Transparency Needed on Sig Sauer Weapon Exports

To the Editor: I am grateful to Arnie Alpert and John Lindsay-Poland for their recent OpEd* regarding the weapons exports into Mexico by Sig Sauer. In their piece they profile a number of Mexican civilians who have been the victims of corrupt law enforcement or illegal gangs and killed by Sig Sauer guns made in New Hampshire. Apparently, these weapons find their way into the hands of corrupt police, drug dealers and illegal paramilitary groups. As the State Representative from the ward in Portsmouth which includes the New Hampshire headquarters of Sig Sauer, I have had concerns about the business practices of this company for …

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Ewing, Condensed

To the Editor: [Note: We got another letter from Don Ewing. In an effort to avoid the usual tedium, and keep the peace with the 100 Proof Department, we’ve decided to try a new approach. We have summarized, as accurately as we could, the first nine paragraphs. In the spirit of fairness, we’ve given Don the last word by leaving his final paragraph untouched. – The Ed.] [An ungrounded 36-word assertion that Joe Biden wants to destroy jobs, lower incomes, raise the cost of living, and endanger personal safety.] [A gullible, 36-word repetion of Big Oil talking points.] [A 56-word expansion on the previous fiction.] …

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Taking a Longer View of Land Stewardship

President Biden has nominated Rep. Deb Haaland [D-N.M.] to be Secretary of the Interior. If she’s confirmed, that will be historic; Haaland would be the first Native American to serve in the Cabinet. Haaland is an enrolled citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, and refers to herself as a 35th-generation New Mexican. The Puebloans, she said in an address to the 2020 DNC convention, migrated to the Rio Grande valley in the late 1200s. Naturally, since Haaland is demonstrably not a white male Republican, there have been some objections. Senator Steve Daines [R-Mont.] released a statement saying, “After our conversation, I’m deeply concerned with the …

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Big, Bold, Bad Business—As Usual

The Republican Party has come under mounting criticism lately—not that there’s anything wrong with that. In some quarters, this phenomenon is seen as overdue. However late, though, and however modest, it should be viewed as a welcome correction after decades of willful blindness. This nation has always valued boldness, though. We would argue that the Party of Lincoln should be granted a little credit for that, if nothing else. In this fractious time, when calls for unity are coming from every quarter—well, from many quarters—surely many Americans will agree: right or wrong, when Donald Trump called out to the mob, “bring me the head of …

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