Opinion

Boys’ basketball: A true act of sportsmanship at South Meadow

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The last game of the Blue Winter Slam Basketball Tournament afternoon boys session at SMS turned out to be a championship game. Hillsboro defeated SMS in the first game, the Monadnock defeated SMS in the second game; both games were decided by 2-3 points — lots of fun. The last game of the day was Monadnock, with Coach Brown, vs. Hillsboro with Coach Norton. The winner of this game would represent the Blue Slam in the championship game vs. Milford Middle School. The game was a very good game, but midway or so into the game it was clear that Monadnock would not win. Coach … 0

Viewpoint: In support of SB2 for Temple

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My name is Jeff Sones, I am resident of Temple, a veteran of the U.S. military, and a parent of an active-duty soldier. Last year at Town Meeting, I spoke at the end of the meeting in response to a gentleman’s closing comments regarding the defeat of SB2. It was then, and remains my assertion now, that all residents of Temple have the … 0

Viewpoint: My Las Vegas visit and what I didn’t do

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I left town between two of this winter’s monster snowstorms and watched the Super Bowl from a hotel in Las Vegas. This was my first visit, something no one there could believe. Everyone else, apparently, has been there at least five times. My connections to America’s sin city are pretty thin. A long time ago, I went to camp in Maine with a … 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

Letters: Consider sharing with MUW

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

To the editor: The year 2014 was the fifth year that the Monadnock United Way was unable to bring in the donations needed to fund nonprofit needs in the Monadnock region. This means that United Way nonprofits that provide critical services to individuals and families in need are … 0