, Derry, New Hampshire

November 15, 2012

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — I’ll work to solve state’s problems

To the editor:

I want to thank all those who worked for my election and especially those who voted for me for state representative. I am extremely humbled and proud to be your voice at the Statehouse.

During my campaign I met hundreds of voters in Derry, and I firmly believe that most of us share the same basic goals whether we call ourselves Democrats, Republicans or independents. We want a vibrant economy, quality health care, and an affordable, first-rate education for our children. Where we disagree often is on how to get there. I am convinced that the solutions lie somewhere in the middle. But we will never get there unless we talk to each other and listen to each other with open minds.

As your state representative, I will work with everyone who shares the same goals and is committed to finding new solutions to old problems when the old solutions are not working. Again, I thank you for your confidence in me.

Mary Till


Legislature must seek common ground

To the editor:

I thank the voters of Londonderry who placed their confidence in me to carry their message to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. I will do my best to achieve sensible answers to the issues that we confront as a community by working with our delegation and other representatives from around the state.

I have lived in Londonderry for more than 30 years, and spent much of that time working in local and state government. I raised two children and brought my mother here to share her last years with my family. I stayed on to bring five grandchildren to play on our lawn; my roots go deep. I feel I know my state and what makes us special.

Our people have always believed that we are the ones who know New Hampshire problems, and we are the ones best-suited to find our own New Hampshire solutions. I will be reaching out to representatives who share this belief, and who are not interested in agendas from out-of-town, out-of-state and out-of-sight.

In my years working as an advocate at the Statehouse, I found a number of allies from both sides of the aisle. We were able to find common ground because we had respect for the process, respect for each other, and respect for the voters who asked us to take on the responsibility of public service.

I plan to build on this experience as we address the critical problems facing us as a state.

Establishing health care access for all New Hampshire families is a priority for me, as my family has already been affected by the new law.

I hope that New Hampshire is able to design our own health benefit exchange, and that we can work together to ensure that Granite State citizens, as well as our small businesses, are allowed to have quality, affordable medical care.

I am always focused on continuing to provide quality public education for our children, and ensuring that we keep our state post-secondary institutions affordable for New Hampshire families.

Our schools and universities can help to bring forward cutting edge technologies that will enhance and vitalize our state business community. New technologies bring new jobs, and this is one critical path to building our economic future.

I look forward to working with members of the Legislature on both sides of the aisle, and finding the common-sense solutions that will help Londonderry through the coming years.

I thank you for your support.

Lisa I. Whittemore


Nation rejected rotten GOP ideas

To the editor:

Around the country, women and families spoke up to the Republican Party’s intent to turn back the clock on women’s privacy in regards to health care and family planning. Speaking of undoing union gains likely had the same bring-out-the-vote effect. Some ideas are just plain rotten. People get that.

Monday before voting day I was in Manchester for my car’s winter maintenance. In the waiting room a young woman spoke regarding the television news saying, “I’m not much for following politics. But if it weren’t for Planned Parenthood’s health care, I wouldn’t have known I had ovarian cancer and had it taken care of.” She was voting against Republicans the next day.

Granny D talked about the politics of greed and the politics of love. Greed must include greed-for-power. Let’s ask that our new legislators actually prefer loving their state and country and the people within, letting go of ego-building associations with power.

Lynn Rudmin Chong


Take time to enjoy Thanksgiving, family

To the editor:

I know that there are Christmas commercials starting to play, now that the election is over, on every channel, and my friends are starting to absentmindedly hum “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” now and again, but I’m just not ready for the Christmas season. Don’t get me wrong: I love Christmas. It’s easily my second-favorite holiday. It’s just that Christmas always seems to overshadow my very favorite holiday: Thanksgiving.

Christmas is great with all the presents and decorating and snow, but there’s just something so magical, so all-American, about devoting an entire day to eating with your family. Thanksgiving is so much easier than Christmas, too. Between the madness of this whole election season and the stress that comes with the holiday season, I am really looking forward to being able to take a day off, maybe wear my pajamas for most of the day, and just hang out and gorge myself on delicious food with my family.

I’ve been lucky enough to grow up with a family that has always made family dinners a ritual, but I know a lot of people haven’t. Thanksgiving is an entire holiday devoted to family dinner — seeing people you love, spending time with your family. It may sound hokey but it’s important to take advantage of that time. This is a very busy time of year, and it’s not always the easiest thing in the world to make time for dinner, especially when you’re trying to plan around a lot of different schedules. People get busy! So for one day — a national holiday, so you don’t even have to take time off to do it — won’t it be nice being able to sit together, even if it’s only for a few hours?

Studies have shown that children who habitually eat with their families are at a lower risk for engaging in risky behaviors as adolescents. These same studies argue that children who eat with their families are happier, too. Family mealtimes help parents interact with their children and vice versa, and some studies suggest that families that eat together are less likely to be overweight. In my family, dinner time is a time to talk, or even just relax, but more importantly, to be together.

Having a national holiday dedicated to eating as a family is amazing, and I’m counting down the days until it’s time to carve up a turkey. But more importantly, I am looking forward to spending time with my family. Living away from all them, I find what I have missed most is mealtime.

Abby Rugg