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Letters to the Editor

May 9, 2013

We Are Boston

We Are Boston

I love the city of Boston. I always have. Until this past week, I never really thought about why that is. Boston, like all major cities, has its problems. But Boston has been and continues to be a great city in our great nation. The sports teams, colleges, architecture, restaurants and history make the city unique. But there is something about the people of Boston. That “something” is hard to put a finger on.

Being the birthplace of the abolitionist movement is no small accomplishment for the brave folks who did it. The American Revolution was also conceived in Boston. Four of the forty-four Presidents of the United States were born in the city or its suburbs - no other city in America can lay claim to a higher percentage. Boston’s traditional values of higher education are surpassed by no other city in the world; and no other city better underscores the idea that “Education is the Foundation of Democracy”.

Last week, the City of Boston faced a tremendous challenge. The Marathon bombings shattered the euphoria of the celebration of freedom on Patriots Day. Yet, even before the smoke cleared, the people of Boston stoically upheld my unyielding faith in humanity. A fine example of this notion came to my attention in photographs of the aftermath of the bombing. A man who can be seen in the photographs of the carnage, although injured, did not try to escape, did not focus on his own injuries and did not complain. Instead, he crawled to the nearest person injured much worse than he was. He began removing his own upper body clothing to apply pressure to the terrible wounds of that person, whom he most likely did not even know. He did this spontaneously, while clearly in shock. He did this without reward and without the expectation of recognition for his bravery and despite the obvious risk to himself. The general public does not know this man’s name, his home or his situation. All we know is that he did all he could to help another person in grave need, under extreme duress.

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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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