Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Telegraph weighing in – thumbs up, thumbs down or neutral.

Thumbs up to the Nashua School District and Superintendent Jahmal Mosley for organizing the employee gathering last week at Nashua High School North. “This is the first time I have ever been somewhere where we have had all of our district employees (together), and it’s really quite impressive,” said George Farrington, president of the

Nashua Board of Education. The Telegraph echoes that sentiment. Most school systems throughout the country would never attempt such a start-of-school-year meeting. It’s refreshing to see such a focus on education and the well-being of our local schoolchildren.

Thumbs up, again, and congratulations to the Nashua School District for instituting full-day kindergarten classes. “This is also a big day, because we are starting up the kindergarten,” said Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess. “It is something that I am particularly proud of, because we all know that kindergarten is going to help all students throughout the course of their entire lives.” Although it has been a long time coming (30 years), as Donchess also noted, it surely is something in which to be proud. Again, this reinforces the district’s focus on the importance of a solid education, which will go a long way in bettering the lives of those in the city.

Thumbs up to the many citizens who turned out for last week’s meeting on the proposed $15.5 million performing arts center. Many came out in favor of the project; however, some still voiced concerns. We, again, agree with Donchess, who said the performing arts center is an opportunity to invest in the city and enhance the viability of Nashua’s downtown. Conversely, we do think every potential option must be investigated before the project moves forward.

Thumbs down to all the local outdoor swimming pools that were closed over the long Labor Day weekend. The holiday offered the last opportunity for many to get out and enjoy a last bit of sunshine.

Thumbs up to all the local organizations, businesses and citizens for pitching in – financially or otherwise – to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The worth of a community often can be measured by the generosity of its people. When it comes to that, Greater Nashua is second to none.

Thumbs up to the United Way of Greater Nashua, the Nashua Public Library and several volunteers for the Free Little Library initiative. “You spend your first couple years learning how to read, and after first grade, you read to learn. We want to focus on making sure kids learn to read and read to learn,” said Mike Apfelberg, president of United Way of Greater Nashua. The little libraries will feature books for both adults and kids. Eight Free Little Libraries were installed by approximately 60 volunteers last week. These Little Libraries surly will put smiles on the faces of both children and adults and be a bastion of learning for area residents.