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Scott Brown is Perfect
Tat’s right. You heard me correctly. Scott Brown is perfect. He is a perfect example of what is wrong with the two-party system. He is a perfect example of why the two-party system equals zero choice. He is a perfect example why the lesser of two evils is still evil. And he is a perfect example of why one should always vote principle over party.Did you know that he supported Obama’s jobs bill while a senator in Massachusetts? Do you really expect him to be diﬀerent as a U.S. Senator here in New Hampshire?It is the same reason Romney was no better than Obama in the last presidential election. Would RomneyCare – national edition – be that much better than ObamaCare? I doubt it. Would you trust a politician who is pro-choice in his home state, but pro-life on a national stage? I don’t. Now if Romney had said he was pro-choice for Massachusetts but stood mute on the issue on a national stage, or better yet, actually said it is a state’s rights issue, then at least you would know he actually read the Constitution.But Scott Brown is no diﬀerent than Romney. He made no reference to the Constitution during any of his campaigns for public oﬃ ce. Of course he has a right to run for any oﬃ ce in any state he can establish legal residency in, much the same as Hillary Clinton did in New York. But look at consistency. You see, I can respect people I disagree with. I respect Ralph Nader even though I disagree with him on virtually every issue. Why? He is consistent. He does not change his message to pander to his audience. Ron Paul is the same way on the other end. I have a recording of when he ran for president in 1988. Other than the references to events that were current back then, one could just as easily be listening to a speech he gave in 2012.People will vote for Scott Brown just because “he is not Jeanne Shaheen.” Tey may even say he is better than Shaheen. How much better? If someone asks you to support Scott Brown, try asking them to say why Scott Brown is the better choice without mentioning our current senator. Ten, assuming he or she can even do that, do the research and see if that message is consistent with what he said or did as senator from Massachusetts. A friend of mine (yes, I actually have some) who is a Republican state rep in another district once told me that voting for a third party is like expecting a coin to land on its edge. o which I responded, “Voting for a third party may be like expecting a coin to land on its edge. But voting for one of the two larger parties and expecting meaningful change, is like expecting a two-headed coin to land on tails.”
Richard B. Kahn, M.Ed., Hudson
ank You For All You Do
I am writing to thank two wonderful groups on our community.I would to thank the Litchﬁeld Lions Club for completing the vision screening for the Griﬃ n Memorial students. Te Lions are a generous, patient group of volunteers who work beautifully with the students to complete the vision screening every year. Tis provides a necessary service to all the students and I thank Lions Club for their time and eﬀort.I would also like to extend a huge thank you to the staﬀ of Griﬃ n Memorial School for their generous donations to the “Christmas Angels” project. Every year our staﬀ generously adopts many needy community children and make their Christmas very special. Te students and parents all are involved in this charity. Te staﬀ at GMS always go above and beyond to help these children and families. Te response always warms my heart. Again, a special “Tank you” goes out to the special people in our community. I am sincerely grateful.
Susan G. Seabrook, RNBS, School Nurse, Griﬃ n Memorial School, Litchﬁeld
Reality Check on Climate and Energy
It is perfectly reasonable to be green minded and work towards conservation of our resources and clean air and water. But CO2 has been incorrectly blamed for the natural cycles of temperatures and weather extremes of drought, ﬂood, hurricanes, tornadoes, heat and cold. Instead of a health hazard, CO2 is plant food and has helped greatly improve global crop yields and feed the increasing population. Tanks to improved hybrids and farming practices and increased CO2, a 50-year trend of remarkable growth in world grain production has followed. Since 1960, global wheat and rice production has tripled, and corn production is almost ﬁve times higher. CO2’s claimed eﬀect on climate has been falsiﬁed. Global warming has stopped for 17 years (0.9F cooling here in the northeast in winters during that period) even as CO2 has risen 11 percent. In Europe, the green agenda has led to great increases in the cost of energy as the winters turned sharply colder. In the last decade 280,000 Brits have died from the cold and 10,000 from the heat. We have been focusing on the wrong enemy. Te number of heat records have been declining since the 1930s. wenty-three of the 50 states’ all time heat records occurred in the 1930s and 39 before 1960. More cold than heat records have been set since the 1940s. Te claims about high-ranking months and years is with ‘adjusted’ (manipulated) data. Te heat and cold records are unadjusted. Sea level rise has slowed 43 percent from the 20th century, and there is no upward trend in drought and ﬂood. Hurricane activity globally is at a 34 year low. Sandy was a borderline Category 1 storm. Eight Category 3 or higher hit the Atlantic coast from 1938 to 1960. Te tornado count this year was over 140 fewer than any year since records started in the 1950s. Wildﬁre numbers were the lowest since modern records began in 1985. Te arctic ice cover bounced back over 50 percent with the coldest summer on record while new records for ice were set in Antarctica, even trapping a research ship this month, summer in Antarctica. Snow was supposed to become rare. Four of the top ﬁve snowiest years for the northern hemisphere have been in the last six years and we have had more east coast snowstorms this decade than any in history just four years in.In Europe had ﬁve straight brutally cold winters and scientists are said to be “baﬄ ed” that their models have failed them. Te UK Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered ministers to ditch the ‘green crap’ blamed for driving up energy bills and making business uncompetitive. In Germany 600,000 homes had their electricity turned oﬀ during the last brutal winter as electricity prices skyrocketed, and the country is rushing to build 10 coal ﬁred plants to lower costs. In the UK 12 million people are said to be in fuel poverty, having to choose between heating and eating and 280,000 have died from the cold since 2003. If we follow Kuster’s RES plan, we would lose 1 million jobs by 2020 and average families will pay $2,400 more per year for electricity (Kreutzer, 2010). Why would the governments of the world go down this path? o save the planet?UN Climate Oﬃ cial Ottmar Edenhofer in November 2010 admitted “one has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy.” Instead, climate change policy is about how “we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth ...”
