Tuesday, May 14, 2013
See where Merrimack's bears have been spotted in the last week.
A local nanny and her charges have a neighbor to thank for making sure they didn't cross paths too closely with bears in the woods nearby. She sent this email to Patch on Monday, May 6. "Another bear sighting this afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. on Naticook Road, in the back yard of where I work as a nanny. The children and I were playing in the back yard on their jungle gym, and other toys. We did not realize that the bears were right there in the woods next to us, until the neighbor lady yelled over that there were bears there. I immediately took the children up on the deck where we watched them, until they wandered away." The bears have definitely been active in the last week with eight new sightings (there are seven red pins but one has …
Friday, April 26, 2013
State Rep. Lenette Peterson says Ayotte's vote protects the Second Amendment and she applauds her for it.
Friday, April 26
To the Editor: Sen. Ayotte’s recent vote to protect our Second Amendment rights was the right call. I have heard people claim that she caved to political pressure, but I disagree. Citizens of this great country have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms and as long as you follow the laws of this country that right should not be infringed upon. Sen. Ayotte’s vote was to protect that right and I applaud her for that. Instead of infringing upon our rights the Senator feels that there must be increased support for mental health awareness, an increased effort to enforce our existing gun laws while also strengthening criminal law by proposing stronger straw purchasing and illegal firearm trafficking statues. As much as I am disgusted …
Monday, April 22, 2013
State Rep. Lenette Peterson reports on how the Democratic leadership has voted on some of the biggest bills of this session.
To the Editor: The Democrats have been quite busy this year working to raises taxes on businesses and the hardworking families of our state, while also working to kill good Republican legislation that passed last year. Here are some examples of the biggest bills from the session, and how the majority of Democrats voted on them: And to think that we are only four months into this term. How much it will cost the tax payers of New Hampshire by the time this term is over? New Hampshire voters, elections do have their consequences… STATE REP. LENETTE M. PETERSON Merrimack, NH
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Merrimack Rep. Dick Hinch encourages fellow lawmakers to support HB 152 for expanded gambling.
Thursday, April 18
To the Editor: Every lawmaker says once he or she is elected that they promise to serve the will of the people and work in their best interests. I’m hoping my fellow lawmakers in Concord keep that promise with the gambling debate. There is a plan on the table right now that will create thousands of jobs, create a non- tax stream of revenue that will help fund essential programs like highways and higher education, and Granite Staters support it. A UNH Survey from last February should tell lawmakers all they need to know, if they truly wish to serve the interests of the people of New Hampshire. Sixty-two percent of respondents support casino gambling, to just 32 percent opposed. People like to call this a controversial issue, but with such …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Kim Kojak endorses Shannon Barnes for School Board.
To the Editor: Shannon Barnes has done an outstanding job during her first three-year term serving the School Board, proving herself to be a valuable member. The board’s daunting task of improving the quality of education while getting the best value from educational dollars for Merrimack taxpayers have been bolstered by Shannon’s hard work, dedication and excellent communication skills. Her work on various subcommittees has allowed her to serve the Board as it impacts the needs of the community as a whole. Shannon has demonstrated her leadership ability and is the best candidate for the School Board. I look up to Shannon as a role model, particularly as a woman, for her sense of obligation to give back to the community while maintaining…
Friday, April 5, 2013
Fellow board member Andy Schneider endorses Shannon Barnes and Chris Ortega ahead of Tuesday's election.
To the Editor: I’d like to invite Merrimack voters to join me in supporting Chris Ortega and Shannon Barnes for re-election to the Merrimack School Board this coming Tuesday, April 9. I’ve had the pleasure of working with both Chris and Shannon for several years, initially through my role on the School Budget Committee, and most recently along with them as members of the School Board. They both bring a very collaborative approach to addressing the issues that are in front of the board. They look at all dimensions of each topic, they evaluate the various impacts and benefits, and they clearly state their reasoning for the final position they reach. Chris and Shannon are highly approachable and very responsive, and always have the best …
Joe Kearns offers his support to Gary Krupp for Merrimack School Board.
To the Editor: I am writing in support of Gary Krupp for School Board. A former military officer, Gary has resided in Merrimack with his wife and four children following the completion of his service to our country. An active participant in community affairs, he is a valuable member of the School Budget Committee and a frequent attendee of the School Board meetings. I am always impressed by the scope of his knowledge regarding any and all subjects pertaining to the Merrimack education system. I am a firm believer he has already had a positive impact on the quality and effectiveness of the education provided by our school system and that he will continue to provide exceptional guidance as a School Board member. Please vote Gary Krupp for …
Tracy Bull asks voters to not only vote for Shannon Barnes for School Board, but to simply get out and vote.
To the Editor: Please join the voting members of my household in supporting Shannon Barnes for re-election to the Merrimack School Board on April 9. In my capacity as School District representative to various Town committees, these past three years it has been a pleasure getting to know Shannon better. She not only brings a wealth of district-related experience to the Board, she has proven to be among the most thoughtful, analytical, inquisitive, balanced and articulate members elected to that body. The mother of two in-district students, she has been tireless and circumspect in her commitment to the Board, her committee assignments, and to taxpayers, students and educators, making her re-election not only attractive, but essential. Most…
Chris Buda asks voters to support Gary Krupp for School Board.
To the Editor: Today the Merrimack School Board is at a cross roads and it is time for a new direction. We need some one who will be a strong advocate for a quality education for all the students of Merrimack, especially in the areas of math and science. We also need someone who will be a champion for government transparency and common sense budgeting. That person is Gary Krupp. Gary Krupp served in the United States Air Force for 21 years with honor and distinction rising from the enlisted ranks to the rank of Major. We are lucky to have a guy like Gary in the race for School Board. I ask you to join me and support Gary Krupp on April 9. CHRIS BUDA Merrimack
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Scott Morales says it’s time he brings his tenacity, good will, and intellect to the School Board.
Thursday, April 4
To the Editor: As a parent of two students in the Merrimack School District and a resident concerned about the efficacy of school administration and its impact on the taxpayer, it is with all enthusiasm that I’m writing in support of Gary Krupp for School Board. Gary is a married father of four and a retired Air Force Major. His tenure in the service required relocation, which provided him opportunities to learn about various schools, public and private, in several states; knowledge that will be very useful to the School Board. Ever since I’ve known Gary, he’s been actively interested in and concerned about the schools in Merrimack to the point of being a fixture at the semi-monthly School Board meetings. He gets involved, listens to the …