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Pelham - Windham News December 3, 2010 - 11


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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.


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603-635-2012 “Thumbs up to the wonderful Patti Nyman,


Greg Atwood, Jeremy Ryan, Dan Rooney and Dan Farwell for the incredible job they did saving Zack’s eye. We could not ask for a better community! Thank you to all our friends and Zack’s classmates for their support! The Koch Family”


“Thumbs up to the Pelham Windham Razorbacks 3rd Grade Team! Great job boys and we had a great group of coaches; it was such an enjoyable season! Looking forward to next season already!”


“Thumbs down to SAU 28 administrators. Last week’s news had a front page article about the efforts being made by Dr. Bass and other administrators to reduce the proposed budget, and it listed several areas in which cuts could be made. It did not include any cuts being made in regard to health care costs. Are residents once again being forced to pay 100% of administrators’ medical insurance? This is especially costly since “administrators” include all principals, all vice-principals, special education coordinators, reading specialists, in addition to everyone at the SAU office. This is incredibly ludicrous! Our School Board is not doing its job.”


“Thumbs down to the ‘thumbs up-thumbs


down’ column. Because this forum allows anonymous posts, a person’s reputation can be trashed publicly, and falsely, without consequence. As was done to the French- Canadian man that used to work at the transfer station. None of the negative comments about him are true. The comments were clearly submitted by someone with a vendetta, and just as clearly they were completely untrue. Anyone who ever met the nice man will know that the comments are untrue. But because of this post, others will question this poor man’s integrity. PWN should not publish such negative comments directed at individuals, and instead uphold its own


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“Thumbs down - Way down to the person who berated the nice Canadian man who used to work at PERC. Yes, we like Bob and Larry. But we also liked the Canadian man. No he did not have a miserable attitude. Quite to the contrary, he was a most pleasant man to deal with and always very helpful. I simply do not believe the negative comments about him.


Thumbs up to the nice Canadian man. We will miss your friendly face. I hope you are enjoying your retirement.”


“Thumbs down to the recent thefts of North


Face jackets and iPods at Pelham High School. Our daughter, her best friend, and many others have been victims of these selfish, inconsiderate acts. These incidents have been reported to the Pelham Police and the school authorities. If your child’s property has been stolen, please submit a police report and insist on punitive consequences. The only way to stop this is to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”


“Thumbs up to the Pelham High School students with the courage to ‘Turn In’ their friends and classmates responsible for the theft of fellow student’s property. This brave and selfless act is not ‘Snitching’ … it should be recognized and commended by the High School Administration and Pelham Police. Do the right thing and report theft before you become the next victim.”


“Thumbs up to Brendan (Smitty) for being selected as one of the American Youth Football All Stars to represent New Hampshire in Florida in December. You will have a blast. Despite breaking your finger at the end of the Varsity season, you still continued to play your heart out and give your all … never backing down! Also, way to go on such a great report card for the first marking period for 8th grade at Hampstead Academy. We are very proud of you. Love, Mom and Dad”


“Thumbs down to those Windham politicians


who support town-wide amendments which would expand allowed commercial uses. The proposed amendments are a backdoor approach to commercial rezoning which is not supported by the vast majority of residents. If enacted, it would allow for development of bowling alleys, motels,


clubs, and other incompatible uses in close proximity to homes and scenic landmarks. This proposal creates a significant threat to all property values, would increase crime, and change the overall character of Windham for generations. Please ask the Planning Board for smarter growth and to vote no to commercial ‘rezoning’ on December 8th.”


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“Thumbs down; to the abandoned house on Spaulding Hill Rd. Don’t worry, someone else will clean up your mess.”


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“Thumbs up to Pelham School Board members Mahoney and Dube for finally acknowledging that loss of accreditation is a real and current threat to our high school. It’s a refreshing change, not hearing you trivialize the importance of accreditation. Wait a minute … did you say you want to address the accreditation issues with a student parking lot? And you support spending more than $300,000 on that project? Where are your priorities?”


“Thumbs down to Pelham Baseball! I have to agree with the other letter, it sounds like you have something to hide. Baseball in this town is no longer fun for the kids and less and less boys want to play past their first year. The board has lost incredibly talented coaches at the Minor, Major and Babe Ruth levels and has admittedly ‘settled’ (I believe those are the words used by some board members last year). You have agendas that revolve only around you. I saw it last year and I will not be a part of it this year. I wish I had the guts to put this in a ‘Letter to the Editor’ and to sign my name. But I admit it - I will not. Why? Because I do not choose to have my good name and my kids’ names drawn through the mud and for lies to be told as a few on the baseball board do so well! If remaining anonymous gets the truth told about Pelham Baseball, then I choose to remain anonymous! People of Pelham


