Republican Picnic

by Robyn Hatch

The minute the Republicans met at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge in Salem, it was obvious that a drastic change in the government was wanted and desired.  From Kelley Ayotte (former Attorney General for NH) to Bob Elliot, to the much-appreciated appearance of the Sununu’s, it was very, very clear that change was going to happen in the next election in 2010.

It was stated in the handout that the Democrats have held the office of Governor for 10 of the last 12 years (1997 - 2009) and they are ruining the State of New Hampshire.

The quality of state services has continued to decline.  From the 1980s through the mid-1990s, New Hampshire ranked among the best states in terms of quality of state services.  As graded and ranked by The Pew Charitable Trusts:  The Government Performance Project, since 1999, New Hampshire has gone from bad to WORST.  (Source:

                  The state budget is irresponsible.  Over the past four years, Governor Lynch and the Democrats in control of the House and Senate have overspent the State Budget to the point where it has become a serious crisis.  The

Democrats created this problem by irresponsibly expanding programs that have continued to grow and have led today’s “spending momentum.”  Now taxpayers are being forced to pay for these mistakes.  The current budget continues a pattern of irresponsibility, creating enormous fiscal challenges on both the spending side and the revenue side for future state budgets.

Spending increases under Governor Lynch and the Democrat legislature.  In his budget, Governor Lynch claimed to have controlled spending in this budget cycle.  In truth, the 2010 - 2011 budget contains a 6-10 percent increase in addition to the 17.5 percent increase in the last budget.  This is compared to all other states in the U.S., which have averaged a 5 percent reduction in proposed spending over their last two budgets.

The Democrats are using one-time revenues, like Federal bailout money, to pay for state operating expenses.  They are also trying to take $110 million from the Joint Underwriters Association (JUA), a private malpractice fund owned by the doctors of the state and funded through premiums paid by them.  Simply put, the Governor and Legislature are stealing private money from the doctors.  The total budget deficit, not covered by real ongoing revenues, is approximately $500 MILLION.

Up next - More taxes and fees.  The Democrats proposed the following taxes increasing this year were not included in the budget.  They will probably be reintroduced during the next budget debate and include:  new tax on mortgage refinancing, new sales tax on entertainment, new income tax on capital gains, increase to gas tax (15 cents a gallon), new estate tax, and an increase to business enterprise tax.

Retirement System Crisis:  Since 1996, the New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS), which provides the retirement benefits for most of the state’s teachers, firefighters, police, municipal and state employees, has built up a huge unfunded liability, leaving employees’ retirement security in question.  Since 1996, the retirement system and the state obligation to pay additional retirement benefits and healthcare costs have grown to a total unrefunded liability of $7 billion.  The pension money these workers are counting on has been underfunded and mismanaged.  Furthermore, the cities and towns are responsible for 30-35 percent of the burden ($2.5 billion) and will have to pay the balance of the overdrawn account from local property taxes.

As has been shown, there are many issues that need to be worked on to make New Hampshire great again.  It can be done, but the process has to begin now!

This article in no way reflects the thinking of the Salem Patriot.  These statements only tell some facts that need to be known.  The information was passed out to everyone at the Republican Picnic.  Enjoy and think about what has been said.

The Sax Pack, with their instruments

The Sununu’s, arriving for this event

Lincolns Visit Salem

by Robyn Hatch

As usual, the Salem Historical Society was proud to give a program that was above-and-beyond any other program being seen in the area.  ‘The Long and Short of It’ presented by Steve and Sharon Wood from Claremont, NH was given almost as if you were with the Lincolns in their living room.  There was talking and laughing back and forth, like friendly chatter rather than play acting.  This was given to a full house, with a special appearance by Ernest Mack, who was the original charter member of the Historical Society.

Steve and Sharon have been researching and portraying the Lincolns since 1995.  They are members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters (ALP) and were awarded the organization’s Glenn Schnizlein Memorial Award for the Best Abraham and Mary Lincoln team for both 2003 and 2006.  Steve took second place in the Lincoln Look-A-Like Contest held in Hodgenville, Kentucky in 2000.  Sharon is currently chair of the ALP’s Mary Todd Lincoln committee.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln, The Long and the Short of It, tells the story of the distinctly different paths that led them each to Springfield, Illinois, where they met, married, and began a family.  The years that followed their move to the White House were filled with personal and national crises.  The presentation for the Salem Historical Society takes place in 1861, shortly after the Lincolns arrived in Washington.  This presentation was appropriate for young and old alike.

Here are some quick and interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln:  He was born on February 12, 1809 and died April 15, 1865 at the age of 56.  His home state is Illinois.  His party was Republican and he was President for four years from 1861-1865, when he was assassinated.  His vice presidents were Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson.  He was preceded by James Buchanan and succeeded by Andrew Johnson.  His wife was called Mary Todd Lincoln, who was brought up into a very wealthy family.  Mary’s parents disagreed with her marrying Abraham because he had a poor background.  Abraham had four children, Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Lincoln, Willie Lincoln, and Tad Lincoln.  Only Robert Todd Lincoln survived into adulthood.  Abraham was an unaffiliated Christian as he never officially acquired church membership.  He created a national banking system with the National Banking Act in 1863, resulting in a standardized currency.  He was the first president to be assassinated.  He had deep depression, even though he would frequently tell stories and jokes to friends and family.  He was the tallest U.S. president at 6 feet and four inches.  He patented a system to alter buoyancy of steamboats in 1849.  His birth mother died from milk sickness.  His father remarried a widow, and Abraham was very close to his step-mother.  He ran a store in New Salem.  Even though he was strong, a talented wrestler, and proficient with an axe, Lincoln disliked killing and harming animals, even for food.  Lincoln proposed to Mary just one year after meeting her in Springfield in 1839.  He was the first president to have a beard.  Lincoln, one week before his death, had a dream of someone crying in the White House.  When he found the room, he looked in and asked who had passed away.  The man in the room said the President.  When he looked in the coffin, it was his own face he saw.

This was a presentation to see and never forget; keep those good shows coming!

Mr. Lincoln, getting ready to speak

Mrs. Lincoln seen reading her mail

Cut-a-Thon Preps Kids for Back-to-School

The Barron School PTA hosted a Barron School Cut-A-Thon on Wednesday, August 26.

Licensed hairstylists, who are also Barron School parents, volunteered to cut the hair of children ready to head back to school.  There was a minimal haircut fee per child and all proceeds went directly to the Barron School PTA.

Kindergartener Arianna Lakos - getting her hair cut

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Heather Collette - cutting Drew Riddell’s hair

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