Category Archives: News comment

Sunday Editorial Seacoast News

Correct me, if I am wrong but the editorial  demanding the resignations/ firing of the entire top tier of the Portsmouth PD  is the first time ever in my years here that the paper has stood up.

What else could they do?

Did you read the scathing decision from the Judge? It had less to do with Officer Goodwin than the look the other way attitude of his superiors.

In a world lacking clarity on many fronts, there is no dispute here at all.

They all have to go.



Margaret Rugg of Front Street  died this afternoon on Epping Rd in Exeter. The accident has the road closed while the State Police  accident investigation unit does their job. She was struck by a large truck while riding her bicycle,  thetruck was a waste hauler. The accident occurred in front of the new Great Bay Kids Daycare. My prayers are with her family tonight.



Update 7/23/15

I had to stop in this morning to Herb & Robs for an engine light  check  and spoke with Robbie about yesterday. He was still very emotional  about Mrs Rugg’s death in  yesterday’s accident. I understand there was a policeman on detour duty yesterday . He was some distance from the location of the accident. There was a definite pinch point that was not visible at yesterdays scene, today you can see it and get a better idea of how this  accident may have happened.

The policeman was very upset according to Robbie, and was consoled by a fellow officer. I have only been first to an accident twice and both incidents remain quite vivid in my memory. I hope the policeman gets some time off.

I was at the scene yesterday at Herb & Robs because I was retrieving mail box keys from Doozies key ring, her car is in the shop. I had to cut through the woods to get there , but that was at the direction of an Exeter police officer. I knew there had been an accident and knew it was fatal given the police presence,the policeman only answered me with “It’s bad”

Our son Jeff is riding his bike with 2 chums across the USA, they are in Wisconsin now, home later in August. I ride a bike occasionally, we had a nice ride to Hampton beach a few weekends ago. When I ride a bike I feel like a pain in the ass to cars, don’t know why, but I do. I assume when driving a car that there will be a bike around the  bend, or over the next hill. Yesterday in Boston coming out of the tunnel near Albany St I came around a bend and a guy was walking right up the ramp. It didn’t throw me because I was ready, for anything.

I want to get home, I don’t want any trouble, this is true wherever I drive.

So, I am worrying all the time about Jeff and his gang riding bikers back East. One morning a few weeks ago I spotted two riders near Whirlygigs checking their map. I inquired if they needed help as they were touring cyclists  with French accents.

“Could you help  us with Route 27?”

“Mais oui” said I  and pointed out Route 27, straight ahead. I think we once had a Route 27 sign hanging from a wire over Water St.

Before they struck off on their way home to Montreal, I asked about how courteous  our drivers had been on their trip.

The woman answered almost gushing about how great people are “here”. How wide a berth that they have been given.

“Not like in Montreal” she huffed, “”they cut you right off”

This was a terrible accident  yesterday and in reflecting on it, we can all be more careful. We need to be focused,  slow down, and be  more courteous behind the wheel,  and the  handlebars.  This admonition extends to pedestrians and joggers.

I want everyone to get home safe.


it’s just me

I just read the ENL, the front section. On my second cup of coffee I peeked at the second section. It’s sports usually which I pass on.

News/ Obituaries

There, just above the obits,they placed  a significant article on a recent stop of  the Clinton campaign.

The editorial is all about the pilgrimage to NH of presidential candidates and what a great chance it is for average folks to engage in the meet and greet.

It’s Summer though, no one is reading the paper anyway.


employee rights demonstration

We woke up this morning  to loud voices from across the river. We thought it might be something related to the Revolutionary Days events.

I just checked

It’s a revolution all right, a demonstration against two companies currently doing work for PEA.

EnviroVantage and SMS services.

It’s quite a raucous event and sure to embarrass PEA. That is the goal of direct action.

These firms hire low wage workers and do not provide health benefits. The work can be harmful such as asbestos removal.

The work is being done,it is not a stoppage. The Union organizer told me they are not trying to unionize the workers .

The action is against the two firms that have OSHA on their case, and the low wages.

