North Country Snapshot #10 Traci-Lee White

Name: Traci-Lee White

Occupation: Mom/student
Residence: Whitefield, NH

Age: 32

1) Given the choice of anyone in the world, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would you want to have dinner?

"My uncle who passed away 7 years ago. I never got to say goodbye and I truly need him right about now."

2) What’s one of your favorite movies?

"Honestly, there are so many right now it is hard to choose just one. I guess I would have to say, Patch Adams with Robin Williams."

3) Cat or dog?

"This is a tricky one, my favorite animal is the cat family, white tiger however as a pet I think I prefer dogs, I have an 8 yr old female pit, she is my big baby."

4) If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

"Venice, Italy. I have done so many reports on it that I would love to go and visit it firsthand."

5) What’s the last thing you remember hearing on the radio?

"OMG Lol it has been so long since I have listened to the radio… Well the other day I went into the store and heard the same song playing on the radio that we had just been listening to in the car on our cd. I remember thinking wow what a coincidence because where we had left of in the car we walk in the store and that is the part of the song it was at on the radio. I believe it was Journey, Don’t stop believing."

6) What’s your favorite thing about North Country?

"The mountains and the foliage. That and where I live now is nothing like it was for me in the city. We are a very tight knit community. It is like one big family, yes we have the drama and fights (like all families do), but everyone jumps to help one another. It truly is a great feeling knowing that I finally belong."

7) Smart phone, flip phone, or rotary phone?

"I have a smart phone, but I tell ya there is still nothing like the feeling you get when you slam the receiver down hanging up angrily on someone lol."

8) What’s your least favorite thing about the North Country?

"Lol get ready I am about to contradict my previous statement… Nosey neighbors… LOL not really, I think honestly though it’s the school systems. There are not enough resources in the schools up here for the mentally handicapped. Back in my old school in CT we had something called transitional classes in the school itself, all the way through high school even that was for kids with learning disabilities that needed smaller groups and hands on learning like myself. Then there was the life program for the mentally disabled like down syndrome or asperger’s and that sort of thing. Up here they have it for kids in grade and middle school where I live but nothing for the high school. And for those with Autism and Asperger’s they have a school for boys up here but the one for girls is all the way down in Manchester. The only school around here that comes slightly close to being ok is Profile in Bethlehem, NH."

9) What's the biggest problem facing the world right now?

"I feel the biggest problem facing the world right now is the economy. We are spending money on wars that are not needed instead of putting money where it can be put to better usage. We could be spending that money on health care and school programs and tuitions rather than new weapons. Certain towns cry poverty stating they have no money for funding to help those in need or to fix the roads, cutting programs in school that are needed because they don’t have the funding yet every other month we are seeing newer police vehicles because they had the funding to upgrade to the “nicer looking vehicle”? How is that fair? The government uses our funding for their vacations and to make sure they are well off yet they don’t have the funding to help our homeless. Our government funding is getting cut. They are lowering the wage you need to make in order for it to be too much in order to be qualified for state funding. And the stats they do go by is what you take in but they never consider what you pay out for bills each month so by the time all is said and done you are skipping out on a major bill (electric) or dipping into the rent fund just so you can feed your family. I just find it all a bit ridiculous and I feel they can do much better rather than cutting those that are truly in need of help off. And to top it off they are sending all sorts of food and money to the overseas families and children, so many charities to raise money for them and all of those commercials asking people to adopt a child in need, so many celebrities and families go across seas to adopt a child and bring them home. I am sorry, but what about the needy families and homeless families and the orphans that need a family over here in OUR OWN country? I feel it is more important to support our own needy families, homeless families and adopt the children in our own country. I feel we should make sure OUR country is taken care of before going off and supporting others."

10) How do you like your steak cooked?

"Run it through a warm room lol. Honestly though 3 min on one side and 3 min on the other and good to go. I like it still very rare."

11) What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I can’t say that there is anything, I am an open book if there is something that you don’t know and want to know, ask and I am more than happy to tell you."