Hudson - Litchfield News | September 2, 2011 - 5
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Don’t Forget Tose who Donated the Original Flag
I, along with Hudson residents, was appalled at the theft of the flag from the 9/11 Memorial site, and was happy to see the residents and agencies involved in raising a new flag. However, let’s give the kudos to the individual
responsible for the first flag being placed on the then empty 9/11 site. Hudson senior Joan Brunelle donated the flag and with the help of a few seniors and the aid of a gentleman installed the flag that was stolen. Such acts should be recognized and credit given to all
involved. Lorice K. Sullivan - Hudson
Safety Must be a Priority at Benson’s
Tis letter is addressed to the Benson Park Committee. Benson Park will be a beautiful park for all residents
to enjoy. However, consideration must and should be a top priority in keeping residents safe from accident, falls, and other emergencies. I, myself, was a victim of a fall, but with the help of my senior friends with whom I had been walking with help was obtain from highway employee Jeff Florence who helped and assisted me. Tank you, Jeff. But what if I had been alone, no cell phone available.
How would I obtain help? Te answer of course, carry your cell phone, but not everyone has a cell phone. I hope the committee will find resolutions to this considerations.
Lorice K. Sullivan - Hudson Remember 9/11
I know where I was that morning - and I bet you
know where you were. 10 years later, I recall being at my desk that Tuesday. I had a radio talk show on when the news alert broke - a plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers. Before long we heard that a second plane had hit the other tower. Workers began to stand in their cubicles, fear on their faces - these events must be related, and deliberate. A third jet crashed into the Pentagon and with the crash in rural Pennsylvania the horrible crescendo ended. Individual responses varied - some cried, some left to join family, I changed my afternoon club meeting plans to stay by the radio, but all of us shared a common perception, things were about to change. And they did. In the weeks and months ahead we lit candles, flew the flag, and wore red, white and blue. We prayed, listened to patriotic songs, and said things like, “Stay safe.” We expressed hope and rallied to support the troops. Tat September morning changed us from self-centered individuals to concerned, involved citizens - at least for a time. But these 10 years later, am I still changed, or has my patriotic zeal waned? When I wake up this September 11th, I will once again remember where I was that fateful morning but this year, to rekindle the patriotic fervor I will attend some of the memorial events around the city. You know where you were on that morning, but this September, why not find yourself at a memorial event when you Remember 9/11?
Phyllis Gagnon - Litchfield
An Open Letter to the County Attorney
Dear County Attorney Hogan: You recently used the county e-mail system to send out a political position statement against defending people with a firearm, i.e., in favor of the Governor’s veto of SB 88, a bill that passed with an overwhelming
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majority in both the House and the Senate. I disagree most profoundly with your position. Current law can be interpreted to bar a person from coming to the aid of another with deadly force in a situation of imminent harm. Te current law effectively states that if I can retreat from a situation, then I must - even if retreating means that a third party will be beaten, robbed, raped or murdered. Under the current state of law a county prosecutor can, at his or her own prosecutorial discretion arrest and try a person for intervening with deadly force, even if that force saved the life of a third person. While you most likely would never undertake such a prosecution, a lesser prosecutor may very well demand such action “in the interest of community safety.” SB 88 allows you and your investigators to determine if a person was the aggressor or defender using the reasonable man standard and act accordingly. Te “I had a right to be there” argument cited by liberal “let government take care of you” opponents of SB 88 is one dimensional and does not take into consideration the obligations on the armed person imposed by other sections of law. You cited a news article that showed that there was an increase in justifiable homicide cases in Florida. Tat is true, the Florida law now makes it justifiable homicide to protect another who is in harm’s way, in danger of themselves being injured or killed with deadly force. Te increase in defined terms does not correlate with any increase in deaths or murders. Indeed it appears that exactly the opposite is the case. I urge you to reconsider your position and see SB 88 as a personal responsibility law that may, as it has proven elsewhere, save lives.
