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January 6, 2012 - 3
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Believe in America, Vote for Mitt Romney
In November 2008, Americans elected Barack Obama tosucceed George W. Bush as the 44th President o the UnitedStates. Carrying promises o “hope” and “change,” andboasting a platorm littered with empty promises, then-SenatorObama won his election handily.It is now January o 2012 - it has been three years sincePresident Obama stood upon the steps o the Capitol buildingto take the sacred oath o ofce. With unemployment ratesnearing nine percent, a national debt o $15.1 trillion, gasprices revolving around $3.35 a gallon, and 62 percent o Americans believing that our economic situation is bound toonly get worse, we have to ask - can we really aord our moreyears o an Obama presidency?Trough my experience researching and talking withriends and amily around Hudson, it is obvious to me that Americans are looking or a real change in the way Washingtonis run. People are ed up with the Obama Administration’sirresponsible spending, sense o American ineriority, andunhealthy love o taxes and ees. Tey want a President who will cut taxes on working-class Americans, and allow themto keep and benet rom the ruits o their own labor; aPresident who will see to it that ederal spending is reignedin, all while keeping the United States a shining beacon o hope and strength or generations to come; a President with atrack-record o job creation and years o business experience; aPresident like Mitt Romney. As Governor o Massachusetts, Mitt slashed taxes ormiddle-class amilies; he balanced the budget without theuse o tax hikes, and slashed spending by nearly $3 billionin his rst year in ofce. He has a strong track record o deregulation as Governor, overseeing the privatization o the Massachusetts auto insurance industry, calling or themuch-needed privatization o the University o MassachusettsMedical School, and helping to make Massachusetts a muchriendlier climate or businesses to operate. Oh, did I mentionthat he did all o this successully, all while ghting the liberalMassachusetts Legislature.Beore his tenure as Governor, Mitt spent years as a businessowner, consulting and advising companies and businesses.Unlike most competing rms, Mitt’s rm committed itsel to seeing a job through to the end, and not just handingout empty advice to his clients. As such, Mitt saw success,and turned into a highly successul businessman with thecredentials to lead businesses in a positive direction. Uponhis election as Governor, Mitt used these skills to leadMassachusetts orward. I elected in 2012, he will bring thesame skills and experiences to the table in Washington, and will deliver real hope a change to the American people.Mitt Romney is a man American can trust. He believesin America, and everything she stands or. He believes thatthrough strength and leadership, we can restore Americaback to the days o Ronald Reagan. He is a pro-growthbusinessman with years o business experience, and I can’tthink o any other man I would rather have deeat Barack Obama in 2012.Please vote or Mitt Romney on January 10th, 2012.Believe in America.
Matt Haefner - Hudson
DES Marks 25 Yearsof Environmental Protection
On January 2, 1987, a notable event occurred in thestate o New Hampshire’s eorts to protect its environment.Culminating years o legislative deliberations, a new environmental agency was created: the New HampshireDepartment o Environmental Services (DES). So this year,2012, marks the 25th Anniversary o the creation o DES andits service to the people o our state. DES has played a vitalrole in protecting and restoring our precious natural resourcesand public health, which are so critical to ensuring the wonderul quality o lie that we all enjoy here in the GraniteState. While eorts to address pollution problems seen in New Hampshire and across the country predated the creation o DES, by 1987 there was broad recognition in New Hampshirethat our state’s ecological health and economic well being were integrally connected and mutually dependent. As apractical business matter, the our separate agencies responsibleor environmental permitting and regulation were mergedto create DES (Te Water Supply and Pollution ControlCommission, the Water Resources Board, the Air Resources Agency, and the Ofce o Waste Management). An importantoverarching goal o this action was to create a single agency that would operate in a more coordinated and consistentmanner or the benet o all o the new department’s many stakeholders.Early in its history, DES responded to environmentalchallenges unthinkable to many o us today. Many o New Hampshire’s wastewater plants were rudimentary in nature,sometimes resulting in raw sewage spilling into our rivers.Municipalities across the state disposed o their trash in“open burning dumps” with little regard to the toxic smoke.DES was responding to hazardous waste sites like the GilsonRoad site in Nashua, a seven-acre sand and gravel pit whereover 900,000 gallons o uids containing a variety o toxiccompounds were disposed o, contaminating the soils andgroundwater. And we can’t orget the inamous Hunt irepile in Danville, NH. It was estimated that the site containedmore than ve million used tires, o which more than a millionburned in a 1993 re at this unpermitted acility.Tankully, over the last 25 years, our state has madetremendous strides in cleaning up our environment. Troughresponsible legislative and regulatory changes, we no longer witness things such as the Merrimack River changing colorsbased on which dye was used in the textile mills along theriver. Te act that our environment is cleaner and healthierthan the one our parents would remember is our lasting legacy to the current generation and those