4 - April 13, 2012 | Hudson - Litchfield News
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
A Tank You to the Hudson Community I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community of Hudson
for a recent honor I received. On March 28, 2012, the Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce presented the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award to me. Tis was a great and unexpected honor.
Tis honor does not only belong to me, but it also belongs to the Hudson Community. Tis great community is made up of residents, business people, Town Government boards, committees and departments, town schools and organizations. Without each of these groups who provided donations, dedication, time,
hard work, specific knowledge, specialty equipment and expertise none of the projects would have been completed. We in Hudson have come together to assist those in need, worked to find
a cure for the sick, honor those who serve, remembering those who lost their lives in a national tragedy or just to make our community a better place to live. Tis is just a few things this community has done. Tese causes have effected many thousands of lives in Hudson, in the State of New Hampshire and across the country. I have had the honor of being a member of the Hudson community for the last 30 years and I have had the privilege of working with the people within the community while working on these projects and while performing the duties of my job. I am proud of Hudson and what we have accomplished. It is a reflection of the people within our home town. I also owe my family, my wife Sue, son Corey, and daughter Taylor a big thanks for their support, understanding and patience over the years. Te award, the praise, the thanks goes to the Community of Hudson. I
thank you for all for what you have done. Dave Morin, Hudson
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser April 15 Brett Reed, a resident of Hudson, a senior at AHS, and a member of BSA
Troop 20, will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner at the Hudson Community Center on Lion’s Ave on April 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is $7, and all proceeds will be used to replace two wooden bridges in very bad condition at Benson’s Park near the Old Lady in the Shoe structure. Te meal will consist of spaghetti, meatballs, bread, and a beverage, and will be served by eager Boy Scout volunteers. Work on the bridges is expected to start in late April. Please come by to support this endeavor! Tickets may be purchased at the door, or In advance. Donations above the ticket price will also be accepted. For more Information, or to purchase tickets, please call Brett at (603) 886-1340.
Jennifer Reed-Varney, Hudson Math or Politics?
It was interesting that Rep. J. Ulery devoted almost half of a page in the
April 6 Hudson~Litchfield News trying to explain the redistricting plan that he supported and that has effectively denied Pelham of three representatives. He used a contorted narrative and confusing fractions to conclude that it was a complex math problem. In reality, it is a much simpler math problem: 10 (incumbent Hudson reps) - 7 (authorized seats for Hudson) = 3 incumbents not returned to the legislature. By rule, those three seats should be apportioned to Pelham (which could prove problematic for incumbent Hudson reps).
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Since all 10 of the Hudson incumbents are members of the majority
party (Republicans) it turns out that this is a political problem, not a math problem. Te house leadership is willing to sacrifice appropriate representation in Pelham to benefit their own political agenda (kudos to Pelham Rep. Shaun Doherty for putting principle above party and opposing the redistricting plan and veto override). Rep. Ulery, based on his troubled term, has reason to believe that he would be one of the three incumbent seats that would be eliminated. He had numerous gaffes during his term and in case you’ve forgotten his ill- advised Multilanguage signage bill, you can recall the embarrassment by referring to the Nashua Telegraph editorial dated January 17, 2011. His April 6 Hudson~Litchfield News column did provide a lighthearted moment when he stated that under the new plan, Hudson would have 11 reps and Pelham would have 11 reps (22 seats? Not exactly …). He insinuates that each of the 10 Hudson reps would give equal representation to Pelham residents. Assuming that is true, I wonder how many Hudson reps have been contacted by Pelham residents in the last two years … ? Or how many Pelham residents can even name their “Hudson” reps … ? One certainty is that their “Hudson” reps were doing a very poor job of representing them when they voted to approve a new political plan that would leave Pelham under-represented by 75 percent ...
Tim Hardy, Litchfield Fringe Left on War Path-again
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the nation’s oldest and largest bipartisan public-private educational discussion group. It was created to promote Jeffersonian principles of free markets, small and efficient government within representative government. Recently some on the fringe left have criticized ALEC for legislative successes. And what are the criticisms? The fringe elements claim that ALEC secretly devises public policy in what can only be described as a Clintonesque “vast right-wing conspiracy” theory. If there was such a cabal I would be interested in learning about it, perhaps I would join, perhaps not. What are the successes of ALEC? There are nothing less than a revitalized spirit of freedom in the market place and strengthening individual freedom. The model legislation created by ALEC is based not upon some
private interest group foisting its will upon unwitting legislators. Instead, the model legislation is presented to a task force as a proposal, the members of that task force examine the proposed model in much the same fashion they would in their home state. Having the input of legislators from across the nation is a great benefit in this process because the occasional parochial opinions of one state or nation are often attacked by those from other regions. Once the proposal has met the approval of the task force, often a time consuming operation, it is reviewed by the Board of Directors of ALEC which is composed of senior legislators from across the country. Even then this does not automatically become “law.” No, the process goes back to the states for introduction, review, modification and, if appropriate for the state, passage. Some of the model legislation proposed by ALEC includes Health Care reform, Re-examination of excessive environmental restrictions, Constitutionally approved fair elections legislation; government accountability to the tax payer; balanced budget Amendment; deficit reduction Amendment and similar commonsense proposals for the several sovereign states to consider for their own implementation. In short the fringe left is opposed to open thinking and discussion of legislation apparently, as evidenced by recent proclamations by the Obama Regime, in favor of dictates by Czars, Tsars and the intellectual Ivory Towered Elite that know what is best for us all so we had better just do as we are told. Model legislation is nothing more than the product of legislators from across the country meeting together to discuss common problem and seeking common solutions.
