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Pelham - Windham News April 29, 2011 - 3

The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor

Deep Apologies

To the family whose cat I ran over Saturday night, April 16:

Last night at nearly 8 p.m. on March Road (111A) in Pelham, I regrettably struck and killed your cat. I wish I could convey to you just how sorry I am and how broken up I am inside knowing the pain I have caused your family. All my life, I have taken great care to avoid taking another creature’s life. I am the kind of person who constantly watches the ground as I walk in an effort to avoid crushing even a single ant. The guilt I am feeling is like nothing I have experienced before and I ask your forgiveness— rather selfishly, I admit—from the bottom of my heart. As a cat owner, I keep mine indoors to prevent such a terrible tragedy from befalling her and myself. I cannot imagine the grief I put you through and can only say how terribly sorry I am. Thoughts such as, “if only I had taken another way home,” and, “if I had not run that stop sign” fill my head, even though I know they will help nothing. I deserve neither your forgiveness nor pity, but only the regret and remorse that will haunt me for, likely, years to come. I will never forget what happened that night, nor should I. I only hope that knowing this was not some wanton act of violence, but a tragedy felt full well by the offender will ease some of the pain in your hearts.

A very sorry young man - Dracut, MA Gas Tax Proposal

New Hampshire House Republican leadership recently released a proposed amendment that we believe will assist Granite Staters combat the increasing cost of gasoline, which has become oppressive. Allow me to share with you the details of this proposal. The State Senate recently passed legislation (SB 78) that would immediately eliminate the increase in the motor vehicle registration surcharge, rather than allowing it to sunset in June as both the House and Senate propose, though Governor Lynch worked to make the surcharge permanent in his budget. We remain committed to eliminating this poorly conceived car tax that was first introduced in the previous legislature’s budget.

The amendment we are bringing forward takes the same amount of funding as would have been given in relief from an early repeal of the surcharge and turns them into a 5-cent-per-gallon reduction in the gas tax until the end of the fiscal year, when the surcharge disappears. In other words, we are spreading the reduction of the surcharge to all drivers and not just those who have their birthdays in May and June by allocating those funds toward a 5-cent decrease in the gas tax for the next two months. To be clear, the fiscal effect would be exactly the same as the Senate’s proposal of ending the car tax increase two months early. No current or currently planned road or bridge repair or construction project will be affected by this proposal.

While the dollars are the same as the Senate proposal, we believe that our plan has two important improvements. First, the benefit of a gas tax cut applies to everyone, not just those who are fortunate enough to have been born in two particular months of the year. The folks who were born in the other 10 months, and have already paid the surcharge for this fiscal year, would get no benefit from the Senate plan. Second, by lowering gas prices, we will attract additional cross-border sales from Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont, which will help to increase gas volume sales and, thus help to restore gas tax payments, but will also likely mean sales in other areas, like cigarettes, liquor, and lottery, which translate directly back into state revenues. Predictably, some have labeled this a “gimmick.” This is unfortunate. Most voters I hear from are deeply concerned that the price of gas has reached nearly $4 and a tank of gas has gone up to $40, $50, or even $60, depending on the car they drive. In our current hyper-partisan atmosphere, there is a rush to attribute negative motives to any proposal. The goal of this measure is to help citizens during these difficult economic times, especially at the gas pump. Plain and simple.

One legitimate concern is that the gas stations could pocket the money, rather than lowering their prices. However, it is important to remember that this is a tax at the retail level, where competition is most intense. Retailers know that drivers will go to any station that offers lower

prices and many will not give that advantage to their

competitors. Moreover, this measure will only last for two months, which will eliminate any negative fiscal effect for the state beyond what was already planned by elimination of the car tax, but comes at an important time as we enter the summer tourist season.

Our hope is

that this will ease the burden on our citizens and help economic activity as well, especially if we can get people from out of state to come over the border to buy gas over the next two months. Whether it is this gas tax cut or the elimination of the car registration surcharge, the House will continue to try to find ways to reduce the cost of driving for New Hampshire citizens. We hope that the Senate and Governor will join us in offering this relief to citizens.

Representative D.J. Bettencourt - Salem

Windham’s Mark Brockmeier Awarded Third Prize in Book Collecting Contest at Boston University

submitted by Lauren E. Davalla Windham resident Mark C. Brockmeier was awarded third prize, a total of $750, in the annual Lawrence G. Blackmon Student Book Collecting Contest at Boston University (BU). A Master’s of Divinity student scheduled to receive his degree in 2012, Brockmeier was recognized for his Collection of Writings of Harry Emerson Fosdick. The award was presented at the Friends of the Library Speaker Series lecture featuring celebrated author Walter Mosley. The Friends of the Libraries, along with the Howard Gotlieb

Archival Research Center, have sponsored the Lawrence G. Blackmon Book Collecting Contest for over 40 years. The goal of the Blackmon Book Contest is to stimulate the student body to pursue the gratifying and exhilarating experience of creating a collection of books. The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting

New Community Development Website

submitted by Laura Scott, Community Development Director, Windham The Windham Community Development Department and

Windham Economic Development Committee is pleased to announce the launching of a new Website to highlight community development activities and partnerships in Windham. The new site,, was initially developed through a grant from the NHDOT Community Assistance Program, as well as a generous donation by AdminInternet, the Website developer and local Windham business. This site hopes looks to connect the existing businesses community to the Windham community itself through an interactive event calendar and business directory, as well as have a way to celebrate its successes though a “What’s New” and “People & Places” section. The site is also a marketing tool to attract new businesses to Windham that value the community core we have here. It contains information about the town, lists available commercial property, and shows off what kind of place we are. Take some time to check the site out and let me know what you think. We will always be modifying the site and adding new features to make it as beneficial to the town as possible, so make sure to visit often.

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