Letters to the Editor

On "New Castle Saltines"

I just read the latest "Saltines." It's beautifully done. I've also always wanted the Shipping News of the Piscataqua ever since I read Annie Proulx's book years ago. Thank you for a fine piece of work. I've bookmarked it and look forward to reading more in the future.
Patty Cohen, New Castle, New Hampshire

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On "Hampton seacoast property owners
see taxes jump"

As a member of the Hampton taxpayers group, a link to your Web site was forwarded to me. I read several articles and was impressed with how nicely they are written. I found your newsletter to be professional and informative. Keep up the good work.
Terrie Dolan, Hampton, New Hampshire

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On "Saunders being sold"

If the town fathers insist on building more condos on the beach area (driven by builders' greed) then we can kiss this beautiful place goodbye. For years I've owned a small cottage a block off the beach. I've seen my taxes go up relentlessly and paid them without complaining. I know I am complaining now and I want it known that the town cannot approve this without there being consequences. Let them live by their own rules! If they rip down a restaurant, let only another restaurant be built in its place. Thank you for hearing me out.
Robert C. Williams, Rye, New Hampshire

We recently learned of the possible closing of Saunders Restaurant (slated for the end of this summer) with the potential building of condos in its place. My folks started to come to Rye in the 30's and I have been coming here since the late 40's with my parents, then with my own family and now with grandchildren. A lot has changed but just as much has remained the same. While we are not opposed to "development" per se, we are horrified that the most beautiful spot on the N.H. coastline could be converted to such use. Too bad the State of New Hampshire can't turn the facility into a nature center (like Odiorne) or UNH Culinary School can't purchase it, or even the fellow who owns the fabulous Michael's Carriage House. For all the years we have been coming to Rye, the town fathers seemed to keep a pretty tight finger on what is built, added on, torn down and developed, etc.  This is not Miami... it is a breathtakingly beautiful small community with a rich 300 year history. Let's keep it looking and feeling that way.
Dottie and Larry Dack, Albany, New York

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On "Many hands join to build outdoor track at third of cost"

I read through Rye Reflections and thoroughly enjoyed all the articles. Here are some of my thoughts that prompted this email.
The article about the PTA building a track at the local elementary school brought back memories to me. In 1969, my wife and I moved to our first home in New Windsor, N.Y. Sometime around 1976 we signed up our son to play T-ball in the town's Little League run by a group of young dads who wanted their kids to have fun the same way they did when they were their age. The playing fields were spread all over town and practice time was near impossible to obtain from the leagues' officers. We got our thinking caps on and proposed one large baseball complex for the town. Getting a private owner to donate his land is a story in itself. We spent many  a weekend leveling the field with borrowed graders and laying donated turf for three ball fields. Those three ball fields started out with a first year budget of $70,000. All monies came from drivers using New Windosr streets. What a great experience we all had watching our youngsters play ball each night and on weekends. My wife and I were also involved in the school PTA and I volunteered to be its president one year. I thoroughly enjoyed Rye Reflections as it reminded me so much of little town USA and my experiences living there.
Bill Hartmann, Bluffton, South Carolina

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On "Rye Reflections"

I don't know any of you and I didn't know about your Web site until I went into the Town's Web site for the election results and was re-routed to you. I love this site. It is extremely informational. I don't know if other people are aware of it; but it should definitely be publicized more. Thank you.
Lesley F. Cornell, Rye, New Hampshire

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On "The Stimulus"

Well, if this opinion piece doesn't hit it out of the park, Mr. Veazey, I don't know what does. Well said. I, too, believe that ultimately - and one way or another - we all just seem to figure it out. But, as we (nearly all of us, including, Mr. Madoff) are experiencing an immediate and not-necessarily-desired downsizing on numbers of fronts, I am also inspired by Thoreau's words: "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify." That's one of my favorite quotes. And, yes, I am one who does care what you and your generation have to say about what you think of things. Keep saying them.
Barbara DeWall, Avondale, Arizona

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On "Ice boating on Eel Pond is a family affair"

Great pictures and article about ice boating on Eel Pond. Where are the swans in the winter? Does someone care for them? Thanks.
Mike Pierce, Rye, New Hampshire

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April, 2009