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Friday Forum: An Offensive Reference to Freemasons; How Public an Information Session Was It?; The Importance of Sexuality Education



Friday, June 05, 2015
How Public a Process?



To the Editor:

Is Valley Green Natural Gas prepared to explain to the public and to the state and local permitting authorities:

1. How “public” is an informational process with no advance notice save a May 15 legal notice, so buried in the Valley News that not even its own reporters knew of the May 28 “public informational session” at Kilton Library?

2. How “green” is fracked natural gas transported great distances from compromised extraction sites that are conveniently out of sight and out of mind to the end users?

Keep an eye out, friends and neighbors. This looks like it’s going to be a long one.

Nicole S. Cormen

Lebanon



Offensive Reference to Masons



To the Editor:

Your May 27 edition featured a front-page article headlined “Dartmouth’s ‘Animal House’ Frat Fights to Keep Residence.” Within the body of Rob Wolfe’s piece was this comment by Dartmouth spokeswoman Diana Lawrence: “Students are free to join any organization that’s not recognized by the college,” she said; so as far as Dartmouth is concerned, “they can become Freemasons.”

One could infer from this statement that Ms. Lawrence considers Freemasonry to be less desirable than an unrecognized college fraternity in hot water. This is not only offensive but does an extreme disservice to the hundreds of good Masons in New Hampshire.

Yes, we are the oldest fraternal organization, but we are so much more. We are located in the center of most towns, in former homes, churches and civic buildings. We are a group that organizes road races and car shows to raise funds for local charities. We open our lodges at Halloween and pass out candy to thousands of Upper Valley trick-or-treaters. We transform our buildings into Christmas wonderlands to the delight of our fellow citizens. We give out thousands of dollars in annual scholarships to local high school graduates. We give away brand new bicycles and enable children to go to summer camp free of charge. We hold monthly breakfasts open to the community. We are major supporters of the Shrine football game and parade.

We are not only respectful of our communities but are also enthusiastic participants in trying to make our villages better.

I would encourage anyone who is interested in Freemasonry, or would like to become a member, to contact us at nhgrandlodge.org or stop by any lodge hall in your community. We come from all professions and all socioeconomic levels. But, as Freemasons, we are all equals working toward one common goal — to spread our interests in friendship, morality and brotherly love.

David Kelty

District Deputy Grand Master

Grand Lodge of New Hampshire

7th Masonic District



Sexuality Education Is Vital



To the Editor:

I was overjoyed to see not only the presence of WISE sexuality educators in my daughter’s high school, but also to know that they were instructing students on the important issues of domestic and sexual violence and affirmative consent.

Honest, comprehensive and accurate information about all aspects of sexuality is so important to our developing youth, high school and college students, young adults and adults. It truly has the potential to save lives. Having just returned last weekend from an Our Whole Lives Sexuality Facilitators Training, I am so excited to see more of these sorts of messages cultivated in the Upper Valley.

In the upcoming year, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley will be offering the comprehensive Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education course to students at the high school level. For more information, please contact the religious education director at the UUCUV, Sparrow Alden, at education@uucuv.org, and explore the curriculum online at http://www.uua.org/re/owl.

Jeremy Coylewright

Hanover