The New Hampshire Humanities Council has awarded the Epsom Public
Library a grant to host Mr. Kevin Gardner as he presents his program
“Discovering New England Stone Walls” on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00
PM. Mr. Gardner will explain how and why New England came to
acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which
they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles
emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous
New England landscape.
With Spring 2 weeks late, roadside clean-up continues
in Epsom. If you are able to clean-up roadside litter or a community
area there are still Christmas tree saplings available at the Epsom
Library for you. Just fill in the form at the library and note what
area you will clean up. Contact
[email protected] if you have
any questions. Help make Epsom Beautiful
Thank you from the Epsom Conversation Commission
Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Offers A Healthy
Life For Me Presentation In Epsom
Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free
presentation “A Healthy Life for Me!” on Tuesday, May 26 from 11
a.m. to Noon at Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Road in Epsom.
While not all illness is avoidable, many challenges associated with
ongoing health conditions can be overcome by eating right,
exercising, and taking care of yourself. No matter how old you are,
caring for your body has enormous benefits that help you stay
active, manage health problems, and increase your energy.
To register, call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815.
Epsom Food Pantry News
Another busy but good week at the Pantry. Our Pantry brings out the
very best in people. For example, the Victory Workers 4 H Club is
going to be donating a variety of foods to the Pantry. The group
was accompanied by one of their leaders, Derek Ladd, who organized
this project. This group is from Pittsfield. That is just wonderful.
You know not only are people grateful to receive our food, but when
their circumstances improve and they get a job, these folks are the
first ones to let us know and will stop coming. We always tell them
if they need us again, we are there for them.
Ken tells me the Pantry could use some Jello products and 2 pound
bags of sugar or flour and also cocoa mix for the children. Sorry, I
missed again. Not quite sure what happened.
Until next week,
Letter To The Editor
Why do people hate the “market economy”?
But first, what is the market economy?
Thousands of years ago two people meet.
One says, “I will trade some of my firewood for some of your food.”
The other says, “It’s a deal.”
Both individuals, “won”.
They each valued what they got more than what they gave up.
If that were not the case, no exchange would have taken place.
Now, instead of two people, make it millions of people, instead of
just two products being exchanged, make it millions of products and
services available for exchange and you have the market economy.
Millions of people all trying to improve their own situation, all
voluntarily cooperating with one another in the production and
exchange of goods and services at mutually agreeable prices.
No force involved.
The result: the standard of living soars.
What’s to hate about that?
All the government has to do is to enforce the right of every
individual to own and control their own property, whatever that
property may be, and prevent and/or punish the use of force or
Production in a market economy is not directed by some government
bureaucrat arbitrarily handing out subsidies from one hand and
punitive fines from the other.
In the market economy, production is directed solely by consumers
through their deciding to buy or not to buy.
As for individual freedom, the market itself is but a manifestation,
an extension, of two things: the right of individuals to be free to
act and the right of individuals to own and control their own
The market economy is the only economic system which is compatible
with human freedom.
It is not a coincidence that the world’s first experiment with
individual freedom, which began with our Declaration of
Independence, also gave rise to the market economy.
Letter To The Editor
I wanted to take this time to thank Jack Kelleher on his almost
weekly articles in The Sun. I wanted to let you know that, at least
in this house, we look forward to reading your letters each week. I
only hope more people take the time to read them and do their own
research if need be. You hit the nail on the head each time.
Keep it up.
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
This week, the House met to consider two very contentious bills.
SB116, repealing the requirement for a license to carry a concealed
weapon, was briefly debated and passed, 212-150. All representatives
from the district voted for this bill. Since the governor has
threatened to veto this bill, and neither the House nor the Senate
had 2/3 support, I don’t expect it to become law.
SB113, authorizing two casinos, a large one presumably at Rockingham
Park and a smaller one further north, possibly in Loudon, was
debated at great length. The committee amendment, requiring a
performance audit of the first casino before the second license was
issued, failed 142-162, with the opposition not wanting the delay. A
floor amendment to simply repeal the criminal prohibitions against
gambling was debated before failing, 103-259; I voted for it as
being an elegant solution, but expected it to fail because most
representatives were concerned that state regulation would not be
possible. Another amendment, allowing as many casinos as were
qualified, rather than just one of each size, was also debated and
failed, 87-219. I voted for this as well, since it eliminated the
conflict with the state constitution’s ban on monopolies.
Another amendment, regulating “gray” machines (not explained) and
eliminating all tolls on the turnpikes, failed to get the necessary
2/3 vote to consider this non-germane material. After that, over a
dozen speakers, including Dan, made their points for or against the
bill. The final vote was 156-208: not as close as most observers had
thought it would be. Both Dan and Michael Brewster voted with me
against the bill and for the amendments, but Alan Turcotte didn’t.
Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details
than fit here.
Representative Carol McGuire
Herb Bartlett of Epsom celebrates his 89th birthday surrounded by
friends at the Circle Restaurant in Epsom.
Margaret (Devine) Wentworth
Epsom – Mrs. Margaret (Devine) Wentworth, 78, died, surrounded by
loving family, on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at CRVNA Hospice House.
Born in Liverpool, England, on February 9, 1937, Margaret was the
daughter of James and Jane (Newsham) Devine. She was raised in
England and immigrated to the United States in in 1955.
She was a former member of the Red Hatters and enjoyed camping. She
had been employed by GE and had also worked for a short time for
Members of her family include her husband of 60 years, Everett
Wentworth of Epsom; her daughter and son-in-law, Diane Gillespie and
John of West Boylston, MA; 4 grandchildren, Kayla, Lauren, Colleen,
and Ryan; 2 great granddaughters, Annabel and Julianna; siblings,
Catherine Kennedy, Elizabeth Cross, and Anthony Devine, all, of
Liverpool, and Anne Reith of Woonsocket, RI; and nieces and nephews.
Margaret was predeceased by her son, Vincent Wentworth last year in
November, and by siblings, Richard and John Devine, Doreen Thomas,
and Jeanne Snagg.
Services were held Monday, May 4th at the Still Oaks Funeral &
Memorial Home in Epsom.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the CRVNA
Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.
An on-line guestbook is available at