Letters

Welfare drug claim short on the facts

Rep. Jeanine Notter, R-Merrimack, is quoted in Wednesday’s Telegraph as saying: “There are a lot of people who are using that TANF money to buy drugs.” (Jan. 23: “Mixed day for welfare drug tests”). Did Notter provide a source for the numbers ...

Constitution clear on gun ownership

Regarding gun control debate, what is to debate? The U.S. Constitution, which President Barack Obama swore to uphold Monday, clearly states that the right of a citizen to bear arms shall not be infringed. The Constitution mentions other rights, but the right to education is not one of them. ...

Mayor exhibiting fiscal irresponsibility

Again, Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau is demonstrating a lack of fiscal responsibility. She wants Crown Street property for a park-and-ride lot at a potential rail station in the city, which the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority might manage if rail service ever were developed. Successful ...

Don’t let Congress cut Social Security

Currently on the table in negotiations in Washington, D.C., is a decrease in how they calculate cost of living adjustments for Social Security and Social Security disability that would do great harm to retired, elderly and disabled people. Call the White House and your elected officials at ...

Education tax credits won’t help the poor

Charles Arlinghaus, executive director of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy Studies, is quoted in a recent Telegraph story as saying: “The plain and simple reality is that the rich already have school choice while poor parents do not. This program seeks to change ...

Vote Pam Brown in Ward 4 election

I am writing to endorse Pam Brown in the Feb. 19 special election for state representative in Nashua Ward 4. I have seen Pam’s strong leadership skills while working with her on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, and her dedication, sense of humor and patience ...

Hagel, Kerry picks weak – like Obama

President Barack Obama’s recent picks for Secretary of Defense (Chuck Hagel) and Secretary of State (John Kerry) call into question Obama’s judgment, wisdom and his ability to lead this country. Hagel opposed the successful troop surge in Iraq, and he wants to prematurely ...

A winning approach for tough-to-reach kids

The guest commentary in The Telegraph the other day offers the best approach to addressing the problem of mass killings that I have heard to date (Jan. 18: “New Hampshire film reaches out to tough-to-reach kids”). The implementation of “Positive Behavioral ...

NH police gun raffle hard to comprehend

The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police is holding a raffle that will award one gun on each and every day in May. The first prize of this raffle is a Ruger SR-556 semiautomatic carbine with a 30-round magazine. So, thanks to the chiefs of police, by the end of May, 30 more guns ...

NH should invest in hemp industry

During the holidays, I noticed a trend while shopping; many products I came across were made of hemp. A friend bought a jacket made of hemp, and I bought a hat and body lotion made of hemp and hemp extract. Having worked in the stock-market environment for 12 years, I have a habit of ...

Science Cafe off to a great start

Nashua Science Cafe off to a great start On behalf of Science Cafe New Hampshire, I would like to thank the residents of Nashua and surrounding communities for their enthusiastic participation this week. (Jan. 17: “1st science cafe draws full house / Venue’s shift to ...

Gun control now in Congress’ hands

Government representatives: The next time you wash your hands, think about all the blood people had to wash off their hands. As a first responder, I know blood doesn’t just wash off. Oh, you think that it’s gone; your hands have been washing for some time. The water ...

Congress doesn’t deserve pay raise

In December, the president signed an executive order that would authorize a salary increase for Congress; this, after criticizing members for not doing their job. I’m not sure why the president thinks they deserve one, but I fully support Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s efforts to stop ...

Traffic death data hard to interpret

New Hampshire officials blame a longer motorcycle season for more road deaths in 2012. Possibly, but let’s see the specifics and a number of possibilities might arise (Dec. 31: “Cause cited for more road deaths / NH officials blame longer motorcycle season in ...

Get ready for more blocked sidewalks

It is going to snow again, and the sidewalks will become unpassable again. In the inner city, there are many who have to walk to get places, including the elderly and those without cars. Yet the city does not help us to walk safely. Sooner or later, someone will get hit. I think our safety ...

Paper should follow its own letter policy

The Opinion pages are one of my favorite parts of The Telegraph. I truly enjoy the diverse opinions of my neighbors, many of whom I vehemently disagree with, because it helps me to understand my state better and offers insight into what other folks are truly thinking. Every once in a while, ...

Vote van Twuyver in special election

I am writing to endorse my fellow Nashua Board of Education member Elizabeth van Twuyver for election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Since her election to the school board, she has shown fairness, diligence and integrity in finding nonpartisan solutions to difficult ...

Video games, movies part of the problem

This is a definite problem that needs to be faced straight out without any hesitation. Why is no one mentioning the video games and movies (big money makers) filled with violence, guns, etc., that definitely desensitize our young? Not many miles from here, teens had to experience what it ...

True American hero deserves recognition

I am trying to get retired Air Force Col. Donald W. Stewart, who lives in Nashua, recognized locally for his service in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Col. Stewart flew 112 combat missions in the F-86 during the Korean War. He flew 131 combat missions in the Vietnam War. Col. Stewart was ...

Education hampers gun control debate

With the gun issue back on the table, which happens after every tragedy, it occurs to me that what seems to be missing for most people supporting gun control is education. What is lacking is an understanding of our Constitution, why and how it came about, what did the Founding Fathers want to ...