Tele-Talk responses: Do you think the opioid epidemic is directly or indirectly affecting our quality of life in the Mount Washington Valley? If so, what can be done?

There were nine responses to this week’s Tele-Talk question: “Do you think the opioid epidemic is directly or indirectly affecting our quality of life in the Mount Washington Valley? If so, what can be done?” One said the region needs more detox/rehabilitation options. Three said we should do nothing to help people who are addicted. Four said we should treat addicts as criminals; some suggested stiff penalties. One said heroin is just a scapegoat so that government can spend more money.

Absolutely this is a problem in all of Carroll County. There are no facilities in the north at all to help folks with these problems for detoxing or rehab. Folks that can afford help have to travel the southern part of the state. Let’s get something in the North Country.
I have no sympathies for drug addicts; they should all be shipped to their own island and leave us alone. I have been living with arthritis my entire life, and I do need to be on pain medications and, even though I’m on pain medications, it still does not control my pain completely. So why don’t you guys just leave us alone and be shipped off.
It’s more of a corruption epidemic that it is a heroin epidemic. Instability and chaos create political and union payoffs and slush funds. Whether it’s in the Middle East or middle America, instability is good for the revolving doors of political corruption, cradle to grave. Heroin is just the latest scapegoat. One day it’s housing, then poverty, then over eating — any excuse will do for those in office as long as the money keeps running. Live free or die. Death is not the worst of evils.
You know what the problem is? The problem is you have some of these police officers and some of these emergency people on the ambulance and rescue squad giving some of the same people, three to four, five, six times the Narcan drug to save them. You know what? Maybe once, but after that, let’s start thinning the herd. It’s called personal responsibility. It’s not up to me, it’s not up to everybody else is Mount Washington Valley to take care of these dead beats. Move them to the side. Just call it the thinning the herd. They’re not learning anything. It’s time to move on.
Yes, I do believe that the heroin epidemic is directly affecting to quality of our life because it increases the amount of crime so that they can get the drugs they so desire. But we have treatment centers for them, hold them accountable. I believe that one wise thing would be to put ankle monitor on these people that have been caught using heroin, and then we can track them, and our police force has to pay better attention to what’s going on in the village. The people using the heroin have no self esteem; they’re weak, and people just let them slide. And they’re criminals.
When that meth lab was discovered, I knew immediately the town was in danger — danger in the sense of these people —it must be hundreds of them — were served by this meth kitchen. And the danger is they steel. When they don’t have the money for the drugs, they’ll steal from your car, they’ll break into your home, they’ll break in to any store, take anything they could sell, steal money. It’s terrible. You are no longer safe leaving anything in your car in the Walmart parking lot. This is how dangerous it has become. Because when you have a meth lab, they have customers from hundreds of miles around and they have hundreds of customers. And when they don’t have money, they’re desperate — they’ll do anything, steal anything to fix this habit. We are in terrible danger, and they only cure is exactly what they do in Singapore. That’s the only thing that will stop this from being an uncontrolled habit that will destroy good people in this town.
In response to the question, how does this stuff directly or indirectly affect your life, well, the direct stuff is pretty obvious and it’s pretty terrible, too. Indirectly, we all have to pay for it. We’ve got to pay for this hysteria every time somebody goes out and O.D.s — somebody’s gotta pay for that at that ambulance, you know. For the rest of us to choose not to ruin our lives that way, it seems pretty unfair that we have to pay for people that want to wreck their own. So, what could be done about it? I know it’s horrible and cruel as it may sound is the first time you do that — I’m not a heartless jerk altogether — we’ll send you to rehab and take care of everything; we’ll probably do the same thing the second time too. But quite honestly, the third time, if you’re going to keep doing that kind of stupidity, I’ll just consider it a suicide attempt, and I don’t have a problem with that. So, unfortunately, you are on your own and unless you can pay for that crap you will sizzle bacon until you are gone and that problem will be solved. So, that sounds horrible.
The question indicates that we have an epidemic. So, if we have an “epidemic,” by definition it impacts everyone in the valley. And just one of many ways is when a selectman’s son is arrested for allegedly dealing. The selectman should resign forthwith because if that was supposedly going on under his nose and he didn’t know about it, he has absolutely no business being a town officer. The other thing is that if his son is found guilty, apparently he faces three to seven years. Are you kidding me? He and his alleged accomplice should face a very long incarceration so as to deter others from hooking our young ones on this terrible narcotic addiction. Throw away the key and set the right example as part of a multi-dimensional approach to this horrible problem.
The proliferation of heroin in our once peaceful, safe and idyllic community is a strange and terrible saga. This stuff is more poison than arsenic, cyanide and ricin combined. God help us all until the legal establishment puts an end to it. In the meantime lock your cars, homes, garages and anything of value or these despicable sick junkies will steal it. Arm yourselves and fight back; no one’s responsible for your personal protection but you.

