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Te Department of Motor Vehicles states that Massachusetts requires children under age 8 or under 57 inches to ride in a federally approved car seat and those over these restrictions to use a seatbelt. School buses, however, have neither of these. Tere is much confusion as to why they are not required.Tere are many reasons people are against requiring seatbelts in buses. One popular reason is cost. Seatbelts will increase the cost of school buses and will also decrease the number of children that can ﬁt on each bus. Tis means the school will not only have to pay more but they will also use more buses than before. Many argue that the costs will outweigh the beneﬁts because children may use them incorrectly. Yes this is a possibility, but if children are taught to use them correctly then the majority of students will use them correctly. Te act of a child using a seat belt twice a day for the 180 days of school will help to reinforce how to correctly use a seatbelt and it will become habit for them no matter what vehicle they are in.School buses are safe because of their size, weight and set up. Tey have compartmentalization, which is the protection of the children between two high-backed padded seats. It is shown that this can provide protection from front impact collisions because the padded seats absorb most of the shock. Tere is still a possibility that the children could be launched into the aisles or out windows depending on how the accident occurs. Are we really helping our children by allowing unsafe motor vehicle safety habits? Not wearing a seatbelt may become habit for them no matter what vehicle they are in, including cars which are less safe vehicles than busses. Installing seatbelts on school buses may not increase the safety of the buses much, but may help to get children in the habit of regularly using a seatbelt.
Elizabeth White, Dracut, MA
Seatbelts on School Buses Should be MandatoryVote No, Yet Taxes Go Up
I just received my tax bill in the mail this week. Hundreds more dollars that I will have to take from my personal budget to redistribute to government. And for what, exactly? It isn’t like we all are receiving more in services is it? I see new police SUVs. Was that in the town budget from this past March? Nope. We voted that budget down. Hmm. Where did that money come from? Oh yeah. Te Board of Selectman found the money at the bottom of the default budget. How about an entirely new fancy telephone and voicemail system costing almost as much as a police SUV? Tat was in the budget, right? No. Tey did happen to ﬁnd those dollars also. I know. How about an entirely new comprehensive video and sound recording system for the police station? Tat had to be in the budget right? Umm … No! Tat was purchased with a refund of dollars from the Local Government Center because they were charging us too much for insurance. Funny how those dollars were re-appropriated. Now, the BOS will tell you that their portion of the tax rate has gone down and that would technically be true. But really. Where do you think government gets its money from? I mean, we aren’t the feds ... .we can’t simply print it. It comes from the tax payer. You. I suppose I could continue to outline what the school district has also done with “extra free” money; however, I think you have gotten the point. Go ahead. Open that envelope you received from town hall last week and it will detail how much more you will have to take away from you and your children so that those that work for us (LOL) don’t have to go without. How they can have better insurance, better beneﬁts, better equipment. Again, you get my point. Look, I do not begrudge the average employee for getting the best deal they can from their employer, I just happen to believe it shouldn’t be better than the average taxpayer that has to foot the bill. By returning the same nice people to their seats on these elected Boards only means more of the same come tax bill season. More for them. Less for you. Please write letters, show up at a meeting or two or just make a phone call. Tese folks literally hear from almost no one and they think they are doing you right. After all, it is your money and your town.
Jason Guerrette, Litchﬁeld
Exploring the Abenaki
submitted by Stacey Leary
The fourth grade classes at Grifﬁn Memorial School went back in time to the 1600s! The students recently enjoyed a presentation from the New Hampshire History Museum on the Abenaki Native Americans. This tribe was found living near the Amoskeag Falls in nearby Manchester. An informative presentation with detailed pictures was presented. The students were also able to handle artifacts and animal pelts. The Abenaki were a very resourceful people in that after they hunted an animal for survival, they would use all the parts of the animal. An animal bladder could be made into a rattle! The hooves were turned into paste, tendons into bow strings, and a jaw bone and teeth into a comb. We learned that the European settlers taught the Indians to create a system of money. They created purple and white beads from shells to use as currency. The purple beads were more rare, and therefore, worth more. Have you heard the popular song “Rock-a-bye Baby”? It’s said that this comes from Native Americans. Europeans wrote the song after they saw Abenaki women strap their babies to a birch bark cradle and suspend them from a tree branch. They did this so when the baby napped the wind would rock them to sleep. This week the fourth grade classes went on a ﬁeld trip to the State House and NH History Museum in Concord to learn more. We loved visiting the museum to see the 500 year old Abenaki dugout canoe that was found at the bottom of Lake Ossipee! We also had the chance to sit in a wigwam, which was the type of home they built. Learning about the Abenaki has been so much fun!
Who is Minding the Town’s History?
submitted by the Hudson Library Trustees
The Hudson Library Trustees recently presented an Open House at the Hills Memorial Library Building dealing with the preservation of the Town’s history and heritage. Field Representative Maggie Stier from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, conducted a thought-provoking mini seminar on what New Hampshire communities, including Hudson, can do to protect and preserve local history and heritage.Probing questions on: “Who is responsible for the Town’s history, and what authority do they have?” “How can the community preserve and protect its history?” “What techniques work well and what are the pitfalls to avoid?” were explored in a workshop forum with questions and answers. Guests included: New Hampshire State Senator Sharon Carson, State Representative Shawn Jasper, Hudson Historical Society member Ruth Parker, Rodgers Memorial Library staff and Trustees and interested community members from Hudson and the surrounding area.This presentation was one of the monthly featured Open House events held on the third Thursday of the month at the restored historical Hills Memorial Building, the home of the town’s library between 1909 and the dedication of the George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library which was dedicated in June 2009.The topic of the December Open House is a presentation on Holiday Traditions in Medieval Times which is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on December 19.For more information, call 886-6030 or www.rodgerslibrary.org.
Te fourth grade classes at Griﬃn Memorial School went back in time to the 1600s!
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