Hudson - Litchfield News 4 - December 17, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
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I am an independent voter; fiscal conservative and social moderate. I came across the facts below the other day and in light of the current we-did/they-did fiasco going on in Washington, DC regarding the tax ‘cuts,’ I thought some people might find it as interesting as I do. I blame BOTH parties for the overall situation. The info below just paints a little truth over some of the liberal propaganda still being shoveled our way. January 3, 2007 The day the Democrats took over was not January 22, 2009; it was actually January 3, 2007. That is the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate...th
e start of the 110th Congress. The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. For those who are listening to the liberals, propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s and the Republicans’ fault,” think about this: January 3, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time:
1. The Dow Jones closed at 12,621.77 2. The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5 percent 3. The unemployment rate was 4.6 percent 4. George Bush’s economic policies set a record of 52 straight months of job creation!
5. The country was at this point now several years into the wars in the Middle East. So, what changed?
1. January 3, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.
2. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? Banking and financial services!
3. Thank Congress for taking us from 13,000 Dow, 3.5 GDP and 4.6 percent unemployment to this crisis by dumping $5-6 trillion of toxic loans on the economy from your Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fiascos! Bush asked Congress 17 times to stop Fannie
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and Freddie – starting in 2001 – because it was financially risky for the U.S. economy. (It is worth noting that the easing of loan qualification standards for home ownership was initiated during the Clinton administration, when the Democrats had the majority in both houses of Congress. Anyone else see a trend here?) And who was it who took the third highest pay-off from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Mr. Obama. And who fought against reforming Fannie and Freddie? Obama and his Democratic Congress. So when someone tries to blame Bush and the Republicans, remember what happened between January 3, 2007 and January 22, 2009. Then, add on top of that the “We’ll know what is in it once it is voted on,” woefully underestimated Obama Care effort, the near- trillion dollar pseudo-stimulus, and other billions of our tax dollars squandered in the worst fiscal period this country has experienced in most of our lives. Bush may have been in the driver’s seat, but the
Democrats had their feet firmly planted on the gas pedal starting in January 2007, and they were in complete control of the direction in which our Nation was being directed.
I find them all responsible and their behavior reprehensible, but let us at least look at things with facts instead of whitewash and redirection.
Matthew Harper - Hudson
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Thank you to Detective Sergeant Jason Lucontoni and the Hudson Police Department for their service in dealing with the drug problems in the Hudson community, as outlined in the Hudson~Litchfield News story on December 10. Our community has been impacted by addiction to opiate drugs, as demonstrated by the 11 heroin investigations in just under 12 months since January 2010. However, there is much more to the story of opiate addiction, which frequently begins innocently with the use of popular opiate-based analgesics prescribed by physicians to alleviate pain. The people becoming addicted to these drugs are not the “dopers” described in the Hudson~Litchfield News article—they are our adolescent and young adult children, our parents, our siblings, our spouses, and perhaps even ourselves. The easily available prescribed opiate- based pain killers – Oxycontin, Oxycodone, hydrocodone, percocet, vicodin, fentanyl, and the like – are frequently the first step to a progressive addiction. They also may lead to accidental deaths of teenagers who sample the contents of the family medicine cabinet before heading off to a party, and to the almost 30,000 unintentional overdoses that reach our emergency departments each year.
It is so easy to stigmatize and distance ourselves from the anonymous “dopers” described in the media. It is harder to look around and see where the journey to addiction starts—in our medicine cabinets. Be an advocate for yourself and your family when being prescribed a painkiller, and educate yourself on the risks of overdose, dependence, and addiction. When you have a prescription for one of these high-powered painkillers, keep it locked away out of reach of your children or vulnerable family members.
And remember, the most misused drug of this decade is still alcohol, causing loss of driver’s licenses, jobs,
relationships, families, freedom, and potentially the loss of life. Take responsibility—be informed and be careful.
Connie Owen, MA, MLADC, LCS, CEAP - Hudson AHS Alumni
Praises Music Teacher
As a 2010 Alvirne High School graduate, I would like to extend a big thank-you to the Alvirne High School (AHS) choral director, Mrs. Elizabeth Beaton. I have known Mrs. Beaton since September 2006. She is an excellent music teacher. Mrs. Beaton goes out of her way to help every member in each chorus class that she teaches, whether it is Women’s Choir, B Naturals, or Alvirne Singers. She always gives everyone an opportunity to try out for various solos in different songs during all sorts of occasions. She gives inspiration to everyone, whether they are current students, new students, or alumni. She works very hard and helps to bring out the talent in students by encouraging them to participate in various music festivals, such as Jazz All- State and Regular All-State. Alvirne and the Hudson community are extremely fortunate to have a choral director like Mrs. Beaton. On behalf of the Alvirne community, we want to extend a heartfelt thanks to you!
Soumya Vajjhala - Hudson Holiday Greetings
The staff and Trustees of the Rodgers’ Memorial Library thank all of our patrons for a wonderful year. Santa’s Visit on Saturday, December 4, was a great success, with almost 150 children sharing their wishes with Santa Claus in an annual event for Hudson families. Each child was photographed with Santa and was assisted in creating a personalized picture frame, and had cookies and milk with Library Staff and Friends of the Library volunteers in the children’s activity room. Parents were encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to create their own holiday pictures with Santa or in front of the lovely Christmas tree in the lobby. If you are having difficulty selecting a meaningful
Holiday gift for those folks on your list who “have everything,” we remind you to consider the purchase of a memorial brick for placement in the Library entry court. A modest investment will guarantee a gift that will keep on giving for many years in the future. The Buy-A-Brick forms are available of the Library Website or at the circulation desk in the Rodgers building. Since bricks are only added to the patio in spring and fall, you will receive an attractive gift certificate to present to the recipient now. Please check the Library Website,www.ro
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Gratitude for Student Leaf Raking
You hear so much about the horrible teens in each
town these days. Well, I put my name on the list to have students help rake on November 11. What a surprise when there was a knock on the door, and when I went to answer it, there were about 30 kids coming down the street with their rakes, tarps, and whatever else they needed. All I can say to these students is that they put together a great team that came and raked, dumped, and blew an insurmountable, leaf-packed lawn. I had no idea that they would accomplish so much in such little time. Bryan Lane even chipped in and worked right along with them. You have to thank him as much as the students. The parents can be proud of the work that their child or children accomplished. I always knew the reason for living in Hudson for so long. You see, I am a native and getting up there in age. I
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