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

Letter: Consolidation, an opportunity?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

To the editor: ConVal’s declining student enrollment is not going to turn around soon, according to the convincing state demographic data compiled by Matt Craig on his blogspot: saveconvalcosts.blogspot.com. Given that reality, our building costs will continue to eat up more and more of the budget, unless we … 0

Finding a home: Where we’re at

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

During 2014, the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter assisted a total of 31 people. MATS offered a temporary home to 10 families, of which there were three couples and seven single mothers with one or more children. Within those … 0

Viewpoint: The many gifts of the season

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I still have a few personal thank you notes to write from Christmas. One of the big thank yous I want to give is to you, this generous community. Throughout the month of December we at The River Center have seen neighbors … 0

Viewpoint: A look back, a look ahead

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

As the New Year begins and we tackle our lists of resolutions, Congress also begins a new session — a good time to reflect on my first term representing New Hampshire’s Second District and share my own resolutions and goals for the future. When I was first elected … 0

Viewpoint: The rules of sexual behavior in ancient Rabbinic law

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sexual relations in ancient Israel was a very serious matter governed by strict customs, laws and decrees. The Torah, or Five Books of Moses, provided basic laws, which were interpreted through Rabbinic Law and applied in cultural practice. The primary obligation was for a man to attempt to … 0

Viewpoint: How soon we forget

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I’m sure everybody remembers the slogan “Drill, baby drill.” What was the significance of that slogan? To quote everybody: “To reduce our reliance on foreign oil.” In other words, we were hoping to develop our own natural resources for our own use. So, in the last few years … 0


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What I learned from the Northern Pass literature was to be careful with the use of words and terminology. When I started reading about the New Hampshire Power Line Alternative, the first thing I noticed was that in … 0

Viewpoint: David and Goliath: citizens versus Kinder Morgan

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A giant is poised to march through the towns along the southern border of New Hampshire, and its footprint would be deep and lasting. For some time now, Kinder Morgan and the Tennessee Pipeline Co. have been plotting ways to move natural gas from the fracking fields in … 0

Viewpoint: Eminent domain is the enemy

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Even at this age, I still remember with clarity the day I walked into our family home and found my mother so upset. She had just been told we had to pack up and move out of our home. My mom said we had no choice. Who could … 0

Viewpoint: ‘Demand doesn’t equal need’

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

We built our home in 1985 and over the years have acquired additional land. We try to be good stewards of the land, planting an orchard, keeping bees, and maintaining the remains of the Thomas & Towne Mill. … 0