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Opinion

Viewpoint: Putting the ‘grand’ in grandparenting

Friday, May 15, 2015

When I was first told I would be a grandmother, I must admit I had reservations. Grandparenting is for old people. Grandmothers wear their hair in a bun, wear sensible shoes that tie, and they have false teeth. I was not ready for that. I have since discovered the wonder of being a grandmother. Wow. I had two granddaughters born within seven months of each other last year. They are … 0

Letters: Pipelines don’t belong in wetlands

Friday, May 15, 2015

To the editor: Have you ever looked at the environmental footprint of a gas transmission line and an electrical transmission line in a wetland area? I hope all of the paper’s readers have seen the pictures that Kinder Morgan frequently publishes of a large gas line being installed. Ever wondered why you don’t see pictures of a pipeline installed in a wetland? Kinder … 1

Letters: Finding health care providers

Friday, May 15, 2015

To the editor: Lucy Nichols’ thoughtful letter of May 12 underscored the difficulty of selecting a new health care facility based on publicly available hospital performance data. Hospitals typically expend a great deal of energy ensuring that they perform well on required safety and quality measures. A major driver for this is the emergence of “pay for performance,” whereby revenue from government and … 0

Letters: “Eat Out” success

Friday, May 15, 2015

To the editor: Our heartfelt thanks to Rick and Diane’s Restaurant, Fiddlehead’s Café and Catering, The Common Place Eatery and The Hancock Inn for supporting The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center by participating in our “Eat Out for the Grapevine” event in March. By all measures, this … 0

Letters: Nonsensical Town Meeting format

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: One in 10 people on the checklist cast ballots on Tuesday last week in Peterborough elections. Then fewer than one in 25 showed up the next day for the open session of Town Meeting. The most oft-quoted explanations for the pitiful rate of participation are … 0

Viewpoint: What you should know about natural gas consumption

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Many of my constituents are worried about the Northeast Direct pipeline proposed to run through communities in Southern New Hampshire. They fear contamination of soil, air, and water damage to wells, property devaluation, and the risk of pipeline explosions. They resent the fact that there is evidence that … 1

Finding a home: A mother finding her way

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Because of financial difficulties, a current guest at the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter needed to come to our shelter. A young woman with a small son, she needed to stop depending on anyone else but herself — and MATS has provided her with that opportunity. When this mother … 0

Viewpoint: Remains: Remembering the Korean War

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The ceremony was formal, correct, and without emotion, as barren of feelings as the surrounding hills were of vegetation. The hard, stern face of the North Korean Peoples Army officer was locked in a grimace that manifested no feeling except displeasure for what was for him an onerous … 0

Editorial: Honoring fallen heroes’ stories

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Day began after the Civil War to honor the soldiers who fought on both sides of the battle. Today, we commemorate all veterans who have died during military service, and the events planned here in the Monadnock region are aplenty. Parades will line the streets with veterans … 0

Editorial: Let your voice be heard on high

Monday, May 18, 2015

Up, up and away! That was the theme of this year’s Children and the Arts Day festival. And just as it suggested, the event showed why our community is always soaring to new heights. “This is a day when you can literally dance in the streets!” shouted one … 0

Letters: Economic impact statement needed

Friday, May 15, 2015

To the editor: I am impressed and heartened at the excellent research on the pipeline presented in numerous letters to the editor, and I thank the Ledger-Transcript for its quality reporting on this crucial, emerging issue. I have not seen any hard data on the impact of the … 1

Letters: Let’s draw the line against pipeline

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: In the HBO series “John Adams,” George Washington says to Adams, “An attack on some of us is an attack on all of us.” Seems to me, the same is true here. It is heartening to see Sharon consider joining in the opposition to the … 1

Letters: Remember police and Memorial Day

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: Now is a wonderful time to honor our police and veterans. We personally wish to say “thank you” to these fine organizations for all they have done, for their continuing service and especially to those who have sacrificed their lives for our safety and freedom. … 0