We must have missed the memo that informed the Hooksett Planning Board that it could not, or should not, identify mega-business Amazon as the firm seeking to use the former BJ’s Warehouse site for a distribution center.

The board voted, 5-2, this week to approve a site plan for a distribution center for an “unnamed” applicant.

The two nay votes were from Robert Duhaime and Tom Walsh. The two had the temerity to ask that the applicant be identified. Amazon has refused to say it is the one, although it has been advertising for a delivery station operation manager and assorted shift managers for, gee, Hooksett!

Never mind the political gridlock in Washington. Government is given a very bad name when a local planning board approves a business that will have a major impact (traffic, bad; taxes, good, etc.) on the town but does not require or seem to care what the business is.

Amazon ought to step up and identify itself. The Hooksett Planning Board ought to change its ways. Unless, of course, this is not Amazon’s plan at all but merely a munitions company that intends to assemble and truck explosives through the area.

Not to be outdone, the North Country town of Dalton has recently wrestled with adopting its first-ever zoning rules. They passed, and were adopted primarily because a Vermont landfill company, Casella, wishes to start a landfill adjacent to scenic Forest Lake. Casella has a regional landfill in Bethlehem, but it is running short of space.

At a public meeting a week before the vote, Dalton town moderator Christine Ordinetz made the odd ruling that speakers could reference a landfill but were not to utter the word “Casella.”

Since the purpose for the meeting and proposed zoning was very much about Casella, this seems nonsensical. Unless, of course, “Casella” is North Country-speak for “Amazon.”