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Letter To The Editor
Abridging Freedom of Speech
especially important that the Northwood School Board has stood up
for freedom of speech (letter, 4/1) now that the First Amendment
seems to be under attack from several quarters in New Hampshire.
Recently a Gilford citizen was arrested for speaking out of turn at
a school board meeting. (A judge later dropped the charges, calling
the man’s actions “impolite, but not criminal.”) More recently, the
Timberlane School Board was persuaded by the NH Civil Liberties
Union to withdraw its rule requiring all board members to support
the board’s decisions, with only the chairman being permitted to
talk to the press.
Civil Liberties Union is defending an Alton citizen arrested simply
because selectmen disliked his public testimony. In no way
disruptive or disorderly, he had called on them to resign for
violating citizens’ rights by ignoring NH’s right-to-know law. They
called his remarks “libelous” and “defamatory,” and cut short his
testimony, and he was then arrested.
According to the Civil Liberties Union, “One of the most fundamental
principles under the First Amendment is that viewpoint
discrimination is unconstitutional and ignores this nation’s deep
history of allowing alternative and dissenting perspectives to be
conveyed freely and without fear of prosecution. The Town of Alton
apparently did not get the memo.”
difficult but absolutely necessary in a free society is defending
speech we don’t like and don’t want to hear, even at town meetings.
Thankfully, The Suncook Sun remains a bastion of free speech, where
alternative and dissenting opinions can be debated openly. Such
forums are essential for liberty.
Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black once said, “The Framers knew that
free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also
knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.”
Letter To The Editor
is Maureen Mann and I am running in the special election for
Rockingham House District 32 (Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and
Nottingham). I believe strongly that the job of an elected official
is to represent the interests of constituents and the people of New
Hampshire, and not to promote his or her own political agenda.
During my previous service in the NH House I introduced legislation
at the request of both local boards and individual citizens in each
of the four towns in the district, often working across Party lines
to get results.
to protect the civil rights of all NH residents, provide increased
support for business, support a woman’s right to control her
healthcare decisions, safeguard our resources, ensure an adequate
education for every child in New Hampshire, and restore
infrastructure funding to local districts and communities.
retired educator and small business owner, I wrote the grant to
create The Forum online newspaper and continue to volunteer in
multiple ways. I have served as a library trustee, MBC member, NH
Master Gardener and a Senior Lunch, Church and Deerfield Fair
volunteer. In 2006 I received the Sherburne Award for service to my
community. In 2014 I received the NOFA-NH Policy Award for my lead
role in fighting for transparency in food labeling.
continue to fight to strengthen the economy, protect individual
rights, serve local needs and fight against downshifting to property
experience and solutions. Please give me your support on May 19.
visit my blog at maureenmann.blogspot.com and facebook page at
Maureen Mann-NH House of Representatives. You can contact me with
questions or concerns at [email protected]. Follow
on twitter @maureenmann
Remembering Miss Gladys Gardner
Submitted By Linda Smith
recent weeks leading up to the vote on the school warrant for full
time kindergarten, a number of letters to the editor referred to
Gladys Gardner and her kindergarten classes. Her classes are also
recognized for being one of the first for this age group in a rural
community in NH, which Northwood was at the time. Fond memories are
often recalled by her once young students, now middle age or beyond.
Miss Gardner was known and appreciated throughout Northwood for her
work as librarian, Sunday school teacher and kindergarten teacher.
She enjoyed sharing her love of learning, whether at her home at
Northwood Ridge, at the Free Will Church, or at the library. Upon
returning from trips to far places of the world, she shared her
travel slides and brought viewers to foreign lands they may not have
otherwise seen. Those of us, who are privileged to have known her,
remember her with fondness. The following is an excerpt from the
article Gladys Gardner Honored, published in the November 9, 1983
edition of the Suncook Valley Sun following an open house held in
her honor, upon her retirement as Northwood Librarian for 30 years.
