Many interesting statements are made by town ofﬁcials during meetings and other gatherings. While most don’t warrant enough for a full story for our readers, some are great ideas, forward thinking and others make you say “what?” Or just shake your head. Our newspaper staff members when out and about are often asked questions, as if we should know more than the average citizen. Sometimes we do, but many times we have to make phone calls to ﬁnd out.Take a moment to ponder these thought-provoking happenings around Hudson and Litchﬁeld:
Altering Trafﬁc Patterns
Hudson Selectmen learned that change is hard. After a recommendation from the Highway Safety Committee and two public hearings and hours of discussion, the trafﬁc pattern in the Sagamore Industrial Park has been changed. Just as they were ready to vote on the town ordinance, a business owner in the industrial park appeared before them stating that they have turned Wentworth Avenue into a race track with the removal of stop signs at both of the three-way intersections. Selectmen hope to keep trafﬁc from the park off Lowell Road especially with the arrival of the Comcast Call Center. They hope that by making it easier to come out of the park on Flagstone Drive and turn right onto the bridge, it would keep trafﬁc off of Lowell Road at Executive and Hampshire intersections. Only time will tell.
E-mail released from the Hudson Engineering Department indicated that Laurie Stevens is no longer the Hudson town engineer. Stevens had only been with the town for about ﬁve months. The e-mail advised that those with engineering matters address them to Gary Webster.
A Deadly Concern
A Litchﬁeld reader called a member of the news team asking if it would take a fatality for the state and the town to install a light at the Page and Derry Road intersection. There was another severe accident earlier in the day.
School District Money Matters
During Monday night’s meeting, the Hudson School Board approved by a 4-0 vote $39,697.99 for Ex/Co-curricular nominations for the upcoming school year. A ﬁnal question for the Hudson School - what is the difference between a department head and a mentor?
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Lynda Bennett Proclaims her Candidacy for Treasurer of Hillsborough County Ralph Boehm Declares Candidacy for Litcheld State Representative
I am Ralph Boehm, candidate for State Representative for Litchﬁeld. I am asking for your vote to re-elect me to continue what I have always done. That is to represent the people of Litchﬁeld, all the people not some group, but all. I do not accept donations from any individual, corporation, or unions. I am a retired software engineer, and as always will be your full time representative. I have lived in Litchﬁeld for 38 years. For 22 years, from 1988 to 2010 I was a Selectman, Budget Committee member, and on the School Board . I have been a state rep in 2005-2006, and 2009 to present. In the past I was on the Home Education Advisory Council and presently on New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE). During the 2013-2014 academic year, 15 Litchﬁeld students saved an estimated total of $78,116 on their out-of-state tuition bills because of NEBHE’s programs. As reported by the
some months ago, I had 100 percent attendance for the past two years. And to repeat what someone had said in the
, one cannot represent you if they don’t show up. Not only do I have 100 percent attendance for house sessions, I have also not missed any committee meetings. I am currently the ranking Republican on the House Education Committee and previously the vice-chair, and over the past years we have passed a number of education bills to help ﬁx the education mess we have now. We increased tenure from three years to ﬁve, so your school board can make sure we hire good teachers. I worked on a bill that decreased the mandates for home schooled students. We also passed a scholarship law that will make private school accessible to all and not just the rich. But more needs to be done to put local control back in education.In the past two years I have received:99 percent and 100 percent from the House Republican Alliance – Highest among all Reps currently running.I am also on the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance’s ﬁve year Honor Roll. And received an A- the past two years.A+ in the past two years from Americans for Prosperity. A+ from the NH Families for Education. As you can see from these ratings, I am pro U.S. and NH constitutions, pro-business and against any increase in taxes. My goals are to continue to protect your freedom of speech, religion, your right to bear arms, and all other rights, including the 9th and 10th amendments which the federal government is abusing.Challenges for this term is to turn around the state’s economy. We need to lower the corporation taxes, we are the 48th highest in the country, and the highest in the region. Young people are leaving the state because of jobs, we need to keep our brightest in the state, and we can’t do this if businesses leave the state. We need to cut our spending, but we need a good conservative governor to force the state commissioners to slim their departments. So please vote for Ralph Boehm on September 9th and allow me to continue to represent all the people of Litchﬁeld. If you want to help my campaign by allowing a sign in your yard, holding signs at the polls, etc., contact me at: email@example.com. Remember, I do not want your money, just your help and vote. Lynda Bennett announced on August 1 her candidacy for county treasurer of Hillsborough County which includes 29 towns and two cities.“If I am elected, I will be a strong advocate to return each ﬁscal year budget surpluses to our taxpayers and scale back our bonding for county projects which, in turn, will save dollars for our citizens,” stated Hillsborough County Treasurer Candidate Lynda Bennett.Lynda is a native of New Hampshire, attended local schools and graduated from the University of New Hampshire and New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing. She is a CMC Parish Nurse Volunteer, active in her church, and an avid sports fan. A former regional administrator of Home Health Care, Lynda has two sons, Jeffrey and Gregory.
