Disappointed in low voter turnout
To the editor:
On March 8, the Town of Londonderry held a townwide election. Among the items to be decided were who would make up the next Town Council, School Board, Budget Committee and other town positions. Another important item was a proposal to change the form of government that the town has used since 1719 — but formally since 1722 when the town was incorporated.
Without going into details, it seems to me that persons who will be in charge of our town, school and other offices, should draw the attention of more than just friends, relatives, and a few interested people.
The fact that, at the same time, voters were asked to change the form of town government would equally draw voters' attention.
Now let us look at the facts — there are over 25,000 residents in town, around 17,000 of whom are registered voters. On March 8, just under 2,300 people came to vote. To change the form of government 1,144 voted for it (approximately 5 percent) and 1,044 voted against changing a form of government that has worked for 290 years. It is equally important to note that only 12 percent of the voters were interested enough to vote their choice of who is to run the school and town for the next year. I am certain that many of you were truly unable to spend a few minutes at the voting booths, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., but a majority of 88 percent?
I am disappointed in the turnout — people will say that it's generally the same every year, but we don't change our form of government every year and approximately 5 percent of the voters for it, and 5 percent against does not appear to be the "Voice of the People."
Reed Paige Clark
Find a way to save Pinkerton Tavern
To the editor:
As I pass the more than two-century-old Pinkerton Tavern each day, going to and coming from my employment, I anxiously await the fate of this monument embracing Derry's past and present, and wonder if it will have a place in our future.
Buildings, as do stone walls, have a spirit embedded in them by the many craftsmen who labored to bring them to life to form our communities. Our ancestors, as extensions of the Master's hands, planned, placed and squared each timber and board; manually drove home each nail and spike; planed, sanded and spackled every piece of trim and carefully painted colonial beauty inside and out.
Rick Holmes has adequately addressed this building's history and contribution to historic Derry. I plead for its place in our future. It is the only remaining link with our past on Route 28 North.
Is it to be lost to our heirs to be replaced by relatively insignificant added retail space when we have so many retail vacancies in town? And this at a time when the Internet gains an increasing share of retail sales each year?
Let us retain it as a taxable asset by pushing it back to clear the much-needed highway expansion. Such a short move straight back is a piece of cake to building movers in 2011. Much less of an effort than that of over a century ago, which moved the original Pinkerton Building to its current Alumni Building location.
Whether its future is as a tavern or a professional building, it needs to be preserved, added to the Historic Register and restored to at least a token of its colonial splendor. This authentic monument bearing the spirit of our early Derry ancestors should continue to greet visitors from the north for centuries to come.
Paul W. Chapman
It's time for town's spring cleaning
To the editor:
My calendar says it's spring, my favorite season of the year. The sun is higher and warmer, the birds are rehearsing and I can now see my lawn slowly unveiled from the results of a long, tough winter that has left us all longing for a change.
Now, what we are left with is trash, trash, and more trash. Surely, we can all agree it's an ugly sight. Empty bottles, cans, somewhat empty fast-food bags and "leftovers" from construction jobs are such an eyesore to our community.
It's not just limited to our main thoroughfares. My daily walks through lovely neighborhoods compel me to grab what I can and deliver the debris to my recycling bin or garbage can at home. That's the place it belongs.
As a volunteer for two years with the Beautify Londonderry committee and a participant in the cleanup for several years, as well, I invite all fellow members of our quaint town to come on board with us and join the cleanup.
Calling all neighbors, church groups, Scouts, Brownies and businesses starting from Saturday, April 23, to Sunday, May 22. Find your spot and contribute towards sprucing up our town. Let's remember: We've only got one planet to live on; we can't trade it in for a bigger, better model. We must be good stewards and take care of what we have been blessed with!
I guarantee all of your hard work will reward you with a great feeling of accomplishment. So if you are as disheartened, as I am, at people's indifference and irresponsibility, please register with Kerri Stanley at 603-434-3476 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think green and clean!
Town shouldn't promote scrap drive
To the editor:
I recently went to the Town of Derry website and found an ad for a scrap metal drive for the Upper Village Hall.
Since when do we advertise on our town website for nonprofit groups? I am sure the town knows better than that!
This scrap metal is money that would be made by the Derry transfer station to help offset our taxes. Is it not enough that we have given the East Derry Village Improvement Society the building and the land?
We need to stop this favoritism now! I don't see the rail trail or other such organizations on our Derry town website. Why the Upper Village Hall and EDVIS?