Portsmouth council demands to consider accountability for puppy restrictions in metropolis
Nov. 14 — To the Editor:
To all Portsmouth town councilors:
The inner puppy ordinance report you recently been given cites views held by the chief of police and his animal handle officer. These are viewpoints, and only opinions. They merely are not based on any evidence.
Evidence would be historic data on doggy assaults in the city, like as it straight relates to leash legislation enforcement functions. This knowledge would also encode which attacks were by leashed dogs and which were being by unleashed dogs. In addition, it would record regardless of whether or not the homeowners of attacking puppies experienced formerly been cited for each the leash law, and it would permit evaluation as to what (pretty little) proportion of the city’s registered dogs have attacked, and for each individual doggy how often. etc.
A one particular-time senior metropolis formal who was bash to enactment of the 2005 puppy ordinance, talking with the ensure of anonymity, agrees with me. At the time they urged that info be gathered, and evaluated. This was never finished.
Without any basis in evidentiary knowledge, these stances by the Police Section are very little additional than opinions, and this sort of viewpoints are unfounded. The exact goes for the Authorized Department’s feeling.
As this sort of, they are worthless and ought to be disregarded.
Also, Ms. Clark’s apparent assert of impending “general chaos” is further than absurd. This is not the 1960s, when a lot of dogs were being allow outdoors unaccompanied like cats are now, and a lot of massed in packs at the targeted traffic circle. Now it is 2022 heading on 2023. Today, the frustrating the vast majority of the city’s canine house owners are very accountable. Her clear comment has no advantage at all.
Extra normally, it is not the purview of the law enforcement and authorized departments to established the city’s pet ordinance guidelines. That is the council’s job. New Hampshire RSA 466 is completely crystal clear on this.
The Town Council desires to take again its rightful manage. Frankly, in new a long time this has been usurped by the Law enforcement Office.
Robert E. Newby
Ruth Larson congratulates Jim Grey, thanks her supporters
Nov. 15 — To the Editor:
Congratulations to Sen. James Grey for his reelection to New Hampshire point out Senate District 6. Even though his vision of New Hampshire and mine differed in quite a few ways, I want him very well as he returns to Harmony.
To my supporters and to all the buddies I satisfied in the course of my campaign, thank you for the have faith in you place in me. Our marketing campaign was a spirited just one, with a large amount of pleasure in it. Even nevertheless it was usually seen as an uphill fight, in a intensely gerrymandered district, we gave it our best.
As for the upcoming, I system to continue to work towards the very same aims that have been motivating me for many years, like voting legal rights, reproductive legal rights, LGBTQ+ legal rights, honest taxation, help of our community schools, the setting and clean up electricity, cannabis legalization, and an finish to extremism in New Hampshire politics.
Involved for democracy in the Seacoast
Nov. 13 — To the Editor:
This past Tuesday, this very paper posted three-time period condition Rep. Debra Altschiller, D-Stratham, was elected to her first term in the New Hampshire condition Senate, defeating Republican challenger Lou Gargiulo, a former point out agent and recent selectman in Hampton Falls in District 24.
District 24 comprises Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, Rye and Stratham. The very similar cities her husband, Government Editor Howard Altschiller’s news outlet serves.
Whether or not you are Republican, Democrat, independent or other, it’s obvious as a result of any political lens that a New Hampshire senator married to the Executive Editor of the newspaper in the extremely district she signifies is a violation of ethics.
Howard Altschiller, remember to do what is appropriate and relinquish your part as Govt Editor at the Seacoastonline, efficient promptly. A NH Senator sleeping in the very same bed (we presume) as the editor of the most significant – and only newspaper − in the incredibly district she represents is a brazen conflict of curiosity.
I am concerned for democracy in the Seacoast.
Marblehead, Mass. (formerly of Kittery, Maine)
Notice: Since 2016, Seacoast Media Group has followed a plan of transparency and recusal. Every single article or feeling piece that mentions Rep. (now state Sen.-elect) Debra Altschiller notes her relationship to Executive Editor Howard Altschiller. Additional, Government Editor Altschiller is totally recused from any protection related to condition Senator-elect Altschiller. These modifying responsibilities are dealt with by managing editor Glenn Sabalewski, [email protected] and weeklies editor Patrick Cronin, [email protected].
Republicans had been so wrong for so very long on Donald Trump
Nov. 14 — To the Editor:
Most likely the most truthful words I have at any time browse by your columnist Alicia Preston Xanthopoulos appeared in last Sunday’s Viewpoint webpages.
She wrote: “This election advised us, common citizens blame Republicans for the psychological condition of this country. Perception is truth. Or, and this is a hard one to swallow, possibly it’s just reality.”
Republican pundits these types of as Ms. Preston Xanthopoulos and on Fox Information are now slipping around them selves acknowledging substantial problems their celebration created at any time given that they elected, and then perpetually defended Trump due to the fact 2016. The angst and fear they provoked on the rest of us really should not be overlooked.
Such “mistakes” really should just take a very long time to be forgiven as they did good problems to the American psyche. They had been so completely wrong … for so lengthy.
Tess Holom Schneier
Fines in opposition to drug companies are a slap on the wrist
Nov. 14 — To the Editor:
There are numerous further significant things to consider connected to the CVS/Walgreen’s opioid settlement further than the financial factors famous in my modern letter to the editor. These exact concerns are part of a significant number of recent company settlements, irrespective of whether it be for excessive drug gross sales, environmental pollution, faulty client items, or identical course-motion courtroom proceedings.
Initially is the agreement that there be no obtaining or admission of wrongdoing on the aspect of the company defendant. As transparently bogus as it would seem to be, everybody signals on to a statement that claims “even though we did very little completely wrong we’re willing to throw in $5 billion just to make the assert go absent.”
In the aged times, an offer to pay out a considerable volume of revenue to someone to stay away from prosecution would be thought of a bribe. Or, conversely, a need by somebody for payment to avoid getting sued would be counted as extortion. In present-day ambiance of company wrongdoing and probable legal and/or civil legal responsibility, on the other hand, neither definition applies. It is now recognized that it is simply just component of the cost of executing enterprise.
2nd, is the reality that, other than in incredibly scarce conditions, there is hardly ever any specific particular responsibility involved. But these choices − to market millions of addictive supplements to hugely vulnerable populations, discharge poisonous products into a river, falsify information about auto emissions, or to launder funds for drug cartels − are not created in a vacuum. There are executives, board members, supervisors, product sales people, accountants and some others, some of whom make the specific conclusions and others who protect up the penalties. While some of the Sackler family members have been ordered to make person payments to the Perdue Pharma settlement, for the most component these persons get a absolutely free trip, probably get transferred to a unique position, but in some situation really get a bonus or promotion for a position well carried out.
We seem to have achieved a position in this region exactly where there is no for a longer time any serious repercussions for wrongdoing. We see this not only in issues of company malfeasance, but in politics, law enforcement, and sports. Currently being placed on “administrative depart” definitely quantities to a paid out getaway.
Athletes suspended for 5 game titles may suffer a relatively economical split from follow and/or teamtravel. If there is no actually significant punishment then there is no actual incentive to keep away from misbehaving.There may possibly be some terrible press for a small period of time, but the normal method at the resource is all much too usually a wink and a nod and back to business enterprise as regular just be more cautious the upcoming time.
It is really not very clear what the response is, but the system we now look to have in place is intended to advantage people at the top somewhat than the folks at the bottom who finish up having to pay the payments.