, Derry, New Hampshire

April 18, 2013

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Don’t let Taylor Library close

To the editor:

Spring is here and so is budget time. The buzz is that the budget for the Taylor Library is set at zero! Do you remember what happened when the town didn’t fund another historical building — the Upper Village Hall? It fell into such disrepair that it could not used. Is this the fate we want for Derry’s first public library, founded in 1778 with 917 books?

The Taylor Library is a historical gem that all Derry citizens use — not just those in East Derry. It has 21,244 various pieces of reading material and 2,755 audio/movies/computer games for both adults and children. In addition, three computers are available. The library started in one room in the Upper Village Hall in 1778 and the Shepard family built the present building in 1929. The following year, Astronaut Alan B. Shepard helped carry the books, as part of a human chain, across the street to the new public library.

As quoted in “Images of America - Derry” by William F. Dugan and Richard Holmes: “Our legacy to the future is not just what we build today but also what we preserve from yesterday. We cannot and should not stop all progress; but growth should be structured so that the character and history of Derry can be maintained for our children and for generations to come.”

Do we need another historical building that feeds our minds, bodies and spirit to be left vacant? My answer is no! I am willing to sacrifice my retirement funds to keep the Taylor Library open. If you agree attend the Town Council’s meeting on April 30 to show your support.

Cecile M. Cormier


Library enriches our community

To the editor:

I am writing with regard to the proposed de-funding and closure of Taylor Library.

As an East Derry resident and stay-at-home parent, Taylor Library has played a significant role in my day-to-day life and community experience. My daughter and I have attended Taylor Library story time with Miss Ginny, Miss Fran and Miss Linda for almost three years, beginning with the baby/toddler program and transitioning into the preschool group. The intimate setting and familiar faces provide an invaluable social experience for my 3½-year-old only child.

A 20-minute walk takes us to the cozy brick library in the heart of the East Derry “hub,” whose establishments read like the subjects of a Norman Rockwell painting: Upper Village Hall, the East Derry post office and East Derry general store, First Parish Church, Nutfield Cooperative School. Taylor Library embodies the small-town-within-a-town warmth these names suggest, whether collecting food pantry donations in lieu of overdue fines or playing host to a little girls’ tea complete with Miss Linda’s famous homemade sugar cookies.

Though relatively new to New Hampshire and Derry, I quickly recognized Taylor Library’s fundamental place in Derry’s history and importance to its future. In an era of urbanization and decreased interaction with neighbors, such libraries are among the increasingly rare places where everybody really does know your name.

Marla Landers-Renouf


China is hacking U.S. computers

To the editor:

Based on the activities of Chinese Army Unit 61398 as reported by the New York Times, communist China continues to wage cyber warfare against the United States by hacking into the computers of U.S. corporations.

An American computer security firm, Mandiant, completed a study of Unit 61398, and determined most of the attacks on U.S. corporations have emanated from this group. Companies targeted include electric utilities, gas lines and waterworks. The Chinese also attacked the computer security firm RSA, whose systems protect corporate clients and government agencies.

“China steals blueprints, manufacturing processes, strategies and data from our heavy industry companies, satellite and telecommunications corporations and military contractors, including Lockheed Martin, our largest defense contractor,” according to the report.

The biggest concern is the infiltration of systems that control our power grids and other utilities. Unit 61398 broke into Televent Canada, which provides software to oil and gas pipeline companies and utilities for remote access to valves, switches and security systems. Televent Canada services half the oil and gas pipeline companies in North and South America.

We have to wake up and take action to prevent these Chinese attacks on our corporations, government agencies and infrastructure. President Obama must address this problem.

Donald A. Moskowitz