Pelham - Windham News July 22, 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Serving NH Well
New Hampshire has long been the envy of other states—safe, prosperous, and free. There are many reasons, but much of the credit goes to our state’s long tradition of limited government, low taxes, and personal responsibility. When John Lynch and the Democrats controlled New Hampshire for four years (2007- 2011), they turned their back on our formula for success. Declaring “if it ain’t broke, break it,” the Democrats tried to impose a “tax and spend” ideology where it was neither welcome nor appropriate. They went on a spending spree that would embarrass a drunken sailor—inflating state spending by 24 percent in only four years. They raised taxes and fees 90 times, borrowed to pay operating expenses, drained the rainy-day fund, and even tried to steal $100 million from a private medical insurance fund. Even then, the Democrats left New Hampshire with a $900 million deficit. It was a textbook case of financial mismanagement.
In 2010, New Hampshire Republicans, from
Governor candidate John Stephen on down to every candidate for the State House and State Senate, made a simple promise: We are going to
balance the budget without raising taxes, without borrowing and other gimmicks, and without stealing private property. Promise made, promise kept. Despite many
distractions (self-inflicted and otherwise), the new Republican legislature kept its eyes on the prize: a balanced budget. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t pleasant, and it wasn’t painless. It’s not fun to cut services, to defer building projects, to ask employees to contribute more to their benefits. But without a doubt, it was necessary. Choose your metaphor—stop digging when you’re in a hole, stop the bleeding before cleaning up the blood, etc. However you say it, we simply had to stabilize our dire fiscal situation before moving forward with other competing priorities. Only six months in office, Republicans have put New Hampshire back on sound footing. There are many challenges ahead in cutting taxes, reducing regulations, and modernizing our education, healthcare, and employment systems to compete in the global economy. But we’ve taken the necessary first step to move forward. For that alone, Republicans have served New Hampshire well.
Travis Blais - Windham Did You Know?
Windham’s Helping Hands’ Back-to-School Drive is currently underway! You can help a child in the community by supplying a basic school item for them to begin the new school year with. Find out what is needed by visiting our Facebook page, Windham’s Helping Hands; our Website, www.windhamshelpinghands. org; or by stopping by the Nesmith Library and grabbing an apple off of the schoolhouse. Help put a smile on the face of a child; please consider helping out!
submitted by Quality Learning Centers Philanthropic fundraisers have never been
‘Purses with a Purpose’ to Raise Funds for Neuroblastoma Research All are welcome to peruse the purses,
earlier this year.
so hot as they are this summer. Complement your sizzlin’ summer fashions with new and gently used high-end handbags and practical pocketbooks on sale at an upcoming charity event dubbed “Purses with a Purpose.” Bags will be priced around $15 each, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit the Jimmy Fund. The event will be held at the Dynamic Foundations for Children preschool on Route 38 in Pelham on Saturday, August 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.
In addition to the featured purse sale,
the event will include lemonade, balloons, games, and raffles, with prizes ranging from free movies at Chunky’s to Red Sox tickets. Preschool teacher Sarah Descoteaux of
Pelham has organized the fundraiser in conjunction with Dynamic Foundations in hopes of helping families who are affected by Neuroblastoma—a cancer specific to toddlers and infants. Descoteaux has committed to participating in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk in memory of young Rylie Cruz, who lost her life to cancer
enter raffles, and enjoy the atmosphere, all while supporting a great cause. If you are
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No Scavenging- continued from front page
Coole, a long-time Windham resident, told
town officials he refers to the transfer station as ‘Pick’n Save.’ “I found a TV over there and wound up using it for seven years,” he laughed. Coole did agree, however, that people shouldn’t be pilfering from the scrap metal. “That is definitely a loss of revenue to the town,” he said. Resident Barbara Coish said she has gotten numerous crutches and walkers that were discarded at the transfer station and used them for members of the seniors’ association in town. “We just need to use common sense as far as recycling certain items for reuse,” DiFruscia said, “but we need to prohibit general scavenging.” Chairman Ross McLeod said “dumpster diving should be flat out prohibited.” “There is a fine line for bikes, tires, lawn mowers, etc.,” he said, but questioned how the distinction could be reasonably enforced. McLeod also said, “I don’t see any benefit to creating a swap area” at the transfer station. On a vote of 4 to 1, selectmen agreed to prohibit scavenging at the transfer station. Poulson was directed to use his discretion in regard to recycling items for charitable purposes or “for the greater good of the community.” Voting in favor of the prohibition were Selectmen Bruce Breton, Phil LoChiatto, Ross McLeod, and Kathleen DiFruscia. Only Roger Hohenberger voted in opposition, saying, “Our litigious society has squelched another fine New England tradition.”
Prohibition signs will be posted at the transfer station/recycling center and the prohibition of scavenging will be added to the standard operating procedures already in place for the site.
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