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

View from the river: Coping with family transitions

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I have been involved in a few major family transitions this past month. We greeted a granddaughter, born Aug. 26 to our middle daughter and her husband. A week later we took our oldest daughter, son-in-law and 7-month-old granddaughter to the airport, headed to Rwanda to live for … 0

Letter: R next to Emerson stands for Rindge

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: As an unaffiliated voter in Rindge, I have always enjoyed the ability to vote the person and not the party, especially in local elections. I have supported Susan Emerson often, because she understands that all politics are local, with credit to Tip O’Neill, and has … 0

Letter: I support Rep. Emerson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: Your editorial of Sept. 11, 2014, was well said. Civility is indeed needed in political discourse. Ironically, Larry Cleveland’s attack on Rep. Emerson was positioned directly below your statement of this position. Was this, in and of itself, an editorial statement? Was Mr. Cleveland’s foolish … 0

Letter: Let’s limit carbon pollution

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: It only makes sense to control the amount of carbon pollution that power plants produce. Many Americans believe these limits are already in place; they aren’t. We have safeguards in place to protect against arsenic, mercury and lead, it is past time to limit the … 0

Letter: Emerson works for the people

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: There was a letter published recently that I believe contained incorrect information regarding N.H. State Representative Susan Emerson no longer being a Republican. She is a Republican through and through. Even after the terrible way that her party has treated her in the last few … 0

Viewpoint: Open letter to Susan Emerson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dear Sue, Wow, what a letter, had many great qualities of political expressions. However, my instinct tells me that you had help with this. Camaraderie is great, but sad to say, it is obvious that certain people may be using you to their advantage — politically! I want … 0

Editorial: Let’s help farmers help themselves

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In his “History Of Peterborough, Book One,” George Abbot Morison wrote in 1954, “Farming in Peterborough was truly a way of life rather than a means of cash income.” When Morison wrote those words, he was looking back at 215 years of Peterborough history. Could he have looked … 0

Editorial: We expect healthy bipartisanship

Monday, September 15, 2014

We expect a lot of our state Legislators, and part of the expectation is that they will work well with others, even those who sit on opposite sides of the aisle up in Concord. New Hampshire is known for its moderate politics and much of that is down … 0

Viewpoint: Are Americans really war weary?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

This summer is the centennial of the outbreak of the Great War of 1914. What relevance does that have for the present and how have attitudes towards war changed since then? Let us begin with a question. Which modern nation is easiest to defeat in a war? According … 0

Letter: Black marks on Our Town

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: It should be a very busy two to three days — the 275th anniversary of Peterborough. It will be a camera enthusiast’s dream — bands, floats, food tents and crowds. Community is the theme of the celebration, and community service is in the spotlight. Peterborough … 0