Letter: Taking Pride in Local History

Taking Pride in Local History

To the Editor:

What a community win-win event happened at AVA Gallery last Saturday night. The turnout was extraordinary. Not only was the large main gallery completely filled, but the overflow media room upstairs was also standing room only.

Who would have thought a movie about bricks and specifically the Densmore Brick Co. could bring so many out on a Saturday night? Certainly, major thanks goes to Valley News staff writer Nicola Smith for her story about Stefan van Norden’s and Chris Heidelberg’s documentary, Hand of Brick: Densmore Brick Company — A Look Back. But the stars of the evening were the various and varied members of the community who came to learn about the amazing workers, many of whom were present at the event, and to take pride in a vital and unheralded part of Upper Valley history. The evening reflected all of the best reasons why we love to live in the Upper Valley. Thanks to everyone involved.

Barbara H. Jones


A Club for Student Writers

To the Editor:

Do you love to write? Howe Library is excited to offer a drop-in creative writing club for area students in grades 6 to 12. This informal club provides an opportunity for young writers to meet other writers, share story ideas and, of course, write! We’ll use prompts and other techniques to get our creativity going. The club will meet from 2 to 3:30 in the Aldrich Room on Sunday, Oct. 27, Nov. 17 and Dec. 8. Bring your imagination and join us!

Mary Lockhart

Teen Services Specialist, Howe Library


Who Got Hurt in Shutdown

To the Editor:

I am not taking sides regarding the recent government shutdown, but what would our leaders have done if they had been in our shoes and couldn’t get the help they needed, and it was no fault of their own?

Think about the little girl who was dying and needed an experimental drug to save her life, but the government program was shut down and couldn’t help her.

Soldiers risk their lives to protect us, but the government couldn’t pay for the funerals of those who were killed in service.

While government workers couldn’t get paid, our congressman and senators could.

Government officials need to cut back on their entertainment and travel, which is paid for by the taxpayers. There are government buildings that are no longer in use; taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for them.

I watched a news program about how our government wasted money this year. The government shouldn’t touch Social Security. That is the only income our senior citizens have to live on. The congressmen and senators who have a high income can afford to take a cut in pay.

Martha Silhanek


America’s Glaring Problem

To the Editor:

Once or twice a year since 2003, I have written letters to newspapers about how shameful it is that illiteracy is tacitly approved in the United States. (In Cuba, 98 percent of the people can read and write.)

In 2004, an article appeared in a newspaper explaining how I helped guide an illiterate 14-year-old to earn a B in English class in four months. Not one person has contacted me about curing this disease.

All the highly educated, smart-talking leaders of our country spout off about our education problems. We need the same enthusiasm about helping illiterates as is shown toward football players and other athletes. Illiterates have been cheated by the education system.

Illiteracy is a poor people’s disease. They, too, are America’s future.

Again I plead that all 11th-graders be required to fill out a standard work application form. This should be the first test. Imagine the shocking results.

Roger Small