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3. As a former, and possibly future, third-party candidate who has to petition for ballot access, I know firsthand how Hudson and other towns pervert RSA 31:102(a), which specifically excludes those seeking signatures on nominating petitions: “A city, town, or village district shall be specifically prohibited, however, from licensing or regulating a candidate for public office in the process of obtaining signatures on nomination papers, who seeks to have the candidate’s name placed on the ballot for the state general election by submitting nomination papers under RSA 655:40.” And I’m supposed to trust our local government to use the proper restraint in enforcement of RSA 31:102(b) when they abuse part (a) so badly?


4. The bill’s prime sponsor is a Republican. Republicans claim to be more “business-friendly” than the Democrats, at least those whom I’ve spoken with. This proves that voters really need to ignore the party label and judge each candidate on his or her own merits. Please take these points into consideration this coming November.


5. I respectfully request that our selectmen, or any other town official, for that matter, let us know personally, should the town of Hudson plan to make background checks a requirement.


Richard, Sherry, and Matthew Kahn - Hudson


Hudson Fire Department: A Factual Overview


diverse peoples is needed. He also is cognizant of his responsibility as a citizen. He knows his strengths and his abilities, and they serve Hudson better as a State Representative than as a volunteer. His resume is fuller than most State Reps, and he has a hunger to do serve. Don’t disparage him for not volunteering for the many local organizations, committees, and charitable benefit groups we have in Hudson. I hope people will consider voting for Alejandro in the


November election as a State Representative for Hudson. As one of 13, he would add diversity and wisdom in Concord. Both are in short supply in the Capitol. Expect him to keep on volunteering as a citizen of Hudson. If you don’t like his politics, then challenge him and re-join the fray of politics, Howard. You, too, can put your money where your mouth is, or is it still full of shoe leather after all those years of contentious volunteering?


Kevin T. McGuire - Hudson


Support for Lynne Ober for State Representative


I was surprised at the content of Jason Guerrette’s letter in the Hudson~Litchfield News regarding Representative Lynne Ober.


I


have not met Mr. Guerrette, but based on what I have been able to determine about his positions, he is on the right side of the issues. That’s what was surprising about his letter because Representative Ober is also on the right side of the issues. I have no knowledge of the situation described in Mr. Guerrette’s


letter, and so, I will not address that. I do have knowledge of the great job Representative Ober has done at the State House for her constituents. Representative Ober and I served together for one term, and I can assure you, based on this firsthand knowledge, that she thoroughly researches the bills and implications of them for her constituents and the state. She is a tireless worker for us, and opposes all tax and fee increases and infringements on our personal liberties. As one of her constituents, I have received excellent information from Representative Ober on legislative activities.


Representative Lynne Ober deserves your vote on November 2. Please join me in keeping her in the House to protect our interests. Thank you.


Dave Buhlman - Litchfield Thoughts on HB 1267 Regarding the “In My Opinion” column by Chief Lavoie in the


September 17 issue of the Hudson~Litchfield News, I would not have even noticed HB 1267, had he not felt the need to create “clarification for Jordan Ulery.” Chief Lavoie was correct in one criticism, namely RSA 320:3, which does provide exceptions for “a child’s lemonade stand,” among other things. However, I object to this bill (which became law with the governor’s signature) on several grounds: 1. If I knew about HB 1267 in advance, I would have made a trip to Concord to testify against it.


2. This law creates RSA 31:102(b), which appears to allow municipalities to force background checks on people selling things door-to-door. Does this mean that if I see a property near or on the route to one of my landscaping customers that is in need of some TLC, I would not only need a H&P license, but submit to a background check to get one, just to approach a


