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Salem Community Patriot |
January 10, 2014 - 3
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Bernard H. Campbell Announces Bid for Re-Election to School Board
It has been my pleasure to have served on the Salem School Board for nearly 16 years. Over that time, I believe that my professional background as a practicing attorney concentrating in municipal law and my experience as a local business owner serving the Salem community has helped me make positive contributions to the function of the school board and the operation of the Salem School District. Because I believe I can continue to help shape eﬀective educational policy, which balances the needs of our students, and the capacity of our community, I am seeking your vote to return me to the board for another three-year term.Clearly one of the most important initiatives which the school board has undertaken in the last six years has been the elementary school renovation program. I am grateful for the community’s support for that eﬀort. I advocated for and supported the approach taken in March of 2013 which will bring needed safety and code enhancements to all our elementary schools, while focusing facility expansions in a fashion which avoids committing funds to facilities we may not need in the future.In the months ahead, the community is going to be engaged in a similar discussion concerning the renovation of Salem High School. Te need for renovations is, I believe, self-evident to all the community. Te type and scope of renovations should match the reasonable needs of “21st Century Learners” (a key element of the recently adopted new District Strategic Plan) and the number of students which we can eﬀectively project. In addition, any renovation plan should recognize the “community needs” which are fulﬁlled by Salem High School. Salem High School is, and should remain, the heart of the Salem community.On a personal level, I have lived and worked in this community my entire life, graduating from Salem High in 1974, and commuting to Boston University School of Law from 1977-1980. With my law oﬃce in the community, I am in touch with local events. I have two children, both of whom graduated from Salem High and both of whom have pursued teaching as a profession. I make it a priority to attend activities in our schools, whether it is broadcasting fall football, supporting performing arts, or attending awards programs at Salem High School. I am honored to be a member of the Salem-Woodbury Hall of Fame. For years I was active with the local Dollars for Scholars and served as president in 1983-1984. Both my law oﬃce and my family business, Campbell’s Scottish Highlands, are members of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce and I am proud to have been selected to receive the Bill Brown Business Person of the Year award from the Chamber in 2010. I hold (or have held) leadership positions in the New Hampshire Bar Association, the NH ax Collectors Ass’n, and the United Methodist Church, both locally and in the New England area. In addition to my service on the school board, I have served a deputy moderator approximately 20 years.If I am re-elected to the school board, I pledge to continue the pursuit of educational opportunities for all Salem students. Tis means active participation, critical thinking, and analysis, working cooperatively with the other board members and being an advocate for children in the Salem schools.I would appreciate your vote for school board on Election Day: March 11, 2014.
Bernard H. Campbell, Salem
Standing for Something or Fall for Anything
Most people would agree that if you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything. Te current thinking among those of the Liberal bent and philosophy teaches we can do what we want as long as it feels right and good regardless that it hurts people and society as a whole.Tis trend among many is to foster a society which has no regard for the consequences of huge government debt, support for welfare illegal aliens, disdain for the unborn, disregard for freedom of religion, even your right to stand your ground to protect your family. Liberally they support smoking, excessive drinking, unchecked welfare, and taxation without representation, which can all lead to morally corrupt expensive disasters for a civil society.It seems that the present Obama administration just says, “Just move along there is nothing to see here.” Yet, we know they continue to have scandal after scandal, FBI, IRS, Fast and Furious Gun smuggling, and ObamaCare just to name a few. We Americans want honest government. Not a destructive nor lesser credible government like we have!I believe if a person feels the need to engage in these activities under the
Bill of Rights
! So be it! However, the laws need to be enforced and made stronger to protect the innocent people that are being harmed in the name of liberalism and a corrupt big government. We see every day this liberal way of life slowly destroying America, by undermining the fabric of a sound society. Te current Paul Duck controversy is an example of people trying to stop one person from expressing his sincere views and beliefs. It shows that network A&E will bow to the political oppressors of the NAACP and homosexual groups. What needs to be said, would Martin Luther King have endorsed their so called outrage? I believe not. He was for free speech! Unless we turn back to believe in “One nation under God,” with liberty and freedom of speech for all, we as a nation will continue to be under attack by terrorism and forces of progressive evil founded by liberalism.
