Louise Andrus’ View from Concord, September 2021

By Louise Andrus

Thank you to all the great people that produce The Andover Beacon. You do a great job. In addition to all the interesting articles, advertising in the Beacon now covers many areas of services from Andover and the surrounding towns. The House, in September, held Sub Committee Work Sessions and then Executive Sessions on retained […]

Andrus’ Response to Reader’s Letter Misses the Point

By Linda Olmsted

In her September View from Concord, Ms. Andrus responded to my August opinion letter by stating that it reaffirmed her belief that her conservative approach to government is the right approach. While that approach could be debated, it was not my intent to question her beliefs or political opinions. I was questioning the fact that […]

Reader Questions Vote Against Funding Family Planning

By Mary Anne Broshek

On September 15, the New Hampshire Executive Council voted four to one to eliminate funding for three family planning centers that provide 80% of the non-abortion services under the New Hampshire Family Planning Plan.  These services include: annual exams,  birth control, cancer screenings, disease testing, and sexual abuse counseling.   This vote to defund affects over […]

Andover Library Trustee Clarifies Rights and Role of Libraries

By Janet Moore

Public libraries serve the whole community. Every public library operates under the Library Bill of Rights, established by the American Library Association, in part to guarantee freedom of speech and patron confidentiality. Most libraries include those rights in their particular policies.  Patrons and members of the public can feel free to express their views, often […]

Attendee of Wilmot Workshop on Race Shares Her Experience

By Kimberly Swick Slover

On May 28, I attended the first of a two-part workshop, “But I Don’t Feel White: Let’s Talk Race,” co-sponsored by the Wilmot Public Library and Wilmot United Congregational Church’s Racial Justice Steering Committee. In response to recent letters that were critical of this event, written by three people who did not attend, I wish […]

Authors of “Let’s Talk Race…” Clarify Intent of Book

By Fern L. Johnson and Marlene G. Fine

As the authors, we were saddened and disappointed to see our book, Let’s Talk Race: A Guide for White People (New Society Publishers, 2021), characterized in a letter in the August issue of The Andover Beacon from Brianna Marino, Kathy Prieto, and Jessica Fraioli, as “the very embodiment of critical race theory (a divisive and […]

Racial Justice Committee Saddened by Criticism of Race Workshop

By Bonita Betters-Reed, Ph.D., Chair, Paul Currier, Nancy Allenby, Rev. Dr. Dawn C. Berry

As members of the Racial Justice Committee of the First Congregational Church of Wilmot, we are deeply saddened to have read the letter in the August 2021 issue of The Andover Beacon,  pages 7 and 8. The signatories of the letter objected to a workshop co-sponsored by the Wilmot Public Library and the First Congregational […]

Concerned Wilmot Citizens Put Wilmot Library on Notice About Programming

By Brianna Marino, Kathy Prieto, Jessica Fraioli

“White privilege. White fear. White guilt. Ingrained, systemic racism is being revealed and yet many white people have been unable or unwilling to talk about it. The conversations need to start now.  Let’s Talk Race confronts why white people struggle to talk about race, why we need to own this problem, and how we can […]

Statement about Laws Disagrees with Position on Laws

In her June 2021 Report from Concord, Louise Andrus writes that she has many times asked herself why we have so many laws and why we keep passing more and more laws. She states that it is her “belief that every time a law is passed, the law takes away someone’s rights.” I am aware […]

Andover Resident Reminds People to Support Farm Stands

By Kent Hackmann

Now that I am vaccinated and go without worries to the Transfer Station on Saturday mornings, I am paying attention to our local farm stands.  I highlight three that cater to my single-item needs. For crusty homemade sourdough bread, I stop at Crow Tree Farm, at 72 Main Street; Malora Moore and Joe Rice, owners.  […]

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