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Rockingham County’s High Sherif to Meet with Windham RepublicanTown Committee
e Windham Republican Town Committee is pleasedto welcome Rockingham County’s High Sherif, MikeDowning at their next regular meeting. e event willbe held at the Windham Senior Center at 7 p.m. onTuesday, September 20.Mr. Downing, ormerly the NH State Senator romSalem, was elected to Sherif last November ater acontentious primary. He will discuss his rst year inoce, particularly noting how he is managing the budgetcuts that have afected his department.is program is presented as a public service and isopen to all, no matter what party aliation. I anyonehas questions or wishes urther inormation, they may call Margaret Crisler 595-7625.
Margaret Crisler - Windham
Editor’s note: In response to the article, “Catholics ask Romney to Reject Bettencourt’s Oensive Statements about Catholic Bishop,” that ran in last week’s paper,Representative DJ Bettencourt has requested that the following letter, written by the Director of the Romney for President Catholic Coalition based in Northern Virginia, be published.
Another Liberal Catholic Trap
Borrowing a amous phrase rom President Reagan,“Well, there you go again.” is time the CatholicsUnited is at it again, demanding Governor Mitt Romney distance himsel rom an endorsement o the New Hampshire House Majority Leader.e Republican number two man in the New Hampshire House, DJ Bettencourt, recently endorsedthe Governor. He stated, “I think Governor Romney’sexperience in Massachusetts best suits him to take on thechallenges o the country.” e average reader wouldprobably conclude just another state representativeendorsement.Enter Catholics United, liberal ront organizationthat attacks traditional Catholics and regularly engagesin partisan activities. A simple search on their websitereveals the group is nothing more than opportunistslooking each day or ways to take down Republicans.ey were vocal attack dogs against the Wisconsinlegislature and stood on the side o union bosses andagainst working amilies and taxpayers. ey haverepeatedly endorsed the ailed policies o Barack Obama’sadministration. ey pushed or a universal healthcaretakeover, supported the Supreme Court nomination o activist judge Sonia Sotomayor, pushed Cap and Taxlegislation, and worked to advance other job killingmeasures.ereore, it was no surprise when the so-calledCatholics United group dug up a statement rom Aprilo this year when Representative Bettencourt called theCatholic Bishop John McCormack a “pedophile pimp.”e ull statement read:“Would the Bishop like to discuss his history o protecting the ‘vulnerable’? is man is a pedophilepimp who should have been led away rom the StateHouse in handcufs with a rain coat over his head indisgrace. He has absolutely no moral credibility tolecture anyone.”His comments were in regard to the Bishop’s publiclobbying against the recently passed state budget, which cut government spending by 11 percent. New Hampshire, like most states, had to make hard choices inits state budget. Representative Bettencourt statementsabout the Bishop were about the ongoing New Hampshire Attorney General’s numerous cases and auditagreement about the Diocese o Manchester coveringup priest abuse cases. Representative Bettencourt hasapologized or his comments. Catholics United doesnot mention this apology. ey have decided to use thisstatement as another liberal trap or Governor Romney.Representative Bettencourt, a Catholic himsel,eels that Bishops who cover up priest abuse cases arenot above the law. Representative Bettencourt is notalone in those regards. e vast majority o Churchgoing Catholics would agree with him. His language was strong, but this issue strikes a raw nerve in every Catholic. He should be applauded or his stance.Should Governor Romney distance himsel rom thisendorsement? No way! e Governor should realize thatmost Catholics eel as Representative Bettencourt does.e Governor should know that Catholic Priests whoabuse others should not be wearing collars, but shouldbe in jail, and those that cover up such cases should be inadjoining cells.
