Salem Community Patriot | November 18, 2011 - 9 Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?
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“Thumbs down to Patrick McDougall.
Your performance at the Budget Committee’s preliminary votes was a total embarrassment. Selectman Campbell please provide Patrick with the entire script when texting him during the meeting, he may not come across as so ignorant. I find it interesting that Patrick wanted to cut everything except Fuel Assistance. Why is that Patrick? Finally, when you start paying taxes, you can complain about the tax rate. Until such time, do us all a favor and just be quiet.”
“Thumbs up to House Leader DJ Bettencourt of Salem for his change of mind and opposition to the RGGI program. At a time when the New Hampshire residents pay among the highest electric rates in America, the last thing we need is a state mandate that adds another $5.50 per year on the backs of ratepayers.”
“Thumbs up to the owner and the employees
of the Tuscan Kitchen for their wonderful meal provided for Veterans and their guests. A very delicious meal and totally enjoyable and much appreciated, served in appreciation of our
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“Thumbs up and a big thank you to the Salem DPW for an excellent job on putting in a new catch basin and drainage on Wells Road. Like a number of people in town, we have flooding issues and have been waiting patiently for a number of years to get this completed. Again, thank you for a job well done! Steve and Sherri Berry, Salem.”
“Thumbs down to those who attacked and smeared State Representative D.J. Bettencourt. Those who lied and said he lived in Pembroke were proven to be completely false and ridiculous. The SEA smeared him for no good reason other than because they disagree with him and with no basis to back up their outrageous claims. They should be ashamed and apologize.”
“Thumbs up to the retired Mass Electric Company lineman in our neighborhood who spotted a problem on a pole on Wheeler Avenue. It was fixed and we got our power on shortly afterwards. Thanks from your neighbors on Hickory, Colonial, Dana, Dean, and Old Coach road.”
“Thumbs up and congratulations to the Chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustments in Salem for denying or should I say tabling the duplex on Cross Street in Salem for not being prepared when they came before the board the other evening. We don’t need duplexes in our neighborhood. It’s a nice country setting and it has single family homes, and the last thing we want is absentee landlords renting out duplexes. It is not big enough to have duplexes on that property on Cross Street. So, thank you for tabling the petition until you have all the pertinent information.”
“Thumbs down. I want to thank all you people
who voted for Frank Lyons, Susan Covey and Roth. I just got my tax bill and it’s enough to choke a horse. All these road repairs, and now my house is worth nothing and I’m paying $4500 in property taxes. Thank you Mr. Lyons, thank you Susan and thank you Roth! You should all be impeached.”
“Thumbs down for all of the people who own homes and park in the street. A lot of them are on Haig Ave in Salem. I can’t understand how on a blind corner, people still park on the street and cause people to have to drive one car at a time up and down the street. I was aware that on November 1st
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“Thumbs down to Lyons, Susan Covey and Elizabeth Roth for what they’ve done to this town. I hope all you people that voted for them enjoy your new tax increase. We’ve got to get rid of these three. They are the worst thing to happen to the town of Salem. Thank you. Please vote them out!”
“Thumbs up to DJ Bettencourt. Keep fighting for us in Concord. Don’t let the liberals and unions discourage or wear you down. Taxpayers need your blunt leadership and courage. Major kudos for putting ultra liberal Senator Jeanne Shaheen in her place!”
“Thumbs up to good neighbors on Bluff Street,
Tom, Greg, Rich, and Joe. During the last snow storm, they removed a fallen tree that was blocking my front door and cleared snow from the driveway and walkway. I cannot thank them enough for all that they do year round. They truly are good Samaritans. A grateful senior, Dolores.”
“Thumbs up to the Salem NH Police Department! Too many times do you read about the negative!! A customer to our business on Rt. 28 had a problem after hours and ended up calling 911. The Salem Police contacted us, and the officer waited for us to get there to let us know that the customer left and everything was fine. He went above and beyond the call of duty! He was courteous and professional and it’s nice to know we’re in good hands. A big thank you to ALL of Salem’s finest!”
“Thumbs down to whoever it is that decides
what we pay in taxes in Salem. For my $1300/ month I get to live in a town with a mediocre school system, major roads that are barely drivable, an over inflated police force that is rude, arrogant and uncaring led by an incompetent chief and no trash pickup unless I choose to pay even more.”
cars had to be off the road overnight.
