Your Letters from the January 2015 Issue

Send letters to Editor Rick Broussard, New Hampshire Magazine, 150 Dow St., Manchester, NH 03101 or e-mail him at 

Recipe Tweak
I am a meat pie fanatic [Cuisine, December 2014]. My father was born and raised in Canada. His mother was a cook at many different logging camps. She taught my father how to make the real tourtière.  He uses equal parts ground beef and ground pork. For spices, he uses approximately 1/2 tbsp. allspice and approximately 1/4 tsp. ground cloves along with the other ingredients you have listed. Give this recipe a try, I’m sure you’ll love it.

Tammy Thivierge

Actually …
Nice article! [“Snow Day? No Problem,” December 2014] However, for the benefit of readers I would like to correct the part about the Sleboggan attaching to the toboggan. Actually, one lays down on a sledding toy (toboggan, saucer, etc.) and holds the Sleboggan by its handles out in front of them, which enables them to steer and control the sledding toy they are using.

Bill Herrick

Editor’s Note: Herrick should know. He’s the inventor of the Sleboggan.

For Political Gain
I don’t always agree with James Pindell, but I felt his article on Kelly Ayotte was spot on [“Politics,” November 2014]. I’ll never forget those horrible campaign ads featuring Officer Briggs’ mom and dad. To me that was insulting and in poor taste to put these poor people out there for her own political gain. Political machine? Enter Judd Gregg … if nothing else, guilty by association.  

Donna Frost  

Doubly Impressed
We enjoyed lunch at The Quill and were glad to learn about the connection with New Hampshire Magazine. “The It List” [December 2014] was impressive … so much varied talent in our state.

Alice Robak

In Proportion
As a member of the aging population of New Hampshire living on Social Security, I would like to comment on November’s Editor’s Note “Give Thanksing.” We no longer earn enough to itemize deductions. As such, our donations are not reflected in the tax return statistics. We do still donate to our local fire department, rescue squad, humane society, church, food pantry, etc., in proportion to our income now. We are very proud of our state with its aging population even if we no longer show in these particular statistics.

Gene and Julie Hebert

Missed a Tiffany (an open letter)
The New Hampshire  Magazine article on Littleton [“Weekender,” December 2014] as a town you could visit for a weekend sparked my interest. As a retired UCC minister (ordained 1956, South Main Street Church, Manchester, NH), I sped to (p.22) the Sunday morning footpath to see if our UCC Church was mentioned. No church or synagogue seems to have captured the visitor’s fancy.

More than disappointed with NHM, I checked out Littleton on the web. The town has lots of access points … but the one I chose listed the Congregational Church as a Site of Interest … but had no photo or detail.

So I went to [the] church website and found a lovely photo of the church building, and lots of info about the church itself. How could the article have missed the Tiffany window … if not for attracting to worship, then for “antiques” aficionados  who might like to view the window on their walking tour … even if they did not choose to worship with the congregation.

Of course Littleton has other religious meeting places, I guess … but I wouldn’t know this is a choice for a weekend stay in Littleton … from NHM’s visit, anyway.

I think I had best copy this email to Rick Broussard, editor of NHM.

Des Desmond
Brookfield, Conn.

Editor’s Note: Thanks for copying me on your letter. Not sure that our Weekender department will ever be as church-focused as you’d like, but I’ve passed it along to our writer so she can consider it. I think that when a local church or synagogue has cultural significance it might merit inclusion. I personally enjoy going to church in new places when I’m on vacation as a way to get to know the town, but for most people I think selecting a church is more about denomination than about aesthetics or cultural waypoints.


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