Some simple Suffolk comforts

Published 5:01 pm Friday, October 9, 2020

To the editor:

I suppose we are a little weary with all that is going on in current events, but Suffolk has some surprisingly simple comforts to offer.

The Suffolk News-Herald is one of them. Especially for those of us of a certain age. It’s a sensory experience in which the glaring blue light of our digital age falls woefully short. Sitting at our kitchen table with a cup of coffee or tea in the morning turning the pages of our hometown newspaper is somehow more comforting than ever. Reading about the good work of our friends and neighbors is uplifting in these troubled times.


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Lone Star Lakes is another comfort for the senses and a jewel in Suffolk’s crown of Parks & Recreation. Right now is the perfect time to visit. It is sparkling! The leaves are turning, and the beautiful lakes are a mirror for all the splendor that is happening in the canopy above. The roads have been recently paved, so it is perfect for walking or riding bikes. If you like fishing or boating, it has numerous quiet places to launch your canoe, kayak or small fishing boat. Suffolk Parks & Recreation offers canoe and kayak tours if you want to learn. Look for their ad in the SNH.

I would like to commend Susan Saunders, our local voter registrar, for making our voting experience in Suffolk very comfortable. It is obvious that a lot of preparation and hard work went into planning the logistics for this year’s election challenges. Information about voting has been made available in the paper, and cards were sent to Suffolk residents by mail explaining the process for voting early in person, early by mail, or in person on Nov. 3.

At first I was very apprehensive about the whole thing. I thought I’d vote early by mail, but decided to vote in person early. When I arrived at the registrar’s office on Market Street, there was no line. There was a person working the parking lot to point out where to park, then there was someone to welcome me at the door. There was a pleasant, socially distanced person smiling behind a mask all along the way. Where else does that happen?

I checked in, got my ballot and voted. Easy! There were a number of friendly Suffolk folks coming and going in ones and twos doing the same. We nodded to each other with a certain inner calm knowing we had made a good choice. Suffolk is a good choice, and I’m glad I live here.

So, sip your coffee or tea ( et another local comfort), read the SNH, go vote, then take a walk in one of Suffolk’s beautiful parks. I promise, it will make you feel better.

Susan and Biff Andrews