To the editor:

Just to state a finer point on why out-of-staters” and part-time residents should be treated with a little more kindness and hospitality:

Conway Sun, Friday, April 24, 2020: “Town staff Tuesday told selectmen the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic would blow a huge hole in the town revenue.”

That’s right. All of those people who are currently feeling less than welcome based on the editorials and letters I’ve been reading are the ones that fill in those budget holes.

So rather than putting up the huge “Go Home” sign, the village might want to be thinking about how they are making the rest of us feel, because right now, it is not very wanted or welcome. In some cases, it has been downright hostile.

One day soon, this will end, and you will want that infusion of cash and commerce that we bring to what we used to consider being, “Our” town, too.

Stephan Losshut

Glen Head, N.Y.

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(11) comments

Drew Young

Wow. All one has to do is read the vastly different comments of the out of staters here to see how we in NH feel. There are those who are respectful and abiding by health guidelines by either quarantining for 2 weeks or staying home. We welcome these folks.

Then there are those entitled types who have NO REGARD for our state and the wellbeing of it’s people. The state that you purport to love so much. Look at the Covid numbers in your state and compare them to ours. MA has over 5,000. We have 133, and we want to keep it that way. You can be asymptomatic and spreading it and not know. Going in our grocery stores and other stores.

I am in a high risk group and will likely die if I get Covid-19. STAYING ALIVE TRUMPS YOUR TOURIST DOLLARS.

And just because you own property here it does not make you a primary resident. If you truly cared about our state you would stay away.

John Josephs

You can come if you self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Bring food for two weeks because self-isolate means you don’t go off your property. Same thing I need to do to go to my second home in MA And that is why I’m staying right here through mud and black fly seasons. We’re not exactly getting open arms from the southern New England or New York governors.

Home Owner Conway, NH

Stephan, thanks for sharing your view, these are challenging times and we are all doing our best to figure things out. I appreciate the concerns of the residents, officials, small business owners, and workers all suffering thru this pandemic as well as the owners with rights to their property.

It is important for our community to recognize and understand that approximately half of our homes are owned by others that live out of state (documented in the town last master plan study). Without those owners, our economy and budget would not survive. Our Real Estate tax Revenue is $32,000,000! The out of state owners pay half of our much needed budget (noting our school budget is $38 million and these owners do not use our schools yet their tax revenue is much needed to support our infrastructure). Add in the benefits of Room and Tax revenue (our #3 revenue item) and the money spent in our community from visitors, and there is no dispute that we need the people from outside of our community.

In many ways, these people need us right now. They need space, distance, fresh air, for their health and well-being. They want to access their property, they want to feel a part of their community. Furthermore, many coming to our area work in professions that support our first responders, health systems, and overall financial infrastructure. Stephan, I think your point is well warranted, and is simply asking that the community show a little compassion and understanding for people like yourself that call this place a second home or enjoy visiting. If people do not feel welcome and do not return, our community suffers.

Boston331

I live in Boston and own a place near Cannon. When NH tells me I can come back - I will. Not until then. It is sad some are not doing the same.

JJRossate

I have enjoyed coming to the North Conway area since July 4th, 1969. My wife has had the joy of coming here since she was 1 year old. Her grandparents summered in one of the many lodging homes that populated the area and during the Pandemic of 1917/18 they bought a property to stay here. It has evolved into a family retreat and yes, we would love to come to North Conway rather than stay inside our home but NO we will not be coming soon. The influenza has not crippled your area and that means your healthcare system has not been strained. The people who make up North Conway and the surrounding area deserve to be safe, you folks are a strategic essential force in making the area the destination of choice. Im not sure if we will come this year, many of the organizations we support have sent cancelation notices, but if things improve we will be trying. Even though we pay taxes we still consider ourselves guests in God's Country and will try to behave accordingly.

Obx

This land is your land, and this land is my land

From the California, to the New York Island

From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters

This land was made for you and me

As I went walking that ribbon of highway

I saw above me that endless skyway

Saw below me the golden valley

This land was made for you and me

I roamed and rambled, and I've followed my footsteps

To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts

All around me a voice was sounding

This land was made for you and me

When the sun come shining, then I was strolling

And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling

A voice was chanting as the fog was lifting

This land was made for you and me

This land is your land, and this land is my land

From California to the New York Island

From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters

This land was made for you and me

When the sun come shining, then I was strolling

And the wheat fields waving, the dust clouds rolling

The voice come in chanting and the fog was lifting

This land was made for you and me

To the white mountains of New England!

Last I heard is that this is the United States of America? What is this nonsense of out of staters? Please some civility and yes without out of staters and Canadian Tourists the north country would be tumbleweeds and forest.

God Bless you all.

trbochrg1

Isn't it ironic that the state motto is "Live Free or Die" ?

Randel

Sharon, that is not what is being said. This hostility towards those who have multiple homes is pitting neighbor against neighbor and is divisive. Lots of NH residents travel to neighboring states for work as well. I have a home here and in New York and spend seven months a year here as I am retired. I have owned my NH property for 52 years, I pay taxes here and unless you want to reimburse me for my taxes and loss of use of my property, you have no right to tell me where I can live. The solution is to self quarantine and to wear masks in public, both of which I have done and do.

DaveBarry1099

Exactly. I will go to my home in NH whenever I feel like it.

Sharon N

Another arrogant, entitled, privileged person from away telling us we would be nothing without their money....and they wonder why locals are resentful. My teachers told me about white privilege...I didn't understand what it was until I started reading letters like this.

amgraton

I am wondering why folks do not follow the rules/guidance issued by the states, federal, cdc etc. Why do the people from out of state think that they do not have to stay home?

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