Joseph D’Aleo, Co-Founder of the Weather Channel, Hudson
Hudson Fish & Game Club Grateful for anksgiving Dinner Donations
On behalf of the Hudson Fish & Game Club volunteers, we would like to thank you for all of your donations to our annual 2013 Tanksgiving Dinner. Tis year was a huge success due to the donations we received as well as the hundreds of volunteers who prepared and delivered close to 1,200 hot homemade meals which were individually delivered to elderly, homebound, needy or simply those celebrating the holiday in isolation. Deliveries were made within the community of Hudson, as well as surrounding communities of Nashua, Derry, Pelham, Merrimack, Litchﬁeld, Milford and yngsborough, Massachusetts. Additionally, approximately 100 guests came to our facility to eat in the company of friends. After 23 years, our tradition continues to grow. We rely entirely on charitable donations and volunteers giving of their time and services to bring the holiday joy to the homes of those who are isolated and alone. Without your support, many would have gone without a hot meal to celebrate the Tanksgiving Day tradition. With your help, our volunteers bring warmth to their holidays. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. On behalf of the members of the Hudson Fish & Game Club, the Knox family and volunteers, we thank you and look forward to next year.
Members and Volunteers, Hudson Fish & Game Club, Hudson
Your Voting Makes It Worth the Time
Te Budget season in Hudson is my least favorite time of the year; it is two grueling months of deliberation on the School and own budgets, that constantly brings on the ire of the governing Boards as well as the department heads on both School and own sides. Te Budget Committee by its very nature is adversarial to both Boards with the job of second guessing the governing Boards in regards to the budget.People gripe about taxes in the town, but it seems that if I propose changes in police, ﬁre, highway, recreation or schools, I am accused of wanting to see blood ﬂow in the streets, houses burn, peoples’ lives threatened, winter accidents and children hurt. Apparently attempting to be frugal with the taxpayers’ money is not a popular stance to have, but that is part of what the Budget Committee is for.Being on the Budget Committee is not for the faint of heart as attested to by the lack of people running for this Oﬃ ce, but it is a necessary task that I have been doing for years. If you feel as several governing Board members that the Budget Committee is an unnecessary annoyance, then perhaps we should investigate changing to some other form of own Government.Te truth is that neither the Board of Selectmen, the School Board nor the Budget Committee have any power that is not controlled by the axpayers of Hudson. I urge each and every one of you to get involved in the Deliberative Sessions where you can eﬀect change in the budgets and in the Elections to ratify your budgets and elect people who reﬂect your values.
John Drabinowicz, Hudson
by Doug Robinson
By a unanimous vote, the Town of Hudson Board of Selectmen has voted to “shutter” (close permanently) the Hudson Skate Park on the corner of Melendy Road and Central Street.At an original cost of $50,000, the park has become subject to ongoing vandalism. The park has been closed since August 2013.Problems with the skate park have been ongoing for years and the selectmen stated it would be closed unless the users took better care of the facility.Hudson Road Agent Kevin Burns’ crew have had to spend many hours cleaning up broken class, removing trash, as well as repainting the facility due to grafﬁti issues.In August, Burns wrote, “[The skate park] has become a ﬁnancial drain and is very labor-intensive keeping this centrally located park from becoming an eyesore. When the park was ﬁrst constructed by the highway department for the recreation department, it was to be a family park (complete with) a separate skate area for little ones ... vending machines, a water bubbler, benches, lighted ﬂag poles, irrigation, fenced-in portable toilets and picnic tables. The cost of the facility was over $50,000. Over time, all of the above items have been destroyed.”A couple of years ago, the selectmen stressed to the public and the skateboarders that the park would be closed unless the users took better care of the facility.During 2013, “It’s gotten worse over the last few months,” commented Selectman Nadeau at the August 2013 meeting. “The crews who are supposed to be maintaining our roads [are] babysitting the skate park every day.”At the January 7 selectmen’s meeting, Nadeau stated, “Nobody has come forward to do anything for the park. At this time, [I suggest we] keep the park closed permanently.”Selectman Ted Luzsey commented, “A group of volunteers needs to come together and come to this body and present to the board how they are going to resurrect the park.”After the vote, Chairman Rick Maddox suggested that the board give the road agent instructions to dismantle the park and to see what needs to be scrapped and what can be salvaged.Selectman Nadeau commented that a few residents have suggested to him that the 1.7 acres of town land be used for “horseshoes or bocce.” Other ideas, suggested by Recreation Director Dave Yates and Burns, have been the possibility of a “combination volleyball court and instructional tennis court.”
Hudson Skate Park “Shuttered”
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