Hudson - Litchfield News 6 - September 10, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
The Banzai Bandits Thank You Two months ago, we, the Banzai Bandits, took a
challenge from Roger Coutu to try and raise $10,000 for the Zach Tompkins Memorial Fund. We knew we had to be creative and find a way to raise this money; what we didn’t know at the time is how much fun we would have and how many memories we would make. Thank you to the Tompkins family for letting us be crazy in the first Zach Attack 5K, and thank
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you to the Hudson community for supporting us and helping us to raise over $5,000. While we were short of our goal, we still cannot believe that we reached over that amount in such a short time. Thank you to all our families; friends; area businesses; Enterprise Bank, who supported us in our ride; and thank you, Roger, for being our inspiration to start the group. We hope you got a chance to see us at Training Camp on HCTV Channel 20 or around town as we geared up for the big day. We will be back next year with bigger and better plans for sure. In the meantime, we will continue to “Live Large, and Take Charge!”
Laura Bisson - Hudson
Support for Bob Giuda for Congress I want to express my
unqualified support for former State Representative, Bob Giuda, for the Republican nomination for
Congress in the Second District. Bob was a solid conservative leader during
my time as a State Representative from Hudson, Litchfield, and Pelham from 2002 to 2006. Bob is smart, an airline pilot, a successful businessman and, most importantly, a dedicated family man. He understands the issues we face and how to solve them better than any of his esteemed opponents for the nomination. As a former Marine, Bob does not shy away from any confrontation or issue when the welfare of America and our state are involved. I witnessed his unwavering courage of conviction on many occasions in the State House of Representatives. Bob knows what it’s like and how to win in the trenches of the political arena, no matter what the odds. Please vote for Bob Giuda, a true and proven
conservative Republican, for Congress on September 14.
Dave Buhlman - Litchfield An Educated Vote
As we head to the ballot box in the next several
days, I would urge everyone to first educate themselves before voting for a particular candidate. In this day and age, there is no reason for us to rely on the media to tell us how to think about a candidate or what the political ads bombard us with. Or who has the biggest or the most signs on the roadside. All these things reveal to us is who has the most money to buy their way into office. We can no longer vote the party line and get someone who shares our same core values. Those days are over. And simply voting a different party into power is not the answer to our problems, either. That only gets us another smooth, slick politician. Let your fingers do the walking on the Internet and
search out some of the names that may not have all the flash. You might find that they are the candidates that have all the substance. Times are far too critical for us to take our freedom to vote lightly. Each vote cast should be thoughtfully and carefully weighed and evaluated.
Some of the names I have found of people with substance are: Gubernatorial race – Jack Kimball and Karen Testerman; U.S. Senate – Ovide Lamontagne. There are others that have character and integrity, but don’t take my word for it; find out for yourself.
Trish D’Alleva - Litchfield
Supporting Jennifer Horn for Congress
The primary in the 2nd Congressional district, I
believe, comes down to honesty with the voters, integrity, ability, and character. I have listened to all the candidates, asked questions, and read their handouts. The candidate that I will be voting for is Jennifer
Horn. The other candidates to me are all former Washington insiders and they brag about the fact they know their way around Washington. We need representatives in Washington that will represent the people. I believe that Jennifer Horn is that person. Jennifer’s principles are embedded into her character. We need to move our country forward, not return to past practices. Jennifer has the passion and commitment to do that. Jennifer Horn will fight to repeal Obamacare and she opposes cap and trade. If Cap and Trade passes, energy cost will skyrocket. I hope you were as lucky as I was to speak to the candidates and ask questions. Please join my family and friends on Sept. 14 in voting for Jennifer Horn.
Ed DeClercq - Salem ‘Partisan Voices’
I read in the September 3 edition of the Hudson~Litchfield News the announcement by Alejandro Urrutia of his candidacy for the New Hampshire General Court. Normally, I don’t pay a lot of attention to these press releases because they usually are a lot of hot air. I know, as I’ve written a few of my own. This one caught my eye, however, and not in a good way. In his announcement, Mr. Urruatia states that he is running for the General Court because “he cares about the concerns of families in our community.” Continuing, Urrutia states that our officials “should reflect the people who they serve” and that “our district is mostly represented by ultra-conservative partisan voices. They do not adequately represent, nor pay enough credence to the independent spirit and bipartisanship that the people of Hudson embody.” Now, that’s an interesting statement. So tell
me, Mr. Urrutia, how do you suppose these folks got elected if they didn’t “reflect the people who they serve?” The fact that you couldn’t get elected doesn’t make our current representatives bad. It makes you a sore loser. The reason that your so-called “partisan voices” get elected and you don’t is that they have a long history of volunteering in our community. The “partisan voices” that you refer to have been Selectmen, Town Councilors, Library Trustees, members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), Planning Board, and Conservation Commission. They have worked on building projects that built schools, the police station, and the highway garage. They are active in the Lions Club, the Rotary, and the Grange. They are true community leaders. What have you done for our community? I
can’t recall having seen your name on any committees attached to the town. How about the school district? Have you served on any committees in the school district? I guess not, as your press release would have indicated if you had. All you had to show us is your “phony baloney” diversity garbage. At present, there are several openings on a number of committees in town. We need
community volunteers for our community. People who can make a difference. Mr. Urrutia, put your money where your mouth is and get involved. Become a “partisan voice” that works for our community.