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As President of the Professional Firefighters of Hudson (PFFH), I feel compelled to respond to the Hudson~Litchfield News September 24 article titled “Fire Engine 4: A Story of Frustration, Misunderstanding, or Mismanagement.” First is the comment of Hudson firefighters raising safety concerns with Truck 34 as retribution towards the Hudson Board of Selectmen for terminating the trial 24-hour shift schedule. The mechanical and safety concerns with Engine 4 had started a few years ago and are well documented. The problems are only now coming to the public’s eye due to Hudson~Litchfield News’ investigation and publication of last week’s story. Over the last few years, we have worked with the Fire Chief to get these issues resolved; however, it has been a very slow process. The concerns with Truck 34 are very valid and seem endless, as this truck continues to present serious concerns of safety issues. It is our belief that the repetitive repairs that have continued to occur are band-aids to a more serious problem with Truck 34. The fact that this truck has been out of service to the town of Hudson for over 18 percent of its service life should raise another concern to the taxpayer. Secondly, as many of you know, the Professional Firefighters of Hudson (PFFH) had been involved in a 24-hour shift schedule change for a 180-day trial period with the town of Hudson; however, after 49 days, the BOS terminated the schedule change, stating there were unforeseen expenses to the town as the reason for termination. The Fire Chief had informed the BOS that there was an unseen concern related to dispatchers falling into a new classification of employee, as defined in the PPFH contract. This concern was brought to the Fire Chief’s attention when an employee had questioned their earned time calculations prior to the schedule change. A dispatcher under an eight-hour shift schedule works 2,080 hours a year; under the schedule change to 12-hour shifts, the employee is then placed into a 2,184-hour- a-year classification. This new classification entitles them by contract to earn slightly more earned time over the 2,080-hour employee. This was knowledge that Chief Murray, as well as the BOS, had from a prior trial of 12-hour shifts for dispatch personnel a couple years ago, as well as past negotiation attempts. Both the Chief and BOS acknowledged these employees were reclassified within the contract and compensated the employees with the higher earned time. Since the knowledge was there, neither the Chief nor BOS can say it was unforeseen. The firefighters strongly believe that the trial was a taste of the new schedule and was terminated for reasons to involve negotiations. After a conversation with Selectman Jasper, it was obvious that this is about negotiations and the BOS wanting what he called a “chip” back. The PFFH continues to believe there is savings to the taxpayers by operating under the 24-hour firefighter and 12-hour dispatch schedule. Both the PFFH and Administration agree that schedule change is beneficial to the organization as a whole in regards to the operations of fire suppression and fire dispatch. This letter is to provide the citizens of Hudson with a factual overview of the events that have taken place, and to better inform you of the realities that have occurred with the PFFH and the Hudson Fire Department. Please feel free to contact me or visit hudsonfirefighters.com if you have any questions.


Erich Weeks, President,


Professional Firefighters of Hudson - Hudson


Charlie


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Protect Your Boat Trailer


If your boat trailer is going to spend the off-season outside exposed to the elements, Boat Owners Association of the United States has five tips to protect your investment and eliminate problems down the road: 1. A little spray will do you. Spraying lubricants such as WD-40 on metal trailer roller assemblies, winch gears, and electrical connections will keep moisture away and rust at bay.


2. Don’t park under trees. Some boaters think their boat will be protected by storing it under trees, but the opposite is true— howling winter storms can snap off tree limbs, and falling leaves and needles can also stain boat covers and gelcoat.


3.Turn it around in the driveway. Face the hitch away from the street if possible, and put a lock on the trailer hitch. The name of the game in avoiding boat theft is to make your rig as difficult as possible to steal.


4.Take care of the tires. In addition to being a theft deterrent, removing the tires and storing them in the garage or shed will keep the sun from damaging them. Block the frame and secure plastic (contractor-grade) trash bags over the hubs and brakes to keep them dry. If tires won’t be removed, position the trailer so that the tires rest on a piece of plywood or plank to prevent dry rot, and cover them (again with plastic bags) to keep the sun off and hubs and brakes dry.


5.Help water drain. Keeping the boat and trailer rig in a slightly nose-high (bow up) position will allow water to drain out the transom drain hole. This can be easily done by placing a small block under the trailer jack. (Don’t forget to remove drain plug and tie it to the ignition key, where you will find it in the spring.)


Charlie Chalk can be reached at outdoorswithcharlie@areanewsgroup.com


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