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Forum, June 1: We’re supporting Sue Prentiss for NH Senate

Published: 5/31/2020 10:00:12 PM
Modified: 5/31/2020 10:00:10 PM
We’re supporting Sue Prentiss for NH Senate

We are colleagues of city councilor and former Lebanon Mayor Sue Prentiss, and we encourage voters to get to know her over the coming months in the lead-up to the state primary on Sept. 8.

While each of us considered running for the open District 5 state Senate seat, we have both come to the conclusion that Prentiss is uniquely qualified to serve as our next state senator, and we enthusiastically support her candidacy.

Her career in public safety and health care spans more than 30 years. In the midst of a public health crisis, when data and science are more important than ever, her direct experience in planning and implementing solutions to complex challenges will be an invaluable asset to the people of New Hampshire as we navigate the recovery from COVID-19.

In her more than a decade on the Lebanon City Council, she has championed a common sense, progressive agenda while protecting the best interests of property taxpayers. She spearheaded an initiative to recognize the importance of arts and culture to our economy and has fought hard to bring state resources to the Westboro Yard in downtown West Lebanon.

In addition to her public safety, health care and economic development credentials, Prentiss knows what it’s like for working families during these difficult times — because she comes from a working family.

District 5 is home to world-class institutions of learning and health care, and our knowledge-driven regional economy contributes significantly to the state. We also host a substantial service industry with major restaurant and retail activity.

Our region faces housing and transportation challenges, and now we are dealing with an economic crisis.

Having served in local government in the Upper Valley for more than 11 years, Sue Prentiss knows our district well and will be a strong advocate for all of us in Concord.

Learn more at prentiss4nhsenate.com.



The writers serve as mayor of the city of Lebanon and city councilor, respectively.

Fast Claremont firefighters helped save lives

I want to thank the firefighters in Claremont for their brave actions and quick response time in the recent spate of house fires. Their quick action undoubtedly saved lives in these highly populated areas.

Unfortunately, there were two lives tragically lost.

This loss of life is devastating to the families. I hope they get the support that they need. I would also like to ask the community to support and recognize the firefighters who are also tragically affected by these losses.

Fire Chief Bryan Burr encourages all Claremont residents to test their smoke detectors and to contact the fire department if they need detectors.

People in other communities need to reach out to their own departments for needed assistance with detectors.

Be safe, be well.



The writer represents Ward II on the Claremont City Council.

Volunteer help sought for land trust food garden

Now that spring is here, I hope Valley News readers will join in a cherished outdoor activity. The Upper Valley Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help with the food pantry garden at the Brookmead Conservation Area. This is a great chance to help neighbors in need while observing social distancing and spending time outdoors.

My co-workers introduced me to the Brookmead garden last spring, and I have been looking forward to going back since our autumn harvest. We joined the land trust staff once a week to tend to the quarter-acre plot in Norwich.

The tasks evolved over the weeks: first tilling, then planting vegetables, weeding and finally harvesting. I had a wonderful experience learning from the land trust team and working with everyone on the garden.

It was so satisfying to look back on the newly formed rows or thriving plants at the end of the evening.

The new season will be starting very soon with even more work to be done. The garden area will be much larger this year, and we will need more volunteers to help grow food for donation.

Programs director Alison Marchione explained that, “because of the pandemic, food security nonprofits are seeing an increased demand for fresh food. To help meet that demand, UVLT is expanding our garden and growing six times more vegetables, with all produce going to Willing Hands.”

I hope readers will consider joining us to help supply a local food pantry. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer please email alison.marchione@uvlt.org.

The new season has started already. I hope to see you there.



Consider the source of our fear

There are only a handful of mass media conglomerates. That might suggest that there are only a handful of people who control them. There are probably fewer people determining the message than you or I might imagine. They are to be regarded as our official and legitimate source of information. Courtesy of these people, Americans are confronted with one boogeyman after another. In recent years, we’ve seen the Islamic terrorist boogeyman; the assault rifle-wielding boogeyman; the catastrophic climate change boogeyman; now, it’s the boogeyman virus. Regardless of party affiliation, we’re all to be kept in a state of unreasoning fear. There’s always something out to get us. It threatens to terminate our lives and even the existence of the planet itself. I, for one, think that it might be useful to consider the source of our collective terror. People should not live their lives in fear. The world does not have to be this way.



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