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February 22, 2013 - 3
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Invest In Your Schools,Invest in Your Town
I am writing to voice my support or Phase 2 o the SalemSchool District Facilities Renovation Plan - school warrantarticles 2 and 3. Te School Board and the Budget Committeeare in avor o these articles. As a licensed REALOR®, I see frsthand how the quality o schools has a direct impact on the property values in a community. When choosing a home to buy, amilies withchildren oten rate the quality o schools as one o the mostimportant actors in their decision. While “quality o schools”may mean dierent things to dierent people, community support/unding o schools is the single greatest driver o theoverall perception o the quality o a school system. ownsthat invest in their school acilities and programs attractmore homebuyers and, in turn, have higher home values andstronger home sales. Tereore, it goes without saying thatinvesting in our schools has a positive and direct impact on ALL property owners in Salem, not just those with children inthe school system. Salem needs to stay competitive and attractyoung amilies in every price range or our property values willcontinue to suer.Opponents o this plan oten cite the current economy as a reason not to invest in our schools right now; however, thosesame opponents voted against similar plans in the past during strong economic times. We need to stop sitting back and watching our inrastructure crumble and our town continueon a downward trajectory. During tough economic times, weall have to make di cult choices and spend wisely. However,it’s never the wrong time to make smart investments, and there will certainly be no better time to invest in our schools. Teuture o Salem and our property values hinge on the decisions we make this year at the polls. It is vitally important that we as a town rally behind and continue with the FacilitiesRenovation Plan that has already been implemented by passing the Phase 2 renovations and moving our town orward.Please support Articles 2 and 3 on election day, uesday,March 12.
Melanie Norcross, Salem
Town of Salem Doesn’t Need to Pursue a Lawsuit
I watched discussion about Steve Campbell’s intimidating town employees. Te solution to ask outside council or adviceis a waste o time and potential money. Steve already came up with the solution. He will only speak to the town manager.Tere is no basis or lawsuits. He didn’t physically touchor threaten anyone. It is common in the private sector orbosses/supervisors/business owners to bully or intimidatetheir subordinates. Te result usually is the subordinateleaves the company; the aected parties are reassigned toother departments; both sides come to an agreement; or thesupervisor is told by upper level management to calm down orrisk being fred. Tere is no discussion or lawsuits, and i one were to occur, the verdict would end in nothing happening.
Richard Carlin, Salem
Redeveloping Rockingham Park Will Benet the Community
Tere were two opportunities last week to learn more aboutredevelopment plans or Rockingham Park: A question andanswer orum with Mellennium developer Bill Wortman atRockingham Park and a Chamber o Commerce event withState Senators Chuck Morse (Chairman o the State SenateFinance Committee) and Jim Rausch (Chairman o the Senateransportation Committee).Mr. Wortman presented a compelling picture o the beneftso a Rockingham redevelopment including the $450Minvestment in Salem, initially 2,000 construction jobs andlater 1,300 amily-supporting jobs. Later there would be new hotels and the associated jobs. More visitors to Salem wouldspark opportunity or Salem businesses. ra c studies wouldbe conducted and issues addressed as part o the developmentplan. Wortman cited a “sister” casino in Pennsylvania and theirexperience with crime. Basically, the town did not experiencean increase in crime.State Senators Morse and Rausch strongly support theRockingham redevelopment. Morse gave an excellent overview o the state budget shortalls and oered thoughts on how the revenue that would come to the state rom Rockingham would be used. Te revenues would go into three buckets: 45percent to higher education, 10 percent to the North Country to bring technology and jobs, 45 percent to highways. Rauschdiscussed how the extra unding would help rebuild NHtransportation inrastructure including I-93 unding and stateaid to roads and bridges at the local level to lessen property tax increases.Charity gaming benefting Salem would be included in theplans. Tree percent o the revenues would come to Salem.One percent o the revenues would to each o the surrounding towns.Both Morse and Rausch are hopeul that the redevelopmento Rockingham materializes as it would solve many budgetissues at the state level. At this point, Governor Hassan and the State Senate aresupportive. A number o our Salem Representatives are not supportive.It would be disgraceul i our own Salem Representatives votedagainst expanded gaming because o their personal prejudices.On March 12 - voting day - there will be a nonbinding resolution on the ballot. Tis is our opportunity, as citizenso Salem, to express our opinion. Do we want a redevelopedRockingham Park with signifcant opportunity or jobs andlocal economic development? Or do we not support thisopportunity or Salem want to let the money and jobs ow toMassachusetts?
