To the Editor:

I have followed with interest the pending sale of Fort Rock Farm to St. Michael’s Church of Exeter. This seems like an excellent way to address two issues - how best to preserve the Fort Rock Farm property and where to find a suitable home for St. Michaels. Putting a beautiful church in an open field on the way into Exeter sounds wonderful to me, assuming that it’s all done in an environmentally responsible manner.

I’ve read some of the concerns from people who oppose the church at Fort Rock Farm. I hope they have a chance to watch replays of the Conservation Commission meeting from this week where the church team made a presentation. I found it reassuring that St. Michael’s has top-notch engineering and environmental people working on the project. They know that there are important issues and pledged to thoroughly address them. That will ease a lot of people’s concerns.

One thing I saw that I especially liked was that they want to save Fort Rock Farm and incorporate that historic homestead into their plans. For me, seeing that stately white house with its pillars and porch, its shady drive and big barn in back is a picture postcard of what we like best about traditional New England. If St. Michael’s has a plan to preserve that home, and the grounds, and the stone walls, as part of their church project, then when we look back years from now it will have been St. Michael’s that truly “saved Fort Rock Farm”.

Sancta Corrao Cantrell


To the Editor:

Better late than Never! The Friends of the Church on the Plains wish to thank everyone that made our Kingston Days Yard Sale at the Church a much needed success. We had more merchandise donated this year then we have ever received from past years. A huge thank you to all the contributors.

We started moving everything from Ruth and Dale Albert’s barn on the Friday night before the sale. Volunteers from the group, and friends of the group brought trucks, vans and large carts to take everything to the Church. On Saturday, the day of the sale, all the goods were laid-out on the lawn of the Church, and the buyers came – and came – and came! This year, we decided to sell again on Sunday. All the setting up, all the selling, all the clean ups were done by the members and friends of the Church. It was a very successful yard sale. One that we hope to repeat next year. (Note: articles are already being accepted at the home of Ruth and Dale Albert should you have any yard sale leftovers you don’t want to keep for the winter!)

To everyone involved - thank you so very much. Without all the help we got - it would have been difficult without you. A special thank you to Ruth and Dale who collect all the items and stores them year after year.

See you next year!

Shirley Tripp, Kingston

Friends of the Church

on the Plains

To the Editor:

Why can’t Raymond’s tax cut be a one-time deal?

It was so refreshing to open the tax bill yesterday to see a $500.00 reduction from my July tax bill.

Social Security announced their rate increase to be 2.3%, which equates to an additional $24.00 per month or $288.00 a year.

Understanding that bond interest, insurance and special education costs are all factors of the decrease, why can’t the Raymond Boards try to keep in line with keeping the tax rate level?

I challenge both the Raymond Board of Selectmen and the Raymond School Board to have each of their budgets not increase more than 1% this coming year.

Tina M. Thomas


To the Editor:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is hereditary in some cases, but more prevention can be done. Did you know that the World Health Organization classifies combined (estrogen plus progestin) oral contraceptives and combined hormone replacement therapy as a carcinogen (cancer causing agent)? “Consider risks and benefits of hormonal products and use only under careful medical


A study by Philip Carroll published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons ( on October 2, 2007 looked at seven known risk factors for breast cancer. His findings indicate that hormonal contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy are conducive to breast cancer. His study also showed that abortion is the “best predictor of breast cancer.” Having a first full term pregnancy before age 24, breastfeeding and having a large family protect from breast cancer.

Hormonal contraceptives have other risks as well. Planned Parenthood’s teenage website states, “Women who smoke should not use combined hormone methods of contraception – the pill, the patch, and the ring. Otherwise they take very serious health risks.” Other increased risks for users of combined-hormone products are blood clots in the legs that can travel to the lungs, heart attack, stroke, and liver tumors.

Is your daughter using these contraceptive steroids? Did you know minors can get and use them without their parent’s permission or knowledge?

Are the risks worth it?

Julie Laughner


To the Editor:

I am requesting a fair, balanced report concerning the death of Katie Brady.

Dante Silva’s conviction seems tied to the passage of a new drug law. Evidence admitted at the trial was incomplete. He was labeled guilty before he went to trial. He deserves a new hearing so the truth will be known.

I’d like to see an impartial reporter do a balanced, investigation story. I’d like to see it in print. And I’d suggest respect be shown to all families affected.

If you must blame someone, blame the girl with a long history of self-destructive behavior and the people who failed to get her help.

Helene Palmer

Merrimac, MA

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