I spent yesterday poll watching in Groveton NH. It's a smallish town about 30 miles north of Littleton. The reason for Groveton's existence was the big Groveton paper mill. Well, the mill closed recently and it's been a disaster for Groveton. The mill used to provide 700 jobs, just everyone in town used to work at the mill. It used to pay serious taxes and a serious water bill. No longer.
The Groveton natives at the polls talked of little else than economic disaster, closing of local businesses, sky rocketing taxes, declining school enrollment. It's too bad, Groveton has wonderful scenery and everyone in town seemed to know everyone else.