Opinion

Editorial: Reduce, reuse, recycle — reality

Monday, August 18, 2014

It’s hard to fault Peterborough Recycling Center Manager Scott Bradford and his staff for wanting to find ways to reuse material that residents bring in to throw away. The center’s metal and lumber piles can be a treasure trove for those with imagination and the willingness to sift through the junk. But when the Recycling Center staff pulls aside items and saves them for a specific person — even for … 0

Viewpoints: Scouting trip to Curacao changed my life

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The adventure is over, but the memories are sure to last a lifetime! My participation in the 15th Caribbean Jamboree in Curacao this summer was absolutely amazing. Let me start at the beginning. As one of 15 Boy Scouts representing the United States, I had an opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange … 0

Letter: Re: “Man rescues dog from a canal”

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: If Mr. Michael Boyd was in control of his dog as per a town ordinance he wouldn’t have put himself or his dog in danger. The ordinance says he is supposed to have control of his dog and, in the article, he states he took all three of their leashes and they were running at large where he didn’t have … 0

Letter: On health clinic buffer zones

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: Recently the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law that provided for a buffer zone around women’s health clinics. In the last session of the New Hampshire Legislature, we passed a bill that was similar in many ways. The result of the Supreme Court … 0

Letter: Score one for Yankee ingenuity

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: Often we hear the stories of government projects gone awry, multiplying time and dollars to the taxpayers of New Hampshire. This is a different kind of story. A story of good old Yankee ingenuity, something we don’t see much of in an era of big … 0

Editor: ‘The powerful play goes on’

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robin Williams touched millions of lives around the world, including at least one Peterborough resident — perhaps more — who appeared as an extra in “Jumanji,” which was filmed in Keene in the mid-1990s. But even if you never shared a set with the famed actor, it’s likely … 0

Letter: Traditions are what we’re about

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Suzy Mansfield’s “Let’s talk about those finds at the Recycling Center” hopefully stirs everyone who cares about our weekly trips to the prettiest recycling center in the state. Scott Bradford and his crew have transformed a chore into an experience we look forward to. We even bring visitors … 0

Letter: Reading program drew 196 people

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the editor: Our “Spark a Reaction” six-week summer reading program concluded Aug. 1. Highlights included the Science of Chocolate, learning about and studying real spiders from the library’s backyard, geometric origami, Lego robotics, Lindsay’s Puppet Pals, reading with Toven the therapy dog, family storytimes and science crafts, … 0

Viewpoint: Breaking out of in-the-box thinking

Friday, August 8, 2014

As a former business person before I started working at ConVal High School in 1997, I sometimes ask, “In education, who is our customer?” A friend noted that she wasn’t sure what the answer was, but she was eager to see how her family would answer the question. … 0

Viewpoint: Same old approach isn’t working

Friday, August 8, 2014

“By changing nothing, nothing changes.” — Tony Robbins Since its inception, public school education has always been very slow to change. And in the ConVal region, this continues to be as true today as it was several years ago when the first voices were heard regarding the changes … 0

Viewpoint: Getting beyond the technology

Friday, August 8, 2014

Our public education system is seriously flawed. These flaws mirror the systemic, interconnected issues found within today’s society. Though I have advocated for children for nearly two decades, I am now viewing our school system with the eyes of a parent; I am deeply troubled. The dependency on … 0

Viewpoint: STEM and the arts belong in holistic curriculum

Friday, August 8, 2014

STEM education — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — currently enjoys widespread recognition as a vitally important part of academic curriculum for today’s students. But at times the voices of enthusiasm for STEM disciplines drown out the advocates … 0

Viewpoint: The real cost of online education

Friday, August 8, 2014

Imagine this picture. You are sitting in front of your computer, in comfortable clothes (maybe even a bathrobe — the soft, fuzzy one), slippers, with a cup of tea or coffee next to you. It is snowing outside, the roads are miserable, you have not yet been plowed … 0