Glen Supernor: City not listening to what people want or need

To the editor:
So apparently, Mayor Paul Grenier lied to the residents of Berlin when a few years ago he stated the biomass, once fully functional, would reduce every ones electric bills. Yet in Saturday's paper, it states every one's electric bills actually went up considerably because of the biomass!
Yet the city council and mayor want to purchase the hydro? Who is going to maintain it?
We can't even get a second street sweeper or pay Gorham to borrow theirs to get the streets clean!
Business downtown keep closing; a small one is trying to open but already getting delayed because of the city!
But, hey, let's talk about heated streets and sidewalks? It seems the mayor and city council are drinking some damn good Kool-Aid!
Too bad they don't listen to what the people want or need. There's no reason a small town — the poorest town in N.H. — is paying the second highest property tax rate in N.H., and it's going up yet again — no, not by much, but still going up!
Glen Supernor
Berlin

Bill Dwyer: Visitors need more than festivals to keep them coming back

To the editor:
Well, another business is closing in Berlin's downtown, and our city leaders fiddle.
When I first moved here 11 years ago, there were buildings downtown instead of an empty lot. When the buildings were torn down, there was talk of putting a hotel in. But nooo. We expect to bring people here for our festivals and outdoors activities and don't provide them with a place to stay. Not all visitors want to camp out in tents; some like to shower and stay in an air-conditioned room. What sense does that make? In order to bring in more outside dollars, there needs to be beds for them to lay their heads.
When you keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results, that's a sign of insanity. Something needs to change in Berlin, because the results are dire and getting worse.
When I first moved here, there was a paper mill, a Shaw's, a KFC, a Pizza Hut, a Quiznos Subs, a IGA, a Walgreens, a skate park and a bustling downtown. Now we have a Super Walmart, a co-generation power plant that was supposed to bring our electricity down but hasn't yet and a few struggling local businesses. But our city leaders know what's best for us, right? Heated street, and now they want to buy a hydro-plant? That's the best you all can come up with? And who's going to run this hydro?
Bill Dwyer
Berlin

Elizabeth Ruediger: Little efforts can lead to big results

To the editor:

In response to Bill Dwyer letter of Tuesday, May 16, about the condition of the roadways in Milan and the roadways in Berlin.

Again, Bill, a little education goes a long way in the complaint department. First off, the roads you were traveling on are owned by the state of New Hampshire. They have their own equipment and their own schedule of task completion separate from the municipalities of Milan, Berlin and Dummer.

We hire out to an independent contract (small business owner) in Vermont to sweep the sand from our town-designated roadways. And due to scheduling, we have to sit and be patient for this entrepreneur to fit us into his very busy, seasonal schedule. He was here last Wednesday and has not returned to finish. We, as kind residents, will remain reticent awaiting his return.

As for the skate park: What have you done to allow this project to come to fruition? I know there has been money designated by the city for the project, but I suspect it is not enough to implement, thus requiring actions by a community-oriented committee to partner with the city.

As Paul Grenier and I recently discussed, words are one thing, actions are another. If you want something done, many times you have to be the catalyst and the elbow grease in the process, not just the squeaky wheel. I recently saw volunteers out painting the retaining wall on upper Glen Avenue (thank you, Tristen Robertson, Heather Piche and friends!).

I manage the Heritage Garden at the Brown Co. House, which is owned by Tri-County Community Action Project, with no budget. I have made improvements in Veteran's Park, Community Park and happily assisted with the great initiative to clean up Dead River Park. Where were you? We, as a family, just finished an improvement project at the Horne Field Tennis Courts that required a budget of under $500, community support and determination to get it done. I can't wait to see you out hitting some balls. The point is that it takes little effort to get big results.

On Friday, Berlin will once again host its Downtown Day of Caring. I hope you will join us, but this is not the first time I have invited you to put your money where your mouth is and join in on the rejuvenation and beautification of Berlin.

I am on a personal journey to leave no park in Berlin untouched with some of my tender loving care. Rather than establishing goals for everyone else to accomplish, try setting some goals for yourself. The greatest compliment would be to have "fiercely outspoken" and "not lazy" on my tombstone, but I have work to do before I succumb to perpetual recline. What will your epithet read?

