Letters

CASA gives a voice to abused children

With spring around the corner (hopefully) and April designated as Child Abuse Awareness Month, I wanted to share the experience of being part of something that really impacts the life of a child and, frankly, my life as well. I am a CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, working on ...

Better alternative to raising gas tax

Fees to cover roadway costs should be based on the actual costs generated by the user. Currently, the taxes and fees on motor vehicles only cover 54 percent, with the rest coming from other sources. Vehicle mpg, type of fuel and fuel-tank capacity determine the amount of revenue generated ...

Ayotte seems willing to get something done

As a member of New Hampshire’s small-business community, I am constantly asking myself whether it’s the right time to make an investment, either in new equipment or in a new hire. But with our leaders in Washington lurching from one manufactured fiscal crisis to the next, ...

Death of C.E. Koop passing of a giant

I and those of us at the Nashua Prevention Coalition wish to commemorate and honor the recent passing of Dr. C.E. Koop. The former surgeon general was a mentor for many and the driving force for public health and the public good in the last 50 years. Putting personal belief and gain aside, ...

Teachers get bonus for just showing up?

I went to the Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District meeting and was amazed to learn that we pay teachers a bonus for good attendance in addition to merit increases. I do not question the value of education, for we all pay the price for ignorance. Nor do I question the value of a good ...

Sequester impact just fine for GOP

In his recent letter, Douglas Thomas is interested to blame President Barack Obama for the sequester by calling it his baby (March 11: “Obama mishandling sequestration cuts”). Funny: Doesn’t legislation originate in Congress before the president signs it? ...

Critics hyping impact of proposed gas tax

Yes, the gas tax will affect several areas of transportation and trickle-down costs, but like the sequester, will it really be a disaster or is it hype? Fifteen cents a gallon would amount to $3 or less to fill the tank of most automomiles. If a taxi filled up each day, an increase of 30 ...

Kennedy ignored much about Chavez

A television ad shows Joe Kennedy thanking the Venezuelan people and Hugo Chavez for their contributions to Citizens Energy. Only the people of Venezuela, the real contributors, should be thanked, not Chavez. Chavez, who died last week, had given away to Kennedy, Cuba and others the wealth of ...

Obama mishandling sequestration cuts

Let’s set the record straight on those who place the blame of sequestration on Wall Street for not paying its fair share and being the cause of all our economic problems. This is as far from the truth as you can get. First of all, the sequestration was President Barack ...

Gas tax increase won’t solve problem

If Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, is so sure that another gas tax hike will end the state’s road and bridge crisis, would he please detail how the current tax revenues are spent – I bet he won’t or can’t (March 3 guest commentary: “Gas tax ...

Better ways to fix oral health access

Better ways to fix oral health access I read with interest the recent guest commentary by Ellen Fineberg (March 3: “Bill needed to ease NH dental shortage”). Even with a top-ranked health system, New Hampshire residents face challenges when it comes to accessing oral ...

Gun column prompts a different conclusion

I read with interest the guest commentary by Kenneth Gorrell published in last week’s Sunday Telegraph (March 3: “Gun control advocates have wrong targets in their sights”). Using the information he provided, I come to a very different conclusion. Some of the ...

More to gas tax hike than meets the eye

I would like to commend your paper for printing the recent article about Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, trying to ram a significant gas tax increase down the throats of the residents of New Hampshire (March 5: “O’Brien: Troopers’ pay or roads / Ex-speaker would ...

Clean air settlement bodes well for state

Unhealthy air that makes its way into our state from dirty coal-fired power plants in the Midwest is a major reason states like New Hampshire continue to struggle with air pollution that threatens peoples’ lives and health. That’s why the American Lung Association applauds ...

Stop campaigning and start governing

Our nation is drowning in debt while our president is campaigning instead of governing. He is either incompetent or has no desire to govern. He should be bringing both houses of Congress together to work on reforms such as Social Security, Medicare and our tax code. Sen. Kelly Ayotte has been ...

Panel shows wisdom on stand-ground vote

In the increasingly polarized debate around what to do about gun violence, the New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee deserve recognition for its bipartisan approval of HB 135, an act amending the state’s “Stand Your Ground Law” (March ...

Vote for D’Angelo in Amherst election

We are supporting John D’Angelo for selectman because he would be a welcome addition to the Amherst Board of Selectmen. As a business consultant to many different types of industries and issues over the years, he brings an experienced eye to the business issues we face. John ...

Telegraph praised for a job well done

Dear editors, writers, reporters, staff: Here in my late 80s, having lived, worked in or toured most of the world, opting to settle here in Nashua, and subscribe to The Telegraph, was one of the better decisions I’ve ever made. It’s taken me decades to come to realize ...

Put resource officers in every NH school

I was relieved that others also believe arming teachers is not an appropriate response to the recent attack in Newton, Conn. (Feb. 24 editorial: “Classrooms are not the Wild West”) The best way to handle violence in schools is prevention. Students often hear about ...

Casino preferable to hike in gas tax

Joe, a family man, recently has been hired after being out of work for 14 months. He and his family were able to “get by” during that time, but it was a struggle to compromise on necessities and to not pay bills each month. Joe’s new job pays $16 an hour, ...