Opinion

What to ask the candidates: What’s going to happen with Social Security?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A group of us here in the Monadnock region have some questions for our presidential candidates we think are important to share with our neighbors before we vote in November. What follows is an expanded question about the future of Social Security and some of the background that’s relevant as context: How, specifically, would you stop the federal government’s confiscation of our retirement savings in Social Security, which we are forced to participate in, which is then routinely diverted into the general fund? Better yet, would you advocate for a Chilean-style private system, which has been so successful for decades? If not, why? Recent headlines …

Viewpoints: Bipartisan progress on heroin and opioid crisis

Friday, January 29, 2016

As people across New Hampshire know painfully well, the heroin and opioid crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing our state. No matter how often we repeat the statistic, the fact that more than 400 Granite Staters died from a drug overdose in 2015 is no less staggering or …

Letters: A barbaric bobcat lottery

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: Special thanks to the Ledger-Transcript staff for its comprehensive review of all things related to the well being of New Hampshire’s bobcats. Though I gained insights from the firsthand accounts of a trapper and Fish and Game, I am most grateful to Eric Aldrich’s informative contributions, which delicately locate the issue of the bobcat within the Fish and Game Commission’s …

Letter: Your ticket will be punched

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: Maybe your country is different from the country I would like to leave my children — one where the environment is important, one where the future is considered further out than the next quarter’s P and L statement. So maybe you think Trump is the …

Letter: Letter to primary candidates

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: The frenzied pace of the “First in the Nation” presidential primary is at its peak. Whether it is the crowded Republican field or the smaller Democratic field, the citizens of New Hampshire are being treated to up-close and personal encounters with all of the presidential …

Viewpoint: Freedom of expression on college campuses

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The frenzied pace of the “First in the Nation” presidential primary is almost at its peak. Whether it is the crowded Republican field or the more moderate Democratic field, the citizens of New Hampshire are being treated to …

Letters: Do your homework on wind energy

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: In the Ledger-Transcript of Jan. 19, meteorologist Fred Ward issued a warning about wind energy. He pointed out that, when the wind is strong in any one part of New Hampshire, it’s likely to be strong everywhere in New England. How could the grid handle …

Letters: Regarding Trump’s supporters

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: I couldn’t agree more with George Duncan’s article [Ledger-Transcript, Jan. 14], where he writes that this is no longer about Trump, this is about Trump’s supporters. Trump has been very clear about who he is as a person: He’s a real estate/casino magnate — and …

Letters: A suggestion for New Ipswich

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: My grandmother is 84 years old and she owns a small portion land on the southern part of the Souhegan River in New Ipswich. She has lived there for over 35 years. Her husband passed in 2012; he was in the Army. I feel that …

Letters: MCH gets even healthier

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: I was excited to learn that Monadnock Community Hospital signed a letter of intent to explore an affiliation with Catholic Medical Center. MCH has enjoyed a long association with CMC as the referral source for many specialty procedures. I was grateful to take a ride …

Letters: A Canadian’s two cents

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: Canada’s two excellent national newspapers cover our elections, often well as the American press. This came from one of my Canadian friends, who reads all the reports about the American politicians: “Ted Cruz mostly makes news here in Canada because he was born here and …

Letters: International support for Bernie

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

To the editor: Bernie came to Peterborough. When I went to hear him I was greeted by a friendly person who has come from Sweden to volunteer for Bernie for two months! Her name is Bella Roscher. She works as a senior manager for climate and energy at the World …

Letters: Lower energy costs a must

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

To the editor: Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. is a family owned and operated business in Bennington, with nearly 200 years of papermaking experience. We employ over 230 people. The paper manufacturing process is energy intensive, and our company is very sensitive to the high cost of electricity in …