Elizabeth Ruediger
Dummer

Frank LaFerriere: City of Berlin losing the best fire chief

To the editor:

I have never met a more honorable, hard working man than I have in Fire Chief Randall Trull. This is a man who truly cared about Berlin, its residents and his fellow firefighters. This man put his life on the line each and every day, along with his fellow firefighters to make Berlin a safe city. I have had the honor of knowing this man for 10 years now, and his dedication to this city was far above reproach. I will greatly miss the conversations with him I have had. The city of Durham is very lucky to have such a man going to now work for them.

Yet, what gets me angry is I know how the mayor, the city manager and the city council constantly treated his man. No respect was shown to Randall by any of these people. They constantly denied him the things he and his fellow firefighters needed to do their job. They even came close to putting firefighters in jeopardy with their wishing to cut firefighters from the force. Randall had to fight them every step of the way, tooth and nail, to get what he needed.

The mayor, city manager and city council did not even have the guts to stop by before he leaves and thank him for all that he has done to make this city safe. Nor for all his hard work.

The mayor, city manager and city council do not have one-tenth the courage or guts that Randall or his fellow firefighters have. They would not have the courage to go into burning buildings and save lives. No, they sit on their asses, in their comfortable offices, without one single care.

The treatment of Fire Chief Trull by the mayor, city manager and city council is the biggest reason Randall took his new job. He is sick and tired of fighting these people tooth and nail. He is sick and tired of them doing all they can to make his job difficult. He loves Berlin and his fellow firefighters, but it is time he feels to move on. He cannot continue to fight the huge brick walls that the mayor, city manager and city council keeps throwing up at him. Or the way they treat him.

It is truly a sad day for Berlin. We are losing probably the best fire chief we ever had.

So I will say it, when the mayor and others will not.

Thank-you, Randall Trull, for your years of hard work, your dedication, your courage to take on such a thankless job. You sir, are one of a kind. To me? The best city employee that Berlin has. It is a sad day for me to see you go. But you are now on to bigger and better things. Know though, that there are some of us in Berlin who appreciate all that you have done and will always stand besides you and stand up for you.

Again, thank-you Randall, for everything. Stay safe brother. Stay safe.

Frank LaFerriere
Berlin

Theodore Bosen: Participation needed in the Coos County Democratic Caucus

To the editor:
Walking and knocking in Berlin while running for state rep in the last Democratic primary, I got an earful of complaints about our party from Democrats, themselves. In this “City That Trees Built,” the number one Democratic electorate in the entire state, both by registration and turnout, there was growing dissatisfaction. The feedback focused on a sense that Democrats were drifting away from their base and getting cozy with the high-rolling corporate interests that were screwing the middle class on jobs, wages, health care and the environment. These issues used to be priorities for Democrats, but many in Berlin felt that the party was abandoning them. While many Democratic leaders still carry the banner for the middle class, a number have taken big money right along with Republicans and voted against their base, exacerbating the ever-increasing income gulf between the super rich and average working families.
A case in point is the recent propaganda being fed to us that the renewable energy produced by the Burgess Power Plant is too expensive compared to fossil fuels and should be forced to compete in "the marketplace." The truth is that there is no free market for fossil fuel. Last year alone, the fossil fuel industry took a total of $775 billion dollars in government subsidies and paid millions in campaign donations to protect that gravy train. It is hell-bent on killing renewables to preserve this stream of handouts so it can continue to profit from its planet-killing practices. Every Democrat should be screaming about this attempt to destroy green jobs.
New Hampshire State Committee Chairman Ray Buckley worked the floor during this year's Democratic National Caucus in a narrowly failed attempt to end corporate donations to the DNC. This end to corporate funding of the party must eventually happen for anything else to change. To this end, as a registered Democrat in Coos County, I will be participating in the Coos County Democratic Caucus on Thursday, May 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Gorham Town Hall to cast my vote for county committee candidates willing to fight against the corporate takeover of our party.
As the Bostonian for whom I had cast my first ever vote for Congress used to say, “All politics is local.” Therefore, if we Coos Democrats want to get our party on the same page as us, we need to vote with our feet this Thursday and elect a county committee that will force our party leaders to stand with us and against big money. No-shows will get the party they deserve.

Theodore Bosen
Berlin