Salem Community Patriot | December 23, 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Salem Taxpayers As we come to the end of 2011, taxpayers in the
town of Salem are still reeling from the increases felt by the revaluation of homes in Salem. Tis appears to be caused by a number of factors.
Te revaluations of property in a down turn in the economy over the past three years. Te housing boom that busted because of the federal government administrating Freddy Mac and Sally Mae this corrupt federal agency encouraged millions of people to purchase homes with no money down, no check on credit, and too expensive of a home for the purchaser encouraged by some unscrupulous realtors. Te idea was not sound but was encouraged
because anyone and everyone should have the right to live the American Dream, of owning a home. Te principal was good but the practice is a formula for disaster. Bankruptcies and foreclosures on homes became the largest loss for families in our history of the United States. Te Dream of home ownership was gone for millions. In New Hampshire and particularly Salem the
perfect storm was gathering. Lower valuations of homes in Salem, with homes being foreclosed. Ten the people to voted down spending millions of dollars with the use of long term bonds, at the second deliberative secession lead by three selectmen and a small crowd of people, most with excellent jobs to pay taxes for the Salem Roads Project, voted to overturn the legal vote of the people and approved milt- millions of dollars to pave our roads (not with long 20 year bonds but with cash). Te town did not have the money for this, so
taxes were raised, with more to come in 2012. Te revaluation of homes and property to a lower valuation on the entire population of Salem. So, what was needed was a vast increase in the mill- rate, worst condition a town could be in. Te best situation is a high property valuation, low mill-rate, and paving roads with long-term bonds. As a former Selectmen and elected member of
a town council in other towns and a B. S. degree in business management, I realize that our present entire school system and town administration need money. Nevertheless, they must learn to bite the bullet on spending and cut back where possible on expenses. However, there is hope if we can hold out long enough and the economy improves and more homes are sold at proper prices, property valuation will go up and with new good selectmen committed and town people holding the line on unnecessary spending we could see the mill-rate lower a town victory.
Ed Brooks - Salem
“New to You Sports Equipment Swap” an Early Holiday for Many
Te Boys and Girls Club of Salem held their first annual “New to You Sports Equipment Swap” this past Saturday December 17. It was a complete success largely because of the community’s generosity, which is why I would like to thank all the people that donated to the inaugural event, and to all the great volunteers that came out to help. I wish I had more room to thank everyone individually, without a little help from everyone this would never have been possible. It was held in the Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Salem where families picked up all kinds of equipment from bats and gloves to skis and much more. Te only rule to the swap is when you outgrow or don’t use it anymore you bring it back for someone else to use, and you grab something new. We hope the giving spirit continues though out the
year and wish everyone Happy Holidays and hope to see you at the next swap!
Joshua Perreault, Athletic Director, Boys and Girls Club – Salem
Salem Firefighters Association Twenty-five years later and still going strong! On
December 19, Salem’s seniors were once again treated to an incredible holiday feast by the Salem Firefighters Association. A record turnout of more than 310 seniors marked the 25th Anniversary of this fabulous event. We had to take reservations in two shifts to be able to accommodate all who wanted to attend! Te seniors were served an Italian luncheon of salad,
home-cooked pasta, meatballs, and dessert by the most delightful and happy elves. More than thirty firefighters, family members, and friends volunteered their time and talents to make this wonderful day possible. Tey did all the shopping, prepping, cooking, serving, and cleaning themselves. With so many years of wonderful memories, the seniors
look forward to this time of year with great anticipation. Te firefighters have an intuitive knack of making the seniors feel so special. On behalf of our seniors, I want to extend our sincere and tremendous appreciation to the Salem Firefighters Association for their enormous generosity in serving delicious fare, special treatment, and great fun! It’s been the talk of the Center with compliments and rave reviews abounding. Special thanks also goes to Judith Morrison, who
volunteered to play the piano and enhance the holiday party atmosphere. Our best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Patricia M. Drelick, Director, Salem Senior Services - Salem
Suicidal Man Safely Apprehended by Salem Police
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz A man who threatened to stab himself with a 12-inch knife and barricaded himself inside a laundry room of an apartment building was safely apprehended by Salem police officers on Monday. At approximately 6 a.m. on Monday a 911 call was made by the girlfriend of a 55-year old man who had barricaded himself inside a laundry room in an apartment building on Cluff Crossing Road, prompting an intense response.
Officers located the man in a far corner of the laundry room holding a 12-inch knife with a serrated blade to his stomach with both hands. He stated to the officers that responded to the scene that he was going to kill himself.
One of the officers drew his firearm keeping the suicidal man
covered in the event that he charged any of the officers with the knife and another officer drew his taser. The officer that drew his taser deployed the weapon and while the man was temporarily incapacitated he was safely taken into custody without harming himself any further or harming any of the officers that were on scene.
Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten said that at this time no
charges are pending and that the man was taken by ambulance to Parkland Medical Center in Derry to receive necessary treatment and help with mental health issues.
Happy Holidays! Abuse of Power?
While Home Depot may be a regular stop for many of us, one would think our local police force might be parked at the main entrance for a shoplifter or parking lot accident. However, today I found out that the fire lane at the front door is actually the reserved parking area for the Salem PD. I was shopping for work at 11:20 a.m. today,
December 21, and exited the store to be greeted by two police vehicles parked in the clearly marked No Parking zone. Naturally I looked around for the bad guys, when I saw nothing I recalled the uniformed officer I had seen in the lighting department looking at recessed fixtures. He was conversing with another man in plain clothes and at the time I thought nothing of it. Te irony of the parking situation led me to take a picture of the vehicles for my own pleasure around the event. When the country bickers over power struggles in Washington and politicians that seem out for their own interest, we here at home can find it hard to put these things into a reality of our own lives. On a local level small troubling things get put by the wayside to budgets and schools. Tis may be a small thing, but it was the response of these officers that has me troubled and has led me to write these thoughts out. Within minutes someone saw me take the pictures and told the officers, who then must have rushed outside. Pointed in the right direction somehow they found me in short order. Te uniformed officer had a look of frustration and agitation as he knocked loudly on my driver’s window. Sitting right there in that seat I politely opened my door to him. For fear of misquoting him I will keep my comment to the most pertinent. At this point he asked if I had taken pictures of the cruisers and I responded positively and most respectfully. When
asked why, I said it simply, “Te irony of it.” He then was broiling on the verge of anger it seemed because he spit when he talked. “See this right here,” he said pointing to his badge, Police, he continued. “Tose are for us,” he explained, “mind your own business,” he concluded. “Yes, Sir” responded. He made sure to take my plate number down as they walked away, the other officer stood there the whole time two feet away but said nothing. Tey left my company without further incident or shopping bags. I watched my rear mirrors the whole way from the
store back to work as my jitters wore off. My question is ‘How permeated is this attitude with the rest of the force or the local government? Now, I write this with purpose to make us think about the little ways our local government handles itself when it interacts with our everyday lives. What is the bedside manner of our government and the employees that serve us? Many departments had long-standing reputations to overcome already. But when you see a public servant taking advantage of their uniform and vehicle for what looks like a personal trip to the store, what do you think? When the Windham School District truck was at
Home Depot and parked so disarrayed to stick out in the travel lane and block multiple spaces the response was, “I’m sorry, it has been dealt with.” What difference to this situation. Where that light was going to be installed really has no bearing on the choices made and places available to park. What am I going to think of my police force when I see the next car parked in the fire lane at the front door of Walmart? Mostly nothing, but it makes me sad to see the response from the person himself, the reflection of personal character and that of the department.
S. K. – Hudson
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