Transplants add to our communities
To the editor:
I was disappointed in a recent letter to your newspaper regarding development in the West Rindge village and federal grants. While I appreciate the argument being made, I find the personal attack to be demeaning to the individual named, the debate and to the Town of Rindge.
Surely the strength of one’s facts is strong enough that it doesn’t need to be undermined by denouncing somebody because they came from someplace else? This is the old “flatlander” argument: “unless they believe and act as I do, they just want to bring where they came from to New Hampshire.”
Mention Massachusetts a couple times for emphasis and the argument is complete. This is like calling your opponent a liberal with a capital “L.”
Our community is what it is today because of immigration a hundred years ago, transplants of the past 25 years, born and raised natives as well as the recent retiree. They bring fresh ideas, wide experiences and many times are more invested, having uprooted their whole lives to come to our little town. Being a New Hampshire native does not make me more passionate or wise than my fellow citizen. Rindge would not function as it does without the vast amount of time that is volunteered by these neighbors. Just survey the makeup of any town committee.
Regarding the grants, we have accepted money to study what we have, what we can do, what we can change or leave as is. Those decisions are up to the citizens of Rindge. Zoning is probably the most pure form of local control. It does not come from the State, but from the citizens. Voted in place in 1963 and amended nineteen times since by Town Meeting, changes are proposed by the Planning Board or by petition, discussed in public hearings and voted on by all. This has been how it has been and will continue to be. I have seen the wonders of HUD’s Urban Renewal and eminent domain, this is not that. Let’s not panic, let’s listen to the experts, consider all viewpoints, seek all opinions and make our choices. Most of all, let’s leave the rancor and nastiness to Concord and Washington. We’re better than that.
David G. Drouin