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Primary Voting Guidelines On January 10, 2012, New Hampshire will hold the Presidential
Primary. Members of the Republican and Democratic Parties will be able to vote for their candidate for President to be elected in November, 2012. Tose voters who are undeclared (independent) will be able to select one of the Party ballots to vote for their candidate. Tere always seems to be some confusion when an undeclared voter
requests a party ballot, only to find out they are registered in the other Party. If you took a party ballot in the last primary and did not go to the Supervisors that day or later to change back to undeclared status, you are considered registered in that party and can only take a ballot for the party in which you are registered. Te State time limit to change party affiliations for this Primary has past. Likewise, if you are undeclared and request a ballot from one of the
parties, you are considered registered for that party unless you change back to undeclared status after voting. Te Supervisors will have a form available for those who want to change back to an undeclared status. Tis only applies to undeclared voters. Registered party members may not change party affiliations on voting day. Tey can change at the Town Clerk’s Office any day after January 10. Tis past year, as required by State law, the Supervisors of the Checklist completed a verification of the checklist and removed the names of voters who have not voted in any election in the last four (4) years. Individuals whose names were removed were sent a notice by mail that their name would be removed from the checklist. If you go to check in on January 10 and your name is not on the checklist, you will be required to register with the Supervisors. As always, we try to make the voting experience as easy and uncomplicated as possible. We appreciate the voters’ patience at the check- in as we follow the State required process. Please state you name clearly to the ballot clerks so they can find it on the checklist and verify your address and party affiliation.
Paul Inderbitzen, Hudson Town Moderator – Hudson
Technology in the Classroom is Great When Used Responsibly
I want to express my many thanks and positive feedback as well as
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reinforce what Aaron Bellomo and Bryan Dube shared in the “In my Opinion” article they recently co-wrote on “Technology in the 21st Century Classroom.” Te article was well written and shares insightful considerations with regards to the continuing introduction of technology into our (excellent) educational system. With the ever-increasing application of technology in our society it is absolutely imperative that we continue expanding its use in our educational system. However, in doing so we must ensure that it serves to achieve the ends we seek and not result in distractions or minimize the importance of personal interaction. To that end, the students themselves must take personal responsibility, as demonstrated by both Aaron and Bryan in their article. To support this case, it is important to reinforce the fact that most of the
rest of the world is extremely hungry for what we (as Americans) take for granted - and they are doing something about it. While we spend much time and money on media and entertainment the youth of other countries are investing (heavily) in their education. Tis is one of the reasons (certainly not the only reason) why other countries are “able” to take on work that previously was “only” performed here in the USA. As our educational system inevitably and necessarily continues to expand its use of technology it is up to you, the student (K-12 through college), to make the best use of it as an enabling “tool” to ensure the brightest possible future - for you. In closing, it is clear that these young men are truly appreciative of, and concerned for, our country’s educational system not only for themselves but the many people that will follow. Again, thanks guys for your leadership and the insight you’ve shared!
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Craig A. Bailey - Hudson Ron Paul:
Unfit to be President Ron Paul disavowed knowledge of
anti-Israel, possibly anti-Jewish, anti- black and anti-gay views expressed in his newsletters in the 1980s and1990s, but I assume he knew the contents of his newsletters. He was the editor. A 1987 issue stated Israel is “an
aggressive, national socialist state,” and another newsletter about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing stated, “whether it was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, -----, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.” Paul believes the U.S. should allow Israel to be independent, which is code for the U.S. to cut off foreign aid to Israel. Paul said Iran is not a dangerous country and we should not be concerned with Iran’s nuclear development program. A 1990 newsletter was critical of this country creating the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1992 Paul’s political report about the Los Angeles riots said, “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.” Paul accepted a campaign donation, and posed with Don Black, a neo- nazi white supremacist. Paul’s newsletters and his positions on Israel and Iran indicate he is not fit to be President.
