Hudson - Litchfield News May 6, 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
What’s Happening to the ‘New Hampshire Difference’
It is easy to sit on the sideline and think that someone else will fix the problem. We have lived the good life for so long and we all know the economy always goes through ups and downs. Things seem different now. I’m concerned that what most of us see as the “American Way of Life” is under attack. Just as my three kids become young adults and graduate from Alvirne and start their adult life, our economy is about to be crushed by a tsunami of debt every bit as destructive as the one we watched wipe out parts of Japan. When my wife and I first moved to New Hampshire in the late ‘80s, there was a vibrancy and energy all throughout New England, but especially in New Hampshire. There was something called “The New Hampshire difference,” which meant affordable housing in a family-friendly environment, no sales tax, and no state income tax, which also translated into limited government. There was an economic vitality with many corporate giants such as Digital, Lockheed Sanders, and Raytheon, providing a financial wave that thousands of small- and medium-size businesses were able to ride to prosperity.
I grew up in upstate New York when there were dozens of paper mills all over the North Country. There were plants and factories in every town and the family dairy farms were a thriving local institution. Drive along the New York Thruway now and see the results of big government liberalism and one-party rule. I never thought I’d see the day, but the sad fact is that New Hampshire is becoming New York. Maybe there is a glimmer of hope. Maybe the 2010 election signaled that New Hampshire voters are starting to reject the progressivism that is drowning our neighbors to the south and elsewhere. There is some reason for optimism, but we must be vigilant and hold all elected officials, even Republicans, to a vision of limited government based on our state and federal constitutions. That vision is one that recognizes that our founding fathers strived to maximize rights and liberties of the individual while restricting the power of centralized government. With such great individual rights and freedom comes equally great personal responsibilities, including the responsibility to be informed and involved with the political process. Please join us as we do our part to fulfill our obligations as Hudson voters, as residents of New Hampshire, and as Republicans.
Bryan Donovan - Hudson Eliminating Litter
This spring, I was delighted to see the piles of filthy permafrost finally melt away after months of wintry weather. However, as I drive around town, I am saddened and
sickened to see our “four-season” crop is blooming all along the roadsides—beer and soda cans, coffee cups, sandwich wrappers, lunch bags, and so on. As a member of the Town’s Recycling Committee, I
know there are many residents and town leaders who are committed to improving our environment. Clearly, though, there are a number of people who have no regard for beauty, sanitation, the environment—who are too lazy or careless to take their trash home or to an appropriate receptacle in which to dispose of it. All the cleanup efforts in the world will not succeed if each individual does not take personal responsibility for eliminating litter. I wonder how much revenue the town could collect if there are concentrated efforts to enforce anti-littering ordinances and collect substantial fines from the offenders. There are all forms of traffic-cams to catch people violating operating regulations. Maybe we can divert some of that technology to catch and punish litterbugs. I can suggest some good locations to start the enforcement effort—I am sure you can, too.
Connie Owen - Hudson
Gasoline Prices Can Be Curbed: Here’s How
House Republicans blame the federal budget deficit,
EPA regulations, and President Obama for high gas pump prices. Who’s really to blame? Let’s follow the money.
Gasoline demand rose 6.1 percent (year over year) in
March, while the pump price rose 22 percent. Speculation is responsible for the rise of gas prices. Commodity traders know the sky’s the limit because the key
safeguards are still mired in the rule- making process with the
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