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.
Supervisors of the Checklist
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.
Please call your representatives and ask them to vote no on HB 675.
“At first the captured plate data was used just to check against lists of cars law enforcement hoped to locate for various reasons,” ACLU staff attorney Catherine Crump wrote on the nonprofit group’s website Wednesday morning. “But increasingly, all of this data is being fed into massive databases that contain the location information of many millions of innocent Americans stretching back for months or even years.”
Right takes philosophy too far
To the editor:
How far to the right, in thinking, is right? How far to the right, or the left for that matter, can one’s philosophy be before you are in another dimension?
Reflecting on 2013 makes one wonder why the far-right is so out-of-step with the thinking of this century. Are they at all aware of the social dynamics that are shaping society and how different they are in thought, behavior and attitude from the emerging generation that will soon be leading our country? Do they understand why they cling to the past, dislike the present and are afraid of the future?
When your insulated circle of family and friends thinks the same as you, the realization that you are out-of-sync with the majority cannot be easily accepted. It challenges everything you have believed in, threatens your very identity, and subjects you to enormous group pressure to conform. You become very angry because you are very frightened and the fear can easily overwhelm reason.
The way to relieve this frustration is not to become more extreme, misremember the past, seek scapegoats now and more vigorously resist change. Backing away from reality will not help shape the future. Obstructing change will not help to design its direction. Rejecting attitudes will not help to modify them.
Today, Ronald Reagan could not win a Republican primary, Social Security and Medicare would not pass through the Congress and the “War on Poverty” would never be started. What happened to the reasonable, practical, country-first approach to governance?
I think the right has gone too far to the right. If we went back in time as far as they have gone to the right we would all be speaking Greek.
A modest proposal for new laws
To the editor:
Having read about the New Hampshire House passing several bills which would either enable people to do disallowed activities (smoke marijuana) or prohibit the state from doing allowed activities (applying the death penalty) I would propose we cut to the chase and pass an omnibus law that permits everything except bullying, disagreeing with liberals, and income inequality.
I would further add to the law that all military veterans have microchips and RFIDs implanted to make them easier to track while in public as they are considered “potential domestic terrorists” by the Department of Homeland Security. I would further request they have “PT” (potential terrorist) tattooed on their foreheads to make them even easier to identify.
Vietnam veterans, having been spit on and accused of being baby killers when they returned home, makes them extremely resentful. They should be considered to be extreme risks since they had “raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam”, according to the testimony of John Kerry before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in April 1971.
Thank you for permitting me to share my thoughts and concerns.