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12 - January 20, 2012 | Hudson - Litchfield News Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?


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“Thumbs down to those complaining about the new Trash Contract. You want the rest of the town residents to pay for your gluttony and/or your laziness to recycle. If you consume more you pay more. Period!”


“Thumbs up to Eric and


Jolt Electric. We woke up to no heat or hot water over the New Year’s holiday. We called around and got some ridiculous price quotes for a ‘holiday service call’. We called Jolt Electric and Eric was at our house within 1/2 hour and figured the issue out very quickly. He worked around the broken part so that we could have heat and hot water since no parts supply houses were open. He was fantastic, affordable, and will definitely be our first call if we have any boiler or electrical issues in the future.”


“Thumbs down to the gas stations owners in the area who are once again taking advantage of its customers. It amazes all of us how quickly prices will jump for gas when oil prices go up $2 or $3 per barrel, but will stubbornly hang at these inflated prices when oil prices drop. Next time any of these owners go into a food store and complain about the price of a gallon of milk, loaf of bread etc. remember it is your greed that is forcing truckers and producers to pass your price increases onto the consumer. Prices are up 15 cents over the pass few weeks, how many months would it take for prices to drop back down 15 cents when oil prices come back down.”


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“Thumbs up to Comcast. Due to the poor quality, occasionally dropped channels, lack of sound, chopped screen size and crappy remotes, we now watch less TV and spend more time as a family. Had we known that we would no longer be able to use its features, we would not have upgraded our TV and would have saved money, too.”


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603-635-2012 “Thumbs up to Randy Bell for not cancelling


school on 01/12 (like all the surrounding towns) over 1.5 inches of snow! Thank you!”


“Thumbs down, to our Selectman for mismanaging our town resources, asking for another $300,000 increase in property taxes, to rebuilt the old barn (at Bensons Park), and turn it into a $2.85 Million Senior Center! (Senior population in this town is 7.9% of total town


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Memorial Library, as a senior center? That library is just sitting there unoccupied, with the lights on wasting taxpayer money! That $900,000 would go to better use creating jobs in the almost vacant industrial park in Hudson! Who is going to pay for the upkeep of this 2.85 Million Senior Center? It’s the taxpayers of course! Let our BOS know, that Hudson Taxpayers will not allow this! Make your Selectman understand that this mismanagement of town funds will not be allowed any longer in this town! BOS, stop asking for a handout and give taxpayers a hand up! BOS, do your Job or be voted out!”


“Thumbs down to the person


who thinks because something works for him/her that it should work for everyone! Could you be more self-centered? While I believe, and actively participate, in recycling, there are several times a year that my family of four needs to use the extra barrel for which I paid $75. Perhaps


I am alone in assuming that people may entertain or celebrate holidays that yield extra trash and recycling. Yes, there are lazy people that don’t recycle, but please don’t assume that recycling alone solves the problem. Come down from your soap box, your tree needs more hugging.”


“Thumbs up to my perfect wife. Jeannette, you


are my love and my best friend. You make good times better and the sun shine brighter. I love you.”


“Thumbs


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administrator and the board of selectmen, for even


considering the building


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of a state prison in Litchfield, my property values are low already because of the economy, we do not need to have them permanently frozen by the implementation of a state prison, I encourage all residents to go to the next scheduled board of selectman meeting and voice your displeasure.”


“Thumbs up to all the Alvirne students who work on the Hudson Post Office scenes. We look forward to them and admire the results of their hard work. It’s distressing to see someone bad- mouth their efforts and even more upsetting to see their scenes vandalized. Keep up the good work - some of us really enjoy it!”


“Thumbs up to Bull Run/Adamos for doing the right thing for us one Sunday after a brief dispute. Having grown up in a family business, we fully support local small businesses and wish Bull Run continued success in 2012.”


“Thumbs up to the HMS Lady Colts Basketball team, Coach Frank, and Coach Leo. It’s so great to see the energy back in the girls basketball program. Welcome back Coach Frank!”


“Thumbs down to the Town of Hudson Selectman and Hudson School Board members. Our property taxes are not proportionate to the amount of people living in this Town! Why is it that our property taxes are 10% less than Nashua’s, and Hudson only has roughly a population of 2,298. Nashua’s population is roughly 86,494. Hudson has less than a 1/3 of the population of Nashua and our property taxes should reflect that. If we have less people, then we have less town services being used,


less children in the school system, and less waste to be disposed of by Pinard. Our property taxes should be closer to 1/3 less than Nashua’s, not 10% less! There has been a gross mismanagement


“Thumbs up to the firefighters and dispatchers.


Everyday you are there for us when we need you. You are true professionals. Hang in there and you will get a contract on the ballot.”


“Thumbs down to our bully BOS Chairman. The direction you’re taking in Concord is not what the people want. The direction you are taking Hudson in, is not what is good for Hudson in any way. This is your personal ‘crooked’ agenda and isn’t even close to what is right. Get with reality to what is good for a working person. Maybe if you knew, you would be more in touch with the real world and not a Jasper world. This is the year to vote Jasper out of Town office.”


“Thumbs down to silly editing. Instead of using the actual word I used, you insert a _, which leaves people to imagine I must have used a horrible curse word. Since when did using a ‘pink barn animal’ to refer to smokers who litter their butts on the ground become so morally/ethically offensive that it needs to be edited?”


“Thumbs down to the complainer who received


a ticket. When it starts snowing at 2 a.m. and you are asleep in your warm bed, are you going to magically awake to get up and move your car for the plows? A law is a law, even for you.”


“Thumbs down to the post office art critic. Art


moves and inspires everyone differently, get over it. Not everyone wants to see your idea of iconic Christmas art.”


“Thumbs down to the janitor at the Hudson Town


Hall. I was in one of the Town offices to discuss a billing problem. You stayed in the office, leaning against the wall, listening to me discuss my very personal issues with the clerk. You never even had the courtesy to leave the office and respect my privacy. When I returned over an hour later with some paperwork that I needed, you were still in that office chatting. I was too embarrassed to go back in and finish my business. You were so inappropriate and I have to wonder who your boss is.”


“Thumbs up to the Hudson PD for properly


enforcing federal, state and local laws (Yes! including winter parking ban tickets). If you don’t like a particular law, do something about it by contacting your US Congressman at 603- 595-7701, one of the District 27 State Legislative Representatives or a Board of Selectman member at 603-886-6024.”


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of our town property taxes for a while now and it needs to stop. Especially when town school board members’ salaries are completely disproportionate to the salaries of town residents ($60,000-$137,000 yearly), $40,000 for defibrillators, and a 2.85 million dollar senior center! Our town dump days have been decreased, residents are still not going to receive a larger trash barrel the size of Nashua’s and homes recently purchased are not being assessed even close to their worth! BOS, do your job and manage town resources wisely!”


“Thumbs down, maybe all Hudson residents should move into mobile homes and then our BOS won’t have to worry about managing this town and property taxes. Clearly, the task has been too challenging for them.”


would support any person who would run against the selectmen we have now!”


“Thumbs up to the elementary school Resource Officer for supporting the students at the holiday concert! It means a lot for the kids to see you outside of school hours.”


Tank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Hudson~Litchfield News staff. Tumbs comments can be sent via telephone, 880-1516 or emailed to us at thumbs@areanewsgroup.com. When submitting a Tumbs comment, please specify that you would like it printed in the Hudson~Litchfield News. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.


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Many of these fires can be prevented. You can prevent the loss of life and property resulting from heating fires by being able to identify potential hazards and following a few safety tips: • All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.


• Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory. • Make sure all fuel-burning heating equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.


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