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Opinions on CACR 12 Discussion
On Saturday, March 12, I traveled to Derry to hear NH HouseSpeaker William O’Brien discuss his proposed constitutionalamendment to CACR 12 on education funding. I decided to gobecause I wanted to hear his arguments for this amendment withoutany media lter and to get a rsthand impression of the man and hisleadership style.In attendance were 20-25 registered voters, bipartisan, with amajority opposed to the Speaker’s amendment. Many with well-articulated counterarguments came from known Republicans,including a former member of the legislature. All were respectful of Speaker O’Brien and most thanked him for making the trip to Derrybefore making their comments.What they got in response was often arrogant and condescendingin both substance and tone. He told one attendee after he spokethat “your comments were eloquent, but you couldn’t be morewrong.” This sort of mechanical and curt style remained hisdemeanor throughout the session. Never once did he appear to beseriously considering any counterarguments to his amendment.One former legislator who has also served as a ballot clerk inDerry noted how often voters cast ballots on questions without evena basic understanding of what they mean and will often ask herfor what she thought. Her comments held the implication that theexplanation of the potential impact this amendment will have onlocal property taxes or school funding was insufciently articulated.O’Brien’s response to this assertion was to openly scoff at suchcynicism about our wonderful democracy. I found his reaction tobe convenient at best, or absurdly naive at worst. Mr. Speaker, youmay not have been listening to us, but believe me, I was listening toyou and I didn’t like what I heard.
Jane Lang - Salem
Special Olympics Basketball Thank-You
This past Sunday, March 13, the Salem Recreation Departmenthosted a regional Basketball assessment for Special Olympics NewHampshire. This event brought over 350 special needs athletesto the high school to compete against other special needs teamsfor placement at the State Tournament in Portsmouth. As you canimagine, lots of planning and help make this event run as well as itdoes. Many groups, organizations, and people help put this eventon every year and I wanted to recognize them for their assistance.The Greater Salem Vineyard offered everyone that attended theevent coffee, fruit, baked breads, and juice to help wake up as theyarrived. Patti Corbett organized a couple dozen students from GreatBay Community College to help keep score, ofciate, evaluate, andrun the various events. The Methuen/Salem Rotary Club providedlunch for all athletes, coaches, volunteers, families, and providers.Don Marcotte, William Carter, Tony Lamonica, Michael Harrington,Kevin Richard, and others donated their time by ofciating the 5 on5 games. Thank you to handful of volunteers the Student Counciland CCD. Jeanine Bannon made copies and gathered all paperworkand materials leading up to the event. Thank you to Lana Younkerand the School District for providing the space and for alwayslending a hand, including the coordination of the cafeteria andcustodians. Last, but certainly not least, to all of the coaches andvolunteers that work with the athletes every week to prepare themfor this and the state tournament.Again, the event ran very smoothly because of all of thepeople listed above. If you’re interested in being part or assistingwith future programs, feel free to contact the Salem RecreationDepartment.
Chris Dillon, C.P.R.P., Recreation Director - Salem
Nero Keeps Fiddling
In the midst of economic crisis in America, exacerbated by thestiff rise in energy prices, food prices, and the raging inferno of the Middle East, what are Mr. Obama and his wife spending a daydoing? Having a summit on bullying! Yup, bullying in school andon the Internet was featured at the White House while the countryand the world boil with real crisis.Years ago, I was bullied in school, terrorized by a small gang of “hoods” with their leather coats and churlish attitudes. I handledit by avoidance and work—I believe it’s called turning the othercheek. Today, it certainly can get more complex.However, I nd it ironic, the real perpetrators of fear, intimidation,property destruction, and threats of harm aren’t being discussed inthis mighty summit. No, they spoke of the nasty teenagers and pre-pubescent name-callers, not the reality of the perpetrators of truebullying – the Obama Administration and its partners – the Unions.The case in Wisconsin is truly instructive of what happenswhen the taxpayers nally have had enough and empower theirrepresentatives in government to stand up and take action. Not onlywere there illegal protests by the teachers, but mostly by bussed-in Unionists from out of state. Many of those who were bussed inwere intimidated into it with the “go or lose your job” threat. Theseprotesters inhabited public buildings and trashed them, causingmillions in damages. Obama’s own organization was involved inthe early bussing efforts.After the vote last week, there were death threats to Republicanswho voted and their families. Now, that is bullying. It hasintensied since the Nobel Peace Prize winner has taken over.There were the bank protests during TARP, when SEIU memberspicketed and threatened a bank president’s house and family.SEIU bussed in “protesters” during last year’sHealthcare Town Meetings in New Hampshire,turning several into shouting matches asUnionists jammed the meeting rooms anddidn’t let real voters attend.From intimidating banks to take TARPmoney so they could be further regulated, tointimidating legitimate investors to take 10cents on the dollar settlements during the carbankruptcies so he could give the UAW 40percent of GM and 35 percent of Chrysler,to ordering all drilling to cease in the Gulf – shallow and deep water alike – this Presidenthas used his “bully pulpit” and his agents andredened the term.The worst was the coercion used by Obama,Reid, and Pelosi during Obamacare’s passage.“But we have to pass the bill so you can ndout what is in it…” [Nancy Pelosi quote].During this campaign, they forced the voteby bribing and bullying legislators to “keepthem in line.” He has consistently favored theUnion position and John Stern, President of theSEIU, is the most frequent single visitor to theWhite House.By making the payment of dues a voluntaryaction, and through enabling right to work orfreedom to choose to be a union person in ajob or not, the Unions stand to lose hundredsof millions in dues. The Democratic Partyloses as a result because those Union dues andpension funds give Democrats the majorityof their donations. The level of chaos, illegalstriking, and ultimately violence is going torise from those who intimidate to get their way.We must empower our politicians to have thestrength and fortitude to resist this bullyingand do what is right for taxpayers—cut thelink between the Unions and Governmentand let the taxpayers run their municipalitiesaccording to fairness and merit, not nepotism,threats, and COLAS.
Bill Weimar - Salem
The voters have spoken. They want government spending to becontrolled and managed closer to the cost of living. The voters werenot happy how the selectmen overrode their positions on the watermeters and on some school issues. I was sad to see Everett McBrideget bumped out, but I was happy to see Steve Campbell given achance.
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