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Page 6--- JOURNAL OPINION--August 23, 2017 We reported in last week's edition about the Keep Woodsville Open coalition, a nascent group working to keep Woodsville High School open. Some members attended the school board meeting on Aug. 13, but even better, they streamed the meeting so those who couldn't attend in person could watch from home, work or elsewhere We applaud the effort. Apathy is not good for anyone. The school's future is important to so many in the community, and one that should galvanize the public into action this fall. Livestreaming upcoming school board meetings will help keep community members engaged during deliberations on this important subject. While on the surface, tuitioning students to another school might sound less expensive, there will be a total loss of local control on cost control and what kind of education these NH State Library really delivers by Michael York Just walk away WhenyouwalkintoyourpubliclibraryhereinNewHampshire, youmaythinkthat the items you see on the shelves are the only ones that you can borrow. That's actually To the Editor: not true. Your library card can get you access to literally millions of books, magazines, The community here has been devastated by the senseless and tragic murder of music, movies and more from libraries across the state, brought right to your own Chrystal Lewis. The heartbreaking pain there her family is going through is public or academic library. unfathomable. The NH State Library has a long history ofprovidingNew Hampshire's library I plead with anyone who is ajilted lover, disgruntled employee or anyone who patrons with access to materials that their libraries might not have. In the early 1900s, might be in what they perceive to be an unbearable situation and thinks there is only we mailed books we selected from our collection to rural libraries as a way for them one horrible way out--please, just walk away and stay away. to offer a larger selection to their patrons and to stretch their limited funds. Get anger management counseling fast--whatever you have to do to put a lid In 1938, we moved in a new direction when we purchased our first bookmobile. on your anger. It's simply not worth it any other way. That first vehicle, a half-ton panel truck with special shelves, could hold about 500 MaryPowers State Library books; it began making rural stops in Carroll County, soon adding stops Topsham, VT inCorsandSuUivancounties.Withintwoyears, theserviceincreaseditsnumberof stops from 25 to 233. As you'd expect, the total circulation of books to these rural sites (libraries, schools, and even grange halls and county farms) increased significantly as we added more and more stops. The program was such a success that a second bookmobile was added in 1940, thanks to a donation from the New Hampshire Federation of Women's Clubs. By 1941, the two bookmobiles accounted for a circulation of more than 36,000 books annually - quite the increase from that first partial year, when 1,968 books circulated. Bookmobiles continued to be a valuable part of the State Library's services to New Hampshire libraries during World War II and the decades that followed. By 1968, there were four bookmobiles operating statewide, based at our four regional --A monarch among us-- offices in Concord, Exeter, KeeneandLittleton, witheachmakingdeliveriestotheir assigned geographic areas. students will receive, by Elise Tillinghast " At their peak of popularity, in 1977, more than 320,000 books circulated using Earlier this summer, mydaughter fromwhichmilkweedgetsitsname.This the bookmobiles, butthefocusonsharingmaterialsfromtheStateLibrarybeganto That's why it's vital for voters to know exactly how much it persuaded me to bring home amonarch fast drying goo, stored under pressure change soon after. Instead, a statewide union catalog of holdings from selected will cost to keep the school open, and how much it will cost to egg. I had misgivings, and released when a leafis injured, can libraries-thinkofitasacardcatalogwithinformationfrommultiplelibraries-was Thiswasn'tmyfirstbutterflyrodeo, swamp a young caterpillar and seal its maintainedattheStateLibrary, andlibrariesusedthattomakerequestsfromeach close it before they can make an informed decision, andpreviousexperiencewasdiscourag- mouthshut.Toxinsinthelatexcanalso