Salem Community Patriot May 6, 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Prioritizing Top News
Recently, I watched the news on WHDH. The top story was the Bruins beating the Flyers. I feel that two police officers being shot by an escaped convict was more important. Seems like society seems more interested in sports than those brave women and men willing to face uncertainty every day. When an officer gets a call, they have no idea what they are going to see. It might be a domestic call. Child abuse. Murder. An officer does not know if the person they pull over will be respectful or try to shoot them. I am glad for the Bruins, but I feel that belongs in the sports section, not the top story.
Michael Flathers - Salem Today’s Problems = Yesterday’s Malfeasance
This is not an attempt to kill two birds with one stone, but rather to bring further insight into the themes so often repeated in the frequent letters submitted by Bill Weimar and Ed Brooks. To begin with, we do have national problems, but I must point out a simple fact: Today’s problems are rooted in yesterday’s malfeasance. The commission that studied and reported on the causes of our economic problems stated that deregulations during the last 30 years are that backbone of the economic problems of today ... plus the illegal machinations of Wall Street barons, for which none has gone to jail. Here are examples of laissez-faire policies that led to our distress, as itemized by Ravi Batra, noted economist and author of 12 books: “Who helped write the Bush-Cheney energy
policy? The oil companies. Who authored their health care policy? The pharmaceutical companies. Who ghost wrote their environmental policy? The industrial polluters. Who designed their tax policies? The CEOs. Who articulated
their trade policy? The multi-nationals and the out-sourcers. It’s no secret that hefty campaign contributions are made with the hope that a candidate will influence policy. Did Bush-Cheney design anything themselves? Yes, the Iraq War, which sacrificed soldiers while helping the likes of Exxon-Mobil and Halliburton mint war profits.” Republicans are fond of citing repeatedly the mantra that the current problem is not revenue, but spending; however, logically spending wouldn’t be a problem if revenues were adequate—if the burden of funding were shared equally by all Americans. While Republicans choose to make union workers and the indigenous among us the scapegoats, they provide billions in subsidies and tax breaks for oil, Pharma, agri, and other uber-entities that enjoy billions in profits. Democrats are not entirely innocent of playing footsies with the privileged; election campaigns cost millions and the source of funding lies in those with deep pockets. Lastly, the routine inferences that one gets from Brooks and Weimar narratives that it’s all Obama’s fault, are disingenuous, and ignore the fact that his policies pre-empted another Great Depression.
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enforcement of immigration laws, by not even offering to solve the flood of immigrants into states like California, Arizona, and New England. Instead of enforcing laws against illegal immigration, he condones them. With over 400,000 illegal persons that have crossed the borders from Mexico yearly, it was very constitutional for Arizona to protect the people. While dismissing legal residents in Arizona and playing to these illegal people, as our country faces more illegal immigration, 12 million illegals want a free ride without paying and waiting, as most in the past have complied with the laws of immigration, including several true American Irish and English immigrants in my own family in the 1920s. This extreme liberal, socialist progressive president is bent on the destruction of the Constitution and this country with lack of enforcement of the laws. Such attacks as national healthcare reform, yet allowing continued 1 billion a week fraud in Medicare losses to take place; student loan program of 2010 (increasing defaults on all taxpayers to pay) these losses will be paid by the government; constant attacks on the 2nd amendment over gun control in the hands of
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rightful citizens; and now, his support of corrupt international public service unions that work against the taxpayers rights in all levels of government! The big lie about global warming will cost billions more to satisfy the greed of your local and federal Democrats. The conclusion is they don’t care about the public; they are bent on making Americans into a European state controlled by and dependent on a big federal government. You can make a difference! Stand up! Speak out! Live Free and work every day for freedom!
Ed Brooks - Salem
Field of Dreams Cleanup Thank-You
Thank you, ”Comcast Cares” volunteers. On
Saturday, April 30, Comcast Corporation sent a small army of volunteers to clean up and restore the condition of Salem’s beautiful children’s playground, Field of Dreams. They split the work into four different areas, Playground Resurfacing, Picnic area cleanup, Planting bark mulch in the amphitheater and front lawn, and Planting/ Gardening/ Painting benches.
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Local businesses donating their free services included: Action Construction, Romano’s Pizza, Balducci’s Pizza, Freshwater Farms, Lake Street Garden Center, Statio’s Photography, and Merrill Excavating. This scene was repeated in selected communities all over America, by 62,000 Comcast workers, their families, and their friends, making it one of the largest, single-day corporate volunteer efforts in the country. In view of the recent state of our economy, high unemployment, and decreasing local revenue sharing, Comcast volunteers have showed us by personal example, working with small local business owners, the old-fashioned spirit of citizens working together for the good of the
community, with no expectation of compensation, except for the warm feeling of knowing that “virtue is its own reward.” Local official Everett McBride wielded a mean
rake on the tons of leaves. Senator Chuck Morse gave words of thanks and a resolution from the Senate, and yours truly, representing the local representatives, read a Citation from our Governor. The park looks beautiful. Go see for yourselves, and be grateful.
Representative Bob Elliott - Salem
Mail Carriers’ Food Drive Seeks Help
On May 14, the annual Mail Carriers’ Drive will take place. The Salem community has always been so generous to our food pantries. The need is great as more of our neighbors need help! Please leave whatever groceries (non- perishables) in a bag or box near your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick up and deliver to the food pantries. All pantries (that have signed on) will receive food. Some of the foods that aid us are: soups, tuna, baked beans, toilet paper, paper towels, canned vegetables, fruit, coffee, tomatoes, tomato sauces, stews, juices, pasta, mac & cheese, cereals, etc. (we use smaller cans for single- member families, middle-size cans for medium families, and large size for the bigger families). Whatever you can provide will be a blessing. The mail carriers work very hard on this drive and are so proud when it is a success. What better thing can we do than to help our fellow man? Anyone of us in the future might be the one who has the need of a Food Pantry. I, for one, hope that we will continue to be able to serve and the Mail Carriers’ Drive will aid us in this effort. Please remember that May 14 is the day.
Catherine Panciocco - Salem
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provide the opportunity to sample some of the area’s best restaurants while also helping some of the area’s top students further their education and achieve their goals. The Taste, which is one of the most popular
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events in the community, will be held again this year at the Atkinson Country Club and Resort on Wednesday, May 18, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. It spotlights 16 restaurants and/or businesses, offering generous samples of a variety of cuisines and a portion of the proceeds directly benefits the scholarship fund of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, which awards those
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scholarships to deserving and outstanding high school and college students annually Participating restaurants include A Chef to
Call Your Own, the Atkinson Country Club and Resort, Balducci’s, Brookstone Park, Chief Wok, Greystone Farm, Jim’s Ice Cream, J Michael’s Sports Pub, Jocelyn’s, Kendall Pond Pizza, Moe’s Italian Sandwiches, Polcari’s, Salemhaven, T-Bones, Tuscan Kitchen, and the Windham Restaurant. Everyone in attendance will also have the chance to purchase raffle tickets to win fabulous prize baskets donated by many area businesses. Tickets for entrance to the event and the taste samplings are $30 each and may be purchased through the Chamber by calling 893-3177. The 14th annual Taste of Greater Salem is presented by the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, the signature sponsor is Enterprise Bank, and the media sponsor is the Area News Group. The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce
actively promotes and supports positive economic growth and business expansion in the area. The organization, comprised of businesses from Salem, Windham, Pelham, Atkinson, and Hampstead, NH, strives to facilitate and build a quality environment and sustain and attract business and development.
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