Viewpoint: Don’t gamble with their education

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A clan of private petitioners have proposed two warrant articles that will appear on the ConVal ballot. One would close Great Brook School. The other would potentially close elementary schools in the district. These petitioners, who desire to wreak havoc on the ConVal School District, have little regard for families or students who will in many cases be traveling on a bus upward of an hour and 15 minutes just … 0

Letters: Remembering Paul Hobbs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: I will never forget the first time a customer came into Hobbs Jewelers and asked me “How’s your dad?” Unfortunately I think I stuttered and stared at the man for minute, trying to figure out how this perfect stranger knew my father. And then it hit me. He meant Paul. That was the first of many times I would be … 0

Letter: Say yes to energy upgrades in voting

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: This year, the voters of Rindge will again be asked to approve an investment in the town’s energy-saving program. In the past three years investments made in upgrading town facilities have already almost fully paid for themselves. The details of those expenses and returns are contained in the Energy Commission section of the Town Report and include lighting changes, additional … 0

Letters: Leishman showed courage, judgment

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) criticized Rep. Peter Leishman (D-Peterborough) for voting with the majority of the Finance Committee “not to pass legislation to pay the towns $542,672 that Massachusetts owes them for its portion of flood control payments it didn’t pay in 2012,” according to … 0

Letters: Fish and Game supports torture

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: In this trapper’s paradise, the medieval method of cruelly ending an animal’s life by the method of trapping is encouraged by N.H. Fish and Game. Animals can’t grease politician’s hands. Too bad no action has been taken by our representatives, Peter Leishman and Ivy Vann, … 0

Letters: Stick to the basics in school budget

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: When I heard they were going to cut the Mascenic budget by $1.6 million, I thought “Yikes that is a big cut!” Then when I realized the last year’s budget was $17.8 million compared to the $19.3 million they wanted this year, it doesn’t sound … 0

Moments of Bliss: I’m building bridges over angst

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A friend of mine is fond of saying there are things worse than death. I often sight institutional care as one of them. Unfairly I suppose, but I find myself not a creature of community. I resonate with … 0

Viewpoint: Money is not the problem, management is

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In a recent piece in the Ledger-Transcript, a ConVal student suggested it’s time to make our school be judged superior to other comparable schools and we should no longer be labeled as mediocre. Or something to that effect. When my kids and my grandsons attended ConVal several years … 0

Viewpoint: Technology and children: Cultivating health alternatives

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

We have all heard of the numerous benefits and dangers of children’s use of digital media and technology. Electronic devices have enormous educational potential, kids can be closely connected to peers, teachers and parents alike, and entertainment of all forms is readily accessible. But there are drawbacks as … 0

Viewpoint: The New Hampshire ‘Sophie’s Choice’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

“Sophie’s Choice” is the 1982 film that brought Meryl Streep her first Academy Award for Best Actress. The movie tells the story of a woman forced to make an impossibly difficult choice, in a no-win situation. Many New Hampshire communities are facing their own “Sophie’s Choice”: Pay for … 0

Viewpoint: ConVal can be great or fine — we decide

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Last year, our district voted down the proposed school budget. Items were cut or trimmed until a heaping mass of $770,000 was disposed of. Without a doubt, our schools saw a profound impact — oftentimes it seemed as if we were considered to simply be some sort of … 0

thank you notes: Thanks to those who contributed

Thursday, February 12, 2015

To the editor: On Feb. 8, the Crotched Mountain Wild skated against the Boston Bruins Alumni to benefit Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center’s Accessible Recreation and Sports program (CMARS) at Saint Anselm College’s Sullivan Arena. The $32,000 raised supports accessible recreational activities for people of all abilities in this … 0

Viewpoint: Where are the neighborhood natives?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I have begun to notice something. Something that I feel concerned about. Perhaps, you have noticed it too. Where are the children in our communities? I rarely see them outside, riding bikes, climbing trees, running and playing tag. I drive through our small neighborhoods and everyone seems neatly … 0