Valley Information – Discussion board, Sept. 29: My e-bike has made all of the distinction
I’m responding to Sarah Crysl Akhtar’s Discussion board letter (“E-bikes aren’t any type of enchancment,” Sept. 23). Nonsense! The electrical bike is a superb invention. Saying that is no reflection on how I really feel concerning the “underfed economically fragile individuals in all places,” nor does it say something about my opinions on systemic racism, world warming, pay inequality or any of the opposite urgent points going through civilization.
Ever since my spouse and I moved to the Higher Valley 22 years in the past, biking has been an everyday pastime. I’ve participated within the Prouty and toured many of the lovely biking routes round our area. Nonetheless, as I aged into my late 70s, I found my power and stamina have been a lot completely different than they have been 15 years in the past. A lot of my favourite bike rides have been tougher, and took longer to finish, and a few hills (Chieftain Hill on the finish of the Prouty, for instance) have been very difficult.
So, my spouse and I purchased e-bikes final yr and it has made all of the distinction. I’m in a position to do the entire bike routes I did after I was 60, whereas nonetheless getting a superb cardio exercise. I don’t trip on strolling and mountaineering trails, and an e-bike is simply as quiet as an everyday bike.
On this yr of the pandemic, biking has been an ideal supply of enjoyment that enables me to get out of the home and be socially distanced within the contemporary air. I’m undoubtedly not ashamed to state my wholehearted help for the e-bike.
Within the 2016 nationwide election, solely about 60% of American voters who have been eligible really forged their ballots. Our nation ranked twenty sixth amongst 32 developed democratic nations whose residents have the privilege of voting, in line with the Pew Analysis Middle.
For a lot of, it’s a matter of entry. They’ve been unable to register, they’ll’t get to the polling locations, and once they do arrive, there are sometimes lengthy traces and inconvenient opening and shutting instances. Some who select to not vote are cynical: “All politicians are dishonest.” Many are apathetic. However for my part, the best, and saddest, motive is that many individuals really feel their vote, even when forged, doesn’t rely. That they don’t rely.
Structural boundaries, voter ID necessities, voter roll purges and voter suppression ways of all types are unhappy sufficient. However to exclude oneself from the privilege and accountability of voting as a result of one feels “my vote doesn’t rely” is, to my mind-set, the best tragedy. Voting is a privilege, an honor and a accountability. That is what democracy is all about — “of the individuals, by the individuals, for the individuals.” Each vote counts.
And it doesn’t matter the way you take part. Do one thing you’re good at; it’s going to maintain you. Do it with associates. When you have a garden, put an indication on it; make telephone calls; encourage others to vote. Write a letter to the editor. And bear in mind, nobody is aware of which snowflake brings down the department. Nobody is aware of which drop of water modifications the course of a river. Nobody is aware of which voice, crying within the wilderness, awakens the village. By taking part, by casting our vote, we are able to declare victory — not essentially for our occasion, or for our chosen plan of action — however victory for democracy.
And now I converse to the youngest voters, the first-time voters, the 18-year-olds. Vote! It feels good. It’s extremely vital. Vote as in case your life relied on it. It does. And in these making an attempt instances, taking motion is the best antidote to despair.
ALAN A. ROZYCKI
Anybody who is aware of me is aware of I’m obsessed with Claremont. I’ve served on the Metropolis Council for over a decade, been a name firefighter in Claremont for 10 years, and co-own a restaurant within the metropolis. My household has been in Claremont for 4 generations, and I’m proud to name Claremont my residence.
You will need to Claremont to have a state senator who will hear Claremont’s considerations and be a voice in Harmony, and I’m happy that Sue Prentiss might be on the poll this November. She has been taking note of what’s going on in Claremont. Her expertise on the Lebanon Metropolis Council helps her perceive the challenges we face with downtown redevelopment and bringing concerning the imaginative and prescient for Claremont. She is aware of the inquiries to ask, and he or she cares. Once we say that Claremont means enterprise, she will get it.
My background in TV and movie, together with 4 phrases on the New Hampshire Movie Fee, has proven me that arts and tradition can have an enormous financial affect on our communities and our state. Prentiss is aware of this too, and he or she helped create an Arts and Tradition Fee in Lebanon to mobilize the cultural economic system. New Hampshire has 13 cities, and Claremont and Lebanon are two of them. Having a state senator who understands the 2 cities in Senate District 5, working along with all of our state representatives, will give us a extra highly effective presence within the Statehouse.
Her 30-year emergency providers background can also be extraordinarily vital, particularly proper now throughout a public well being disaster. A pillar of our neighborhood as soon as informed me that these in emergency providers have a single job: They determine an issue and shortly discover a answer. That is the strategy Prentiss brings to her work in public service and why I’m proud to help her.
Please be part of me in voting for Sue Prentiss for state Senate on Nov. 3 — or beforehand if you’re voting absentee.
NICHOLAS J. KOLOSKI
This yr, we once more help Dan Wolf for state consultant for the Merrimack 5 district. Though he’s a Republican at a time when Republicans are taking many positions we strongly oppose, we really feel he has completed a superb job representing our district as an inexpensive average.
Not like a few of his completely partisan colleagues, Wolf has voted to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s many vetoes when he thought the laws was good for our district and for New Hampshire. For instance, he voted to override the veto and supported laws on a minimal wage enhance, paid household go away and an unbiased redistricting advisory fee. He’s considered one of a shrinking variety of affordable voices inside his occasion. We’re saddened by the sharply partisan strategy of so many in Harmony and see Wolf for instance of the way it ought to be completed. Whereas we don’t agree with him on all points, we all know he’s cautious, considerate and research the payments along with his background as a profitable businessman and neighborhood activist.
We have now identified him for a few years and have seen him work exhausting in our neighborhood to make it a greater place for everybody. On the environmental entrance, he was very energetic within the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Belief and served as its chair. His respect for historical past was displayed in his work on the Assembly Home renovation undertaking. And maybe most importantly, his honest curiosity in public training was demonstrated by means of 11 years of service on the board of the Kearsarge College District, together with 9 years as chair.
We notice there’s a great quantity at stake this yr. There may be loads of anger to go round. But when we’re ever going to return to speaking and listening to one another in order that we are able to make knowledgeable choices, we want considerate representatives on each side of the aisle. That’s the reason we’re lucky to have two considerate, skilled representatives in Dan Wolf, Republican, and Karen Ebel, Democrat, and we’ll vote once more for each of them.
and COTTON CLEVELAND
I’m writing to endorse Liza Draper, candidate for New Hampshire Home representing the Sullivan 5 district (Claremont’s Ward 3).
I’ve identified Draper for quite a lot of years. She is an lively cheerleader for Claremont and brings that vitality to bear on points vital to Claremont and extra broadly to New Hampshire. I like the truth that she helps mail-in voting for all voters, not simply absentees. A variety of states already use mail-in voting, some for a few years, and it really works effectively. She helps extending the renewable vitality portfolio past 2025. This commonplace requires public utilities to acquire greater than 25% of electrical energy from renewable vitality sources.
Nearer to residence, and close to to my coronary heart, she helps a rise in state per pupil funding offered to native faculty districts, a right away profit to Claremont. These positions, along with others, are why I endorse her. I urge all residents of Ward 3 in Claremont to forged their votes for Liza Draper for New Hampshire Home on Election Day, Nov. 3. We want her voice and vitality advocating for us.