Opinion

Thank You Note: Two-day Phoenix program success

Friday, March 13, 2015

To the editor: On March 9 and March 10, 17 Conant High School students and four adults attended the two-day Phoenix Leadership Conference held at the United Church of Jaffrey. Expertly facilitated by Diane Fukuda of Microcatheter Components, attendees identified personal values and goals with strategies for achievement. Students and adults explored personal leadership skills such as value identification, positive mental attitude, responsibility and problem solving techniques. Many thanks to … 0

Letters: Smokers putting themselves at risk

Friday, March 13, 2015

To the editor: Many may not realize that this year the period from April 6 to April 10 is known as National Public Health Week. Each of these five days has an individual goal to be achieved, and as a whole, the week is intended to bring awareness to public health issues. There is a wide range of public health issues and some … 0

Letters: Hunting is not compassionate

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: I would like to thank Liz Thomas for her letter of March 12 regarding the “proud trapper.” Liz and I share the same belief of what “compassionate” means, which in no way matches the belief of the “proud trapper.” I will never attach the word compassionate to any trapper or hunter. To do so is putting a spin on something … 0

Letters: Justice system failed Potter

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Extreme disappointment, disheartened, and disgusted with our justice system. My young friend, Greg Potter, found guilty based on flimsy, circumstantial evidence and poor witnesses. Is this the new norm for New Hampshire justice? Actually, I feel that the newspapers tried and convicted him long before … 0

Letter: Apple Hill music is on the move

Thursday, March 5, 2015

To the editor: As the new President of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music I am delighted to share our latest news. After a three-week tour of the Middle East in November, with stops in Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and Jordan, the Apple Hill String Quartet has had … 0

Viewpoint: Republicans fighting to spur economic growth

Thursday, March 5, 2015

This session, Republicans and Democrats are proposing drastically different ideas that they believe would generate revenue for New Hampshire. Republicans are offering common sense business cuts that are long overdue, while Democrats want to raise your taxes. Although our state doesn’t have a sales or income tax, and … 0

Viewpoint: Fair taxation: Reforms to unleash economic potential

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Will across-the-board rate reductions in New Hampshire’s business profit and business enterprise taxes, and the consequent loss of tens of millions in state revenues, promote tax fairness and unleash New Hampshire’s economic potential? I think not. We are already ranked seventh best in the nation for our favorable … 0

Viewpoint: Democrats are just looking for ways to raise your taxes

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Here’s the thing about loopholes. When Democrats claims to have found a loophole in the tax code, hide your wallet. You can be sure they’ve just found another way to take your money. The last time we heard about closing loopholes was when then-Senator Maggie Hassan pushed through … 0

viewpoint: Has NH lost competitive edge?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

During the 1980s and 1990s, New Hampshire’s population grew about 1 percent a year, as many younger, well-educated workers moved here. Now, population growth has slowed to a trickle. According to the 2010 census, New Hampshire now has the fourth-highest median age, after Maine, Vermont and West Virginia. … 0

Viewpoint: ‘Happiness truly is a warm puppy’ — what therapy dogs can do

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

On one of my many trips to our local farm and garden supply store with my gentle Lab, Riley, we encountered a remarkable young woman who unknowingly set in motion a series of events with some amazing results. … 0

Letters: New realities for Mascenic families

Thursday, March 12, 2015

To the editor: In light of the results of our recent voting, I’d like to provide my response to the letter sent out by the Mascenic Education Association a week before the voting. I’d argue that this letter and other scare tactics like it are what led to … 0

Letters: Good ordinances, good neighbors

Thursday, March 12, 2015

To the editor: With apologies to Robert Frost, good ordinances make good neighbors. As a former member of Temple’s Planning Board, I am referring to a zoning amendment that failed on Tuesday. Any agriculture-related building in Temple is currently exempt from site plan review. The intent was to … 0

Viewpoint: What local, independent small businesses really need

Friday, March 13, 2015

We all know the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” As lawmakers in Concord consider proposals to cut business taxes, it’s worth keeping that saying in mind, especially as we evaluate claims that these cuts will help small businesses, or are needed to “keep New … 0