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Pelham - Windham News 14 - September 17, 2010

Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?

Comments expressed in this column are the sole views of those callers and do not reflect the views of the Pelham~Windham News or its advertisers. Town and school officials encourage readers to seek out assistance directly to resolve any problems or issues. The Pelham~Windham News editorial staff holds the right to refuse any comment deemed inappropriate.

“Thumbs down to those of you who are

saying negative things about the person who they “think” caused the changes to happen in our school system, please stop. Stop and think. Have you actually spoken to all the people involved (there were more than two I can guarantee you) or are you just going by the “rumors” ? As you are most likely an intelligent adult I would hope that was not the case.

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Unless you know everything because you were directly involved I don’t believe you are really in a place to be a judge. There is always more than one side to any story.”

“Thumbs down to the supermarket in Pelham (the only supermarket.) I visited the bakery dept for some goodies and the apple pie looked awful and the chocolate éclairs were three days past the sell by date! Either have fresher baked goods or just close it down. Board of Health take notice!”

oupon must be presented at time of order or mentioned for phone orders. “Thumbs down to the people who have so

much to say about the recent events in the Windham School District. I would hope that these people are never asked to be on a jury. There are two sides to all stories, and we have only heard from one side. Until you walk in the shoes, sit and hear all the facts, and truly get all the pieces of information out in the open. nobody should be making such hurtful comments about anyone. Gossip and rumors spread like wild-fires and this fire seems to be way out of control.”

“Thumbs down to Rob Hardy for defending Deb Ryan’s line of questioning regarding dissenting board members right to speak their opinion. Your backpedaling on the message board (Ducharme’s as well) just doesn’t work. The 3 of you are trying every way possible to quiet Mrs. Mahoney and Mrs. Dube, to the point of breaking the Constitution.”

“Thumbs down to Rob Hardy for continuing to say he is all for the kids. What about the kids in the portables in the

high school? They are not air conditioned like the kindergarten ones are. Before school stated, Mrs. Dube suggested buying portable AC units for them and you shot her down. I’ll bet if your kids were out there, they would be installed pretty quickly!”

“Thumbs up to a necessary evaluation of the Superintendents office and all administrative levels beneath, in Windham.”

RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL “Thumbs down to Deborah

Ryan. After watching the Sept. 1 School Board meeting, she should be fired.”

“Thumbs down to our Saturday, September 25th - 10am to 4pm

Inflatables, petting zoo, arts & craft, Theme Baskets, Super Raffle of $500.00! Free parking & admission!

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neighbor for ignoring the permit requirements for outdoor fires during these extremely dry conditions. Thankfully the fire marshal was driving around and spotted the lawlessness and saved our neighborhood from going ablaze. You should know better after all you are the commissioner!”

“Thumbs down to fathers who can’t pay child support. Us mothers have to get the kids ready for school whether we have the money or not! If you can’t contribute to their lives then you might as well be sitting in jail because that is where you belong!! Don’t have kids if you do not want to pay for them!”

“Thumbs down to the pre-pubescent comment last week with regards to the 5th Grade Razorbacks. My experience with the team is that the coaches are top notch and know when to hit the gas and not when it comes to coaching the team. Putting the first string on the field is the prudent move as they needed to improve their play execution. What better opportunity to do so then when the game was in hand. Now they will be that much better prepared for the next close game. Do we really need you to cry about running up the score? My son wasn’t 1st string but he and all the other players did play and contribute to the team’s performance that day. I expect the coaches to continue that philosophy throughout the season. So instead of telling our team to “lay down,” try growing a set and get educated on how team sports work.”

“Thumbs down to Bill Binnie. He made millions of dollars by sending American jobs overseas. His economic allegiance is to the communist party in China not to the citizens of United States of America.”

“Thumbs down to the rampant purse snatching still occurring at the Rockingham Mall! Ladies, if your belongings do not fit into your pockets, don’t bring them. Having a purse stolen is so upsetting and costs a fortune! Potential identity theft, loss of license and cell phone, replacement of locks to work, home and automobiles cost hundreds of dollars. Please protect yourself.”

“Thumbs up to the 5th grade Razorback

coaches and team Mom. All of you put a great deal of time and dedication the team.”

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“Thumbs down to the person complaining that only “1st Stringers” play, not true. Football is a earned sport, your earn your position and playing time at practice. Go Razorbacks!”

“Thumbs down to Pelham selectmen for encouraging an uncooperative first bidder in a second bid for the senior center addition. Luckily for Pelham, the low-bidding company has revealed its lack of quality service right out of the gate. It’s been unresponsive, failing to

provide basic documentation, but Pelham is still considering it a viable option? We’re

“Thumbs up to Mrs. Parece and Mrs. Choidi for making my sons first day of preschool a success. Thank you to everyone at Steepletop for doing such a great job. We look forward to a great year.”

“Thumbs up to McLaughlin Oil for their

speedy delivery and price matching and Thumbs down to the “other company” who didn’t even call me back!!”

