Government and Governence Londonderry

Aug 23, 2009 No Comments by
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If you happen to be on a world tour be sure to make your first stop Londonderry, New Hampshire!

Looking for three forms of government EBS a Korea Broadcasting Company selected Londonderry. “We looked in the US and found that Londonderry had the best form of government that demonstrated the example we were looking to give. You may not know, but Londonderry is famous for its government!” said Min Jung Lee Assistant Director of the EBS assigned to a special Documentary Team sent around the world to showcase three forms of government. While here shooting footage for this documentary, she also expressed how interesting it was that we could determine our own fate, in Korea, she told us, people do not participate in government it just happens around them. They have no control on the direction it takes. A few people get into power and control what they can and can’t have with no input possible.

In a written communication with the town planning the Production Government – Governance, Jeong Oak Lee, Producer for EBS said, “People are starting to believe “Town Meetings” can be a solution which is practicing democracy. And, Korea political system is trying look more into this. Therefore, EBS is doing a documentary on this, and wants to visit Londonderry to learn more about what you have.”

We have broken the video production into manageable scenes and provide them here on demand. You will find the show does have subtitles throughout. The subtitles are however, in Korean. Even so it is easy to understand much of the message as nearly all those interviewed speak English. Be sure to press the full screen option in the lower right hand corner, you may want to pause for a short period to fill the buffer.

In town for just a week they shot throughout the community, as it happened it was during the November 2008 nationwide elections, proving a challenge to explain and understand that the form of government we ran under was much different. As they asked for images of Town Meeting past and present for the production, 17,000 people voted in the presidential elections.

“Anybody and everybody who has a opinion gets a chance to tell us. The best part of this government is that whatever you want you can present, and it is what the majority of people do.” said Marty Bove Town Council Chairman at the time the video was taped. He also said, “Our government here is very transparent we don’t sit down behind closed doors and make up the laws and the ordinances or spend money we do that in front of everyone.”

“The town meeting form of government is a saying what you put into you get out of it. Citizens have an opportunity to become directly involved in the process. To control the direction of their community to control how much money the community will spend and how much taxes they will pay to support the community. So it is democracy at the grassroots.” said Dave Caron in the opening segment of Government – Governance produced by the Korea Educational Broadcasting System.

“Town meeting is essentially a microphone and everyone stands up and voices their opinion.” Joe Paradise

“If you have something you want you go to Town Meeting, say this is what I want this is why I want it. If people agree, you get it!” said Steve Young talking with the film crew, he continued, “A painting by Norman Rockwell called “freedom of Speech” it is of a man that stands up at a Town Meeting in 1938 he say’s I want to have something like, “I want lower taxes”, surrounding him are men in suits he is just a poor farmer… His voice was heard and that is what freedom of speech is about at Town Meeting.”

For the other videos reviewing Stockholm, Sweden and New Castle, England read the rest of the story.

All Video published with written permission of EBS, Korea Education Broadcasting System, all rights reserved. Korean text auto translated follows videos, read the rest of the story, press read more .

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Kathy is very active in Londonderry and the southern New Hampshire Region. A advocate for business growth and a passion for outstanding community services, she brings life to the phrase "Business is Good. Life is Better!" to Londonderry. Serving as the Old Home Day Chairman since 1999 she has been a Londonderry Town Councilor, Trustee of the Leach Library, is presently Chairman of the demolition delay committee and serves or has served on many local boards and commissions.
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