Salem Community Patriot | March 9, 2012 - 15
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“Thumbs up to the volunteers on the Salem Municipal Solid Waste Committee for giving Salem the opportunity to implement curbside pickup. The abuse they have taken from Mr. Leccese is uncalled for. Vote yes for curbside pickup!”
“Thumbs down if you think curbside
pickup is cheap. The garbage truck cannot back out of its own driveway for $100.00 if you add in the cost associated with direct labor, supervision, diesel fuel, repairs, insurance, license fees, trash disposal, and all other overhead costs. To indicate to taxpayers it will cost less than half that an entire year for pickup and the company will make a profit is ridicules. I would not be surprised if it will cost double or triple of what people are paying now individually and it will be buried in our tax bill. I urge you all to vote ‘no’ on March 13th.”
“Thumbs up to Ron Belanger, Carl Swiderski, and Everett McBride for running for Selectmen. They seem to be the only three candidates that want to actually reduce taxes. You may have seen James Keller’s purple signs around town. I will not be voting for him since I am not convinced that he wants to reduce taxes for the town of Salem. I am also not convinced that newcomer Anthony McKeon will reduce taxes either. Vote for Belanger, Swiderski, or McBride for Selectmen for lower taxes, and leave the other two out! It’s time to show this town how smart we really are by voting for candidates that want to lower taxes, and make it their priority to do so.”
“Thumbs up to Richard Baillargeon for running for Budget Committe. Vote him over Paul Huard who is just more of the same. Richard does not want the tax rate to go up any further. Paul Huard complains that the town’s infrastructure is crumbling and that the schools are over 50 years old. This sounds like scare tactics and I’m not buying it. Paul had an opportunity to help this town and all that I have seen is higher taxes since him and other candidates have been in office. By the way some schools are over 100 years old including Harvard. Improvements can and have
“Thumbs down to the people in this
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been made to our school system. In fact our taxes spiked in part because of this! Wrong timing Paul. Baillargeon gets my vote.”
“Thumbs up to anyone who will vote for any Planning Board member except Phyllis O’ Grady. For 6 years it is still hard to make sense of some of her decisions and remarks made while on the board. Let’s elect a new member based on skill level and less on how many friends they have. John Manning and Ed DeClercq are better options. Please do your homework for every position before voting this year.”
“Thumbs up to Mr. Leccese for spending the money ($375) for a 1/4 page ad to talk about me. I am going to frame that one. The last person to spend that much money on me was my wife. Vote yes for curbside pick-up!”
town who don’t want to invest in our future, yet are taking vacations to Florida, buying expensive cars, living in high-end homes, and having parties with ample food and alcohol. Obviously, you can afford to support the town and schools, you just don’t want to! Very sad.”
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“Thumbs down to the person who said thumbs down about the students complaining about a specified teacher. They have every right to complain whether the teacher was making inappropriate gestures or not! And learn to keep your mouth shut before sending things into the paper about a topic that doesn’t concern you. You do not know the full story behind the subject.”
“Thumbs up. Fellow Voters the time is fast coming where we will all be in the voting booth and voting for Candidates and Warrant Articles that will affect us all in the future. First let’s elect those people who will truly make a difference on how the Town of Salem moves forward. This is the year where you the people can take back the Town of Salem help lower our taxes and get a grip on out of control spending. How we all say, well one way is Voting for Ronald Belanger as Selectman, on the Budget Committee vote for brand new candidates, Pat Hargraves and Steve Campbell need just one new Selectman to join them in making good positive changes to Salem. Jim Keller is not that man, he is the good old boy network.”
“Thumbs down. The question will be before
you on March 13th to change the Planning Boards and Zoning Board back to appointed by the Board of Selectmen. This will be a big mistake and allow people like former Selectman Dick Gregory the sponsor of this bill and others to control and Manage those Boards as they see fit with there choices of members that will think like them, Vote like them. Since 2006 you have had elected Planning Boards and Zoning Boards and it has worked out just fine. They tried to gain control in 2007 or 2008 but you voted no to changing it back to appointed, now once again they are trying to take back control of those two boards and I
urge you to vote No and stop further corruption.”
“Thumbs up. Please join me in supporting the following Candidates for office for the Town of Salem. This is the time that we all can make a big difference in how the future of Salem will be and the tax rate at a level that we can all afford and at a level of our ability to pay. Selectman Ron Belanger and Anthony McKeon, Budget Committee, Paul Welch, Richard Baillargeon, Dane Hoover, Planning Board, John Manning and Phyllis O’Grady. Vote no on Article #13 and #14, Appointed Boards. This is an important Election. Let’s take back our Salem now. These are the people we need to make a difference.”
“Thumbs up to NH House Majority Leader and Salem State Rep. D.J. Bettencourt. Last weeks 2011 annual financial report shows that New Hampshire had an almost $18 million surplus for 2011. Outstanding work!”
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Article 12 Adopt the Provisions
of RSA 40:13 (known as SB2)
Please vote Yes on Article #12 Vote YES on
Article #12 (SB2)
End the Second
Article 12 Adopt the Provisions of RSA 40:13(known as SB2) Shall the Town adopt the provisions of RSA 40:13 (known as SB2) to allow official ballot voting on all issues before the Town on the second Tuesday in March? This requires a 3/5ths
adopted, will repeal the official town meeting charter which was adopted under the provisions of RSA 49-D:2,II-a in 1998.
I'm really baffled by members of the Board of Selectman who continue to state that, towns that operate under SB2 lose local control (this is not true) and are subject to the state Legislature's control. It makes no difference what form of government a community might use, New Hampshire State law dictates how every aspect of a town or city government will function.
Presently Salem functions with a Charter form of Town Meeting that allows for a three part Town Meeting. •The first part is a deliberative session that deals with articles that will be placed on the official ballot.
•The second part is Election Day (held on Tuesday March 13, 2012 at the six polling places) for voting on the election of public officials, the operating budget, bond articles, Salary articles, and Zoning articles. •The third part is the “infamous” Second Deliberative Session where all other articles are discussed, usually amended, and voted on.
This year, on Tuesday March 13, 2012 election day Article #12 Senate Bill 2, also referred to as SB2, will be placed on the official ballot to allow voters the opportunity to do away with the third-part of Town Meeting.
Please vote Yes on Article #12
With the adoption of Article #12, you will do two things: • First, you will do away with the third part of the Charter Town Meeting, the second deliberative session.
• Second, you will vote on all warrant articles on Election Day and there will not be any votes by the minority to overturn the will of the majority.
With the passage of Article #12 more people will have the opportunity to vote on all the issues and warrant articles that come before the town. No one will be disenfranchised any longer.
Please vote Yes on Article #12
Article 12 Adopt the Provisions of RSA 40:13 (known as SB2)
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