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Salem Community Patriot February 11, 2011 - 5

Letters to our Editor Continued from page 3

40 years as an umpire/referee in baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track. I was Co-Founder, Vice President, and President of the Salem Coaches Association. Our purpose was to bring Title IX issues for equity in sports officiating. I served on the Executive Board for the NH Boy’s Basketball Association and served as President of the NH Track Officials Association. I currently serve as Treasurer. My largest contribution to Salem was to work for students. As class advisor to seven classes, the National Honor Society, the Yearbook, and as Organizer/Director to the SHS Faculty Scholarship Plays, I believe that my work, along with others, helped students in positive ways. Finally, my work for Dollars for Scholars as President and Trust Fund Trustee since 1988, and the work of many others, helped us distribute over a million dollars to graduates.

My reason for running is simple; I believe that I have something to

offer. I will not categorize myself as political, but I despise partisanship. Look at Washington, look at New Hampshire, and then look at Salem. We have amazing people who work together for us! Since volunteering and then being selected to serve on the Budget Committee, I have learned much. Despite the critics, we are doing pretty well. We have a town that continues to grow, despite individual setbacks. We have mortgage problems and unemployment problems, but we also have one of the lowest tax rates in southern New Hampshire. Letting roads and bridges deteriorate, letting old schools get worse, and reducing police and fire departments to dangerous levels will not solve the housing crisis. Letting it go will cost more in the long run. We have to make decisions with logic and common sense; we also need to consider the impact on safety, on attracting people to Salem, and making sure children are not going to be affected by staff cuts and increased class size. Salem has worked hard to do well for all of the population. Salem is safe with dedicated employees working hard to protect us, educate us, and make our streets safe. Town services are provided to families that are struggling. Our elderly have wonderful services provided to them. My parents, who were teenagers during the Depression, raised me on this simple philosophy, “Enjoy the good stuff, don’t wish for more than you need and, when faced with the bad stuff, try to fix it or at least make it better. Complaining fixes nothing!” I make no promises except to work hard to keep taxes low. I believe the primary responsibility for this, however, belongs to the School Board and the Selectmen. It has been my privilege to work with people who are committed to the taxpayers of Salem. I hope you will give me a chance to serve you. Whatever your decision, I hope that you will vote and continue to support the community.

Paul G. Huard - Salem Supporting Michael J. Lyons for Selectman

To the citizens of Salem, I urge you to cast your vote for the re- election of Selectman Michael J. Lyons. Mike has played a pivotal role in helping the town resolve many issues and problems over the past several years as selectman. During the Mother’s Day flood of 2006, he acted quickly and swiftly, helping declare a state of emergency. This exemplified his leadership abilities and quick thinking in a pressure situation. He acted as a team player working with state and federal officials, helping the town of Salem recover as quickly as possible. Spending of taxpayers’ money has been prudent and within

budget. He has supported the rebuilding of the town’s infrastructure and brought stability to the Town Manager’s office. Mike has devoted many hours of hard work as a selectman and has done a great job, in my opinion. I hope that the residents of Salem share my sentiment and will support him, as he has supported the people of Salem.

Mike MacMillan - Salem John Manning, Jr. for Selectman

My name is John J. Manning Jr. I am 58 year’s old and a 35 year resident of Salem, New Hampshire. I am the proud parent of five girls and two boys. My girls are Katie, Kim, Christine Marianne, and Gabrielle. My boys are Shane and Steven. I am a professional racehorse trainer. I served as a state represenitive for four years. My primary focus was the fish and game department and the office criminal justice. I also am a graduate of Topsfield Police Academy, as an intermittent officer. I have been a restaurant owner in Salem for many years. I am man that has affirmed sense of justice and I love Salem for its aboveboard, hardworking community of people. The most important factors that face Salem in the future is the

generation of new personally owned business. I believe bringing new industry’s to the area has to be explored. Maintaining the already “The work in progress” road and bridge repairs and municipal services is a must. Water meters may be a need, but maintaining underground mains and making sure that they are in good repair should take precedence. The traffic issues on route 28 should be addressed. I also would like to see a charter organized to consider taking Salem from a town to a city. There may be a genuine benefit to Salem that can subsidies our growth. The police department building is in need, perhaps a new facility. The resource officer for the high school has been tabled and I feel that this is a position that should be filled to maintain order and respect to our education system. Several other issues deserve consideration to maintain and forest

low-income housing and continued support for a veterans of foreign war.

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wants to raise taxes. The need for creating and supporting industry to increase revenue must be addressed. Rockingham Park is an untapped source of tax revenue, as well as a money maker for all local business from hotels restaurants and retailers and agriculture. Travel and tourism revenue is the life blood of many towns and cities across the United States. This is a key component to meet our goals if we want move forward. To accomplish the goals, I believe that a travel and tourism

champagne should be aggressively pursued. The money to be made from slot machines would be a huge contributor to the tax base feeding many programs thus, not having to raise taxes. We cannot grow without the funds to do it. There are many vacant buildings in Salem; they need be made

available to local new businesses at a reduced tax rate. If they are in tax, arrears they can be made available threw a list available online for investors. Enticing manufacturers to the area has to be a priority, keeping our people working, because without it, creates a climate of hopelessness poverty and produces crime. None of us want this; therefore, I am running for a one year term to aggressively pursue the goals and needs of the people of my district. I will need the input from all of the 13 state reps so the time can be used constructively.

