To The Daily Sun,
New Hampshire's North Country has lost a very special person. Those under 55 will remember always seeing Ray Burton's name on the ballot. We just knew Ray was the one who could do the job right — everyday, for everyone, and for almost any cause or need. He did it with compassion, friendship, and the certainty of knowing who could get him the answer. Many of us contacted Ray over the years and, with a mind like a Rolodex for names, he would inquire "how is your son?", "how about that new baby?", or "how is your mother doing?", and "take my card and call me anytime." He ALWAYS got back to you. Ray was everywhere — in either his bright yellow convertible or the Mercury with number "1" on the plate. Whether a potluck supper in Warren, a special hearing in Colebrook, a washed out road in Lebanon, or a fund-raiser for a needy family in Piermont — Ray was there!
Our region has been privileged to have Ray watching our backs for so many years — 35 years as Executive Councilor and 23 years as a Grafton County Commissioner in District #2. This is surely a record for any office holder in New Hampshire! He would have hoped that his successor would carry the same passion for the North Country with its special issues and needs. Whoever replaces him should take a look at his record and remember that he helped everyone, regardless of where they lived, how they voted, or what they needed to have done. What a legacy to leave us all.
To our dear colleague, may you rest in peace — you deserve it!
With our utmost respect and sympathy to Ray's family,
The Plymouth Area Democrats
Louis R. Lieto, Groton
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:38
"YOU NOW SEE ME AS USELESS?"
You now see me as useless? I once was more useful than the landholders of my presence now-
You took no time to save me? A few do now, and gallantly-
Lies, broken promises and handshakes with sweaty palms that slip away-
That's how you "agreed," verbally, to save me?
I stand majestically firm of old wood and a granite base still viable-
I was here before you — my pristine cast iron white fountain now gone-
I watched the railroad pass in its' infancy-
I saw the steam rise from steamships in the Bay and felt the rumble of the Iron Horse pass by-
I was part of the mariner and railroad heritage, for freight and for passengers, and so was my builder, Samuel Clark-
He spins in his grave watching me rot, leak and falling in disrepair — callous disregard and disrespect for an architectural wonder-
What does it take to foster tradition and history if gone...gone forever, which " is forever" — a sepia photo left behind in books?-
City Hall rhetoric and indecision once again abates the pleas by serious protectors of my body and soul-
Excuses rampant, apathetic dribble of money needed and unworthiness of my skeleton — the direct result of planned disregard or for nostalgia-
Those who stand with signs of protest, wrap your arms around my porch supports — chain yourself, steadfast- Don't let them!
Lies, broken promises and slimy handshakes with heads turned backwards that were smiling in deception, still come to mind-
I have been a homestead, with laughter, fireplaces raging at Christmas and Thanksgiving, a dress shop for the ladies of the city, a place where food was served and a place where homes could be purchased — thriving businesses that occupied my residence and my barn surrounded by a constant "visual" of my beauty-
My stables succumbed to fire in 1991 — now they want "me" gone too?
In 1870, I was once regal with land and waterfront-
I was, and remain "your heritage"-
I "am your history", surrounded now by materialistic, tacky, and gaudy, profit-oriented liars of the spoken word-
"I am still 'your history' — Hear me out!"
You did not act in good faith! — you shook hands with crossed fingers-
Now you block the sun in my windows, lock my doors to once weary travelers and friends...friends... that for decades wished to save me-
No rocker is stable on my doorstep — it leans and slides forward, beckoning for a savior-
The rain and snow pounds my roof — and often enters where it should not...in the wind — uninvitingly so, following beams and walls — enhancing my slow demise by rot and mold-
Shame on you...for the history that will be lost-
Light my fireplaces once more for Christmas... before the giant metal machines of destruction remove my chimneys and my soul forever-
"Lies, broken promises and slimy handshakes with heads turned backwards"-
I am the Clark-Hathaway House; and you control my fate!-
J.P. Polidoro November 19, 2013
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:33
To The Daily Sun,
I'm confused. . . with this all new switching around of care by the hospitals, doctors, and incoming Obamacare, what is the protocol for a visit to LRGH; be it the walk-in clinic, or the ER? I recently heard that you couldn't be seen in the WIC if you're vomiting and are then sent to the ER, but at the ER if you don't have insurance, or $150 or even $1,500 you can't be seen and they send you home telling you to see your own doctor or sign up for Medicaid, with no medicine or prescriptions given.
