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Motorcycle Rage and RoadSafety: e Reality
Last week’s Letters section included a missive from Jerry Gutekunst about how motorcycle rage happensin our area and not places like NYC. Now, the largemajority of the time I agree completely with what Jerry Gutekunst writes. Tis time though I would liketo provide a dierent perspective along with a reality check. My initial impression of the letter was that it was sensationalistic and written in a fashion to foster a stereotype and incite fear should one encounter a “gang of motorcycle riders.” After reading it several times itstill came across as a “me too” letter written to denigratemotorcyclists and the Nashua Police Department sincethey could not take action. Te only useful part of the message: When confronted with a threatening situation, do not get out of your vehicle, do not openyour windows. It may also be helpful to blow yourhorn to draw attention to the situation. I will add: If possible proceed to the nearest police station.Please understand. I am certain it was a horrifyingly frightening situation, the likes of which I hope noneof my loved ones should ever encounter. I do notcondone such behavior and feel anyone proven guilty of such behavior should be dealt with to the fullestextent possible, regardless of the means of conveyance.However, the majority of the time a group of motorcyclists is … just a group of motorcyclists. Nodierent than a group of cars except they have half asmany wheels. Such ‘gangs’ are an extreme minority and comprise an even smaller portion of the threats oneencounters on the road.My perspective: I commute from Hudson toBedford, MA by motorcycle several days a week, all yearlong. I must be alert and signicantly more aware of what goes on in tra c. It is a survival issue. My mantra is that everyone on the road is trying to kill me. A littleextreme perhaps but it does the job. Most car driversare oblivious to anything more than a few feet outsidethe windows of their vehicle, and some are simply oblivious to everything. I challenge anyone reading this to drive south on Route 3 any weekday during rushhour and count how many car and truck drivers they see texting, or with a phone up to one ear creating anawesome blind spot to one side. I regularly witness cardrivers reading books and magazines, eating or smoking
talking on the phone, no hands on the wheel. Ieven saw (true story) a man playing the trumpet whiledriving one morning! Just this morning, while (luckily)driving my car to work I was forced halfway onto thebreakdown lane by a texting tractor trailer driver.Hate it when someone tailgates you? Consider how unnerving it is for motorcycle rider to have a vehiclemere inches away from the back tire. How often do yousee people change lanes or merge back in after passing leave way to little room between vehicles? Ever see a ‘gang’ of cars racing and swerving through tra c? Ihave, and I witness cars doing it a heck of a lot moreoften than I see motorcyclists do so. Are there bikers looking to make trouble? Absolutely,but they are not the norm, and are a far less frequentoccurrence than car drivers of the same mentality.Riding a motorcycle does not make one inherently dangerous or someone to be feared any more thandriving a car does. Let’s all try and keep things inperspective.
Matthew J. Harper, Hudson
ank You To Volunteers
Te GFWC Hudson Community Club and theGFWC Hudson Junior Woman’s Club are very gratefulto the following organizations and people for helping us build the pergola in our buttery garden andlandscape around it: Brox Industries, Hudson Quarry, Al’s Masonry, Reeds Ferry Small Buildings, Dube’sLandscaping, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of BensonPark, the many biology students form Alvirne doing outreach hours, many volunteers at the Benson Park cleanup days, and the spouses, families and friends of club members. It was a project made possible becauseof our Community Improvement Project Award fromthe General Federation of Women’s Clubs nationalorganization, and the businesses and organizations listedabove who helped with materials, expertise, labor, andtime to make our pergola a restful place to sit and look over the buttery garden. Many thanks to all of youfor your help with this project; it was a joy to work with you all, and we appreciate the generosity of thecommunity.
Linda Kipnes, Hudson
Support Teachers,Support Education
eachers in the Litcheld School District are six weeks into their second year without a teachers’contract. In 2011, negotiators were unable to reach anagreement, so no warrant article was put before townvoters. In 2012, a proposed teachers’ contract which was supported unanimously by both the School Boardand Budget Committee failed by just forty-ve votes.Last spring, LEA members began working thosehours set out by the terms of the expired teachers’contract. Tus, you may have seen teachers arriving later to school or leaving earlier from school than they had in past years. If you have students in school, youmay have noticed it took longer for teachers to getassignments graded. eachers may also have beenunavailable to answer parent phone calls and e-mailsoutside of the contractual hours.However, our membership has decided “sticking to the contract” has become uncomfortable, if notintolerable, to us in our pursuit of excellence. Simply put, we are dedicated professionals who love ourstudents and take pride in our work. We just can’t doless than our best and feel okay with it.In light of our collective desire to maintain quality education in Litcheld, your teachers have decidedthey must return to working “above and beyond”the contractual hours. In order to maintain our ownestablished professional standards, teachers may be working longer hours than required by an expiredcontract.Please be aware our decision does not mean weare satised with the status quo. Many teachers havealready left Litcheld, motivated to nd work inother communities which value teachers and theircontributions in a real and tangible way. Many currentteachers in this town are intensely frustrated withthose in Litcheld who do not value teachers in sucha way. eachers are the core to an excellent education.Excellent education is the core to a successfulcommunity. Excellent teachers in this town won’t stay here forever when other pastures are indeed getting greener.Our membership hopes that you’ll pay close attentionto what goes on in Litcheld schools, and we hope thatyou’ll let your School Board representatives know thata fair contract for teachers is the only way to maintaineducational excellence in Litcheld.
