Letters

Iraq war editorial missed Libya link

Interesting that your Sunday editorial (March 24: “An anniversary to forget”) goes back 10 years to Iraq, and you can’t remember Libya, which started on exactly the same day last year. Each have similarities. With perfect hindsight, we now know Iraq had no ...

NH safer without Stand Your Ground

Some ideas to consider as the New Hampshire House of Representatives votes on HB 135 this week, a bill that would repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law. We enjoy our Second Amendment right in New Hampshire with plenty of guns for hunting, sportsmanship and self-defense. So, ...

Lawmaker refuses to obey unconstitutional laws

Rep refuses to obeyunconstitutional laws Try to imagine our government passing a law that would make it a felony for anyone to publicly speak against a person’s right to keep and bear arms. If a law to stifle your free speech was enacted for any reason, what would you do? Throw ...

Liberty Act would send loud message

Liberty Act wouldsend loud message On March 13, by a vote of 337-15, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed HB 399, the New Hampshire Liberty Act. After another committee hearing and some reasonable amendments, the bill is on the House calendar for March 27. Nationally, New ...

NHA earns praise for Bronstein delay

NHA earns praisefor Bronstein delay This letter is being written by the leadership of the Nashua chapter of the Granite State Organizing Project on behalf of our membership reflecting our support of the 48 families of the Bronstein Apartments. Bronstein residents and the larger community ...

Mayor sends mixed messages on debt

We should applaud Mayor Donnalee Lozeau for co-chairing the New Hampshire chapter of Fix The Debt, but she should first lead by example. The Telegraph reported March 20 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would pick up the tab for overage in the budget – even though the ...

Not as optimistic on climate change

Thanks for Joshua Keating’s recent op-ed piece on theories that suggest nations will beat their swords into plowshares as climate change makes us pacifists ready to unite against our common enemy (March 17: “Could climate change unite enemies?”). Although the ...

An open question to county sheriffs

Colorado’s governor has signed into statute two bills that restrict the use of guns/arms in Colorado. But Weld County Sheriff John Cooke told the Greeley Tribune, his local newspaper, that he will not enforce what he believes are unconstitutional statutes. He now joins 340 other ...

An inspiring story about a UNH grad

Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, N.J. The city’s mayor who directed the city’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy is a University of New Hampshire graduate, Dawn Zimmer (Class of ’90). Dawn and her family moved to Hoboken and dreamed of building “the ideal ...

North Korea threat demands attention

Gen. Kang Pyo Yong of North Korea recently said, “When we shell, Washington, which is the stronghold of evils, will be engulfed in a sea of fire.” The North Korean National Defense Commission stated, “In the new phase of our century-long struggle against the ...

Re-elect Barnes to Merrimack post

It is my great pleasure to write in support of Shannon Barnes’ bid for re-election to the Merrimack School Board. These last three years, Shannon has proven herself to be a valuable member of the board. She comes to every meeting prepared and is diligent when performing the work ...

Expanded gambling isn’t worth the risk

A casino investment risk, New Hampshire? Are we not losing sight of the imbalance these revenue streams create? Is generating revenue and interest in our state through impulsive expenditures an intelligent pathway for us to support? How about giving credit to existing strongholds and ...

They must think that we’re all idiots

What has happened to the quality of our elected leaders? We have a governor whose budget is based on wishful thinking and bogus projected income from gambling. And at the federal level, we have a Congress and a president who not only can’t even come up with a budget, but use all ...

Use settlement funds to combat smoking

While it’s good news New Hampshire is slated to receive $17 million in extra money from the Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies, it’s unfortunate that the state views the money as a windfall instead of an opportunity to help smokers quit and prevent children ...

House should back private prison ban

This week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will consider HB 443, which would restrict the authority of the commissioner of corrections to contract with a private entity for the custody of state inmates. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted earlier this ...

Vote for Ortega for Merrimack board

I am writing to support Christopher Ortega for the position on the Merrimack School Board. Chris has served on the board for three years, the past year as chairman. He has served the interests of parents, the town, the schools and, most importantly, the students in an incredibly fair ...

White House tours wrong thing to cut

Perhaps if the president did not take lavish trips like the one to play golf with Tiger Woods, the White House could remain open for tours. Surely, this is not too much to ask to keep the people’s house open. Robert D. Ragsdale Nashua

Hassan ‘out of line’ with breakfast joke

Hassan ‘out of line’with breakfast joke On Friday morning, I attended the annual Wild Irish Breakfast in support of the great work done by the PLUS Co. As in the past, the room was filled with business people, politicians and community members who came together to support ...

Student exchanges a great experience

Student exchangesa great experience It’s great to hear the student exchange program continues in high schools (March 14: “Be our guests / French group visits area”). It is so important that young students interact with students of other cultures. It opens ...

Spending problem? Blame US tax code

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and the Republicans claim we have a spending problem but will not raise a dime in new revenue. Perhaps they do not understand that we have a spending problem in the tax code. When large, extremely profitable companies like General Electric and Apple pay little or no ...