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Forum, Oct. 15: Twin States can play major role in solving problems

Published: 10/14/2021 10:00:02 PM
Modified: 10/14/2021 10:00:11 PM
Twin States can play major role in solving problems

The Sept. 25 Opinion page links the Upper Valley to the epic role in Washington, D.C., played by Twin State policy and science leaders. Dartmouth College professor Justin Mankin, co-lead of the NOAA Drought Task Force (“The West’s drought is our new normal”), and Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, with their powerful Armed Services, Budget and Appropriations committee assignments, are each in pivotal positions to steward the nation’s restorative development based on our region’s historic example.

It’s not well-known that our region’s political and research power emanates from our under-the-radar Department of Defense economy. The region’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem stems from the “Armory System,” established in Springfield, Mass., at the start of the American Revolution and evolving through the 1800s up and down the Connecticut River Valley, with Windsor’s Armory the most significant.

This is obscured history, but it is the source of the Twin State’s economic, intellectual, scientific, engineering and cultural power and is embedded in the operations of some of the region’s largest employers, including Hypertherm, Timken Aerospace and Sturm, Ruger. Red River in Claremont has received billions in DOD contracts in the last few years, and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover is a DOD-funded operation.

During World War II, Dartmouth was the largest V-12 Navy College Training Program in the country. This was preceded by programs that linked the Thayer School of Engineering to the “war industries” in Lebanon, Claremont, Springfield, Vt., and Windsor.

Today, the Twin States’ advanced manufacturing workforce is comparable to the numbers during World War II.

At his 2016 confirmation hearing to be secretary of defense, Sen. Shaheen asked Gen. James Mattis about DOD’s role in climate action. Mattis responded: “climate change is a challenge that requires a broader, whole-of government response.”

Our region has the legacy, the culture and the world-caliber power with DOD contractors to solve global problems by DOD-led action.


Guild, N.H.

The writer is the founder and president of the Guild Institute.

The NH Executive Council’s shortsighted, dangerous vote

I have always thought it important to engage civilly in discussion about matters over which we might disagree, but I confess that I am really struggling at this moment. Executive Councilor Joseph D. Kenney’s vote to turn down $27 million in federal funding for anti-COVID-19 measures is stunningly shortsighted, appallingly ignorant and profoundly dangerous (“$27M for vaccine outreach nixed,” Oct. 14). There is no other language to use.

Kenney and his Republican colleagues have made New Hampshire a laughingstock as the only state in the nation to turn down these funds. And yet it is hollow laughter, for it covers a blatant disregard for human life.

They have turned down funding for 12 positions involved in dispensing vaccinations. They have turned down funding to support outreach across the state.

They have turned down funding that would enable testing for COVID-19. They have turned down funding that would drastically improve the percentage of New Hampshire residents who will successfully ward off COVID-19 as we head into the winter months.

They have ignored the reality that New Hampshire has the lowest rate of vaccinations in New England. And they clearly believe the anti-science rhetoric of those who continue to put the well-being of the greater good at risk.

As a retired American history teacher, I look back at decades of teaching students about wise men and women who understood that a democracy requires decision-making for the greater good. For God’s sake, what has happened to the Republican Party?



The writer is chair of the Hanover/Lyme Town Democrats.

Support Mooshian, Beliveau for Claremont City Council

With municipal elections coming up fast, Claremont voters are faced with the important task of building our next City Council. This year, we have two new fantastic candidates on the ballot for at-large council seats in Matt Mooshian and Lucas “Rocky” Beliveau.

Not only are both Mooshian and Beliveau passionate about moving Claremont forward, they are both experienced young professionals who will bring a new level of energy to the council that will be beneficial in creating new opportunities for our city. They possess a level of optimism about Claremont that is desperately needed in order for these new opportunities to come to fruition. If elected to the council, these candidates will focus their energy on bringing new business to Claremont, expanding housing, increasing support and services for seniors, addressing property taxes, and increasing child care options for working families.

They both value respect for others, the need for inclusive and environmentally friendly policies, and social and economic justice. Mooshian, in particular, supports the creation of an art and culture commission to support economic development downtown, will prioritize developing workforce and affordable housing, wants to encourage property owners to invest in their Claremont properties in order to raise their value, and will promote transparency, ease of access to information, and the modernization of municipal communications.

As a Claremont business owner, Beliveau is focused on economic development and the encouragement of businesses to come to Claremont by making Claremont more business-friendly overall.

I encourage you to make time to vote on Nov. 2 for these two great candidates.



Why no coverage of Lebanon rally for reproductive rights?

I strongly support print media as important to our democracy. Local print, as well, serves a further purpose of providing area coverage. So I have to say that I was surprised and disappointed that the only coverage of the Oct. 2 Women’s March to defend Roe v. Wade and reproductive rights was a picture of the Washington, D.C., rally.

The march was well supported in the Upper Valley. Approximately 200 women and men were at Colburn Park in Lebanon, sharing personal stories, reading letters from New Hampshire officials, including Sen. Maggie Hassan, and just generally sharing our passion for the current attacks on women’s rights. But I found absolutely no coverage in the Valley News. What happened? This is local news. Important local news.



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