September Letters

Really Nice, But …

The overall look of your magazine[is] sophisticated, colorful and informative, especially to those living in the more urban areas. I just wonder, however, if it isn’t possible to combine urban and rural.

By this remark, I don’t mean that my area of the state isn’t sophisticated in some ways (after all, many of those living in southern areas are moving up here!). It is definitely rural and needs the attention to people and attractions you pay to those “down south.” My fervent wish is for New Hampshire Magazine to live up to its title!

Marilyn Spooner
North Haverhill

Calling the Kettle Black

In your July edition, Jeff Feingold laments the coarsening of our society and relates how when he came to New Hampshire some years ago, people were much more apt to say please, thank you, and you’re welcome, and “Drivers didn’t give you the finger if you didn’t pull over fast enough.”

Please remind Mr. Feingold that during those years he so much misses, writers didn’t use such cheap phrases in their essays, and magazines like yours wouldn’t publish them.

Herb Vadney

Red, White and Blue

I read your Editor’s Notes in the July issue with great interest. For many years I had read of the country’s largest flag being at Marshall Fields in Chicago. I never realized that it originated in Manchester.

You might want to check out the Web site for the National Flag Foundation at They sponsor/ coordinate a nationwide program called Flags Across America. It hopes to erect a huge flag in every county in the United States. This is usually a 30′ X 60′ flag on a 120′ pole. However, having one on a mill building might fit in to the program, especially given the history. On their home page, click on Education Initiative, Flags Across America.

It might also be a good opportunity to involve the schools. The Flag Foundation has an educational program under Young Patriots, and O Say Can You See?. Schools could get patriotic educational programs, the students could help to educate the parents in this subject, and all could be prospective donors to the Great Flag Project. Keep it flying.

Walt Stockwell

Red, White and Blue II

I read your editorial on the “great flag” with interest — and noted your comment that the posters of this image are harder to find. I understand completely — having spent several months looking for it on the Internet, only to get “out of stock” notices. I had also tried several businesses in the area to see if they had it, to no avail.

Good news, though! Last month, I was able to purchase one of the posters at the Expressions Gallery in Milford (they remembered me from my “search” in the fall!). At the time, they had a good supply on hand, but you may want to call first. Their phone number is 673-2136.

Tina Mason

Quiet No Longer

I would like to give you an update relating to your article, “Quiet Waters” by Jane Wingate in the May 2003 issue.

I am a native of New Hampshire living and enjoying the pristine ponds for many years (45 years). Unfortunately, the “quiet waters” are now frequented by out-of-state people who do not respect the area like we do. I have attempted to kayak and swim in [Willard Pond] this year. [It] is no longer a place for us to enjoy a quiet moment.

Thanks for advertising these 10 special places to paddle in New Hampshire. They are no longer special to the natives of this area.

Suzanne Baker

Last-Minute Advice

I just had to drop you a quick note regarding the August issue. How I loved the story of Dennis Hager! [Senior Life]

The pediatrician story left out some facts, especially here in Concord. Even though you can get some great recommendations from friends on pediatricians, the good ones sometimes are not accepting new patients.

When this happened to my daughter-in-law, when trying to make this decision very late in pregnancy and very hormonal, I suggested that she just have the baby and be “assigned” a pediatrician. She could always change afterwards. Lo and behold, the on-call pediatrician was the one she wanted and then accepted the baby as a patient anyway.

Would love to see an article on techniques to interview doctors when you would like to change doctors. My family did this. It took insurance companies and doctors by surprise.

They did not know how to charge us because it wasn’t in their list of fees. We had to pay out of pocket, but it was well worth it. Even was a life saver, catching cancer in its early stages by the new doctor when missed many times by the nurse practitioner.

Nancy Rheinhardt