David Hastings: Crockett would be a good probate judge

To the editor:

Election season is upon us again and we are all faced with many decisions at the voting booth.

There is one decision that I believe is easier than any others. My friend, Jarrod Crockett, is running for Oxford County judge of probate.

Jarrod was born and raised in Bethel where he now practices law. In addition to being a veteran of Afghanistan — where he earned a Bronze Star — he is a former three-term state representative from Oxford County.

Jarrod served with me on the judiciary committee during my time in the state Senate.

I found him to be fair and reasonable to those we worked with in Augusta, as well as a “quick study” of the complex legislation we faced.

He will do a good job as the judge of probate, so please join me in casting a vote for Jarrod Crockett on Nov. 8 for Oxford County judge of probate.

David Hastings

Fryeburg, Maine

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John F. Henne: Write-ins extra work, accomplish nothing

To the editor:

This election season is a crazy one for sure, and long, too.

Many people are angry with the candidates, especially for president, and I hear people are talking about writing in someone else.

While that is surely within the voter’s rights, I want to pass along this warning. Except in very small local elections, write-ins do not work. A write-in vote is a wasted vote.

Speaking as someone who will spend a long night counting and reporting votes this election day, I am asking that voters refrain from writing in names.

All names written in must be tallied and reported to the Secretary of State the night of the election — even good ol’ Mickey Mouse — but they will not affect the election results. They cause a lot of extra work and accomplish nothing.

So, if you can’t make yourself vote for an established candidate, please just leave it blank. The ballot clerks, town clerk and moderator will thank you.

John F. Henne

Town moderator


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Linda Morgan: Everyone should seek God’s guidance before voting

To the editor:

I invite you (if you have not already made plans) to open the doors of your church on election day, and for you to invite others to do so as well.

Everyone should have the opportunity to take a moment, at least, to seek God’s guidance before heading to the polls, this election more than ever.

May it be God’s presence within each one of us as we grasp the pen to mark that spot on our ballots.

And may the only guidance be of God through His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, not that of the media and each other.

It is my hope that through each one of us, we will spread this invitation across the nation.

Linda Morgan

Moultonville/Tuftonboro United Methodist Churches


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Sean Carney: Right-to-happiness platform addressing real issues

To the editor:

In Rep. Frank McCarthy’s recent response to my Oct. 14 letter, “Right-to-happiness not right-to-work,” he used 600 words defending the anti-union, “right-to-work” legislation, which retards wages and hurts the middle/working class, and not a single sentence on health care, education, affordable housing or healthy and social lifestyles.

This is entirely indicative of his personal voting history in Concord. You see, over the two interrupted and unproductive terms that Frank has served, he has voted against Medicaid expansion, while local teacher salaries have remained some of the lowest in the state, and local college tuition has risen to the highest rates in the nation. All while our property taxes continue to climb.

A right-to-happiness platform of policies would address all of these issues and others that are so real and a part of our lives.

I believe, over the next two years:

• New Hampshire must support and join Colorado’s effort in the fight for “single-payer for all” health care (Amendment 69, ColoradoCare) with our own, state-tailored legislation; making health care more affordable and accessible for the citizens of New Hampshire.

• New Hampshire must remove Common Core, placing the direction and fate of our children’s education into the hands of our local districts, which know and understand our next generation better than anybody. At the same time, if we do not raise the salaries of our public school’s educators our community will continue to risk losing many of our educated and professional, young teachers to higher paying school districts elsewhere.

• In order to address the student debt crisis and restore the working and middle class, the public community college system must be made more accessible to more citizens of New Hampshire.

As far as “significantly adding to the working population,” as Frank mentions in his defensive response, I have personally witnessed the vast majority of my friends and peers flee this valley in pursuit of “real jobs,” salaries and benefits. We must cease our ever-increasing local tax rate, invest in affordable housing, foster local business and find creative ways to connect the young workers with better opportunities in our wondrous valley. It will not be hard to convince young workers and families to come to one of the most beautiful places in the world.

We must begin the process of raising the “minimum wage” in a responsible manner, joining Montana, Ohio, Washington, Oregon and so many other states in the pursuit of a “living wage.”

You see, health care should be a right, not a privilege. Education must be the most important aspect of our local culture, and the jobs of the future should be reflective of the past that made this place so special. It should go without saying that all of this legislation would be a major step toward healing our current and tragic opioid epidemic.

I ask for your support, and your vote, on and beyond Nov. 8.

Sean Carney

North Conway

Candidate for state representative for Chatham, Conway, Eaton and Hale’s Location

  • Category: Letters

Geneva Thompson: Spencer accomplishes little as Effingham selectman

To the editor:

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, I went to the selectmen’s meeting and asked when the gold Post cane was going to be given out again.

The replica has not even been ordered, which was supposed to have been done almost a year ago.

According to the pompous Henry Spencer, they would have to find someone to set it up and handle it.

Spencer doesn’t think it’s the selectmen’s job but according to him nothing is his job. Henry says he doesn’t know the town well enough to do it.

Apparently, Edwards and Espie believe it’s the board’s job, as they are going to handle it. Thanks guys. Glad to see you’re willing to do your job, while Spencer sits back and talks, incessantly saying a whole lot of nothing.

My next question was how many selectmen do we have, as all I hear is Spencer saying, “my budget,” “my this,” “my that,” and “I, I, I.”

So, it’s I, my, mine, never ours, us, we. He thinks he’s the big self-important member of the board who can’t make a decision without calling the town attorney first — more taxpayer dollars down the drain.

Get off your high horse, Henry. The other two have the same rights as you.

Well, Henry, I’m glad you decided to ignore me when I raised my hand; this way is better.

More people will see how you know and do.

Geneva Thompson


  • Category: Letters