Accepting the Facts.


Today I started going through my mail which had piled up after my venture down to Florida. It had piled up pretty good. Among the white envelopes I spotted some familiar blue letters and instantly recognized the political significance.

The 2010 Ray Burton Campaign Kickoff for Executive Council. It was on the 12th from 5-7 at the Oasis Restaurant in Littleton. At 6:42 I was at the Pilot Travel Center in Colonial Heights, Virginia at pump #15 getting fuel enroute to the beaches of sunny and warm Florida. So I missed the Burton Campaign Kickoff for Executive Council. I’m confident the campaign will be two or three votes behind so there will be some campaigning to see for sure. Beyond this, the backpage of the yellow flyer is what really caught my attention. It showed the kickoff event for the Colebrook area at the Colebrook Country Club, it showed a photo with local politicians including: Eric Stohl, Bing Judd, Sen. John Gallus, Rep. Larry Rappaport, Bill Remick and Mike Adamkowski.

Rep. Larry Rappaport. For some reason I’m seeing his name as voting against S.B. 489. I can’t imagine any North Country legislator voting against S.B. 489 or at least any legislator that has even a basic understanding of the economic conditions in this area of the state. I think Rep. Rappaport must have voted his conscience because it doesn’t seem like he voted for his district. The whole northern area of New Hampshire which is Executive Council District #1 is now making me think of Charleston, South Carolina and some of the inland areas that I visited including Jacksonboro and Magnolia Plantation. After I visited historic Fort Sumter I went to the local Barnes & Noble bookstore and started looking at books related to Charleston and the Civil War. Charleston may have won the battle but this city along with the rest of South Carolina definitely lost the war. And the black and white pictures say it all. The tide of war turns against the Confederacy and a Union Army marches into the south bent on vengeance. This is a war. Charleston was shelled into rubble and any plantation or income producing property was burned to the ground by Yankee pickets.

After the surrender the conditions clearly didn’t improve. Charleston took a long time to rebuild and the inland areas I don’t think have ever recovered. The plantations were never rebuilt and a majority of the taxbase is today either overgrown or unused. There doesn’t appear to be anything moving forward. This scene reminded me of being back in Groveton.

Except in New Hampshire we didn’t have a war, we simply destroyed the taxbase on our very own.