CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

Letters to the Editor

February 20, 2014

Vote “No” on Sanborn Article #7

Vote “No” on Sanborn Article #7

I am writing to urge Kingston and Newton voters to defeat Sanborn Article #7. This is an attempt to rescind SB2 and return to the traditional meeting which would actually issue final votes on all non-elected office items on the warrant, this includes the budget. Logistically, there are several problems with this.

There is no mechanism for absentee voting; you have to be at the meeting, and sit through the entire meeting, in order to vote on all of the articles.

Couples with small children would have to choose one parent to vote and the other lose their vote because you’re not sitting through this meeting for multiple hours with small children.

Working people who are required to be out of town or working during the meeting also lose their vote. There are programs that provide transportation for people to and from the polls who might not have their own transportation. Is anyone proposing to provide similar services for this meeting?

Sheer numbers also make this approach not feasible without a large drop in the number of people voting. In the 2012 election, nearly 2,400 people voted on the Sanborn District items. At the deliberative session, we had between 100 and 200 people and we half-filled the auditorium. If we had even half of the people who voted in 2012, that’s 1200 people, the auditorium wouldn’t suffice and I’m not sure we have anything which would.

The primary argument in favor of this is that many voters don’t make the effort to inform themselves of the issues and see the articles for the first time in the voting booth. Sadly, the laws of our country don’t require you to be informed in order to have the right to vote.

I would certainly urge you to become informed and understand the issues. The issue here is protecting your right to vote.

Richard Fortin

Newton

1
Text Only
US Politics
Obituaries
  • Marie Rose (Robidoux) Audy

    LAWRENCE — Marie Rose (Robidoux) Audy, passed away at her home surrounded by her family, after suffering a stroke in April. She was born in Lawrence and was the daughter of the late Rose A. (Betit) and Alfred Robidoux, originally of Quebec, Canada. She was predeceased by her husband of 28 years, Armand Joseph Audy, who passed away on June 28, 1976.

    Continued ...
    5 days
  • Charles Anthony "Chuck" Carnival, 79

    Jackson, MS — Charles Anthony “Chuck” Carnival, 79, formerly of Raymond, N.H., passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss.

    Continued ...
    12 days 1 Photo
  • Francis M. Lurvey, 76

    Bar Harbor, ME — Francis M. Lurvey passed away Sunday, June 22, in Bar Harbor, Maine, after battling cancer. By his side were his sons, Edwin Lurvey and Steven Lurvey and his niece and husband, Debra and Richard Carey, as well as cousin, Marion McDonald. He was the son of Edwin R Lurvey (Bar Harbor) and Delia Amazeen (Dexter). He is survived by five children, a stepson, and their families. His sons, Edwin and wife April, Steven and wife, Pam, David and his daughter, Meghan, as well as his daughters, Lorraine and Ellen and her husband, Paul DiScipio with daughters, Katherine and Julia, and his stepson, Brian Faulkner and wife, Jody with children, Trevor, Rachel, and Keith. He is also survived by his sister, Sheryl, and many nieces and nephews including Frank Lurvey and Elaine Langer. Francis was predeceased by his twin brother, Frank, as well as his brothers, Edwin and Erwin. He was also predeceased by his longtime companion, Brian and Edwin’s mother, Maureen Faulkner and former wife, Roberta Lurvey Gilmore.

    Continued ...
    19 days 1 Photo
  • Norman R. Cote

    Atkinson, NH — Norman R. Cote, of Atkinson, was called to his heavenly home on June 16, 2014, following a period of declining health.

    Continued ...
    19 days
  • Frederick M. Hopper, 64

    Epping, NH — Frederick Michael Hopper, of Epping, N.H., passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Predeceased by his wife, Alice Hopper, he is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Joann Peatfield; daughters, Shay Belair and Jayne Pond; sons-in-law, Adam Belair and James Pond; mother, Arlene Hopper; father and stepmother, Frederick S. and Barbara Hopper; siblings, Susan Hardy, Stephan Hopper, Scott Hopper, and Sherri Chagnon; grandsons, Benjamin Belair, Jonathan Belair and Jackson Pond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Continued ...
    26 days 1 Photo

Stocks