Steve Kramer – Alexandria, VA
Renovated Schools’ PublicOpen Houses this Weekend
Phase 1 o the Salem Schools’ Facility RenovationProject is substantially completed, and public openhouses are this weekend. Lancaster’s open house istonight (Friday) 6-8 p.m.; Barron’s open house istomorrow (Saturday) 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and North Salem’sopen house is tomorrow (Saturday) 1-3 p.m. ese openhouses are a wonderul opportunity or all o the publicto view the improvements and expansions to Salem’s threeelementary schools. All citizens are encouraged to attendany or all with their amilies and riends. Salem Fest isalso on Saturday, which presents a great opportunity toattend both that event as well as the open houses. It is aestive day or Salem.Many parents and citizens o the Salem community worked very hard to pass Warrant Article 2, whichresulted in Phase 1 o the Facility Renovation Projectcoming to ruition. Over the past year and a hal, theschool administration, building committee, constructioncompany, teachers, staf, kids, and parents have put orthull efort in making the renovations a success. equality o the construction work is outstanding, and theproject has come in on time and under budget. We now have three elementary schools in Salem thatare adequate acilities. ey meet current saety code.Sprinklers are installed in classrooms, and asbestos hasbeen removed. Additional storage space has removedthe necessity o storing equipment and supplies in thehallways. Stairwells have been expanded. Security systems have beeninstalled at allentrances. Frontadministrationareas have beenreconguredto increasevisibility to theront entranceand provideincreased studentaccessibility to theoce.ese schoolsnow meet moderneducationalstandards,providing orbetter educationalquality. AdditionalclassroomsincludeKindergarten,and portableclassroomshave been removed. Additional space or small groupinstruction now adequately accommodates subjectssuch as occupational therapy, speech therapy, ESOL,and special education needs. ese small groups arenot relegated to the hallways and closets any longer.Separate gymnasiums/multi-purpose rooms will ofer adedicated venue or physical education and other schoolactivities, in addition to accommodating the needs o Salem’s recreation groups. Separate gyms and caeteriasalso increase saety, as students will not be co-locatedin a room serving ood nor have to navigate aroundstored tables, risers, gym equipment, and other itemspreviously stored in the combination multi-purposerooms/caeterias. Expanded and dedicated libraries now can adequately meet the needs o library education.e renovated and expanded schools also eaturegreater energy eciency through the installation o new boilers, a new roo, and new HVAC and electricalinrastructure. New lighting xtures are energy ecient,and new plumbing xtures save water. All o these thingshelp to save money and resources over the long run, while providing a better, saer, and quieter environmentor learning.e nancial impact to taxpayers is also considerably less than rst projected, due to securing interest-reenancing on the majority o the bond. e cost or ahome valued at $300,000 was zero in year one (coveredby impact ees). e second year will be under $35and the third year under $40. e ourth year will bethe highest year at $72, decreasing thereater over theremaining thirteen years o the bond. Overall, the schooldistrict saved taxpayers $6.8 million in interest costs.I hope that as many people as possible can attend theseopen houses to see rst-hand the immense improvementsand incredible value or the tax dollar. Students at threeo our elementary schools now have adequate acilities tosupport an optimized learning environment and schoolexperience. It is a great thing or Salem. ank you toall or your past and continuing support.
Sherry Kilgus-Kramer - Salem
Salem Lions Club5k Walk or Hunger
e Salem Lions Club will be hosting the First AnnualSalem Lions Club 5K Walk or Hunger on Sunday,October 2. e walk will start and nish at SalemCooperative Bank, 3 South Broadway, Salem. Sign in will begin at 9 a.m. All proceeds o the event will be distributed to thelocal ood pantries. e Lions Club has supported thepantries or many years and this is a crucial time o yearor them. is year the Club would like to include thecommunity in their efort with a 5K walk. e walk is aamily event and all are welcome to participate.ere will be a $10 registration ee and walkers areasked to obtain pledges and raise money to be donatedto the pantries. Each walker is asked to bring a non-perishable ood item to the event or the on-sight ooddrive.e rst 250 walkers will receive a T-shirt and allparticipants are invited to the cookout ater the walk.I you would like to participate in the Walk orHunger, simply go to the Salem Lions Club Website, www.salemlionsclub.org and print your registration andpledge orm. Mail the registration orm along with the$10 ee to Salem Lions Club, PO Box 294, Salem NH03079.e club is also seeking corporate sponsors. Formore inormation about sponsorship, please call SandraDennehy at (603) 560-1988 or Sheryl Parsons at (603)894-5631.e Salem Lions look orward to a successulcommunity project to help the needy in our community.
Sheryl Parsons, President, Salem Lions Club - Salem
In Response to the“umbs” Column
Two “thumbs down” in the September 9 editionillustrate maniestly the indelible divisions in Americatoday. e rst is a well-written and rather caustic“thumbs down” on Ed Brooks, whose weekly rants ignorebasic truths, and the second is a “thumbs up” or Brooks while taking a pot shot at me with a weakly supportedrationale. I should like to present a brie support or my political eelings. We started this new century with a growing, healthy scal condition and ended the rst decade in a sea o decits. Our vision or prosperity is the lowest since theGreat Depression, and it all started with 9/11 and thenancial losses incurred by that tragedy: 3,000 peoplelost and a collapse o over a trillion in market value.But these costs pale in comparison to a poorly handledresponse in the orm o never-ending wars, one o which was totally unnecessary and both paid or with borrowedmoney. e record shows that when Bush was advised on August 6, 2001, in his “President’s Daily Bulletin” thatBin Laden was going to attack
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