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Hudson - Litchfield News 12 - August 5, 2011

Comments expressed in this column are the sole views of those callers and do not reflect the views of the Hudson~Litchfield News or its advertisers. Town and school officials encourage readers to seek out assistance directly to resolve any problems or issues. The Hudson~Litchfield News editorial staff holds the right to refuse any comment deemed inappropriate.

“Thumbs up to the metal-handled plunger in the men’s room at Hudson Town Hall. With all that goes on, there especially on Tuesday night, it can be understood why it is needed!”

“Thumbs down. Your job on the line last

winter, selectmen call for vote of no confidence, you’re applying for a new job in Manchester, your department moral is at an all-time low --- How are you punished in Hudson? With a 3.1% raise!!!

“Thumbs down to Friends of Bensons Park for suggesting a Property Tax increase this year, to fund Bensons Animal Museum!! The Bensons Animal Park President is out of touch with the economy and the residents of Hudson!! Hudson residents are loosing their homes, have to decide if they eat ramen noodles or cereal for supper and some are even living homeless in Mines Falls Park, in Nashua!! Residents should not have to choose, paying an increase in property taxes to keep the lights on at Bensons Park, or do they eat tonight!! They say that the museum, is supposed to be of ‘little or no cost to the tax payers of Hudson.’ Who’s going to pay for the up keep of this building, or the utilities? It shouldn’t have to be struggling Hudson families, or Seniors on a fixed income!!”

“Thumbs down!! Hudson Police, please take

notice: On days when the yard sale across from Whip-poor-will Estates is open, it is impossible to see traffic coming when trying to get onto Rte 102 from the neighborhood. I am not against yard sales. However, this is a huge hazard and risk. Either designate and enforce ‘no parking or stopping’ on Route 102, for the whole stretch where the sidewalk is; OR, the yard sale organizer should have to hire someone to direct the traffic at the intersections. The current situation is unacceptable!!”

“Thumbs down to the local wholesale club for continuously trying to push your Plus membership on us. We the public do not wish to give you $100 dollars to purchase coupons for things we do not use. Your club charged me an additional $60 last year on top of my $40 dollar membership, total $100 membership. My savings for the year $18.50. You should be ashamed. Please stop lying to all your valued members to whom you take advantage of, thank you.”

“Thumbs down. Those who responded to the initial argument by quoting the law regarding bicyclists are wide of the point. Those that stay single file on the white line are a delight for motorists to see. I believe the comment was aimed at the others who ride to the left of the white line, or those who ride staggered so they can talk to friends, and make no attempt to share the road. I agree, with no cars coming in the other direction, this is a non-issue. However, with many cars going in both directions, corners, etc, bicyclists who avoid common courtesy and how their mama raised them, I agree they are dangerous. A middle ground has to be achieved. As scary as it is to see bicyclists on the road, cars must avoid them; however, bicyclists should not take advantage of the letter of the law without keeping in mind the spirit of the law and basic kindness.”

“Thumbs down to the person complaining about Campbell Football practice already on Saturdays. Other than a fundraiser, Campbell Football doesn’t start practice until the middle of August. Please get your information correct.”

“Thumbs down to the Litchfield Board of Selectman’s decision to air their issues with the fire chief with the Telegraph. Unprofessional at best. Sneaky snakes at the least. Hope those responsible (personal agenda perhaps?) are replaced at the earliest election possible. We have been well served by the current chief and his staff.

“Thumbs down. It’s so sad all the ‘downs’ in our paper, particularly about Fox Hollow. I have lived in ‘the hollow’ for 15 years and have just seen things getting better and better here. I think there is a lot of negativity and I don’t’ know why but I Just want for once for one person to say, ‘I’m very happy here in the hollow.’ I think the people need to know that the hollow is a lovely place to live. And certainly the board is doing a wonderful job considering what is going on in this world today.”


down. If the flowers and shrubs and other plants are to be removed from Hills Farm Cemetery does that mean all the American flags placed on Memorial Day are going to be casually removed and discarded also? What about Veterans Day for those who served our country?”

