Opinion

Letter: Peace in Israel, Gaza seems far off

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: To join the comments, letters about the Israel/Gaza disaster, I would like to say the following: The problem started in 1948 when the Israelis in some cases simply took houses from the Palestinian owners and occupants and told them to leave. There was much resentment, naturally. There were people in the U.N. refugee camps in Jordan still wearing their house keys on a chain around their necks, … 0

Letter: About Bass’ support of Brown

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: So Charlie Bass has endorsed Scott Brown. No surprise there. What is surprising, as quoted in the Keene Sentinel, is this: “Bass also cited Brown’s efforts to limit the scope of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. ‘We would have single-payer, European-style health care right now if it weren’t for [Brown].’” Charlie pretends not to know any Europeans, who … 0

Letter: Social Security program in Keene

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: Throughout human history all peoples faced the economic uncertainties of illness and unemployment, especially the elderly and disabled. In America, prior to 1935, persons facing economic hardships, needed to rely upon family members, charity, or went to the poor farm. Today social safety nets relieve the financial hardships that many of our elderly and disabled American citizens face. Social Security … 0

Letter: Appreciation is due to Candace Wharton and all

Monday, July 7, 2014

To the editor: The Trustees of the Old Meeting House of Francestown, Inc. send a special public thank you to Candace Wharton of Francestown, and to her music students, their parents and their other concertgoers. Candace, her husband, Richard, and her music students give an annual concert in … 0

Letter: Our thanks to Scouts, chamber

Monday, July 7, 2014

To the editor: Thank you Rindge Chamber of Commerce and Boy Scouts, Troop 308. On July 2, our celebration of Independence Day, on a late afternoon where we had weather just short of a hurricane, it was amazing to see all the dedicated workers, from volunteers to organizations … 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