Jordan Ulery – Hudson
Explaining the Tea Party Movement
Te Tea Party is not an organized political party, but it is a way of viewing today’s governmental and financial problems. Te origin of this movement is in our American history. Te first Tea Party was on December 16, 1773, in Boston Harbor. All the Colonies were rebelling against the British control over the pricing and taxing of goods. Tea was one of these goods. Samuel Adams and a group of protesters, dressed as Indians, boarded a British vessel and dumped boxes of tea into the harbor. Sixteen months later, the first shots of the American Revolution were heard around the world. Today we face governmental controls, taxes and regulations that make King George look like an amateur. Carefully read the Declaration of Independence and
compare their list of grievances to the ones we have today. People, who claim to be Tea Party members, are not in any particular political party. Tey are concerned citizens, fearful of the future of our great country. Unlike our early patriots, armed with tomahawks and muskets, today’s Tea Party is armed with the U.S. Constitution. Tey plan to revive the principles of our Founding Fathers at the ballot box. For those who choose not to get involved, read the following quote by Pericles (430 BC). “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!”
Rick LeVasseur - Hudson Use More Helicopters On August 6, the U.S. lost 30 Special Forces
troops, including 22 Navy SEALS in a helicopter shot down over Afghanistan. Tese people were the elite of our military who have trained for these missions
over many years. Unfortunately we have suffered similar losses in prior missions where helicopters loaded with military personnel have been shot down or crashed due to equipment problems. Helicopters are relatively slow moving vehicles, especially the large Chinook helicopters, which operate in close proximity to the ground. Tey make easy targets for rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and hand held missile systems. We need missile and RPG counter measure defensive systems to protect our vulnerable helicopters. U.S. Special Forces should reevaluate their operational plans to encompass minimizing casualties from helicopter operations. Instead of loading up 38 people in one helicopter, why not use more helicopters? Granted, using more helicopters is costly, and landing zones may not be able to handle multiple helicopter landings simultaneously, but these impediments can be overcome, and our casualties can probably be reduced. We should also determine whether there could have been an intelligence leak by Afghan forces prior to the operation.
Donald A. Moskowitz - Londonderry
Ulery Takes Pride in Representing Representative Jordan Ulery has again demonstrated
how thoughtfully and seriously he takes his job of representing Hudson citizens in the General Court. His letter explaining the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was extremely enlightening to me. He should be congratulated for utilizing this important resource for the benefit of his constituents. Tank you, Jordan!
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Te Litchfield Community
Church, Presbyterian collected backpacks and school supplies for students at our local schools. 15 filled backpacks were delivered to
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each of our schools, Griffin Memorial School, Litchfield Middle School, and Campbell High School. Te extra supplies were left at Campbell High School. A huge thank you to everyone in our congregation who donated items for the students. I am sure that each one of them will be put to good use.
Terry Jefferson and Pat Jewett– Hudson
Local Resident has Unwanted Late Night Intrusion
I guess it was around 9 or 9:30 on Saturday night, while having a cup of tea and reading, one of my too many books, as has been said of me, when there was a commotion out on my porch. It was the wrong time to be annoyed but I reluctantly set the cup of tea on the table and the book on my chair to investigate. It wasn’t a lot of commotion but enough to get my attention and upon opening the door, a female asked if she could visit with me for a while overnight and promised a lot of excitement for me. Being the kind-hearted guy I am, I said OK, even though I knew very little about what this female had in mind; then in the morning it seemed like she sort of kept her promise for a wild time. By then I decided it was enough of a wild time for me and around noon, told her she had to be on her way and I’m sort of glad I did. Troughout the day on Sunday I watched news reports of the wild times other folks around here experienced with Irene and even as my thoughts are with them; I’m glad I told her I had enough of a wild time over Saturday night and to be on her way.
Jerry Gutekunst - Hudson
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