‘Hit piece’ on Rochester mayor nothing but sour grapes
August 4 — To the editor:
Dana Berlin’s Hit article about the mayor of Rochester is nothing more than sour grapes. He is obviously upset that his friend has been removed from the Rochester City Council and his own remarks during the impeachment proceedings are all anyone needs to know to report it.
I was not a fan of the dismissal process for Chris Rice’s misconduct as prescribed by NH RSA 49-C:13 and Chapter 70 of the Rochester City Charter, but that is the only remedy granted to elected municipal bodies. And let’s not forget that it was Mr. Rice’s conduct toward other city council members that sparked the controversy in the first place. Whether he should be removed from office, for better or for worse, must be decided by the elected body. Neither the state RSA nor the city charter defines any other option.
Now, when it comes to Mayor Callaghan’s temper, self-control, and selfish agendas, I haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary. I do not agree with the imposition of unreasonable limits on public participation and there should be no limits in a public hearing, but during the meeting in question, Mr. Rice began to wander a bit and he was asked to stay focused. I have seen this happen many times by other meeting chairs before. I suggest being smart and finding the right opportunity to make the point you want to make and move on. I have done this myself countless times.
Ultimately, it has a lot to do with personal feelings. If Dana Berlin thinks a rule is not being followed, raise a point of order at this point in the meeting or challenge the chair’s decision and address it instead of writing a letter that only fuels controversy. other useless quarrels.
The people of Rochester are not concerned with trivial personality conflicts. However, we are (I am) concerned about the large-scale additional spending just days after the budget took effect. Where, Mr. Berlin, is the transparency that you promised in this regard?
I strongly object to State Street becoming a two-way street.
August 4 – To the Editor:
I strongly object to turning State Street into a two-way street because doing so on a very narrow street with parking on both sides will actually promote longer stopping or idling times for cars that attempt to negotiate the congested area.
Additionally, Middle Street already handles traffic entering and exiting Route 95, so high speeds remain an issue. Recently lowering the speed limit to 25 mph is helping, but police surveillance continues as drivers are still speeding onto the Highway 1 overpass as they head into 95, or continue their speed out of 95 in town. Routing traffic from State Street to Middle would force many more cars through residential areas, while lower Islington Street pushes traffic mainly through commercial areas.
Finally, if “pedestrian-friendly” remains Council’s goal, then it makes more sense to consider making Market Square and Congress Street to Maplewood Ave a pedestrian-only zone (with the cross streets allowing the traffic and the necessary delivery trucks). Burlington, Vt., Boulder, CO. and many European cities have succeeded in making city centers pedestrian-only (despite initial concerns from businesses and residents), but businesses have thrived by expanding outdoor seating, and new spaces have allowed businesses carts and have created a more festive and pedestrianized area for locals and tourists. Such an idea should be fully explored rather than simply changing the direction of a street that continues to bring cars and their emissions downtown.
Candidates should be judged on their performance, not their age
August 3 – To the Editor:
In his recent Op Ed Ron McAllister expressed his opinion on an 80-year-old president.
Many people have top performances in the 70s and 80s and McAllilster recognizes President Biden’s rigorous schedule and his ability to get the tough stuff done. Using chronological age as the primary qualification for service is a clear case of age discrimination. Candidates for office, including the president, should be judged on the strength of their character, their ideas and their track record of accomplishments for the benefit of the nation.
Among President Biden’s successes since taking office just eighteen months ago: passing the first gun safety law in 30 years; the biggest infrastructure bill since President Eisenhower; first African-American woman confirmed on SCOTUS; promulgation of the Covid rescue plan; and record job creation. And, it looks like we will finally reach Medicare in negotiating drug prices.
To sum it up, Joe Biden had a steady hand and did an incredible job even with a slim congressional majority and relentless GOP filibuster and lying (the big lie). It’s premature to speculate who will run for president in 2024 when we’re barely into the campaign season for the critical 2022 midterm cycle. Fixing on someone’s age is a distraction. New Hampshire voters must elect candidates who are determined to solve problems and uphold the rule of law and their oaths of office. That means electing Democrats up and down the ballot in November.
Gail Huff Brown is the top candidate to represent CD-1 in Congress
August 3 – To the Editor:
Gail Huff Brown is running to represent the citizens of NH Congressional District 1 because she is deeply concerned and focused on America’s future. Led by impractical, spendthrift liberal career politicians with no experience in the private sector, America is on the wrong track. Gail will work to bring about positive change in Congress and represent the values and goals of the citizens of New Hampshire.
Gail worked for 30 years as an accomplished Boston television journalist. A pragmatic conservative, she is a dedicated military mother, grandmother and wife with valuable experience alongside her husband, former Senator and Ambassador Scott Brown.
Gail has a passionate love for our country and in Congress:
• Support a strong economy by fighting to control inflation;
• Work to reduce deficit spending and tackle the out-of-control federal debt through pragmatic reforms;
• Advocate for realistic public order practices and the support of our police;
• Support US energy producers as cost-effective alternatives become mainstream;
• Enact rational border controls and immigration policy changes;
• Ensuring a strengthened foreign policy to deal with threats from China, Russia and Iran;
• Ensure that the power constitutionally reserved to the states remains with the states;
Gail is not a partisan politician. She runs because she passionately seeks a better and stronger future for all Americans. Please join me in voting for Gail Huff Brown to represent New Hampshire with common sense and intelligence on September 13th.
Don’t Waste My Tax Money On Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip
August 3 – To the Editor:
Have you ever wondered where your tax money goes? Let me tell you about two places, it will make your blood boil!!
Trips to Congress: Many millions of our tax dollars are spent on trips like Ms. Pelosi’s to Asia. No matter how much his trip upsets Beijing… it’s my money paying millions of dollars to fly, drink wine, dine, house the Congressional delegation, and what is accomplished? No. Nothing. Zippo.
Are you angry that your tax money is falling into this rat hole? You should be!
Why should you and I pay for civilian childcare and retired military health care at Kittery Naval Dockyard?
It is a military base. The facility exists to preserve military effectiveness on active duty. I support this use of my taxes. Why should civilians enjoy my and your tax money for free?
You can shed a tear for the displaced, but our taxes are not for civilian benefits.
That’s my opinion… what’s yours?