Bad Ideas In Politics
To the Editor:
Former Executive Councilor Joe Kenney recently attempted to make an argument as to why the Hitchner Manufacturing site in Littleton should be redeveloped.
This is a bad idea at the expense of the New Hampshire taxpayer.
Billed as a community college expansion project to: “meet the educational and training demands for tradespeople like machinists.” This Hitchner site proposal in reality is, “build it and they will come.”
Evidence of this can be found in the community college itself. Once called the Berlin Vo-Tech, now rebranded as the White Mountains Community College, this is a state funded trade school that opened in 1966 to serve a vibrant industrial economy in Berlin that was mainly papermaking, but also included supporting industries like machine tools, metallurgy and forest products.
These industries no longer exist in Berlin or anywhere in the North Country, they are all gone. Today there actually no real need for the state financed White Mountains Community College except for them to attempt to reinvent themselves with this $30 million-dollar taxpayer financed Hitchner proposal in Littleton.
Steven J. Connolly
Bethlehem, New Hampshire