Dee Lewis, Salem
anks to All Who Helped SARL During the Blizzard
Te Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL) would like to takea moment to publically thank all o our dedicated volunteers who answered the call or help during last week’s major snow storm. We are incredibly lucky to have great volunteers and those who braved the elements to help us shovel out the campus, walk the dogs, and ensure that all o the animals were ed anddid not have their routines disrupted. You are owed a specialthanks - all o us at SARL are extremely grateul or yourdedication and assistance during the storm.SARL would not be able to survive without dedicatedvolunteers. Anyone interested in joining SARL in creating a culture o responsible pet ownership and assist abandoned andunwanted animals in Salem and surrounding communities,they can fll out a Volunteer Application on our website, www.sarl-nh.org.Volunteering your time and talents to the Salem AnimalRescue League is an extremely rewarding experience that willmake a real dierence in the lives o loving animals. We hopeSalem-area residents will consider joining our wonderul corpso volunteers.
D.J. Bettencourt, Volunteer Coordinator,SARL, Salem
Please Vote to ContinueRenovations at Salem Schools
A school system reects the vitality and health o thecommunity it serves, and vice versa. On March 12, I will bevoting yes on Salem school warrant articles 2 and 3 as a way toprotect our public assets at the Fisk, Soule and Haigh schools.Voting yes will help ensure Salem remains an attractive placein which to live, protecting the investment we have made inour homes and property.Te Fisk Elementary School served as the starting pointor my children’s education. Tings have changed since they went rom baby teeth to braces in elementary school. New is kindergarten or all o Salem’s children. Also new is theportable classrooms a xed to the play yard, designed totemporarily create space or those kindergarteners.However, the stairwells and storage closets that pass orspecial education classrooms are not new. Te lack o fre andsecurity systems is not new. Te storage o caeteria tables andgym equipment in the single space that serves as a place to eatyour chicken nuggets/play basketball/receive your student o the month recognition is not new. All o these things must be addressed at the remaining elementary schools.Voters have shown terrifc judgment in choosing to makerenovations to the three other elementary schools in town. It’snow time to fnish this phase o the district’s renovation plans,set several years ago. Voting yes on articles 2 and 3 on theschool ballot March 12 is a responsible step every community member should take.
Laurel Redden, Salem
One Year of Monthly Free Suppers
February 24 is a day o celebration! Te Monthly FreeSuppers at the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church beganexactly one year ago. Te Suppers are held at Pleasant Streetbut our sister church, the enney United Methodist Church onMain Street, originated the idea. ogether they have providedood or some 50 people per month. Te Suppers are intendedor amilies with children, seniors, or anyone that would likesome ellowship.Tese Suppers are an outreach to our community.Volunteers, rom both churches, make this happen! One groupsets up and takes down tables and chairs, another, devisesthe menus, shops or the ood, then
prepares and serves it!Tese suppers occur every last Sunday o the month.Reservations can be made by calling, the church at 898-2501; please let us know how many people that willattend in order that we prepare enough ood!Our Dear Lord said, to Simon Peter (John 21:15),“Feed my lambs” and again in verse 16,”ake care o my sheep.” Yes, we are His Lambs and Sheep. Come andPartake!
Kay Panciocco, Salem
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There are no books or rules for communitynewspaper publishers, and I always side onbeing nice and live by the old saying, “if youhave nothing nice to say, say nothing”. Then theideas of the fth estate come into play, beingif you know something important you have anobligation to share that with your audience.Town elections are on March 12. The
accepts and prints candidate announcements andletters to the editor free of charge to anyone onthe ballot. Without opinion or comment, I wantto share one of the most recent e-mails that wereceived:“My name is xxxx xxxxxxI am running for zoinning board I sit on theboard as a alt member i wish to continue to makea diffrence i was a state rep for 4 years I am alsorunning for the school board i am very concernedabount our children and the saftey of our schooli do support the rennervation of our schoolsiwant to bring back our truen ofcer we really togain control of drug use in our schools we needto make sure our children are getting the propereducation we need to bring our sat scores up tostandard”The submission probably wouldn’t havereached my desk until an e-mail was sent to thecandidate requesting what town he was runningin. His answer was, “will get back to you.”In light of all the problems other electedofcials have had in Salem, voters need to selectwisely who they vote for.
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