To The Daily Sun,
I remember an energy conference at Plymouth State back in the 80s. The keynote speaker was to be a well-known Canadian author but died a week before the conference date. In his place, the chairman of Hydro-Quebec consented to come down to fill his slot. It was a big occasion. WMUR was present with its cameras and it aired that same evening. It was a time when many were extolling the "virtues" of hydro power. They couldn't say enough about Hydro-Quebec, which was touted as the "Arabs of electrical power". A company that could transfer DC power from Quebec to California with only a 4 percent loss. No one questioned their world dominance in the field of hydro power.
New Hampshire Governor Sununu, an MIT graduate with a nuclear background, was promoting Seabrook while Governor Snelling of Vermont was forging relations with Rene Levesque, the premier of Quebec. People complained at the time that Hydro-Quebec flooded an area the size of Great Britain thereby displacing the native cultures — but it was all so far away. When the energy needs of two and a half million people conflicted with a few thousand natives it was apparent to everyone who would win — much the same with our "iron horse" as it rambled west to make America a two ocean country
Perhaps if the towers passed within eyesight of my property I would be a bit more "intense" in my opposition as well. The meeting in Silver Hall on September 24 was attended by some 400 participants, outnumbering the backers of Northern Pass by ten to one. It appears that Northern Pass has brought the Democrats and Republicans together against a "common enemy" — Hydro Quebec. Could we be witnessing another Clamshell Alliance here? The power lines, if they are to be built, should be buried just like Martha Richards and one or two others buried the DOE with their gutsy rhetoric. Deservedly they received the most applause. Their conviction and sincerity shown through like a beacon light piercing a moonless night.
Finally, let me tell you what's really bothering me. Back to the meeting on September 24th. From the very beginning I felt an uneasiness about my surroundings. Yes, there was a mix of Democrats and Republicans there but mostly Republicans as far as I could tell — and you don't want to ask me how I know! The fact that I was sitting right behind two Republican representatives begged the question: "what the hell am I doing here?" As an independent with propensity towards the Democrats, I think it's downright un-American that any issue can bring these two groups together. We would all like alternative energy but solar power on a large scale is probably not going to happen in N.H. Wind power is also not a favorite among many and we can forget about the latest oxymoron that has entered our lexicon —"clean coal".
So those that wear orange with the inscription: "not now, not ever" need to be careful that they don't conscientiously become the proverbial painted sepulchers — white and shiny on the outside, inside full of dead-men's bones.
To end on a lighter note, in the dubious event that the worse case scenario plays out against the opponents of NP, there is always a silver lining — no "view tax" — "not now, not ever"!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:27
To The Daily Sun,
To the Citizens of Franklin:
I am writing to remind you that it is time for the local elections in Franklin. I ask for your support as a City Councilor for Ward Three. I have lived in Franklin for the past 24 years. My children were born and raised in Franklin and went through the Franklin school system and onto college. I have served on the Franklin School Board for the past 11 years. Some of the accomplishments while I have been on the School Board include lowering the dropout rate from a high of 18 percent to what is currently the statistic of 4 percent and increasing the proficiency level of the NECAP scores. Throughout my years on the school board, I feel I have been level headed and, while not always in the majority, supported decisions once they were made by the board.
Within the community of Franklin, I have been involved with the Franklin Lassie League, the Franklin Footlight Theatre, and have served on the board of the Twin Rivers Food Pantry. I feel I would be a good representative of the entire community of Franklin, and look to keep the best interests of our city at heart. I ask for your support, and please remember to vote on Tuesday.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 01:18
To The Daily Sun,
I just wanted to write a short note about a great place.
On August 26,2013 I had a knee replacement at Concord Hospital and knowing that there may be no one at home to help, or walk my dog, I decided to go to rehab. I didn't do this with my first knee replacement.
I picked Golden View, the retreat, to check out as it was only four miles from home, great for visits from my hubby and friends. We did a tour and I was impressed with the equipment, rooms (all private) and the seven days a week of therapy.
I did go to Golden View Retreat and I was so glad that I went. My pain was monitored and treated, my blood sugars, B/R's and temperature were checked. Seven days a week of physical therapy came to my room, took me down to the work out area, and worked on me for 45-60 minutes to get my knee to bend. Then the O.T worked on my upper body strength, bathing and dressing myself.
The food was so good and went with my diet. I always had two choices, but the thing that makes this whole process work is the staff. All PT and OT shifts from RN, LPN and LNA's, people, chefs and hair dressers, yes hair dresser (so good to get my hair washed and cut) were awesome cheerful and event at 1 a.m. right there to answer my bell to get me pain medication or a drink and I know good staff after having done nursing for 41 years.
When I left after 10 days everything was taken care of. Medication, visiting nurse and physical therapist set up. So all I had to was give the visiting nurse a call. Then when I left Golden View called me to check on me. When you are looking for a rehab facilitation, check out Golden View.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 01:15
To The Daily Sun,
Franklin resident Stephen Pascucci has publicized his letter against Hydro-Quebec's "business practices" and against its plan for degradation of New Hampshire's scenic beauty. I heard Mr. Pascucci, at the Plymouth DOE hearing, enter his statement into the record. He received deserved applause.
He made me remember the scene in the "Northern Trespass" movie shown recently at Franklin Opera House, and that Hydro-Quebec's big guns, one of them, used the word "conquer," as in, "We feel we have conquered Quebec's northern wilds!" Something like that, glossing over that Hydro-Quebec took from the Cree and Inuit peoples and the caribou herds, too, the place they need for their survival and have always had. When the movie was made, Hydro-Quebec had dammed thirteen of 16 formerly wild rivers, made them cement-sided and stone-cut sided water sluices with machinery and buildings, where once they were fordable and inviting waterways with life-supporting shoreline, quiet.
The water bodies created behind the new dams cover over forests, so now the water releases methane gas into our planet's air. So much for full-page newspaper ads that make everything seem right with the Northern Pass project. Those ads give good revenue to our newspapers, yes, but the lies and deceptions are ugly testimony to the company's disregard for New Hampshire's people and land.
Our accepting Hydro-Quebec's destruction of a place that we cannot see, for electricity-generation, would be like a reputable museum dropping former standards and knowingly accepting art masterpieces looted from Jewish owners during WWII. As if having them overrides the means to having them.
Executive Councilor Ray Burton said it well when, at one DOE hearing, he said Northern Pass should pack up and go home. Franklin residents might want to look into the height of the new towers that would invade their town if they have the converter station, and also that existing lines would be replaced with very high towers. Franklin residents might at last agree with Ray Burton, but don't want to wait until it is too late and they have sold off for tax revenue what they'll regret losing.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 01:11
To The Daily Sun,
Just a gentle reminder. In this pro-choice world, where abortions are still legal, pregnant moms have the option of choosing to have their babies. A baby is a gift, a small bundle of joy to cherish. Having an abortion kills your own child, murders your own baby. If you don't think that you have the ability to raise the infant yourself, please choose adoption, not abortion. Choose life.
Abortion kills! Life is precious.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 01:04