that will ollow. Tislegacy, however, requires vigilance and maintenance, even asscience and technology continue to provide ever-better waysto monitor, protect and restore our air, water bodies andgroundwater.oday, we strive to prevent contamination beore it occurs,rather than simply responding to known contaminatedsites. And, with public saety as a high priority, we traindiligently to hone our emergency response capabilities. Tesepreparedness eorts have proven invaluable as DES has assistedcommunities across New Hampshire in recovering romloods, tornadoes, hurricanes and otherdisasters in recent years.Importantly, many o the original goals set out by the enacting legislation are still at the heart o DES’s work today. We strive to provide excellence in customerservice to all, whether a multi-national business lookingto relocate to the state or a grandmother rom CoosCounty who needs a copy o her approved septic systemplan. We also work to provide real-time inormationto the public on the things that impact their daily lives, like the quality o the air we breathe, the water we drink, the water testing results at a avorite publicbeach, or the status o a permit application. While we are busy at DES working to address theenvironmental challenges o today and tomorrow,throughout 2012 we will be taking time to recognizeand celebrate the wide-ranging successes o the past 25years o environmental and public health protectionand the dedicated, proessional sta and our many partners in our communities, businesses and non-prots who have helped bring these successes about. We welcome and invite your participation as we celebrateour past successes and look ahead to the challenge o ensuring that New Hampshire will be an even betterplace to live, work and play 25 years rom now.
Tomas Burack, DES Commissioner - Concord
Is John York the Source?
In response to Betty Vaughan’s letter to the editorI would have to say, no, John York is not entirely responsible or taxes going up in Litcheld and that is not what I was saying to him. My comments directed to himat the School board meeting were in the context o how helied to the Litcheld Republican Committee when he satin our meetings and expressed his dissatisaction with theout o control spending by the school board and the budgetcommittee. Tis is why we worked with him to get him votedin as a school board member. But i you review the schoolboard meeting tape you’ll also note that I directed commentsto Dennis Miller as well. Specically regarding the money he wants to continue to put on the backs o Litcheld tax payersor an adult education program that was supposed to be sel unded within three years. It is beyond the three-year mark now and he says there is not enough data to show the program will not meet that sel unded goal. I’m not opposed to highereducation or anyone. I am against the taxpayers unding ithowever. I a person has a desire to pursue a higher educationthat should be on their dime, not mine. At that meeting there was discussion about the deaultbudget and how almost $1 million was being voted on to beadded in. Tis was in case the proposed budget was deeatedby the town I suppose. Tere was discussion about $70,000to solve the school system’s problem with math. One persontalked about a study that showed there wasn’t really a problem.Mr. York didn’t like the source o data she was reerring to. Why, because the source o data she was pointing to didn’t justiy the spending o $70,000. Yet Mr. York could notspecically tell how or or what the money was going to bespent to solve the problem. Sounds like a solid plan to xthings to me. A ew months ago $2 million was returned to the town by the state. Just a ew months beore the town voted on a budgetthat contained cuts in services that were deemed non criticaland that would not hurt the school whatsoever. As soon as themoney came back to the town John York and his minions wentto town spending the money like a bunch o drunken sailors.I mean no oense to drunken sailors. Tey did this with littlean are so there would only be enough towns’ people in avoro the additions to ensure passage. I only heard o the specialsession through a board member that continues to get beatenup because he inorms taxpayers o what i going on. Tisis how York hasrun theboard.Keepthe townuninormed when possible to ensure passage o his petprojects. We sat there that night and watched a plea orunding or the wrestling team because it is too difcult or thekids to do the und raising. Really? What are we teaching thekids? Te town has a responsibility to und the education o the kids, not pay or extracurricular activities that all outsidethat realm.Not once did Betty Vaughan hear any o us demandanything other than control the spending in these criticaleconomic times we all ace. I know it’s hard to understand when the economy has not aected your lie. But noteveryone in Litcheld is making six gure incomes. Somepeople are actually struggling to live and we all need to bemindul o this. Controlling spending does not mean denyinga proper education. We can give our students a propereducation and control spending. It means being sensible in what we spend our money on and how we look at those extras we just don’t have the money to pay or. Te problems thatace this nation build out o this type o spending mentality. Itstarts at the local level and works its way up through the stateand then the nation.Residents o Litcheld you have a choice regarding yourlocal elected ofcials.Either you can trustthat they have your bestinterest in mind whilespending your hardearned money or youcan pay attention to what is happening andshow up when the timeis at hand to preventthings rom happeningthe way that has beengoing on.
James H. Mavrogeorge - Litcheld
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