Greg Raymond: DMV's new computer system dropped records of paid fines

To the editor:

My name is Greg Raymond, and I live in Whitefield.

On Monday, Nov. 27, I was coming home from work at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel when I passed a Town of Carroll police cruiser.

The officer immediately hit his brakes and turned around to follow me. After about five miles of driving the officer put on his lights and pulled me over.

I asked him why he was stopping me, and he told me he would explain.

Apparently, I had been driving with a suspended license and registration since September. 

I had received a speeding ticket from the same department in June 2017, and paid the ticket on Aug. 14 with a $50 late fee, which I paid.

The officer arrested me and booked me for driving with a suspended license and registration. I called the state Department of Motor Vehicles the next morning and told them what had happened and that I have proof with a credit card statement that I had paid my fine.

The lady told me that the DMV had made a mistake, claiming that the DMV switched over to a new system in October, and somehow it did not log in my payment that was made in August. I was told that I was one of 55,000 cases in New Hampshire that this has happened to.

Anyone who has gotten a ticket before the switch over of systems (in October) should call and check with the DMV to make sure that they do not have a false suspension on their license or registration to save them from being arrested and extorted in the future.

Greg Raymond


Carl Gagnon: Not all men are cads and fiends

To the editor:

I would like to respond to the Nov. 22/23 letter by Ms. Elizabeth Ruediger. Her indictment of the entire genus of the male Homo sapien throughout human history is as disturbing as it is laughable.

I certainly understand what Elizabeth was attempting to convey to the reader. It took 15 paragraphs of, “can you imagine” to finally get to the point. Her point? She doesn’t like President Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States.

So having said that, may I take you, the reader to the point in a more timely manner?

There is no argument that we men have acted as cads and fiends toward women. One only has to take his or her phone from their pocket to see yet another revelation of a case of sexual harassment being made against a male. I concede that it occurs.

Ms. Ruediger conveniently forgets that there are two sides to the coin. What about the many hundreds of millions of men who have lived and died and who were anything but cads or fiends?

For every cad there are gentlemen tenfold! Here are some names of gentle men: Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, The Dalai Lama, George Washington, Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Plato, Socrates, Voltaire, Michelangelo, Confucius ... OK, I said I’d be quick so that’s enough.

Elizabeth, I have quit being a frequent contributor to The Berlin Sun. I’ve found that those who don’t agree with me will never be swayed by my writing. I suggest you give it a rest yourself because the only thing you’re accomplishing is to make yourself a questionable commodity come election time!

Carl Gagnon


Theodore Bosen: Deadline for health-care enrollment is Dec. 15

To the editor:

Need an affordable health care plan? You only have until Dec. 15 to sign up!

Congressman Annie McLane Kuster came to Berlin to speak at the annual Truman Dinner at the White Mountain Chalet recently and noted that Trump’s claims that the Affordable Care Act was imploding were complete lies. In New Hampshire, we even have more insurance company participation than we had last year. As a self-fulfilling prophecy, Trump is trying to thwart participation in the ACA by defunding its marketing and shortening its sign-up period.

The New Hampshire Democratic State Committee, partnering with non-profits like New Hampshire’s HNH Foundation, is fighting to counteract this scandalous attempt to deny New Hampshrie. families an affordable health care plan.

Posters are going up now all over the state to alert people who need a health plan that they must sign up now. Even if you are signed up but looking for a better deal, you must do so before Dec. 15.

Last year, eight in 10 applicants qualified for an affordable plan. Many paid as little as $50-$100 a month. There is still a minimum penalty of $695 for not having health insurance, and that is still in effect. Even if you have a plan, you should update your information, and you may possibly save even more. Visit or on the web, or call 1 (800) 318-2596. Or drop in at Coos Family Health for assistance.

Obamacare is NOT imploding. It is alive and well and already helping more people than last year, but time is running out if you are not enrolled, so don’t delay beyond Dec. 15!

Theodore Bosen


Berlin Democratic Committee


Joseph F. Dorsett Sr.: We can start today and make a new ending

To the editor:

Our country has a high rate of retirees, most of them considering relocating from the homes and neighborhoods where they spent most of their life and raised their children.

It is difficult to accept and a very emotional time in one’s life.

You can’t start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

One day during a conversation with a friend, she told me her mother and father were building a new house. My friend was in her 50s. I said, that’s crazy, your folks must be in there 70s by now. Why would they take on such a project at that age?

Many years went by until the day arrived my wife and I were about to retire and we were in our early 70s.

I could not help but think of that day my friend told me about her parents building a new house at 70.

After much thought, I realized why they were moving forward. They were looking for a purpose.

I believe if you are not moving forward, you are moving backward.

Elderly people have to give up enough, but you do not have to accept the status quo or move backward; that choice is up to you.

Most elderly people pick the status quo, it’s comfortable.

Being comfortable carries an element of fear. That’s not living; it’s existing.

Don’t let family and friends keep you from making your choice if you want to live life rather than exist.

Do something new, find a purpose.

We must have a purpose to get up in the morning with a good attitude. Finding that purpose is up to you.

God does not want us to be miserable with ourselves and others. That does not mean we cannot pursue happiness, contentment and peace of mind.

I believe life does not allow us much time to enjoy those pursuits while raising children or building a career.

Remember, if happiness, contentment and peace of mind are important to you, get it while you can.

Find a purpose that will move you forward; do not allow the fear of status quo or transience to compel you to move backward.

“Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience.” — Shunryu Suzuki.

Joseph F. Dorsett Sr.



Kelly Ross: Tribute to Reggie Marquis

To the editor:

It has been a month or so, and there is something I can’t shed. We all lose people. I get it. When family and best friends pass, it hurts. Every now and then though, a certain someone passes where your heart falls right to your feet. I have felt that weight on my feet a few times, but I must say, losing Reggie Marquis was one of those moments.

Reggie has a tremendous legacy in the North Country. A great athlete right to the end, a great coach to so many young men back in the day, a great teammate, a bitter opponent and one of the all-time best human beings I have ever known.

Reggie was about nine years older than me, and the best friend of my Uncle Rich, who was, and still is, the older brother I never had. When I was a kid, my Uncle Rich’s buddies became great friends of mine. I was Little League age, and these guys were just out of high school and treated me like their younger brother. There were many, but none like Reggie. He had the kindest soul, incredibly animated, and insanely funny.

As a kid, he was a hero of sorts. He always made a point of talking to me and asking of my interests, as he was truly interested. He wasn’t talking to me just to make believe he cared. He Truly Did! Reggie loved Berlin’s youth, and did whatever he could do to better the kids he had direct contact with. Reggie will always live strong in my heart for many reasons. As friendly as we were as adults, it is how he treated me as a kid that I will never forget.

Certain people stick with certain people. Reggie has always stuck with me like Velcro. Between the old days when I was a kid, the days once I grew up and I got to play softball with him and against him for a few years, and the chance meetings at BHS Tourney games on the road — which was often — seeing Reggie was always a cartoon moment. There was never a doubt. If you saw Reggie’s face, you were guaranteed at least one good belly laugh.

To Shawn and Kevin, a tremendous job with what you did with that beautiful tribute to your Dad at the get together at the T&C. The crowd there that day is a true indication as to how loved Reggie will always be.

Kelly Ross