, Derry, New Hampshire

March 21, 2013

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Drivers, take care in residential areas

To the editor:

On the night of Sunday, March 10 our family’s much loved black Labrador Casey was struck by a vehicle in front of our house on the very quiet cul de sac of Woodbine Drive in Londonderry. The driver left the scene without trying to help her or trying to alert anyone. We found her there within a very short time, as she had just been let out for a few minutes before bed. She died in our arms on the way to the emergency clinic.

Casey was loved by everyone who knew her. She made many friends all over town, as she loved her daily hikes at Mack’s Orchards and the Musquatch. She never met anyone she didn’t like, and had an exuberance for life. We are just heartbroken from this loss.

Casey was well trained to stay in the yard and we will never know why somehow she was in the road that night. It is a well lit, straight section of road in a residential area. A driver would have to be either impaired or distracted (texting perhaps?) to not see her there.

I’m writing this in hope that some good could come from our tragedy. Please, if you are driving in a residential area, drive slowly and pay attention! Someone’s beloved pet, or God forbid, a child could be around the next corner.

And if you are the coward that left Casey there on the side of the road, scared and dying, shame on you.

Marilyn Mariano


Taxes are top issue for Derry council

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Derry for electing me to the Town Council. Numerous people helped me on my campaign and I am very grateful for their support. Special thanks go to Sandy Shapiro, Kevin Coyle, Frank Sapareto, Janet Fairbanks, Carl Accardo and Mark Osborne. A very special thanks goes to Judi O’Hara for all her work and support.

I would also like to thank Joel Olbricht and David Milz for their contributions to the town of Derry.

My sincere thanks go to all the people that I talked to during my campaign. I appreciated all the people that took time to open their doors and talk to me while I was campaigning. I listened and took notice. My apology goes to those whom I may have interrupted during their busy weekend.

The No. 1 issue that almost everyone talked about was taxes. They didn’t ask for better roads, newer infrastructure or more money for the town. They asked for a break on our escalating taxes. As a town councilor elect, I feel that I was elected to work on controlling our property tax. Everyone agrees that taxes are too high but nobody is doing anything about it except talking and spending more money. The time to address taxes is now.

Once again, I thank everyone who worked on my campaign and those who had the confidence to vote for me. I will work hard to get our taxes under control and make Derry a better place to live.

Tom Cardon


I’m ready to work for you

To the editor:

I offer the people of Derry my sincerest and most humble thanks for their support, kindness, and votes during the recent election season.

On Election Day you spoke loudly — and your voices were heard crystal clear. You asked for responsive and fiscally responsible government. As your councilor-at-large, I will work to meet your demands and will strive to once again make Derry an affordable place to live.

In the weeks and months to come, budgets will be reviewed and hard (but necessary) decisions will be made. Transparency will be the rule, rather than the exception. Accessibility to your Town Council will be a must rather than a maybe.

I invite you to join me in restoring the joy and responsibility of belonging to a special, historic, and fiscally responsible community.

Thank you to all who took a chance in supporting and embracing my candidacy. Your waves, honks, smiles, sign-holding, and words of support fueled my determination during those long cold days on the sidewalk. To the young mother and daughter in the minivan who stopped to hand me a coffee, your beverage and act of kindness warmed me for days.

I will now step from those sidewalks and get down to business. As I do so, please know that I will be thinking of all of you and your families in every decision I make.

Your friend, neighbor, and councilor-at-large,

Mark Osborne


If only hunting humans were illegal

To the editor:

After years of study, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has identified the real cause of mass killings. Quoting Sen. Feinstein, “It’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines.”

Apparently all we need is a law saying it is no longer legal to hunt humans using a large-capacity magazine. You can probably get bipartisan support for this law.

With this, Sen. Feinstein has outdone her last brilliant solution, “gun-free zones”, which ensured that mass killers would be safe for that critical 10 to 20 minutes they needed to achieve their dreams of fame.

I feel so much safer knowing that Sen. Feinstein is on the job. In her hands, all Americans will be as safe as the children in Newtown, Conn.

Don Ewing