Salem Community Patriot | December 2, 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Outbursts Discredit our State’s Leaders
Last November’s state election results clearly showed
New Hampshire voters wanted a change, but now with half the term expiring we are left to wonder if the change voters wanted was the one they got. Last week the state’s Ballot Law Commission ruled to uphold President Obama’s right to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. Tis ruling provoked a shockingly angry response from a group of Republican state legislators who were in attendance. Tey accused the commission’s Republican chair of treason and a wanton disregard of the U.S. Constitution. To be fair, the House Majority Leader, DJ
Bettencourt (R-Salem) wasted little time in publicly disparaging their behavior and urging them to get back in line. While I am no fan of Bettencourt’s overall agenda, I applaud his attempt to act sanely in the midst of a Republican caucus that has demonstrated a proclivity for pushing ideas and legislation that favor the narrow social, economic, and political interests of the extreme right.
Te behavior of the group of legislators supporting this latest “birther” initiative, reported to include Harry Accornero of Laconia, Al Baldasaro of Londonderry, Susan DeLemus of Rochester, Laurie Pettengill of Glen, Larry Rappaport of Colebrook, William Tobin of Sanbornton, Moe Villeneuve of Bedford and Lucien and Carol Vita of Middleton, was an embarrassment not only to their party, but to the state of New Hampshire. We started the year with former Rep. Martin Harty
(R-Barrington) suggesting that we ship disabled people out of the state, witnessed the ouster of Republican state chair Jack Kimball in September, and now we close with “Birthers” clinging desperately to a repeatedly discredited question on the legitimacy of the President’s citizenship. All this turmoil in Republican ranks suggests to me that at least the numbers of undecided voters, if not Democrats, might begin to swell as if stung by a bee between now and next November. Tat might be good for all of us who want to see rational discourse and leadership from our elected officials.
Andrew Weir – Hampstead
Tumbs Down About the Citizen Ride Along
In response to the recent Tumbs Down postings, I would like to set the record straight. Tumbs down in response to the thumbs down
response about the Citizen Police Academy Ride Along. I know you stated not to write back because “it’s the law,” but your understanding of the law is wrong. Te Plain View Doctrine allows an officer to seize, without a warrant, evidence and contraband found in plain view during lawful observation. For the plain view doctrine to apply for discoveries,
the three prong Horton test requires: 1. the officer to be lawfully present at the place where
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Rob Morin -Salem Supporting Rick Perry We have many fine candidates running for President
in the Republican Party. Change in Washington is necessary! In fact, radical change is necessary to get America back on track with economic and debt free stability. We seem to have several candidates that say one thing and change their mind in the course of just one debate to please the public - this is very wish washy! We have one candidate that tells it like it is and has accomplished huge items of progress for the people as a go-getter and doer, in Texas as a Governor, that is Rick Perry. He is dealing with immigration on a daily basis and pointing out he would do more hard work to really secure the boarders if elected president unlike President Obama. He has encouraged foreign investment in Texas creating many jobs, he has balanced budgets. Being a governor he has seen how big government in Washington, DC has corrupted our nation and is bankrupting America. We need a straight talking person that will repeal
Obama Care, support our military to keep America strong around the world, hold China, and other foreign countries accountable on trade and intellectual property rights. He is person that will support Israel over Iran unlike our current President Obama. Rick Perry will win many states for the nomination especially in the southern part of the nation. Several people I personally know as Independents in Texas and New Hampshire voted for Obama are all for Rick Perry this time around. Help support a bold thinker, a social conservative, a doer, and most of all a true believer in individual liberty and the Constitution of the United States.
Ed Brooks - Salem
FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament Comes to Manchester
Nearly three hundred area children, ages 9 to 14, are among the record 171,000 children around the world who have risen to the 2011 FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) “Food Factor®” Challenge. To successfully complete the Challenge, teams of young people must conduct research and build and program a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot to explore the ways in which food can become contaminated – from exposure to insects and creatures, to unsterile processing and transportation, to unsanitary preparation and unsafe storage – and then propose real-world solutions for preventing or combating these contaminates. Through hands- on experience and working in teams, children have a chance to explore a real-world issue to gain an appreciation for and interest in science and technology. The students come from
Litchfield, Pelham, Salem and Windham schools. The are organized into 50 teams which will go head-to-head, putting
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