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Salem Community Patriot | December 16, 2011 - 3

The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor

Praise for Our Girls Concern for Gender Gap

It has been brought to my attention that I have done an injustice to girls in my articles concerning the Gender Gap in education. My focus was on alerting area residents that we may have a flawed educational system that is enabling girls to out perform boys from K-College. If this be true than I think all should agree that we have an educational system that is unfair or unjust to our boys.

Although this may be true and if true should be

corrected none the less this alleged flawed educational system should not in any way discredit the outstanding job our girls are achieving. Te girls have worked hard and deserve our respect, admiration and, praise. Girls should not feel that their high achievement is

compromised because of a possible flawed system. Tey worked according to the rules within the system and performed admirably. We all should be proud of their success knowing that because of their excellence the whole country will benefit greatly. Tat said we should also recognize that for whatever the reasons our boys are not keeping pace with our girls and just as we will benefit from the excellence our girls are achieving, so to we must look for causes for why it is our boys are not performing academically as well as our girls. Educators have apparently had spectacular success in devising a system that has propelled or enabled girls to attain high achievement and for this they deserve praise. However this same system has not shown the excellent results for our boys as it has for our girls. Educators should not be content when the system is only working for half of the students. It is not adequate to simply say girls mature faster than boys, or that girls work harder than boys. If girls work harder than boys there must

be a reason or reasons why this is true. I will offer you that a possible reason is that girls are being coached by girl support groups that in order for girls to get their fair share of high paying jobs that it isn’t good enough to just equal the boys, they must excel. Tey must outshine the boys. With this in mind girls are on a mission. Tey are on fire to excel. Tis would go a long ways to explaining why girls work harder because the boys are not being told or coached that they must out shine the girls.

Another possible reason for boys lagging behind girls academically can be attributed to the glut on the market of books written advising girls on how to succeed in the work place and in businesses. A search for similar books written especially for boys reveal very few such books. If a book will help girls in business and in the work place wouldn’t it also help boys? Why then should such books be directed solely at girls? Tis situation reveals that there is a perception that girls need the help. But how can this be when girls are out performing boys from k-college? Wouldn’t one more logically think that it is the boys who need the extra help? Still another reason boys may not be doing as

well academically is that boys think they will have their careers in sports and don’t need to do as well academically. If this is a factor parents and educators must make the boys aware that this is a loosing proposition for boys in general as there are not enough sports to accommodate their number. Hopefully this article will stimulate more thinking about the gender-gap. To that end I have written these articles. Rest assured that unless this gender Gap is closed the future will be bright for our girls but at the price of a future very much less bright for our boys which will bring about some very undesirable unintended consequences for society. I

Haigh Ave Discussed at Selectmen’s Meeting

by S. Aaron Shamshoyan A warrant article to discontinue part of Haigh Avenue will appear before voters this March, as nine previously existing homes on the road have been destroyed. “We are proposing to eliminate that portion of Haigh Avenue,”

said Town Manager Keith Hickey. Working on the project, Community Development Director Bill Scott requested the amendment for inclusion on the March ballot. “We need to discontinue the roadway as a public roadway so it becomes one property,” said Scott. Scott worked to complete a two-phase project for residents of Haigh Avenue, allowing them relief from their flood stricken properties. Due to guideline alterations by the state, the second phase of the project could not be completed, leaving some residents with continuous flooding. Land at the end of the road where the nine homes and roadway formally occupied has been seeded and become part of the Department of Transportation’s Interstate 93 wetland area. He explained that utilities had also been removed. The nine homes often flooded at the convergence of Policy Brook and the Spicket River. They were demolished in 2010.

“Letters About Literature” 2012 Ends Jan. 6

submitted by Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library

New Hampshire students nine years of age or older in grades 4 through 12 have until January 6 to participate in “Letters about Literature,” a reading promotion program that awards cash prizes and Target Gift Cards to winning participants, and may also bring as much as $10,000 to their school or community library. To participate in “Letters About Literature,” students write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. Young readers can select authors from any genre - fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. Top letters are selected in three competition levels: grades 4 to 6, 7 and 8, and 9 to 12. Winners at each level advance to the national competition. Entries must include the required entry coupon. The coupon, along with complete contest rules, a teaching supplement to guide students through the reading-writing process, a list of books that inspired previous semi-finalist letters, and winning entries from previous years are all available at “Letters About Literature” is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores. In New Hampshire, the program is coordinated by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. Information on the New Hampshire Center is available at http://

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will be informing you about some of those unintended consequences in the near future. I invite all interested people interested in closing the gender gap to contact me.

David AuCoin - Salem

Bass Announces Service Academy Nominees for Class of 2016

Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) has announced that 24 students from New Hampshire’s Second District received Congressional nominations to the U.S. Service Academies. Bass said: “Nominating outstanding New Hampshire students to the U.S. Service Academies is one of the highlights of my job. The 24 students who received nominations this year have top-notch academic, athletic, and extracurricular records, and I know the citizens of the Second District join me on congratulating these exceptional young men and women for their achievements. They will undoubtedly go far in their future endeavors.”

As part of their official duties, Members of Congress nominate students to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York (the U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a Congressional nomination for an appointment). Students must obtain a Congressional nomination in addition to applying directly to the school.

A board of retired and active military personnel and community leaders in New Hampshire reviewed the applicants and made recommendations based on the students’ academic, athletic, and extracurricular achievements as well as personal interviews. Bass then nominated the top students from the Second District to the academies. A Congressional nomination does not guarantee an appointment. After a careful review of each student’s academic, athletic, leadership, and physical fitness skills, the service academies extend appointments to the most outstanding applicants. A list of area students receiving nominations to the service academies, with their high schools and hometowns, follows: U.S. Military Academy Charles T. Neild of Litchfield, Campbell High School

U.S. Naval Academy John Houston of Litchfield, Campbell High School

U.S. Air Force Academy Michael A. Croatti of Pelham, Pelham High School Neil Lombardozzi of Salem, Salem High School Ashley J. Thrower of Windham, Bishop Guertin High School Students interested in applying for a Congressional nomination from Bass for the Class of 2017 should contact his Nashua Office at 595- 7701 or visit for more information.

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