Letters

Tree lighting thank you

On Dec. 2, the town of Windham celebrated its annual tree lighting festivities. It was an incredible event, thanks to the many people, businesses, staff and organizations who contributed. Santa arrived by fire truck, there was a bon fire, cookies and hot chocolate, music, activities and ...

Bell ringers needed

This is an urgent plea for volunteers to aid the Salvation Army in staffing their holiday season kettles. The Salvation Army does so much good for families year round, but during this season the demand for food and toys for the less fortunate among us is at it’s greatest. For every kettle ...

Costly resignation

As others have done, I thank Bob Hallowell for his 10 years of service to Nashua through his membership on the Board of Education. I also wish to note that the special election to replace him is going to cost Nashua almost as much as the total he has been paid in 10 years as a Board of ...

Support is appreciated

The Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank all the groups and individuals that attended the 24th annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 3rd. The parade kicked off from Commons Shopping Plaza. This year’s parade theme was “A Whoville Christmas,” ...

Tax relief will not create new jobs

In the tax reform versions now proposed, the standard deduction for both single and married taxpayers doubles, while the personal exemption ($4,050 for every taxpayer and dependent) is eliminated. The child tax credit is increased by $600 per child. Most, but not all, tax rates are reduced. For ...

New Hampshire should not support latest tax plan

I think tax reform is warranted. But I have been increasingly alarmed at what is trying to be passed for reform. It is instead a tax bill that clearly benefits the very well-to-do. Why? Do not the rest of us need help? Trickle-down economics has been shown to not work. Indeed, CEOs have said ...

Continued tax increases hurt those on fixed incomes

Well, here we go again! Another round of tax increases for Nashua residents. We seem to have a mayor that caters to the city’s unions’ never ending cry for increasing wages, benefits and fat pensions. Wish I could belong to a union where I could get yearly raises. These tax hikes are ...

Laying a strong foundation

Opponents of Medicaid expansion invoke the value of personal responsibility to oppose government-sponsored healthcare. They say that it is the fault of the individual for lacking the ability to afford healthcare and that government programs such as Medicaid encourage dependency. Additionally, ...

Republican tax cut scam

I am a CPA with 40 years of experience as a financial manager for a variety of large and small high-tech companies. The Republican tax cut is a giant scam on the American middle class. Follows are some Republican claims. Claim: It will create jobs. I have never been with a company that hired ...

No sacrifice

The proposed New Hampshire Community Rights State Constitutional Amendment, CACR19, has faced criticisms that community rights don’t exist, and that upholding these rights blindly blocks development. I respectfully refute these assertions. The community’s right to local self-determination ...

Stop conning us

You can’t believe a word this president says. He conned American voters. It was obvious then as it is now. The Republican Party got behind him, pushed for him, voted for him, lied about Hillary and supports him to this day. There is so much wrong with this leadership. But, when a president ...

Rushing the tax bill

There is good reason the Republicans are rushing the tax legislation: It is a lie. The longer the public has to review it, the more it smells. First, it will cost the middle class. A very modest tax cut now is due to expire in a few years and middle class taxes will go up. The tax cut to the ...

Shame on them

This morning, I was astonished to read that in the settlement agreement reached with the city and its insurance carriers that the firm of Nixon, Vogelman, Barry, Slawsky & Simoneau is getting $738,000, or, more than 50 percent out of the $1.3 million settlement. In my mind, this is an ...

The ‘swamp’ is growing

Looks like Trump and his Republicans have decided not to drain the swamp after all! Nope, they’re just going to drain Medicaid and Medicare, oh, and your pension, too. Nothing like limiting contributions to the old 401k to help out the middle class! Check out the Republican tax “reform” ...

‘Sunset’ corporate cuts

The “middle-class tax cut” Christmas gift isn’t; it favors high-incomers. More than 90 percent of new U.S. wealth trickles up to the wealthiest – their taxes rise; hard to sympathize. An analysis of our president’s 2005 return indicates that he would have paid $31 million less tax ...

Terrible decision

Milford Public Works has done a terrible thing to the ecologically important and awe-inspiring Heron Pond. On the order of the Board of Selectmen, led by Chair Mark Fougere, staff breached the beaver dam that creates Heron Pond, lowering it by at least a foot-and-a-half, and putting at risk the ...

League has made impact

On behalf of the Nashua Public Library, I want to thank the League of Women Voters – Greater Nashua for presenting five candidate forums at the library this fall. Hundreds of citizens attended the forums. The recordings by e-TV and Access Nashua received more than 800 views on YouTube. What ...

Trump accomplishments

The media would like us all to believe that this is the worst presidency in history. Democrats and even some Republicans ARE working very hard to undermine. A friend told me yesterday, she believes Trump might end up in jail. And, one of my (Republican) sons said he can’t stand the sight or ...

Do the math

When one listens to the evening news and hears the pols playing fast and loose with numbers, it can understandably make one’s head swim. Stay with me, I promise that you can pass this math class. At this point in time, the proposed Republican tax plan promises a tax savings of $1,182 per year ...

Energy strategy

The Office of Strategic Initiatives is collecting public comments regarding our state’s 10-year energy strategy. Some say more natural gas is a way to reduce energy prices, but that approach ignores important risks. New investments in fossil fuel infrastructure are likely to become stranded ...