Letters to the Editor
Missed a Spot Somewhere in the travels of the March "Sweet Spots" article on Jackson, part of the heading for "Dinner" was dropped, omitting the name of Thompson House Eatery from the text. It's such a good restaurant that readers will certainly want to know its name. I hope they will pencil that information in before they file the page for their travels. The telephone number is listed in the box at the bottom of the page.Barbara Radcliffe Rogers RichmondN. Conway Controversy An open apology to all North Conway goats: Apparently my comment in a recent NH Magazine comedy piece ["Last Laugh," February 2011] saying that someone who hadn't showered for a few days would "smell like a North Conway goat" has offended some of you, and for that I sincerely apologize.One particular goat, a goat named Todd James, who apparently has internet access, took the time to write a scathing e-mail, with numerous typos and erroneous facts, but yet still pretty impressive for a goat. (Imagine working a keyboard with those hooves!) He "demanded" that I apologize. So here it is. Sorry, goats. You smell fantastic!Jimmy Dunn "So-called stand-up comedian" and, yes, New Hampshire (Hampton) resident.Editor's Note: I guess it's never wise to heckle a professional comedian. As this issue was going to press, we heard that Dunn was planning a trip to Conway with a goat and a megaphone, just to make sure he had thoroughly apologized. (Upate - Jimmy has since posted a video of his North Conway trip to our Facebook page. Check it out.)Two Big Smiles The March issue really hit home with two great feature stories that brought a big smile. The first reassures me that my choice of settling in the low-tax town of Moultonborough some 45 years ago was correct. The selectmen of the town have kept a close eye on expenditures and taxes have been kept well under control. Other than school bonds long-term debt is almost non-existent. Not a bad way to run a town.The second smile was brought about as a result of the excellent writing of Ken Sheldon about the "town meeting" in Frost Heaves. Let it be said there may be more truth than fiction in the parody.As moderator of the town of Moultonborough for what will be my 28th year in March, I can say that many of the goings-on in Frost Heaves have been duplicated or perhaps even originated right here in my own back yard.Thanks for the smiles and continued success to New Hampshire Magazine.Mel Borrin, Moderator Town of MoultonboroughJust Around the Corner I work in the solid waste industry and had this thought in my head after seeing some Frost Heave signs in Hudson last night (Friday 2/18) when it was so warm out. I woke this morning and read "Sappy Days" in "Last Laugh" [March 2011]. I got a chuckle.Ode to Mud The warmth of the sun on my face. Spring will soon be here. The roads are clear.Oh Joy, but wait! I spot a Hot Pink sign that says "frost heaves." It means the coming of mud season ... roads, full of man-made macadam and asphalt, able to withstand countless beatings of tires and huge vehicles, but not mud.The early-morning phone game with the road agents, "May we pass," eyes ever watchful on the thermometer, is it still below 32 degrees? Yes, start early, no-too late, forget it; forecast is calling for rain.With patience and creative scheduling, hoping to get everyone serviced and to make it through MUD SEASON, deep breath and heavy sigh ... then, the bears will wake upLove your magazine! Cathy Duffy PelhamBy Any Other Name Thank you so much for noting the correction of my name in the March issue of NH Magazine. That is really very kind of you to do that and very appreciated (although I wasn't offended or overly concerned about it - it happens all the time). It says a lot about working with you and the depth NH Magazine goes to correct mistakes. I've noticed in the past as well, so know I am not an exception.March is a great issue. The illustration in Last Laugh is hilarious - it really did make me laugh out loud.Kathie Fife CanterburySappy Sarcasm In your March issue, Melissa Jones' article [Last Laugh] "Sappy Days" I would call sarcastic. Has she ever done it? There's a lot of work to it. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon, depending on sugar content.Yes, most sugar houses where they are located will have mud. It is spring!She should try going on Maple Weekend. They usually have samples on ice cream and, if you're lucky, fried dough.Bea Davis JacksonTown Meeting Memories This is one of the best issues I have received. The articles on town meetings bring back memories of some I have attended.I'm always glad to receive my issue of NH Magazine each month and read it from front to back. It is always informative and interesting to read.Blanche L Proulx AllenstownComic Relief Before I comment let me set the stage, if I may. Laid off for the first time in my life, it's 11:45 a.m. and I'm in my recliner braiding the pull strings of my PJs when the glossy cover of NH Magazine distracts me.Mind you, February's drawing to a close in the North Country and I'm not working; nuff said. My spirits are suddenly lifted for I have put off reading "Frost Heaves" for a moment just like this; timing could not have been better. If ever a person needed a good belly laugh it would be me. Being at that town meeting was the most fun I've had in a while.Appreciate it.Marc Boucher LancasterAffordable Living We would like to thank you for the wonderful article that you and your team at NH Magazine published about our community at Hale's Location. The pictures were outstanding and the article truly reflected the affordability of living not only at Hale's Location but in N.H. as a whole.Brenda Lyon North ConwayOnline Comment:Re: "Bargains Galore" [February 2011], Mtalwani wrote: Your article is missing a specific section on the many nonprofit thrift stores in New Hampshire. Specifically, OutFITters Thrift Store on Second Street in Manchester that sells furniture, housewares and clothing for the family and OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique in downtown Concord, which sells upscale women's clothing and accessories. Profits from both stores go to support housing and services to the homeless through Families in Transition. Homelessness is on the rise, so the need for these types of services are in high demand.A Note About the Newts Unfortunately the newts were left out of the April issue. To help make up for this oversight, we'll be awarding prizes to two readers who write in with the correct newt pages from the May issue.