, Derry, New Hampshire


January 24, 2013

Letters to the editor

Obama’s nominees are poor choices

To the editor:

President Obama’s recent picks of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense and John Kerry for secretary of state call into question Obama’s judgment and wisdom and his ability to lead this country.

Hagel opposed the successful troop surge in Iraq and he wants to prematurely pull troops out of Afghanistan. He believes in placating Communist Cuba and wants to negotiate with the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah. Hagel is committed to negotiating with Iran on its nuclear development program. He wants to make dramatic cuts to our military, which will weaken our national security posture. Hagel will be in lockstep with Obama and will continue the policies of appeasement.

John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War veteran with medals that Swift Boat commanders stated he did not deserve, will march to Obama’s tune of appeasement. Kerry, in congressional hearings, turned on his fellow Vietnam War veterans. He could be another apologist for the Obama administration.

As a former Navy enlisted man and officer I question the ability of the Obama/Hagel/Kerry threesome to lead this country from a position of strength in the world. I do not have confidence in the capabilities of these key individuals to promote our national security.

Donald A. Moskowitz


Shaheen provided help promptly

To the editor:

I recently had my first experience dealing with the Social Security office. I needed to change the address for an elderly cousin with Alzheimer’s disease for whom I serve as power of attorney.

Armed with all of my paperwork, I made three trips to the Manchester office, spent several hours, and then went home to wait the expected month for the change to be implemented. After allowing a couple of extra weeks, I followed up by telephone, left four messages, and received no return calls.

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