Dawn Tupick: Property taxes are too high

To the editor:

Yes! Property taxes are too high.

What to do? Unite against the ever demanding raidson our pocketbooks. Will uniting aid and abet the struggling home owners of Berlin? No!

Until homeowners find them selves a leader who is not afraid of the unions and Democrat money mongrels, sadly, the answer is no.

A number of years ago, there was a Berlin Tax Payers association. We fought long and hard with the chiefs who wanted their union power, men whom I say today caused many a homeowner to throw in the towel.

Just drive up on the avenues and look at the once beautiful homes turned into slums by the prison Industry.

No taxes there.

Fighting property taxes is a very complicated issue. When the corporations hold back on their taxes, filing for a new assessment adds the missing tax money onto who?

Bringing in what has been called new industry, tax-free for five years on what you and I are paying to maintain Berlin, is totally unfair and borderline dishonest.

A few years ago, people were selling their furniture, room by room, to pay property taxes, Others were buying animal food for animals they did not have. I was told by one person dog food made good hash.

Our tax rolls can be mended. I can find no reason to increase our taxes by $100. The question is, who is willing to step up and fight to save their home. Will we the new slums of Berlin?

Dawn Tupick

Berlin 

 

Elizabeth Ruediger:

To the editor:

The politics of isolationism and the appearance of impropriety — they are equally damaging to the democratic process.

I even have to question if it is politically correct to use the word "democratic," as we, as a nation, practice the process of treating anyone who thinks differently as "the enemy." This plays in government from top to bottom, from the White House to the tiniest of municipalities. One may think running a government as a family business is a new concept in the era of Donald Trump, but this modus operandi has been alive and well in small town government.

Part of the issue is that residents feel their town magically runs itself. It doesn't. It requires knowledge and commitment. Part of the issue is that small towns are dominated by a few family strains that feel an inherent entitlement to hold the reigns and seek the glory of maintaining a monarchy based on a small gene pool.
This does not have to be so.

I encourage those who have joined their community to rise to the occasion and assist in the preservation of a quality of life that brought them to their place of residence. There is no birth right to being a positive role model in your community. The challenge is to defy the logic that anything outside of the inner circle is somehow a threat to the longstanding way of life that all in the community enjoy, not just a select few who happen to have the "acceptable" last name and an automatic claim to respectability.

Introducing new ideas and creating a sense of checks and balances to avoid conflict of interest or the appearance of impropriety is a good thing. Instituting a sense of entitlement based on a birth certificate does not serve the community, at large, well. It creates an air of distrust among those in the community who will always feel like outsiders or worse, infiltrators.

We all have a part to play. I encourage those who are "transplants" to not be cavalier in their need for community betterment. Change is hard and not always welcome. But it is important for those who relocate to our communities to invest their time and strengths into their local government to collectively create a future that is stable, steadfast and progressive.

We all need to grow together, as a community filled with people who have had real world experiences, as opposed to a lifetime of isolationism.

So, if you have an inkling to help by devoting time and attention to the real world problems that face your community, now is the time to ask, "what can I do to help make things better?" The first step is filling vacancies on municipal boards and committees that require a level of intellect that many communities are desperate for and in short supply of.

If you work for your community, even as an outsider, your community will work for all who cherish it, regardless of birthright. It is your time and your expertise are required; you decide how you want to apply them.

Elizabeth Ruediger
Dummer

 

Judy Woodward: Benefits of the WorkReady program

To the editor:

I love my job! Each day I get to help North Country residents access high quality professional development training and help to ensure that employers have an applicant pool with strong workplace skills! What could be better than that? Being able to offer this training absolutely tuition free! That’s right — no charge!

The three-week WorkReadyNH class is offered at White Mountains Community College, as well as throughout the northern region. Whether you are seeking employment or you want to brush up on your skills to be better prepared for advancement, the WorkReadyNH training will help you reach your goals.

Graduates receive the WMCC WorkReadyNH Soft Skills Certificate and the National Career Readiness Certificate. One of the most valuable benefits of the program, however, is the confidence you feel when you know your strengths and you feel fully prepared.

Why not join our next Berlin class next Monday, Aug. 7–24, Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will be glad you did!
Judy Woodward
WorkReadyNH Program Director
White Mountains Community College

John A. Sullivan:

To the editor:

Robert Kruszyna’s treasonous letter influences people unfamiliar with history and predisposed to believe that President Donald Trump is like Hitler. In 1965, Americans felt sorrow for the Kennedy family after JFK was assassinated; going along with Ted Kennedy’s changes to the Immigration and Naturalization Act. Regulations favoring white immigration from Europe ended. Critics were assured continued white majority, despite arriving masses of African, Latino and Asian — and more recently Middle Eastern (Islamic) — immigrants.

Failed states of California and Europe show the impact of open borders. White Californians are a minority in their state. White male reverse discrimination is common, as are  white underemployment, minority hiring/contractor preferences, minority college quotas; and bi-lingual language requirements for local and state government jobs like teaching.

Mr. Kruszyna may hop in his car to help fellow travelers in Vermont, now freely drive illegal Latino immigrants to substandard housing; appeal to Vermont farmers plus slum lords' greed. Farm laborers next organize a union, for better wages and living conditions. White kids/teens traditionally working these jobs won’t qualify or be old enough to join this “union.” Their former opportunities for jobs, experience and work-ethic development will end.

Latinos and multiple-wife Muslims' proclivity isn’t creation but “procreation” — equals four to eight kids per family. These bring new welfare rolls, subsidized housing laws, bi-lingual education, and doubtlessly a N.H. State Income Tax to support it. Their population will cause water resource diversions to serve them. New Englanders’ traditional access to outdoor recreation will steadily decrease and grow expensive because of immigrant urban development.

The Preamble of our Constitution says, “To ourselves and our Posterity,” not the worlds’. Trump is rightly (pardon the pun) correcting a 52-year-old left-wing immigration policy, which both parties refused to address.

John A. Sullivan
Berlin

 

Bill Dwyer: Too bad our taxes don't go down instead of up

To the editor:

I saw in today's paper where the school "found" about $800,000 in their budget.

I would like to know how somebody "finds" $800,000. It makes me wonder who is doing these budgets to begin with.

Maybe our taxes should have gone down instead of raising them by 52 cents. Fifty-two cents doesn't seem like much but on a $100,000 home that's about 50 more bucks every six months.

I understand that the track needed refurbishing but to sneak it in the backdoor has to raise some questions and maybe we could have tried to get a grant (we seem to be good at that).

On a side note, I was looking on Google Earth the other day and noticed that the railroad spur that runs through Berlin on High Street, Pleasant Street, Main Street and Willard Street isn't even connected to the main railroad tracks that go through town. Makes me wonder why they're even still here.

Just think how much fuel is wasted by service trucks that have to stop at each track.Too bad we can't find an engineer that can work on removing them.

Finally, again too bad our taxes don't go down instead of constantly rising.

Bill Dwyer

Berlin