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Opinion

Editorial: Legalizing it could stop the overdoses

Monday, August 25, 2014

We citizens in the Granite State are living in a state of emergency. It might not feel too different to you or I, but for those whose lives have been affected by the use of synthetic marijuana, whether by their own use or a loved one’s, the emergency is real. Synthetic marijuana, which users smoke in an attempt to legally mimic the effects of marijuana, has become increasingly popular over … 0

Letter: The Jaffrey library thanks you

Friday, August 8, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to express my gratitude for the many who lined up on Riverfest morning, July 26, to support our annual Friends of the Library book sale. Our sale was incredibly well-attended, with a line outside our doors before we opened! Each year, the Friends of the Jaffrey Public Library go above and beyond to organize this book sale, … 0

Letter: Summer reading a success

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: The Ingalls Memorial Library in Rindge had 87 children participate in the Summer Reading Program. A total of 111,927 minutes were read. The following children won for being the three top readers in their grade group: Preschool; Makayla Paolino, Emma Whaley, Jasmine Nagle, Grades K-1st; Ivanna Seppala, Olivia Whaley, Kyle Paolino, Grades 2nd & 3rd; Noelle Somero, Anna Paquin, Donovan … 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