Ed Brooks, Salem
Grateful to Salem Fireﬁghters Relief Association
It is with great appreciation I write this letter of thanks to the Salem Fireﬁghters Relief Association. On Monday, December 16th, Salem’s seniors were once again treated to an incredible holiday feast by our local ﬁreﬁghters. Nearly 300 Seniors attended the 27th Anniversary of this fabulous event. We had to take reservations in two shifts to be able to accommodate all who wanted to attend!Te seniors were served an Italian luncheon of salad, home-cooked pasta, meatballs and dessert by the most delightful and happy ‘elves’. More than thirty ﬁreﬁghters, family members and friends volunteered their time and talents to make this wonderful day possible. Tey did all the shopping, prepping, cooking, serving and cleaning themselves. With so many years of wonderful memories, the seniors look forward to this time of year with great anticipation. Te ﬁreﬁghters have an intuitive knack of making the seniors feel so special. On behalf of our seniors I want to extend our sincere and tremendous appreciation to the Salem Fireﬁghters Relief Association for their enormous generosity in serving delicious fare, special treatment and great fun! It’s been the talk of the center with compliments and rave reviews abounding.Special thanks also goes to Judith Morrison, who volunteered to play the piano and enhance the holiday party atmosphere.Our best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Patricia M. Drelick, Director, Salem Senior Services, Salem
America Passes Its First Budget Since 2009
Congratulations is due (ﬁnally) to the two-year bipartisan budget agreement hammered out by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last Tursday, serving as a slightly-late but welcome Christmas present to the country. Negotiations were headed by Democrat Patty Murray and Republican (and last year’s VP candidate) Paul Ryan, and was strongly fueled by a conscious desire to avert another government shutdown on January 15 (unfortunately still a possibility). Te House vote was 332-94, and the earlier Senate tally was 64-36, both bodies headed as usual by the Democrats and a smattering of moderate Republicans, a group whose numbers both in the Senate and the House are beginning to grow as the Washington GOP at long last is beginning to wake up to the fact, realized by the rest of us since Day One back in 2010, that their noxious ea Party faction holds as much, if not even more danger for their numbers than they do to the Democrats.Tis is the ﬁrst federal budget agreed to in
by our hopelessly-divided politicians in Washington, and predictably the only way that both sides were able to pass the legislation was for speaker John Boehner’s GOP-controlled House to ﬁnally wake up, smell the coﬀee and repudiate the ea Party arm of their cabal. And Boehner certainly accomplished this in a big way a couple weeks before Christmas as the budget logjam continued, thanks to the rent Franks and Rich Nugents of his world, by lashing out vehemently against his regressive antagonizers, calling them “ridiculous,” likening the mainstream GOP/ea Party battle as a “civil war,” and ﬁnally verbalizing what anyone of intelligence has known for the past ﬁve years by intoning “I think they are misleading their followers”. Gee, John ... you
Tis should’ve-remained-underground Republican subgenre began forming several weeks after Obama won the presidency over John McCain back in November, 2008. Many shadowy outside organizations like Heritage Action and the Senate Conservative Fund helped the ea Partiers immeasurably in their nascent months, providing dollars and publicity, which included many ugly anti-Obama billboards, faux news spots, etc. Teir adherents currently are approximately 90 percent white and 60 percent male and demonstrated early-on that they had no problem whatsoever blasting and blaming the Obama administration for every Bush/Cheney-caused mess that they inherited, from a ruined economy, two raging wars, hundreds of thousands of lost jobs
, and the complete erosion of faith of our overseas allies. Four years of rampant, unprecedented GOP Senate ﬁlibustering of everything from legislation to routine presidential judge appointments rendered the Democrats’ changing the ﬁlibuster rules on November 21 a foregone conclusion to anyone following the continuing Washington impasse.Originally claiming to be a libertarian-style anti-tax group, a little surveying of their voting proclivities from the Obama victory to the present shows ea Party pols to be just another anti-minority/women/immigrant/entitlement program cabal whose national signiﬁcance rests on American conservative voters pulling the levers for them in droves back in November 2010 while many Democrat voters stayed home watching daytime V, protesting the fact that the United States wasn’t back to the Bill Clinton years yet. Boehner and the rest of the GOP hierarchy had no problem back then backing these regressives, even as many of them campaigned against and defeated solid moderate Republicans like Richard Lugar, Charlie Crist and Bob Bennett.But it’s nice to see Boehner along with other national-level Republicans come around, even if belatedly. Te Democrat Party had to ﬁght tooth-and-nail over Obama’s ﬁrst term to pass all the legislation that pulled America out of the boiling cauldron George W. Bush had left it in, as the Republican House/Senate fought against each and every bill, even including many that in the past would’ve been embraced by any respectable conservative. Tere was no “mainstream” GOP during those four years, as the Republican- headed House and the ugly Mitch McConnell-led Senate minority denigrated and ﬁlibustered the very legislation, job programs, etc. that enabled our nation to recover. Tankfully there looks like there’s a chance for some enforced bipartisan cooperation between the parties over the next three years due to the Speaker’s about-face regarding his ea Party members, who have become more of a thorn in their own party’s side than the opposition Democrats ever could be.
William F. Klessens, Salem
I support the Zoning Amendment Proposed by the Salem Planning Department
At the Salem elections in March, I will be supporting the zoning amendment proposed by the Salem Planning Department to permit temporary signs for charities on residential and commercial property under the conditions speciﬁed. In the future I will be working with other interested Salem residents to expand the zoning amendment, but this proposed amendment oﬀers much more legal protection for charitable organizations than they have now.Here is an example of the shortfall of legal protection: I just learned yesterday from the new attorney who works for the own of Salem that signs for charitable fundraisers on personal property are considered commercial! Tus, signs for charitable organizations’ fundraisers are prohibited unless the newly proposed ordinance is approved since commercial signs on private property are not permitted. At 7 p.m. uesday, January 21, interested citizens can attend the second hearing on this proposed zoning amendment that will join the current Zoning Ordinance 7:2.4.2 as paragraph 11 if adopted. So many questions were discussed by the public and the Planning Board members at the ﬁrst hearing that the Planning Board agreed to hold the allowed second public hearing.I am horriﬁed by the interpretation that non-proﬁt fundraisers are considered commercial, but that’s how another experienced volunteer board member conﬁrmed the state law. And unless zoning speciﬁcally permits something, it is prohibited. Tat sounds backwards to me, (like being guilty until proven innocent), but they claim that’s NH law. He said we probably would not get in trouble for posting signs for charitable fundraisers, but if someone complained, the own would have the right to remove the signs right oﬀ our residential property. So it sounds like the current law is much worse than my pet peeve, which is not permitting temporary signs in the right-of-way. Some of us are currently circulating a petition for removing the prohibition in the Municipal Code 275-17B (not a zoning ordinance) of signs in the right-of-way and on other own property. Tis petition will
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