gordon Peery are all to be congratulated on initiating and … 0

Letter: Response to global warming viewpoints

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thank you for including the page on global warming. The differences in viewpoints are a mixed bag that may well represent widely shared opinions. Eric Blackmer makes an excellent presentation on the realities of global warming. Evidently he shares the viewpoint of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that limiting rising global temperatures to bearable limits (2 degrees C) has to be done … 0

Letter: Word of advice to a Rindge resident

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the editor: I’m sure that, like myself, there are many Rindge voters who would like to thank Larry Cleveland for his efforts in making us aware of the numerous ill effects the N.H. Charrette plan would have had on the town. But just a word of advice, … 0

Bridging the political divide: Let’s prepare for the inevitable, and embrace the positives

Friday, April 11, 2014

To more fully understand the reality and implications of climate change, one must look to the science, but not to the theoretical science of computer models that attempt, very imperfectly, to predict the behavior of the Earth’s vast atmosphere. Instead, one must turn to geology, the science of … 0

Bridging the political divide: Ignoring it won’t make it go away, whatever you call it

Friday, April 11, 2014

Climate change is a hot topic replete with heated rhetoric and smoking guns. On the one hand, there is consensus among the scientific community that our planet’s atmosphere is warming up. Is this just another “Chicken Little” scare? These are the experts who are supposed to be qualified … 0

Bridging the political divide: Global warming? — no problem

Friday, April 11, 2014

I must admit that I was a global warming skeptic from the get-go. Not sure why, exactly — maybe partly because I remember in the ’70s some people saying the earth was entering an “ice age”!?! Heck, possibly this means we are now at the tail end of … 0

Bridging the political Divide: Clean energy is a relative term

Friday, April 11, 2014

When I was a boy in Philadelphia before WW II, the air was so full of particulates that, if a window was open and also fully screened; the sill would soon collect a black dust that could best be removed with a damp cloth in two passes. First … 0

Viewpoint: Civil discourse: Tradition and necessity

Friday, April 11, 2014

Over the past decade, the level of partisan warfare has risen to the point where there is virtual deadlock in Congress. In New Hampshire, a similar hyper-partisan approach to governance characterized the N.H. House from 2010-2012. The resulting … 0

Letter: Asking questions is the key in voting

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the editor: A few weeks ago, I attended a talk by David Cobb, sponsored by MoveToAmend.org, as I wanted to understand recent towns’ ballot articles, calling for voters to support a Constitutional amendment to regulate political spending. As I spoke with Cobb, I found he was very … 0

Letter: A superintendent without peer

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the editor: I just learned my good friend Tom Brennan has died. I have given a lot of eulogies through the years and regrettably I will not be able to offer my condolences to the Brennan family in person. Tom and I go way back to the … 0

Editorial: Civil discourse yields solutions

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

There wasn’t much debate at Peterborough’s Deliberative Session on Tuesday evening — when 66 registered voters gathered at the Town House — but there were examples of civil discourse when it came to the one article about which voters had something to say: the petition article calling for … 0

Viewpowint: On the road with ‘Edna,’ my mostly reliable car companion

Friday, March 28, 2014

Edna and I have been hanging around together for a long time. This in itself is a wonder because when you come right down to it, we are not the least bit suited to each other. In fact, lately she’s beginning to get on my nerves. For one … 0