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Hudson - Litchfield News

4 - June 4, 2010

The Word Around Town...

Letters to our Editor

Terrorists Continue to Target U.S.

The recent attempted car bombing in New York

City by Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen who was born and raised in Pakistan, reveals the susceptibility of this country to acts of terrorism. Although the explosive devices planted in New

York City did not work, this event serves to point out that New York City continues to be a target for terrorism. Other cities could be potential targets for Taliban and al-Qaida terrorists emanating from Middle East countries or by a minority of U.S. citizens with loyalties to these groups. We have to carefully screen people trying to enter the U.S. from high-threat countries. We have to infiltrate agents into terrorist organizations outside and inside this country. We should report individuals who threaten this country or profess loyalty to countries and organizations that espouse the destruction of the U.S. We need to tighten up and enact laws that will allow us to document individuals who gain naturalized American citizenship by marrying U.S. citizens, and who might be threats to this country. Particular attention should be paid to applicants from countries that house, support, train, and promote terrorism.

Donald A. Moskowitz - Londonderry

Butterfly Plants

The butterfly garden at Benson Park will be

ready for plants this weekend, June 5 and 6. The GFWC Hudson Community Club and the GFWC Hudson Junior Woman’s Club members will be there from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, and we’ll be happy to give your butterfly plants a wonderful new home. Our plant list includes the following: Joe pye weed, sedum “autumn joy,” coreopsis, rudbeckia (brown-eyed Susans), yarrow, bee balm, purple coneflowers, Queen Anne’s lace, and Shasta daisies. If you have flowers to donate, but can’t get them dug up or can’t get to Benson Park, please e-mail me at lindakipnes@earthlink.net and we’ll arrange for someone to come dig up or pick up the plants. When you get to Benson Park to get to the butterfly garden, take the path from the main parking lot to the end, turn right, and then your first left, and we’re just down the hill. If you have questions, please e-mail me, or call 881-9128 and leave a message. And please stop by to see us “in the garden.”

Linda Kipnes - Hudson

Litchfield Girls’ Softball League to Hold Comedy Night Benefit

The Litchfield Girls’ Softball League will be holding a comedy night this Saturday, June 5, at Talent Hall located on Woodhawk Way. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Tickets will be sold at the snack shack Friday night, June 4, from 5:30-8 p.m., and also on Saturday during the games at Darrah Pond. Hosting this night of comedy will be Paul “Fitzy” Fitzgerald. Fitzy is the host of “Pocket Money” on NESN. He has also appeared on ESPN, VH1, and hosts Action Packed Wednesdays on AMC. Joining “Fitzy” will be two-time Rhode Island comedian of the year Brian Beaudoin. Brian is one of the area’s best up-and-coming comics. John Porch will complete the comedy trifecta. John has appeared at all of New England’s best comedy clubs, including Comedy Connection and Catch a Rising Star.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will go on at 9 p.m. This is a BYOB event. Please join us for a great night of comedy, as well as great raffle prizes. For more information, please e-mail Jason Kohm at kohms27@yahoo.com.

Jason Kohm, Litchfield Girls’ Softball League - Litchfield

Thumbs Up and Down

George Washington once said, “If you silence criticism, you silence freedom.” Those are important words in which I strongly believe and upon which our constitutional protections and freedoms are built upon. We are lucky to live in a country in which we, as citizens, can freely exchange our opinions, beliefs, and expressions without worries of any governmental repercussions. One only has to pick up a newspaper or watch the news to see the unfortunate lives of people who do not enjoy the protections or freedom of expression that we enjoy. In Hudson, we have a special first amendment forum called the “Thumbs Up/Down” column, in which citizens can articulate their issues and concerns and praise those people who are worthy of commendation. While I have not been a consistent contributor of the column, I do admit that I have submitted a number of comments over the years and, until Friday’s edition on May 28, I probably never really considered the effects that my written words would have on their intended target until I became the named victim of a Thumbs Down comment.

Len Lathrop, my father, and I recently attended a town function and were ironically discussing the pluses and detractions of the “Thumbs” column. We all have heard the criticisms: that residents use the forum to air out neighborhood wars, single out and attack town officials and employees, and malign local businesses and generally hide behind the anonymity

of the column to express some feelings that could otherwise be defamatory, libelous, and slanderous. Often, we have read responses by targeted individuals that have encouraged face-to-face dialogue to resolve issues rather than the more cowardly, stealth attacks that the “Thumbs” provides for us to express our feelings. I know that Len was probably thinking about that conversation when he decided to include the “Thumbs” about me and that he did so because during our conversation, I adamantly defended the column and its value and purpose in our community.

