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Hudson - Litchfield News | December 16, 2011 - 5 More Letters to our Editor continued from page 3 People whose children play with our children. People we go to church

with. Vacation with. Our friends. Tat becomes a little tougher or more difficult to hold them accountable doesn’t it? We are less able to publicly call out these folks because we would then have to perhaps explain to them, personally why we might oppose their actions. We know these people. We trust they will do as they have publicly promised to do and care for our best interests. We trust them and then go to work and not ever hold them accountable for the actions they take on our behalf. I am asking that you not continue that practice. I know that is difficult. I know that it requires all of us to step outside our normal busy and hectic lives. It’s hard to do. Admitting to ourselves that we should not necessarily trust our friends and neighbors is hugely different than how many of us were raised. Unfortunately, that is no longer the world we live in. In the coming couple of week or so, your elected officials will have completed the town and school budgets. Tey will come to you with two choices. A proposed budget and a default budget. Tey will make the case that you have a choice. You do not. As of this moment, between the town and schools budgets, it is proposed that the tax rate will increase almost $4. Tat means a home valued at roughly $300k will see a tax increase of about $1,200. For those of you now thinking that you have no worries because you are going to choose the default budget anyway? I am sorry to say that will only save you a few dollars. We are, in my opinion adding money to the default budget that should not be included as to ensure passage through the voter in case the proposed budget fails. Tat way, special interests are protected from the voters’ denial at the ballot box. Te Local Government Center has stated that the default budget is a

“freeze” in spending from one year to the next. Why then would this year’s default budget come in one $1 million higher? Yes, some of those costs are mandated by law or are attributed to passage of warrant articles from last year, however, much of it, in my opinion, should not have been included. Have you noticed why there are fewer warrants to vote on each year? Tat is to avoid you saying no. No means No has caused our Boards to just not even ask. Into the budget it goes. Tat way, you, the voter, has no opportunity to say no. Take that voice back. Hold our elected friends and neighbors to their words when they ran for the position they now hold.

Jason Guerrette - Litchfield Te Real Loss was in Sentimental Value

To the person(s) who robbed our house and many others, It has taken me a lot of courage to write this “letter” to you. Each time

I have started I can’t control the emotions I feel about what was done. What you took from my family was not just “items,” but some of the only

pieces of that still existed from my family’s past. You took both of my grandparents’ wedding bands, and the gift my grandmother got on her 16th birthday, and many other items that held more value to me emotionally than they ever could monetarily.

Te laptop that was taken contained old family photos, hours had been spent scanning in and “fixing” the pictures back to their original state, a box that contained old family documents, and the last lock of hair that was cut from an aunt when she passed away at 16 years of age. Finally, you stole a heart necklace, which contained a small vial inside that held my father’s ashes, making it feel like he had died all over again, and remembering his funeral as if it had occurred just that day. I hope you are happy with what you have stolen from others and us; I

hope you got whatever you needed from these items. I hope that maybe one day you realize that what you take is not just an “item” with a dollar figure on it, but is valuable in people’s hearts, and you cannot replace those emotional connections with something new. I doubt you will read this, but maybe you will, or maybe someone who

knows you will, and maybe, just maybe, you will be like the “Grinch who Stole Christmas,” and your heart will grow and you will accept, admit, and try and make some sort of amends to those you have taken from more than you can ever know.

Anonymous - Litchfield Tank You for Service Members Donations

Twenty packages were packed this week with a variety of items for 16 male and four female service people from town. Tey were mailed to Iraq Afghanistan, Italy, Spain, and various stations in our country. Tese were mailed by Jack Algeo of Small Tube Company (thanks, Jack!). Each box contained many items including socks, gum, gloves, candy, instant coffee, soup, cereal, and tea, cards, pens, pencils, phone cards, toiletry items and more. Te fourth grade students of Griffin Memorial School wrote letters, drew

pictures, and made cards that were included with each box. Many thanks for Janice Hand who assisted in packing and wrapping the boxes for many hours.

Te night before Michelle Ninteau helped to decorate the lovely 25-foot

tree in the lobby of the Town Hall. Te female employees decorated the lobby with all kinds of Christmas decorations. Tanks again to all the volunteers and mot of all, our service people. Tey won’t be able to be with their families. Happy holidays to all!

Pat Jewett – Litchfield Outdoors Charlie Chalk with Anti-Fishing Groups Bypass

Lawsuit in Attempt to Ban Lead Fishing Tackle

On November 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

(EPA) was yet again petitioned, requesting that the agency regulate the manufacture and sale of lead fishing tackle of certain sizes and uses under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). If approved, such regulation could result in a de facto ban of lead sinkers, jigs and other popular types of fishing equipment. This comes on the heels of a similar petition that the EPA dismissed in November 2010. “Despite the EPA’s clear ruling, the petitioners continue to attempt to push the ban,” said Robertson. “This further demonstrates the need for a legislative solution to this growing threat to recreational fishing. In response, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Charlie Bass, Rep. Frank Guinta are members) has introduced the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act, which would prevent an overreaching ban of lead fishing tackle. With anti-fishing organizations trying to over-regulate fishing using whatever means they can, legislation is needed to protect traditional fishing tackle and ammunition from unjustified bans that will harm the economy and reduce participation in outdoor activities.” I encourage you to contact our members of Congress to support the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act.

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