, Derry, New Hampshire

December 19, 2013

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Nothing wrong with town employee lunch

To the editor:

On Friday, Dec. 6, I proudly attended the Town of Derry’s 15th Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon, held at the First Parish Church. The Town closed the Derry Municipal Center and Veterans Hall from 11 AM to 2 PM. The transfer station remained open.

Begun by Town Administrator Carol Granfield in 1999, the Recognition Luncheon is the only opportunity for town employees from all departments to come together. It is not a “holiday party.” Town Council members are invited. Some have spoken and thanked employees for their hard work and accomplishments. The town administrator addresses the group, a meal is shared, and milestones of service to the Town are recognized. The event has been regularly budgeted and costs $3,000. Employees attend the program over their lunch period; partly on their own time and partly on the town’s time.

Advance notice of the Municipal Center closing was posted on Derry Community Television, on the town’s website, on the Municipal Center’s door, in local newspapers and announced at Town Council meetings. To those citizens who were unaware and inconvenienced, I apologize.

Ms. Fairbanks stated that she was “saddened to say that the Derry Town Council was not only aware of this closing, but appears to have condoned it.” How can she be so critical of continuing a practice that existed throughout her six years on the Town Council?

Ms. Fairbanks said: “What a blatant display of total disregard for the citizens of Derry who are forced to foot the bill for this latest excess in an economy that is still struggling.”

As a past and current town councilor and long-time resident, I could not disagree more. Ms. Fairbanks’ letter is a blatant display of total disregard for town employees. She places so little value on our people that she would prohibit town management from buying lunch and meeting with its employees once per year. That is grossly unreasonable.

My message to employees: I’m sorry you had to read that. You deserve better. Thank you for your performance day in and day out. Thank you for being prepared and willing and able at any time to lead our community through emergencies and disasters. I wish each and every one of you a very happy and safe holiday season and a successful new year.

Phyllis Katsakiores

Town Councilor


President Obama’s appeasement weakens the nation

To the editor:

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry continue to promote an agenda of U.S. appeasement.

Kerry has played a leading role in formulating and implementing an agreement with Iran to temporarily put a limit on Iran’s uranium enrichment program for six months. Iran can continue enriching uranium to 5 percent. In return Iran gets access to $7 billion in frozen funds, and more importantly, is able to get partial relief from the crippling burden of the economic sanctions.

Although inspectors will be monitoring the temporary agreement, Iran will probably continue a higher grade uranium enrichment program in secret facilities. As the end of the agreement approaches it can stall and hinder negotiations and ask for the continuation of six month temporary agreements until it has the nuclear weapons. Iran cannot be trusted.

While Kerry is appeasing the Iranians, Obama is busy appeasing China’s power play in the East China Sea. China has declared an air defense zone and wants aircraft to notify China if aircraft enter the international air space. Japan has refused to comply with the demand, but the Obama administration has asked U.S. commercial airlines to make the notifications.

The Obama administration continues to weaken our stature in the world through unbridled appeasement.

Donald A. Moskowitz


Grinchy Republicans steal Christmas again

To the editor:

During the Christmas season giving is more important than receiving. Of course, this is easier for some than others especially when certain politicians really mean giving up is best | for others.

So much for the Republicans’ Christmas spirit. No partridge for the poor but they did flip the bird to the long-term unemployed. This is on top of their demands for drastic cuts in food stamps, the denial of Medicaid to thousands, the dashing of any hope for immigration reform and multiple efforts to restrict voting rights and women’s rights.

They actually believe that asking others to give up rather than receive is a gift they should appreciate. Too bad they won’t give up their mean spirited sentiments.

Who needs the Grinch this year, when we have the GOP?

Dave Potter

North Hampton