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Your Comments: On Dress Codes, Veteran Job Fairs, And Poetry

Time again for some of your comments, and we got quite a few about a story from reporter Michael Brindley about a proposed dress code at Pinkerton Academy in Derry.

True Ricker was one of several people on our Facebook page who opposed the new clothes, saying

"Next up, making girls kneel to show their skirts are long enough, a-la 1970.”

And True made reference to some parents’ concerns about the costs of the proposed uniforms, adding:

“Aside from regressive enforcement of antiquated gender roles via clothing, must such changes be sourced from Land's End?"

A commenter who posted under the name Case Man disagreed, saying:

"I think its funny how there is so much complaining about this from small-ville NH while parents in Baltimore City… are loving and embracing this change in their school. This has been a huge relief on the kids, no more having to worry about weather or not they will be teased for not wearing something cool."

And Jerry T. posted a comment on our website that says

“I find it interesting that you followed some of the parents lead and focused on a dress code when there was a much larger issue that was discussed. Common Core for Pinkerton Academy (and any other school for that matter) is a bad deal! This is where parents concerns and yours should have been.”

Richard Lempke thought our Seacoast reporter, Emily Corwin, was on the mark in her recent coverage of a job fair for veterans. He says “I appreciate the attention that you all at NHPR have given to this event. It's nice to have people like you to bring it into light.”

He goes on to say of his company:

“We were able to hire two vets from this experience and possibly two others. I hope more employers would do the same because, believe me, a little occupation goes a long way for a homecoming soldier. Pride is one of our biggest attributes and finding a way to exert it is a cure for a lot of things to a vet.”

And last week Sean Hurley brought us a story about Walter Butts, who served as New Hampshire’s poet laureate until his death earlier this year.

Marybeth Fairhurst wrote to thank Sean for what she called an “insightful and lovely story.” She says:

“Mr. Butts poetry resonates on so many sensory levels. Yes, poetry is the form of expression most able to bear our humanity.”

If any of our stories resonate with you, please feel free to express yourself. You can send an email or post a comment about our news coverage here NHPR.org. You can also share your feedback and your questions with us on Facebook or on Twitter.

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