Carolyn Leite, LEA President, Litchfeld
Donations Are Trickling in,But More Are Neded
A huge thank you to all who have already taken thetime to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.Te shelves are still thin and eorts are being madeby all the volunteers to nd new resources to providefood and toiletries.Te pantry is still in need of stu ng, 64 oz. juice,brownie mix, frosting and cake mix, pie crust mix andpie lling, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy,cereal and ramen noodles.Donations can be made through purchases at theDollar ree on Derry Road, Hannaford Supermarket(drop box at the exit door), and at Chiropractic Workson Lowell Road.Te Alvirne High School students and sta will beaccepting donations at the home game this Friday,October 18th. Tere will also be a truck parked at thePumpkinFest this weekend at the Hills House. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
Meghan Kostro, Hudson
A President Takes theOath of Oﬃ ce to Abideby the U.S. ConstitutionOnly to Dismantle it?
President Obama’s radical rejection of the rule of law, which presents a clear and present danger to thefreedom of us all. Te Constitution states that it is thepresident’s a rmative duty to enforce the law. Tatduty is not an abstract formulation. Rather, it meansthe president cannot decline to enforce laws with which he disagrees or whose enforcement might causehim or his political allies to lose popularity. Everyone who works for the government in the United Statestakes an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws written pursuant to it. In our system of government, we expect that Congress will write the laws, the courts will interpret them and the president will enforcethem. It also means the president cannot make uphis own version of the law as a substitute for what theConstitution commands or Congress has written. Allen West: “ime to teach Obama ‘lesson ourforefathers taught King George III’ By Jessica ChasmarFormer Rep. Allen B. West had some harsh words forPresident Obama and the Supreme Court on Sunday night, taking to Facebook to express his disdain for thecourt’s decision on Proposition 8. “ Obama said he would fundamentally transform America,” Mr. Westconcluded. “Te time draws near to teach this usurperand charlatan the lesson our forefathers taught King George III. We will not be ruled by arrogance andedict.”Hussein Obama is nothing more than a Marxist,Communist leader who is determined in destroying the Nation of the United States of America. HusseinObama, a tyrant claimed he was a Christian, only totell the minister of Egypt that he is really a Muslim, why the big secret? Hussein is turning America intoanother Greece with yearly $one trillion dollars annually increasing our debt, blowing our decit over $seventeentrillion dollars without no end in sight to his madness.Tis president is not for the people of America, butinstead he thinks that he is “the chosen One.” Obama along with his fellow ‘New Democratic left wing Communist Party’ are making headway in the decline of Te United States of America.Obama wants to make the United Nations the oneand only Global Government of the World Order.Hussein Obama’s goal, to get rid of Te United StatesConstitution. Hussein plot is to give away America’ssovereignty to Te United Nations. America’s hardfought centuries to keep our liberty, our Republic, ourU.S. Constitution, now it’s being walked on by a U.S.Senate who’s Marxist/Communist outlook are nothing more than Hussein Obama’s puppets. Harry Reidbetter known as the Grim Reaper. Nancy Polosi, betterknown as ‘the Socialist liberal ‘when she tells America that even she doesn’t know what’s in the Obama Carepackage, “I guess we will all nd out once it passes.”Hussein Obama, who refuses to abide by the Law of the Land. Who ignores the U.S. Congress, andrules by Executive Order. What do you think of 923executive orders in his rst term and counting. It isthat Hussein Obama is determined to take control away from the House and the Senate. Does this scare you asit does me? For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government’s mammothbroadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that camesilently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. Te result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-fundedradio and V programs for domestic U.S. consumptionin a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S.domestic propaganda eorts. So what just happened?I bet you all thought it couldn’t happen in America!Tink again!
Stephen Reardon, Hudson
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