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Letters to the Editor

June 5, 2014

People Before Politics

People Before Politics

My name is Kevin P. St. James and I am running for Rockingham County District 1 Commissioner. I am 48 years old and married with two children (17 and 13). We are home owners and taxpayers in Kingston. We have been small business owners. I have been a Firefighter EMT-I for more than thirteen years and work for the Town of Exeter. I am just completing a two year term as a State Representative.

What does a County Commissioner do? The county commissioners are the Executive branch of Rockingham County and oversee a budget of $78 Million. This money is used to protect and serve the public interests of safety, security and health. It oversees the financial needs of Rockingham County: our Jail, our Nursing home, our Sheriff’s Department, our Registry of Deeds, our County Attorney’s office and also governs funding for programs such as ‘Meals on Wheels’.

The County Commission is often one area of local government that is forgotten about; but also one which is vital to all of us. Rockingham County has the ability to provide even more services to its residents without the need to increase the taxes we pay. Too often we fail to realize how stale and stagnant the air is until the windows and doors of a room are opened. I will be that ‘breath of fresh air’ that our County Commission needs. I will be an active participant on the Commission and I will be visible and accountable to all of you throughout our communities. Ask yourself, “Have I met my current county commissioner of the last 18 years”? Odds are that you have not.

I will be more accessible to you and I will be more effective serving all of the citizens of Rockingham County as your Commissioner. For too long our County has not done its best using all of the resources available to it. Rockingham should be a model County for the State of New Hampshire, a model County for this Country. Our County’s government is designed to provide services; but instead it has made decisions based on politics, without regard for the needs of our Citizens. People should be before politics.

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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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