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Foundation will be holding its Annual Silent Auction/Dinner for Charity at The King’s Court and Banquet Hall on Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. Cost to attend is $25 per person, which includes a buffet dinner. The public is invited to join the Chamber for a great meal and possibly win some fabulous prizes—all while raising funds for a worthwhile cause! The event is a combination of raffle items and silent auction items, which include event tickets, gift baskets, holiday items, gift certificates, and much more! Showtime Computers has again stepped up and will be donating a “Jar of Money” to be raffled off, along with a donation from Matibo’s Salon for a “Three Night Stay in Provincetown, Cape Cod!” The GHCC is also welcoming items for the auction. This will be the 11th year in which the monies received during


the evening will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Society, which was established over 20 years ago and is operated through Blessed John Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church in


Hudson, assists many local families by maintaining a food pantry, assisting with rent and utility bills, and especially helping during the holidays by distributing food baskets and gifts to families in need. This year, the call for services such as food requests, assistance with medical needs, fuel assistance, and basic living expenses has dramatically increased, making participation even more important. Last year, more than 70 businesses donated wonderful items for the auction. Then, with over 100 guests in attendance showing their holiday spirit and generosity by participating in the auction, the Chamber was able to raise over $5,300. During the past 11 years, the GHCC Annual Auction has donated over $39,000 for the benefit of our community. The Silent Auction/Dinner will be held on Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. Reservations and item donations can be made through the Chamber office by calling 889-4731 or visiting www. HudsonChamber.com for more information. Current event sponsors are Enterprise Bank, Area News Group, Financial Insurance Services, Red Brick Clothing, Tsubaki Flowers, and Web Action Group.


State Recovers $2.6 Million in Medicaid Settlements with Drug Makers


submitted by NH State Attorney General’s Office Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that New Hampshire recently finalized a settlement with AstraZeneca as part of larger national case against the drug manufacturer. The case involved the company’s alleged off-label marketing of Seroquel, an antipsychotic medication approved to treat certain psychological disorders. New Hampshire received more than $2.4 million in the settlement out of the $520 million that was paid to states for Medicaid program damages. The settlement addressed allegations that from 2001 to 2006, AstraZeneca promoted the sale of Seroquel for uses that the Food and Drug Administration had not approved, including Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dementia. In a separate case, New Hampshire has


recovered more than $175,000 from drug maker Novartis as part of a national Medicaid settlement worth $66 million. In that case, it was alleged that Novartis, and a predecessor company, Chiron, engaged in the off-label marketing of tobramycin, an inhalable antibacterial marketed under the name TOBI. The Food and Drug Administration had approved TOBI for treating lung infections associated with cystic fibrosis. The settlement addressed allegations that between 2001 and 2006, Chrion and then-Novartis promoted TOBI for unapproved uses, including for diseases other than cystic fibrosis and for cystic fibrosis patients that did not meet the parameters for FDA-approved use. “The Medicaid program provides important prescription drug coverage for New


Hampshire’s most vulnerable residents. In order to protect New Hampshire taxpayers from paying no more than is necessary for this program, and as demonstrated by these settlements, my Office will continue to work closely with the Attorney General from other states in pursuing drug manufacturers when the evidence supports such action,” said Attorney General Delaney.


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“Thumbs up to the Governor and the Attorney


for vetoing Mrs. Dube and Mrs. Mahoney’s attempts to fix accreditation issues. They proposed three warrant articles to be voted on this March ... one for a sprinkler system for the high school, one to update the HVAC, and one to expand the parking. All were voted down. They have been complaining for years about the accreditation status but are not even allowing the voters to decide. It makes you wonder what their real agenda is.”


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“Thumbs up to Deb Ryan for attending the bullying assembly at PMS. It’s a shame you weren’t listening. Your hostile and rude


remarks show your true colors.” “Thumbs down for the three members of the


Pelham School Board that want us to approve a $10 million kindergarten/preschool plus send all our students in PHS to Windham. If all PHS students go to Windham, grades K-3 could go to PES, grades 4 and 5 go to PMS and grades 6, 7, 8 could go to the PHS building. We don’t need to spend $10 million at all! Why don’t you three ever think?”


“Thumbs up to everyone who helped-out and


gave support for my Dad: Robert A. Field before he died and at his funeral at Saint Patrick’s Church. Dad was born in his parents home in Windham NH on Dec. 7th 1939 which turned-out to be Pearl Harbor Day, and he died in his son’s condo in Londonderry, NH on Nov. 11th 2010 which was Veteran’s Day. He saw his son Bobby take his first breathe of air, and Bobby saw his Dad take his last breathe of air. Dad is greatly missed by all his friends and family.”


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@areanewsgroup.com. 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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