Letter: An Anonymous Hero

An Anonymous Hero

To the Editor:

In recent years, I have felt that the term “hero” has been grossly overused, but we have a true hero in the Upper Valley: the anonymous person who reported David Barr’s apparently threatening FaceBook postings mentioning the Hanover police, their families and the schools their children attend, which led to his arrest (“Hanover Man Pleads Not Guilty to Threatening Hanover Police, Children,” Jan. 30).

Thankfully, this unknown but courageous and brave person reported concern to the Hanover Police Department. If only one other person who suspected someone of potential violence had made a similar call, how many lives might have been saved in Columbine, Sandy Hook and too many towns that have experienced horrific, senseless and violent acts on innocent children and citizens?

From the bottom of my heart, I gratefully and humbly thank whoever you are. You are my hero.

Shelley C. Hochreiter


A Rant for a Rant

To the Editor:

A.E. Norton’s recent letter (Feb. 3) suggested that my complaints (or “rant”) about the dishonesty of a couple of prominent politicians were unwarranted because “virtually all politicians lie.” This was followed by an actual rant about lying politicians.

“Everybody does it!” has been the rallying cry for Clinton apologists for, lo, these many years, but not everyone is as accomplished and prolific a liar as Hillary Clinton. William Safire called her a “congenital liar,” and Christopher Hitchens wrote of her: “Only those who are totally habituated to falsehood will easily and naturally lie when the truth would have done just as well.” I wrote that Clinton’s “lies, obfuscations and evasions are too numerous and too well documented to be plausibly denied,” and I take Norton’s failure to offer a denial as confirmation of that statement.

We were also asked in Norton’s letter to imagine how liberals felt when the elder Bush broke his promise not to raise taxes. I assume they were upset that their own taxes increased and completely unconcerned that anyone else’s did, the same as always.

Anthony Stimson


Scott Brown: Carpetbagger

To the Editor:

Hold on! According to a recent email of his, Scott Brown now thinks he has the standing to put his “long and strong ties” to New Hampshire up against Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen’s “anytime.” And he apparently has the arrogance to claim consequence equivalent to hers.

Come on, folks! Scott Brown is a carpetbagger of the first rank, and he should think hard about how he takes on a distinguished political leader with decades of service to the state of New Hampshire (as opposed to, say, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts). I’ve been around New Hampshire politics myself for quite some time, and Sylvia I remember, Scott Brown not so much.

Republicans, are you really so willing to sell our Senate seat to out-of-staters? Can you not find a qualified candidate who is approved by the Koch brothers and also actually lives here?

Peter Hoe Burling


The writer is a member of the Democratic National Committee and served for several terms in the New Hampshire House and Senate.

Don’t Privatize Postal Service

To the Editor:

As reported in “Postal Service, Union Wrangle Over Use of Staples Outlets” (Jan. 20), the Postal Service has put outlets in more than 80 Staples stores nationwide. When did this transition go out for bid, or is this another no-bid contract? Let’s see, who invested in Staples? Was it Mitt Romney’s venture capital firm, Bain Capital?

The article also stated that this is not a program to privatize the Postal Service. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue also said we have no interest in privatizing the Postal Service. Something stinks. No-bid contracts. No privatizing? What else?

Protect our Postal Service from destruction.

Robert Pollard


Congested Phone Lines

To the Editor:

This is a squeak — no, a squawk — against the new telephone system at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

It’s understandable that there will always be additional new patients, but to include the Lyme clinic as a member of Pediatrics and General Internal Medicine is causing congestion and confusion. The bank of secretaries in Etna is already backed up and repeated entreaties to “please stay on the line because your call is very important to us” are more irritating that comforting. They also add a sense of automated remoteness. Economy and efficiency must reach a limit somewhere.

Today, Etna. Tomorrow, India?

Patricia Henderson