“Film Stars Don’t Die in
Liverpool” is the movie scheduled for Wednesday, December 19 at 1:30
at the Epsom Public Library. Annette Benning plays an aging
Hollywood superstar who has an affair with a younger man played by
Jamie Bell. Their mismatched romance has its highs and lows and
proves to be difficult and demanding. They must come to terms
with whatever fate they face in the future. This film is rated
R for language and brief nudity.
Letter To The Editor
I’m a resident of Epsom,
father of two and strong supporter of full-day kindergarten, and I
urge you to vote YES for full-day kindergarten.
My wife and I lived for
12+ years in Concord. When my wife became pregnant we had a
decision to make... do we stay in Concord, with its resources,
opportunities, and educational programs for our children, or look to
move to a smaller neighboring town where we can have a nice yard,
and a more neighborly feel??? We chose the latter. We
looked at several towns, all of which now have full-day kindergarten
programs, in addition to Epsom. Ultimately, we found a house
that we couldn’t say no to, without really doing our due diligence
of looking at the resources the town offered. We did not
realize that it was one of few NH towns that didn’t have full-day
kindergarten. Had we known, we would have strongly
re-considered moving here as it is a strong indicator of the lack of
investment and appreciation for education. Many of our
children will hopefully grow up to be the future generation of Epsom
residents so investing in them is the same as investing in the
future of our town.
As Concord continues to
invest in its city, it will attract new talent to the area to
support new businesses. As with my family, when the time comes
for these new residents to begin families, I suspect many will look
to move to neighboring towns and half-day kindergarten in Epsom
would be a big deterrent for new families to move here.
I passionately support
this cause and strongly feel that it is something that should be
done both for our children and the future of our community. I
urge you to vote for full-day kindergarten.
To my constituents in
Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
This week, the House met
to organize itself for the 2019-20 session. 395 representatives were
sworn in, and as expected the Democrat nominee for Speaker, Steve
Shurtleff of Concord, was elected, 237-152. Paul Smith of Epsom was
unanimously re-elected as House Clerk. In joint convention with the
Senate, we elected the Secretary of State. On the first ballot, Bill
Gardner got 208 votes for 207 for Colin Van Ostern – but because one
member voted for a write-in candidate, neither got the required 209
votes. After some confusion, we heard another round of speeches and
re-voted, giving Gardner 209 with 205 for Van Ostern (and one
write-in: some people don’t learn!) State Treasurer Bill Dwyer was
re-elected unanimously, to end the joint session on a unified note.
I voted for Gardner both times, as several constituents requested:
I’ve found Gardner to be a fair and honest person who works for the
best interests of the state and all its people. Van Ostern had some
interesting ideas for changes, but I’m convinced he wanted to use
the office as a partisan stepping-stone, and that would lead to the
problems other states have had in their elections.
About 800 bills have been
submitted for next year, with the House filing period closed. The
Senate will add a few more, and I’m working on a number of people on
finalizing the language for their bills. I’ve signed off on all
eight of mine and I’ll give a summary later this month.
Interested people can
email me for my newsletter, with more information than can fit in
Letter To The Editor
I always enjoy Carole
Soule’s columns. I especially love the humane way she treats all her
animals. I particularly enjoyed column about why she “names” animals
(cows in particular) rather than numbering them. I appreciated
the column on the morality (my word) of slaughtering animals for
human consumption. Certainly more humane than animals in the wild
feeding on other animals (at least on her farm). I adore the
“conversations” she has with the 4 legged creatures and the
responses she gets from them.
I could go on and on. All
her stories are educational. She’s forthright re the hardships of
her work. She tells her stories all with terrific humor. But,
her column December 5, 2018 where her animals participate in live
Nativity scenes is now my favorite.
Thank you, Carole, for
all your writing and thank you, Suncook Valley Sun, for printing