EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 3, 2012

Letter: I hope I can earn your forgiveness and faith


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

In 2004 the citizens of Salem and Windham blessed me with one of the honors of my life when they elected me to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. It was a privilege for which I will always be grateful and I thank them for allowing me eight rewarding years representing them. Additionally, I am deeply indebted to my legislative colleagues for so many treasured friendships and memories. I wish the new legislature Godspeed as they undertake the 2013-2014 legislative session.

While I am proud of my accomplishments and success at the Statehouse, nothing can erase my regret about the manner in which my service concluded. Words are inadequate to articulate my disappointment; therefore, I will simply say I am sorry. There are no excuses, I should have known better and I do know better.

Some have asked, “What’s next?” My first priority will always focus on being a good husband and father. In addition to these personal joys and my professional endeavors, I will begin a journey of dedicated public service and volunteerism to fully account for my errors and channel my disappointment in a positive way that continues serving New Hampshire. I plan on dedicating myself to increasing access to justice and assisting disadvantaged children and veterans.

This humbling journey will last for the rest of my life and will cultivate increased magnanimity and personal growth. While some will always celebrate my lapse in judgment, I humbly pray for an open mind as I work to rebuild faith and earn forgiveness from those who blessed me with their trust and friendship.

D.J. Bettencourt

Salem