I was always under the impression that you were seen, made comfortable, given some meds to get you through UNTIL you could see your doctor and not based on your ability to pay. I understand that the ER is not your primary care provider and they can only stabilize and give care and comfort. However, If someone from LRGH would be willing to respond or perhaps talk with a reporter who could enlighten the entire community on this new protocol, I would appreciate it, and then perhaps, they wouldn't be bothered by the uninsured sick people of the area from seeking help.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:24
To The Daily Sun,
By no means am I a public speaker, and furthermore I lack eloquence and am often times ignorant and foolish, too!
I'm learning to exercise my thoughts, convictions (not to be confused with my record!), and experiences in a public manner as to provoke thoughts, I'm pretty good at provoking things I'm told. . . hehehee
So I begin this session by stating that, "CHANGE on a national level, begins with me and you." or is that you and I?! At any rate: THIS IS WHERE IT STARTS.
Once we as a nation truly understand that concept as individuals, it is my belief that the bigger issues will fall into place? (Is that one big run on sentence?)
So the idea is "How can I get the ball rolling in my community," so it affects local change? Then the domino effect is initiated. Moving on to state, federal, and national change. If that's the proper order?
It seems as though so much time and energy is spent wanting to CHANGE the wrong things. Such as concepts, precepts and pretty much everything else! These things are not collectively possible unless it begins with ourselves as individuals.
Although a lot of CHANGE has occurred over the last number of decades, it does NOT seem to be inducing, or producing the positive CHANGES "We the people" are so desperately in NEED of. . .
There are many age old principals that were set in place long ago. They are overlooked in this present day.
The first one I would like to bring attention to is " ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL." This IS OUR Pledge (promise/vow) of Allegiance(oneness,unity). Our country was founded on this. . . Over the years this principal that was set (as the precedence for under which unity falls) has de-evolved, diminished and definitely has been corrupted. As selfish concepts, wants, likes or dislikes take over. I'm saddened to see that precedence's now are based on what feels good, or what we like?
Let's be real, "what seems good is NOT always what is RIGHT, and what one likes cannot be confused with what the need is for love." These standards have been removed from our schools, courts, and lifestyles in general. Freedom, justice and unity are attained under the precepts, principals and laws of God (NOT to be confused with God!) and as we began as a country WE THE PEOPLE FELL UNDER HIM! We wonder why there are such major problems on our hands? Don't get me wrong I get "life happens", believe me I do. I know full well about not having control over outside circumstances coming in and disrupting already hard circumstances. In that CHANGE still comes down to me, and taking responsibility for that which I allow to run my life.
What is it going to take for us to come back to the "meat and potatoes," of what our country was non-coincidentally founded on?
It is evident that CHANGE on a larger scale, begins with me and re-enforcing the fundamental principals in my life that have and always will make this country great. That will get the ball started, but it has to be more than that. The issue of being "ONE" and "UNDIVIDABLE" or unified and unbreakable is imperative too, as " A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF, WILL NOT STAND."
DIVISION is in our homes, streets, schools, work places, courts, churches and governing principals.
We can tit-for-tat all day long, and point the finger as you may also see its not getting us where we need to be. Except for further from our roots and what so grounded our country and ourselves as individuals. . .
Another principal our country was founded on: "IN GOD WE TRUST." We see this standard pass our eyes on a daily basis, without even giving it a second thought. I'm sure it was placed on our currency system for a reason! As it has been said, "Money the root of all evil." Perhaps is was meant to be a warning to the people so regularly using it? I'm sure again that it was no coincidence that is was strategically placed on our money, because it reminds us of what our country was rooted and grounded in. As well as while utilizing our currency, we should be reminded of the principals under which we are to use it for! Perhaps any deviation from that would then create problems? The financial issues of this country come as no surprise to me. . . .
The breakdown is not only that which we fight for, but under that which we are fighting. Of course these are just a few examples, hoping just to provoke thoughts. . .
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:18
To The Laconia Daily Sun,
As we know the Belmont tax rate went up again! When will it stop? We always hear the budget is low and we are out of money or borrowing. Since the 80s, it's been the same old thing. But they don't want us to assume its the school which is usually a topic, where is all the money going then?
As hard working taxpayers I'm speaking for all of us. When it is going to stop? They wonder why foreclosures and houses are up for sale. Maybe they can make more use of the school like Laconia does and adult education. I would recommend a budget course, and other activities to benefit the town to bring the moral up. Right now a lot of people are negative wondering if they can afford to pay their mortgages next month. Welcome to Taxmont!
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:13