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Hudson - Litchfield News

4 - May 7, 2010

The Word Around Town...

Letters to our Editor

Aircraft Carriers in Jeopardy

An article in the Navy Times entitled “Strike group mission expands far beyond simple escort” has me concerned. The aircraft carrier strike group is composed of a carrier and air wing, a submarine, and five or six escort destroyers and cruisers. The escorts protect the carrier by interdicting enemy units attacking the group. Unfortunately, at times, the carrier has only one escort because the other ships are dispersed hundreds or even thousands of miles from the carrier to carry out “patrol missions, exercises, and port calls.” An example of this policy occurred in 2008 when the Carrier Theodore Roosevelt visited South Africa while some of its escorts were in the Mediterranean and another escort went to France for a D-Day event.

As stated, the Navy is comfortable dispersing the ships because we are not “facing direct, hot war threats,” but what would happen if Russia or China with its submarines and missile delivery systems decides to launch surprise attacks against our carriers? One escort and the air wing cannot protect a carrier from a large-scale attack.

Our carrier strike groups should remain intact when they are deployed, and ancillary events should be handled by other ships in the fleet, or possibly not at all. We currently have 283 naval ships,

which is the smallest U.S. Navy since 1916, and it is 17 ships short of the recognized minimum of 300 ships. It is a woefully inadequate number of ships. We need more ships.

Donald A. Moskowitz, Former AG2 and LT, USN - Londonderry

Animal Cruelty Awareness

Thumbs up to the kind-hearted person worried about the Yellow Lab on a short rope. You might not realize that you’re witnessing a crime. For the sake of the animal you’re worried about, please contact the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA.org) at 772-2921, ext. 111. Their site describes exactly what

you’re seeing (http://www.nhspca. org/community-services/agent.html): “Animal cruelty encompasses a range of behaviors harmful to animals, from neglect to malicious killing. Most cruelty investigated by humane officers is unintentional neglect that can be resolved through education. Intentional cruelty, or abuse, is knowingly depriving an animal of food, water, shelter, or veterinary care or maliciously torturing, maiming, mutilating, or killing an animal. Animal ‘hoarding’ is a situation that happens when someone has collected so many animals that they are unable to provide proper care for them. In

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What is Justice?

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Lady Justice, the stature is blindfolded. That is because “justice” is blind. Justice cares naught for the social, racial, or economic status of the person appearing before her in court. Trusty Webster’s defines justice with the terms “impartial” or “fair,” but primarily defines justice as “the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishment.” Modifying the word makes nonsense. Justice is, of itself, a goal, and the use of modifiers only detracts from that supreme quality of impartiality.

So-called “social” justice is the exact opposite of what justice is. ‘Social justice’ combines to terms that are at odds with each other and suggests rather strongly that one’s social position entitles a person to special treatment, special privileges, and special exemptions in the name of correcting a perceived wrong. ‘Social justice’ is nice-sounding, but foul-smelling in application of special, not impartial, treatment of those defined by some elite as “deserving” of special treatment. Society creates laws.

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The Blessing of the Animals

Animals are the source of some of the richest blessings we experience. Animals provide us with food and clothing, transportation and labor, entertainment and humor, and above all, companionship and love. We are so grateful for all of our friends and cousins in the animal kingdom. (You can joke about your relatives, but we

New Hampshire, there are numerous laws that protect the welfare of animals.” To report neglect or cruelty, call 772-2921, ext. 111. The NHSPCA

wants you to know that the following are all illegal: • Failure to provide food, water, shelter, and proper veterinary care

• Abandonment, serious

neglect, abuse, poisoning, and torture are all types of animal cruelty

• Leaving an animal in a very hot or very cold vehicle

• Carrying a loose dog in the back of a pick-up truck. You might also call the local police.

If you are in any doubt about what to say, call the NHSPCA first. The NHSPCA will keep your identity confidential. You can help the dog choking on a short run. Call 772-2921, ext. 111.

Caroline Bogart - Litchfield

Mail Carriers Annual Food Drive

Please remember that tomorrow,

May 8, your mail carriers will be delivering your mail, collecting your outgoing mail, and also collecting non-perishable food for our annual food drive. This food drive has proven to be a valuable resource to our local food banks and citizens in need of help. Please help by placing non-perishable food by your mailboxes tomorrow.