Tele-Talk responses: Would an agriculture-themed learning center be a good use for the county farm?

 

There were 12 responses to this week’s Tele-Talk question “Would an agriculture-themed learning center be a good use for the county farm?” Six said a learning center would be a good use for the farm; three said no; two suggested alternative uses (growing mushrooms and cannabis) and one said he did not know if it would be good for a learning center but the land should not be sold.

I feel sure that an agriculture-themed learning center would be a good use of our county farm. I hate to see a perfectly good building that’s been kept up destroyed because a few don’t want to use it. I’m all for an agriculture-themed learning center. Shirley Hatton at the Carroll County Home.
Yes, an agriculture-themed learning center would be a good use for the county farm. It should not be closed; that was a really stupid idea.
I respect our local farmers, and I think they should have a resource to consult when they have questions. There’s UNH Extension Service for agriculture; I’m sure there’s something called the Internet. But, at any rate, we don’t need to save old decrepit buildings to satisfy our two commissioners who just can’t wait to spend a buck, David Babson and David Sorenson. So, I say tear that thing down. Do not make it another cost factor. Learning centers are important but they should be at schools where people go daily. Anyway, I just can’t really stomach the idea of another absolutely misguided dumb idea.
Oh, I think this week’s Tele-Talk is just what we need. The county farm should not be given over to housing projects or other things. It’s just too valuable to just let it go.
I would have to say yes and no. The one question that really gets me is: How could the county farm not make money and make a profit? They have all the free labor in the jail, they own all of their equipment, they own all of their land. It sounds to me that it’s the same old thing, that is just real bad mismanagement. And what gets me is we have one woman from Sandwich that was on the delegation, who has been doing nothing but slamming these people and she seems to have all the answers now. If she has all the answers now, why didn’t she put them into use when she was in office?
The land should be used for growing mushrooms: dark ones, spicy ones, nasty ones, mysterious ones, magical ones — mushrooms. That’s what should be done with that land. However, if not, another option would be to take the land divided into 1/10 of an acre piece parcels and allow the homeless to live there. They can cultivate land, plant vegetables, build their homes out of cardboard, canvas or plastic. That would be a humane thing to do with the land, take care of our homeless.
I do not know and wonder who does know whether an agriculture-themed learning center is a good use of this county farm. If the reason for the issues is to provide employment for a few people, and spend some more of the taxpayers money let’s just plain forget it. However, any mention of selling this property for any reason should be fought tooth and nail. As I understand it, the 500-acre wood lot has been managed and overseen by a forester for a period of time. At some point of people living within this county will need this property. Any money made in the sale would be spent within a short period of time on bills on hand caused by the very poor management of the county government over a long period of time. Because three commissioners didn’t or couldn’t manage the property, we the people had to hire a full-time overseer to report to the commissioners at the cost of $100,000. Douglas Swett, East Conway.
I attended the Saturday meeting and found it strange indeed. This subcommittee, made up of five delegation members who voted the farm out of existence, now wants to establish a learning center with the cooperative extension. The extension says they can’t have an agricultural learning center without a farm. Where does the funding for this center come from? Didn’t they get rid of the farm with no public hearings because they said it was losing money and shouldn’t be a burden on the taxpayer. Oh yes, I forgot, it will be funded privately with grants and contributions. Really?
