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Response to call to speak up

To the editor:

The letter to the editor written by Teresa Cadorette was recently brought to my attention regarding my following the lead of Zach Letourneau and his ability to have a strong, loud voice, and one that is easily heard. I too agree that Letourneau has a great voice and recently congratulated him on his being sent to Indianapolis to represent New Hampshire in a speech contest; he is a very special young man.

I too wish I had a voice such as Letourneau’s. At one time I too had a strong, clear voice and did not have to struggle to be heard. Unfortunately, my voice was cut short by a bout of throat cancer, which directly affected it. After surgery, radiation and other treatments, the procedures took its toll. I have been with many specialists to correct it and have finally given up and resigned myself to my lot in life. The prognosis has been right along that my voice will never return to its original self; I will never be able to raise it and it will always be affected by outside of my control problems, environment, weather, excessive use, allergies and colds, to name but a few.

While I know that I will never have my voice of old, I am the lucky one in that I beat the cancer unlike many before and after me. So I am very fortunate.

So, Ms. Cadorette, I will try to raise my voice as much as I humanly can but please bear with me at times.


Q.R. “Butch” Estey Jr.


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