Forum, July 30: Buckey for county attorney

Published: 8/2/2022 3:01:40 PM
Modified: 8/2/2022 2:58:32 PM
Jay Buckey for Sullivan County attorney

I am writing in support of Jay Buckey who is running for Sullivan County attorney. Our current office holder was elected in 1986 and has never faced an opponent.

County attorneys and their staff prosecute most felony criminal cases in New Hampshire, and sometimes misdemeanors as well. The state Constitution makes them accountable to the voters, and they stand for election every two years.

Jay is a Hanover High School and Vermont Law School graduate and has lived in Grantham with his wife and family since 2015. He has been with New Hampshire’s Public Defender’s Office since 2011 and managing attorney of the Newport Public Defender’s Office since 2018. He has handled hundreds of cases, from juvenile matters to felonies. He is an adjunct professor in criminal law at Vermont Law School.

Jay is committed to addressing the county’s problem with drug addiction and overdoses through the establishment of a drug court. Sullivan County is the only one in the state without one.

Jay would push for empirically validated, robust and accessible drug treatment and mental health programs to be available as quickly as possible for those arrested on drug charges or with mental health issues. Another of Jay’s priorities is the needs of victims of sexual offenses and domestic violence given the generational impact these crimes have on children and families

We need a county attorney who will address our criminal justice needs with effective, evidence-based approaches. Support Jay Buckey for Sullivan County attorney.

Leslie S. MacGregor


Memes are no fix for a
broken health care system

I’d like to rebut your recent story about DH (“Seriously joking about DHMC: Meme page offers window into employee concerns at state’s largest employer,” July 23).

Let me start by stating that I am a former 25 year employee of DHMC, now Dartmouth Health. I have also been treated there as a patient for advanced cancer, spine issues and most recently for a total hip replacement. Like every other major medical center in the U.S., it is easy to malign and there are unquestionably things that DH could do better. It has to work within the constraints of a flawed medical system, which makes it challenging to strike the right balance between the needs of patients and family members, the medical and support staff, the multi-faceted mission of the tertiary/teaching/research center and the financial viability of the organization.

Sure, I wish the breakfast was still warm by the time it arrived, I wish my roommate would have turned off the TV at night so I could have slept better, I wish the nurses weren’t stretched so thin and DH could instantly fill all its staffing needs, but let’s not forget about everything that DH does exceptionally well.

In my case, my cancer was cured (no small miracle), my spine was stabilized, and I am already experiencing the benefits of a new hip. The medical and nursing expertise and care could not have been better.

If you have concerns, it is healthy to voice them and for DH to work to address them. But the real culprit behind all of this is a medical and insurance system that doesn’t offer everyone access to quality medical care and that forces the likes of DH to struggle to achieve the aforementioned balance. The only way to change that is to vote!

Theodore Fantl


Changing how government works cuts both ways

In early 1937, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed his plan to enlarge the membership of the Supreme Court, one of the leading congressional progressives, Sen. George W. Norris, of Nebraska, asked himself a simple question. Where would he have stood if “Harding had offered this bill?” Norris was as frustrated as FDR with a series of decisions declaring New Deal legislation unconstitutional, but he couldn’t help thinking about what things would be like if the shoe were on the other foot and a conservative president and Congress tried packing the court with reactionary justices.

For those of us appalled by recent Supreme Court decisions, ideas like increasing the number of justices, restricting the court’s jurisdiction, eliminating the filibuster or carving out exceptions to it, are attractive. But shouldn’t we, like Norris, wonder, “What if Trump, or DeSantis, or, God help us, Cruz proposed this?” Codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law by changing Senate rules to make abortion legislation exempt from the filibuster is all well and good with a Democratic House, Senate and president. But what happens when there’s a Republican trifecta? Legislation to enact Dobbs v. Jackson as federal law?

Bob Jakoubek

White River Junction

Sad story at ‘Valley News’

It’s a sad situation when several phone calls aren’t enough to cancel a Valley News subscription.

I became tired of not having a newspaper delivered or having it delivered by a carrier driving a vehicle, clearly needing an exhaust, at 2, 3, 4 o’clock in the morning. He proceeded to drive on my lawn rather than take a few seconds to back up and stay in the driveway. I decided the number of printed pages was not worth the price or the aggravation of calling the Circulation Dept., whenever the driver chose not to deliver, left papers in the snowbank in winter or in a mud puddle. It took many calls for the carrier to use the paper box installed on my ramp.

The excuses I was given were ridiculous. I was told they hadn’t been able to contact the driver. Don’t most employers keep contact information for their employees? Don’t the carriers need to pick up the papers daily where a note could be left? I was also told that the Valley News would move my next due date to compensate for the days missed. Difficult to tell if that happened or not.

I requested to speak with a supervisor, who was busy and would call me, but this never happened. One person I spoke with was extremely rude and “didn’t know what I wanted her to do about it.” Another said they would take care of the situation, yet I continued to receive papers and the carrier continued to drive on my lawn. After several more calls the deliveries finally stopped and I removed the paper box.

I really don’t miss the drivel the Valley News printed. Since the Valley News printing operation moved to Concord, the content of the paper has gone downhill and continues to do so. There is very little coverage of local events that mean a lot to people such as The Prouty, which received very little coverage. Yet, there will be articles on planting, recipes, even bugs.

Norman P. Smith


Vermont officials who
support animal welfare

Vermont Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society would like to thank all the people that volunteered at our annual Fourth of July festivities in Woodstock. Thanks to friends and volunteers who were able to pull it off for another year! If any nonprofit organization would like to take over this event, we can assure you that the children and their families look forward to it every year. Contact us at 672-5302 for details.

I’d like to recognize three Windsor County people that have helped VVSA with humane investigations and the drafting of legislation for the welfare of animals:

David Singer, running for Windsor County assistant judge, was responsible along with former State’s Attorney Bobby Sand to assure that animal neglect and cruelty were included in the municipal ticketing system. This was a huge step forward as some state’ s attorneys do not have time or inclination to address animal cruelty. If elected, David would hear cases involving animal cruelty and neglect. He’s already demonstrated his desire to advocate for animals in this last legislative session.

State Sen. Dick McCormack had the strength of character to introduce legislation that would have banned the use of leg hold traps — excruciatingly painful devices randomly trapping any animal including companion animals. Animals often attempt to chew their trapped leg off in order to escape and survive. The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee passed the decision to a VT Fish and Wildlife Department Board — consisting of trappers and hunters. Seriously!?! We asked the senator to take up this issue again.

Tom Battista, running for Windsor County sheriff educated us on the proper and effective method of applying search warrants. Having over 20 years of experience as a police officer, he has proven to be invaluable in developing effective means of curtailing animal cruelty.

Sue Skaskiw


Haven vote lacks character

What are Steve Lagasse and the other NIMBY’ers on Hartford’s Zoning Board of Adjustment going to think of the “character of the area” when Hartford Avenue is strewn with unhoused individuals rather than a place for them to sleep? (“Board votes down shelter: Low-barrier option killed; members cite ‘character of the area’,” July 27)

Sounds like poor character judgment.

Jared Pendak

Bradford, Vt.

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