Salem Community Patriot | September 30, 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Salemfest Would be Impossible Without Volunteers
My thanks to the hundreds of folks who hosted the Salemfest events, and many more thanks to the few thousand who attended the events, so numerous that it’s become impossible to attend all of them. We were blessed with beautiful weather, not to mention the important support of so many people of Salem. Te Town of Salem provides space for events at Kelley Library and the Ingram Senior Center. Tanks to help from the Department of Public Works, the high pennant strings are set out at every venue. (Gravity helps Salemfest participants take them down and fold them to be used again.) Tanks to the Channel 17 staff for interviewing a long list of participants. Tanks to the Salem Lions Club and the Salem Kiwanis, the 6,000 flyers
were printed. Tanks to the staff at Kelley Library and the Municipal Office Building, the flyers were available to folks for two weeks prior to Salemfest’s established third weekend in September. Much appreciation goes to the SAU 57, our public Salem Schools, for allowing the use of Woodbury School’s parking lots and lawn. Tanks also to St. Joseph’s, Salem Christian School, and SAU 57; every first through eighth grader receives a flyer. Tanks to Greystone Farm, several more organizations have found a pleasant place to set up as well as to participate in the fundraising for the charities that Greystone selects each year to support. Tanks to St. David’s for providing a booth for Family Promise, the national program to house homeless families while they work at finding jobs and housing. Tanks to Hannah Tenney Church and Triumphant Cross for holding their wonderful homemade Saturday night dinners during Salemfest. Tanks to Rockingham Christian Church for encouraging good family health with their professional race plus walk and kid trot that also raises funds for selected charities. And thanks to the Salem Historical Society for keeping Salem’s 250-plus
years of history available for the current residents, including the Civil War Living Historians who helped found the first Salemfest eight years ago along with Salemhaven, Salem Animal Rescue League, Kelley Library, Greystone Farm, and St. David’s. And thanks to Salemhaven for starting their first huge fall celebration over a quarter of a century ago. May all the countless unsung heroes who make Salemfest a lovely experience accept my appreciation.
Betty Gay - Salem
New Southbound Off- Ramp to Open on I-93 at Exit 3 in Windham
submitted by NH Department of Transportation The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces the opening of the new southbound off-ramp on Interstate 93 at Exit 3 in Windham. The new off-ramp alignment improves safety and reduces congestion by allowing exiting vehicles to slow down in advance of the ramp, outside of the flow of mainline traffic, and eliminates the existing tight radius loop ramp at the bottom of a steep downgrade that challenged drivers during winter driving conditions. The new exit ramp will be opened during the night on Friday, September 30. The exit will be just south of the weigh station and north of the old exit. New signs and traffic lanes will guide vehicles through the area. A new traffic signal on NH Route 111 will help motorists turning onto and off of the ramps. The old off- ramp will be closed once the new ramp is opened. Other associated project work will continue during the nights through Friday, October 7. The work will involve milling portions of the existing highway and repaving those areas, and paving other areas of the project. Temporary lane closures will be required on I- 93 southbound from the southbound weigh station to the Exit 3 off- ramp and south of the Exit 3 on-ramp. Lane closure will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night. This work is in preparation for a southbound mainline traffic shift onto the newly constructed bridges and roadway targeted for mid-November.
Budget Cuts and Hypocrisy are Hurting NH
All of the representatives in the GOP cite regulations and “big
government” for getting in the way of business expansion and job creation. But what does business need to expand and hire? Customers. Now due to the budget cuts enacted by the New Hampshire Legislature, hospitals throughout our state have now laid off in excess of 700 employees. Tese are 700 families who will be spending less to support their local businesses. Tis isn’t helping.
Te first argument raised by the GOP concerning these layoffs was that instead of keeping on employees, the hospital executives chose to keep their high salaries. Te fact that the GOP complained either points to hypocrisy
or a lack of understanding of how their policies work in real life. Hypocrisy since they say that business owners should be free to do what they want, so why the complaints when they do just that? People will still get sick, they’ll keep arriving at the hospitals. Who cares if the care deteriorates? Te business owners are free to do what they want, and this is their free and apparently acceptable choice. Or perhaps it is lack of understanding of how the budget cuts really
affect New Hampshire citizens. Well, this is what happens when the only objective is to cut, whatever the true cost.
Larry Disenhof - Salem
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