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November 8, 2013 - 3
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Letters to our Editor
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Rational or Irrational?
I can’t seem to be anything but amused at reading the thumbs up/downs in this paper. I believe it always boils down to the same vitriolic few that are too ashamed to write a letter and sign their name so we can all know who is rational or irrational. Tose who cannot logically argue their point feel that they must personally attack anyone with a diﬀerent viewpoint. In last week’s paper I expressed my opinion about our school district union tactic to undermine education using their own assessments and summation of their own behavior. I did not fabricate what they did. I did not paraphrase it nor state anything other than exactly what they said they did in the prior week’s article penned by the union president. What we all got to see however, is the childish personal attacks by the same folks that would hope to stiﬂe any person who dares speak out against what was a very disturbing course of events. Not imagined by me, but detailed by the very organization that perpetrated the behavior upon our children and this community. Fortunately, I have a thick skin. Unfortunately, those that are a bit more timid, and possibly with much more to contribute, stay far away from helping heal this divide in our community because of these type of incessant attacks on those that desire more, and better from those that at times spend more time with our children. I can say unequivocally that we have some very superb folks in our district. Te behavior of a few has a very detrimental impact to those folks that want to do the very best for our children to have to feel the pressure from the union to do things that aren’t in our community’s best interests. Tat is why I thanked Ms. Leite, last week. For having the courage to publically disclose what they had chosen to do and to recognize the harm it caused. Te question then to the voting public is whether or not we choose to reward the behavior. As for the cowards that live to try and destroy others in the shadows of thumbs down. Rational people understand your irrationality. Please do continue as it does nothing but help rational people see the diﬀerence. Finally, I am disappointed that our School Board knew from the beginning about the work slow down and disservice to our students and chose to say nothing of it. I, for one would have appreciated it if the Board would have at the very least acknowledged it was happening. Publically. Ten reassured parents by telling us what the expected impact was going to be and how to work around it to ensure the least possible negative impact on our children.
Jason Guerrette, Litchﬁeld
Tank You for the Generous Donations
I want to thank everyone in advance for donating to scouting for food in Litchﬁeld. Also if you did not receive a door hanger reminder in Litchﬁeld and you would like to put out food to be picked up please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and we will be sure the troop 11 Boy Scouts pick up your donation.
Betty Vaughan, Litchﬁeld
Learning About COPD
Did you know that COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death in our country? And it is estimated that as many as half of those living with it do not yet know it? COPD symptoms come on slowly and are often brushed oﬀ as a sign of aging or being out of shape, so it can go undiagnosed for years.My name is Vincent Kanhai-Singh and I was diagnosed with COPD in 2002 and I am a volunteer and a Board Member at Breathe New Hampshire. I am a dedicated supporter of their mission to eliminate lung disease and to improve the quality of life for those living with lung disease. If you know someone who has symptoms of COPD, such as a chronic cough, shortness of breath or diﬃculty taking a deep breath, encourage them to get a breathing test. Finding and managing COPD early can help you breathe better and live longer. As a volunteer with Breathe New Hampshire’s Lung Health Awareness eam, we are oﬀering free COPD screenings in November across the state in recognition of COPD awareness month. Get a free breathing test in Nashua at Walgreens, 283 Main Street on Tursday, November 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. or at Courville Communities, 22 Hunt Street on Monday, November 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. Smoking is the most common risk factor for COPD but other things like prolonged exposure to dust, fumes and secondhand smoke in the workplace and at home, may also put you at risk for COPD. Genetics may also play a role. I encourage you to take advantage of this free test and urge others to check out their lungs.Visit www.breathenh.org for a list of free COPD screening sites being held in NH this November during COPD awareness month.
Vincent Kanhai-Singh, Litchﬁeld
The recent shutdown of the federal government was an unnecessary and costly embarrassment. Of course, there are strongly held views in our nation’s capital and in every American community. Some of the political issues are difﬁcult ones. That really hasn’t changed, though, over the course of American history. There have always been strong differences over how we should govern ourselves.In an age where we are facing ﬁerce international competition from the likes of China and many other countries, one would think that our federal government should be as united as ever to put our people in the best competitive position. It is folly to think that we can thrive without a strong national government leading us into the future.And, that brings me to the way in which the government shutdown was ﬁnally brought to an end. We can thank many of our female United States senators and congresswomen for communicating with each other and reaching a compromise solution. Time Magazine recently wrote, “Women are the only adults left in Washington.” I wouldn’t go so far as to say that, but the point is worth noting.Women make up more than half of the entire population in the United States, but our United States Senate is occupied by only 20 percent female senators. In Congress it is less – only 17.9 percent. Many make a case that we need more women representing us in Washington and in all levels of government. Certainly, New Hampshire, with its all female federal delegation, is doing its part. There is hardly any political issue that does not warrant compromise. We’ve all heard the old axiom that politics is the art of compromise. That has been in short supply in Washington. For whatever the reason, women in politics seem to have more of an ability to negotiate and compromise than their male counterparts. Surely, at least, the inﬂuence of women in the entire negotiation process is important, just as it is to have Democrats, Republicans, and independents contribute to the decision-making.Not only will our country beneﬁt from higher participation of female elected representatives, so will our states and municipalities. According to the November edition of “Gender Matters,” a publication of the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative (www.nhwi.org), New Hampshire women make up 51 percent of our population, with a respectable 34 percent of our representation in the Statehouse. Women are underrepresented in municipal government, though. We have only 198 women out of 734 elected ofﬁcials in our cities and towns, only 21 percent female. Only two of our 13 cities have female mayors.Over my many years in New Hampshire political ofﬁce, I have observed the leadership styles of female Governors, female Presidents of the Senate, and female Speakers of the House. Without disparaging the leadership by many ﬁne male elected ofﬁcials, I have seen the contribution of their female counterparts to a debate process that is less acrimonious, but still effective, and legislation that has strengthened our state. There is a lot to be said for the contribution made by women in politics. If we could approach the point where the percentage of female elected ofﬁcials in all levels of government nears the 50 percent mark, more proportionate to the overall population, I think we will all beneﬁt from it.
Debora B. Pignatelli is a former State Representative, State Senator and current member of the Governor’s Executive Council. She is also a Board member of the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative.
In My Opinion...