Support local restaurants
I just wanted to bring this to your attention.
Our wonderful local restaurants are dying because of all the fear mongering about dining out.
My daughter went to a local restaurant the other day and she was the only customer there on a usual busy time. The employees are devastated. It makes no sense since supermarkets and Walmarts are open.
There seems to be a war against small businesses.
I was wondering if you could promote a dining out week in order to support our local restaurants. It is insane that these wonderful businesses are targeted.
Take down your political signs
To the editor:
As an independent (undeclared in New Hampshire) I have voted for Republicans and Democrats quite evenly over the decades starting in 1960, and I always voted for the individual candidates, not the party.
I was planning on looking back and analyzing former President Donald Trump's time in office and try to determine his legacy, but instead I decided to look forward to the future.
President Joe Biden has laid out his vision of unity, respect, harmony and compassion for our country, and hopefully people will do their part to help reunite us, because the soul of our country hangs in the balance.
The presidential election, including the aftermath, was incredibly caustic and violent in some situations.
Some ordinary citizens were overly zealous while campaigning for Trump and Biden. I noticed there was a huge amount of political campaign signage in my town and region.
Trump/Pence and Biden/Harris signs sprang up in the yards of many houses.
Unfortunately, many of these signs continue to exist long after the election and even after the inauguration.
There is no justification for people to continue with the signage of either party unless they want to foment divisiveness and discord in our country.
Take down your political signs for the good of our country.
A historic age for climate justice
To the editor:
After Joe Biden was officially sworn in as America's 46th president, he acted quickly to re-enter the nation into key legislation to fight climate change. This included the reentry of the United States into the Paris Climate Agreement and halting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
President Biden stated that "We're going to combat climate change in a way we have not before," while also warning, "They are just executive actions. They are important but we're going to need legislation for a lot of the things we're going to do."
Biden plans for the country to stop carbon emissions from the power sector of the economy by 2035 and then the full economy by 2050. To meet this goal serious legislation is needed and the bridge between parties needs to be open.
Before Biden was officially in office, many Republican members of Congress stated their concern over these climate goals hurting the economy.
But they fail to bring forth a plan that will both boost the economy and stop the dangers of climate change. If we are to continue on this planet we need to end party biases and focus on saving the environment before it's too late.
Biden administration off to a reassuring start
To the editor:
A strong measure of anticipation and well-earned relief for all good Americans came through on Wednesday, Jan. 20, as the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris Inauguration Day ceremonies went off seamlessly, from the proudly patriotic musical acts including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks, to the heavy hitter political figures all the way up to new Vice President Harris and speech headliner President Biden.
The 25,000 stationed National Guard members from Washington D.C and many of the surrounding states made the U.S. Capitol area look more like an outdoor war zone, even with the restricted crowd numbers, making for less “pomp and circumstance” than we’re used to seeing at this usually more raucous event.
And the many hundreds of thousands who would’ve been thronging the streets did the “virtual” thing, as we’ve all gotten used to, and viewed it the event on TV.
Biden took the oath of office at about 11:45 a.m. And he followed it with a 20 minute speech of great compassion and a call to unity, assuring all that he and his administration want to embrace everyone who didn’t vote for him as well as those who did.
He issued an urgent call for unity in the face of the problems the nation faces including the coronavirus (our “dark winter”), rampant unemployment, the white supremacist racial divide severely widened over the past four years, the worsening of climate change, and the rise of rampant media misinformation, among other mammoth challenges.
“On this January day, my whole soul is in this — bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation,” he said, “And I ask every American to join me in this cause.”
The new commander in chief stayed away from overtly criticizing or even naming his predecessor, as well as dwelling on the destruction wreaked inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6. This was an adult talking with kindness and empathy in his voice and manner, a stark difference from the juvenile presidential cacophony America has endured over the past four years.
Symbolically his most important words, which heralded to all the fact that we must move on from what had passed before, were spoken midway through the oration: “My fellow Americans, we have to be different than this. America has to be better than this. And, I believe America is better than this.”
All of us hope that he’s right. The red and blue factions have to find common ground in order for the comeback to begin and the nation’s many adversities get resolved. The administration got a huge break with both Georgia January Senate elections going to the Democrat candidates; Biden won’t be hamstrung by Congress for at least the next two years.
And the president followed up his sober speech and drive to the White House with wife Jill and entourage by hitting the ground running with an unprecedented amount of action. He signed no fewer than 17 executive orders on Wednesday night after intoning “there’s no time to waste,” beginning what will be a term-long effort to undo the damage both domestic and international wreaked by Trump.
The epic signings included reversing environmental standards rollbacks on emission control and other natural safeguards, as well as ending the Keystone XL oil pipeline; rejoining the World Health Organization as well as the Paris Climate Accord; scrapping the Mexican border wall project; stopping the deportation of immigrant children; and instituting a COVID-19 mask mandate on all federal property, among many other progressive initiatives.
So, in the space of one day, Americans have seen how much positivity can be effected by our votes last Nov. 3.
Executive orders are relatively easy, though. The next four years promises to be more of a taffy pull for both sides of the aisle, much of it depending on how much the present GOP really wants to disassociate itself from the turmoil Trump caused throughout the party and open their minds to the Democrats.
But the Biden administration got off to a fantastic start, with a safe inaugural event followed by the nighttime flurry of executive actions.
The FBI, National Guard and the rest of our defensive security did incredible work in the days leading up to the Inauguration, and strong congratulations are in order for their successful efforts.
William F. Klessens