Forum, April 24: ‘A Life’ did Betty Edson justice

Published: 4/25/2022 12:17:41 PM
Modified: 4/25/2022 12:16:16 PM
‘A Life’ did Betty Edson justice

Thank you for Liz Sauchelli’s excellent write-up on Betty Edson (“A Life: ‘Her focus was always on challenging injustices,’” April 18). She captured the essence of this big-hearted woman who was so practical and effective in helping people become their best selves.

The article mentioned Betty’s “list of guidelines and rules for people to follow when discussing sensitive subjects.” Perhaps her family will allow you to publish them.

And soon. We surely need them now, when we too often fail to listen to others, or antagonize them, or avoid such topics altogether.

Judy Pond


Croydon’s children shouldn’t pay for town’s mistakes

Public education is at risk in Croydon. Because roughly 3% of the people voted to decrease the budget by 53%, our student’s public education is at risk. Our children can’t vote. It’s not their fault that those in control of the situation didn’t vote. Will we really condemn our students to learning in “pods” on the internet after losing two years due to the pandemic?

I’m hearing that democracy is at stake. Well, it is. Democracy says that we have the opportunity to change a vote if over 50% of the voting public vote to do so. I’ve heard that some folks will not attend the May 7 meeting because they feel strongly that the vote was legitimate and should carry.

There seem to be two trains of thought. One says I’m staying home; let the people learn from this and next year will be a different story. Then there is another group who are working to ensure our children have the opportunity to continue the education that suits their needs. I repeat: It’s not their fault that those in control of the situation didn’t vote. Let’s not make them pay for our mistake.

As a former public school educator, I know that public education provides adequate education for ALL. Public education and school choice have been positive in this community. We need to see it continue. The only way we can do this is by showing up and voting to restore the original budget or the amended budget on May 7 at Camp Coniston.

I plead with all of you to vote. We have learned a very valuable lesson here. Let’s vote on May 7 to stand up for Croydon’s children. PLEASE VOTE.

Jill Janas


Dartmouth rebrand is costly and unnecessary

Thank you, Jim Kenyon, for trying to shed light on the dark side of Dartmouth Health’s “rebranding journey” (“A loose weave,” April 20). As someone who worked for a large corporation for many years — in the marketing department as well as other departments — I can attest to the fact that DH’s approach to rebranding is typical of what a large corporation does when it wants to tweak and polish its image.

Despite having a marketing vice president, a senior director of strategic communications and five other directors (as listed on the website), DH found it necessary to bring in an expensive outside agency to handle the rebranding effort. Surely these marketing executives and their many employees have the intelligence and creativity to come up with a new logo and slogan on their own? If not, why are they being paid so well?

Sadly, the basic assumption made by leaders in today’s corporate America is that their own employees are not equipped to handle tasks that it would seem are best handled by people who know the company from the inside. Thus, every few years expensive outside “experts” are brought in, and DH employees and patients bear the costs.

Barbara Schumacher


Bewildered by Croydon school budget debate

The last few weeks in Croydon have made me question if I am actually living the movie The Truman Show — anyone else? If you haven’t felt this way, take a minute to clear the wool away from your eyes. Our school board is trying to sell alternative education models that would allow for Croydon kids to receive instruction from online learning tools, under the supervision of guides.

Sure, if you are a home-school family that never intended to send your kids to school, this is an awesome development. Home-school families would now be able to take on the role of guide, add other local kids to their learning groups and get paid for it. For those of us that want traditional school for our kids, however, with in-person, New Hampshire Department of Education certified teachers, we will likely need to cut down on family time and take on additional work hours to foot the bill. Want your high schooler to experience high school sports? You’ll need to make arrangements to transport them every afternoon, if the neighboring sports programs will accept your children, that is.

Croydon offered a schoolhouse style K-4 experience, and then 5-12 school choice that included some of the highest performing schools in the state. Families were moving here enthusiastically as a result. Now, it might become surprising for any family to consider moving to Croydon, unless they too want to home-school. And yet five minutes down the road, you can have traditional education and even public Pre-K that your neighbors are proud to support. Is this real life?

If you don’t want Croydon to become the first town to truly embody the Free State agenda, vote to overturn this out-of-a-movie plan on May 7 at 9 a.m. at Camp Coniston. Get there early to be sure your vote is counted! I can’t wait to cast my vote. In the meantime, I will continue to wonder if at any moment, I might bump into a movie set wall that is painted to resemble real life.

Kris Cairelli


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