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Pelham - Windham News 4 - December 3, 2010

The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor

We Can All Participate in Government

The elections a few weeks ago brought historic changes to our state government. New Hampshire residents elected 298 Republican Representatives in the House (out of 400), and 19 Senators in the Senate (out of 24). These numbers constitute a veto-proof Congress. This is good for change – but only if our elected officials are true representatives – and not out to advance their own agendas.

As citizens of New Hampshire, we can have an impact on the direction of our government by keeping a vigilant eye on those that we put into power. One way is to use the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance as a reference (www.nhliberty. org). The NHLA is a non-partisan coalition of volunteers that has been working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire by monitoring bills in the legislative sessions. The NHLA reads, reviews, and rates close to 1,000 bills each year. The rating is based upon the liberty impact of a bill: (1) is it constitutional, (2) does it expand the size, cost, and power of government, and (3) what are the unintended consequences. The ratings are then used to develop the Gold Standard, which is updated weekly and distributed to members of the House of Representatives to use as an aid for voting on bills. The NHLA then builds a Liberty Rating report card for our legislators, based upon pro-liberty and anti- liberty votes and their impact on the State of New Hampshire.

As citizens, we can use the Liberty Rating as a reference to monitor our representatives and the


direction they are taking our state government. The Liberty Rating is also a valuable tool to quickly review the liberty impact that each representative has had on our state when they come up for re-election. I encourage everyone to check out the NHLA

Website, and to contact your representatives periodically to let them know how they are doing. If you would like to participate in the NHLA Bill Review process, I just learned the NHLA is offering a Bill Review training session on Saturday, December 4, from 1-4 p.m. at Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester.

Ken Eyring - Windham

Thanksgiving Food Drive Breaks Records

Windham’s Helping Hands would like to thank the families who contributed to a record- breaking food drive bonanza! This year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive netted a total of 7,834 pounds of donated food, with Windham Middle School coming in first place by collecting a whopping 2,543 pounds. Thanks also to the Windham Fire Department,

the American Legion Post 109 for their donation, and to the Windham Woman’s Club for helping with the organization, purchasing fresh food items, and packing Thanksgiving “baskets.” This year, more than 50 families benefited from all of the above efforts, while enjoying fresh turkey and all the fixings, in hopes that all in the community have had a happy Thanksgiving Day.

Patti Letizio, Windham’s Helping Hands - Windham

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The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund 41st Annual Drive

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difficult times so that we will be able to help individuals and families during Christmas with food, clothing, and toys for the children. There are so many families in Pelham that are going to need our help, so we are asking individuals, families, businesses, organizations, schools, and civic and church groups to be as generous as possible. Volunteers will be accepting donations of food and money on Saturday and Sunday, December 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot at the Pelham Plaza. If you would like to make a donation online, please visit our Website at www., or you can make your check payable to the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund, P.O. Box 953, Pelham, NH 03076. There is also a container for food donations at the food pantry located behind St. Patrick Church and inside Hannaford Supermarket. If you would like to make a donation of a turkey or other food

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The New Hampshire Advantage

It’s easy when the tax bill comes in the mail to grumble about New Hampshire taxes, but we often cannot see the tax burden in other states. New Hampshire has the lowest tax burden in America, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis data. Our burden is 12.5 percent, with the highest state, Alaska, having a 52.6-percent tax burden. It’s the New Hampshire Advantage.

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Investigation, New Hampshire ranks third lowest in America, with only North and South Dakota having fewer crimes. Crime is the worst in the District of Columbia. When looking at all of New Hampshire citizens across the three-year period of 2007-2009, New Hampshire has the fewest residents living in poverty, with 6.9 percent of the population. Connecticut, with 8.9 percent living in poverty, is the second best state, and Mississippi, with 21.3 percent of its population living in poverty, is the worst. When it comes to percentage of citizens with a college degree, New Hampshire ranks 10th with 32 percent, based on U.S. Census data. The District of Columbia – remember, it has the highest crime rate – has also the highest percentage of residents with a college education at 48.5 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks New Hampshire as

the 10th highest state for manufacturing, with 5.1 percent of all jobs coming from manufacturing. Along with that statistic is the all-important unemployment statistic. For the past decade, New Hampshire has averaged 6.3 percent unemployment while the percentage in New England has been 8.3 percent and the average for America has been 9.2 percent.

Despite the recession, the New Hampshire Department of Resource and Economic Development reported that a number of firms were beginning to expand in New Hampshire and each expansion brought with it new jobs, making New Hampshire one of the fastest recession re- bounding states in America. New Hampshire ranks 11th in America for income levels, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The highest level of income is found in the District of Columbia, with Connecticut a close second. All in all, New Hampshire is a wonderful state to live in and we often forget our low crime rate, relatively low tax rate when compared to other states, and rebounding economic situation when thinking about our state.

Lynne Ober

items, please call Jim Roche at 893-1713 or Frank Sullivan at 204-5299. The committee also uses the money collected during the drive to provide financial assistance 52 weeks a year for food, heating, rent, electricity, and other household expenses. Your support would be greatly appreciated by our Neighbors In Need. If you need help during the holidays or would like to sponsor a child or family for Christmas, please call one of the follow people: Nancy Vachon, 521-4045; Darleen Michaud, 635-9117; Linda Pace, 635-3774; or Marcia Sweezey, 635- 3390; or you can go to the First Congregational Church or St. Patrick Church to pick out a name tag(s). Please call no later than Monday, December 6; your call will be handled in strict confidence.

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