Leading by Example

Sometimes events are such that they just beg for comment, and that’s what happened this past week, both at the Derry Town Council and at the Hooksett School Board – the latter a matter of concern because it involves both Pinkerton Academy and the Londonderry School District. Hooksett board members were rude and disruptive during […]

Want vs. Need

The Londonderry Conservation Commission was in the midst of spending up to $28,000 to have the town’s contracted planner prepare a web outdoor recreation guide for its conservation land when funding problems brought it to a halt. The concept is interesting, but if ever there were a classic definition of a “want” rather than a […]

Being Straight with Voters

Every time the Londonderry Fire budget comes up and the need for four additional firefighters is aired, the Town Council responds with a warning that residents would never support that financially all at once. Members say they have to find a way to explain the need and keep suggesting doing the hiring piecemeal, so as […]

Getting in the Spirit of the Season

By the time you read this, you’re probably hard at work on your holiday list. Gifts? Help for those less fortunate? Holiday dinners and New Year’s Eve parties? Maybe a brief vacation when the kids are out of school? Those certainly are December thoughts, but there’s something else for your December to-do list. Town and […]

Nice Idea, But…

The Derry Town Council has been asked to ban smoking on all of its public properties, including parks and recreational fields. Concerned about the effects of second-hand smoke, the petitioner to the Council said she had been unwilling to take her children to the swings at Hood Park because a woman was smoking there. We […]

Giving Thanks

When schoolchildren are asked what Thanksgiving means, they usually mention food or being thankful. They don’t tend to say “shopping.” But Black Friday has been in the news for weeks, and it’s only going to get worse. It shifts focus to getting a head start on Christmas gifts, rather than visiting Grandma for family time. […]

Taking a Stand

The perseverance of residents in fighting a proposed Dumpster Depot near their Derry neighborhood finally paid off last week when the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) upheld their appeal of the Planning Board’s approval. The citizens’ group stayed organized and active throughout the six months it took them to go through the process and eventually […]

Celebrating Peace

When an armistice began at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, Americans honored that date as the end of “the war to end all wars.” The deaths and devastation of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, the Gulf wars, Iraq and Afghanistan have turned that hope into wishful […]