other. Eventually, theNewHampshireAutomatedlnformationSystemrevohtionized And while we understand that taxes are steep and the cost of ing.Twosummerspast,afriendgaveus belethal, theinterlibraryloanprograminthestate, allowing hundreds ofpartieipating libraries several black swallowtailcaterpillars. In retrospect, I suspect that we toknowwhatothershadavailabletosharewiththemandtheirpatrons. living in Haverhill is high, we hope the voters will keep the One lived to adulthood, hut all the irnproved our caterpillar's chancesby By1983,thebookmobileprogramwasphasedoutandtheStateLibraryfocused school and do what is necessary to bring it up to code. When we siblings wasted away, takingontheform providing cut leaves with some ofthe onoperatingvansthattransportedbooksbetweenlendingandborrowinglibraries. ofbumt bacon gristle, latex already draining out ofthe stems. Growth was gradual: in 1989, we operated two vans within the state, helping to say necessary, that is exactly whatwe mean. It would be nice to On the plus side, this time we'd be Hatchy also appearedto follow atypical transport more than 53,000 interlibrary loan books that year. We now operate five have some bells and whistles, but if the school board puts forth starting with an egg, and a new one at irrigationtactic to reduce latex exposure, vans delivering almost 9,000 books each week[ a figure to fund the bare essentials, theprojectwillhavethebest that. We had found it minutes after Themiddleleafholes, whichitmadeasa TheNHStateLibrary'slnterLibraryLoanserviceviavandeliverycontinuesto watching the mother butterfly flutter young caterpillar, were likely examples be one of the most popular and cost-effective services we provide and is used by chance for approval and the community's school can remain down into a milkweed patch of"circle trench" feeding. This involves people of all ages and interests. Our vans travel more than 200,000 miles a year Anewegg, Ireckoned, was safer. In biting holes in a circular pattem, and deliveringtolibrariesfromSalemtoColebrook, HinsdaletoPortsmoutheachweek. open. practicalparentalterms:ifweraisedthe retracting the head every time that the Wehavecomealongwayfromasinglebookmobiledrivingtoremotevillagesinthe After all, if the school is closed, the chances of ever getting caterpillar in a reasonably sterile North Country, andwe'restillproudtobeabletohelpbringsuchawidevarietyof environment, it seemed unlikely to die in materials to New Hampshire's library patrons. it back are dim at best. spectacularly horrid fashion, for ex- ### ample, by bursting open to reveal tachnld Michael York is NH State Librarian. This is part of a series that commemorates fly larvae, and thus inspiring tears and the N.H. State Library's 300'h anniversary in 2017. difficult religious conversations during ON THIS DATE themorningdrivetodaycare. So I agreed to take it home. I begged On Aug. 23, 1977, Bryan Allen pedaled the 70 pound Gossamer my children not to get emotionally Condorforamileataminimalaltitudeoftwopylonsinaflightcertifiedby attached. I emphasized that we were American Life in Poetry the Royal Aeronautical Society of Britain. It was the first man-powered starting a science project, not adopting a ~,-\, by Ted Kooser pet. /~ U.S. Poet Laureate flight ### Over the next five days we watched /\~ Just as I prefer to read good travel writing more than I like to travel, I look to ActoranddancerGeneKellywasbomAug.23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, as the egg elongated, and its radial ~ poemstooffermeexperiencesI'mquitelikelynevertohave. Here'sapoemby PA.HismoviesincludedSingin'intheRainandAnAmericaninParis.Kelly grooves, running base to tip, became RebeccaMacijeski, anativeNewEnglander, aboutjust suchan experience, anda died in Beverly Hills, CA on Feb. 2, 1996. more distinct. By the fifth day, the topof poignant one, too. VII never disassemble a piano, but I've experienced doingit, here. ### the egg had darkened, and soon after a Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were electrocuted at the tiny, translucent maggot with a black Charlestown, MAprisononAug.23, 1927.Convictedofashoe factory head popped out. The kids named it TakingApartMy Childhood Piano My mother and I sit on the back porch, payrollrobberyinwhichaguardwaskilled, theymaintainedtheirinnocence