Letters

Why vilify drones vs. manned aircraft?

David Brooks has penned another clear and forthright story about the latest foolishness transpiring in Concord (Feb. 28: “Drone ban bill lifts off in NH”). Unfortunately, it serves to perpetuate the needless and artificial distinction between drones and manned aircraft. ...

Don’t fall for scheme to raise NH gas tax

In the past, you could tell when a politician was lying because his lips moved. Now, we need to add “his pen is working” to the definition. Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, wants to raise the gas tax to end the road and bridge crisis, saying the money would be earmarked ...

Chained CPI plan would hurt retirees

There’s a budget proposal on the table – the chained consumer price index – that would cut more than $623 million from Granite Staters’ Social Security and veterans’ cost of living adjustments over the next 10 years. The average Social Security ...

Letter about Israel lacking in history

Letter about Israellacking in history In rebuttal to a recent letter (Feb. 27: “Israel drives U.S. foreign policy”), does author Will Thomas know how Israel came to be? After years of pogroms and persecution, the United Nations in 1948 partitioned Palestine as a Jewish ...

Why is GOP against background checks?

We all know that access to guns is only part of the problem when it comes to gun violence, but that doesn’t mean we should do nothing. Making universal background checks law just makes sense, yet Republicans threaten to block this legislation, which only would make our country safer ...

MacLaughlin praised for ‘Parcel F’ work

I am writing in response to a recent article about “Parcel F” (Feb. 15: “‘Parcel F’ still breeding controversy / Former chairman of city’s Conservation Commission won’t return”). I have had the pleasure of working ...

Senators should back climate protection bill

The switch from coal to cleaner forms of energy can be accelerated not by further Environmental Protection Agency mandates, but by the passage of the recently introduced Climate Protection Act of 2013 (Feb. 25: “Power co. will stop burning coal, make pollution cuts as result of ...

Pundits were wrong on ‘cheap’ Iraq oil

Early into the Iraq war, pundits, politicians and analysts declared that one of the goals of the war was access to “cheap” oil. In fact, Iraqi oil production has plummeted with the predictable effect that world oil prices have soared, giving the U.S. access to reserves ...

Arming teachers not the best option

The New Hampshire Legislature is considering allowing teachers who have a permit to carry the right to take weapons into the schools. “(State Rep. Dan) Itse’s bill would allow school boards to ask voters if school employees who are licensed to carry a concealed gun should ...

Disabled children hurt by sequester

The sequester is coming. Something so dumb that Congress would never let it go into effect will soon be in effect. For reasons that have been pointed out in these pages, it is a bad idea. But having read the estimates of cuts that it would impose on New Hampshire, one struck me hardest ...

Mont Vernon board in need of write-in

On Tuesday, March 12, the residents of the Village of Mont Vernon will go to the polls to elect town officials. Due to an oversight, there is a need for a write-in vote for the Board of Cemetery Trustees. I was appointed by the selectmen as bookkeeper for the board during the past year. ...

Abortion waiting period is insulting to women

Government interference in personal, private medical decisions isn’t the New Hampshire way. There isn’t a single doctor’s office in our state big enough to fit 400 state representatives, yet the New Hampshire House of Representatives will take up Wednesday a ...

Israel drives U.S. foreign policy

After reading D. Moskowitz’s letter, “US shouldn’t send weapons to Egypt,” I was struck by its belligerent tone as he professes unconditional support for Israel’s government and its military. My view is that Israel’s government ...

Fear not the sequester

Everyone is hearing about the sequester scheduled to take effect March 1. This is a plan, proposed by the president in 2011, to begin reducing our government’s deficit. However, now the president is launching a media blitz to say that the proposed cuts will be a disaster for the ...

Up to Nashua voters to change BPW time

Up to city votersto change BPW time Unfortunately, the answer to the conclusion in a recent Telegraph editorial is a resounding “Yes!” (Feb. 20: “Do we really need to change the city charter in order to encourage a city board to schedule its meetings at a time ...

Ayotte looks out for taxpayers, generations

Isn’t $16 trillion enough? Congress and the president have shown that they can’t set a budget and limit federal spending to what we can afford. Instead, they keep adding more and more debt to future generations. Small businesses can’t run like this. Neither ...

Patience, Mr. President; let panel act

The Senate has appointed a bipartisan committee of some very strong members to address the immigration issue. They will be meeting soon to get going. President Obama, impatient as he always is on such issues, leaked out his plan for immigration and stated if they do not act promptly that he ...

US shouldn’t send weapons to Egypt

US shouldn’t send weapons to Egypt President Barack Obama is providing 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, which brings its total to 260; and 200 M1A1 Abrams tanks, bringing its total to 1,200. These arms are offensive weapons that could be used against Israel or resold to other Arab ...

Let voters decide BPW meeting time

Board of Public Works commissioners are elected at-large by the voters of Nashua. The commissioners receive a stipend and a travel allowance. These expenses are paid for with taxpayer dollars. The commissioners work for the voters of Nashua. It is appropriate for the voters to decide the ...

Free Staters didn’t pick the right state

I don’t know why the Free State Project chose New Hampshire as the state in which it would attempt to impose its radical agenda (Feb. 19: “Free Staters, others back for forum / 4-day annual event to discuss limited government, liberties”). Perhaps it was our ...