Not too late to change their ways

To the editor:

After reading Julie Huss' article "Butler knocks Paul for divulging potentially privileged information," I felt it needed a response.

I watched that Town Council meeting and I feel Jim Butler was the one who instigated what Julie describes as a verbal shouting match. I feel he was accusatory and aggressive in his presentation. He was the one who attacked her, not as I feel the article gave the impression she attacked him. Is this a Butler trait? Jake Butler did a similar action at a recent Londonderry Planning Board meeting. Art Rugg nipped his behavior in the bud. One might think this is a vendetta by the Butler boys.

Deb is new to the position and the only female on the council.

I feel Julie should have written more about what progressed. Tom Dolan spoke politely, gentlemanly to Deb Paul. He suggested in a supportive statement that she attend the Right to Know session presented by the town of Londonderry. Also, he remembers how helpful it was for him when he was a newly elected member of the Council.

I feel both Jake and Jim should present themselves at their meetings with a more positive approach. Maybe both should have discussed this with their chairs before blurting loudly, argumentatively at a public meeting.

I also wish John Farrell had stopped Jim Butler's loud, aggressive behavior sooner. It seems Tom Dolan and (Joe Green) were the more professional ones. The Butlers could learn a lot from them.

No woman should be addressed in such a manner. Remember, besides being Council/Planning Board members, you are to be gentlemen first and utmost.

It's not too late for them to change their ways. Keep this behavior out of the Council/Planning Board meetings

Deanna Mele



We can do better

To the editor:

I was very touched by the statements made by the police chiefs of the Londonderry and Derry police departments. I, too, believe that as a nation, we can do better and that unfair treatment of blacks and racism is unacceptable. As a second-grade teacher, I am very passionate when I teach during our Civil Rights unit about the importance of equal rights and fair treatment for all Blacks and the many heroes who stood up for equal rights in our country's history.

Each year when I teach this unit, my second-grade children also grow so passionate about the fact that the color of your skin should not matter and all people should be treated with dignity and respect. I also share with the children that it is important to learn about our country's history so we can learn from our mistakes. We, as a country, should not be making these same mistakes again and again like the police chiefs said so eloquently. I am saddened that our country has still not progressed in this area of racial equality.

I am truly grateful for and have deep respect for the many wonderful police officers who have reached out and made apologies and expressed condolences to our Black citizens. I truly hope and pray that this change will happen and that all Blacks in our great country will be treated with dignity and respect they deserve. I am also writing this in honor of the beautiful Black friends that I have had and continue to treasure in my life.

Maureen Desrosiers



To the editor:

The coronavirus will still be around this fall. No widespread vaccine will be available before next spring. That’s why election officials are urging people to vote absentee. The New Hampshire Attorney General has decreed that anyone who fears for their health because of the corona virus may vote absentee by selecting the disability option on the absentee ballot application,

Rumors are flying around that voting absentee is not secure. Not so in New Hampshire. Let me address the most common rumors.

Rumor #1: When absentee ballots are sent out to every voter, some go to the wrong address or to dead people. Not in New Hampshire. In order to receive an absentee ballot, a voter must complete an absentee ballot application with their current address. Ballots in New Hampshire are never sent out without a proper application.

Rumor #2: Unscrupulous people go door-to-door collecting ballots, promising to turn them into the town clerk. Instead, they simply throw them away. Or they collect blank ballots, fill them out, and then turn them in. Not in New Hampshire. Every ballot is sent out with a self-addressed return envelope. This year it will be pre-stamped using CARES money provided by Congress. In addition, the town clerk will not accept a ballot from anyone who is not a relative of the voter or special designee.

Rumor #3. Your ballot could easily be lost in the mail and you would never know that your vote has not been counted. Not in New Hampshire. You can track your ballot as easily as you track a UPS package. Just go to the secretary of state’s website and follow your ballot on ElectioNet. If something goes wrong, you can get it fixed right away.

I guarantee you that if you filled out your ballot, signed the inner envelope that contains your ballot, and dropped it in the mail, your vote will be counted. Don’t risk having to stand 6 feet apart in long lines to vote this fall. Vote absentee.

Mary Till





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