No ‘Live Free or Die’ here

To the Editor: I am a lifelong libertarian. I moved here 10 years ago partly because of your state motto and what it implied.

Unfortunately, New Hampshire has not lived up to expectations. I thought that if people anywhere would reject the idea that government has an answer to every problem, it would be here. Alas, politicians here are pretty much the same as everywhere I’ve lived (except Illinois, which was really corrupt). I thought that the libertarian movement would be a major political force. In my most delusional moments, I saw, someday, one or even two Libertarian senators.

Not here. Not now. People here resist freedom like people everywhere. Otherwise, why would they gather to select one of a bunch of politicians promising to do more for them?

Only one person in this primary season wants the government to do LESS in your life – Bill Weld. He has experience, is skilled at reducing government, and is libertarian to the extent that he believes in the Constitution’s promise of a smaller, less intrusive, less expensive government that does not need to rule the world with 800 military bases.

In other words, he hasn’t a chance on Tuesday.

Alan M. Perlman


Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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To the Editor: I was pleased to read in last week’s Union Leader that Gov. Chris Sununu, Sen. Jeb Bradley and advocates for seniors and the disabled are working to design legislation to create a protective order for vulnerable adults. These could be for individuals with dementia or a develop…

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

To the Editor: The New START nuclear arms control treaty is not new at all. In fact, it only took effect in 2011. And by this time next year it could be completely gone, leaving no functioning nuclear arms treaty between the US and Russia in its place.

Monday, February 17, 2020
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To the Editor: Net-metering allows retail electric customers to generate power from renewable sources and to send surplus energy into the grid. Producers are paid for that energy at a rate set by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) This is about half the retail rate, 8¢/kwh.

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To the Editor: If you believe, as I do, that EVERYONE has a right to live, then Donald J. Trump Sr. is your man. If you believe in a woman’s right to choose, however, then you might want to consider voting for one of the candidates who favor a woman’s right to decide whether or not to have a…

Sunday, February 16, 2020
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To the Editor: Recently I came across an article in the Union Leader written by Jason Schreiber regarding a New Hampshire couple who had allegedly abandoned their two dogs (a black Lab and Great Dane). They were left for an unknown amount of time with no food or water, which resulted in the …

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To the Editor: An English novelist, Henry Fielding, wrote in the mid 1700s, “What is vice today may be virtue, tomorrow.” In my time (late 1930s), I have witnessed Mr. Fielding’s comment as prophetic. Usury was illegal, but now legal reflected in credit card interest rates.

Saturday, February 15, 2020
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To the Editor: We support Pete Buttigieg for President and could not be more proud of his finish in the first-in-the-nation primary. As the Presidential race moves on to other states, we are focused on N.H. and the upcoming election for governor, in which we are thrilled to support Andru Volinsky.

Friday, February 14, 2020