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Northwood NH News

March 13, 2013

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Writing Great Letters

To The Editor


Have you ever wanted to write a letter to the editor about an issue that really matters to you, but had no idea even how to start? Would you like to learn how from a newspaperman who has years of experience writing pieces that will catch the readers’ hearts and minds? Now is your chance. Join us at the Northwood Community Center on Wednesday, March 20th, at 7:00 pm for a workshop on writing letters to the editor run by John R. White of Wolfeboro. This workshop is presented by the Northwood Democrats and is open to all. Bring pen and paper (or your tablet or laptop, but no WIFI at the Community Center) and your issues.





Are you thinking about enrolling your child in preschool for next fall? The Center School in Northwood is accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. The Center School is a parent cooperative preschool located next to the town hall in Northwood, which provides a developmental program for three, four, and five year olds of Northwood and surrounding towns. There are openings in our two-day (T/Th) program and three-day (M/W/F) morning programs. Call or email us soon to get an information packet or to make an appointment to come for a visit! For information, please email director Karen Andersen at [email protected] or call her at the school at 942-7686.





HCR2 will be coming up for a vote in the NH House soon. This resolution requests our representatives in Congress to start the process for a constitutional amendment that says that human beings, not corporations, are entitled to the constitutional rights that are granted to “persons.” 


Are corporations “persons?” Is money speech? If corporations are “persons,” and money equals speech, who decides what speech the money buys?


The rationale behind corporate personhood and therefore, the right of corporations to “speak” in our election campaigns is that corporations are made up of people.  So do all the people who make up the corporation decide what words the corporation’s money will buy? Is it just the investors, the shareholders?  Is it the management? Is it the workers?  If only one group of people who make up the corporation get to decide what is said, is the corporation still a “person?”  Or more than one “persons” and do the other “persons” get to spend money as well as to speak?


Sorry to be asking so many questions, but I can’t get my head around how a corporation can be a “person” and get all the constitutional rights that human beings, who are born and die, love and marry, have children, and even get executed in Texas (it’s a joke: I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one). When will corporations get to vote?  Then we can ask the same sort of questions?


Ask your representatives to vote Yes on HCR2.


Lucy Edwards




Local Representation Missing In Northwood


On March 6th the NH House of Representatives voted on a bill (House Bill 617) that would increase the road toll by .04 cents a year for the next few years. The current toll in NH is .18 cents per gallon of gasoline compared to Maine which is .30 cents. The last increase was in 1992 under Governor Judd Gregg. Before that it was increased under Governor Mel Thompson. According to the state DOT, it would cost the average motorist about .20 cents a day to pay for this modest increase.


Besides funding the completion of the Route 93 expansion in Salem, the revenue would also be used to increase the local highway block grant to municipalities from DOT between 50% and 70%. During the last three years Northwood received an average of $98,000/year in block grants for road improvements. 


When the debate ended on the house floor, the vote was 207 in favor and 163 opposed. Both of our state representatives were present and voted on this bill. Not surprisingly, Rep. Maureen Mann voted for Northwood’s best interests and supported the bill. She is a member of the House Public Works and Highways which is the committee that recommended ‘ought to pass’ by a vote of 18 to 0.


It was very disappointing to see that our other Rep. Bruce Hodgdon voted against Northwood receiving an additional $346,000 in block grants to improve our roads. A day before the vote, former House Speaker Bill O’Brien warned Republicans that if they voted for these increased block grants for their communities they would be targeted for defeat in the next election. 


I voted for Bruce Hodgdon with the expectation that he would go to Concord and represent Northwood’s best interest and not the NH Tea Party’s best interests. Go figure.



Jim Hadley




Northwood Lady Mavericks AAU Girls Basketball Tryouts


The Lady Mavericks announce it is holding AAU Girls Grade 4 Basketball tryouts on Thursday, March 14, from 6-8 p.m. at Northwood School, located at 511 1st NH Turnpike in Northwood.


Those eligible for participation include girls in 4th Grade as of October 1, 2012, and can not be older than 11 on August 31, 2013. For an athlete that is in the 5th Grade as of October 1, 2012 wanting to play down, that girl can be no older than 10 on August 31, 2013. Grade 3 Girls are also eligible, but should be comparable to Grade 4 skill level.


The Mavericks’ organization is a nonprofit instructional program whose teams travel statewide and throughout New England competing in tournaments sanctioned by Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Based out of Nottingham, the club draws players from surrounding southeast NH towns.


The Mavericks’ philosophy is a teaching approach where girls refine individual skills, learn to believe in their teammates, follow the discipline of sportsmanship, and compete against some of the finest teams in NH and New England. Coaches are experienced members of the AAU.


For more information regarding 4th grade tryouts, contact Head Coach Dave Elliot at [email protected], or call (603) 679-9900. Players in 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade interested in the Mavericks organization should contact Paul Tilton at [email protected].




The Reaper


The newly elected NH House has decided to impose a regressive tax on everyone.  By a vote of 207-163 the House passed a bill to nearly double the NH gas tax from 18 cents to 33 cents a gallon.


This 83% tax increase is regressive because it takes the same amount of money out of the pocket of a poor person as a rich one. In fact, a poor person with a long commute may pay even more than an affluent neighbor. Benefitting the most from this huge increase would be those who don’t need to drive or those with income high enough to ignore the cost.  I hope you’re in one of those categories.


This scheme is only one of many in the hopper. The legislature wants us to pay more to fund their ambitious plans. The operating principles would appear to be that most government programs are underfunded and NH citizens are undertaxed.


Oh, and have you heard about the proposed Federal gas tax hike?


Nashua Representative David Campbell, chief sponsor of the NH increase, said we can no longer “neglect fixing New Hampshire’s roads and bridges, with opponents each time declaring that the state and its taxpayers could not afford to raise the gas tax.” However, an amendment by former speaker Bill O’Brien to require the gas tax to be spent only on roads and bridges was immediately defeated 251-120.


Neither the word “gas” nor “tax” is part of the bill’s title, perhaps because the current costs of gas and taxes might cause unpleasant associations in people’s minds. Instead it’s called “Increasing the Road Toll.” Of course, the danger is that the title could remind taxpayers of the famous lines, “send not to know for whom the bell tolls.  It tolls for thee.”


Michael Faiella







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