Letter to the Editor

Thank You Knights of Columbus

To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Knights of Columbus Council #62 for presenting me with a Knights of Columbus Scholarship. It is an honor to be recognized by an organization that has consistently and continuously aided the young people of Charlestown in their many athletic and academic pursuits.   This award will greatly assist me and my family as I begin my freshman year at St. Anselm College.

Aidan Boucher

Our Democracy is at Stake

To the Editor:

The January 6 Capital attack on our nation wasn’t a random act by a handful of sore losers, but a premeditated and organized insurrection. Now, thanks to the hearings, there’s overwhelming evidence that Trump and his allies were at the helm of it.

We heard from former members of the Trump administration and Republican state officials about how Trump illegally pressured the Vice President, the Department of Justice, and state legislatures to overturn the election he knew he lost. And when it didn’t work, he summoned an armed mob to march on the Capitol Building in a final, violent attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of power.

These insurrectionist  candidates haven’t gone anywhere. In fact, more than 100 of them have already won their primaries. It’s up to us to do our part and vote to make sure they don’t win this fall.

Should these dangerous candidates win their elections, we could have election deniers in key seats of power, like secretary of state and county clerk, ready to overturn whatever election results they don’t like.

Our democracy is at stake. If we want to hold onto our freedoms to vote, to have our votes decide elections, and to rely on elections to keep our leaders in check, then we have to cast our ballots during the midterms this year on November 8th.

Jo-Ann Sipple

Getting the Clougherty Pool Reopened

To the Editor:

“Ever since the city decided last month to close the BCYF Clougherty Pool on Bunker Hill Street for the summer due to maintenance issues Charlestown residents have not been happy.” (Cover story, 7/21/2022 by John Lynds)

And the understatement of the year award goes to …. John Lynds!

Thanks for covering this important community issue and I hope to read more in the Charlestown Bridge about the town’s determination to get the pool reopened and to get to the bottom of how this was allowed to happen.

I write this on a 94 degree day with no pool to go to — in the middle of a five-day heatwave — which only heightens the disrespect and disappointment (guess we’re past the jaw dropping shock stage) that I feel about the lack of City planning and apparent mismanagement of this valuable community resource.

I encourage all my fellow Townies,Toonies and anyone who has ever used the pool, to take a few moments now to contact their elected leaders to get the pool reopened by making our elected officials feel the heat. 

This only takes a few minutes.  Please sign the online petition (over 1700 signatures to date) and see the Friends of Clougherty Pool for contact info and talking points you can use in an oh so important email or call to those in the position to get this done. Find resources on the Friends of the Clougherty Pool public Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3227247260864445/ and sign the change.org petition at: https://www.change.org/p/saveour-pool-89343b11-2dce-490a94f4-67817dad1719.

I watched the pool get repainted only days before a very poorly management announcement by BCYF that the pool would not open as anticipated.  Unbelievable!

Thanks again to the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge for all you do to keep our community informed.

Anne Doherty

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