Donald A. Moskowitz - Londonderry
Misunderstandings Over Previous Letter to the Editor
You [Nicholas] misunderstood me. My intent was to bring some kindness and patience to the discussion of the school budget. It is disturbing to me that disrespect and verbal abuse are becoming accepted behavior within this discussion. I read the postings on the Litchfield community board by Jason Guerrette and was appalled. Apparently the town and the school board are not able to take action against someone who was elected to a town position. Terefore anything, no matter how disgusting or untrue, can be said. I am not sure if I would have objected to the words of Jesus. Would you
have quoted something that brought understanding and kindness to mind? When you talk about this issue I get heated no doubt. Te education of my child is quite important to me. It’s upsetting to me when my neighbors accuse board members and school administration of wrong doing because they are trying to work out the yearly budget for the schools my child will attend. I understand that Litchfield relies on taxes of residents primarily. Costs keep going up. Tink about it though, all the families in our town who have school age kids, are depending on their neighbors to support our schools. Young people have moved to our town to raise their children and provide them with a quality education. When you were raising your children I’m sure you were looking for the same support. Maybe your kids went to the elementary school, or maybe they played town sports. You were looking to come together with other families to support each other in raising your kids. Nicholas, we can’t feed into the negativity. We have to start here and
move towards what will build a stronger community. Let’s inspire each other to do better, through helping each other, by communicating with an open mind and heart. a decision was made long ago to keep businesses out of Litchfield. Let’s look at that and decide if it’s still true. If it is then there is a responsibility that goes along with that. If it’s not, then the discussion needs to be with the selectmen to solicit business to our town. I watched A Christmas Carol over the weekend, here’s a quote by Tiny
Tim you might appreciate. ‘‘And God bless us all every one.” Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year to my neighbor, Nicholas.
Betty Vaughan – Litchfield U-Turn, Not a Right Turn Aren’t we tired of placing our trust in smiles, platitudes, and hypocrisy?
We find that this leads to hope, change, and government mandates. Optimism is good, as it helps us feel good about someone’s ideas, but it should be tempered with pragmatism when considering a candidate who is running for the presidential office. Ron Paul has a plan to reduce spending to 2006 levels and will cut $1 trillion in his first year and balance the budget in three. He will do this partly by eliminating departments not authorized in the Constitution. Te specific details can be found on his election website: www.ronpaul2012.com
. Tere, you will see proposed fiscal outlays, which dramatically begin to curb massive federal spending and unfunded liabilities which total $62 trillion or $528,000 per household as of last June. Te other candidates neither have as detailed a plan, nor a vision to adequately rein in spending. We need to make a U-turn, not a right turn. Optimism and a transient up-tick in economic activity won’t solve these problems. How refreshing it is to have a candidate who has consistently demonstrated that he has earned our trust, as he’s been consistent in voting for smaller government since first being elected to congress in 1988. Isn’t this what we’re looking for? Please vote: Ron Paul for President.
Bill Hubbard - Litchfield
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of policymakers and leaders from all statesß and the District of Columbia in Phoenix, AZ, for the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual States & Nation Policy Summit. Over the course of three days, legislators shared their ideas, experience and expertise for growing the economy while maintaining the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government and individual liberty. “As a state legislator, my job is to find sound
policy solutions that grow our economy, protect our citizens, and use taxpayer dollars efficiently,” said Ulery. “ALEC is an outstanding resource for state legislators to learn from each other’s successes and discuss policy based on principles that will lead to more individual freedom and economic growth.” Jordan Ulery participated in policy discussions focused on fiscal responsibility, education, and energy policy. As a member of Tax and Fiscal Policy task force, he reviewed important issues such as increasing revenues to the states and effect of over-regulation on those revenues. The presentations by acknowledged experts in economics, including former Auditor General of
the United States, David Walker, illustrated how close to fiscal melt down the nation is unless and until we at the local, state and federal levels can all address the issues of excessive government spending. “I believe that a vibrant private sector is good for the economy and job creation,” said Ulery. “ALEC’s conference gave me the opportunity to share our experiences in New Hampshire and learn from successes and failures in states around the nation. Many of our constituents face similar challenges and I am always looking for new ideas on how to help them.”
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over 2,000 state legislators that works to promote principles of free markets, limited government and federalism throughout the states. Keynote speakers at ALEC’s summit included Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Dr. Tony Bennett (Superintendent of Public Instruction in Indiana), David Walker (Founder and CEO of Comeback America Initiative) and Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan, Canada. For more information about ALEC, visit www. alec.org
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