Forum, Feb. 2: N.H. Schools Can Ban Guns

Thursday, February 01, 2018
N.H. Schools Can Ban Guns

As a one-time lawyer, I beg to disagree with the New Hampshire attorney general and the attorney for the Lebanon School District over their statements to the effect that public schools are powerless to prohibit the possession of guns on school property.

School boards, principals and teachers do indeed have that power. It resides in their will, and in the New Hampshire Constitution, which specifically reserves to its citizens the right to revolt against tyranny and oppression. It also resides in the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which protects federal laws such as those banning guns within a certain distance of schools nationwide, and thus renders New Hampshire laws to the contrary null and void. All New Hampshire officials take an oath of office. By that oath, they swear to uphold the constitution and laws of the United States, not merely those of New Hampshire. Thus, they are bound to observe, abide by and assist in the enforcement of these federal laws, and to ignore the attempts of the New Hampshire General Court to nullify them.

With hope, this dispute will mark the high water of this lobby in New Hampshire. And if the citizens of New Hampshire abide by such laws, then they will be damned; for a law that would invite them to bring guns on to school property is a known evil of the sort from which our ancestors fought to be free; a law that subjects them to fear of harm and thus attempts to intimidate them, in order to secure the supremacy in this land, not of our constitutions, but of the blood money of gun manufacturers.

Tyler P. Harwell


Here’s to the Techno-Grannies

Mary Otto’s article on the front page of the Perspectives section of the Sunday Valley News (“A Techno-Grannie Gets with the Times,” Jan. 28) was a contemporary, wise insight into the lives of vibrant, active grandmothers today. Where on earth did that dowdy illustration come from?

Here’s to the techno-grannies teaching Osher classes on computers, wearing jeans and boots, on snowshoes and skis, volunteering in schools and prisons. Wake up, world. Here we come!

Tinka McArdle

West Lebanon

Ageism Illustrated

There could not have been a more blatant example of ageism than the patronizing headline and illustration attached to Mary Otto’s fine piece (“A Techno-Grannie Gets with the Times,” Jan. 28).

Otto, a retired educator who is also quite technically savvy, is well-known and well-respected as an excellent writer and active participant in the intellectual life of our community. To label her as a “Techno Grannie” and depict her as a dowdily dressed old woman is beyond insulting. The Valley News owes her an apology.

Brooke Adler


McCoy Cartoon Was Anti-Semitic

No one ever accused cartoonist Glenn McCoy of an excess of good taste. Occasionally I enjoy his sniping at the silliest of my liberal pieties. But caricature of Mark Zuckerberg (Jan. 30) — besides being virtually pointless — was an egregious example of anti-Semitism at its crudest.

Someone approved this nasty bit of work. I expect that nearly all your readers would hope that you take thought before letting it happen again.

Louis L. Cornell

East Thetford

‘Making America White Again’?

Is President Trump’s statement about “making America great again” really a disguise for “making America white again”?

Listening to his racial slurs and comments makes one wonder what is really behind that statement.

Susan Turner