Salem Community Patriot | January 13, 2012 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Expanded Gambling Means Jobs for NH
As a state representative from Merrimack, I consider it my top priority to support ideas that will provide good-paying jobs for my constituents and for the people of New Hampshire. Next month, I will proudly vote in favor of HB 593, a bill that would allow for a limited expansion of gambling to our state. Tis bill is a major job creator. New Hampshire will soon feel the effects of new casinos opening in Massachusetts. Jobs, economic development and tourism revenue will disappear in a pipeline to the Bay State. But it’s not too late to act. If we expand gambling
and allow for two casinos, it will result in thousands of new jobs. It’ll boost our economy. And it will stop the flow of our dollars funding the Massachusetts budget. Let’s keep those dollars here and let’s provide a new attraction for visitors and tourists. Our Legislature had to make significant cuts to keep our budget in balance. More cuts will be needed when we lose millions in lottery sales and rooms and meals tax revenue to Massachusetts. Te New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies predicts millions in lost dollars if we don’t act. Tell lawmakers to support HB 593.
Dick Hinch – Merrimack
Guns Have no Place at Public Universities
It is my hope that the Salem and Windham legislators in the New Hampshire State House will not be compliant sheep and will stand up to their leadership and the NRA and vote against allowing guns into public universities. Please have the courage to represent all your constituents including students and their parents. Listen to the police chiefs and university officials and stop the upward spiral of more guns – more deaths, more guns – more deaths, more guns – more deaths.
Richard J. O’Shaughnessy - Salem Obama’s First Tree Years
With the GOP caucuses currently dominating our domestic political news, it is interesting and actually instructive to listen to the continuous cacophony of anti-Barack Obama drivel and negativity streaming from the candidates’ mouths. All of them from front-
runner Mitt Romney to Ron Paul and everyone in between are doing a great job of pretending that the George W. Bush years occurred in another dimension, leaving the Obama administration to blame for all the problems, real and imagined, that America is struggling with currently. Never mind that most of our economic indicators save for national unemployment numbers improved dramatically in 2011, from the stock markets to American corporate and personal spending, exports, IPOs forecast and company sales growth. Listening to all the Republican invective you would think that the United States was in the grip of our second Great Depression, which ironically we would’ve been if the administration’s stimulus act and the Wall Street Recovery loans hadn’t worked so well three years ago.
As a panacea to the GOP gloom-and-doom strategies evident daily as the candidate squabbling continues, let’s take a short-version look at some of the major advances, improvements and fixes that the Obama administration has effected in three years that have brought America back from the brink of collapse, keeping in mind that these are exactly the facts that Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and the rest of the gang don’t want you to focus on. 1. Ending the Iraq War: Last month (December 15) marked the official end of the Iraq War, a needless, ugly conflict based on a series of lies by the prior administration that resulted in over a million casualties and the physical ruin of a nation that never attacked us. It also resulted in billions and billions of profit-margin dollars realized by hundreds of American corporations from Halliburton to Blackwater, the real main reason for our attack.
2. Wall Street Recovery Act (and concurrent GM/ Chrysler loans): ended the Bush recession as well as prevented many of the similar problems that Europe is now struggling with. Virtually all TARP dollars have been paid back to the Treasury, leaving the auto dealers as well as thousands of American banks financially solvent. Not passing this legislation (over fierce Republican opposition) would’ve been economically disastrous to our nation’s recovery, and would’ve led to our own version of the financial crisis horror stories currently emanating from Greece, Italy, et al.
3. Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: enacted the most sweeping financial legislation that America has passed since the Great Depression, and again was implemented over GOP congressional opposition and filibusters as being too “unfriendly” to businesses. Never mind that all the Enrons,
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce three upcoming events for the month of January. Deemed “A special night of Networking,” the chamber recently sent out invitations to over 4,000 area businesses to utilize it services free for three months. “Every business including the chamber needs to consistently reinvent itself,” said Executive Director Donna Morris, “The chamber is a service industry and our customer is the local business community, we’re here to help them succeed.” An initiative like this is new for the Salem Chamber and Morris feels it could be the first of any chamber. The event will provide an opportunity for area business leaders to learn about services the chamber provides, make new contacts, and grow business in a positive way. The event will be held January 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Castleton Banquet Center on Route 111 in Windham. “Were here to help you be successful,” she said.
Also on the agenda is the chamber’s annual Concord Update.
This event provides an opportunity for residents to meet with local representatives and share thoughts, concerns, and ask questions. The Government Affairs Committee will be hosting this event Monday, January 23, at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands at 7:30 a.m. New Hampshire Senators and Representatives will present and field questions.
Closing out January, the chamber’s young professionals group (HYPE), will hold their “Really Big Speaker Event.” Speakers will include CEO Steven Sweeney of Chartwells, David Sollars of FirstHealth Andover, and motivational speaker Steve Gamlin. This event will motivate and inspire, with a focus on future success. The event will take place Atkinson Resort and Country Club on January 26, the evening will begin with networking at 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are available online at www.gshype.com
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WorldComs and the housing market collapse that occurred last decade were directly attributable to the relaxing of many federal corporate regulations that occurred shortly after the Bush Administration took power. Tese new Obama directives affect hedge funds, housing loans, the oftentimes-shifty fine print of credit card companies and many other consumer-impacting concerns and will be a boon to the average American, as well as hold corporations more accountable re: how their practices impact their customers than ever before.
4. Te death of Osama bin Laden: After the 911 attacks of 2001 no explanation should be necessary, except to note that Obama stepped up the search for the murderous despot after his inauguration, a stark contrast to Bush redeploying 70 percent of our troops from Afghanistan to Iraq back in 2003, essentially negating most of the “find bin Laden” effort.
5. Te Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Te roller coaster ride that brought this sweeping and necessary bill into fruition ended on March 23, 2010, with Obama’s signing of the law. Tough it will remain a work in progress as different legislation is rolled in on various timetables, it represents a deficit-reducing godsend to most Americans
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struggling with spiraling health care/hospital costs, as well as the reining-in of an industry that represents about 18 percent of our Gross National Product, and is set to rise to 21 percent by 2020. Tis is economically unsustainable and unlike college tuition costs, which are equally onerous, is even more damaging as everyone needs decent health care, no matter what your occupation or financial status is. Te GOP also wants us to forget about our joint
Russia/US Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and the reinstatement of the bipartisan State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). In short, there is no comparison between the morass America was swamped under three years ago and where we are now, both internally and on the international level. And at least the ship is sailing in the right direction, despite all the GOP haranguing.
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