HatchyTractorTil!inghasL,, Hatchy"for ' . " to the end. On the 50th anniversary of their execution, Massachusetts obvious reasons;' Tractor because my bare feet in summer grass as we take the upright down to pieces, Governor Michael Dukakis proclaimed Aug. 23, 1977 amemorial day, son, age 4, is of the firm opinion that breezehummingthroughits strings. noting that the 1921 trial had been permeated by prejudice, anything is better with a tractor lathe ### middle ofitl .... ': I extract each melodic tooth and sort them~ ~ i. " i~ Kobe Bryant, basketball player, was born in Philadelphia, PA ~la Aug. ' Hatehy's first order of'business~was 23, 1978; and Shelley Long, actress, wasbominFortWayne, INonAug. to devour its own egg case. This is inoctavesforrinsing, tidy enclosure in boxes, ' 23, 1949. standard operating procedure for many remembering in each how my young fingers caterpillars, and provides them with a rioted over them searching for sound protein-rich first meal. Our young monarch's next act (after resting) andthe Way it grows like its own MUNICIPAL WEBSITES involved weird back and forth swa~,- unrulyanimal.Theoldpiano New Hampshire mug--what my kids described as its lies open to Sunday morning sun, Bath--www.bath-nh.org "waggle dance." By the end of its first swallowing blossoms that drift over like stars Bentorv---www.tobentonnh.org day, it had chewed a hole through the Haverhill--www.haverhill-nh.com middle of the leaf, and turned light green, from the apple tree I climbed as a girl. LisborP--www.lisbonnh.org Given my anxieties about the impact My mother and I sit here in a quiet Lyme--www.lymenh.gov of caterpillar death on family serenity, it's usually reserved for churches, Monroe----www.monroetown.com just as well that I was ignorant abobt hands moving slowly over what we gather Mountain Lakes District--www.mountainlakesnh.com monarch feeding behaviors. Although Orford--www.orfordnh.us monarch lives are fraught with peril at --piles of soft hammers, odd coils of wire. Piermont--www.townofpiermonmh.org every stage--from egg-eating ants to We take up wet rags and wash each wooden key Warren--www.warren-nh.com any number of dangers during the fall down its surface, wet music Wentworth--www.wentworth-nh.org migration down to Mexico--it tums out pooling onto our skin. Vermont that one of the most dangerous moments ### Poem reprinted by permission of Rebecca Macijeski. Bradford--www.bradford-vt.us of all is the caterpillar's first vegetarian Chelsea--www.chelseavt.org meal. ' Corinth~www.corinthvt.org In his excellent new book, Mon- Fairlee--www.fairleevt.org archs andMilkweed, Comell professor Groton--www.grotonvt.com Anurag Agrawal described the evolu- Newbury--www.newburyvt.org tionary arms race between monarch Ryegate----www.ryegatevt.org butterflies and their host plant. For many ~ Thetford~www.thetfordvermont.us milkweed species (including our corn- | ~3 West Fairlee--www.westfairleevt.com mort milkweed, Asclepius syriaca) the first line of defense is the plant's woolly texture. A thick forest of hairs creates a wall between caterpillars and the leaf ABOUT THIS PAGE surface.Inretrospect,IbelieveHatchy's WHITEHILL REUNION swaying behavior was an effort to get NORTH RYEGATE--The descendants The opinion page of the Journal Opinion is devoted to editorials, through this barrier - what Agrawal of JamesandAbrahamWhitehillwillhold commentary and letters. Theeditorialontheleftsideundertheheading described as "mowing the lawn." A their annual reunion on Aug. 19 at the Due to the Labor Day holiday, the dead- editorial is the only column that expresses the opinions of the Journal young monarch caterpillar spends Whitehill Stone House on the Groton- Peacham Road in North Ryegate. There line for all ads and editorial copy for the Opinion. Allothersaretheviewsandopinionsoftheauthorsonly. precious energy shaving offleafhairs in will be a chicken dirmer at noon followed We encourage readers to comment on matters of interest and will order to clear a feeding patch, by the annual meeting and group photo. Sept. 6 issue of the Journal Opinion will be publish letters regardless oftheirpolitics providingthey areingoodtaste. Next comes the dangerous moment, Bring anappetite and spend the day at the Thursday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. Our office will We ask