, Derry, New Hampshire

March 28, 2013

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Prepare for the North Korean threat

To the editor:

General Kang Pyo Yong of North Korea recently said, “When we shell (the missiles), Washington, which is the stronghold of evils, will be engulfed in a sea of fire.” The North Korean National Defense Commission stated, “In the new phase of our century-long struggle against the United States, we do not hide the fact that various satellites, long-range missiles that we will continue to launch and high-level nuclear tests we will conduct will target our sworn enemy, the United States.”

North Korean intransigence on the discontinuation of its nuclear weapons and missile development programs has fostered the current volatile situation with the United States. It has conducted three nuclear weapons tests and long range missile tests in recent years. The missiles could possibly reach Hawaii, Alaska and the West Coast of the United States.

We need to ensure our early warning detection systems can shoot down their missiles and we need to review our contingency plans targeting their missile and nuclear sites. We need adequate deterrent forces in the region, including a robust South Korean military. We might want to consider encouraging Japan, an ally, to enlarge and strengthen its military capabilities.

Donald A. Moskowitz


Frost Festival was a great success

To the editor:

The 2013 Frost Festival had a great weekend with all of the events taking place this year. Families attended the Saturday show with the Derry Public Library’s Puppet Show, Mad Science and Wildlife Encounters. Saturday night was the Frosty’s Dueling Piano Show during which people sang and danced the night away at Promises to Keep. On Sunday families went to Galiens Beach to enjoy skating, ice fishing and the chili contest put on by the Beaver Lake Association or they went to Alexander Carr for sledding, arts and crafts and a grand bonfire. Hoodkroft also hosted the Pathfinders Snowmobile Club for snowmobile rides and Benson Ski and Sports lent out snow shoes and cross country skis. Ice Breakers worked their magic on the ice sculpture in front of Sabatino’s in downtown Derry.

We could have never had this weekend without the support from the local community. We would like to thank the following businesses that donated to this event:

Ahern, Nichols, Ahern and Hersey Family Dentistry, Aurora Senior Living of Derry LLC, Beaver Lake Association, Benson Ski and Sports, Derry Animal Hospital, Derry Medical Center, Derry News, Evan Bush from the Derry Public Library, Derry Rotary Club, Derry Sports and Rehab LLC, Derry Village Rotary Club, Enterprise Bank, Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, Gourmet Gift, Great New Hampshire Restaurants, Halcyon Club, Hannafords, Inkspot, Marion Gerrish Community Center, Inc., Miss Greater Derry, Nutfield News, Obrey Insurance, Parnell and McKay. PLLC, Pater Real Estate Management, Pathfinders Snowmobile Club, Peabody Funeral Homes, Professional Martial Arts, Remi-Sons, Inc., Shaws Supermarket, Simpson’s Painting, Troop 402 Cub Scouts and Your Neighborhood Theatre.

Thank you again for your support with this year’s event. It was a great success thanks to you!

For the Frost Festival Committee,

Linda Benson


Horse riders need trails, too

To the editor:

I am an avid horseback rider who urges the Londonderry Trailways to please consider having a dirt or gravel pathway for equestrians to ride on. I would be more that happy to volunteer or donate if I knew there would be some type of consideration for horseback riders.

I share many of the same interests — walking, jogging, biking — but horseback riding is one that I hold dear to my heart. To see a trail disappear to pavement is very unsettling. I would hope others feel the same.

I have a strong interest in keeping our towns rural and not allowing them to turn into Boston in a few years. I hope that future horse riding enthusiasts will be allowed to enjoy the same trail ways pedestrians do and that we may share them. Most, if not all, of my trail experiences are quite social and we end up meeting several nice people. My horse, never one to give up a good pat, gladly stops and allows kids to take a picture and adore him. He just eats it up! It takes quite a bit of effort on my part to get him going again.

I hope that you can keep fellow horseback riders such as myself in mind and support a pathway for horses.

Heather Evans