Grateful for soupkitchen’s help
To the editor:
Thanksgiving Day 2013 may be over with the turkey and all the fixings at the table. Though every day is Thanksgiving Day in my opinion.
I am speaking for myself and many others who are thankful for the Sonshine Soup Kitchen.
Every day there are many groups and volunteers that are there, to be there for us whether it is a hot or cold meal, socialization with our friends and fellowship with other people as through our weekly Bible studies.
Usually, there is stuff, whether it’s fruit or vegetables on the side tables, or personal care items, clothes.
The most important people to care for us are the staff, because if it was not for them, there would be many of us that would go hungry and not just for food, but social networking,
Don’t allow smokingin public parks
To the editor:
It’s too bad we have to spend time coming up with rules about smoking. For the life of me, I can’t understand how someone making a poor life choice somehow thinks they have the right to impose that poor life choice on others.
It’s not like we haven’t had 50 years of warnings from the surgeon general that smoking poses a very real and present danger to those exposed. Doesn’t anyone see the irony in coming up with a “smoking section” to a public park where kids play? Really? There is absolutely no reason a smoker should have the right to smoke within vicinity of a non-smoker, period. When I drive my daughter to school and see the number of teenagers smoking just off school grounds, I ask: “Why doesn’t someone do something to help these kids break this behavior before it destroys their life?”
Lest anyone question how I should know, let me share with you a very painful story. I grew up with my mother smoking and saw her struggle to quit so many times. She moved to Derry to be close to her grandchildren as they grew up but she didn’t live long enough to see her grandson enter Grinnell. For nearly 10 years her health spiraled downwards as she lost her battle with lung disease from a lifetime of smoking. She started just like those kids that hang out at “Smoker’s Corner” and her life ended at Parkland as she gasped for her last breath with my wife and I at her side.
You can’t tell a kid about this horrible end to their life when it takes 50 years for the consequences of this poor life choice to take its toll. So remind me again, why we have to have to discuss a smoking section to a public park?
Sullivan’s commentshows a lack of class
To the editor:
Imagine this if you will. I’m a woman and you’re a man. We’re supposed to be working together to make New Hampshire a better place. We’re supposed to co-operate. We may disagree from time to time, but that’s how it goes in the real world.
But one day you become green with envy. You let your true feelings flow through your fingertips out to the whole world on Twitter by posting this about me: “She’s Al Baldasarro in stiletto heels, a lightweight and O’Brien clone.”
What kind of man would do that? If you were married to this man, would you be happy with him? How many nights would you make him sleep on the couch?
If you were this man’s daughter, would you be proud of your daddy? Would you want him to walk you down the aisle arm in arm surrounded by other women?
If you were this man’s pastor, would you mention him in a sermon holding him up as a great moral example others should follow?
Democratic state Rep. Peter Sullivan said those disparaging comments about Republican state Rep. Marilinda Garcia just after she announced she’s running for Congress. The best thing you can say about Peter Sullivan is he’s a cad.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of politicians who have no class and are sexist. I’m not a trained psychologist, but Rep. Sullivan’s tweet drips of professional envy.
How many women out there are going to rise up and demand an apology from Rep. Sullivan? Or don’t you care? Are you going to let him get away with this? If you remain quiet, then don’t get upset when men treat you like a throw rug and walk all over you.