Opinion

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 put a Republican majority in place to ‘compromise’ — it was to make into law Republican ideals, not some watered-down facsimile thereof.... … 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 a government to take private property for public use without the owner’s consent, provided just … 0

Letters: Budget hearing disappointing

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To the editor: On Jan. 15, I had the pleasure of being in the audience at the Jaffrey-Rindge School Board’s 2015-2016 budget hearing. The hearing was to explain and defend the cost for the next school year. To help those folks in the gallery to understand, we (the taxpayers) were given voluminous and equally convoluted handouts of all the minutia that make up … 0

Viewpoint: Martin Luther King Jr. — a legend with lessons that live on

Friday, January 16, 2015

In researching Martin Luther King Jr., I learned lots about a man who wanted equality, justice and peace for all. He was a man who stood up for what he believed in. “Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent … 0

Viewpoint: Teamwork makes the dream work

Friday, January 16, 2015

I believe that teamwork makes the dream work is very true. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t make his dream come true on his own; he needed lots of help. It took thousands of people to achieve desegregation of the Montgomery bus system through boycotts. It took tens of … 0

Viewpoint: Perseverance

Friday, January 16, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr.’s astonishing “I Have a Dream” speech inspires me to have perseverance through unyielding times. Martin Luther King Jr. had to have perseverance when our nation was unwilling to give civil rights to African-Americans. Police chiefs were allowing their officers to arrest, hurt, and even … 0

Editorial: Devotion to a dream lives on

Monday, January 19, 2015

The region in which we live has long been known for its forward thinking. Great men and women, like Willa Cather, Mark Twain and Frederick Douglass, have made their homes, if only temporarily, in our towns. Others born and raised here embody that same tolerant, creative and universally … 0

Viewpoint: Courage

Friday, January 16, 2015

Martin Luther King was an activist, a pastor, a father, a leader. He was the prime mover of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the keynote speaker in the March on Washington, and the youngest man to receive the Noble Peace Prize. He changed the way Americans viewed African American … 0

Editorial: Mixed signals on the local economy

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It’s hard to draw any firm conclusions about the strength of the Monadnock region’s economy as we head into 2015. Statistics show our unemployment level is lower than 4 percent — better than the state number of 5.6 percent, which itself is the lowest number since June 2008. … 0

Letter: Thank you for pantry donations

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To the editor: Thank you to Dennis Markaverich, Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart for helping to bring so much to so many with the traditional showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Dec. 21. The red curtain of the Wilton Town Hall Theatre was parted, only after the … 0

Letters: Gift drive a huge success

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

To the editor: On behalf of the Peterborough Rotary Club’s Operation Santa Program, we extend our sincere appreciation to our community for making the 29th annual gift drive a huge success this year. The generosity of members of the greater Peterborough community helped so many of our area’s … 0

Letter: Gun fantasy is farfetched

Thursday, January 8, 2015

To the editor: This is in response to Ted Leach’s opinion piece titled: “2nd Amendment, let’s look again.” The first thing that comes to mind is, was he drunk on Koolaid when he wrote this? How else would you explain such a childish and unrealistic imagination? His absurd, … 0

Letter: ‘Begs the question’ misused

Thursday, January 8, 2015

To the editor: I’m really not a syntax cop, but seeing the misused phrase “begs the question” twice on page 6 of the Jan. 6, 2015, issue prompts a comment. Both your editor and a letter from Mr. Somero use the term to mean raise the question, or … 0