To the editor:
It's easy enough to criticize, and it seems hard enough for others to look on the bright side. Here is my "take" on both sides.
First, the good news in Berlin: Well-kept school buildings and campuses, scholastic programs always moving ahead, excellent athletic programs, great parks, playgrounds and athletic fields, The Moffett House Museum and Brown Company barns, the antique steam fire engine, Mt. Jasper trails, Mt. Forist trail parking area, Nansen Ski Jump and Wayside Area, Cates Hill scenic drive, Bisson's Sugar House, Berlin Municipal Airport,top graded AVH, Coos County Nursing Home, St. Vincent de Paul Nursinq Home and Rehabilitation, assisted living centers, senior housing and programs for the elderly (we lead the state in retired and elderly residents), St. Kieran's Art Center, White Mountains Community College, Public Library, Heritage Park and Brown Company House and gardens, community and botanical gardens, cut stone walls on East Milan Road, historic churches, Jericho Lake Park, excellent sewer and water departments, well trained and equipped fire department, police department and ambulance service, Main Street and Route 16 upgrades, Berlin Fish Hatchery, Kilkenny White Mountain National Forest, nearby Lake Umbagog and numerous other ponds, hiking trails including Appalachian Trail, most private land is open for foot travel, bird watching, andother recreational activities.
I consider this an impressive list of accomplishments, and I'm sure you can think of more.
Now for some negative looks: the neglect of the Wurlitzer Organ in the Middle School, the razing of the historic Brown mansion, the disposal of the priceless World War I German artillery piece (donated to the city by an Act of Congress), jungle on the East Side north of the biomass plant, many streets and sidewalks need rebuilding or upgrading, losing the vibrant Main Street of yesterday, monopoly by one party of city hall, losing city-sponsored nurses, no skate park, lack of financial support from people of means (you can't take it with you), the drug, alcohol and vandalism that plague the city.
I believe the good news outweighs the negative, by far. What do you think?
Donald J. Enman