Senior Night a great success
To the editor:
The senior picnic was a huge success this year with 170 seniors in attendance. We had the largest turnout yet. It was an honor for me to once again undertake the planning of this event.
Thank you to the following senior volunteers for their help at the picnic and behind the scenes: Jim Dube, Dave Gasper, Sandy Perry, Bonnie Ritvo, Lois Soucy, Aurie Sullivan and Barbara Whitesell.
Thank you to the Lions members who cooked our burgers and hot dogs, as well as our wonderful Police Department, whose members volunteered their time to serve our seniors so they would not have to stand in line.
Another big thank you goes out to Kirby Brown (town manager’s executive assistant), Kevin Smith, town manager, and Katie Sullivan, Londonderry High School assistant principal.
I truly appreciate everyone’s assistance in making this event a huge success.
Senior Affairs Director
Commemorating 9/11 — then and now
To the editor:
Last weekend, Americans paused to commemorate the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. With speeches and ceremonies, we remembered the lives lost and the heroism of that day.
As we reflected, the differences between Americans then versus Americans now were brought into sharp relief. What has happened to us?
After 9/11, we were united. No matter your sex, race, religion or political party, we were all Americans. Now, 20 years later, we are more divided than ever.
After 9/11, President George W. Bush had a 90% approval rating for his handling of the crisis. Now, we are so divided that even a cure for cancer would not get a 90% approval.
After 9/11, millions ran to give blood to help others. Now, millions refuse to take a vaccine (or wear a mask) to help others.
After 9/11, Republican and Democratic lawmakers stood on the U.S. Capitol steps and sang “God Bless America” together. Now, a mob of U.S. citizens, supported by members of that same Republican Party, attacked that same Capitol building to try to stop democracy.
If the goal of the terrorists was to undermine our society and our culture, have they finally succeeded?
Is it possible to get back to how we were?
Maybe last weekend’s memorials can remind us. Maybe we can push back on the extremist views taking over and stand for a country that works together to solve today’s problems.
We sincerely hope so.
Valerie Roman, Chair
Kenna McLeod, Vice Chair
Catherine Robertson-Souter, Secretary
Windham Democratic Town Committee
Nelson will be a trusted ally of GOP majorities
To the editor:
I’ve worked alongside many New Hampshire legislators throughout my professional career and I know the caliber of person it takes to be a successful and thoughtful state representative.
To make it work in Concord, you need to be determined to better your community, and volunteerism has to come naturally.
Secondly, you must also have the appropriate temperament to bring people together and be a unifier.
Third, and most importantly, you have to be trusted by your constituents, and your word has to be good.
Jodi Nelson embodies these qualities. She’s got a positive attitude, she cares about her neighbors and her community, she is always getting involved around town in different programs and nonprofits, and she’s honest with herself and with her colleagues.
These traits are important in the New Hampshire House.
And on the issues, she is the Republican running that I trust to stand up against vaccine mandates and federal overreach, support the Second Amendment, support our small businesses and job creators, stand up against tax-and-spend politicians, fight for all students in Derry, support life, support our veterans and support our emergency responders.
I trust Jodi to be an ally to Gov. Chris Sununu and our Republican majorities in the House and Senate.
I hope your readers join me in supporting Republican Jodi Nelson for state representative in the GOP primary on Oct. 19.
She is the candidate we can trust.
One person, one vote is under attack
To the editor:
Jim Crow laws which existed for 75 years after the Civil War as an attempt by states to hold onto racial segregation.
They mandated separate restrooms for Blacks, segregated schools, and forced Blacks to sit at the back of bus. A subset of laws specially aimed at the right to vote — including literacy tests, citizenship tests, poll taxes and other laws aimed at minorities.
Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act forbade states with a history of racial discrimination from making any changes in voting laws without a review from the U.S. Justice Department.
This preclearance had a dramatic effect on minority representation. Black representation in Congress went from five in 1965 to 48 in 2021.
There was no more important law than preclearance for eliminating discrimination against minorities.
Unfortunately in 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in under the leadership of Justices Antonin Scalia and John Roberts to declare that preclearance was no longer necessary in the 21st century; the fact that we’ve now had a Black president seemed to justify this conclusion.
Since 2013 dozens of states have passed restrictive voting laws that mostly affect minority voters. The entire premise of one-person one vote is under attack.
We are on the cusp of losing our democracy, and Congress must act now to preserve voting rights.
Sen. Joe Manchin’s obsession with filibuster rules is far less important than losing the right to vote.