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Salem Community Patriot August 12, 2011 - 9

Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?

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“Thumbs up to the person who asked where

David Bettencourt has been because we would all like to know!! But I understand we can find him on Main Street in Pembroke NH. But what a long drive from Salem to see a Salem Rep!”

“Thumbs down to the person commenting

that working moms are better parents then stay-at-home moms in last weeks column. The comment that really flamed me was ‘the advantage of stay-at-home parenting declines after children reach the age of five.’ The quality of stay-at-home parenting only declines when you, the parent, become dissatisfied with staying at home. I have been a stay-at-home mom since my first child was born, not out of choice but out of economic necessity. I worked odd jobs around their schedules and went back to college part time for my degree, living on one income. It was difficult, we sacrificed and went without fancy cars and a huge house but it was worth it to know that I never missed a single milestone in either of my children’s lives. My children are happy and not without, they will both go to college and we will work hard to send them there. You’re larger paycheck and more billable hours do not make you a better parent then me. --A proud (yet tolerant) stay-at-home mom.”

“Thumbs down to the growing number of

bicyclists. These people are the rudest, most discourteous, arrogant and foul-mouthed group of people to be found anywhere; swearing at people and giving the one finger salute and with their children present, quite a lesson for the children. You should be proud of yourself. All one would ask is that you share the roadway and do not act as if you own it. Please try to remember that we chose to live in nice areas and pay higher taxes to do so. We do not need your group coming to our neighborhood like you are the only people there. I hate to paint with such a broad brush but it seems as the number of bicyclists grows so do rudeness and arrogance. Please grow up and behave like the adults you purport to be.’

“Thumbs down. Regarding 8/5/11 edition and comments regarding businesses cleaning up or not cleaning up. The writer referred to Salem Coca-Cola being a mess, and it is, but Coca-Cola sold that property in January of 2006. The building and grounds do look horrible but appeals for clean up should be made to the current owner of record.”

“Thumbs up to Max J. on his recent performance at the Shrine Maple Sugar game,

capping off a fine high school career. He shows what hard work and perseverance can achieve. A measure of a man is not how big he is on the outside, but how big he is on the inside, and in that respect, this young man comes up Aces! Good luck at Marist, Max!”

“Thumbs up to my husband, Josh C. for all of the hard work, time, and attention you put into the Camaro. Congratulations on being featured in Whip’s Wheels; you deserve the recognition! I love you babe!”

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“Thumbs up: Susan Covey is a forward thinker and exactly what Salem needs. She knows that Salem has a failing infrastructure and it needs to be updated. Stephen Campbell’s approach saying he would be in favor of doing necessary maintenance next year over and over is the reason so many roads are failing and caused the town tax rate spike at the past second deliberative session.”

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“Thumbs down, way down to Salem Democrat Chairman Larry Disenhof for his transparently petty personal attack against Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt. Are shameful and disgusting personal attacks really going to help elect Democrats in Salem? Stick to the issues. Shame on you!”

“Thumbs up to Congressman Charlie Bass for standing up to the Tea Party and doing what is in the best interest of the people of New Hampshire.”

“Thumbs up to the Tuscan Kitchen. It’s impossible to have a bad meal there. Amazing food!”

“Thumbs up to Salem legislators Senator

Chuck Morse and Representative D.J. Bettencourt for their courage in truly balancing the state budget without raising taxes, overspending, or borrowing. Washington needs this kind of leadership!”

“Thumbs down to Larry Disenhof. Your letter

trashing Rep. DJ Bettencourt, smearing the only Representative from Salem who actually does any work in Concord just shows how out of step you and the Salem Democrats are with reality. As a Democrat, I say Mr. Disenhof should resign immediately.”

“Thumbs up, way up to Mitt Romney for his support for Right to Work legislation. Curbing the influence of the union bosses and their

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Friday, August 12 5:00 p.m., An SCTV17 Flashback: Positive Place January/February - Greater Salem Boys & Girls Club Hosted by Peter Rayno 5:30 p.m., An SCTV17 Flashback: Greater Salem Chamber Today January/February Hosted by Peter Rayno 6:25 p.m., Salem Today with Susan McLoughlin: Dog Show & Patch. com

7:00 p.m., Small Business Forum with Brenda Tecce: Guest - Debbie Gleeson, Owner of 2nd Nature Academy 7:30 p.m., Around Town with Larry Seaman: Derry-Salem Elk’s Cruise Night