that you limit letters to 400 words or less and write no more than the first bite. According to research ciied Stone House while enjoying the company twicepermonth.Alllettersmustbesignedwithcontactinformationgiven byAgrawal, odds are remarkably grim, of friends, relatives and the beautiful be closed Monday, Sept. 4. for verification, with more than 60 percent of monarch scenery. The publisher reserves the right to verify the accuracy of letters, edit caterpillars dying from their first leaf letters for clarity, space and content, and limit the number of letters from any meal. The killer is latex--the milky fluid writer to two a month. Anonymous letters or letters judged to be libelous will not be published. The deadline for letters and commenteries is Monday at noon. They may bemailedtotheJournalOpinion, POBox378, Bradford, VT05033, 2~a ~fi~d emailed to editor@j onews.com or faxed to (802)222-5438. -- Deep thoughts by Nessa Flax Do you know anyone who is not working reported. The top 1 percent enjoyed a 138 toblame. hard these days? percent increase. And the real kicker? Fortune Watching the news, I witness increased Idon't. 400 CEOs earn 296 times the average evidenceofunrest, fromroadragetotheriseof Regardless of age or profession, marital American wage---up from 24 times in 1973. protectionism. I'll believe "all those immigrants status, childrenorchildlessness,justgettingbyis Accordingtothe2017indexcompiledbythe are taking our jobs" when I see white a constant struggle for most of us. And it gets World Economic Forum, the U.S. ranks23~ out supremacists pickinglettuce. harder every year. of 30 developed nations in "inclusive develop- I observe emboldened hate groups that see Wearenotimaginingthis.Economicreports ment." This index measures distribution of amythicalwhitesuperiorityasthesohtiontoall confirm our experience, income, wealthandthe levelofpoverty. Keeping our problems What I see is fear, anger, and the AN AWARD-WINNING INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER OlivierGarret, CEOofMauldinEconomics, us company down at the bottom are Mexico, oversimplifiedneedto f'mdsomeonetoblame. a leading publisher of financial research, Nigeria,andSouthAfrica. IcannothelpbutthinkoftheconditionsHitler reported in Forbes earlier this year that real For those people who think we spend exploitedinhisrisetopower.Post-WorldWar A weekly newspaper published in Bradford, Vermont. Subscription rates-- median wages have only risen 9 percent since altogether too much taking care of our fellow I Germany was in a deep economic depression, Vermont and New Hampshire--S28 per ye'ar, $18 for six months; out-of-state 1979. Americans, thinkagain. Wereceivedespecially and its political situation was chaotic and $35 per year, $22 for six months; senior citizen's discount $3. "Comparethattothe91 percentriseinreal lowmarksinthecategoryof"socialprotection," ineffeetiveatmeetingtheneedsofitspeople. wages in the 25 years after the end of WWII," those social safety nets that keep folks from Hitler played on their fears. He created a Second class postage paid at Bradford, Vermont. POSTMASTER: Send address Garret noted, falling into utterly dire circumstances, false but passionate"reality" and gave Germans changes to Journal Opinion, PO Box 378, Bradford, Vermont 05033 Adding to our stress is a greater conscious Although some people think anything from specific groups of people to point their fingers awareness that not all of us are constantly the field of economics is too complicated or at--andgavethepermissiontopersecutethem. Editor/Publisber-~ConnieSanville balancing on a financial razor's edge. That boring, tometheinfiuenceonsoeialconditionsis Improving economic conditions requires wideninggap ofincomeinequalitywehear about simple. Whenwe struggle for too long, we lose more engagement and complex solutions than Managing Editor-~ Alex Nuti-de Biasi is just as real as our teetering efforts, hope that things will get better, and we become finger-pointing. Web Site www.jonews.eom The top 5 percent of earners saw their wages afraid. We become fearful. Let us be willing to do the work, rather than BRADFORD FAX increase by 60 percent since 1973, Garret We become angry ... and look for someone allowingourfearsandangertobemanipulated, 802-222-5281 802-222-5438 sending us down roads to nowhere good.