For those who never met her, it gives a small glimpse into Miss
Gardner’s work with children and her kindergarten class that
provided a unique early learning environment for Northwood children.
Gladys”, “Gladys will know”, “Miss Gardner said…..” How many hearths
and halls have echoed these words over the years! Young or old - we
all knew that Gladys Gardner would have the answer or that she’d get
the task done. Soft-spoken, firm, consistent, her conversation is
intelligent, high-lighted by ready laughter and sparkling dark eyes.
One always knows if Gladys disapproves. Her eyes fairly snap as she
compresses her lips, yet ever tolerant, she lets you seek your own
solution. But her forte is the children. With them, she is the
quintessence of patience and encouragement.
our young people first met Miss Gardner when they attended
kindergarten which she held in her own home. Not only basic ABCs and
number concepts, but they learned and practiced daily, to share with
one another, to cooperate to get a task completed; to give of
themselves with the gifts Miss Gardner shown them how to make. The
treks into the wooded area behind her home, where they might sight
signs of deer or discover a lovely wild flower, were always eagerly
anticipated and enjoyed; as were the pumpkin pies each child made
under her supervision; and don’t forget the hand prints! How many
pleas to “keep the kindergarten open ‘til my child gets there” did
Miss Gardner hear? She opened a world of awe and exploration,
pretend, and reality, to each of her students. And they remember!
Letter To The Editor
and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who came out and voted
in the Special Election Republican Primary last Tuesday. Thank you
to all of my wonderful supporters and volunteers. I am so happy and
thankful to be the Republican nomination for the Special Election on
May 19th. I would appreciate your vote in May so we can keep this
seat in the hands of fiscally responsible leaders.
past Wednesday, the New Hampshire House Republicans passed a
balanced and fiscally responsible budget along to the Senate. While
the passed budget is not perfect, it is a strong step in a forward
direction for responsible spending in Concord. The members of the
New Hampshire House were handed a bloated and inflated budget by the
Governor filled with frivolity from a Chief Operating Officer to a
35% increase in vehicle registration fees.
tax increases or increased fees, the House provided fiscally
responsible solutions to the radically increased spending proposed
by the Governor that would add a layer of financial burden on
Senate parses through the budget I look forward to seeing the
continuation of fiscally responsible solutions that will keep the
burden of tax and fee increases off New Hampshire families and
unfortunately, quite easy to solve a hole in the budget with a large
tax increase. But that is the easy way out. New Hampshire families
and businesses deserve better than that which is why we need
fiscally responsible leaders that will think about the taxpayers
before signing off on top down tax hikes from the Governor’s
elected I will strive to encourage and create responsible solutions
up in Concord. This is taxpayer money. The easy way out is not good
Letter To The Editor
grandmother of two young men who are older than our 19 year old
Republican candidate for the Rockingham District 32 state
representative seat, I am all in favor of young people getting
involved in politics. We desperately need more people of all ages
to do their homework and vote, support campaigns and even run for
office. But what I love about the young is their enthusiasm, fresh
outlook, and new ideas.
Ms. Dean-Bailey is really coming up short on fresh outlook and new
ideas. She urges budget cuts at the state level because… well,
that’s what Republicans do these days, even when it doesn’t help our
like to introduce Ms. Dean-Bailey to a new term that she has
probably not heard in the circles in which she moves: DOWNSHIFTING.
It’s going on right now in our legislature. They are doing exactly
what Ms. Dean-Bailey encourages, cutting state budgets. Cutting
maintaining and modernizing infrastructure, cutting services for our
families and neighbors, cutting education at all levels.
the cuts will have to be picked up at the county level, raising
those property taxes. We lay off teachers and make classes bigger or
raise the school portion of the property tax. We scramble to
replace the highway funds we used to use for our town roads and
bridges. Your property taxes go up, or your services are cut, or
have no experience owning a house or paying taxes, cutting state
budgets may sound like a good idea. It obviously does to Ms.