Other fringe elements object to ALEC as being the stooge of “Big Business.” This attack is from the same people that idolize Steve Jobs and George Soros; who take in millions and billions of dollars in corporate and business contributions from Hollywood business executives. Those who believe in open and free markets reject legislation that imposes onerous regulations upon business, that seeks justification for taxation based upon rationale rather than
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emotion and that seeks to employee more people and create better the standard of living for all. The fringe left, on the other hand, wishes to limit business and reduce the opportunities of all in favor of a dull grey (think Mao suit) evenness that would have prevent Jobs from getting a start or Soros from opening up shop. So what is it about ALEC that scares the fringe left? Is it the freedom that ALEC encourages? Is it the strengthening of the States in a revitalized federalist system of Constitutional government? If the irrational fear resulting in outright lies is not a fear of freedom, perhaps there is something else that bothers the fringe left. Perhaps it is the nature of the initiatives? To answer that question we need to look at the initiatives of ALEC, they are publicly displayed in detail at www.ALEC.org
. For convenience here is the subject matter: Center for State Fiscal Reform; Cutting Crime and Budgets; Reducing EPA onerous Regulations; Tort Reform; Relations with the Federal Government; Health Care Reform; International Trade and the States; Prison Overcrowding; Sunshine Laws; Restoring the Constitutional Balance of power between the People, the States and the Federal government. What is the model legislation offered for consideration by the several states? That also is public knowledge. Really revolutionary these initiatives, working for the people in a Constitutional Republic. It is when you desire control, you desire to direct, lead, form every aspect of a person’s life; limit individual growth and opportunity; fix a even outcome of every endeavor the spirit of Jefferson and Republicanism is a threat and an obstacle to be destroyed. That folks is exactly why ALEC is being maliciously attacked!
Representative Jordan Ulery, Hudson
Litchfield’s Easter Bunny Breakfast Was A Success Due to the Hard Work of Many
Te Litchfield Women’s Club would like to extend its appreciation to all those who came to its annual Easter Bunny Breakfast on Saturday, March 31, at the Litchfield Middle School. We are particularly thankful to all those who generously donated gift baskets, gift certificates and other items for our bountiful raffle table. Tank you as well to Litchfield Junior Girl Scout Troop 10458 for volunteering at our breakfast and our student volunteers, Seth and Bella Williams, Kevin Gallagher and Brianna Charette. A special thank you to Becky from the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, who brought a delightful little bunny by the name of Bippity to visit with us at the breakfast and also to our story time readers, second grade teacher Sandy Johnstone from Griffin Memorial School and Carrie-Anne Pace, the children’s librarian from Aaron Cutler Memorial Library. Tank you to the Hudson~Litchfield News for helping us to publicize our event in advance and the wonderful coverage we received in this past week’s edition of HLN. Each year, the proceeds of our Easter Bunny Breakfast benefit our scholarship fund, and to date, the Litchfield Women’s Club has distributed nearly $20K to deserving Litchfield students. Scholarship applications are available at all high schools attended by Litchfield students. Te Litchfield Women’s Club Scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and community service. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Te Litchfield Women’s Club, Litchfield Let’s Talk Trash
How many of us have traveled our roadways and thought, “Look at all this trash!” Here’s my take on this subject: Too much stuff Recycle, recycle, and recycle All of us can do it Stay vigilant; clean the debris that lands outside your home. Have trash bins and recycle bins at home and keep a trash bin in your car. I know that my ideas will offend some of our townspeople. Some will
proclaim, “I didn’t make this mess.” Tat’s probably a true statement. It’s more a matter of pride and respect for our community. I watch the trash truck go up-and-down my road every Monday morning. Te drivers are doing their job. However, the truck’s recycle bins are low to the ground causing papers and other items to fall out and fly freely onto the road. Te bins are emptied when full, which
means they have traveled quite a distance
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