Some Comments on ‘Weather Whys’
Following are some comments on HLN’s “Weather Whys” of last week.So far, the planet has only gained a degree F. from manmade CO2 in the atmosphere. So of course, “all the bad things” have not happened yet. Te question is, what happens in a hundred years, when CO2 has doubled? With a constant Sun, and the present CO2 emissions trend, predictions center around a further increase of 6 degrees F. We can’t be completely certain of CO2’s precise eﬀects, but should we “buy some insurance” and cut its emission when the net cost is reasonable? Reducing the burning of coal saves lives. Wikipedia says: “A study commissioned by the Maryland nurses association in 2006 found that emissions from just six of Maryland’s coal-burning plants caused 700 deaths per year...” Tat is over 100 people dying, per year, for each coal ﬁred plant. As the article says, cuts in fossil fuel use are ﬁnancially painful in the short term, and people don’t want pipelines in their own backyard. “Weather Whys” claims “nor is anyone going to be allowed to build them.” o the contrary, four small pipelines are under construction now. Tey are listed at http://www.northeastgas.org/pdf/system_enhance0714.pdf. A dozen speciﬁc proposals are listed at http://www.northeastgas.org/pipeline_expansion.php. I predict: Follow the money, we will get more pipelines.Te article speaks of warming in the tropics: “where the models projected the steepest rise.” Tat is not what the models predict. Te models predict more surface warming at the higher latitudes and less at the tropics, which has, in fact, happened. See http://stephenschneider.stanford.edu/Climate/Climate_Science/Science.html#Itislikelythathumanactivitieshavecausedadiscernibleimpactonobserved. Te models predict that in the tropics, troposphere warming should be more than the warming of the surface there. Te graph shows the actual troposphere warming. It is less than expected so the data are under review.It is complicated. Sun was perhaps brighter in the 20th century than for hundreds of years. It has been less bright last 50 years, but the Earth continued warming. So to determine the amount of warming caused by CO2 we use science, and that means equations and models. And to project to the future, we must use models, since we obviously have no data for the future. And local or short time data don’t matter. We need a longer time frame, and global data. Tat is my proposal for the context of the quote spoken by Chris Folland. Te quote is from 1992. Te data for global warming were clear even then. Paul Watson was half quoted in “Weather Whys,” to infer that Watson is in favor of lying: “It doesn’t matter what is true; it only matters what people believe is true ... “ But in the rest of the quote, that was not included, Watson continues: “ … You are what the media deﬁne you to be ... ” o know Watson’s meaning you need more of the quote. Te quote is from http://www.aim.org/wls/author/paul-watson/, with their source: Environmental Overkill, by Dixy Lee Ray with Lou Guzzo, 1993, page 172. Spreading the truth is an uphill battle. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t matter what is true. It only matters what people believe is true. You can quote me on that. But use the whole quote, please.
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