Editor's note: Our thanks to Nathan McCann for stepping into this role in January 2020, and for persevering during a strange and difficult year. His columns have been informative, interesting and thought provoking, and we are grateful. We wish Nathan all the best in his future endeavors.



Greetings from the edge of Freedom!

I don't really know what to write. I was hoping to get away with last week's column being my last, but my successor was not quite ready with his first submission. Writing a farewell to people, many of whom I do not really know, is a bit of a challenge.

As I campaigned for selectman, I was flattered by the perspectives of some who have read this column over the past year and have enjoyed my take on the previous week. More importantly, I spoke to people with many different perspectives on many issues and found that everyone wants reasonable unintrusive solutions to problems we face.

I truly believe that we can work together to make the world a better place, but it has to be an effort that spans generations, not mandated under threat of loss of livelihood or liberty. There are no quick solutions for problems hundreds of years in the making unless your plan is just to eliminate everyone who disagrees with you.

With the world turned upside down for most of my tenure, it is has been a much different experience than I would have expected to take on. I have shared these sentiments before, but I am sorry; there is only so much I can write about with state mandated lockdowns and gathering restrictions having been the norm for a year.

Thank you very much to Ron Price, Steve Bennett, Elaine Higgins, Brian Jones, Ryan and Jasmine Willette, Joe Collins, Haig Brochu, Alyssa and Jacob Brugger, Cindy Abbott, Jim Waterman, Dennis Turner, Meg Chase, Prentice Grassi, Palmer Pearson, the late Sallyann Hadyniak, Tyler Hadyniak, Myrick Cross, Laura Greeley, Hazel Cross, Bub McSpadden, Carrie Bennett, and too many others to name for your support in countless areas, both personal and professional.

"If I could tell the world just one thing it would be that it's all okay. And not to worry, because worry is wasteful and useless in times like these." — Jewel Kilcher

"Do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or drink. Is not life more important than food, and the body more than clothes?" — Yashayah ben Yoseph