Letters

Sale of Telegraph not that surprising

Perhaps the news about the decision to sell The Telegraph should come as no surprise to readers of the paper, who have watched and been well aware of its decline over the last decade. Journalism awards, e-content and other positive trends could not hide the fact that readership has fallen, ...

Raise fines to curb illegal tobacco sales

Regarding the selling of tobacco to underage persons (Jan. 2 editorial: “Clearing the air on youth smoking”), rather than increase the number of inspections per year, wouldn’t it be more cost effective and improve compliance if the fine was greatly ...

Don’t blame guns for atrocity in Conn.

As said by many before me, guns in this country are not the problem. They may be a symptom of the problem of shootings, they may exacerbate the extent of shootings, but, in and of themselves, guns do not hurt people. We live in a society of laws that protect the ownership of guns, as ...

Why not impose a violence-added tax?

For those in Hollywood who are proponents of redistributed wealth for the betterment of society, how about a different type of violence-added tax on both the purveyors and consumers of violent media to help fund the mental health care system? We put heavy tax on tobacco to discourage use; we ...

Let’s focus on guns, not privacy rights

Letter writer Don Simoneau suggest that too much privacy for mental health treatment is a giant loophole that needs to be closed to stop mass killings (Dec. 29: “Guns in Lanza house needed to be secure”). He is wrong. We should not sacrifice the rights of those suffering ...

Enough with hysteria on guns in America

This past weekend, I attended a gun show in Reading, Pa., which was similar to others I have attended in New Hampshire. There were hundreds of dealers, collectors and enthusiasts in attendance, along with a vast assortment of weapons on display and for sale, including the dreaded ...

State liquor contract cries out for review

I was astounded to read recently that the Law Warehouses liquor contract, which has been retained in the state for many years, has been awarded to a contractor outside the state – and, for that matter, outside the country. The award was made to a German company, which means that all ...

Second Amendment should be repealed

The school shooter in Newton, Conn., brought guns from home to massacre little kids after killing his mother with one from her private arsenal. The Second Amendment shares blame. There are enough guns in America to arm everyone, but gun ownership has declined in recent decades from about a ...

Tougher gun laws aren’t the answer

No question that guns may make committing a crime easier. But anyone who thinks tougher gun laws will stop or even lessen violent, horrible acts like the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., is dreaming. How many guns were used in the Oklahoma City bombing or on 9/11? The answer is none. If a person ...

Ridicule won’t stop those who would kill

After the shootings in Newtown, Conn., I wrote to my state representatives, urging them to push for stricter gun control legislation for New Hampshire. One of my representatives replied that the gun control laws worked fine in Connecticut because the shooter hadn’t been able to ...

Mandatory gun buy-back proven to be effective

The NRA’s evidence-deprived solution to the Newtown, Conn., killings that would turn schools into shooting galleries between the suicidal crazies and armed defenders is truly bizarre and perverse. As has been thoroughly demonstrated in Australia and elsewhere, only prevention of ...

Lawmakers shouldn’t be left defenseless

“We’re defenseless, come and kill us,” is the message that occupants of “gun-free” zones unwittingly broadcast to the frightening alternate universe where terrorists and mass murderers live and thrive. Mass killings are rare, premeditated, and ...

Individuals and gun culture to blame for shooting

On Dec. 23, Wayne Lesperance, in his commentary, wrote that Americans believe that what happened in Newtown is the product of an individual and not a gun culture. I take issue with that. It is a product of an individual AND a gun culture. To an angry or disturbed person, the availability of ...

Guns need to be secure

First off, my condolences to the grieving families of Newtown. In the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown, I was not at all surprised by the knee jerk reaction of the public, the press & politicians towards assault rifles, large capacity magazines and mental health issues. In my opinion, ...

Kerry turned his back

Now that President Obama has nominated Senator Kerry to be our Secretary of State, it might be well to remember the actions of a highly decorated veteran who, on return from Vietnam, threw his military ribbons away and turned his back on our great country. No matter how you feel about the ...

Wild West mentality

I just got finished watching the NRA press conference. It left me furious. Rather than blame the ease with which anyone can obtain an assault weapon without any background checks at gun shows they - predictably - blame the media. It is the NRA who has encouraged more and more gun owners. ...

NE grid operator needs to do more

There is much to applaud in the New England regional grid operator’s (ISO-NE’s) decision to defer the construction of $260 in transmission lines due to the energy efficiency investments in the region (The Telegraph, Dec. 18). But rather than simply acknowledge the existence ...

We need reasonable restrictions on guns

In a letter in the Dec. 19 Telegraph, “Primary focus should be on mental health,” Rep. Jordon Ulery of Hudson stated “The issue is not guns. Weapons of any kind are merely inanimate objects. The same day as Newtown, a deranged man in China stabbed 22 ...

Parents are responsible for children in public

Tonight I went to one of my favorite restaurants in Milford. At the table next to me were some couples and three or four of their young children. While the parents sat there talking, the older children were running around the restaurant and making a lot of noise to the point that the parents ...

NRA speaks nonsense

I could possibly understand the remarks of Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, if they were made immediately following the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting. It was a time when no one really knew what to say or now to say it. But after a week to ...