8:00 p.m., Derry Salem Elk’s Kidfest 8:30 p.m., Kelley Public Library’s “Salem’s Got Talent” 9:15 p.m., Fab4Ever at Field of Dreams Park: Summer Concert Series 10:45 p.m., Blessing of the Bikes at Derry-Salem Elks 11:00 p.m., Senior Talent Show (2010) 11:55 p.m., Civil War Civilians of Gettysburg presented by Lew and Ginny Gage at Salem Historical Society’s Museum Saturday, August 13 12:50 a.m., Boat Parade (2010) sponsored by the Arlington Pond Protective Association 1:10 a.m., Granite State Outdoors (Fall, No. 29) by the NH Fish & Game Commission 1:45 a.m., PSA: Texting While Driving 9:00 a.m., Derry Salem Elk’s Kidfest 9:30 a.m., Around Town with Larry Seaman: Derry-Salem Elk’s Cruise Night 10:00 a.m., Kelley Public Library’s “Salem’s Got Talent” 10:45 a.m., An SCTV17 Flashback: Positive Place January/February - Greater Salem Boys & Girls Club Hosted by Peter Rayno


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5:00 p.m., Small Business Forum with Brenda Tecce: Guest - Daniel Forget, Owner of Salem Nissan 6:00 p.m., Derry Salem Elk’s Kidfest 6:30 p.m., Around Town with Larry Seaman: Derry-Salem Elk’s Cruise Night 7:00 p.m., Kelley Public Library’s “Salem’s Got Talent” 7:45 p.m., Small Business Forum with Brenda Tecce: Guest - Debbie Gleeson, Owner of 2nd Nature Academy 8:15 p.m., An SCTV17 Flashback: Positive Place January/February - Greater Salem Boys & Girls Club Hosted by Peter Rayno 8:45 p.m., Jon Huntsman visits Southern NH University August 4 9:20 p.m., Jimmy Johnson: North Salem Bridge Dedication 10:25 p.m., Salem Today with Susan McLoughlin: Dog Show & 11:00 p.m., An SCTV17 Flashback: Greater Salem Chamber Today January/February Hosted by Peter Rayno

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“Thumbs down to the State of NH DPW for their management of the traffic on Rte 93. I don’t know who is running the show but they should be fired. Last Friday the traffic was backed up during the day from exit 1 on Rte 93 all the way to Andover. People were getting off at Rte 213 & heading on to Rte 28, which now gets backed up. Our town Politicians, State Reps & Senator should be complaining to the State. This is causing a traffic nightmare for residents, putting an undue burden on roads which are already a mess & probably causing accidents which puts a drain on the police & fire departments’ man power.”

“Thumbs up to Salem Representative D.J. Bettencourt, the House Majority Leader. Every time I see liberals and RINO Republicans disparaging him I know he must be sticking to his core principles and doing the right things. He is something New Hampshire desperately needs, he is a statesman.”

“Thumbs down. I guess somebody repeated themselves or it’s a hiccup… “Thumbs up to Gov. Lynch and President Obama….’ It just seems to me they must have their head in the same bucket they do. And as long as there is a camera around they are there but other than doing something progressive, no! It’s getting to be just like the tall white-haired guy from Salem; as long as there is a camera around he’ll stick his face in there smiling, it must be one of those democratic things.”

“Thumbs down. People of Salem, you are the biggest bunch of dupes I’ve ever seen in my life! They’ve got you by the TV; must see movie of the year; best comedy; must have; and you follow the same darn ethics when you go to vote. They come out and tell you this is the best man, this is the best job, he does this he does that, and you believe it! Think for yourself! We are in a financial trap here, as big as the country’s, not trillions or billions but they are still grabbing you by whatever they can and feeding you these lines: ‘we’ve gotta have this right now.’

As a matter of fact it wasn’t renovations, it was reconstructions at the school but you ate it right up. You should start thinking for yourself. Must see, no; must hear, no; must think yes!!”

“Thumbs up, way up. A story about human kindness: I was in Market Basket on my phone promising my sister that I would live long enough to see all her grandchildren grow up. She thought I was going to take my life. This man who did not even know me waited until I was off the phone and said, ‘lady are you all right?’ I said that I would be. My sister and family are wonderful and I promised her, I gave my word. That meant so much to me that day in this world there are others who still care about human kindness. Thank you so much to that man, he truly, truly he made my day! There are still others out there who care about people they don’t even know.”

“Thumbs down to Stephen Campbell for entirely missing my point in my last ‘thumbs’ submission. What makes you a bad politician is your narrow mindedness, your level of immaturity, and your ability to twist things around. By the way why do you insist on saying that the tax increase is 16% when it has been proven to you that it hasn’t, it is not? A good politician has the ability to have open mindedness to work with his fellow board members and despite any differences, name calling on facebook belongs in Junior High School. You need to show others the same respect if you want to be taken seriously.”

“Thumbs up and down to the naive person

who complemented the Salem Manufactured homes for finally removing their tattoo parlor. I’ve lived in Salem for 51 years and I love to see improved properties. However putting particular property owners down for their ugly eyesores is ridiculous. Every time I pass by the Coke plant and see it looking horrible I think, what a shame. I believe the owners bought that property with the best intentions. However the planning board at the time put these owners through the ringer with regards to wasting their money. After spending close to $100,000 and still not given the ‘go ahead’ to construct, I think they just said enough is enough!”

Tank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Area 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 Salem Edition. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.


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