“Thumbs down. Do you know that the

average government worker’s salary hovers around $100,000 a year or more with a fat cat pension to boot? The private sector workers, on the other hand, make far less than this but are the ones who pay for these salaries and benefits through their tax dollars. The number of government employees in a district constitutes a power base. The number of employees is inflated to keep power. Unions have a lot to do with this. This comes from people who believe that Americans’ greatness comes from government control. “You” (government worker) get the big salaries and pensions; “you” (private sector worker) pay for it.”

“Thumbs down to Rob, Andy and Deb! Your views are not the views of our town. They are the views of the small minority. You insult those that have opinions other than yours. You do not care about our town, taxpayers, and our children. If you did, you would look at the whole picture and work to find solutions that our town can afford. Windham does not want us. We do not want to send our kids to Windham. You are wasting time!”

“Thumbs down to the person who disrespectfully bashed Karen Sayward (WHS Dean of Fine Arts) and her display of spirit on Friday at the football game. As a WHS student, I am disappointed that some parents would think its all about “the kids” performance. I was glad that we had some teachers putting themselves our their for our team. I think it is a privilege to have such an expressive and supportive leader at school. Thank you Ms. Sayward for all your time and efforts!”

“Thumbs down to the professional critic of

Windham HS Dean Karen Sayward and his/ her catty rantings which clearly reek of middle-


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“Thumbs down to the Pelham School Board member who refuses to take a stand, hiding behind the excuse that she’d prefer to wait and see what the voters want. The voters want solutions. Reasonable, cost-effective, efficient solutions. You were elected to serve on a board of “experts.” Your role in that position is to open-mindedly sift through the facts and identify what you believe to be the best overall recommendation for all of us. You have access to information that the average voter is not privy to. We have entrusted you in this role and are looking to you for guidance. You tell us - what do you think is the best solution? Stop blaming those who elected you for your own inability to make a decision. It’s embarrassing!”

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aged jealousy. A humble suggestion ... devote your life to teaching or public service as this fine person has - or maybe just peel your eyes off Ms. Sayward for long enough to help out with the Boosters - to gain some appreciation for volunteer work with the kids who very obviously enjoy and appreciate Karen’s effort and enthusiasm.”

“Thumbs down to the PWN for not putting

the Pelham High School cross country team in the sports section. On Tuesday, Sept. 7 the team went to Sanborn for the Sanborn invitational. The girls team came in second place out of 18 teams winning the first trophy of the school year and the boy’s came in fourth out of 18 team which is still very good. People don’t think this is a true sport but let them try to run a 5k race in 22 minutes and see what they say then. Good job you guys and good luck this Friday the 17th at Windham high. Go Pythons!”

“Thumbs up to Windham residents who are willing to possibly allow Pelham children to attend your High School! Thank you! Please understand that many parents did want a co-op school but due to the spearhead tactics of two school board members, and one former member that opportunity was taken away from our children and us. Please understand that many of us want what’s best for our children. We want them to receive the best education and other school related programs as possible. We do not believe the current situation is allowing that to happen. So please continue to forge ahead with considering allowing our children to attend your High school.”

“Thumbs down to who is ever managing the construction site at the junction of Rte. 93 and 111 in Windham because it doesn’t look like anybody knows what they are doing. They are constantly causing traffic jams. They had 10 guys the other day fixing the same thing they fixed before. Two police officers are just standing there. I don’t see the need for two police officers because they just standing there together.”

“Thumbs down to the coward that sought to demean Karen Sayward Dean of Fine Arts Windham HS. Karen is an accomplished musician and exceptional teacher who motivates and provides our children with the skills that they will need to be successful in High School and to prepare for College. How unfortunate that this Comment was made. I appeal to you to look within in yourself as to why you would slam a professional in such a cowardly fashion. I am grateful that Windham High School is fortunate enough to have a woman of her caliber teach our children.”

“Thumbs down to our Superintendent. You said that the time change at the HS would have no effect on the other schools bus schedules. Then how do you explain the buses still running very behind, sometimes by half hour? Not to mention the buses having to drive even faster through town, so they can get their routes done. Yet, another example of a decision made by “Frank” where all factors were not considered carefully. Wake up School Board and stop letting the Supt. make uninformed decisions, the voters elected you to represent the public, not work for the Supt. Make him accountable for his actions.”

“Thumbs up to Dr. Mohr. Your intent may


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have been to save $100 in gas costs for the four away games for the PHS football team by moving the team from Division 5 to Division 3 but in reality you’ll end up saving thousands as you destroy the football program altogether. What a wonderful job you and lame duck AD Tim Powers did in saving taxpayers a few bucks. You must go to the Linda Mahoney school of Pelham Pride. I’d like to see you and Powers wearing placards at the Portsmouth, Alvirne, and Souhegan games saying, ‘I thought Pelham could compete in Division 3 football.’”

Tank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Pelham~Windham News staff. Tumbs comments can be sent via telephone, 880-1516 or emailed to us at thumbs@areanews- When submitting a Tumbs comment, please specify that you would like it printed in the Pelham~Windham News. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.


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