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One short letter impacts fate of Winnisquam Station? Childish

To the editor,
The interview with Selectmen Jon Pike of Belmont by Gail Ober seemed to be a prime opportunity to allow him to vent his emotions about the failed negotiations with other towns for the proposed reopening of the Winnisquam Fire Station.
Published in the Feb. 26 edition of The Laconia Daily Sun, Selectmen Pike, who by the way happens to be up for re-election this month, was quick to blame my recent letter to the editor as the impetus behind the "death" of this important project that had been in ongoing negotiation between four different towns.
Upon checking the Belmont Voters Guide for their upcoming town meeting on March 12, I found that no money had been slated for the Winnisquam Fire Station project for Belmont town taxpayers to vote on. How could Selectmen Pike even discuss the reopening of the fire station if no money was earmarked for this project ? Again I ask — Where Would This Money Have Come From?
The combined 2009 city-data census estimates that approximately 18,000-20,000 people live in Sanbornton, Belmont, Northfield and Tilton.
The idea that one 4-5 line letter to the editor could impact decision making for a group of this size, is not only outlandish but totally childish. After all, how could one letter hold such sway over seasoned elected officials?
The bible tells a story of how Joshua tumbled down the walls of Jericho with one blast of his trumpet. And while there is always the possibility that this might have actually happened, logic dictates that I should have my doubts!
If Selectman Pike and other officials seek a scapegoat in their little drama, I suggest they look to the current economic situation that has bled down into our towns from far loftier origins, as well as the aspirations of small-town politicians who seek to remain blameless to better their chances at reelection.
Bill Whalen
Sanbornton
 
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