Forum, Aug. 14: Town cuts college slack, but not me

Published: 8/13/2019 10:00:15 PM
Town cuts college slack, but not me

I am so tired of being treated badly by the town of Hanover. I pay my taxes, mow my lawn, help the kids on Lyme Road as a crossing guard and all I want to do is put a second floor on the part of my duplex that doesn’t have a second floor. Easy, right? Here at my house under Hanover’s asinine zoning rules, it’s not easy. It’s not even difficult. It’s impossible.

Dartmouth College recently made a construction mistake while excavating for its new building not far from my home. Town officials agreed to a solution in a short period of time, as well they should. Why stop important improvements and progress over a 10-foot mistake on land Dartmouth owns?

However, it’s a different story on the land I own. I recently emailed a town zoning official asking why nobody was helping me with what I have to deal with. I received no response. I do not have time to waste. I graduated from Hanover High School in 1974. I hope it’s early in the fourth quarter of my life, but nothing’s guaranteed. I do know I’m finally at a point in my journey where I have the time, money, skills and vision of what I want to build at my house, which I’ve owned since 1983. I have everything I need except permission from the bureaucrats.

I know I’m not Dartmouth College. The big boys in town get better treatment. That’s the way the world works. Even so, you’d think town officials could find a few minutes to fix this old Marine’s problem before I’m too arthritic to swing a hammer. You know, let the old guy put a second floor on his house so he can grow old in it comfortably. Is that so difficult?



Support the fight against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease takes loved ones in a way that is different from other illnesses. Their memories slowly fade, they repeat themselves without realizing it, they forget the names of their grandchildren, spouses, siblings and children. It is an incurable disease that affects everyone.

I work as a recreational therapist with people dealing with dementia. I organize outdoor programming and life experiences and help capture those moments for families to cherish. That’s why I support the Alzheimer’s Association. But it’s not the only reason. Recently, I was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s, and that only motivates me more to be a part of the change we want to see in the world.

I’m hopeful that, with hard work and dedication, we can fight this disease and someday find a cure. Please join me in the fight against Alzheimer’s.



What Trump should ask the Democrats

President Donald Trump says he’s willing to talk with the Democratic Party leadership about gun control legislation. For me, the key issue is: What is he going to talk about?

Is he going to ask the Democratic leadership about the recent violence in Chicago, where seven were killed and almost 60 were injured? Is he going to ask the Democrats why current gun control laws in Chicago don’t prevent the almost weekly carnage? Is he going to ask the same questions about gun control laws in most major cities that do not seem to work?

Is he going to review with the Democratic leadership the past incidents of massacres? Is he going to ask them if what they’re recommending would have prevented Adam Lanza from killing those children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School? Is he going to ask the Democratic leadership how their proposals would have prevented the Columbine massacre? Is he going to ask the same specific questions about other mass murders?

Is he going to ask the Democratic leadership to point specifically to how the National Rifle Association has become their punching bag? Is he going to ask the Democratic leadership to point to one incident of any kind that has been committed by a member of the National Rifle Association?

Finally, is he going to ask the Democrats what their next step will be when what they’re demanding now doesn’t work, as it surely won’t? If current laws aren’t working, what’s next? Why will more laws work? Will they demand that all firearms be taken away? Will they try to amend the U.S. Constitution to remove or revise the Second Amendment?

I have no idea why the president is doing this. If he believes it will help with his re-election chances, he may be sorely mistaken. If he caves to the demands of the Democratic Party leadership, his credibility will be destroyed.



Why is this kind of ammunition sold?

It shocked me to learn that there are many different types of murderous ammunition available (“Guns don’t kill people — bullets do,” Aug. 8). These types of bullets are thoroughly tested and then featured in detailed articles in gun publications so that people (mostly men) will know which lethal rounds to load into their weapons. These types of bullets don’t seem to be intended for target practice or hunting. Why are they allowed to be manufactured and sold to the general public if they are clearly intended only to kill human beings?

Do our representatives and senators really wish to permit murderers to easily function by not regulating military guns and ammunition? Are these “legislators” just cowards who fear losing their cozy relationships with the National Rifle Association? When will “we the people” rise up and throw these facilitators of evil out of office and replace them with women and men who will pass laws that will protect the innocents?

The next election may be our last chance to re-establish a Congress that will once more make our country the “land of the free” and the “home of the brave.”



Sen. Gillibrand is smart, thoughtful

One of the unique privileges of being a New Hampshire voter is our opportunity to meet with presidential candidates and see who these people are beyond the stump speeches and off the debate stage.

I had such an opportunity recently when I joined U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., at the Claremont Soup Kitchen, talking about the impact that programs like these have on our communities.

After spending the afternoon preparing dinners with the senator, I came away impressed and inspired.

As she showed off her knife skills, Gillibrand talked about a wide-ranging number of issues: from getting money out of politics to the women’s World Cup to the problem of underemployment in New Hampshire to her sons she’d just dropped off at camp.

The entire time, Gillibrand came off as overwhelmingly smart and thoughtful in how she talked about policies and listened to people’s individual experiences. There didn’t seem to be an issue where she didn’t have a solution, know how to get it passed and know how to pay for it.

I’d brought my daughter along for the stop as well and was grateful to see that Gillibrand not only said hello but took the time to talk to her and get to know her.

We need someone in the White House with compassion and thoughtfulness and Gillibrand has both in spades. And her record of standing up for the important fights and winning, even when she’s underestimated at every turn, shows that she can win. I’m excited to continue to pay attention to the senator, and I hope you do, too.




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