Pelham - Windham News 4 - October 8, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Know Your Candidates
We have important choices to make in the November 2 election. There are 26 candidates running for 13 seats in the State Legislature. It can be a daunting task deciding who will best work for you, for your town, and for the state. It’s so important to know your candidates. This will help you decide whom to vote for. Remember, the ballot says to “vote for not more than 13.” That does not mean that you must vote for 13. Vote for only the people you know. I am casting my vote for Carolyn Webber for State Rep because of her integrity, accountability, excellent voting record with 100-percent attendance, and accessibility to her constituents. Above all, please vote.
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The Windham Musical Arts Association (WMAA) combined efforts with the Windham Endowment for Community Advancement to create our First Annual Jazz Brunch, which was an amazing success! Thanks to a tremendous amount of community support, this event was a sell-out! There was much effort put forth by many, but a special thanks goes to all of our volunteers that worked so hard setting up, serving, and cleaning for the event! Delahunty for helping to create the ambience by decorating the high school with their beautiful flower arrangements and lit trees! KJS Jazz Quintet and our Windham High School Jazz Performers—the music was fantastic and greatly enjoyed by all! Donations for the event were made by Johnson’s Farm, Shaw’s, Pie Guy, WMAA Parents, Artistic Creations,
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On the Primary Election Day and in the days just before, I had several conversations with voters that disturbed me. These voters were under the impression that a) I had attended session only 70 percent of the time, and b) that my voting record in the House did not support the Republican Party platform. There was even a postcard mailed out and also passed out on Election Day that strongly implied that I “voted like a Democrat.” I would like to state unequivocally that these allegations are not true and I am highly indignant that they were made! My attendance in the House was 100 percent, I missed only five votes during my two years, and my voting record in support of the House Republican caucus was 92.3 percent. The House Republican leader, Sherm Packard, was kind enough to attend my campaign event and publicly praise me for being a strong voice for the Republican platform and a faithful supporter of the caucus. Now that I have vented my frustration at being maligned, I would like to thank everyone who supported me and came out to vote for me. I am very disappointed at not “making the cut” on primary day, but I am philosophical about it. These things happen and for the first time in 14 years, I will not be in some sort of official position. I will still be concerned about our threatened water resources, our overall tax rate, and regional overbuilding – particularly along Routes 111 and 28 – and will continue to pay close attention to these matters. I would also like to remind
everyone that the General Election is on November 2. Even though I am not on the ballot, I strongly support the Republican ticket. New Hampshire is in serious trouble after four years of Democrat control of
the House, Senate, Executive Council, and Governor’s office. State spending has increased dramatically, leading to new/increased taxes and fees, the downshifting of state obligations to local property taxpayers, and a huge deficit of over $300 million (as well as a loss of one- time stimulus money of $500 million). We need fiscal conservatives in charge of all branches of government to get out of this mess. The Republican candidates we selected on primary day will be sure to support a return to sanity and prosperity. Please vote on November 2 and vote Republican!
Margaret McKee Crisler - Windham
Nancy Dabilis, ‘Independent’ for Register of Probate
I am responding to the letter to the editor regarding Bob
Rivard’s response to the “Thumbs Down” article. Yes, Bob Rivard has been privileged to hold the position of Register of Probate for nearly 26 years, but after my 17 years of working with him, I disagree with the assessment of his job performance. My campaign against Bob Rivard was propelled by his unwillingness to retire and his frequent absence in the office. I believe the time has come for a positive change to take place in the Probate Court. The 24/7 job description he refers to does not make
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any sense to me. This job requires his daily presence at the probate office during hours of operation. All probate matters must be filed and processed through the court during those business hours. Although he is a charming man who feels he is serving the people well, his lack of computer skills and his continued unavailability at the office does not help his staff in any way. We need a worker. State budget restraints should require a full-time working Register. Bob Rivard, with no caseload, merely defers the everyday operations of the entire office to his subordinates, which I feel is not being fiscally responsible. Why re-elect Bob Rivard? Isn’t 26 years long enough? The taxpayers simply cannot afford it!
I’m running for the job of Register of Probate, not the title! Nancy Dabilis - Nashua
Fundraising for Veterans’ Memorial Garden
The National Garden Club has requested the other 49 state Garden Clubs to support our sister club the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs, as they embark on a project to construct a Memorial Garden at the Air Force Base in Dover, DE.
Most people have heard about the sad, heartbreaking task this particular base handles each day of receiving the bodies of service personnel killed while on duty. In January 2010, the base opened a special building called “Center for Families of the Fallen,” which is used by the families while in Dover for the dignified ceremony of receiving the remains of their loved ones. The outside of this building desperately needs an enclosed garden area, screened from the road, to afford families privacy and peace at this sorrowful time. Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs has submitted a proposal to the Secretary of the Air Force of providing this garden at the estimated cost of $125,000. Rodney Robinson, a prominent landscape architect, has drawn a plan for the garden. Windham Garden Club, as a member of New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, has chosen to actively participate in the effort to raise funding for “The Delaware Project.” Our club has received permission from HBO to screen the documentary Taking Chance, starring Kevin Bacon, at no charge to viewers. It will be shown at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, the Eve of Veteran’s Day, in the Windham High School Auditorium, London Bridge Road in Windham. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and reservations are welcomed. Admission is free. A basket for voluntary donations will be placed at the exit door. Those who choose can make a tax-deductible check payable to NHFGC (NH Federation of Garden Clubs, a 501.c.3 non-profit charitable organization). We invite you to join us for this Veteran’s Day Program.
For ticket reservations, please contact Pearl Nickles at email@example.com
, Diane Carney at kianausmc@comcast. net, or Beatrice Heinze at 893-7785.
Beatrice Heinze, President, Windham Garden Club - Windham
SallyAnne Jeglinski for Representative
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Special thanks to those of you who supported me in our recent primary election here in New Hampshire. For the record, my name is SallyAnne Jeglinski; my husband Kevin and I have lived in Litchfield since early 2006; and prior to that, Kevin and I raised our three beloved daughters, Sari, Elena, and Katie, in Hudson. They are all now married and raising their own families. I currently work in Concord at City Hall, and have been there since November of 2006 in the Assessing Department; my previous experience included four years at Town Hall in Hudson, also in the Assessing Department; and one year in Londonderry for a California-based publishing company running the New Hampshire office. We worked with the Aerospace industry, writing and preparing documents for all components of an airplane; and 23 years at Digital
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