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Letters to the Editor

May 8, 2014

Do we want a democracy or an oligarchy?

Do we want a democracy or an oligarchy?

Yes, that’s right! Do we want a democratic government voted in by its citizens, or do we want a government dominated by the political donations of a few, the wealthy: an oligarchy? Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addressed this question at a packed auditorium last weekend at the NH Institute of Politics at St. Anselm’s College, Manchester. While his speech was recorded by c-span, it went unreported in local media, who spent their time across town listening to the likes of US Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz seek the endorsement of wealthy donors.

Sen. Sanders addressed the greatest challenge facing American voters since the Great Depression, the disappearance of the American Middle Class. He noted a number of statistics beginning with the real unemployment figure, which is nearer 12%, not the 6.5% currently cited, as many workers have dropped out of the labor market. For youth and black, the unemployment figure is far higher. People have to work longer hours for less in wages. The USA is the only major industrialized nation that does not have guaranteed health care. An average worker today earns $5,000 less than in 1999, even when adjusted for inflation. Half of all Americans have less than $10,000 in savings. About 5.5 million young people have either dropped out of high school or have graduated and have no jobs. We have gone from a strong economy producing a variety of products with decent wages and good benefits, to what he called the Walmart economy…anti-union, low wages, minimal benefits and the disappearance of jobs into overseas factories. As for the cost of college…we now rank 15th as an educated workforce. The basic question is “Will the younger generation have a lower standard of living than their parents and grandparents?

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Obituaries
  • 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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