Opinion

Letters: Setting things straight

Friday, March 20, 2015

To the editor: Yes, let’s set things straight. I don’t know how Mr. Doreski thinks my letter was a personal attack on him, but if you can’t take a rebuttal to your statements, then don’t write them in the newspaper. My letter was an attack on all the trust-funded liberal armchair woodsmen and women who want to take away the rights of the New Hampshire outdoorsmen and women. Mr. Doreski’s … 0

Letters: I knew a girl caught in a trap

Friday, March 27, 2015

To the editor: We’ve seen another letter about the favors done for wildlife by compassionate hunters and trappers, but I don’t think the writer listened while in science class. Animal life began 600 million years ago; mammals have been here for 200 million years, Adam and Eve didn’t appear until maybe 200,000 years ago and all that time the animals made it without … 0

Letters: Sustainable eating matters

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: Just in time for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee made it official: Consumption of animal products is not environmentally sustainable. Their conclusions match those of a massive 2010 United Nations report, which concluded that a global shift toward a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty … 0

Letters: On managing the bobcat problem

Thursday, April 9, 2015

To the editor: I am a hunter and fisherman, a lover of the great outdoors. I’ve been excited about the more frequent sightings of bobcats in Cheshire County. I personally believe the growth in the bobcat population is tied to the growth in the turkey population. I don’t … 0

Letter: Legislators lack heart, courage

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: Recently as I watched the New Hampshire House duct-tape together a budget, I was reminded of the Wizard of Oz major story line of no apparent heart, brain or courage. Chain-sawing away key elements of the existing bare granite social safety network is certainly heartless. … 0

Bridging the political divide: Political correctness: Appomattox at 150

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the country’s four devastating years of Civil War. There were other Union and Confederate armies still in the field and more … 0

Letters: Needed services are at risk

Friday, April 3, 2015

To the editor: New Hampshire, the seventh wealthiest state in the union, has slashed $53 million in funding for developmental disabilities services, including in home supports, which allow people to receive help to care for their loved ones at home instead of in a nursing home. Others will … 0

Viewpoint: A liberal viewpoint on big vs. small government

Monday, April 6, 2015

I probably have as many complaints about the federal government as anyone else, but my complaints aren’t all of one type. Sometimes I think government’s too big; sometimes I think it’s too small. Frequently I think it’s inefficient; occasionally I think it’s corrupt. Sometimes I think it’s gotten … 0

Viewpoint: Dangers of big government, how individual liberty is lost

Monday, April 6, 2015

Before the 20th century, a person in the U.S. existed just as a person — no papers, no Social Security number, free to move and work and pursue his happiness. How far we have come. Between 1935 and 1985, in seven incremental stages, we Americans became enumerated. It … 0

Letter: Global cooling? A letter in response

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To the editor: This letter is in response to Edward Surprenant concerning his letter about global warming. Glacial periods and interglacial periods occur in fairly regular repeated cycles. The timing is governed to a large degree by predictable cyclic changes in Earth’s orbit, which affect the amount of … 0

Letters: Fair taxation must be addressed

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: The budget battles across our towns and school districts are bruising. Slashing funding for social programs, education and infrastructure hurts our most vulnerable citizens, our children and our ability to thrive in the years ahead. Yet the struggle some of us face with rising property … 0

Editorial: Revenue sources come with strings

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The proposed state budget is rife with cuts that would reduce services across a wide swath of departments, as well as downshift responsibilities — fiscal and tangible — to the municipal level. We’ve heard this tolling bell before, under the Bill O’Brien Legislature, and those ominous peals are … 0

Letters: Water test kits to be available

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for your article on Tuesday on the importance of testing private wells for arsenic, and the program in Peterborough to make that testing very easy. The article did not mention that water testing kits will be available at the Peterborough Town House next … 0