Follows is a column about town meeting that I recently wrote. I touches on the above question. In my view, the isolated, wilderness environment created a perfect environ…ment for town meetings to take hold. The more vivid immigrant experience with abusive governments also contributed to the distrust of government. Jeff Woodburn: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Coos County Democrat, Lancaster, NH 3/5/08 Making ice in a democracy By Jeff Woodburn The "Frost Heaves" signs peppered over the roads are both a welcome and a warning. They are the result of the seasonal quarrel between warm and cold weather, thawing and freezing and expanding and contracting soil. Change is often a bumpy road. The conflict between past and present faces off each spring at town meetings across the region. It is, after all, when we gather together as equals to settle disputes, set priorities, and govern our own affairs. The root of this philosophy is based on a keen understanding of human nature, power, and history. It was here in the rural outposts of colonial New England, where town meeting took hold. The early settlers chose to leave the relative comforts of the populated towns to venture into the wilderness. Far from the centralized powers of the King and his regional henchmen, these tiny grants had to take care of themselves and, along the way, became bastions of democracy. It has worked remarkably well in small towns for nearly 400 years. As communities grow larger, the strains on the system increase. Several towns are considering changes to their town meeting process. Voters should proceed with care and be mindful of the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, "an ounce of history is worth a pound of logic." Change, that is in line with our fundamental ideals, is sometimes necessary to strengthen our sacred systems. The early town meetings denied vast numbers of people suffrage, but each subsequent generation extended the right to vote to more groups. Up until the 1940's, residents were routinely denied the right to vote if they received any government assistance. Names of paupers and the assistance they received were printed in the town report. These changes strengthened the ideal of democracy and permitted greater voter participation. In Whitefield, the selectmen are proposing that the town treasurer be an appointed rather than an elected position. They are also requesting that the powers of the cemetery trustees be delegated to them. These proposals are part of a larger trend to centralize power in the hands of selectmen and town managers and away from elected officials chosen by and answerable to the voters. While these changes have been made in the name of progress, reason and efficiency, but there is a less subtle message, which is politics is a bad, unseemly thing. The historical function of the town treasurer is to not only keep an eye on the money, but also on the selectmen. This position must be independent from the selectmen to carry out their oversight authority. Likewise, the cemetery trustees are responsible for the management of the town's cemeteries. Our forefathers understood the need to delegate responsibilities widely to many people. More hands do make lighter work, but it also grows and grooms future town leaders. In addition, it ensures low profile jobs are earnestly, enthusiastically carried out. Without a lively constituency, the cemeteries would be neglected. Selectmen typically are consumed with the most urgent problems, like the tax rate. A regular bone of contention in Whitefield has been the inability of the town to transform the picturesque Common into a winter skating rink. This responsibility has reluctantly fallen on the beleaguered highway department. With record snow fall, the highway crew has properly tended to the roads, not the common. Last week two townsmen took it upon themselves to flood the common so that children could enjoy skating during their February vacation. Making ice is not difficult. Like a successful democracy, it takes an underlying faith in the people, a suspicion of government at any level, and a little cold weather.
The main reason expensive clothing is not well suited for e-commerce is because consumers often prefer to be able to touch and try on items that cost them a lot of money…. This idea is the same for other expensive items such as jewelry, automobiles, homes, etc.
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Good coastal harbors
New England was well suited for commerce because of good coastal harbors.
APEX~ only a small part of the land was good for farming ;) The economy of new England was based on commerce because only asmall part of the land was good for farming. New En…glanders startedto trade with the West Indies while developing fishing, smallmanufacturing, and shipbuilding.
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Well... I will list a few because surprisingly there is a lot. Apples, Blueberries, Blackberries, Cherries, plums, peaches, pears, nectarines, grapes, watermelon, cranberries…, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers. Those are only some of the delicious fruits that grow in New England. But northern New England like Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont only can grow half of those foods. Southern New England Massachusetts's, Rhode Island, and Connecticut can grow all.
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New England was well suited for commerce because of good coastal harbors.
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Because New England didn't rain as much as the other countries. There was alot of rain in the other countries that would prevent them from the plants growing.
Good costal habors
Lots of bays and harbors along the coastline, and soil that wasn't especially suitable for farming.