Cook on Concord
Along with over a thousand other people, I attended the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Dinner in March. It was a classy event, focusing on Manchester’s recent history and culminating in the recognition of Clara Monier, longtime director of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, civic contributor and graduate of Manchester High School West, as Citizen of the Year. This well-deserved honor was received with a gracious speech. It was a classy event and a fun review of Manchester history through Channel 9 news clips focusing on various decades. Several Manchester Wolves dance team members (that is the indoor football team, for those who are not initiated in that particular sport, which is surprisingly fun to watch at the Verizon Wireless Arena) danced in costumes of the various decades as well. Imagine my surprise and that of many others, therefore, at the recent article by New Hampshire Business Review columnist Jack Kenny, accompanied by a rather revealing cartoon, entitled “The Hooterization of Manchester.” Obviously, I love the New Hampshire Business Review, and Jack Kenny is a friend of mine. However, for those who did not attend the Citizen of the Year dinner, the impression left was that something inappropriate was going on. It was not. Equating the Manchester Wolves dance team members’ participation and the rather questionable dress worn by women servers at the restaurant chain referenced in the article was inappropriate, and the cartoon was not only tasteless it also was unfair. Enough of that.