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April 21, 2013

Your view: Letters to the editor

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If Republicans, Democrats, and independents want more than an “adequate” education for New Hampshire students and demand an “excellent” education for everyone, they can start with supporting local school budgets and fund state education programs as well. Research shows that class size matters in student achievement. Reducing class sizes in crowded schools and districts is a good place to start!

Dolores Stoklosa

Londonderry

Senators ignore public on background checks

To the editor:

Background checks help keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Background checks help keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Background checks help keep guns out of the hands of angry people who are under a restraining order. Background checks help save the lives of innocent men, women and children. Background checks help keep guns in the hands of responsible, rational people — the “good guys.” Some 90 percent of the people in America want expanded background checks on gun purchases.

The senators who voted against the Toomey-Manchin compromise in the U.S. Senate which would have done just that — including our own Kelly Ayotte, the only “no” vote in New England — do not care about gun safety and are not representing the people. They have bowed to the will of the National Rifle Association, gun manufacturers and gun sellers.

The best way to reduce the NRA’s out of control power will be to vote out of office as many of its cowering subjects as possible so that reason and common sense will prevail once again.

We have a right to live in safety and without fear in our daily lives.

Cynthia Muse

Rye

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