“Resolution” is the contribution of great minds working together for the good of the whole. Please join me in creating a solid foundation for our future.

John Manning, Jr. - Salem Second Amendment Reason

First of all, I was wondering how long it would take Mr. Ippolito to accuse me of not caring about the “tens of thousands of established human lives that are sacrificed each year,” as if that’s the same as me saying that he believes the Constitution somehow guarantees a woman’s right to an abortion even though the concept doesn’t even exist in the document. But that’s how Progressives operate. If they can’t win an argument on its merits, they attack your character. By the way, here are some facts: most of the yearly gun deaths

in America are by suicide, fully automatic weapons have been prohibited in the U.S. since the National Firearms Act of 1934, and under the Brady Act, you cannot own a gun if you have been ruled mentally defective by a court, or are committed to a mental institution. So, I’m not sure what you’re talking about, Mr. Ippolito (and apparently, you don’t either), when you say the Constitution guarantees people with mental disorders can have automatic weapons. Anyway, after the Continental Army was disbanded, it was replaced by the Legion of the United States, the precursor of our modern Army, which was commanded by Major General Anthony Wayne, who was appointed Commander of the Army by President Washington. Under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress has the power: To raise and support Armies and to provide and maintain a Navy, and we’re obviously not talking about the militia here. In fact, as early as 1793 (only three years after the Constitution was fully ratified), the Legion engaged hostile Indians in the Battle of Fort Recovery, where they repelled an attack by 2,000 Indians. They had been training for over two years before this battle. Now, for the sake of argument, let’s assume Mr. Ippolito’s interpretation of the Second Amendment is correct and it only gives people the right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of forming a militia. Logically then, it could be re-written as follows without losing its meaning as understood by him: A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed, until we no longer need the militia or a person is not in the militia, at which point the people’s right to keep and bear arms can be infringed.

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Salem Christmas Fund, Inc. THANK YOU!

PO Box 1234• Salem, New Hampshire 03079

This past Christmas Holiday Season, the Salem Christmas Fund provided needy families with baskets of food, toys and clothing for children and needed clothing and toiletries for the elderly. In total, 726 individuals were provided for. We are very grateful for the wonderful support that we got from the Salem Community and the hundreds of individuals that gave donations. We are also grateful to the following organizations who reached out in support.

Thank you to the following businesses that made donations. Salem Cooperative Bank • Burlington Self Storage • Rockingham Race Track • Correct Temp, Inc • Attys Soule, Leslie, Kidder

• Hampshire Road Self Storage • AJ Letizio Foods • Sayward & Loughman PLLC • DeColores Books & Gifts • Community Marketing • Pentucket Bank Genesse Auto Repair, Inc • Appliance Corner, Inc • Boston Retirement Advisor • Kotzen & Sohl Enrolled agents • 198 Main St. Professional Center

Victorian Park, Inc • Technical Needs North, Inc • New England Finish System • Goodnow Real Estate Services • Paul Garabedian • Canobie Lake Park Thank you to the following community organizations that made donations

Kiwanis Club of Salem • Salem Police Benevolent Assoc. • Professional Firefighters of Salem • Knights of Columbus #4442 • The Strong Living Group First Cong. Church – Deacon Gr • Salem Senior Singers • Salem Exchange Club • Salem Lions Club • Salem Women’s Club • Amvets, Post 2 VFW #8546 Women Auxiliary • VFW #8546 • Greater Salem Vineyard • No. Salem Methodist Youth Group • First Cong. Church – Philathea Gr. First Cong. Church – Youth Group • .First Cong. Church - Deacons

Thank you to the following schools who participated

William T. Barron School • North Salem School • S.H.S. Student Council • Salem High School Students Thank you to the following businesses that hosted “A Giving Can”

Ford Flowers • Rosie’s Restaurant • Pentucket Bank • Enterprise Bank • Big Daddy Pizza • Cartridge World • B&H Oil Company • Main Street Bagel Giovanni’s Pizza • RJ BP Gas Station • Mike’s Red Barn • McKinnon’s Market • AK’s Roast Beef & Pizza

Thank you to the following who hosted “Wish Trees”

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Infant, Toddler, Preschool & Pre-kindergarten Programs

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First Congregational Church • Mary, Queen of Peace Church • Here We Grow Day Care • Salem Town Office • Service Federal Credit Union Erin Smith Family • Salem Fire Department • Rock. Race Track-Bingo Group • Palmer Gas Employees NE Rehab Hospital Employees • St. Joseph’s Church

Knitting & Crocheting Groups Salem Senior Center Knitting Gr. • Women of First Cong. Church

To the following who gave their time and energy so that so many families could have a wonderful Christmas

Open7-6 Mon-Fri

Salem Police Department • Greater Salem Vineyard Group • The Believers Meeting Group • Knights of Columbus #4442 • Rita Santo Salem NH Human Services Dept. • NH Bureau of Adult & Services • Eisan Family & Eileen • Jim O’Leary • Salem Fire Department • Salem Public Works

We would also like to thank the nearly 400 individuals and families who made contributions.

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