HB Letters

Comparing teachers’ salaries to industry

To the Editor: Hollis and Brookline voted to increase co-op teachers' salaries by 6 percent over two years. The reason: equalize the elementary school and co-op pay. We were given stats: 100 percent graduation, 94 percent college, teachers working diligently at substandard income and personal ...

Support Article 1 at District Meeting

To the Editor: I am writing to ask Hollis and Brookline voters to please attend the Co-op District Meeting on March 23 at the HBHS gym, 7 p.m. (child care available), and to support the teacher contract (Article 1) on the warrant to be addressed that evening. Our middle school and high school ...

Help protect Hollis’ heritage

To the Editor: The heritage we received from prior residents of Hollis is not only a splendid rural landscape, but a place of community and collaboration. The Town Meeting is one of the primary events in which we engage as a community to collectively act to protect and enhance our ...

Explaining proposed teachers contract

To the Editor: I am writing to correct misinformation being distributed in our community and in letters to this publication regarding the proposed Hollis Brookline Co-op teachers contract for fiscal 2016-18. Although the contract includes many educational elements, critics have focused solely ...

Be respectful and have humility

To the Editor: I was appalled and saddened by the letter from Janet Hicks posted in a recent paper and that you gave a voice to those who propagate the message of hate and broad stereotyping. I applaud Ms. Ibrahim, who offered to introduce herself to her neighbors (us) knowing that people ...

Don’t close minds to differences, diversity

To the Editor: As I read the letter to the editor from Janice Hicks, Hollis, I wondered if we were sitting in two different rooms, listening to two different presentations. Celine Ibrahim gave an excellent presentation about the Islamic faith and the Quran. That there were apparent attempts ...

Cook-Off in Brookline was a great success

To the Editor: A big thank you to all contestants and guests who contributed to such a great event, the Chili/Chowder/Soup Cook-Off. What a crowd we had! About 300 visitors packed the room where 14 professionals and amateurs brought the best chilis and soups we ever tasted. The event was so ...

Whalen seeks votes for school board

To the Editor: My name is Krista Whalen, and I am asking for your support to continue serving on the Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District. The past four years, I have worked on the Co-op School Board and learned a great deal about our school district. As a parent and as a ...

Vote ‘Yes’ to save Birch Hill, Rocky Pond

To the Editor: On March 12 at the Hollis Town Meeting, the residents of Hollis have the opportunity to protect Birch Hill. This forested property of 354 acres, accessible from Federal Hill Road or Hayden Road, is the largest parcel of undeveloped land that has been presented by the Land ...

Brown seeks votes for office

To the Editor: My name is Elizabeth Brown, and I ask for your support as a candidate for the Hollis Board of Selectmen. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1996, and have spent my entire legal career practicing law in Delaware. Since 2003, I have worked for a general ...

Stop 14.4% tax increase, adopt SB2 voting

To the Editor: During the Hollis Brookline Co-op School District budget hearing on Feb. 18, the Co-op Budget Committee reported that Brookline's tax rate for the co-op will increase 14.4 percent if all warrant articles pass as written. As the former chair of the Co-op Budget Committee, a 14.4 ...

Vote to expand role of assistant director

To the Editor: I am writing to urge Brookline residents to support Warrant Article 10, which would make the Brookline Library's assistant director's position a full-time position. In the past 10 years, Brookline's population has grown significantly; in the same period, library circulation has ...

Vote to adopt SB2 for Hollis, Brookline

To the editor: I urge residents of Hollis and Brookline to support the petition warrant article to adopt SB2 voting. The common misperception is that SB2 will remove the ability to debate like we do today in Town Meeting. Nothing could be further from the truth. SB2 includes both a ...

Hollis voters asked to support Article 3

To the Editor: At Town Meeting in Hollis this year, Warrant Article 3 gives the voters the opportunity to purchase and permanently protect nearly 1 mile of shorefront and 140 acres on Rocky Pond. This beautiful, 64-acre pond is more than 1½ times larger than Silver Lake. It has remained ...

Unanswered questions from presentation

To the Editor: I am submitting below a letter concerning a lecture titled "Your American Muslim Neighbor" that was given on Feb. 14, 2016, at the Brookline Fire Station. "Your American Muslim Neighbor" I was very disappointed to find that Ms. Ibrahim gave ...

Vote in favor of SB2 for Hollis, Brookline

To the Editor: On Tuesday, March, 8 the voters of Hollis and Brookline will have the opportunity to vote to adopt SB2, which would allow for all-day ballot voting on the co-op school budget and bonds. Those of us who attend the co-op annual meetings recognize that they have become ...

Vote yes for SB2

To the Editor: This March on Election Day, registered voters can go to the polls, which are open for 12 hours, and cast their ballots for school board and town offices candidates. Voters who are out of town, traveling on business, working, etc., may request an absentee ballot and still ...

SB2 is not for Hollis and Brookline

To the Editor: Why do some want the SB2 form of town meeting versus the traditional meeting? The benefits are always touted as allowing more people to vote on the town warrant articles because voting is conducted on Election Day. This is definitely a benefit. But what is it that people can ...

Support ballot voting change for co-op

To the Editor: I am writing in support of a change to all-day secret ballot voting for the co-op district. This change is for adoption of Senate Bill 2. To date, 79 school districts in New Hampshire have switched to all-day ballot voting. Brookline and Hollis now comprise over 12,000 ...

Pink Ride exceeds donation goal

To the Editor: What a great day - sunny skies, winter weather, snow to ride and the 2016 Pink Ride. Thank you to all who joined us today at the Pink Ride, and a special thank you goes out to town of Hollis Selectman Vahrij Manoukian and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte for also joining us. Sen. Ayotte ...