2015-07-16 08.42.10The Exeter Police got this noisy (generator)  inflatable eyesore removed. Imagine the gall of these organizers.

A giant rat  right in the middle of Town!

This is our Revolutionary weekend for cripes sake!

You know the right to assemble was key without being threatened with arrest.

If you want to see the big rat get down there tomorrow morning at 630, the rat will be back.

2015-07-16 08.48.15

2015-07-16 09.16.01

They will demonstrate till about noon, they will return tomorrow at 630am.

Good for them.


Island of the Blind

I am not piling on, tax avoidance, tax evasion, shadow economies exist everywhere. The USA leads most lists. In 2011 Greece did not even make a top ten list of countries with tax collection trouble.

I used to check the Christian Science Monitor every day. I have not for a few years now. When I read about the current troubles in Greece the story below just pops up in my head. It’s from a few years back when I got a daily dose of CSM.

So I provided a link for you to check it out.

This from the Post just to round things out, from 2012.


Sunday Morning Bookmark

Seacoast Sunday has a news ? story on the Truman Project. Take just 5 minutes to do your own check on  that policy think tank. Every other soldier in the photo provided to the reporter has his hat on. Oh, it’s just me, I like find the seven things that are different in the picture game.

Here is the latest Bookmark from last Fall. I live with a dog, and like dogs. He is right here beside me.

I have always marveled at the news space given over to dog stories.

Oh, before you read the article on more thing. My dog Bailey is a Cairn terrier . The small breeds like to get right in your lap when in the car. Most also get a warm invitation to sit on mommy or daddy’s lap, don’t you think?

We had just bought the dog(15 now) it was his first year and I was allowing this in my own car. Then that year some guy got slammed on Rt 33 at one of those intersecting  roads in Stratham. Maybe Bunker Hill. The fellow had a Cairn on his lap. A Cairn likes to be high up on that window side. I bet at the time that the dog  was on his lap at the window and blocked his vision just enough as he turned left onto 33 from the side road. The dog ran away, the usual story, found and  treated. I think the driver may have died, it was a t-bone wreck.


So  I stopped that dog in lap. In fact I don’t take the dog anywhere but the kennel for grooming in the car. He is a pain in the car.

He went boating once.

If I was to succumb to the KFC ad , if there were some of those  chicken nuggets in my passenger compartment. I would have to put Bailey in the trunk.

Driving with a dog on your lap is distracted driving and should be a traffic ticket.

The recent 3 death accident on RT 16 with  no cause determined yet included a dog.

A bad RT 125 accident last week or so included a dog.

I would like to read more post  horrific crash analysis as to  the why of a crash, especially the phone use. I am not hearing enough stories that might stem the tide of phone use while driving. It seems easy to establish, easier than determining that the dog lunged at that moment  for your cruller or spotted another dog and went batty.

People have to stop driving with lap dogs. It dangerous for all.

Do you know first hand anyone/ anyplace, in your personal circle that has been bagged for a phone infraction while driving? I do not.  A load of true stories with big bucks attached just might stem the tide a bit.

Last week I was pumping gas at Xtra Mart  and the manager was emptying the trash.She kinda groaned and I  inquired as to her issue.That trash can and another she  emptied were loaded, loaded, with spent alcohol containers.We  both figured this was not household trash, but car  trash.I was really kinda shocked when she informed me that this was a regular thing. I see as you do all the things folks are doing besides driving while driving, but for some reason I calculated the percentage of  drinking while driving lower.

So I am safer now than before after seeing those trash cans. It was a heads up.


Update to the post a few hours later

I always find this funny as I do try to be topical as I drift back and forth with my thoughts. I just sat down after a busy morning with Auntie and opened the print edition of Seacoast Sunday. The story today on the Truman group mentioned in my early morning post above I had scanned online before my drive to the Mill.

The dog bookmark I have been waiting to use for awhile.

The  Seacoast Sunday features section of the Sunday News paper has a big dog story.

It’s funny, to me. There is quite a bit of dog news.