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Salem Community Patriot |
October 12, 2012 - 3
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Anonymous Comments Don’t Serve a Purpose
I, like many of you, read umbs Up, umbs Down every week. Iread the submissions seeking comments made about the Town that I needto address, and the occasional compliment to pass on to an employee.However, recently, some of the submissions have crossed the line and havebecome personal. ese types of comments are hostile, divisive, and they cloud the underlying message. All Town employees, me included, acknowledge and accept that every action and decision made will be scrutinized publicly. We welcome publicinput about how to improve the services we provide. I personally assure allof the
Salem Community Patriot’s
readers that Salem’s Department Headsand Town sta are very dedicated to providing Salem services as eciently and eectively as possible. Like all people, we sometimes make mistakesor take missteps at times and we take responsibility when that happens.Unlike most people, our mistakes become topics for public discussion.Unfortunately, that is not as often the case with the many good things we dofor Salem’s citizens every single day. We all take great pride in our work andthe services we each provide to the taxpayer.Because umbs Up/umbs Down submissions are anonymous, some writers say things I doubt they would if they had to identify themselves. Ihave expressed my concerns with the
editor, who indicated he willtry to take more care in reviewing submissions. I appreciate his anticipatedeorts. I am reaching out to this forum to ask all of you to take care withyour submissions, too. Anonymous personal attacks are unnecessary,unproductive and create dissension in the community. I welcome commentsfrom citizens with questions or concerns about how Salem is doing and what we are doing.
Keith Hickey, Town Manager, Salem
Don’t Let the Polls Inuence Your Vote
Can we stop being so concerned about polls and just trust our own sound judgement? For months before an actual election we get pounded withphone calls asking us about how we’re going to vote. At the same time,the media is telling us that “such and such” is leading by three-hundreds of a percentage point and suggesting that we should just give up if we’re forthe opposing candidate. I, for one, am sick of the polling agencies and themedia trying to inuence how the voters will vote come Election Day. Don’tfool yourself that this is just statistical analysis of the voting population andthat they have no interest in inuencing the voting public. I don’t trustanyone to be objective when they’re dealing with these kinds of gures. We’re seen so many cases of people “cooking the books” to their advantage. We’ve seen so many cases of the media publishing what they choose basedon their own biases.Please, NH voters, trust your own judgment of these candidates; don’tfollow the polls like a bunch of lemmings and vote for the candidate they think will win. You trust your heart, make the best choice you can, and letthem be astounded by the results.
David Costello, Salem
Wasteful Spending in Rockingham County
Rockingham County spends over $1,000,000 each year to house theoverow of inmates in other counties because our jail is at maximumcapacity. Why?First, the Rockingham County needs to be tougher on violent felons.Every violent felon sentenced to state prison is one less violent felon in ourcounty jail. Second, the current Rockingham County Attorney does notsupport the alternative sentencing and pre-trial services programs that otherCounty Attorneys in New Hampshire utilize for non-violent oenders.Merrimack County has a pre-trial services program that monitors non-violent oenders in the community at a cost of $10.50 per day, which savesthem over $2.8 million annually. Compare that to $80-$90 per day tohouse an oender in our county jail. Straord County invests in similarprograms, and last year they saved up to $8.5 million.It is the County Attorney’s duty to ensure we establish these programs inRockingham County. e 14-year incumbent seems content to continueto spend your money in other counties. I want to address the many issuesthat signify complacency and resistance to innovation in the current County Attorney’s Oce. e incumbent takes your vote for granted. I want toearn it. Candidate for Rockingham County Attorney.
