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Tuesday Forum: A Wonderful Father; An Exemplary Candidate; Peter Welch’s Many Strengths

A Wonderful Father and Example

To the Editor:

It was a nice surprise to see my father, George G. Gyorky, mentioned in the Aug. 27 editorial, “A Day in the Life: Bright Moments in a Dark World.” My father was a wonderful man, and all my life I’ve wondered how I could emulate him and show the courage he had when he was confronted by a ruthless ideology determined to exterminate the Jews of Europe.

Alas, so many years later, the same hate-mongering ideology continues in different parts of the world. I’m reminded that my father risked his life for believing in his ideas, and that one time he escaped his own doom by shuffling away from the enemy with a cane, shoulders stooped, wearing a floral frock and a head scarf, camouflaged as an old woman. My father had chutzpah.

My father’s hardships and successes and failures taught him humility: to be humble in the eyes of others, self-deprecating, and always making a joke so that everyone would laugh and smile, even in the face of the harshest adversity. Thank you for joining me in honoring my father.

Susan Gyorky

Fairlee

Baker for Register of Deeds

To the Editor:

Primary voting will take place across New Hampshire on Tuesday, Sept. 9. This year there is a three-way race for the Republican nomination for Sullivan County Register of Deeds. From my perspective as a real estate title examiner for the past 42 years, one candidate stands head and shoulders above the other two — I am speaking of Chaunee Baker, currently the Deputy Register of Deeds and a 32-year veteran in the deeds office.

In the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity of visiting each of the 10 County Deeds Offices in New Hampshire. I have observed the daily operations of each of these offices, and I am proud to say that our Sullivan County Registry of Deeds is right at the apex in terms of being able to meet the needs of our residents as we proceed through the 21st century.

I have known Chaunee Baker for nearly 40 years. In 1982 she went to work as one of the clerks in Beverly Austin’s Registry. Chaunee Baker has been an industrious, knowledgeable, integral and hard-working member of the Registry staff for 32 years. She is a steady, resolute and trustworthy bulwark. The Sullivan County Registry of Deeds is definitely involved in big business. It handles millions of dollars annually. The Register of Deeds must be duly bonded and must handle the position with complete fiduciary oversight.

Lastly, I cannot emphasize enough that the Register of Deeds must be a full-time position. In past years, both Sullivan and Grafton counties have had situations in which county employees were performing duties totally beyond the scope of their particular job descriptions. The Register must be must be in total control and must be in the office and available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days a week.

So I ask that you support Chaunee Baker for Register of Deeds — she is the most qualified candidate, and I am certain that she can move into the position seamlessly and will perform all her duties flawlessly, in a cool, calm and positive manner. By all means be certain to exercise your right to vote on Sept. 9.

Gordon B. Flint, Jr.

Newport

We Can’t Afford to Lose Welch

To the Editor:

Every time in recent years when elections approach here in Vermont, I feel inspired to voice my support for Peter Welch as our sole member of the U.S. House.

While I’ve been lucky enough to have met with Peter a few times, I can’t say we are friends. However, I pay attention to the things he says, in the press or on VPR or elsewhere, and I make careful note of the things he does in Washington. It may not be a great tribute to say that Peter appears to be reasonable, thoroughly sane, not doctrinaire, and intelligently sensitive to and aggressively active in solving the real needs of this country and this state. On the other hand, there are precious few members of the U.S. House of Representatives these days who seem to have all those qualities. We’re lucky to have Welch representing us, and we can’t afford to lose any of these good ones. Vote for Peter Welch.

Christopher Harris

Weathersfield

Hawks Had Good Help

To the Editor:

The Upper Valley Hawks Special Olympics team would like to thank Irving Oil for annually sponsoring the To Serve and Protect fundraiser pairing Special Olympic athletes with local law enforcement representatives to pump gas and wash windshields.

Jake’s Market in Hartford Village and White River Junction hosted eight Hawks athletes on July 26 who raised public awareness for the Hawks program and a little over $1,600.

The Hawks are so appreciative for the support of Irving Oil, the employees and owners of these Jake’s locations, officers from the Hartford Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department and the people in our community. This is a very critical fundraiser for the Vermont portion of our program, funding our participation in all regional and state games, so our sincere thanks to all who donated — big and small. Fly high, Hawks!

Randi Harron

West Hartford