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recognize that by seeking public appointment on several town boards that I have become a public figure, and that criticism and complaints will come my way. Since 1993, I have served Hudson as a member of the Planning Board, the Conservation Commission, as a liaison and executive committee member to the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, a stint on the Code of Ethics Committee, and as a Cemetery Trustee. My contact information is available through the town records and any resident who has been personally aggrieved by something I have said and done in any of those capacities is welcome to call me to discuss the issue. As I re-read the recent “Thumbs” about me,

however, I wondered what my anonymous critic’s point actually was. Was I to believe that my hair style (or lack thereof) was truly going to incite the children of Hudson to run amok? Did the author of that “Thumbs” realize that along with the aforementioned activities, I am also an attorney at the Juvenile Court in Middlesex County, an assistant Girl Scout leader, and that I teach CCD at St. John the Evangelist Church? Did s/he know that I am an educational advocate for children through the Parent Information Center in New Hampshire? Did the critic also know that, for my part-time job, I am an adjunct professor at the Nashua Community College where I instruct young, teenage adults? Did

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the writer reflect that the statement that I was a bad influence on children may affect my profession, my personal life, my reputation, and my family (I also have a school-age child enrolled in a local school). Was there any conscious thought of any of that before the “send” button was pushed? If not, maybe there should have been, and maybe we as a community need to think – really think – about the effects of our comments when submitting any contributions to the Thumbs Up/Down column. It is a gift that we have this ability to utilize this column to freely express ourselves, but, to quote Superman, we must use the power for good and not for evil. To my stylist critic, I hope that you like my new headbands. I will be wearing them just for you until my bangs finally grow out so that I can use a hair clip that will not appear to be perched like a butterfly on the top of my head. After all, I do not want to look any more ridiculous than I already do. I take notes and minutes at both of my meetings, so I suppose that I won’t be looking up any more than I usually do because I find it really difficult to write when I am not looking at the page I am writing on. Finally, to the Children of Hudson, when you see my face on TV, remember that it’s late, it’s a school night, and it’s time to get to bed!

Suellen Seabury Quinlan - Hudson

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Litchfield Police Log

Editor’s note: It was incorrectly reported in the May 28 edition that Michael Regis was arrested on Wednesday, May 12, for Domestic Disturbance. Michael Regis was not arrested. We apologize to Mr. Regis and sincerely regret the error.

Wednesday, May 19: 7:44 a.m. Police service, civil standby, Courtland Avenue. 9:14 a.m. Police service, welfare check, Derry Road. Thursday, May 20: 2:21 p.m. Town ordinance violation, Trolley Road. 2:46 p.m. Motor vehicle VIN verification. 5:16 p.m. Police information, Talent Road. 7:25 p.m. Paperwork service, Meadowbrook Lane. Friday, May 21: 8:32 a.m. Police information, Highlander Court. 9:12 a.m. Paperwork service, Liberty Way. 1:07 p.m. Paperwork service, Courtland Avenue. Saturday, May 22: 11:45 a.m. Arrested Tracey Harrington, 37, Hudson, Driving After Suspension, Suspended Registration, False Inspection or Registration Sticker. 3:20 p.m. Burglary, Lance Avenue. 4:15 p.m. Police information, Spicebush Court. 8:30 p.m. Arrested Dionisio Palacios, 29, Nashua, Operating Without a Valid License. Sunday, May 23: 1:39 a.m. Police service, welfare check, Page Road. 11:33 a.m. Police service, welfare check, Century Lane. 2:39 a.m. Arrested Heather Smith, 19, Litchfield, Driving While Intoxicated, Transportation of Alcoholic Beverages by a Minor. 9:20 p.m. Police report of accident, Charles Bancroft Highway. Monday, May 24: 1:26 p.m. Fire, Brenton Street. 1:33 p.m. Medical emergency, Charles Bancroft Highway. 5:27 p.m. Motor vehicle VIN verification, Temple Drive. 7:24 p.m. Paperwork service, Parker Circle. Tuesday, May 25: 9:06 a.m. Police information, Woodhawk Way. 9:10 a.m. Police information, Colonial Drive. 1:03 p.m. Motor vehicle VIN verification, Charles Bancroft Highway. 6:44 p.m. Paperwork service, Liberty Way. 9:07 p.m. Motor vehicle lockout, Charles Bancroft Highway.

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