Salem Community Patriot March 18, 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Opinions on CACR 12 Discussion
On Saturday, March 12, I traveled to Derry to hear NH House Speaker William O’Brien discuss his proposed constitutional amendment to CACR 12 on education funding. I decided to go because I wanted to hear his arguments for this amendment without any media filter and to get a firsthand impression of the man and his leadership style.
In attendance were 20-25 registered voters, bipartisan, with a majority opposed to the Speaker’s amendment. Many with well- articulated counterarguments came from known Republicans, including a former member of the legislature. All were respectful of Speaker O’Brien and most thanked him for making the trip to Derry before making their comments. What they got in response was often arrogant and condescending in both substance and tone. He told one attendee after he spoke that “your comments were eloquent, but you couldn’t be more wrong.” This sort of mechanical and curt style remained his demeanor throughout the session. Never once did he appear to be seriously considering any counterarguments to his amendment. One former legislator who has also served as a ballot clerk in Derry noted how often voters cast ballots on questions without even a basic understanding of what they mean and will often ask her for what she thought. Her comments held the implication that the explanation of the potential impact this amendment will have on local property taxes or school funding was insufficiently articulated. O’Brien’s response to this assertion was to openly scoff at such
cynicism about our wonderful democracy. I found his reaction to be convenient at best, or absurdly naive at worst. Mr. Speaker, you may not have been listening to us, but believe me, I was listening to you and I didn’t like what I heard.
Jane Lang - Salem Special Olympics Basketball Thank-You
This past Sunday, March 13, the Salem Recreation Department hosted a regional Basketball assessment for Special Olympics New Hampshire. This event brought over 350 special needs athletes to the high school to compete against other special needs teams for placement at the State Tournament in Portsmouth. As you can imagine, lots of planning and help make this event run as well as it does. Many groups, organizations, and people help put this event on every year and I wanted to recognize them for their assistance. The Greater Salem Vineyard offered everyone that attended the
event coffee, fruit, baked breads, and juice to help wake up as they arrived. Patti Corbett organized a couple dozen students from Great Bay Community College to help keep score, officiate, evaluate, and run the various events. The Methuen/Salem Rotary Club provided lunch for all athletes, coaches, volunteers, families, and providers. Don Marcotte, William Carter, Tony Lamonica, Michael Harrington, Kevin Richard, and others donated their time by officiating the 5 on 5 games. Thank you to handful of volunteers the Student Council and CCD.
and materials leading up to the event. Thank you to Lana Younker and the School District for providing the space and for always lending a hand, including the coordination of the cafeteria and custodians. Last, but certainly not least, to all of the coaches and volunteers that work with the athletes every week to prepare them for this and the state tournament. Again, the event ran very smoothly because of all of the people listed above. If you’re interested in being part or assisting with future programs, feel free to contact the Salem Recreation Department.
Chris Dillon, C.P.R.P., Recreation Director - Salem Nero Keeps Fiddling
In the midst of economic crisis in America, exacerbated by the stiff rise in energy prices, food prices, and the raging inferno of the Middle East, what are Mr. Obama and his wife spending a day doing? Having a summit on bullying! Yup, bullying in school and on the Internet was featured at the White House while the country and the world boil with real crisis. Years ago, I was bullied in school, terrorized by a small gang of “hoods” with their leather coats and churlish attitudes. I handled it by avoidance and work—I believe it’s called turning the other cheek. Today, it certainly can get more complex. However, I find it ironic, the real perpetrators of fear, intimidation, property destruction, and threats of harm aren’t being discussed in this mighty summit. No, they spoke of the nasty teenagers and pre- pubescent name-callers, not the reality of the perpetrators of true bullying – the Obama Administration and its partners – the Unions. The case in Wisconsin is truly instructive of what happens
when the taxpayers finally have had enough and empower their representatives in government to stand up and take action. Not only were there illegal protests by the teachers, but mostly by bussed- in Unionists from out of state. Many of those who were bussed in were intimidated into it with the “go or lose your job” threat. These protesters inhabited public buildings and trashed them, causing millions in damages. Obama’s own organization was involved in the early bussing efforts. After the vote last week, there were death threats to Republicans
who voted and their families. Now, that is bullying. It has intensified since the Nobel Peace Prize winner has taken over. There were the bank protests during TARP, when SEIU members picketed and threatened a bank president’s house and family.
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SEIU bussed in “protesters” during last year’s Healthcare Town Meetings in New Hampshire, turning several into shouting matches as Unionists jammed the meeting rooms and didn’t let real voters attend. From intimidating banks to take TARP money so they could be further regulated, to intimidating legitimate investors to take 10 cents on the dollar settlements during the car bankruptcies so he could give the UAW 40 percent of GM and 35 percent of Chrysler, to ordering all drilling to cease in the Gulf – shallow and deep water alike – this President has used his “bully pulpit” and his agents and redefined the term. The worst was the coercion used by Obama, Reid, and Pelosi during Obamacare’s passage. “But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it…” [Nancy Pelosi quote]. During this campaign, they forced the vote by bribing and bullying legislators to “keep them in line.” He has consistently favored the Union position and John Stern, President of the SEIU, is the most frequent single visitor to the White House.
By making the payment of dues a voluntary action, and through enabling right to work or freedom to choose to be a union person in a job or not, the Unions stand to lose hundreds of millions in dues. The Democratic Party loses as a result because those Union dues and pension funds give Democrats the majority of their donations. The level of chaos, illegal striking, and ultimately violence is going to rise from those who intimidate to get their way. We must empower our politicians to have the strength and fortitude to resist this bullying and do what is right for taxpayers—cut the link between the Unions and Government and let the taxpayers run their municipalities according to fairness and merit, not nepotism, threats, and COLAS.
Bill Weimar - Salem Election Thoughts
The voters have spoken. They want government spending to be controlled and managed closer to the cost of living. The voters were not happy how the selectmen overrode their positions on the water meters and on some school issues. I was sad to see Everett McBride get bumped out, but I was happy to see Steve Campbell given a chance.
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