Letters

Casino means jobs for New Hampshire

As the House of Representatives considers SB 152, the bill to bring casino gaming to New Hampshire, it’s important for us to reflect upon exactly what is at stake. The bottom line is this bill is the only proposal before our Legislature that would create a significant number of ...

Chained CPI would hurt disabled, too

The Telegraph has published a couple of letter recently about the “chained” consumer price index hurting retirees. One was written by Kelly Clark, state director of AARP New Hampshire, on March 5 (“Chained CPI plan would hurt retirees”), and another ...

Equal benefits? Yes; Gay marriage? No

I think many gays choose to marry to receive the same benefits offered to other married couples. And I believe it is right for gay couples to receive the same benefits. There are two ways these benefits could be provided. One is for gay couples to marry. The other is to legislate the same ...

NH budget should be statement of priorities

When you have a hole in your roof, do you repair it? Replace it? Or let it go? If you let it go, there is danger of mold and rot, and the value of your home is decreased. It is the same with the state budget. A budget is a statement of our values, priorities and vision for the future. The ...

Why did AG’s office bypass ethics panel?

Earlier this year, a judge and a police chief filed complaints with the attorney general, requesting that an investigation be made into the conduct of Executive Councilor Chris Sununu. According to the complaints, Sununu had made direct and intentional contact with the judge, using his ...

Merrimack lawmaker to back casino bill

Every lawmaker upon election promises to serve the will of the people and work in their best interests. I’m hoping my fellow lawmakers in Concord keep that promise with the gambling debate. There is a plan on the table right now that would create thousands of jobs, create a nontax ...

Sane gun control not a contradiction

This is an open letter to anyone who currently represents me at the local, state or national level – or may be thinking of trying to do so. I vote, and I donate to campaigns. I am not opposed to sane, law-abiding citizens owning firearms. I do support universal background checks ...

Some helpful hints to welcome spring

Here are some things for your readers to keep in mind as we all enjoy the warmer days and signs of spring: Don’t feel driven to rake up all the leaves and garden just yet. If possible, let it go until the middle of May. Birds returning from the South need the insects found in all ...

Rand Paul distorts civil rights history

At Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s recent speech at the historically black college Howard University, he reminded his audience that Jim Crow and the horrible racism in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s was “all Democrats.” This is a popular distortion of the historical ...

Ayotte commentary hypocrisy at its best

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s recent guest commentary (March 31: “Hard to shoot down ‘missile to nowhere’”) is the height of hypocrisy. She laments that “preventing members of the ‘world’s greatest deliberative ...

Background checks part of the solution

My wife and I are returned Peace Corps volunteers (Ghana 1969-72). Before we could join the Peace Corps, we underwent an extensive FBI background check, as well as an interview with a psychologist. Remember, this was more than 40 years ago. Should we expect anything less of those who want ...

Arming teachers a logical response

For those of you opposed to teachers carrying guns in schools, I’d like to ask the following question: If you were ever involved in a mass shooting perpetrated by a madman, would you call the police? If you answered “yes” to that question, what do you expect ...

Lawyer takes issue with Medicaid column

Lawyer takes issuewith Medicaid piece John Bachman appears ignorant of Medicaid laws and trusts. In his column (April 7: “NH should blow whistle on Medicaid trust-fund scam”), Bachman states that people put “cash, cars, your home, investments, 401(k), IRA, ...

Why all the fuss over Free Staters?

Why all the fussover Free Staters? “They’re not welcome.” “They’re compromising our way of life.” And so on. I’ve read these words in the news recently regarding Free Staters, as well as listened to a discussion on NHPR ...

NH should adopt safe road practices

To have safe roads, we should follow the best practices as defined in the Highway Safety Information System database and build them that way. This is required to qualify for federal funding, but the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and most of our towns are still using the outdated ...

Kudos to Moriarty for seeking apology

Finally, at long last, someone at the City Hall horseshoe had the audacity, courage and moral principles to speak up. More than speak, Ward 9 Alderman Daniel Moriarty addressed the two offenders by name – President Brian McCarthy and Ward 3 Alderman Diane Sheehan – and ...

President’s budget a record-breaker

Believe it or not, there are laws that cover the federal budgeting process. The 1921 Budget and Accounting Act says the president shall submit his budget proposal no later than the first Monday in February, which this year was Feb. 4. This submission should start the congressional budgeting ...

Drones objectionable on so many levels

On April 9, letter writer Darren Garnick expressed enthusiastic support for military drones (“Proud that drones are made in NH”). The use of drones is very problematic. Drones are armed with missiles that include fragmentation (shrapnel) to increase effectiveness. This ...

Senate should back ‘stand-ground’ repeal

A massive misinformation campaign is being waged by forces outside New Hampshire to distort our representative democracy. Know the facts about HB 135 and then contact your local senator to urge him or her to vote in favor of this common-sense law. HB 135 rolls back dangerous and ...

It’s not unconstitutional until it’s challenged

Justice Antonin Scalia asked, “When did it become unconstitutional not to recognize gay marriage?” Well, when did it become unconstitutional not to recognize interracial marriage? Was it 1967 with the Loving v. Virginia ruling? If so, does that mean it was constitutional ...