No to agriculture-themed learning center. The Carroll County legislative delegation just voted to defund (shut down) the three active projects in place on county land: the sale of hay, firewood and blueberries.  There is no working farm at the county complex to facilitate this type of activity.  Ironically, “the agricultural learning center subcommittee of the Carroll County’s legislative delegation” is proposing to transform the “farm” into a learning center using the UNH Cooperate Extension Services. The county will become the “landlord,” assuming expenses and liability, which will put in place the possibility of future taxpayer dollars being appropriated to support still another “fruitless” unattainable dream. Some suggestions have included activities that involve family participation, roaming the grounds, walking trails, tree identification and pumpkin patches for children. Folks please, these activities will be taking place within 50 feet of the house of correction (the county jail). Inmates from the house of corrections will be on work details, morning lawns, working in the woods, weeding flower garden and in and out of the many buildings on the complex. Transporting inmates back and forth to court and processing criminals into jail will be taking place.  These are prison grounds, not playgrounds! How do you think contraband gets inside the jail? Some devious person could bury drugs behind the berry bushes or worse in the pumpkin patch for the children to find. The liability is too great to take on this adventure. UNH Cooperative Extension needs to look for a different home. Maybe a joint program with Tin Mountain or Remick Farm. D. Streeter, Ossipee.
Education is always good and if the learning center improves the lives of the residents of Carroll County it could be a good thing. Many of the poor who visit food pantries could be helped to raise some of their food for their families as well as others who, though not needy, would appreciate this help. Hopefully also, young children could be steered toward a healthy respect for agriculture. However, there are many questions to be answered, such as the role of the commissioners in this endeavor since this is being brought up by the delegation. Also, there are revenue operations at the farm that should be continued. At the Saturday meeting of the delegation it was mentioned that the UNH Cooperative Extension Service might be involved and there does not appear at this time any money allocated for this. At the meeting, the five members of the delegation on this subcommittee, none of whom were supporters of the farm, will have much work investigating the possibilities of this center and will need public support. Personally, I do not understand why we cannot have some farm animals there and also do education. Raising pigs there was an option and the delegation turned it down. If children are to be involved at the farm they will expect to see some animals. Involving children should be a big priority.  Ellie Stokes of Freedom.
The County Farm — just the charm of the name. To me, there could be no more appropriate, forward thinking, useful, healing and profitable use of this precious resource than keeping it exactly what it is, the County Farm. It’s a painting ... living. Aren’t we blessed with the  opportunity to enhance its  potential and create there a partnership of hearts and minds invested in, taking care of it and everyone visiting. It’s a good place I think — a keeper, sacred ground. And local food has never been more important, or as economically sustainable as it is today. There are many  cash crops that can be grown  there collaboratively. Then, using the kitchen facility, manufactured into several products to be distributed town-, state- and perhaps nationwide. UNH could help determine, given soils and growing seasons, what the optimal growth potential is for say, pumpkins or flax, perhaps chick peas. These plants can then be made into a variety of products to be sold everywhere. I’d volunteer to help research this idea and explore grant opportunities as well. I’ve thought about how many products can be made from pumpkins. LOTS! Pies, cakes, roasted seeds, breads, puddings, bars, bisques, perhaps even pumpkin rum or wine ... oops! Maybe not such a good idea? There may even be a way to press it into potent pumpkin oil or like hemp, turn it into other materials. Elementary school programs could be designed around helping learn about pumpkins and children can work with whomever is staying there both growing, harvesting and making products. Why not? Laura in Bartlett.
Grow cannabis$ and $hip it to Colorado where they legally $ell it and generate tax revenue. Our fossil-brained politician$ are too anal, pig headed, wimpish and $tupid to con$ider doing the $ame here.

