Letters to the Editor





More to Love In the April issue, one of the letters [Lover of Stones] suggested a future article about the use of stone. I concur with the writer's solid suggestion. On a recent visit home to the Granite State, I came across the stone wall depicted in this photo (below). Obviously, this is the work of a modern stone mason. This wall is on the north side of Merrymeeting Lake, not too far from where the pavement turns to dirt. It can be easily seen from the roadway. In the event you publish a future article on this topic, I thought these photos might be of interest. Peter Plante Mesa, Ariz. Editor’s Note: Nice to hear from a denizen of another stony state. Thanks for the fun photo. If anyone knows the identity of the mason who made this whimsical overpass, let me know at editor@nhmagazine.com. Busy Signal I used last year's list of top doctors to begin my search for a primary care physician as I was in the process of moving to New Hampshire. No new patients was the constant response to my calls. Then I went to the Concord Hospital site and spent hours pouring over bios of doctors. Armed with a list of seven or eight, I called their offices. No new patients was the response. Then I called the Concord Hospital referral line and it was confirmed to me that they had no internists who were taking new patients. It appears that Concord has a serious physician shortage and health crisis. Care to comment anybody? A. MacConkey Weare Enough Opinions Thank you for writing, publishing and delivering a magazine dedicated to our beloved native state. In addition to looking forward to reading your magazine each month, we enjoy discussing articles with friends, sampling restaurants and visiting the locations and events you describe. There is so much we love about New Hampshire Magazine. Recently we were asked to complete a survey for your magazine. Shortly after returning the survey, we received our February edition of Down East. While reading an article in it, we realized we neglected to include important feedback in your survey. We aren't interested in ratings of New Hampshire professionals. We view such ratings as expressed opinions at best and popularity contests at worst. We believe you serve us best by giving us unedited (or limited opinionated) information such as is found in the well-researched and informative article "Retiring in Maine,” Down East (February 2007). As the "Boomer" generation approaches retirement, as we find our friends and ourselves developing limitations (when did that happen?), we begin an uncharted personal journey with a new perspective of our state and our lives. New Hampshire Magazine might consider adding articles that address those perspectives and our concerns. Thank you for your terrific magazine and for this opportunity to express ourselves. Name withheld Editor’s Note: Thanks for taking the time to fill out our reader survey. This recently went out to hundreds of select members of our audience and we are eagerly anticipating the results. It’s a balancing act, trying to satisfy the needs, desires and expectations of a growing readership, and tools like the survey and letters like yours help us make the best decisions. Our ratings for doctors, lawyers, etc. are always controversial, and readers seem to either love them or hate them. We appreciate your thoughts. In a Pickle Re: [Cuisine, May 2007]. Apparently those writing articles for your magazine are very young — or not old enough to remember pickled items from my youth. Piccalilli is not spelled "picklelily" — that is a made-up name for something/someone else, like circus acts, not a food! The description is apt. We always had piccalilli on our hot dogs — now it is "sweet relish." (By the way, I am still under 80!) Rosemarie Gilson East Hampstead Remember Us? We so enjoyed your article on growing daylilies in New Hampshire [May 2007].  We thought that your readers would like to know that we offer 71 varieties of daylilies here at Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennials, where we were chosen as your Editor's Pick for Best Nursery in 2003. Our address is 452 Mountain Rd., Goffstown, NH 03045. Our phone number is (603) 497-3975 and our Web address is www.uncanoonucmt.com. Thank you for considering listing us in future articles. Annette Rynearson Proprietor Overlooked Talent Thanks for the great coverage of women in the arts in the May issue. There are so many talented women in New Hampshire you couldn't possibly have covered them all; however, I feel I must point out a glaring omission in your lineup. Peggy Senter, president of the Concord Community Music School, is truly a hero among women artists in N.H. She started and has led the Music School since 1984 and it has become the largest community music school in northern New England and one of the largest in the nation. More than 50 faculty members provide instruction in 20 instruments and voice. The school’s 1,500 students have ranged in age from 6 months to 95 years and come to the school from more than 100 communities in four states. Thirty percent of the students receive financial aid. As a musician, administrator and community member Peggy deserves to be featured in New Hampshire Magazine. What she has done for the performance arts (music) in the greater Concord area and beyond is unmatched. Ruth Smith Canterbury Editor’s Note: We agree Peggy Senter is amazing. We did honor her the first year we did our Remarkable Women feature as the Muse of Music. It’s probably time, though, to make note of her many accomplishments once again. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Loving It I’ve lived in New Hampshire all my life and love it. Your New Hampshire Magazine shows us what a truly beautiful state we have and all it has to offer. Florence Pepin Merrimack

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