Dean-Bailey. I’ll vote for someone who has owned a home in our
district, and who has served in the legislature, and who understands
how NH and its small towns work. I’m voting for Maureen Mann.
Letter To The Editor
Government for the People
thought that my examples of “government for the people” (septic
lagoons and defibrillators) were frivolous, let’s talk about water
have heard about the Free State Movement, an effort to entice
Libertarians to move to New Hampshire where they will take over the
government with an eye to reducing its size and services so that
they can live more freely.
that many will choose to move to Northwood given that we have more
government than most NH towns our size. I speak, of course, of the
Water District and the newly-created Cove Village District, that now
govern, in addition to Town and School.
creation by the people who are governed – and served - by them is a
useful lesson to Libertarians.
Water District was created in response to the pollution of wells on
Northwood Ridge by leaking gasoline tanks at the old Ridge Country
Store. Seeping downhill to the east, MBTE showed up in the wells of
residences as well as the school and firehouse. As part of the
abatement and clean-up effort and to provide water from an aquifer
north of the polluted area, a Water District was created.
recently, the Cove Village District was created when the responsible
residents of this community could not get their irresponsible
neighbors to chip in to plow and maintain the roads they shared.
The solution for the majority was to form a governmental entity to
collect property taxes from all to plow and maintain the roads for
we have Lincoln’s America with government of the people, by the
people and for the people. And as you think about voting for State
Rep, consider voting for a candidate who sees our government as
working for us, not as our enemy.
Letter To The Editor
exciting, another chapter in Tom Chase’s septic tank travails. I
can’t wait till next week’s “fulfillment.”
might find his examples of why we should really, really love more
government “odorous” - but nonetheless revealing. Setting Mr.
Chase’s reminiscing aside, we now live in an age when the contents
of the terrible tank never need leave the property of the owner
(just like in olden days, only different) with composting,
incinerating and grey water handling technology.
the fact, tanks only occasionally need pumping in their life span.
If you require services for the latter and recycling of
non-biodegradables, government isn’t even necessary. Private
companies provide the services nationwide and even locally more
cost-effectively than government alternatives. Even in Northwood and
surrounding towns we mitigate our costs by individual
us take our own garbage to the dump. Taxpayers pay for this as a
reasonable local solution. It could be accomplished by a private
company just as well with “recyclables” going to the same private
companies that reprocess them now.
answer to how we would do without the glorious government solutions
to almost every societal problem is: much better thank you.
Free or Die, the meaning of which is fundamentally absent from what
passes for education now days. The old timers, John Stark and other
American heroes understood the meaning profoundly. Perhaps time to
contemplate on “one holers” had merit after all...
Letter To The Editor
would say I am an endangered species, that I am a native New
Hampshirite born and raised here and very proud of it. But I’m
having a difficult time trying to understand what is happening in
my beloved state. I am clueless when it comes to our current
legislature and the legislators who seem to be a very angry lot.
Their most recent behavior indicates that there aren’t many people
they care about or have any compassion for. I don’t get it!
people who are elected to represent the voters of New Hampshire have
so little regard for them? Why do they dislike children so much that
they prefer not to provide them with the advantage of full day
kindergarten? Why do they dislike college students so much that they
promote a higher education model that puts them deeply in debt?
This, in part, is caused by drastic budget cuts on the state
what about the people who work for the Dept. of Transportation
(Highway Dept.) who try to keep our infrastructure safe? What about
the men and women at the Dept. of Safety and their families. Who
will take care of them when they lose their jobs?
it that when some people align themselves with the Free State
Movement and the Tea Party they become so callous regarding the
welfare of their fellow citizens and neighbors plus their own
children and grandchildren?
rational budget cuts to be fiscally responsible is all part of being
an elected official-representative. But when those budget cuts hurt
the state and its citizens, one has to question who elected this
creative bunch of quagmire dwellers? They are unlike any breed of
politicians I’ve ever encountered.