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. 

I may die from the shutdown ‘cure’

I am 66 years old and due to a drunk driving accident 40 years ago, I have a six-tooth bridge across my upper front teeth. Four weeks ago that bridge fell out. I am lucky because my dentist was operating for emergencies during this time, but it still took eight days after the bridge fell out to get a temporary bridge into my mouth. During that time, I developed a raging infection, which has been very slow to heal. The fear has been that the infection could spread to my eye/ brain and kill me. Had there been no lockdown,

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The crushing of the entrepreneurial spirit through excessive and irrational government intervention

I have been self-employed for over 30 years. In this time period, I have had successes and failures. As an entrepreneur, I understand that there are always risks in every decision that I make and those decisions are carefully weighed in terms of the successes they may or may not yield. Certain things are unavoidable such as competition, which is another entrepreneur’s attempt at the same market share. The threat of competition is the number one thing that keeps us entrepreneurs on our toes. What has proven to be out of our control is the ability of the government to

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Life’s Journey Living NH Free

Never skipped a beat, I’ve been working 50 hrs a week amid varying conditions of normal life, now with an added attempt at precautionary measures. I watched a vibrant State come to a halt. The highway is vacant, but in the dawn come the businesses that build a State, that support an economy. We work, month after month, we work. In the midst of a fear-mongering media and a lying federal government, we work outside, inside, around colleagues and contractors. We work while everyone shelters and masks up. I’m not sure if it’s the federal Covid money, political posturing or

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A Lot of Loss

On May 1, 2019, I lost my daughter in a horrible car accident on route 101. I lost a lot of income due to that. I filed for the NH victim fund for assistance and was denied that for assistance. Now here we are in 2020, I have lost both jobs of serving tables and nursing due to COVID. I keep trying to help myself financially out of both of these financial holes that were no fault of my own. I have always worked multiple jobs and have lost so much income due to both situations. I am trying to

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Historic Inn on the brink

Eight years ago I quit my job as a lawyer, moved to New Hampshire from the deep south, and bought what is now a 180 year old inn and began a new life as an innkeeper. It’s been incredibly hard work and a struggle financially every off season until last year. I love what I do and I had finally turned the corner, had a very good winter and a fairly good spring with a strong summer approaching. Of course the summer has all dissolved. And now I hear rumors of a possible “partial” opening “allowed” sometime in June. I

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Hospitals laying off workers

WHERE’S THE EMERGENCY!? On Friday, May 8th, Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough announced it was furloughing over one hundred employees. This comes at a time when we are supposedly “preparing for the worst” in our state and are not allowed by His Majesty (intentional dig) the governor to exercise our natural rights, lest we be wiped out by some unseen and yet to be destructive hoax, farce, scam, virus or whatever we wish to call it. The only solution to this problem is obviously to vote out all of those responsible and replace them with individuals that understand the value

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NONESSENTIAL

My name is Cathy and I am owner of two tattoo shops. I am proud to say we had 10 Tattoo Artists working within our 2 shops as independent subcontractors, along with 3 employees. When we first started hearing about Corona Virus, we were just ending our slow season (November through mid February) looking forward to what we now as the start of peak season. By the second week of March we were all going to die due to this fast spreading virous. We decided to stop tattooing a few days prior to Gov. Sununu’s announcement of closing for five

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My Dad’s Solitary Last Dying Days

I lost my Dad in March. Sadly we couldn’t visit him due to Covid-19. He lost his eyesight, couldn’t use his cell phone, had no phone in his room, and it was a week before I got a call through to him. It was then that I found out they never told him that visitors were not allowed anymore. My Dad spent one of his final weeks in agony wondering why he had no visitors, and then a couple more weeks after that alone. Pictured is probably my second to last visit, when I was trying to cheer him up

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Running out of money

We have a family friend who runs three business, a hair salon, an AirBnB and she’s a realtor. All of that came to a screeching halt thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown. Like so many people she has no income but the bills keep rolling in. Given the pattern of infection within N.H. it is long past due for most of the state to open up for business. The “cure” has already been worse than the disease given COVID-19 has a death rate of approximately 1% when you use the most accurate data. Robin Maloney Wilton, NH

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