 

Tele-Talk responses: Should the town of Conway explore measures to preserve its historic buildings and resources?

There were 28 responses to this week’s Tele-Talk question: Should the town of Conway explore measures to preserve its historic buildings and resources? Eighteen people said the town should try to preserve historic resources; seven said no; three said it is too late to matter.

Don’t you think they’re a little bit late to the problem? They’ve destroyed the town of Conway and North Conway. Why stop now? Just add some more Settlers Greens and all that, and just destroy the rest of the value. You’ve done such a good job. I think the planning board is a little bit late.
The Homestead restaurant is in a bad stage; it needs to get torn down anyway — too much work to fix it up. That’s the first problem. The second problem is: Why is the town trying to prevent business coming in and doing business? Let Fram Real Estate do its business, and let AutoZone come in, because you can’t stop progress. I think this town should just let people do what they can to make money around here instead of preventing people from making money.
I cannot believe what they are even thinking about pulling down the Homestead Restaurant in order to put in an auto parts store. You’ve got a whole empty mall sitting there that used to hold an L.L. Bean among other stores, which is more than big enough for an auto parts store. It’s just plain stupid — more money, money, money and greed from people who probably don’t even live here, or maybe they do and they’re just greedy and it’s awful. It is just awful and I hope they turn it down and also don’t do anything more of the barn of that property, which now has Sea Dog’s beer and a restaurant.
Shame on these people that want to save this, that and the other thing but don’t want to pay to help save the Homestead restaurant. Why don’t you buy it and fix it up and pay the taxes and insurance on it if you want to preserve it. Fram Real Estate bought it. Let him make money with it. Shame on you for trying to stop him from doing it.
Yes, definitely the town of Conway should explore measures to preserve its historic buildings and resources. I would hate very much to see the Homestead be demolished.
Yes, we should do all we can to preserve our historic buildings not replace them by auto stores.
Please save whatever else you have in the Conways. I mean next thing you’ll be taking down the railroad station, the old banks and everything else. There will be nothing left.
No, I don’t think you should preserve an old building such as the Homestead, which they say is in pretty rough shape. I don’t want to see the taxpayers’ money spent on renovating it.
I can’t believe that the town of Conway has waited until now to think about preserving historic buildings. This should have been done years and years ago. They’re going to tear down a 1700s building to put up a parking lot and a tool store that probably won’t be there in 10 years. You know, they really need to start to get their act together.
Both Conway and North Conway have been ruined a long time ago. The Potter Block, the old house, Knox’s station. Dr. Wiggin’s, Dr. Reynold’s, Abbott House, Annex, Presidential Inn, Conway Grammar School. Who tried to save any of these? Thankfully, the Bolduc Block, with Majestic Theatre is still standing. I guess you cannot tell people what they can do with their own property. Dot Seybold took care of most of North Conway. R.W., Conway.
I think that what the town of Conway should do is come down to the little village of Chocorua here, 10-12 miles below them, and look and see what they did down there.  They’ve ripped down two buildings so far, destroyed the village, spent $2 million of federal and state money — but that’s no problem because that’s not our money. It doesn’t matter, it isn’t coming out of our taxes. They destroyed our village, and they’re continuing on. They can come down there and take a look. They’d be very pleased with what they say because they’ve done a great job.
It’s too late. The town leaders deliberately set this course long ago. It’s now David against Goliath. One by one, all the old buildings that can’t possibly compete with big box retail will meet their demise the same way. Madison.
Should the town preserve its historic buildings? Yes, yes, yes. It should be a priority for the planning board — it should be a priority. And the idea of destroying the Homestead restaurant — to destroy a historic classic cape with its traditional, lovely lines — just replace it with an auto part store, the idea is appalling. We’ve got to do better.
I do believe that it is a shame to tear down that building. Many times when I pass by it, I think to myself, I wish somebody would do something with the building — but not and definitely not tear it down. I feel bad. It’s going to be a parts store.
Should the town of Conway explore measures to preserve its historic buildings and resources? Yes, absolutely. Absolutely. Quite frankly, I’m surprised you don’t have a process to do that already.
Last year, we celebrated Conway’s 250th anniversary; that celebration will seem a sham if the ‘former Homestead Restaurant building,’ a domestic structure built 224 years ago, is torn down and replaced with a large auto parts store. For decades, Conway seems to have pursued commercial activity rather than investing in the preservation of the town’s historic context and its beautiful natural setting. Coming over the hill on Route 16 and seeing Mount Washington in the distance ahead is always thrilling — and especially these days when the mount is blindingly white with snow — but that inspiring connection with nature is  immediately displaced by the experience of speeding down wide expanses of asphalt framed by vigorous and largely unattractive commercial development. Couldn’t we at least have a few more trees, or even a few bushes? And shouldn’t the only reminder on the “strip” of Conway’s agricultural heritage be somehow preserved? Perhaps the challenge of the auto parts store will lead to a reassessment of how Conway wants to present itself to the world and to its own citizens. Every addition to Conway, every change to the town, should be an “asset,” a positive development. Does an auto parts store qualify, especially if gained at the expense of a rare historic structure? David G. Wilkins, Silver Lake.
