, Derry, New Hampshire


April 3, 2014

Editorial: Hoping for a better tomorrow

The start of a new year is usually the time to vow to do better, to change in the months ahead, to improve from the year just passed.

But spring is the true season of renewal, of belief all things are possible.

So, in that spirit, with the temperatures stretching toward 50 and baseball back in play, here are some things to hope for in the months to come.

After a long, cold and unproductive winter, the Derry Town Council may be heading into a new era. Perhaps it’s not quite a sunshine-and-flower-filled future, but councilors did manage to agree on the qualifications they’re seeking in the town’s next administrator. The most recent council meeting could honestly be described as cordial and members’ attention was correctly focused on the matters at hand.

Speaking of town administrators, boy, does Derry need one. Casting no aspersions in the direction of acting administrator Larry Budreau, the selection of a new leader is long past due. It’s too bad the Town Council decided to save some pocket change and conduct the search on its own, but here’s wishing them well in that process. It’s true, the town hasn’t had a great recent history in its choices for the top job, so here’s hoping it works out this time — and soon.

The Town Council finally agreed to fund repairs to the downtown Adams Memorial Opera House to the tune of $150,000. Add in $20,000 from a state grant for painting and plaster and this venerable building should end up looking pretty good at the end of August. Let’s hope the structural repairs go as anticipated and the lost 100 balcony seats are restored to use. This building is a true gem and should be a true bright light on Broadway.

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