Editorial: Rep. O’Brien isn’t right for the job

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

State Rep. Bill O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) is not the right person to serve as speaker of the House. And there are numerous examples that serve to illustrate this point. What we know of O’Brien in the role of House speaker — he previously held the position from 2011 to 2012 — shows he is ill-equipped to deal fairly and equitably with people, that he shows little concern for transparency and … 0

Letter: Inclusivity is the answer

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To the editor: It was with great pleasure that my son and I attended the Education Equity Summit in Concord this past weekend. The event, cosponsored by ABLE NH, or Advocates Building Lasting Equality, and Granite State Organizing Project, sought to examine and compare equity in education for students who experience differences — disabilities, you’d say — and students of color. Both populations … 0

Letter: Outraged over high tax bill

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To the editor: In regard to the recent New Ipswich property tax bills, I hope that a lot more folks are finally as outraged as I’ve been for many years. I’m sure that there are many who are wondering why such a large increase. Juggle it any which way you want, but bottom line is we’re spending far too much and continually caving … 0

Letter: Troop 2 Boy Scouts say thanks

Friday, November 14, 2014

To the editor: The Boy Scouts of Troop 2 would like to thank the community for their donations to our “Scouting for Food” food drive that we held last week. These kind and generous donations helped supply the Antrim/Bennington food pantry, which will aid in feeding many families … 0

Viewpoint: How to conduct your own food drive

Friday, November 14, 2014

People often ask us this time of year how they can help out the Peterborough Food Pantry. My first thought is always this: “If you win megabucks, please write us a big check.” OK, so that’s wishful thinking … 0

Editorial: Take some time before reacting

Monday, November 17, 2014

One inarguable fact of human existence is that people are resistant to change. No matter how good an idea turns out to be in the end, there are invariably detractors when the concept is first pitched. Just think back to those who dismissed the rising new technology of … 0

Editorial: Stark contrast of success and sorrow

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There’s a fine line between success and sorrow. Many among us have only known one side of that line, relegated to winning or losing for their entire lives, with nary a dip or ascent to the other side. It’s a stark contrast. One might get the impression from … 0

viewpoint: Flunking ‘Downton Abbey’

Monday, November 3, 2014

If you happen to be a follower of the PBS TV series “Downton Abbey,” you are certainly not alone. When Sunday evenings roll around, millions of people disable their phones, brew a cup of tea, then settle into their sofas or recliners to be transported to the year … 0

Viewpoint: The many restrictions on execution in ancient law

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ancient Israel had a“Common Core,” the Torah or Five Books of Moses, often inaccurately called the Old Testament. Torah was the basis of both law and education with its emphasis on values and proper behavior. Moses emphasized the importance of educating children as early as circa 1,100 BCE. … 0

Letter: The Well School thanks community

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: On behalf of The Well School staff and parents, I would like to thank the police, emergency personal and PSNH employees who responded to the accident on Middle Hancock Road on Nov. 4. The accident happened on the northbound side of the road across from … 0

Letter: Thanks to voters, and Bedard

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: I thank all the voters of Bennington, Greenfield and Hancock for re-electing me to represent you in Concord. I thank my opponent, David Bedard, for running a good and clean campaign. Elections are, by their nature, partisan. I now go to represent all the people … 0

Letter: Trick-or-treat event was success

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: On behalf of TEAM Jaffrey, we’d like to express our gratitude to the 35 downtown businesses and organizations who welcomed over 300 families for Trick-or-Treat on the Town this Halloween! Welcoming shopkeepers and merchants generously distributed a variety of goodies to eager little ones in … 0

Letter: Join conversation on mental health

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: Everyone agrees that mental health services do not meet the critical needs of individuals and families coping with depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other mood and emotional disorders. National Alliance on Mental Illness — NH Chapter is holding a conversation to hear from … 0