Howard Dilworth, Jr. - Hudson Thoughts on Today’s Politics
I’ve recently obtained a copy of one of the countless books available now on politics – it’s the season, you know – by Peter Bearse, a conservative candidate, titled We The People. Like all books, there’s always some important wisdom and knowledge to be harvested from reading. So, I was reminded, yet again, about a principle of our form of government, the Democracy, as it is referred to, but not necessarily in its purest form. To quote from Peter Bearse’s book: “Politics is a responsibility, not a profession. To the extent that politics is dominated by the so-called professional politicians, it is dominated by the need to raise money.” We all know about the professional career politicians, who they are, and the power they acquire, along with their wealth accumulation. Even in our small communities like Hudson, we have the professional career politicians who are, in every campaign, making it almost impossible for most other citizens to become active in our form of government. How many new ways of conducting the business of our government are kept off the table because the professional politicians control the discussion?
Is there a message in that fact? Can that fact
be changed? Your thoughts are welcomed and encouraged by Jerry Gutekunst, 194B Central St., Hudson, NH 03051, or 886-9188.
Jerry Gutekunst - Hudson Is It Just Me?
Regarding traffic light cameras, is it just me, or
does every new traffic light in town seem to have a traffic light camera like the one at the Nottingham Square Mall on Lowell Road? Is it just me, or does every police show on TV
nowadays, from the recently completed 24 to Criminal Minds, the Law and Order trilogy, the CSI trilogy, and the NCIS franchise, have a resident computer geek who, at least once every episode, taps into a traffic light camera to catch the bad guys? In most cases, the set is a big city like New York, Los Angeles, or Las Vegas. But Hudson, New Hampshire?
Of course, because the roads are “public,” law
enforcement doesn’t need a search warrant to see who is doing what on these roads. What about inside the cars? Do law enforcement officials need a warrant to see what is happening inside? Once we become accustomed to traffic light cameras, then it is just a matter of time before the technology can see everything from the contents of our car trunks to what kind of underwear we have on. Don’t think it can, or will, happen? I used to
work in defense-related industries going back nearly 30 years. The technology in common use today was considered classified in the early 1980s. We called it EW, or “electronic warfare.” What do you think technology will be capable of 30 years from now? Maybe you are going through a divorce and your spouse’s lawyer will look for anything at all to discredit you. Or maybe you are simply a libertarian who doesn’t trust the government to use the proper restraint. Does anyone else have a problem with this, or is it just me?
Richard B. Kahn - Hudson
Mary Ann Knowles Asks for Support
I’m asking the voters of Hudson, Litchfield, and
Pelham for your support in my reelection campaign for the New Hampshire House of Representatives. I’m grateful to have served you for the last four years, and proud to have worked with Governor John Lynch on your behalf. The last two years have not been easy. In the midst of the worst economic environment in decades, I’ve committed my ideas and energy to protecting the livelihoods and way of life of New Hampshire’s working families while maintaining vital services to those in need. I’m very proud that, under Governor Lynch’s leadership, we’ve weathered the crisis much better than other states. New Hampshire has the second-fastest job growth in the nation, an unemployment rate nearly 40 percent below the national average, and is leading New England’s economic recovery. Fitch Ratings says that “New Hampshire’s economy had been strong and resilient when compared to surrounding states coming into the economic downturn and strong growth is expected to return as the national economy recovers.”
But there is still work to do to bring jobs and prosperity back to all the citizens of New Hampshire. With your support, I will continue the fight. I support the Governor’s stand against a sales or income tax, and will work to find new, reliable revenue sources that will not add further burdens on families or small businesses, while finding innovative ways to increase government efficiency and reduce waste. I will support programs that protect jobs, put people back to work, and train them for better jobs in the future.
I will continue to work for fair funding for education that addresses the needs of local communities. I believe that every community in our state should have the resources it needs to offer its children the education they deserve. I’m committed to fighting for the health and safety of
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