Time for a change at city hall

To the editor:
Well it's election time again, and we should all think about voting.
This election is very important since it means the future of Berlin is at stake. As a six-plus-year resident of Berlin, I have seen some positive projects done; however, I have also seen many negative events. We have lost between six and 10 small businesses, four of them downtown. I have also seen the loss of home values and the rise in the tax rate costing many of us more money to live here, and perhaps contributing to the loss of businesses . The Route 110 and Route 16 projects were a plus; however, there were a few too many frills that resulted in wasteful spending and repairs.
Now I read that the current administration is seeking a fifth term, and felt I must speak out. Although there have been a few positive changes, I feel that It is time for a new administration at city hall and will cast my vote on Nov 7 for a change.
Steven J. Gardner

Re-elect Berlin's current governing team

To the editor:
When I moved to Berlin from Plymouth, Mass., four years ago, I was immediately curious about city government in Berlin as I had previously been a municipal official, myself. I went to a number of council meetings to check them out and was blown away by the competence of the mayor, council and town manager.
Most recently, I attended a council meeting to hear a presentation about HR 324, a bill in the N.H. legislature, sponsored by Republicans and Democrats alike and pushed by Eversource, that would give utilities a huge tax break and put Berlin and other utility-rich communities into receivership.
The mayor had summoned all area legislators and county officials to attend and chime in on the record during the meeting, warning each of them that they would face a political firestorm if they failed to stop this bill from becoming law. He even called out the ones who did not appear, only excusing them if they had responded with a compelling reason for not showing.
Throughout the meeting, the council and city manager were in lockstep with the mayor on this all-important matter. They got each of the legislators there to detail just how they intended to go about trying to stop the bill.
It made me proud to now be from a community where my elected officials were not only well-informed, but had the backbone to stand up to the powerful utility bullies and their sycophants in the legislature on both sides of the aisle.
Governing ain’t patty cake. This is hardly the time to elect a new slate with no previous experience. Please vote this Nov. 7 to keep this competent team together, fighting to save Berlin.
Theodore Bosen

Elizabeth Ruediger: Proud and grateful of new Marine

To the editor:

Our family just had the wonderful experience attending the U.S. Marine Corps graduation at Parris Island, S.C., for our son. Naturally, we were one among many extremely proud and patriotic families who were anxious to wrap our arms around our recruit. We attended Family Day where the platoons began bright and early with a motivational run. The moon was still high in the morning sky equal to the humidity in the air.

Next, we all crowded into the all weather facility and waited for two hours for the moment the bay doors opened and caught the first glimpse of our sons and daughters in their Battle Dress Uniforms. The crowd's cheers were deafening. After the procession, we witnessed a true American moment: a naturalization ceremony for a dozen troops. This was the moment that I truly realized how special our birthright is.

These young men and women were from a wide variety of nations, Mexico to Trinidad. The ceremony was amazing and I am so proud they were able to commit themselves to the fortuitous fight for freedom and join us all as citizens of the greatest nation in the world. Finally, command recognized the hard work of the DI's (drill instructors) who carried our children from the yellow footprints on day one to the final approach on the Peatross Parade Deck which awaited all of us the next day. "Dismissed" and the crowd went wild. We were clambering over one another to get to our recruit. We spent five hours touring the base and putting food into his vacuous stomach (large spoon required).

The next day was graduation and the level of pride only increased as the never ending stream of impeccable Marines flooded the parade deck. The Marine Corps Band was spot on and kept all in step. And then the moment came when our Marine is truly back in our care and keep. This is the kind of complete loving chaos we had witnessed a day prior only with greater intensity.

Now that we are home, he is making the rounds to visit friends and those who have made an impact in his life. Tuesday evening, we ate at our favorite local restaurant: the Dairy Bar. We were informed by another server that "the Marine's family is taken care of." We felt it was too much to accept from anyone, but we were told there was no negotiation. We demanded responsibility for compensation of our server. A small victory. This random act of kindness cannot go unnoticed and should serve as an example of the wonderful Berlin community and the exemplary citizens who reside within it. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Elizabeth Ruediger


Diane Taupier: Sharing a vision of hell and angels

To the editor:

Hello to everyone. I would like to thank one person who made a comment to me that she was glad to read one of my letters, and another woman who recently told me that she likes my letters, and several others who have made positive comments. It means a lot to me when I hear from someone who acknowledges in a positive way the letters that I submit. Thank you so much to these individuals and to the The Berlin Sun for printing my articles.

I recently came across more videos on Facebook of a spiritual nature, and listened to a few. One video was about a pretty young girl from Ecuador. I will share her story. Two angels with gold feathers came to her door and told her to prepare to die that day at 4 p.m. She was to learn what heaven and hell are like. She certainly did not want to die, but pain came into her body and sleepiness as she did die at 4 p.m. 

Jesus, Jehovah appeared to her wearing gold sandals. He was more beautiful than the angels. He wanted to show her Hell because people think that this place is a joke. She tried her very best, over and over again, to talk her way out of it. He insisted and assured her that He would be with her. Humanity is being lost, he cried. And so they descended to a place with high temperatures, bad odor, down to the abyss, where there were flames, demons and tormented souls. They went to a cell where a man once served God, but then he decided to take up alcohol. He asked to be forgiven, and Jehovah said it was too late. She saw a family member there because she would not forgive, and did not repent. Once in hell it is too late to repent and ask for forgiveness. This young girl would call Jehovah, Lord Lord, and He would call her Daughter. He said, Daughter tell humanity that I love them and to come back to me. 

Then they ascended to The Kingdom of God, to a city of gold, with a gold bridge, prepared for His people. A table was set with plates, golden cups and wine. She saw the Prophet David, Joseph, Moses, Abraham, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus, and they all looked young as if they were 18 years old. Absolutely no one can allow anyone to enter Heaven but Jesus. He is coming for people who are prepared (the second coming) not for those who are lost. They will be left behind. She saw his scars on his hands and feet which will not be healed until all His people are gathered in Heaven. He sent her back to earth to tell humanity what she experienced. 

I am sharing this because I would not want anyone to go to this awful place. Maybe I can prevent someone from going there with this letter. I have recently seen an angel, no kidding. I have never seen an angel before in my whole life. I saw one that was 100 feet tall. The angel was a he, and he was beautiful beyond words. He had a submissive countenance to The Master.

Diane Taupier 





October is White Cane & Dog Guide Safety Awareness Month

To the editor:
Each year the month of October is proclaimed by the governor of New Hampshire to be White Cane and Guide Dog Safety Awareness month.
Did you know that recent statistics reveal that there are roughly 30,000 people living in New Hampshire, who self-identify that they are blind or visually impaired? Many visit your places of business throughout the community on a regular basis. If that many people have difficulty seeing, then how are they making their way to these businesses? Just as there are levels of vision loss, there are several methods in which people travel safely and independently throughout their communities. Some people have enough remaining vision to navigate without any specific mobility tools. Others rely on family or friends to lead them through what is known as sighted guide technique. Many travel with a white cane, which is the leading symbol of blindness. And who can’t resist an extra glance when someone walks in with their wonderfully trained dog guide.
It is our hope community residents throughout N.H. will strengthen this effort in raising awareness to safe travel for white cane and dog guide users during this month of October.
Linda Vaillancourt