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Forum, July 14: The Unreal McCoy Cartoon; Coins for the Fountain; Norwich Projects

The Unreal McCoy

To the Editor:

Glenn McCoy’s latest unfunny cartoon reaches a new low of ugly misinformation. I’ve no doubt the Valley News recognizes this nonsense for what it is, so one is compelled to ask — why print this stupid, contemptible dreck? I would seriously like to know — do you have a contract that requires you to publish whatever this mean-spirited clown spews out?

Richard Dybvig

Tunbridge

Cartoon Warped, Disagreeable

To the Editor:

You owe me and all readers an apology for publishing Glenn McCoy’s cartoon July 9. It is disagreeable and a distortion so warped that I will leave it to others to clarify. It is in bad taste, very bad taste. And I don’t think you should have subjected me to it. I value the Valley News and hope I can continue to subscribe. I subscribe for my own interest and also to support you in supporting and creating our community.

Amelia Sereen

Lebanon

Send Coins for the Fountain

To the Editor:

The Lebanon Fountains Working Group want to inform Valley News readers of our efforts to place a fountain on the Lebanon mall. The fountain will be placed at the southern end of the mall where a brick wall surrounds what recently had been a raised flower bed. That formerly was the location of a fountain that was removed in the 1990s. With the community’s help, there again will be a fountain there this summer.

The Working Group, which is under the Lebanon Heritage Commission, operates entirely on donations of money and services, as it receives no funding from the City of Lebanon. Donations received for the Lebanon mall fountain will be used for site preparation and the manufacture and installation of the fountain. The design has a 7-foot-diameter stone bowl on a 4-foot-high pedestal that sits in a 20-foot-diameter basin. Water will spout from the center of the bowl, then cascade from the lip of the bowl to pool in the basin before being recirculated. Water will also flow from metal turtles and dolphins on the perimeter of the bowl. The turtles and dolphins are a sentimental connection to the large concrete figures that were in the children’s play area formerly on the mall. A continuous bench of brick and granite will surround the basin and offer passersby the opportunity to linger and enjoy the fountain.

The Lebanon Fountains Working Group has raised $75,000 from local foundations and civic organizations. To proceed with the Lebanon mall fountain project, it must raise an additional $15,000. The revamping of the surrounding structure on the basin, along with the plumbing and electrical work, will be done during the summer months, while the bowl and pedestal being fabricated out of granite will be completed and arrive in spring 2015.

Donations of materials, time or money would be greatly appreciated. Please send checks, made out to Lebanon Rotary Club — Lebanon Mall Fountain, P.O. Box 132, Lebanon, NH 03766. The Lebanon Rotary Club, a 501(c) nonprofit organization, is graciously accepting donations for use by the Lebanon Fountains Working Group in returning a fountain to the Lebanon Mall.

Priscilla Gosselin, Chairwman, Lebanon Fountains Working Group

Lebanon

A Pool, Not a Police Station

To the Editor:

The residents of Norwich want a town pool; Neil Fulton wants a firehouse/police station. Fulton is the head cheerleader for an unnecessary multimillion-dollar facility.

He is also the leading actor on the committee “studying” the issue. Fulton’s committee has neither discussed repairing the police facility nor establishing a joint fire facility with Hanover (an idea that Hanover is exploring with its neighbors.) An expensive new firehouse/police station leads to higher taxes and less diversity while a town pool would preserve and restore our town culture.

As town manager, Fulton’s job should be to implement town policies and not to initiate them.

Brian Livingston

Norwich

Reading in White River Jct.

To the Editor:

A little-known secret in White River Junction at 80 North Main St. is the Myra Flanders Reading Room. Each Tuesday all summer long at 9:30 a.m., there is a free science reading program for ages 6-10; science comes alive in fun experiments, crafts and activities. On Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, 11- to 14-year-olds get their turn. On Wednesday at 10 a.m., the wee people get to come and play. Join us.

Joyce Perkins

White River Junction