, Derry, New Hampshire

October 25, 2012

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Support Coyle for county commissioner

To the editor:

I gladly support and endorse Kevin Coyle for county commissioner.

Kevin has the proven leadership ability as a Derry town councilor, chairman of a Derry charter committee and the highest professional integrity as a prosecutor for the Police Department. I have never witnessed Kevin retreat from a just cause and I know without any doubt that he will serve the best interests of all citizens in District 3 of Rockingham County.

Please vote Nov. 6 for Kevin Coyle our next county commissioner.

Mike Gill


Zoning decision ignored concerns

To the editor:

Your recent editorial affirming the decision of the Derry Zoning Board to allow an exception to the zoning laws and grant permission to the owners of a Hubbard Hill home to operate a gun sales business overlooked or grossly understated several issues.

First, though many of the other residents of our street were present at the meeting and voiced opposition — which was ignored by the board — not everyone was informed of the meeting or the request for the exception. The town is only required to notify the neighbors that border the property or are located directly across the street so only three of the 28 homeowners were notified. We live a few houses down the street and were not notified of the meeting or the request. Had we been notified we certainly would have attended the meeting and added our voices in opposition.

Second, your support seems to hinge on the fact that sales will be by appointment, as if that will limit traffic. There is no way to limit or monitor how many appointments will be held at the home, and it is a home, not a commercial building with parking beyond that for owners. My doctor, dentist, tailor and auto repair shop all see clients by appointment and they have dozens of appointments every day. What prevents or limits the number of appointments this seller can make? Nothing that I can see.

Third, government officials are supposed to represent the members of their community. In disregarding the voices of the dozens of families that live on Hubbard Hill Road and giving their support to a single individual who, when it comes right down to it, wanted the board to say the law did not apply to him, the board members violated the trust of the community at large. The members of the board that voted in favor of the exception certainly did not represent my community. If local government officials don’t care for my community, I don’t care to have them as my government officials.

Cynthia M. Messina


Vote to block O’Brien’s Medicare plan

To the editor:

Most of the chatter this year has been on the presidential campaign, as it should be. Certainly we’ve been subjected to a multitude of ads for the offices of governor and the congressional seats.

This year, the state House of Representatives could dramatically change how New Hampshire treats our seniors. The stakes could not be higher.

With the extreme right in charge of the House led by Speaker Bill O’Brien, seniors could be at risk of losing Medicare as we know it. O’Brien and his cohorts want the state to take over Medicare for seniors and turn it into a voucher program. Why? That would allow politicians and insurance companies to raise the eligibility age, to deny seniors care, and to force seniors to pay at least $6,400 more out-of-pocket every year.

O’Brien wants to take money out of the pockets of our most vulnerable, our senior citizens, in order to line the already flush pockets of insurance company executives. These insurance company executives are not concerned with how to take care of our elder citizens, but how to raise the bottom line for insurance companies.

It’s time to vote for a change. Betsy Burtis, Bobby Jones, and Mary Till will not privatize Medicare. They will stop the tea party agenda by voting against Bill O’Brien for Speaker of the House. Please go to the polls on Nov. 6, and cast your vote to save Medicare as we know it and return New Hampshire to the moderate bipartisan state we know it is.

Sharon Cann