I think it should be saved. I love these antediluvian buildings, but the person you should ask is Billy Marvel. He’s the expert on this stuff and a far out way cool dude totally to the max.
Unfortunately, when you put all your time, effort, money and resources into preserving an old historical building, the town quadruples your taxes, making it almost impossible for a business to survive. And then to watch that same building deteriorate all over again — heartbreaking. Be careful what you wish for. Tom H.
As long as we have over-the-top pro-business people like Ray Shakir on the planning board, we can expect more Taco Bells and other monstrosities  to replace historic buildings like the Homestead. Freeport, Maine gets it. Saratoga  Springs, N.Y.,  gets it, Many other towns get it. When are we going to get it? Discouraged.
The following responses were posted on Facebook:
Yes! We as a community need to figure out a way to preserve our history and integrity as a town. There are far more locals appalled by yet another box store taking the space of a local landmark, whether it is moved or bought by the town. The Mount Washington Valley is not a Monopoly board. It’s our home. I avoid the strip and the Settlers Green end of town because of the ugly box stores, chain restaurants and corporate hotels that have sprung up everywhere. They are a blight on a once beautiful spread of land. When does “progress” actually start to damage the value of the area? There is a reason why the youth leave the area, why the economy struggles and people are compelled to work three jobs to make ends meet here. It’s because the corporate businesses offer low-wage, seasonal employment and the profits leave the area. Ripping down a landmark for an AutoZone continues to perpetuate the degradation of our community. Walmart is bad enough. Do we really want our town to look like South Portland or outside of Boston? Let us start designing our town to be beautiful and business friendly.
There is power to historical preservation societies as in Boston, Mass., that have strict ordinances on historical districts and buildings. They have renovation guidelines. It’s too late to save the famous Brown family house in Berlin — it was replaced with an elderly housing development — had they realized its historic value to the paper mill and the Civil War. We need such a commission formed here in the valley. Some of these historic buildings are not being kept up because of their planned demise, as the one on Pine Street. It doesn’t make much sense to enforce strict retail sign ordinances to preserve our town’s charm if we can’t save its nostalgic buildings, along with it.
I just received the following information, which may be worth a look into: “the authority to establish a Historic District Commission has already been granted by the Legislative Body (1986 Warrant, Article 25) for a Historic District Commission consisting of seven (7) members to be appointed by the selectmen.”
The town could ask the school board where they could get a study done for $200,000 to look into it. Then if the present owner would be generous enough to just donate the land and building, history could be restored. I’m sure the taxpayers wouldn’t mind spending a few hundred thousand, just for starters. They didn’t blink an eye on the $187,000 the school board wasted on their useless study. I can’t wait to see how many inflated warrant articles are going to be on the ballot April 12. Get out and vote. Just say no, no, no, all the way down the list. Speak up. Don’t get ripped off.
Yes, they should. Pretty soon everything with history will be gone.
Maybe they can go into the space that was once Staples? It’s nice and ugly.
Put your money where your mouth is! That is private property owned by someone with every right to sell it for whatever legal purpose they choose. Would it be nice to preserve? Sure, but you need to be willing to pay a price acceptable to the seller, and all folks seem to want to do is complain about it’s sale and demo, as if anybody owes you or the town something. They DON’T! There are simple answers to this issue: 1. Convince the town and your fellow townsfolk to pony up the cash, or 2. Buy it yourself. Heck, I’m good for $20. But please, stop whining about the degradation of our town if you are unwilling to pull your wallet out of your pocket.
They should preserve the building.
I think it should be torn down. It’s an eyesore. But we don’t need another parts store.
Eyesore. Get rid of it and add to the tax base.

Tele-Talk: Would an agriculture-themed learning center be a good use for the county farm?

The future of the Carroll County's farm is being discussed today in Ossipee by a subcommittee of the county's legislative delegation. Lawmakers recently voted to close the farm, but the subcommittee is looking into establishing a UNH Cooperative Extension-supported agricultural learning center there.

This week's Tele-Talk question: Would an agriculture-themed learning center be a good use for the county farm?

Call 733-5822 Saturday and Sunday and leave your comments on our machine. You may fax your responses to 356-8360 or e-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments can also be posted on The Conway Daily Sun's Facebook page. Results will be published Tuesday.

Tele-Talk: Should the town of Conway explore measures to preserve its historic buildings and resources?

The Conway Planning Board is scheduled to meet April 14 to begin site-plan review on a proposal by Fram Real Estate Investment Co. to demolish the 224-year-old former Homestead restaurant building on Route 16 in North Conway to make way for a 7,382-square-foot auto parts store.

This week's Tele-Talk: Should the town of Conway explore measures to preserve its historic buildings and resources?

Call 733-5822 Saturday and Sunday and leave your comments on our machine. You may fax your responses to 356-8360 or e-mail them This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can also be posted on The Conway Daily Sun's Facebook page. Results will be published Tuesday.