Letters to the Editor

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Letters to the Editor

Kudos from Kentucky

I just wanted to offer my congratulations for a job well done in developing New Hampshire Magazine into the fine lifestyle publication it has become.

I guess my history with the magazine goes all the way back to the early days when it was more of a travelogue-style format and stayed with it right up to the present time.

Having traveled across the country for several decades now I get the opportunity to look and read many of the magazines that focus on local and state environments at all levels. I can say with a degree of certainty that New Hampshire Magazine sits right up there in the top echelon of publications, both in style and coverage. You have much to be proud of. Your management style brings a strong degree of professionalism to the Granite State.

Bill Carr

Louisville, Ky.

The Park and Stark

I write to you on behalf of the Friends of Stark Park in Manchester. We are a group of citizens whose mission is “to develop, revitalize, maintain and protect the heritage and recreational use of Stark Park as a historic asset of the city of Manchester.”

We feel that our story is newsworthy and pays tribute to the spirit of New England so beautifully exemplified in your magazine. In the past year we have cleaned up the park, built a bandstand and refurbished the beautiful bronze equestrian statue of General John Stark, all with grants and donations.

We thought that our story might inspire others in New Hampshire to adopt under-utilized and under-appreciated spaces in their own towns and make them new again. The story of General John Stark is amazing in and of itself; he is widely regarded as being responsible for the “turning point” of the American Revolution (our victory at the Battle at Saratoga, which followed his victory at Bennington, Vt.).

Jennifer Locke

Just Sayin’

My first issue of your magazine arrived today and I proceeded to peruse its contents. It’s a very colorful and informative publication for our lovely state. In regard to Christopher Lloyd [“Boom,” October 2010] being the “hardest working baby boomer” – Mr. Lloyd was born in 1938, which is eight years before baby boomers were born. A baby boomer is a person born post-WWII or between 1946 and 1964.

The second [point] is in your unfortunate printing of the negative letter on Sen. Judd Gregg. Sen. Gregg has done a wonderful job for the state of N.H. and the United States. Sen. Gregg’s reason for not taking the position President Obama offered him was obvious to most. Not only did the President want a powerful senator out of the Congress, but the position was in name only. President Obama coyly removed all substance of that position before he offered it to Sen. Gregg.

Andy Foisy


Don’t Forget Us

I appreciated the article titled “Different Kind of Caring” by Karen A. Jamrog in [the October] issue. It was great to see nurse practitioners get some recognition for all that they do! However, it would have been nice to have included nurse-midwives and physician assistants as well.

Although nurse-midwives are grouped under ARNPs by the N.H. Licensing Board we are our own entity and have our own organization, ACNM (at the federal and state levels).

I am a certified nurse-midwife and am often more available to see patients than have been the physicians. We spend more time with our patients and are especially sought after for maternity services as we are known to spend more time with our patients in labor and delivery.

We also provide women’s health care to women of all age groups from teens and up, and deal with some primary health care issues as well. Just thought that you and your readers might want to know that nurse-midwives and physician assistants are another alternative to physician care.

Debbie Couyou, CNM


A Correction (or Two)

I thought it might be important to note: I am not a baby boomer [“Turn Back Time,” September 2010] – I’m Generation X. 38 years old 🙂 Also, I never thought of weight-loss surgery as a way to retain my youth. It was a way to save my life. The “image” part of it is just a happy side effect!

Diva Taunia


Over the Line

A reader’s opinion: I do not consider the enclosed advertisements appropriate for a quality, sophisticated magazine like yours. Can’t these advertisers tout their wares without excessively displaying the female human anatomy? I’m not a prude but I do think some semblance of decorum would be more appropriate in a magazine that highlights all that is good in our beautiful New Hampshire.

Therese Benoit


Wrong Ride

I’m enjoying my copy of your October 2010 edition, looking forward to quenching my thirst with many of the featured brews. Then on page 33, “Back to the Briefcase,” I read about how Christopher Lloyd has “traded his time-traveling Lamborghini”… Huh??? Whoa! Doc Brown and Marty McFly zipped around time in a DeLorean. All hail the flux capacitor.

Mell Fuller


Editor’s Note: As you know, trips through the time-space continuum have a way of subtly altering the present. Anyway, that’s our story and we’re sticking with it.

Here’s Hope

This summer was full of surprises for me. First Governor Lynch and wife Dr. Susan Lynch honored me with their presence at the Naswa’s 75th anniversary party, and his proclamation making June 29 “Naswa Day.” I believe he was having a ball, and later honored us a second time by having his campaign party for the Lakes Region on the Naz Beach on August 26, a few days after I received a call from Ft. Lauderdale congratulating me for being the new Naswa “hottie.”

Since no one here Twitters, she sent me a copy and I made sure everyone read it. We all had a lot of laughs and fun! It is still a great conversation piece. You have a great sense of humor. I now have it on my refrigerator for everyone to see.

Thank you for introducing me to your wonderful N.H. Magazine. I loved the shiny colorful covers and I actually read each magazine from cover to cover. There were several articles I could relate to and enjoyed reading.

I am happy you accepted the invitation to judge our beauties and we all had a chance to meet you. Next season, maybe you can do it again.

Hope Makris


Editor’s Note: Rick Broussard was invited to judge the bikini contest at the Naswa Resort at the Weirs this summer and had the pleasure of getting to know the matriarch (and solo dessert chef) of the Naswa, Hope Makris. Tweeting about the experience, Broussard remarked that Hope, a spry octogenarian, was the “real hottie” of the Naswa. How someone in Ft. Lauderdale picked up on the tweet and forwarded it to Hope will remain one of the mysteries of the weird world of social networking.

Of Roses and Zen

I really enjoyed your article titled “Zen of Foliage” [October 2010]. I’m glad that it included the wild beach roses. Roses are my favorite flower. This was really enjoyable reading.

Blanche L. Proulx


Online Comments

Brewless wrote: (Re: Brewmasters Tour of N.H., Oct. 2010) Portsmouth Brewery is a favorite dinner spot for us when picking up and dropping off our daughter for weekend visits from UNH. The food is amazing and the beers are even better according to my husband. Personally, I don’t like beer (don’t hate me) so I also love this place because it offers a full bar for others like myself who might be in your party. They keep everyone happy unlike Redhook where my only option is a nasty malt-type drink (Zima or something).

Carol Jeffery wrote: (Re: Road Trip, Sept. 2010) If you get on Rte. 125 at Exit 18 and head south, you will miss the village of Union. To get the entire Rte. 125 experience, you must start at the intersection of Rte. 125, Rte. 153 and Rte. 16, which is about 1 mile north of Exit 18.

Phil Crabtree wrote: (Re: Brewmaster Guide to N.H., Oct. 2010 issue) No Smuttynose? How did you miss the Granite State’s best-known brewery? Editor’s Note: We focused on brew pubs … breweries serving food.

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