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“Thumbs down to J.S.

We are not proud to call you a member of our town or country either. What an embarrassment you have turned out to be. Try Cuba, I’m sure you would be much happier there.”

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“Thumbs down to the comments regarding the Hudson Rec Center. In regards to trip limits, you received an informational packet on registration night informing you that some trips have limits, and at times, that is beyond the program control. Each trip is available for registration a week prior, and you are encouraged to not wait until the last day to sign up to avoid being turned away; however, many people who chose to be wait listed for the trip you are referring to were able to attend. Additionally, your regis-tration form has a signature spot where you signed acknowledging you received and reviewed the information provided in the informational packet. Additional packets are readily available each and every day you drop your children off at the center if yours has been misplaced. Furthermore, I am disheartened that you would resort to such libelous comments regarding the program. I am also confused as to why you would still send your children on a daily basis with such concerns. Perhaps you should address your concerns with the program and recreation director in a more constructive, adult manner. I’m sure they would be willing to work with address your concerns. Unfortunately, the summer program, though it has been adapted with the times, is not for all children and parents. It is a supervised play program that costs a flat $250 ($125 each additional) for the summer with reasonable priced trips costing much less than the $200+ a week per child at other programs, day cares, and camps.

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With Coupon With Coupon “Thumbs down to the trustees of the Hills

Farm Cemetery. The live plants and border planted in May for my mother are gone. A rule not even posted is going to be enforced. I have watered those plants every other day since they were planted and now they are gone. I’m told you cannot have any plants on graves one week before Memorial Day and one week after. No father or mother day, anniversaries or birthdays. I can see removing the flowers that people leave to die but what I did at my mother’s was tasteful and maintained. Supposedly this rule will allow the mowers to mow more quickly. I thought vandals took the flowers but they didn’t. Hosta planted years ago at other stones were ripped up, geraniums gone. I wouldn’t disrespect my mother by leaving dead flowers at her grave. I can’t even put a flower holder over her headstone. This is very sad. We can no longer honor our loved ones in life and now we can not longer honor them in death, how sad.”

“Thumbs down to the author of the front page story titled Local Residents Disagree: Does Hudson Welcome All Races. Race and ethnicity are distinct entities. I believe the author of the article was talking about ethnicity meaning Latino or Hispanic and not race. Please use your terms correctly. It can inflame situations by careless use of the language.

“Thumbs up to the Hudson Moms and Dads

who work full-time to provide for their families. I’ve heard a lot of people in town complaining about dual income families and quite frankly it’s not only a fact of survival but far better for the children. Parents with full-time jobs raise children who understand the value of money, have a strong work ethic, and are better educated (i.e. can afford to send their children to college). The advantage of a stay-at-home parent declines dramatically after children reach the age of 5.”

“Thumbs up to the Assistant Manager of Golf and Ski for shooting 67 at The Overlook on Friday! Nice work Pal! And thanks for the ice cream sandies!!”

“Thumbs up to Officers Scotti, Smith, and

Dyac for helping my family. You have been a great help to me and my mother in a very scary time, and your compassion is appreciated. Don’t change! -Ryan and Patty Fleury”

“Thumbs down to people who can’t mind their

own business! Leave the Fire Chief alone and know your facts before making/writing negative comments.”

“Thumbs up to Rj for the person she is and for her courage to trust again and to believe in herself, and someone else, who ‘won’t let go.’ ‘Thumbs up’ to her for her giving, and more than that, her finally taking another chance to live in a caring, giving, sharing world that is without selfish purpose. This is her world of safety,


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respect, truth and belief, and not just existing ‘inside the box’ without all that she deserves. Thank you Dr”

“Thumbs up to people who look out for the welfare of their children and others’ children. In this day and age, we need to take responsibility for our actions and reflect on our ethics. People should not have fear of speaking the truth or revealing what they have witnessed due to the fear of being blackballed, disliked, or being called a troublemaker. Society is going to hell in a bucket, we need to rewind our ethics back to the 1950’s, when people were held accountable and took responsibility for their misgivings and actually practiced ethics.”

