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April 10, 2014

‘Indian Cowboy Alliance’ to March on DC

‘Indian Cowboy Alliance’ to March on DC

This Earth Day, the “Indian Cowboy Alliance” will ride horseback to DC to protest the tar sands Keystone XL Pipeline. The full impact of this historic action touches many emotions. The Native Americans would really try again to appeal to the US government? The shameful way in which the wool was pulled over their tribal elders’ eyes at the turn of the century is not going to fly in this day and age. The world is twittering quick and becoming more transparent every day.

Many remember the Keep America Beautiful anti-litter TV commercial of the 70’s “Crying Indian” where he has that one tear in his eye. A commercial that stays with you after forty years attests to the effectiveness that Native American values can have on environmental issues. Now I don’t want to romanticize the TV commercial, there was also a stiff anti-litter campaign waged at the same time which resulted in laws and penalties. End result, we don’t litter like we used to.

The I-C Alliance recognizes that the tar sands oil transported by Keystone represents a significant new source of fossil fuel pollution. Their “Reject and Protect” event will focus attention on Climate Change: the surging levels of carbon dioxide that have already caused serious extremes in weather patterns, an increased acidity of oceans, and a significant rise in sea level. Result: drought and floods in areas where neither were frequent, and loss of crops. Look on 350.org for examples.

Say No to Keystone XL who aims to pull their “safety study” wool over our eyes today. Like the old anti-litter campaign, let’s combine Native American values and US laws and mandates to wake up from our over-consumption dream and work to reduce our carbon footprint personally, as a community, and as a country. Search on Google for “Exeter NH Transition Town” Facebook to see how Exeter is lowering its carbon footprint.

Renay Allen-Hitzrot

Exeter

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  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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