Letter: An Uplifting Contrast

To the Editor:

To despairing readers of Jim Kenyon’s piece on avarice and sleaze (“Left in Bankruptcy’s Wake,” July 28), I recommend resisting the urge to bathe themselves in disinfectant and to restore their faith in humanity by reading last Monday’s “A Life” about the late Lafayette Noda, a gentle and caring spirit.

Dick Thayer



Left in Bankruptcy’s Wake: Some Who Loaned Andrew Button Money Now Lament Trusting Him 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ten years ago, it would have been difficult to find a bigger golden boy in the Upper Valley than Andrew Button. He was on his way to owning five car dealerships. He accumulated real estate like he was playing Monopoly. Mascoma Savings Bank was loaning millions to his business ventures. Individuals were writing him six-figure checks. He flew airplanes and …

A Life: Lafayette Hachiro Noda, 1916 — 2013; ‘He Approached Every Aspect of Life With a Real Zest’

Friday, July 26, 2013

Meriden — By the time Lee and Betsy Lynd and their children moved next door in the early 1980s, Lafayette Noda had been cultivating his family, his Bean Road farm and his friends and neighbors for nearly 25 years. And now, freshly retired from his biochemistry research at Dartmouth Medical School, Noda was devoting more time than ever to welcoming …