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March 7, 2014

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Guns and welfare

You’ve heard it before — “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” — yet we continue to pursue more gun control. It’s the last half of that quote that needs to be addressed. Why are so many growing up to feel it’s OK to take a life and show no remorse? Are there truly mental health issues or is it something more preventable? There are so many children that are, in many cases, growing up in single-parent homes, in “blended” families. Is the parent so busy working to make ends meet that there is little or no guidance? Also, there are now generations of children growing up on government handouts. They don’t see a parent working and setting an example. Are the children encouraged to get an education so they may become contributing members of society or are the children just a means of getting a bigger government check?

Pay up, drivers

New Hampshire’s main roads have always been known for their excellent condition, as compared to those of some of our neighbors to the south. It takes money to repair roads and bridges, and who benefits from these repairs? The drivers. So if you drive, you need to pay your fair share to continue to have safe roads and bridges. If the condition of these structures were to deteriorate, you’d be the first to complain. So be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

No on 2

The senior citizens of Salem, N.H., need to vote no on the high school renovation. If the renovation passes, the proponents claim, your home value will go up. If you own a single-family home, that might be true. If you live in a condominium, that might not be true because anyone living there has no interest in the high school, so why would the value go up? In either case you will be paying more in taxes. The renovation itself will cost you over $200 a year in tax increases alone. Why should we pay for something we, or our families, will never get to use? The school is in such poor shape because Salem chose not to keep it up over the years. Let the families of current and future students pay for the renovations, not us.

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