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The Grinch of Cheshire County


The Superintendent of SAU 29 Robert Malay wants to protect vulnerable schoolchildren from the scourge of Christmas.

For at least 15 years, the Lions Club and American Legion have sponsored the annual Christmas tree lighting in Marlborough. They told people about it by distributing flyers in the Marlborough and Harrisville schools. No one seemed to mind.

But not on Robert Malay’s watch!

American Legion Post Commander John Fletcher got a call from Malay last week telling him that if he wanted to hand out flyers for the Christmas tree lighting, he would have to remove the word Christmas. Fletcher’s wife spent two days whiting out the offending word, and passed them out on Monday.

Fletcher, rightfully, thinks political correctness has gotten out of hand. Lighting the Christmas tree is a community tradition, and is neither exclusive nor particularly religious. Telling school kids about it seems like a nice thing to do.

Ege Cordell chairs the SAU 29 School Board, but deferred comment on the controversy to Malay. She says it’s budget season for school board members, and she would leave such decisions to the staff they hire to make them. Fair enough.

Mr. Malay did not return calls from the Union Leader.

Malay made a bad decision that we wouldn’t touch with a 39-and-a-half foot pole.

The Christmas tree lighting is Sunday at 6 p.m., just in case you didn’t see the flyer.


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