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thumbs’ are more accurate than our Selectman. The town voted against 0-2-3% raises for employees, weren’t you listening?”

“Thumbs up! Way to go

Seth! 4th Place in the Carpentry Competition at the USA Skills Nationals in Kansas City! We are so proud of you! Love, Mom and Dad.”

“Thumbs down to the two in-

home child cares that continue to not follow town zoning and inspection regulations. The town makes all the childcares play by the ‘same’ rules but does not enforce the policies for the majority of the childcares. Multiple non- residential employees stated on their violations page at the health department and also being only licensed for twelve and having 20 children in their homes or too many infants. The town needs to play fair, zoning regulations should be enforced across the board and not only to the new daycares, the town is crushing small businesses with their unfair code enforcements.”

“Thumbs down to all the

negative comments made towards parents by REC staff due to REC issues. I for one have tried to communicate my concerns to the REC and town and have been given the run around, yelled at, and blamed for concerns which involve my child. The only way to expose the town’s dirty laundry is through the ‘thumbs’ column, because all they do is cover up for each other and

themselves. The REC needs help, it also needs to get some sort of license to run the program, it pales in comparison to surrounding towns’ REC programs. As for kids, even the elementary schools have the kids wash their hands before they eat, it takes a village to raise a child, none of the kid’s at the REC wash their hands before eating; therefore we all must be very bad parents...shame on you REC take responsibility for your dysfunctional program.”

“Thumbs down. If there are not enough counselors to keep kids safe on field trips how can there be enough to make sure there are enough any other day at the REC? Maybe

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West Elementary School. Even throughout the summer, they show such dedication and enthusiasm for their students.”

“Thumbs up to Kathie -- Happy 60th Birthday!!

Thanks for being a loving wife, fantastic mother to our 3 children and doting grandmother to the 5 grandchildren. You are truly an inspiration to us and we love you dearly, Ed pretty damn good for being 60!”

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“Thumbs up, way up to the new rental hall in the Hudson. The owner was so accommodating in helping us to plan and organize our recent Murder Mystery dinner! It would not have been as good without his help. He went way out of his way to insure a successful function!“

“Thumbs up to the kids from St. Francis in

Litchfield that went to Berlin, NH to fix up houses and help folks paint their houses. Nice job guys!”

“Thumbs down to the Hudson BOS... Selectman Jasper stood up during deliberative session and referred to a previous ’thumbs down’ that indicated that some Department Heads were getting 10% raises. He informed voters that this was just not true. Last week the BOS just voted to give the Hudson Finance Director an $8000 raise equal to a 10% raise. Looks like ‘random

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that’s what’s wrong with society, adults have become lazy and expect too much out of kids and stopped interacting and helping to regulate children lives. Therefore, when they grow up they never learned appropriately and turn into what we have now a horrendous society.


easy for the REC to blame parents and kids rather than themselves. I’d take my ‘wimpy’ kid out of any kid there. Thanks to Amanda, Allie, Tom, Mumbles and all the counselors that actually care about our kids and treat them well, those of you who don’t treat the kids well quit and get a job that does not involve working with children.”

“Thumbs down to a handful of the HPD

officer’s rudeness. It is not necessary to be rude and disrespectful when dealing with any citizen of this town. You only will receive the same attitude you deliver. Keep in mind whose taxes pay your salaries and votes on your budget requests. If you want to be shown respect, act respectful yourselves.”

Tank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Hudson~Litchfield News staff. Tumbs comments can be sent via telephone, 880-1516 or emailed to us at When submitting a Tumbs comment, please specify that you would like it printed in the Hudson~Litchfield News. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.


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