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January 23, 2014

Letters to the editor

Register before deliberative session

To the editor:

The school deliberative is coming up on Feb. 8 at the West Running Brook Middle School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. In order to vote at the deliberative, you must be a Derry voter. This is important as the school budget makes up a large percentage of your taxes!

To help you register, the Supervisors of the Checklist are having two sessions to register voters. Of course you may register at the town clerk’s office any hours they are open. In case you can’t make that, you may register with us or make any changes to your record on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Derry Municipal Center, 14 Manning Street, Derry, Room 104.

As well as that session, we will be registering voters at the deliberative, too. That’s listed above and we will be registering people from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

There are lots of chances and ways to register to vote so no excuses! Let’s take control of what makes up our taxes.

Renee Routhier

Chairman

Supervisors of the Checklist

Derry

License-plate readers invade privacy

To the editor:

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Big Brother and he wants to use license-plate readers throughout the state of New Hampshire.

Today’s license-plate reader could turn into tomorrow’s individually issued robot to keep watch over you. Anyone see the movie “Minority Report”?

License-plate readers are an invasion of privacy and recipe for disastrous waste of taxpayer money. After the expensive program launched in Boston, it was shut down when challenged over privacy concerns and because a police department released approximately 68,000 license plate numbers that tripped license-plate reader alarms to a newspaper, in error.

Taxpayers would be paying for the government to track themselves and store the information. A quick search on the Internet and one can find many reasons why this is bad -- invasive, wasteful spending, strain on police resources, and erosion of liberty, to name a few. Who knows who could access this information? Many companies would pay handsomely to know a person’s travel habits and whereabouts.

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