Evidently the police do not take notice.” “Thumbs down to Patrick McDougall for making
a mockery of our budget process in Salem. I don’t know who elected you or why you are there but all you are doing is making a joke of the process.”
“Thumbs up to the town workers who cleaned up the Klein Drive area after the snowstorm of October. Those gentlemen worked hard and did an excellent job to clean up our street! Thank you Salem Town Workers!!!”
“Thumbs down to Citizens Bank for charging $7 to cash a check drawn on Citizens Bank! These
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types of fees are exactly why I am no longer a customer, and took my business to Service Credit Union, who by the way were able to handle two transactions in 1/4 of the time it took Citizens to handle one. I could understand if you were cashing a third party check, but, these checks are written by your customers with money in your bank. While waiting in line for 20 minutes, aside from myself, I heard you have to explain this charge to 4 different people, so you must be making a killing off the locals.”
“Thumbs up to the nice gentleman who tried to help me open my trunk at the Salem dump last Wednesday. Although we couldn’t get it, you reminded me what kind of men your generation produced. I appreciated the help very much. After a little jumping and key wiggling, my mother and I did manage to open it at home!”
“Thumbs down to all of you that think DJ
and his buddies have done a great job in Concord. Are you aware that because of their cuts to the Judicial system we no longer have a full time Judge assigned to Salem District Court? The wheels of justice may turn slow, but now it’s a turtles pace and it’s tragic for those needing assistance, especially on the Family Court side.”
“Thumbs down to the Assessing and Budget Committee. I just got my new tax bill are you crazy with my new tax bill and flood insurance bill it’s over $7200 to live on crappy N. Main Street, the traffic, noise and trash. Massachusetts is looking better and better to move to. I guess we the NH residents pay these high property taxes so Massachusetts people don’t have to pay a sales tax when they shop in NH. Keep raising taxes and people are either going to move out of state or lose their property, will that make you happy? And the new assessments are still wrong. We are still over priced. Thank God these people don’t fly planes.”
“Thumbs down to the thumbs down person who complained there were way too many thumbs down comments. As a matter of fact, I don’t have any friends. I need to torture someone with my petty problems! Why not all of Salem?”
“Thumbs down to all the readers of the Area News that do not get it (the towns are not there to clean up the brush you put on the street). The town workers did a super job during the storm’s aftermath. Now homeowners do your share and do not dump things on the curb. Take the time to say thank you for all that was done to help out. To those who checked on your neighbors, well thank you!! For all that forgot to say so.”
“Thumbs up to all of us that
vote for schools, roads and the progressive forward moving of Salem to make it a great place to live, work and raise our children. Now we have a crisis situation and we need to start our work now to have some smart people
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“Thumbs down. I really got a kick out of last
week’s letter, ‘Shame of the Fathers’, by David AuCoin. Fathers being told that girls are getting higher marks, etc. Fathers??? Tell the mothers!!! Mothers are the ones in a family of a boy and a girl who always favor the girl and pick on or ignore the boy, trust me!! I see it all the time (especially if it is an older girl and younger boy). The girl is favored all through from 1 year to 45 years. The boy is left out! Think about it – you mothers think your daughter is ‘your friend’ and not your daughter.”
“Thumbs down in response to Citizen Police Academy ride along. You, yourself stated in ‘black and white’ that on Zion Hill, Officer V ‘looked in the vehicle’, and then ‘pulled out numerous open containers of alcohol, drugs and empty beer cans. The items were bagged and brought back to the station. No, no, no, the car/truck has to be towed to the station, then a ‘search warrant’ has to be made before any cop can touch or go into a stopped vehicle. That’s the law!! This case can be thrown out immediately! Do not write back and say no it isn’t – it’s the law!!”
“Thumbs down. The police can not tell anyone to stop video/audio recoding them or they can be arrested! A person cannot be arrested for taping! There is a law regarding ‘interception of wire and oral communications’. There is no right of arrest for public and open recordings under this statue. Thank God. We should all tape police! Roxbury Mass Comm. College 2010 had a huge police brutality case and the police were found to be in the wrong on this case. Usually the police lately everywhere have been using a lot of brutality. Anger management needs to be taught in day 1 at classes.”
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