…by Anura Guruge
Though he is a Republican, I have always found that Ray Burton, our NH Executive Councilor, invariably has a sound, common sense approach to what is good for the people of the State. I have to say that I would concur wholeheartedly with what Ray set forth in the above letter — just adding that the NH ‘Department of Revenue Administration‘ is another alternative.
I have never understood the opposition to casinos in NH. I think it will be wonderful: create jobs, generate MUCH NEEDED revenue and provide us with another in state destination.
I have never understood this argument about having to protect people from themselves — when we permit guns, smoking, alcohol, prescription drugs and newspaper editors driving at 90 mph. It seems so ironic in the ‘Live Free or Die‘ state, though did YOU know that Alton has a total ban on fireworks?
Yes, I find it amazing that this country actually enacted prohibition. Wow. Well trying to ban casinos for social good is in that same sorry boat. As Ray quite correctly points out NH permits, if not ENCOURAGES, gambling in the form of the Lottery. Just double standards and hypocrisy.
Yes, I know that at least in ultra-rich, Alton, I am the only one impacted by the increase in property tax. Hopefully there are others in less wealthy towns in NH who share my concern as to ever increasing property taxes.
Please take some time to think about this. Ray, at the end of his letter, encourages you to contact him. I know that he will help. He takes his job very seriously. So, please lets try to make casinos a reality in NH so that we can crawl out of the eternal income deficit hole that plagues NH. Thank you.
‘Big Chief Elizabeth’ by Giles Milton: The Earliest British Colonies In America, Roanoke Island etc.
..by Anura Guruge
I didn’t buy this book. I must have picked it up for free somewhere. I am glad I did. I just finished reading it. It enlightened me, gloriously, on a whole new chapter of U.S. history that I knew nothing about — the earliest British attempts at American colonization, predating Jamestown, Va. I am not sure how many Americans actually know this or remember it from a history book or class. Where did ‘Virginia‘, U.S.A., get its name from? Though those religious might claim that it must be in honor of ‘Mary‘, that is not the case. It is a different virgin, or one that claimed that she was (though as is inevitably the case doubts have been raised): Queen Elizabeth I [1558 – 160], ‘The Virgin Queen‘, ‘Gloriana‘, ‘Good Queen Bess‘ or as she was introduced to the (Red) Indians, ‘Weroanza Elizabeth‘ (‘Big Chief’ Elizabeth, the title of the book).
It is a compelling tale, well told by a gifted, adroit British writer, Giles Milton. I never studied history in school or college after the age of 12. So all of the history that I learned in school was limited to Ceylon history, which I knew quite well; my father, a history buff, inordinately proud of Ceylon’s culture, making sure that I knew Ceylon’s place in world history. My interest in history is thus quite new, not even a decade old, much of it devoted to papal history. So, I had no idea who ‘John Cabot’ was and what he had done in 1497. Do you know who John Cabot was and if so what was his nationality? [I will have to find out if the cheese is related to him.]
I, a good Brit, of course knew of Sir Walter Raleigh, but mainly the story of his cloak and his exploits as a ‘pirate’. I will confess, that though ‘Raleigh‘, N.C. was kind of my second home for many years, I had never put the two together. My bad. But, in those days history wasn’t my thing.
What I knew of ‘Pocahontas‘ I had learned from Walt Disney! Well it appears that they took some poetic licenses and sugarcoated much. I have seen the movie a few times and I am sure that they never showed Pocahontas, as a 12 year old doing cartwheels, naked, to entertain the British colonist — apparently her favorite party trick, that she delighted in undertaking whenever she visited the colony, which was quite often. Yes, she indeed did intercede and save the life of ‘John Smith‘ multiple times. But, there was a big age difference between the two. When she first met John she was probably only around 10, her naked cartwheeling starting a couple of years later, after Smith had left. She did end up marrying a Brit, a ‘John Rolfe‘. She even visited England and met the King. All this and more I learned from the book. It also has contemporaneous illustrations and maps made by some of those early colonist. If you are interested in this period of U.S. history you might want to check out this book.
Pocahontas, a British engraving done during a visit to England, 1616 to 1617.