Letters

Make debt ceiling part of ‘cliff’ deal

In the current negotiations to avoid going over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the crucial point concerns the debt ceiling. For if this is not addressed in the deal, no deal will be worth a penny in a few months. The U.S. debt ceiling limits the amount of money the ...

Feds should rename St. Francis Xavier

Everybody is familiar with the handsome landmark known as St. Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church along Chandler Street on French Hill in Nashua. Everybody, that is, except the federal bureaucrats at the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. To them, Feature 1915705 – located ...

Too many agencies receiving city funds

Earlier this year, The Telegraph published a news article about Nashua City Hall funding 25 social service agencies at a cost to taxpayers of about $250,000 per year. I was surprised and amazed. Having lived here since 1972, I was not able to name 25 social agencies. So I went to City Hall, ...

Obama critic picking on the wrong Rice

According to letter writer Elaine Nussbaum, Sens. Kelly Ayotte and John McCain “have a responsibility to peel back the false statements made by (Susan) Rice” (Dec. 7: “Ayotte should keep on questioning Rice”). Never mind that the CIA was the source of ...

Nashua 50 left out two school leaders

Upon reading your publication, Nashua 50, we realized that we are privileged to know many of those you have recognized. But the publication leaves out at least two public leaders. For more than 20 years, Superintendent of Schools Berard Masse led the Nashua School District through a time of ...

Religious expression at risk once again

The vocal minorities’ misled war on religion usually peaks at this time of year. Atheists and malcontents, who exhibit righteous indignation and proclaim harm by those pesky religious zealots, are once again cranking up their whining factor with Constitution-violation claims. ...

Help those suffering from mental illness

Imagine someone with a mental illness, such as schizophrenia or post-traumatic stress disorder. If this person were to commit a criminal act, should he or she be punished? Would imprisonment justify these acts rather than sending this person to a psychiatric unit for professional help? ...

Urge NH lawmakers to ban leghold traps

I am horrified by the unfortunate murder of Melissa Fogelson’s beloved canine, Andrew, who was killed by a Conibear trap set illegally by a licensed trapper last week in Auburn. I beg readers to imagine what they would feel if it was their dog or child trapped, and they had to ...

Debt ceiling process should be eliminated

The upcoming debt-ceiling debate is the latest manufactured crisis. Why shouldn’t we just eliminate the problem by abolishing the debt limit? Congress is constitutionally mandated to authorize all federal spending, but the debt ceiling authorization process only began during World ...

Quoted biblical verse wasn’t about taxes

If one looks at the context of the quote given by Nathaniel Brooks in a recent letter to the editor (Dec. 8: “Some long ago advice for today’s tax debate”), the subject is the relationship and responsibilities of servants to masters (Luke 12:42-48).   The quote ...

What was the point of parkway meeting?

I can’t help wondering why the city of Nashua had this supposedly information meeting Dec. 3 on the Broad Street Parkway (Dec. 4: “Update on plan is dealt with / Session on parkway still draws critics and interest.”) Nothing was presented to the public. No ...

Holidays a busy time for social workers

Holidays busy time for social workers Have you ever had someone influence your life so dramatically that you also wanted to help others? During the holiday season, social workers come out in full force to help people in need. As a social worker in training, I have witnessed how frequently ...

Some long ago advice for today’s tax debate

The current debate on whether to increase the tax rate on the very rich brings to mind the following statement from 2,000 years ago: From those to whom much has been given, much is required. (Luke 12:48, New Testament) Nathaniel Brooks Nashua

Hemingway needed to head state GOP

I am excited about Andrew Hemingway’s bid for chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. Andrew inspired me when I met him a couple years ago. He is kind and is energetic. He expressed his appreciation for the free market and limited government in our first meeting. The New ...

Ayotte should keep on questioning Rice

Since when does questioning U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about the Benghazi cover-up a demonization of her, as described by Bob Bettilyon in a recent letter to the editor (Dec. 5: “Ayotte should stop demonizing Rice.”) As members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sens. ...

Northern Pass no business of chamber

I was appalled and dismayed about The Telegraph’s Dec. 4 article, “Nashua Chamber behind Northern Pass” – not only for its content, but also for the audacity of the members of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce to make a public statement regarding ...

Tough to pay taxes if you don’t have job

While I’ve read a number of recent letters about who should pay more taxes, and at what tax rate, I’m left with an interesting observation. Businesses were allowed to reduce costs by offshoring American jobs, putting many Americans out of work. Folks are no longer able to ...

Santa Fund article hits close to home

I want to thank you for the Nov. 27 article, “Santa Fund in need of volunteer shoppers, donations.” As one of the many “working poor” noted in the article, my family and I have been on the receiving end of this generosity and know it can make a ...

Chambers criticized over Northern Pass

Two southern New Hampshire chambers of commerce have endorsed the proposed Northern Pass project, disregarding the protests of their fellow residents to the north, where the project would be most visible and have enormous environmental and economic consequences. The Manchester and Nashua ...

A refreshing plunge over the fiscal cliff

America, do not walk to the fiscal cliff, but run to it, take the plunge, and emerge in fresh waters, cleansed from much of stigma and greed of exploding deficit spending. Do not think of the expiration of the George W. Bush tax cuts as a tax increase, but for what it is – a return ...