Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:53
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 19:16
I just received a registered letter in the mail from the town of Gorham, it is pertaining to a tax lien on my home for a mere $5.76! First of all, my taxes are in escrow. If this is what they call a supplemental tax bill, Why in gods name would the tax collector waste our tax money on sending out all of these registered bills, there was a stack of them in the mail vehicle. When something this small could easily be added to the next tax bill. Sounds like this is another mistake on town of Gorham's part, where as I think greed has taken over. If Ms. Porter and town manager (whom I don't think is needed in this small town) and whom ever, could not get the figures correct the first time after having the evaluations fixed appropriately for most of us. Remember the evaluation prior where evaluations went through the roof and it took the town I think way too long to have that taken care of. Don't you think they owe us some money in return! Then don't you think they would do something that is right instead of trying to make more money out of their ordeals because now there is a tax lien charge of $18.00 for a total of $23.76! For their mistake and a lien to boot! I called my mortgage company they have no recollection of $5.76 due and they too have never heard of such a ridiculous act. My mother who lives in Wyoming which is another tax free state ( if that'swhat you want to call us) sent me a copy of her tax statement. It is fully itemized right down to the penny where every cent is spent. On a very large beautiful home she pays LESS than half we pay in property taxes and if there is any small amount due it is added to their next tax bill. I have lived here my whole life and always loved it here, but the last 10 or so years it seems the town is going stupid not broke.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 19:19
On April 10th, I attended the Gorham High School's musical, Cabaret 2013, that featured many outstanding performances by these young people.My personal highlight of the evening was to listen to the sterling rendition of the song, "Hallelujah" sung by Ms. Hailey Bowie, it was dedicated to Ms. Corine (Daniels) Bergeron, the young teacher at GMHS, who lost her battle to cancer this year. Once again thanks for a great evening of dining and entertainment.
Yours in education
Tom Pickford Sr.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 18:46
I would like to call the public's attention to the Earth Day gathering at noon, Saturday April 20, at the Randolph Recreation area on Durand Road (rain date April 21). This is a family-friendly event; bring a picnic lunch. Other than celebrating our planet, the primary purpose of the event is to protest the possibility that Portland Pipeline Corporation will pump Canadian tar sands "oil" through the existing pipeline which extends from Montreal through Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, the North Country of NH and on through Maine to Portland for export (primarily to China, our geopolitical adversary!).
Tar sands "oil" is not oil at all, but a semi-solid substance (bitumen) with a consistency similar to peanut butter. In order to pump it, it must be diluted with volatile hydrocarbons such as benzene, a known carcinogen. Even then, much higher pressures and temperatures are required than for ordinary crude oil. You may have read about the recent spill in Arkansas which devastated a whole neighborhood. That pipe was 65 years old. So is the pipe from Montreal to Portland! And the tar sands stuff is virtually impossible to clean up, especially once it gets into water where, unlike ordinary oil which floats, it sinks. A spill in say, Randolph, would require the evacuation of the Moose River valley and the Androscoggin Valley in Gorham and Shelburne. The toxic diluents (benzene etc), which would become gaseous, present a significant health hazard until they dissipate. We could have our own version of Chernobyl!
The irony of all this is that there is absolutely no benefit of this project to the inhabitants of northern New England or, for that matter, to the citizens of the United States. We shoulder all the risks to health and property, while the plutocrats at Portland Pipeline, Enbridge, and ExxonMobil (which controls 40% of the tar sands operation in Alberta) pocket all the rewards. Please join us in opposing this greed-driven project.
Randolph, NH 03593
Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 18:54