Opinion & Humor

Letters to the Editor

Spot the Newt Spot four newts like this one (pictured) hidden on ads in each issue, tell us where you found them and you might win an assortment of great gifts. To enter our drawing for a free gift basket,…

Nifty N.H. Apps

An open letter to Mr. Steve Jobs of Apple Inc.Dear Mr. Jobs:While working my way through a stack of magazines recently, I noticed they all contained promotions for your new generation iPhone and all the nifty applications that can now…

A Political Big Top

Grab a front-row seat and enjoy the show. New Hampshire politics generally is known for its charm and earnestness. Think of town hall meetings, engaged voters challenging presidential candidates about issues at the town dump and frugal budget writers at…

Letters to the Editor

Need A Good Reason to Spot the Newt? This month's lucky (and fearless) newt spotter will receive a spicy gourmet condiment assortment from Spicey Mike's Gourmet Ketchup & Condiments (pictured below). This company describes its products as "the healthy way…

The Price of Letting Go

Summer has been a period of purging household belongings, things we never needed, things we never knew we had. The fact that it coincided with my hometown’s shift to “pay-as-you-throw” trash collection has added some dynamic tension. Suddenly every non-recyclable…

What’s in a Name?

... these would make Shakespeare’s head hurt.Fact: Hair care establishments are either named for their proprietor or are christened with unbelievable puns, bordering on the ridiculous.In traveling New Hampshire, I couldn’t help but notice the outrageous names of barber shops…

Golden Opportunities

New England writers love the fall. It's like a candy store of language: brilliant, crisp, smoky, autumnal, fiery, rustling, crunching, incandescent, bracing, aromatic, golden and haunting. The very name of the month, October, sounds curious and rare, like a noun…

The Born Identity

New Hampshire outsiders v. natives A recent Nashua Telegraph story reported how a Brookline selectman was resigning his seat and moving five miles to the neighboring town of Hollis. The sentiments of those quoted were almost as if the selectman…

Letters to the Editor

Spot the Newt Last month's “Spot the Newt” winners are Cheryl and Royd Benjamin of Manchester. September issue newts were on pages 73, 78, 83 and 87. Spot four newts like the one pictured here hidden on ads in the…

I've Been Robbed

And the picky bandits left me with everything but my dignity. I never realized how little I own of street value until my house was broken into. And because my mind's messed up from the whole experience, I can't decide…