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Viewpoint: Needed: 2,000 students for ConVal School District

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In 2003, I proposed building a new ConVal High School in Antrim to handle the exploding enrollment in the high school. We now know the ConVal district enrollment peaked about that time, while now we have lost almost one-third of that enrollment. In 2003, we had 278 teachers and a total enrollment of 3,128. Currently we have 254 teachers and 2,247 in enrollment. If we had the same student to … 0

Viewpoint: Talk about long-term care plans during the holidays

Thursday, November 20, 2014

As Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday time approaches, and families gather to celebrate the events of the past year, family discussions about the future are bound to come up. As a member of Monadnock at Home, I was recently reminded that holiday time is also a critical time to think about the future and discuss plans for long-term care. The sometimes disastrous consequences of … 0

Letter: Next two years could be brutal

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: I agree with your editorial of last Thursday. What a disappointment to be anticipating a return to petty party politics! If past behavior predicts future behavior, the next two years will be most embarrassing for New Hampshire, if Bill O’Brien is confirmed as Speaker. I really believe the good citizens of this state prefer compassion and justice for all — … 0

Editorial: Retail store owners mean business

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This weekend retailers across the country are competing for your dollars, including our downtown merchants and other locally owned stores. The Plaid Friday and Cider Monday campaigns, designed to win over shoppers for the independently owned shops the weekend after Thanksgiving, have been making strides in recent years. … 0

Viewpoint: ConVal Quest is making a difference

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

On behalf of the ConVal Quest Committee of the Peterborough Rotary Club, I’d like to thank the members of the ConVal School Board for their vote last week to join us in sponsoring the program for the coming year. ConVal Quest offers a sleep-away, outdoor educational camp to … 0

Letter: How to get to the public good

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

To the editor: I noted a theme that ran through the Nov. 13 article “Pipeline option causes concern”: Whatever happens, it should be for the public good. How reassuring. That would mean everyone is clear that we need to look beyond the short-sighted “we-have-a-high-and-growing-demand-for-natural-gas-and-electricity” view to a longer … 0

Letter: ConVal ‘theater’ is inadequate

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

To the editor: Congratulations to ConVal students, staff and volunteers on an outstanding performance of “Les Miserables.” The singing, casting, choreography, accompaniment, costumes, set design and whatever else I’ve forgotten, combined to provide an evening of inspiring, poignant entertainment, all for $5 at the senior admission rate. Now … 0

Viewpoint: Showing up, being present

Friday, November 14, 2014

I attended the Community Conversation on poverty at Bass Hall in Peterborough on Nov. 11. All present were interested in getting at the roots of poverty, while we recognize that “Band-Aids,” such as food pantries and emergency and transitional shelters, are necessary. A response to poverty at its … 0

Viewpoint: The time for action is now

Friday, November 14, 2014

What I came away with from the discussion on poverty at The Monadnock Center for History and Culture is that despite living in an affluent region, we have many individuals, couples and families who struggle with meeting the most basic needs. Most of these people are working families. … 0


Friday, November 14, 2014

At the conversation on poverty the evening of Nov. 11, most of the discussion centered on what is already being done to alleviate the results of poverty, hunger, homelessness and drugs by giving crisis support to those hanging on by a thread but unable to save money, establish … 0

Viewpoint: Poverty — Destiny or choice?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The recent Community Conversation on poverty held in Peterborough was a heartwarming and worthwhile event. Many community members in jobs and positions that interface with the poor segment in our community were speaking up, describing the situation and … 0

Editorial: The 2015 ‘In the Spirit of Giving’ campaign is on

Monday, November 24, 2014

Now in its fifth year, the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript’s “In the Spirit of Giving” campaign aims once again to help connect readers with local nonprofits in need. This year, we’re focusing on the people who are helped by their efforts. This holiday season leading up to the New Year, … 0

Letters: School Board has it wrong

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: The ConVal School Board may have voted against discussing consolidation for three years, but there are plenty of voters in the district who care about the financial impact of keeping underutilized buildings open, maintained, and heated using taxpayer funds. I also don’t agree with declarations … 0