Letters to the Editor

The Beholder’s Eye

Concerning the November 2007 edition’s article titled “Dirty Laundry,” I want to know why you allowed a photo of a woman’s bare breasts to be easily seen in your magazine! I was under the impression this is a family magazine, not a porn magazine. Even if that was not the intent or even how it truly looks, it is strongly degrading to women. I, a 24-year-old woman, have always had serious emotional issues concerning my body compared to other women. When I saw that photo my highly positive emotional status sunk to an extremely negative one. I like your magazine, yes, but after seeing what I did I don’t know if I want to renew my subscription.

Ashley D. Pouliot

Editor’s Notes: No offense was intended. We felt that since the image was actually art, and was explained in the text and caption, people would see it in the same light as classical sculpture or painting — but with a touch of humor.

Primary Issue

Leeann Doherty’s “Healthy and at Home” [October issue] provides a terrific overview of the resources we have to fight breast cancer here in New Hampshire. The advanced screening, diagnostics, surgical procedures and care available at our hospitals and medical centers are truly some of the best in the world. And the scientific research and drug trials taking place at Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Elliot Hospital are breaking new ground in the search for better treatment and ultimately a cure for breast cancer. We received our care at Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Vermont and Exeter, Portsmouth and Wentworth-Douglass Hospitals and have a special connection to their doctors and staffs.

In the last decade we have lost 2,000 of our New Hampshire sisters to this horrible disease. One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. It is time to put an end to breast cancer forever. And the 2008 elections present a tremendous opportunity to put breast cancer front and center on the national stage.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has recently launched an effort called “I Vote for the Cure” to raise breast cancer as a priority among New Hampshire voters and the Presidential candidates, challenging candidates to address three critical, commonsense goals: 1) More Research 2) Free Screening 3) Treatment for all. To learn more, get involved and send the candidates a petition, go to www.ivoteforthecure.com.

While the Presidential candidates are here, let’s tell them we must end this disease — once and for all.

Rebecca Gray

Jacqui Bryan

Gray is former president of the VT-NH Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Bryan is the founder of the survivor program Fill the Gap and a board member of the VT-NH Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; both are survivors of breast cancer.

Telling Stories

Your excellent “War Stories” [September 2007] captured several compelling stories of what it was like to live through the Second World War. I hope the feature inspired your readers to watch Ken Burns’ series, “The War,” and to talk with family members about their experiences.

I would like to add a postscript to your story for your readers who are interested in preserving their own war stories or those of someone they know — whether from a frontline or homefront perspective.

NHPTV’s “Connecting and Collecting New Hampshire’s War Stories” project has two components: one is a “Share Your Story” feature on our Web site (www.nhptv.org/thewar), which allows individuals to enter their WWII stories into a national online database, as well as to the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress.

The second component is an oral history project, “N.H. War Stories: Student Documentary Project.” Students in grades 6 to college are encouraged to produce documentary oral history films and submit them to NHPTV for posting on our website and possible broadcast on our NH Outlook program. We’d be pleased if you were able to share this information with your readers.

Grace Lessner
New Hampshire Public Television


Don’t Forget

Thank you for the great article featuring “Picture Perfect Littleton.” In my previous life I was a travel writer but now semi- retired I’ve settled down in this wonderful community that is not only picture perfect but the perfect place to call home. Like so many of the small towns “up north” there is a uniqueness here that exists nowhere else and you managed to capture it all so well.

Next time you venture north of the notch you should spend more time here to see how much more this area of New Hampshire has to offer. For instance, when you compile your “best of’ lists”; we northerners never seem equitably represented.

Ann Stanton

Not the Same-Old

Re: New Restaurants. Enjoyed your articles — very worthwhile. A few of my friends and I have tried a new restaurant in Milford called Rachiada’s. It is where the old Blake’s used to be and the cuisine is both Moroccan and American.

All of us who have eaten there are very impressed with the menu. It offers a good choice of items and it is not the “same old” menu you see everywhere. The calamari is probably the best we have ever had.

Jan Bunker

Dream Come True

Thank you for acknowledging Dream Farm Cafe in your “Best of” awards. You folks gave us a great shot in the arm, and we are doing great things at our jazz/arts gatherings (www.thedreamfarm.org). Along with our usual events, we have plans for a public spring gala. Also, the Hollis Arts Society Inc. was launched at the kitchen table at Dream Farm this spring. I am also releasing a new CD and starting a gig soon with my quintet (www.julielavender.com). Dreams are coming true at the farm.

Julie Lavender

Beside Themselves

[We] want to thank you for the wonderful Cuisine Buzz on Bailiwicks in your October issue. We, along with our entire staff, friends and families, were so thrilled with your piece. You captured the essence of Bailiwicks, that “enthusiasm” and passion we all bring to the table. The whole Littleton feature was beautifully done. We’ve gotten such positive feedback regarding the article from the entire community, and quite a few new customers who stopped by.

Jessica just emailed me to break the exciting news that Bailiwicks is mentioned in the November issue as well. We are so honored. We’re beside ourselves.

Teresa Tupaj


Behind the Wisteria

Your recent restaurant reviews for the Monadnock region made the same mistake I did this summer when I walked to an old favorite — the 176 Main in Keene — and found it closed. The thicket of white wisteria still dappled the empty brick courtyard — the scene of many memorable meals for me, friends and family. Fast forward to mid-October and a chance to find a new owner just opening the former 176 as the Blue Trout. Fresh décor, but the food and ambience does not yet match the mellow service at the 176. Legendary restaurants are hard to replace. Bravo to the new owners; one less franchise for Keene.

Laurie Mercer
Honeoye Falls, N.Y.

On the Rocks

I was so pleased to see Steve Dignazio make “It” in the [November 2007] New Hampshire Magazine. He was thrilled to be counted among the many quality people who shared the title. Fred Cunha and the Angelica’s Restaurant were also thrilled to be noted. Too late for the year, probably, but The Rocks Estate Christmas tree farm would be of interest.

Len Reed

Editor’s Note: The Rocks actually made it into this issue (see UpFront, page 17). Martha Stewart Living picked them as the setting for a feature on buying a fresh tree for Christmas. Of course, we knew them even before they became nationally famous.

Author Is Floating

It was a wonderful surprise to find the piece about “The Husband Bench” in the new issue. The words about my work have me floating on air.

Ruth Doan MacDougall
Center Harbor

Cup? Gallon?

Help! Was going to try the good thing — see page 94 — Hot Fudge Sauce.
How much Hershey’s natural cocoa in the 1/2? I could assume 1/2 cup, but then you know what happens when one assumes. Please advise before the next issue arrives — never is a long time. It could be too late by then.

Jennene Bach
Editor’s Note: It was 1/2 cup. Sorry about that.