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Opinion

Letter: Market Basket officials take note

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: An open letter to the recently elected management of Market Basket from a customer in Rindge: You were recently elected to replace someone that the board concluded was not maximizing the potential profit and growth of Market Basket. However, he ran a company with a solid base business and the hard-earned trust, respect and admiration of vendors, employees and customers. Not only is he banished from what … 0

Letter: Construction zone is disorganized

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: Who in the world has set up the crazy rows of cones and made it impossible for any vehicle bigger than a car or pickup to get around the group of cones on Union and Elm streets? No way emergency equipment can get through there. Get rid of the whole setup and start over with a little common sense, and … 0

Viewpoint: Give them shelter in Gaza City and beyond

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As I follow the headlines and minute-to-minute reporting re: the situation at the Israeli border with Gaza, I continue to ask this question: If Hamas has the wherewithal to construct elaborate tunnels that are 25 yards into the ground, why did they not construct underground shelters for the Gazans who now have to travel far and wide to hide inside U.N.-sponsored schools or … 0

Letter: Internet is a basic human right

Monday, July 7, 2014

To the editor: I believe that the Internet should be an egalitarian international global resource. It should be as ubiquitous as air. Internet access should be a basic human right. I know that infrastructure is required to provide such a service and someone needs to pay for it. … 0

Letter: Mystery dinner fundraiser was a success

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: The Greenfield Historical Society is very appreciative of the support from area residents for our first Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser. We sold out! It was a fun and entertaining evening for all. A big thank you to the cast and to all of the attendees. … 0

Viewpoint: Expressions of generosity aplenty at food pantry

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Peterborough Food Pantry has been a service organization in town since 1995. That’s a long time for a nonprofit. Lots of factors determine our success; things like reliable volunteers, providing good service, accessible space and, very importantly, … 0

Viewpoint: ‘The story is how we did it — with real bipartisanship’

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Last week, the state’s revenue numbers for June came in, giving us the budget picture for the whole fiscal year. The news was good: We are on track to finish the year on budget, with even a little room to spare. Since balanced budgets seem so far out … 0

Viewpoint: A look at driving factors in Middle East Muslim extremism

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

There is a radical Sunni militant movement in the Middle East that is providing the seeds for a regional sectarian war between the Shiites and the Sunnis. But to understand the total ramifications of this varying conflict over time, we must turn to history to understand the driving … 0

Editorial: Time running short for Old Town Hall

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sounds like New Ipswich voters will soon have a tough call to make. The town’s Select Board just gave the OK for one last white elephant sale in the Old Town Hall this year, even though an engineer’s report recommended the building be closed until the deteriorating foundation … 0

Viewpoint: Brandon Garabrant was a fine student

Monday, June 30, 2014

I first knew Brandon as a student in ConVal’s internship program. He was such a genuinely nice guy — personable, polite and very respectful. That counts a lot with me, and it served him well in his internship … 0

Letter: Another win for our ‘Granny D’

Monday, July 7, 2014

To the editor: Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig is calling a mayday on our democracy, a stress signal to all Americans to join him in the fight for campaign finance reform with his “Mayday PAC to end all Pacs.” Started in May and June of 2014 as an … 0

Letter: A look at the new education delivery

Monday, July 7, 2014

To the editor: Wanted: 1,000 students to enroll at Franklin Pierce University and Conval Regional School District. In last week’s Ledger-Transcript, the editor addressed the need for FPU to make some budget changes due to lack of enrollments, increasing costs and need to adjust staff. The editor signaled … 0

Letter: Let’s look at Enron again

Monday, July 7, 2014

To the editor: The name of President Obama’s appointment of Leslie Caldwell to head the Department of Justice criminal division, was the subject of a letter by Paul Moser to the editor in the paper of July 3. She must be quite a demon! Responsible for “the destruction … 0