Letters to the Editor
Photo of Baptist Church recalls special memories
To the Editor:
Memories flooded my mind when I saw the photo of the original Baptist Church on South Street, printed in last week’s paper.
It was this old edifice – a very fun place to explore! – that brought our family to Milford in 1967. My dad, Glen C. Bachelder, was called to serve as the minister, so our family of six relocated from Massachusetts to take up residence in the parsonage on Summer Street.
As the caption indicated, the large and inefficient building was costly to heat and repair, so it wasn’t long before a building program was instituted, ultimately resulting in the construction of the new brick church on West Street. I was a young girl during this time, but I took great pleasure in observing all the efforts of the many men of the church who worked tirelessly alongside builder Chet Ryan to bring life to the new building, doing my small part by serving coffee and doughnuts. That old structure was razed in the early ’70s, and the bank was built in its place.
In 2011, my dad was in a Manchester hospital, fighting to recover from double pneumonia. As it became evident his life was soon coming to an end, he was moved to a private room in the secluded end of a hallway. As we all were acclimating ourselves to these surreal surroundings, I looked at the wall in the window alcove near his bed. There before me was a print of the old Baptist Church, taken from across Railroad Pond with the building and its original tall spire reflected so beautifully in the water.
Overcome with emotion, my heart was filled with a strong sense of God’s provision for all of us in that moment. I quickly whispered in Dad’s ear about this gift, perfectly placed for our family, and reassured him that he was surely well-cared for. Within hours, he was gone, yet we remain overwhelmed at the peace we derived from seeing that special old church come full circle in his life.
Becky Bachelder Tripp
Thank you for emergency care
To the Editor:
I write to extend my thanks to the Wilton Police and Wilton Ambulance for their response to my home on the evening of Jan. 9.
I developed an anaphylactic reaction to medication requiring emergency transportation to the hospital I have worked at for over 25 years. Their responses were prompt, professional and reassuring.
Being a health care professional, as well as a resident of Wilton, I can personally say we are in good hands.
Mark A. Hastings, RN
Director, emergency management
EMS and trauma coordinator
Southern New Hampshire Health, Nashua
Continue to fight big-money politics
To the Editor:
Doris Haddock used to walk past my house in Harrisville as she trained for her cross-country walk to call for renewing American democracy by ending the corruption of big-money in politics.
Doris’ walk for campaign finance reform propelled her and the issue into the national spotlight, where as "Granny D" she became an inspiration for Americans regardless of class, ethnicity, political party or region. She spoke truth to power, and she spoke in a way that brought us together, until she died at 100.
Doris would have been 106 on Jan. 24. She asked us to join her in the struggle for democracy. Let’s give her a birthday present of hope and commitment. Each of us has a unique way to work for the beloved community envisioned by Dr. King and Granny D.
The NH Rebellion, one of the organizations inspired by Granny D, will hold its "We the People Convention to Fight Big Money Politics" from noon Feb. 5 to noon Feb. 7. Speakers, entertainers, presidential candidates and "we, the people" will gather in a heated tent at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester. Doris will be there in spirit! Perhaps you will be, too.
Light suggested for unsafe crosswalk
To the Editor:
Regarding the dangerous crosswalk on Elm Street, may I suggest that Milford give consideration to installing a traffic light at the crosswalk. As the large signs have been ineffective, another solution must be considered.
Normally, the traffic light would remain green (go) for the auto traffic. However, it could be switched to red (stop) when a pedestrian wished to use the crosswalk. Pedestrians could activate the change from green to red by pushing a button on a pole beside the crosswalk on each side of the street. After a fixed amount of time, the light would automatically return to green for the auto traffic. There could be a set of smaller lights providing stop and go (red and green) instructions for pedestrians.
I have seen this type of traffic light system in many places. It works well. We have them here in my township.
I know Milford is not amenable to more traffic lights and the cost for purchase and installation is undesirable. However, this is a situation where pedestrian safety should take the higher priority.
Fort Washington, Md.