All NH middle and high schoolers are invited to Rock-Paper-Scissors tourney

All NH middle and high schoolers are invited to Rock-Paper-Scissors tourney

To the Editor:

My name is Jack Miron and I am in ninth grade at the Derryfield School in Manchester. We are organizing a state-wide Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament, the details of which are attached.

In essence, each of New Hampshire’s 350-plus public and private schools serving middle and high school students across the state are invited to send a School Champion to the final tournament. Even homeschooled kids will be able to participate in the event! There is no cost to participate and prizes and a trophy will be awarded to the winner.

The tournament will occur on Saturday, Dec. 14, and take place at The Derryfield School, 2108 River Road, Manchester. The event will start at noon. You can find details on our website, www.rpsnh2013.webs.com, and on YouTube, www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH1SdPSzPGE.

This event promises to be a wonderful occasion that unites young people of all ages and backgrounds from across the entire state of New Hampshire in a spirit of friendship and friendly competition.

Invitations to all of the middle and high schools in New Hampshire have already been sent out.

If you have any questions, you can reach me at 17jmiron@derryfield.org or rpsnh2013@gmail.com or you may also contact our Dean of School Activities Chris McNeil at cmcneil@derryfield.org.

JACK MIRON

Class of 2017, Derryfield School

Bedford

YMCA holding food drive for food pantry

To the Editor:

The holiday season always brings to light the need to help our local food pantries.

Locally, food pantries are always looking for donations, and this year is especially tough. Many pantries are in need of restocking. As one of our social responsibility initiatives, the YMCA of Greater Nashua will collect non-perishable food items to support the Merrimack food pantry. The food drive will run during the month of December.

Common items that are typically needed include canned vegetables and fruit, pasta, tuna, peanut butter, beans, canned soup and jelly. Donation bins will be set up in the YMCA lobbies for community donations.

Additionally, the Y is offering a membership incentive: In lieu of paying a one-time join fee (normally $50 or $100), potential members can donate a bag of non-perishable food items that will support our food drive. This membership special runs Dec. 1 through Dec. 31.

ELIZABETH A. COVINO

Director of Community Relations

YMCA of Greater Nashua

It’s time to wake up Granite Staters

To the Editor:

What follows is a true New Hampshire story. It’s relevant if you live up north in Pittsburg, down south in Hollis, west in Claremont or east in Rye.

Last week, the Selectmen of Loudon asked me to come to one of their regular meetings. I don’t live in Loudon.

Months ago, I authored a pamphlet titled “Granite State Future – The Real Facts.” It was given to the Loudon Selectmen a month ago and they wanted to know more about the topic. You can read the pamphlet here at http://go.timcarter.com/GSF.

I walked into the meeting room and just three men were sitting at a standard folding cafeteria table passing letters to one another and then depositing them into a large plastic bin. It was a bureaucratic conveyor belt.

No one else was there, even though there were 40 soft chairs to sit in. No one. Not one Loudon citizen was in the room watching decisions being made. Not one citizen was there participating. Are you one of these people in your town?

After 15 minutes, Mr. Krieger cordially asked me to approach the folding table and introduce myself for the record. They asked me to tell them about the Granite State Future. I did.

“Are you telling me you’ve not been contacted by Michael Tardiff, the executive director of the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission about the Granite State Future,” I said.

“No we haven’t. We have no clue what the Granite State Future is about.”

“Well, for starters you should go to GraniteStateFutures.org,” I suggested.

Wow. I almost fell over I was so shocked. I shouldn’t have been, because this is the same thing I’m encountering all over the state. Selectmen in countless New Hampshire towns have not heard about the Granite State Future, even though it’s been in motion since February 2012.

On that dark day, the nine New Hampshire regional planning commissions signed a legally binding contract with the federal government mandating New Hampshire zoning and planning mirror what the federal government wants, not what you or your selectmen want.

Why didn’t Mr. Tardiff come to Loudon months ago before I showed up last week? That’s easy. The nine NH Regional Planning commissions don’t want you or your selectmen to know what’s going on. They don’t want you to know they control every aspect of your life here in New Hampshire. They don’t want to remind any elected officials that they, the RPCs, are filled with unelected bureaucrats making critical decisions about every aspect of your life.

It’s time for you to wake up.

TIM CARTER

Meredith