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What to ask the candidates: What’s going to happen with Social Security?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A group of us here in the Monadnock region have some questions for our presidential candidates we think are important to share with our neighbors before we vote in November. What follows is an expanded question about the future of Social Security and some of the background that’s relevant as context: How, specifically, would you stop the federal government’s confiscation of our retirement savings in Social Security, which we are forced to participate in, which is then routinely diverted into the general fund? Better yet, would you advocate for a Chilean-style private system, which has been so successful for decades? If not, why? Recent headlines …

Viewpoints: Bipartisan progress on heroin and opioid crisis

Friday, January 29, 2016

As people across New Hampshire know painfully well, the heroin and opioid crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing our state. No matter how often we repeat the statistic, the fact that more than 400 Granite Staters died from a drug overdose in 2015 is no less staggering or …

Letters: A barbaric bobcat lottery

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: Special thanks to the Ledger-Transcript staff for its comprehensive review of all things related to the well being of New Hampshire’s bobcats. Though I gained insights from the firsthand accounts of a trapper and Fish and Game, I am most grateful to Eric Aldrich’s informative contributions, which delicately locate the issue of the bobcat within the Fish and Game Commission’s …

Letters: Why vote for Carly Fiorina

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: It’s crunch time in New Hampshire. We take pride in being the first in the nation primary state. It’s with that sense of responsibility and privilege that we attempt to scrutinize as many candidates as we can. After a thorough vetting process myself, I have …

Letter: Thanks for support of food pantry

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: Dear friends of the Jaffrey Food Pantry: Thank you for your support of the United Church of Jaffrey Food Pantry. Your contribution of $10 helps our community during these difficult times. On behalf of the Justice and Peace ministries mission of hunger needs in our …

Viewpoint: Let’s consider Bernie Sanders’ record

Monday, February 1, 2016

Knowledgeable people say whoever is elected our president should have personal experience of being in an executive role at some time and on some level in his or her professional or political career. This matters because the president must wisely recruit a competent staff, visionary Cabinet members, and …

Letter: Who you vote for matters

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: I have been canvassing for Hillary Clinton because I think she’ll make the best president of all candidates — Democrat or Republican. She has extensive experience — in terms of depth and breadth as well as domestic and international; she’s intelligent; she’s been fighting for …

Letter: Right to petition government

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: Dear Greenfield Residents, As town meeting and budget season are upon us, you may have heard about several petitions that are circulating around town with the intention of promoting transparency in our town government. Whether the subject matter is something you support or reject, I …

Letter: On the bobcat season proposal

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: N.H. Fish and Game Commission, As a hunter, fisherman and member of the Rindge Conservation Commission, I strongly object to the proposed bobcat hunting season. I don’t believe the number of bobcats in the state justify a hunting season. If they were a nuisance or …

Letter: Martin O’Malley is one to watch

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the Editor: Last Wednesday evening, Democrats associated with Iowa’s Drake University held a “mock” caucus to determine if caucus participants favored Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, or Martin O’Malley; 312 individuals attended. The results surprised everybody, and upset some. The caucus selected 10 delegates: 4 for O’Malley, 4 …

Letter: There’s no need for bobcat season

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: It is baffling that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission is proposing a season for hunting and trapping bobcats, seemingly only because the population has rebounded just enough that it “could sustain modest harvest.” So when an animal population begins to recover from being …

Letter: Here’s my take on the Republicans

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: After placing third with 23 percent of the vote, Marco Rubio is declared a winner by political pundits. Here, we have a candidate who wants to take back our country. Back to what? Another war? Another recession? Another unpopular administration? Continued accumulating deficits? Ex-governors Jeb …

Letter: Dump fees can be paid in cash

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: I would like to respond to Mr. Sadler and his letter on Hancock’s new dump rule. Had he bothered to read the whole article, he would have learned that we do accept cash for the fees at the dump. All one has to do is …