Stories

The unintended consequences of Governor Sununu’s stay at home order has been far-reaching — from tens of thousands unemployed, tens of thousands with reduced income and hours, empty and nearly bankrupt hospitals, needed medical and dental procedures postponed, “non-essential” businesses on the brink of bankruptcy — and most in our state are unaware of the collateral damage that our fellow citizens are suffering. Please read and share these stories, and even add your own. 

New Job New Home

My husband accepted a new job earlier this year in Dover New Hampshire. We currently live in upstate NY and have been trying to move and relocate closer to his job location. We wanted to move to New England, as my mother is born & raised there and is currently living in Maine. New Hampshire seems like it would fit our family dynamics more, and so we were thankful to God for this job and thankful that in the midst of a trialing year, a glimmer of hope to be reunited closer to family would be possible. However, more and

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Southern NH Medical Center abuses parental rights

I was at southern NH medical center in Nashua 12/7 for a long awaited specialist appointment for my 7 yr old with my wife when I was told only one parent could go to the appointment. I told them I thought they were overstepping and violating my parental rights. This was no tummy ache but a very serious appointment and I had every right and belonged in the appointment. We were all wearing masks and I would have been happy to follow whatever procedure necessary to make them happy. They, a woman named Tracy Bennett, said no again. So the

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Voter Intimidation and Suppression happened to me

I live in Nashua, NH and vote in Ward 9. I have voted in person in every election since I moved to Nashua in 2008. I did not vote in the state primary in September, because I am registered as a Democrat but my plan at that time was to vote for a Republican candidate in the general election on November 3rd. Because I only made that decision after the deadline for a party affiliation change (June 2), I opted not to participate in the Democratic Primary. On November 3rd, my husband went to vote at the Ward 9 precinct

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One woman’s letter to the State Senate about the Covid-19 situation

I will not comply with the governor’s emergency orders. I was reported to the Attorney General’s office for not wearing a mask in my business while working on my clients, and subsequently harrassed by my local health officer in the city of Dover. This strange man was waiting for me, in my waiting area common at my place of business when I showed up to work. He was wearing a black mask which I found very threatening actually, and didn’t offer any credentials. Well holding his hand out in standing very close to me, he asked for my doctor’s note

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The governor’s Covid-19 fear-mongering has caused hopelessness

To Whom it may Concern, I’m going to try to make my long story short. Before I moved here, where I am now, I was on Bond Street in Claremont. While there, my dad died there in my living room, and then in 2017 my fiancé of 13 years died in the same room from cancer, and about 6 months after, my 16-year old cat died all in the same room. I have been an empath, intuitive, introvert all my life. Back before my dad died, I decided to try my own painting business, as I have been painting most

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Our Elderly Have Been Forsaken: Where Is The Love?

My 95 year old mother is in a nursing home with multiple health issues that prevent me from taking care of her at home. She has not been hugged or even touched by any of her six children since the lock down began. She has diminished mental capacity and does not understand why we can’t visit or hug her. I am beginning to think she will die before I get to do so, and this is a tragedy. How many old folks are in the same situation being cared for by strangers? For that matter how many children are suffering

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Fear is destructive

Since the governor implemented his mask mandate I have been continuously harassed while trying to provide for my family in our community. As a USAF Veteran with a medical exception for wearing a face covering, feeling publicly harassed, isolated, and shamed has been devastating. These will cause some long-lasting effects, and it affects my whole family. My livelihood, mental state, and safety are in jeopardy. Catherine Joyce Hancock, NH

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STILL Laid Off

On Thursday, August 8th, 2019, I, Shane J. Skinner, was hired by Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites and began working as a maintenance worker beginning on Monday, August 12th, 2019. I enjoyed working at said job for seven months and one week before, on Thursday, March 19th, 2020, due to COVID-19, I was effectively held in a two-month furlough before, on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020, I was laid off… I lost my job because of all of this. I haven’t worked since Sunday, March 15th, 2020, and I was expecting to come back in the next couple of days,

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A whole family with health issues treated unfairly

I have severe glaucoma and if I don’t wear a mask for a one hour appointment then my glaucoma specialist refuses to treat me. I haven’t had an appointment with her since before this whole pandemic started. I also have congestive heart failure and wearing a mask makes me dizzy. My non-verbal very sweet and polite son has autism and he was refused entrance into a restaurant. He is very lonely and outings to restaurants are very important for his mental health. The Office for the Disabilities Act said they can just bring food to the car and that he

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What if a customer is hearing-impaired?

I work part-time at an auto parts store. I had a customer last week who was completely deaf. I pulled down my mask (required by my employer) for a second and pointed to my mouth and asked if he read lips. He said, “A little.” I spent the rest of this interaction communicating with this customer by typing messages into the Notes app on my smartphone. But this got me thinking: “How do deaf people communicate when everyone is wearing a mask?” Someone suggested clear or translucent masks that allow a hearing-impaired person to read lips. What are their limitations?

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