, Derry, New Hampshire

January 9, 2014

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Taxpayers can’t afford employee luncheon

To the editor:

Thank you for your recent editorial titled “Don’t honor employees by shutting out customers.” I am glad that you agree that it is not good business for the Derry Municipal Center to be closed during normal business hours.

While standing outside the Municipal Building on Dec. 6, having just recorded my cable TV show “Upclose and Political” and waiting for my husband to pick me up, I saw first-hand how many citizens were unaware of the closing, no matter how many times and how many places the closing was advertised. In the six years that I served as Derry’s District One town councilor, I was unaware of any closing of the Municipal Building during working hours unless due to inclement weather. I can assure you that had I been aware, I would have brought my concerns forward to the Town Council.

In response to Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores letter to the editor titled “Nothing wrong with town employee lunch,” I would like to point out a few facts which I obtained per an RSA-91A request of Acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau regarding the luncheon. First, employees were paid to attend the annual luncheon for time that exceeded their normal 1/2-hour lunch, which in this particular matter was 2-1/2 hours. Second, town management did not buy the catered lunch, Derry taxpayers paid for the luncheon and for the rental of the hall. Third, this is not about my “total disregard for town employees”, but a matter of what the Derry taxpayer can no longer afford.

In reality, municipal employees do not work any harder than employees in the private sector. It appears that Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores feels that the Derry taxpayers should pay homage to town employees with paid luncheons during working hours and finds it “grossly unreasonable” that I for one do not want my hard-earned tax dollars spent in this manner.

Perhaps going forward in the future, the Town Council and the town administrator could find a way to honor the years of service and exemplary performance of outstanding town employees without it being an expense to the Derry taxpayer that is in far excess of the $3,000 dollars (including employee wages) which Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores stated in her letter. More importantly, whatever and where ever the celebration, I hope that it does not require the closing of our Municipal Center during normally scheduled working hours.

Janet Fairbanks


Planning makes a successful luncheon

To the editor:

After reading the editorial in the paper about the employee recognition luncheon, all I could think of was shame on all of you (on both sides) and grow up and act like adults!

Yes, employees get paid to do a good job. However, it is nice to be recognized as well.

Why can’t you all just compromise? No need of a three-hour lunch, either. What about a two-hour lunch? And with planning, the “customers” can still be served. Close one hour early and give the employees an hour and the employees can donate an hour of their lives.

With plenty of notice, there is enough time to register cars if the party is held at beginning of month. As for tax bills, just plan! Plan — like for anything else.

But I do agree with remaining open during the typical lunch hours from 11 to 2 as a lot of us have no free time during the day but that.

And the fact that Wal-Mart or CVS stay open all the time | who cares? What is the point of being open 24/7 if your shelves are not stocked when I shop on Saturday! I would rather have them closed to restock so that there are products there when I choose to shop!

Enjoy the spirit of the season and help others! And don’t forget to pay it forward!

Jessica Barker


Register to vote before you run

To the editor:

The filing period to register as a candidate in Derry starts on Jan. 22. In order to run for an elected position in Derry, you must be a Derry registered voter.

You can register to vote at the town clerk’s office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may also register on any Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To help you meet the deadline for registering we, the Supervisors of the Checklist, will hold a session on Tuesday, January 21 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Derry Municipal Center on 14 Manning Street, Derry, in Room 104. At that time we can register new voters or make changes to voter records as requested.

Renee Routhier


Supervisor of the Checklist


Obamacare hurts the insured

To the editor:

Almost daily we find another way that Obamacare hurts people.

Because of Obamacare, millions fewer people will be insured in January 2014 than in January 2013. (About 6 million policies have been cancelled. About 1.1 million have signed up through the Obamacare exchange.) Next year it is expected that 80 million existing policies will be cancelled. And President Obama knew this in 2010.

Many previously insured people with cancer or other terrible diseases struggle to find new doctors and treatments. Some face agonizing choices of foregoing treatments or impoverishing their families.

Obamacare exchange users may get nasty surprises. Obamacare insurance has high deductibles and limited access to doctors, hospitals, drugs, etc. Treatments outside one’s home area — while vacationing or at top hospitals like the Mayo Clinic — often aren’t covered. Patients may be forced to use less effective drugs or pay the full price, which is not counted towards their deductible. Obamacare will drive more people into bankruptcy than ever before.’s slowness and outages are just its obvious problems. Policies for people who think they have signed-up have been erased, altered, or not delivered to insurance companies. People are being incorrectly charged or not charged, meaning they probably aren’t insured. There will be many nasty surprises when people need medical care. contains very personal information and is a rich target for identity theft. But its security problems are extensive and may not be fixable. Poorly trained and inadequately vetted Obamacare “navigators” access people’s personal information. Some navigators encourage people to submit fraudulent applications. Many people will suffer.

Obamacare upended our whole health-care system and harmed many millions of Americans just to insure a few previously uninsured Americans (5- to 10-percent of our population). This wasn’t necessary.

But Obamacare’s real objective is not to insure people; it is to increase the size of government and its control of our lives. Progressives feel that the suffering and early deaths that Obamacare causes is worth it as long as Democrats increase their control of government and people.

It is time that Americans reject big government and its “solutions” like Obamacare. Americans must reject the people, Democrats, who justify hurting people because it helps them achieve their big government utopia where Democratic “masterminds” determine how people should live, for their own good of course.

Americans need to elect conservatives if they wish to return our country to the path of freedom, opportunity, and prosperity which will make our nation and the world a better place for ourselves and future generations.

Don Ewing