Ignored in Concord on Energy

To the Editor:

An awful lot of people are writing letters and buying commercial time to chastise U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., over her vote on expanded background checks. The first thing I thought was, “Where’s the outrage over what our state senators and representatives did to ignore our wishes right here?

Hundreds of voters and taxpayers packed the Statehouse in Concord in February in support of HB580, a moratorium on new energy facilities. The small handful of opponents were either nonresidents or those in a position to make money from these projects. This bill and every other one in the House regarding reining in corporations’ right to ruin our natural resources was tabled by the Science, Energy and Technology Committee — essentially doing nothing to protect our rights. Dozens of us drove to Concord again in March when there was a public hearing on SB99, another call for a moratorium, in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. After most of us left the room because they had moved on to another bill, the bill was revisited, amended (stripped) and voted on.

But it’s not dead yet. Please contact your state representatives and ask them to vote in favor of SB99. Let them know we’re disappointed in how our concerns for the energy future and preservation of our natural resources have been discounted thus far in the legislative session, but that they can find some redemption by doing the right thing now on SB99.

Cindy Kudlik


A Hazard on Hanover Sidewalks

To the Editor:

I wish the town of Hanover and Dartmouth College would actively discourage sidewalk cyclists. I’m not talking about small children just learning how to control their bikes, but agile young adults who breeze along, almost striking pedestrians as they zoom up silently from behind, or ride headlong into a crowd, passing within inches. I experience several near-collisions every day, and so must others. While I might only suffer bruises or a run-over foot from a collision, a frailer person could be knocked down and seriously injured.

I love to cycle and welcome the sight of so many on bikes. But, gee whiz, kids, act like grown-ups and use the streets! It’s not as if Wheelock Street is the Cross Bronx Expressway. And to help remind you, maybe the town could follow the lead of Middlebury, Vt., and stencil “no bikes” symbols on sidewalk curb ramps.

Rebecca Bailey

South Strafford

Exquisite Beauty of Ballet

To the Editor:

Once again, we were treated to exquisite beauty in the dancing, costuming and staging of a ballet by City Center Ballet Company. Its recent performance of Giselle at the Lebanon Opera House on May 4 and 5 was a gift to us all. It is incredible to think that these young dancers can achieve such sustained grace and excellence. The years of work they and their teachers put into this most ephemeral of arts, and the joy and focus of their dancing, are awe-inspiring. Thank you, City Center Ballet!

Grace Harde


Ayotte’s Position on Gun Checks

To the Editor:

With all due respect to our friend Roger McWilliams (“Keep the Pressure on Ayotte,” May 4), we strongly disagree with his comments. The senator’s main focus has been on voting to improve our current background system. She has made her position very clear. The senator has stated that “we have fallen down on prosecuting criminals and violators of our system of background checks.” Further, at her recent town hall meetings, she has presented detailed figures showing that the Justice Department has prosecuted fewer people for violating the existing background check system in recent years. Finally, why are we not hearing much debate or comment from the left regarding not only the enforcement of existing laws but tougher sentencing on crimes committed with guns? That is an area where common ground should be easy to find. Thank you, Sen. Ayotte!

Carole and Bob Webber

Haverhill Corner

Defensive Use of Firearms

To the Editor:

Charlie Buttrey’s letter of May 3 (“Firearms Don’t Save Lives”) was only one of many recent examples citing specious statistics derived from wildly unscientific and dishonest studies. Only a very small percentage of the defensive use of firearms results in shots being fired, and the majority of those don’t result in fatalities. Including only fatalities, whether through dishonesty or incompetence, eliminates almost all successful use from the statistics. There is also no recognition of the fact that the mere possibility of an armed response prevents many crimes of violence from ever happening. No rational person claims that he would rather assault an armed victim than an unarmed one. Buttrey may also be interested to know that private citizens are far less likely to shoot the wrong person than are the police; it’s much harder to tell who is the aggressor when you arrive in the middle or at the end of a fight, which is usually the case with the police.

Anthony Stimson


True-Believers in Political Realm

To the Editor:

Political correctness is a form of fundamentalism. Just like its relative, religious fundamentalism, political correctness believes it has the correct (and rigid) interpretation of reality and tries to impose it on everyone. With political correctness, politics and censorship are more important than truth.

John Alexander

West Lebanon