Forum, Sept. 1: A simple ‘jearse’ or ‘dow’ question

Published: 8/31/2019 10:00:07 PM
A simple ‘jearse’ or ‘dow’ question

That was a fascinating article in the Sunday Valley News about the linguistics professor studying the way New Englanders said “yes” and “no” with word usage now rarely heard (“Finding answers: Professor studies New England’s mostly forgotten ways of saying ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ ” Aug. 18). I’ve never heard or heard of “jearse” (yes) but may have heard “dow” (no). At the time, I just thought the person had a cold.

I did not see any indication in the article of how “dow” is pronounced. Is it with a long “o” like Dow Jones, or does it rhyme with row, as in a row of seeds? Put another way, does it rhyme with row, as in a scuffle or fistfight, or row, as in row your boat?

I hope the Valley News will provide information on where the book can be obtained once it is published.

MARGO HOWLAND-MASTRO

White River Junction

Carry more New Hampshire news

You carry a lot of articles from VtDigger these days. Some are about issues that may also affect New Hampshire, but most are understandably written for Vermonters. I know you are on a tighter budget now, but couldn’t you also carry more from InDepthNH.org?

For readers who do not know about this almost 2-year-old independent online news site: It is now covering Gov. Chris Sununu’s many vetoes, a landfill in the east that is a major pollution problem, the mentally ill locked up in state prison without a trial and an analysis of President Donald Trump’s rally in Manchester.

There’s a lot more New Hampshire news there for readers who visit the site. I’d like to see more of it in our own newspaper.

SUSAN ALMY

Lebanon

We’re missing ‘Mallard Fillmore’

It only took us a week to figure out that the Sunday comics have been moved to the Valley Television section. What didn’t escape us is that Mallard Fillmore is missing. While we appreciate the new comics you added, we really miss Mallard. Think how many additional comics you could have added by getting rid of the pompous and shamelessly biased Doonesbury.

PETER MAGOON

Enfield

Column kindled childhood memories

C.S. Hammond’s beautifully written Perspectives column really resonated with me (“Those sun-faded Augusts of my mind,” Aug. 25).

The Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains environment of my childhood differed significantly from that of her Martha’s Vineyard, but the subtle, core elements that made my family summer vacations so fondly memorable appear to align nicely with those of her own. The memory of not having a “pingpong ball’s” worth of space in the family car (in our case, a classic American station wagon) was one of several well-articulated elements of her experience to which I could relate.

I point out, however, that the term “full-size flagpole” way understates the item behind Hammond and her siblings in the photograph. I have to say, we never dragged anything comparable to the Poconos. It also looks to me as though significant assembly and disassembly was required. If you really want to shock me, say that bringing this along was your mother’s idea!

Many thanks for the column.

JIM LACOMBE

Grantham

An extraordinary partnership

Thank you for the profile of Harvey and Myrna Frommer (“A Life: ‘Impressive Dedication,’ ” Aug. 26). When I was a grad student at Dartmouth College, I was fortunate to study with the Frommers. They were a talented teaching team. Their passion for their subject was infectious. Together the pair persuaded me to abandon my initial focus in favor of doing what Harvey (ever the baseball fan) referred to as “a triple” — their introductory course, followed by an independent study and, eventually, an oral history thesis. It was a privilege to learn from both of them.

Thank you for taking the time to profile their extraordinary professional and personal partnership.

LIZA DRAPER

Claremont

Richards Library festival a success

A huge thank you to all who made the 2019 Richards Free Library Festival so successful. We raised more than $6,500 while enjoying a beautiful day and building on the strong sense of community in Newport.

The festival is truly a community event. Local businesses cover the costs of the tents and provide their products and services. Library staff, trustees and Friends of the Library members put up tents and signs and staff the day’s events, including “Lunch on the Porch” and children’s activities. Volunteers of all ages pitch in to set up before and clean up after the festival. Our high school sports teams — football, soccer, field hockey and spirit — set up tables and move the books and scores of folks help display and box up the thousands of books we have for sale. And there’s the “Cookie Walk,” a sweet Newport tradition that brings cookie bakers and cookie lovers together to raise more than $1,000 — as well as everybody’s spirits.

But it is the book lovers, those who donate books all year long and those who buy books, who make this the community event we all look forward to. At the end of the day, area teachers and nonprofits are invited to take leftover books. Finally, Discover Books loads up what is left to benefit many others.

We couldn’t do it without all of you. We look forward to seeing you next year, on Saturday, Aug. 22.

ELAINE FRANK

Newport

On behalf of Friends of Richards Free Library.




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