Editorials published by the Goffstown Residents
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contributing non-members of the GRA.

March 12, 2010
Voter turnout should have been higher
With current economic woes, 22% turnout is unacceptable

To the 2.778 residents who voted on March 9th, we say Thank You. Your interest and involvement in our community is commendable.á

As for the rest of you...

We are amazed at the apathy of the other 9,713 registered voters who on March 9th failed to show up at the polls, or even vote by absentee ballot.  Voter turnout was only 22.2%. Certainly some of you had valid reasons such as illness, travel, transportation, etc. But 9,713 of you?

Was it just too much trouble, or do you have inexhaustible supplies of money?

Maybe you just figured your vote wouldn't have made a difference.  But we saw that wasn't the case at Town Deliberative session when a single vote cost taxpayers over $486,000.

Maybe you're just not interested in your own community, or your own wallet.  You should be though.  Tuesday's voting resulted in a 13.84% increase in property taxes - including yours.

Don't any of you have an opinion on any of the grave issues facing all of us?  Don't you care about what's going on all around you?  Many of you vote in primary and presidential elections - why not do the same and vote on things going on in your own backyard?

We're stunned at the apathy and indifference you exhibited on Tuesday.  Maybe all of you should simply un-register yourselves as voters.  At least that's one way to raise the turnout percentage.

You do, however, have one thing in common with those of us who cared enough about our community to head to the polls last Tuesday:  Our taxes are going up once again.

And not only are they going up, they are at record levels. 



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