Joe Plaia, Portsmouth
Socialism Makes People a Number
Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: Socialism makes people a mere agent, a number … Democracy seeks equality through freedom, while socialismseeks equality through restraint and servitude.”Prison sta metal workers got the job done for the SS and built the metalslogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” which translates “Work Makes You Free,” “Work is Liberty.” at was what the National Socialists (Nazi’s) believed.In America, we believe that we are all endowed by our Creator withcertain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. New Hampshire guarantees property rights to secure liberty. Why then do we adopt the language of other socialists, the Soviets?Public Housing Projects/HUD are now called Workforce Housing, a termthat originated in the ex-Soviet Union, and welfare has been renamed Work Opportunity.Soviet Workforce Housing was built near work centers so that the workerscould walk or bike to work. Only the wealthy and well connected had theprivilege of owning automobiles. What benet do we get out of the Granite State Futures/SustainableCommunities Initiative? Special interests, wealthy well-connecteddevelopers have the special privilege of the builder’s remedy with directaccess to the courts to override the people’s choice under the WorkforceHousing Law. For this unfairness it should be repealed. In a democracy, thepeople need to have equal access to the courts.Bill Scott said he wanted to get new technology for mapping Salem’stopography.He didn’t tell the Selectmen or you what’s included in the Granite StateFutures/Sustainable Communities Initiative:Grass Roots implementation (they have to manufacture grassroots): Action Media (September-November 2012) will conduct trainings in eachof the nine regions, with citizen activists on the use of these materials formobilizing identied populations to participate directly and on an on-going basis in regional planning.Regional-Equity Team Events:Regional planners will engageunderserved and traditionally marginalized populations toserve on a Regional Equity Team… to maximize participation of underserved populations.Communities of Interest:Regional Planners with the Equity Team will identify and engage… underserved populations… including Minority HealthCoalitions, the Latin America Center, Refugee Resettlement,NH Legal Assistance (representing welfare right organizations).ey want to map more than thetopography! ey want to collectdata on our homes and us. Salemresidents become mere numbers.Otis Graham calls it “A VastSocial Experiment.”Community organizers rarely live in the communities they try toorganize and send their kids to eliteschools of the 1 percent. Why do supporters of theGranite State Futures/SustainableCommunities Initiative view their greatest obstacle to be the obstinatepeople in New Hampshire who cling to their private property rights?e Old Man in the Mountain fell o the precipice hitting rock bottomas fast as we are headed o the scal cli due this kind of proigate spending by federal governmental agencies and unwanted social engineering/experimentation.Maybe the Old Man was trying to warn there’s no future for futuregenerations with Granite State Futures.Please contact your State Representatives to repeal the unfair WorkforceHousing Law!(I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to the BOS for allowing peopleto express their views during the BOS meeting. Hopefully, the Selectmenfully consider all the cost/benets. e Community Development Director who signed the agreement with Granite State Futures without Selectmen’sapproval seems unable to communicate potential unintended consequencesof his actions or does not fully comprehend all the costs including the harmit may do to private property rights that secure our rights under the NHConstitution. Please, Salem Selectmen, do no more until we understandand know what we do.)
Martha Titcomb Spalding, Salem
We Don’t Need Granite State Future’s Versionof Regional Planning
Regional planning with surrounding towns is an idea I like. What I don’tlike is “Granite State Future’s” “Regional Planning,” a statewide organizationmade up of unelected members with huge authority. Every town that signson to get promised “free” town planning data is also agreeing to criteria required by 11 additional Federal documents. ey address areas goodfor discussion, but there is a slim chance that towns that sign the MOUagreement will make decisions of their own. eir contract leaves themcommitted to absolute adherence to GSF’s directives if a court decides thatthey are a “grantee” or “subgrantee” of Federal money.“Granite State Future” is the NH arm of the Federal “SustainableCommunity Initiative.” eir program is dened in a 25 page document which can be downloaded - just google “Abstract - NH SustainableCommunities Initiative - CFDA #: 14.703.” ey list wide-reaching goals,their target consensus for members, and who can join. eoretically theirmeetings are open, but people I know have not been permitted to attend.In some cases, they do not publish minutes, so there are few meeting records. None of the members of this policy-making group are elected. And all are required to come up with policy that agrees with the SustainableCommunity Initiatives. So even the members cannot stray from the Federal“initiatives.”eir goals of providing “policy-making access,” transportation, andhousing for low-income people sounds compassionate at rst. But closerreading shows that this is not a democratic advisory committee. By signing
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