Letter: Voice of Essential New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s Essential Voice

T o the Editor:

Ray Burton has died. I can’t imagine a more unlikely sentence. He was a man of such energy, commitment and positive life force, it seems impossible to comprehend his passing.

He was there for us for so many years, not just north of the Notches, but also here in his western communities, and across the rest of the state as well. Didn’t every one of us in his district know his phone number by heart? And weren’t our phone calls returned every time?

Always a moderate, well-informed voice, he spoke for essential New Hampshire values even when those around him in office spoke absolute craziness. I should say “especially when.” Like many , I feel I didn’t have enough time to say thank you to him. So, once more with sadness and gratitude: “Thank you, Ray. You set the bar very high. We will all miss you so.”

Pete Burling


Honoring My Father’s Memory

To the Editor:

Armistice Day celebrates the ending of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. My father lay wounded in a German hospital when the war ended — a jubilant day for him, and now for me. The word comes from the Latin arms for guns and stice for quiet or peace (as in “solstice,” when the sun stands still). President Eisenhowser changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor and celebrate our troops in World War II. I, too, am an Army veteran, like my father. I fly the American flag that I took from his coffin every 11th of November, and to me, the day and the flag are more about peace, when guns go silent.

William Ackerly

Lyme Center

The Truth Comes Out

To the Editor:

Several years ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi advised her colleagues and the rest of us that, “We have to pass the bill to know what’s in it.” Well, the 2,000-plus-page Affordable Care Act was passed and is now beginning to affect people’s lives. And how!

It was sold on the basis that it would reduce health care premiums; that if you liked your doctor, you could keep him, period; if you liked your health care plan, you could keep it, period. Each statement was repeated over and over by many government officials, including the president. Not one is true. No matter who made them, they are not the truth.

The truth has been in the headlines day after day recently. Folks are beginning to wake up to it; premiums are going up by 50 percent to 300 percent and more; tens, no, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, are being forced out of their health care policies because the government doesn’t approve of them, because they don’t fit the government one-size-for-all mold. People are losing access to their doctor because they or the doctor don’t fit into the new ACA mold. Today’s headlines are saying it’s likely that more people have lost their health insurance than have signed up for ACA so far.

A lot of this information was available to those who read the bill. But not even the Democrats who slipped the bill through were aware of most of it — at least, that’s what many of them are saying now. They didn’t know. Don’t blame them. Well, don’t blame the Republicans either, since they didn’t vote for it and were shut out of the process of creating the bill in the first place.

Guess what? This same administration is planning on bringing up a comprehensive immigration bill, as complicated and confusing as the ACA. How can we trust the administration about what’s in that bill or about anything else, for that matter? Does that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Or does it scare the devil out of you, as it does me?

J. Cheston M. Newbold


Help Make Wishes Come True

To the Editor:

I am a junior at Dartmouth and am reaching out in hopes that Upper Valley residents will contribute to a Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser by writing Christmas letters for Macy’s this year. We seek help in getting the word out about this cause and in writing the letters.

Here’s what you can do to help:

∎ Get as many people as possible from the Upper Valley — both adults and children — to help us write these letters for Macy’s. The New Hampshire chapter of Make-A-Wish has set a goal of 100,000 letters, and we at Dartmouth feel this can be accomplished only by a total community effort. This is very doable; writing two or three letters a day could make huge headway into this goal.

A letter to Santa can be just about anything you want it to be. It might offer a simple wish list for yourself — “Dear Santa, I would like a pony for Christmas,” for example. It could be an expression of hope for something like a white Christmas. Or it might just be an encouraging letter to Santa as he’s about to head out this December.

∎ You can drop off your letters starting on Nov. 14 at Lou’s Bakery, Dirt Cowboy Cafe and Dartmouth’s Collis Student Center. Just ask for the drop-off box.

∎ We will be doing this on the Dartmouth campus as well through the various varsity athletic teams, clubs and fraternities/sororities. We also plan to involve Upper Valley churches.

∎ For each letter collected, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire receives $1 from Macy’s.

∎ Letters can be addressed to Santa or anyone who you would like to send a letter to. We do ask that you keep in mind the holiday spirit when writing them. These letters can be as short or as long as you’d like them to be.

Thank you for your time, and we hope to have you on board with us soon.

Adam Frank

Dartmouth Make-A-Wish


A Recipe for Health

To the Editor:

When I was a kid, it was my job to take a brick of white, hydrogenated vegetable oil (oleomargarine) and mix it with a packet of yellow dye to make it look like butter. Real butter didn’t taste good, olive oil was exotic, and Crisco ruled in the kitchen. The upcoming FDA ban on trans-fats in food is probably unnecessary but not misguided.

Walter Noll