Frank Maglio, Food Drive Coordinator - Hudson

humans are, after all, part of the animal kingdom!) How shall we give thanks for the animals? How about bringing them to church to be blessed? For hundreds of years, people have set aside special days for blessing the animals. Some say the tradition of blessing the animals goes all the way back to the 13th century monk, St. Francis of Assisi. Francis believed that all of the created world, the sun, the moon, the stars, the trees, and all the animals are part of our extended family and reveal something beautiful about their creator. Others say the tradition goes back even further—to the Bible itself. “The righteous take good care of their beasts,” says the Book of Proverbs. This year, I have a special reason to be thankful, and her name is May. You see, my sister breeds Shetland Sheepdogs, otherwise known as “Shelties,” and she gave me the pick of a new litter. May is a beautiful, eight- week-old, tri-colored girl, and we can’t wait to bring her home next week. One of the first things we’re going to do for May is to bring her to church to be blessed. On May 16 at 10 a.m., Litchfield

Presbyterian – A Community Church at 259 Charles Bancroft Highway in Litchfield is holding its annual “Blessing of the Animals” service. The service is open to the public—and we’re bringing May. You too are invited to bring your furry, feathered, or scaled friends to be blessed. Not only dogs and cats, but “all creatures great and small” are welcome (you can even bring pictures of animals that can’t attend). The service will be held outdoors on the church grounds, unless it’s raining. If the weather is bad, we’ll move inside. Come to the Blessing of the Animals!

Steve Quinlan, Pastor, Litchfield Presbyterian Church - Litchfield

laws are supposed to be uniformly applied. If I get caught stealing, I get the same treatment as the poorest person in town or the richest person in the county. There is no special treatment for one because of elevated social status, just as there is no special treatment for one with lower social status. This concept of the blind application of justice greets you foursquare at the old entrance to the Supreme Court, where emblazoned in marble are the words: Equal Justice For All. That is the foundation stone of our society, equality before and the rule of law. Let us always reject those that would corrupt justice with nice-sounding modifiers that take from one to give to another. Let us demand equal justice for all.

Jordan Ulery - Hudson

Resort Casino Voted Down,

But Fight Goes On

I, and all members of HudsonGrassrootsCentral, heartily and loudly applaud the defeat of the voted-on gaming bill this past week at the hands of some of our state representatives; 54 of them, to be exact. There was only one representative from District 27 that represents Hudson that voted against the bill; all of the others voted in favor of having my way, and your way, of life completely destroyed by voting in favor of having a Resort Casino built on the Green Meadow Golf Course in our quiet, peaceful town of Hudson. The Hudson~Litchfield News has a list of all of our representatives and how each one voted on the casino bill in the April 30 issue. I ask that you save that issue and the list of representatives, and that when each of those representatives who voted against you, me, and Hudson come up for re- election – and they will – vote them out of office. Only Laura Gandia (R) of all of the District 27 representatives voted against the bill out of the 13 eligible voters. Twelve of those representatives should be tossed out on their ear at the next election, in my opinion. The debt that our state now faces—over $200 million will be with us for a few years and then will be gone. A casino, a blight upon the community and the crime it brings with it, will be with us for years and years and years and years. We are so very proud of Governor Lynch for his stand against this insidious possibility of a casino and slot machines in Hudson, when Massachusetts is in the process right now of voting on the opening of four – count em’, four – brand-new Resort Casinos in that state. Right next door. To the 54 who voted against the Gaming Bill, thank you. To the Governor of New Hampshire, thank you, and to all of the members of HudsonGrassrootsCentral who beat the bushes and contacted representatives from all over the state telling them our side of the casino story, thank you, too. Be alert, though; the fight is not over. They’ll be back, changing this and that, trying to make us see their operation in a different light and trying to push another gaming bill through, just as sure as the sun will shine again tomorrow. They’ll be back. Keep your eyes and ears open because if you think for one minute that lobbyists Leonard and Clegg want this gaming bill to pass for the good of the State of New Hampshire, you are very nice, but not up on what is going on in this world today. Remain vigilant!

Ron Peters - Hudson

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