8 - March 2, 2012 | Hudson - Litchfield News
by Cheryl Freed The Recycling
Committee is holding its third annual backyard compost bins, rain barrels, kitchen pails and, new this year, a compost turner sale. The sale will take place during March Purchased items will be delivered in late April and can be picked up at the Hudson Highway Department Garage, 2 Constitution Drive at the end of April from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It is estimated that approximately 25 percent of the average household waste consists of yard trimmings and kitchen scraps which can be easily composted. In an effort to make this a regular practice for Hudson residents and reduce the amount of trash being trucked to the landfill, the EarthMachine™ backyard compost bins and how-to guides are available for $52 through this sale. According to the Northeast Resource Recovery Association this is the number one selling backyard compost bin! Some of the features are: • Converts grass, leaves and table scraps into an abundant supply of rich garden soil
• Large 80 gallon capacity • Easy, snap together assembly • 10 year warranty • Made of recycled plastic • Assembled dimensions – 33 inches by 35 inches Also available are Kitchen Pails at a cost of $10 to hold
kitchen scraps for transport to the compost bin neatly and without odor. They are: • Attractive and easy to use • Hinged lid snaps securely to pail • White and beige color • 2 gallon capacity • Pail width easily accommodates the shape of plates for “mess free” scraping Many residents have an on-going interest in conserving water
for lawn and garden irrigation with saved rain water. Thus the Recycling Committee will provide access to Systern™ Rain Barrels at a cost of $67 through this campaign. • Saves water and cuts household sewage treatment and water bills by up to 40 percent
• Excellent water source for lawns, indoor/outdoor plants, free from chlorine and other water treatment chemicals
• Large 55 gallon capacity • Made from High Density Polyethylene with up to 50 percent recycled plastic and its tan color blends into the landscape • Mosquito mesh keeps out bugs and leaves
• Easily attaches
to your existing downspout system and has overflow capability to another Systern™ or to ground run-off.
Order forms for these items are available on the Town
website. We will also have order forms available on Election Day.
Recycling Percentage Year-to-date (July 2011 – January 2012) In My Opinion... by Stuart Schneiderman
One of the most important rights of American citizens is the right to vote - the right to have a say in who our leaders are and how our government should work. “Voting rights are fundamental rights because they protect all of our other rights.” Studies have shown and my experience reinforces the fact that one in eight voter registrations is incorrect. At the same time, one in four people who are eligible to vote
On the road with the Recycling Committee We will have a display set-up and someone to answer your questions on Election Day, March 13. Please stop by to say hello.
Committee Openings The Recycling Committee currently has two opening: one member and one alternate. If you are interested in joining the Committee you can download the application form from the Town of Hudson Website: www.hudsonnh.gov/forms
or pick up an application at Town Hall during normal business hours. If you have questions about the Committee you are welcome to attend a meeting or speak to any Committee member. The Recycling Committee meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Board of Selectmen Meeting Room. The public is welcome to attend. Please send your questions/concerns to me at: email@example.com
or Town of Hudson, Attn: Cheryl Freed, Recycling Committee, 12 School Street, Hudson, NH 03051. I look forward to your thoughts. And check the Recycling Committee page on the Town Website: www. hudsonnh.gov/boards/recycling
for more news.
are not registered. These problems waste taxpayer dollars and undermine voter confidence. We rely on a system that places the burden of registration on voters rather than treating registration as a government responsibility. The registration process often involves handwritten forms, some collected by third parties. Those forms are then manually entered into an electronic system, a process that could be prone to errors. People who move often take no steps to inform election officials at their old addresses, and a new registration does not typically result in a notification to cancel the previous registration. The problem created is that voter registrations in two or more states are common. One possible solution is to allow online registration. It’s is cheaper, more accurate and more convenient but this may raise security concerns. To control this we could make greater use of data-matching technologies and use government resources like motor vehicle records, Social Security death records and the Postal Service’s change-of-address database. For example, the Postal Service’s change-of-address form could include a box that when you check it, would generate a cancellation notice directed to the old voting place and generate a registration request to the new one. The 1993 National Voter Registration Act, the “motor voter” law, made it more difficult to remove someone from the voting rolls. Unless officials have a death certificate or written confirmation from the voter that they’ve moved, a voter must miss two presidential elections - that’s eight years - before they can be removed. This year, a number of states (Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington) are cooperating to create a multi-state data center to give election officials access to voter registrations, motor vehicle records and death certificates from other states, which will allow them to spot records that could be removed.
Favor small one!
Of course nothing will happen automatically and it still requires some action
by the voter, but unfortunately, we now still rely on 19th century methods of getting people registered to vote.
In My Opinion is strictly an OP-ED column that stands on the opinion of one writer, Stuart Schneiderman, as opposed to a newspaper reporter who does not provide an opinion but reports the facts. This column, in many instances, is a counterpoint to published stories and does not reflect the unbiased reporting policy of the Hudson-Litchfield News or the opinion of the management, adver- tisers and ownership of Area News Group.
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