New State Representative Gives Overview of House Happenings

By Louise Andrus

As a State Representative the most gratifying part of the journey is listening to the citizens in hearings or reading their emails, whether for or against any given bill.  Listening or reading both sides of an issue can give a whole new perspective to an issue. To me, the Legislature is of the people, by […]

Petitioned Warrant Article Requests Support for Medicare for All

Provides health insurance for everyone

By Kent Hackmann

I’d like all Andover voters to know that I have sent a petitioned warrant article, signed by 36 fellow voters, to the Select Board for the 2021 Andover Town Meeting. The warrant article directs the Select Board to tell our Congressional delegation to work toward immediate passage of Medicare for All. The wording of the […]

Andover Parent Makes Case for Return to In-Person Learning

A group has been created to spear-head logistics

By Molly B. Morgan, M.S.

It’s 4 PM and a young girl, hair disheveled, wearing pink sweatpants, perches atop her bed, Chromebook on lap. Although based on real Andover children, let’s call her Peggy. She has hardly moved from her perch, even to eat, since 9 AM. It is Tuesday, and it is her second day of “remote learning” at […]

By Definition, the Word Democracy is Not Exclusive to any One Party

By Louise Andrus Candidate for State Representative -- Merrimack 1

In most ads I read in last month’s Beacon placed by the Democrats, they used the word “democracy” frequently.  It felt like they were saying they were the only voters interested in democracy. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines, in one case, that  democracy is: a government by the people especially rule of the majority. The word […]

“The Rest of the Story” Concerning Legislative Impacts

By Mary Anne Broshek

The stated legislative impacts in the October Louise Andrus advertisement do not tell the whole story. I picked four of the items to show the rest of the story. Background: Beginning in 2010, when Republican Bill O’Brian was Speaker of the House, many State obligations, including promised State contributions for teacher/police retirement, water, and waste […]

Stories Often Have a Deeper Truth When Fully Investigated

By Faith Minton

During this important election we are very lucky to have area publications such as The Andover Beacon which serves as a vehicle to inform our communities. I have appreciated the opportunity to share some of my experiences and views with readers, especially now when it is challenging to meet in person with folks. As a […]

Instead of the Usual Report From Concord – Voting Facts

By Ken Wells

As I write this, we are on the brink of what I’m sure will go down as one of the most-talked-about elections of our time. The United States of America, despite its struggles and faults, is arguably the oldest and most successful democracy on the planet today. A crucial feature has been our long tradition […]

Candidate Calls for More Support for Public Schools

By Faith Minton

As a candidate for New Hampshire House District 25, I am aware that some people in our state have been advocating for more resources for school choice. While school choice is an option for New Hampshire families already, I do not support giving public money to private or religious schools. I support our public school […]

Slow Mail, Danbury Broadband, Gossip, and A Conflict of Interest in Andover 

By Louise Andrus

Thank you to everyone in Andover, Danbury, and Salisbury that voted either by absentee ballot or in person in the Primary. For those who wanted to vote by absentee, it is great. As a sign-holder in these three towns, I was thrilled to see the great numbers vote in person. The number of voter totals […]

How Policies are Achieved Makes a Big Difference

By Natalie Wells

To those who came out and supported me at the Primary, thank you. The stark difference between my opponent and myself couldn’t be any clearer. My democratic opponent, Faith Minton, in her last article stated “people are worried that our system of funding public schools is unsustainable because it relies mainly on local property taxes”. […]