Pelham - Windham News June 18, 2010 - 5
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Staters have turned their thoughts to our own small, yet precious coastline, and breathed a sigh of relief that this spill has not directly affected us. Yet, there are critical lessons that must be taken away from this tragedy. This is the second major catastrophe within five years in the same geographic location. While Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon spill differ in their duration and ecological impact, they both demonstrate a critical truth. An overextended and bloated government is helpless to mobilize quickly to address calamities of this nature. This truth applies regardless of the political party in command of that government. From the outset of both disasters, the relief efforts were bedeviled by a lack of preparation, organization, urgency, and clear lines of authority among federal, state, and local authorities. These failures have come at a high price; in the case of Hurricane Katrina, lives were lost, and in the BP oil spill, significant damage to coastline and wildlife has occurred. None of this absolves BP for any of its bad judgments or failures. They should be accountable to the penalties established in the wake of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 that made polluting companies responsible for all containment and clean-up, regardless of the cost and damage.
Addressing this problem must involve a comprehensive response that does more than spout rhetoric about moving toward alternative sources of energy. It is time that we fundamentally re-evaluate the proper role of government. Conservatives believe that the government must act during times of crisis, but understand that it cannot do so when bogged down by bureaucracies, bailouts, stimulus spending, socialization of health care, and numerous other areas that are better left to states and local communities to manage. These disasters have shown that it is
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impossible for a nimble government to be everywhere at once. Thus, we must determine what its appropriate role is so that when natural disasters occur, it can act quickly. As we have seen, lives and our environment are at stake.
Representative D.J. Bettencourt - Salem Thank You to All
Saturday, June 5, proved to be a great
day to “premiere” the 27th Annual Friends of the Library of Windham’s Strawberry Festival and Book Fair at … for the first time … Windham High School! Although it didn’t rain, the high school seemed to be a perfect venue for Windham’s largest community event, with plenty of parking, a chance to get out of the heat, and lots of room to move around and bounce. I saw lots of smiling faces and I felt so proud to be a part of this very fun day! With over 5,000 attendees, the festival and book fair brought citizens of our town together for a day of memories. Friends and families enjoyed great (and local) music and entertainment, played games, purchased
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by Barbara O’Brien It’s not often that residents turn out en
masse seeking a position on a town or school district committee. In fact, usually, the opposite is true and selectmen and school board members have to go hunting for someone to fill a vacant slot. The ongoing search for those to appoint to the newly formed Economic Development Committee is an exception, however. A total of 16 people have written letters of interest in holding the appointment, while a full dozen showed up in person on June 7 to be interviewed by selectmen. “These are all darn good candidates,” Selectmen’s Chairman Charles McMahon commented. “It’s going to be a tough decision to make.” There are a total of eight openings on the Economic Development Committee, an entity that was recently established as a town committee, following its withdrawal from the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce. The new committee was formed in the belief that there would be more focus on the Town of Windham if the group were separate from the regional Chamber of Commerce. Of the eight seats on the committee, elected officials will fill three; the other five will come from the town’s residential and commercial base. The following candidates are those who appeared before selectmen on June 7 and explained their reasons for wanting to become a committee member: Lee Ann Taylor Brooks Lee Ann Taylor Brooks has lived in
Windham for the past 13 years. She came from the Town of Salem originally. Brooks has been a real estate attorney since 2001 and feels her expertise in this area would be one of her strong points in working with the Economic Development Committee. Brooks said she wants to see Windham
essentially remain of the same character, while still allowing for economic growth and development. Brooks feels there is a great deal of potential for economic growth along the Route 111 bypass, as well as along Route 28. Brooks said she is interested in serving a two-year term on the committee. Margaret Crisler
Margaret Crisler has lived in Windham for the past 23 years. She served three terms on the Windham Board of Selectmen, and also served as the selectmen’s representative to the Windham Planning Board.
Crisler served as a founding member of the Economic Development Committee, when it was connected to the Chamber of Commerce. “I feel it’s important to provide continuity on the committee,” she said. Stating that only seven percent of
Windham’s tax base is commercial, Crisler emphasized the need to lighten the tax burden on residential property owners. “We need to seek businesses that will hire Windham residents,” Crisler said, “while taking great care not to erode property values.” Quoting President Dwight Eisenhower and explaining that a wide range of diverse opinions are needed to be successful with future development, Crisler said, “You must invite everyone in to plan the battle, or everyone will battle the plan.” Crisler said she
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Windham, as well as a local business owner, for the past 33 years. “I bought into the town for its greenness,” DiAngelo said. DiAngelo is an interior designer and also teaches college courses, as time permits. DiAngelo is one of the original members of the Economic Development Committee, while it was still under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce. She was also on the Windham Planning Board for six years and served as its chairman for a period of time. DiAngelo said she feels she brings “a business perspective” to committee discussions.
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inexpensive books, and, of course, ate some delicious strawberry shortcakes! In order to put this wonderful event together, citizens of our town, over 250, dedicated countless hours in preparation for this day. When arms were full, a volunteer was always there to jump in and help. I am truly grateful for their commitment, and most of all their enthusiasm, to lend a hand. The Strawberry Festival and Book Fair
was a huge success and has received rave reviews. Let’s applaud the many volunteers who helped make this possible! Proceeds from the festival will benefit our Nesmith Library. The proceeds provide the library with the financial support needed to pursue opportunities and acquisitions beyond the scope of the library’s budget. We should be thankful that we are fortunate to live in a town which not only gives so much, but includes so many members of our community that are willing to give back. Thank you to all.
Jennifer Simmons, 2010 Festival Chairperson - Windham
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