To The Daily Sun,
January 21 is a special primary day for replacing Raymond Burton on the Executive Council for District 1. According to their website, the Executive Council of the State of New Hampshire has the authority and responsibility, together with the governor, over the administration of the affairs of the S=state as defined in the New Hampshire Constitution, the New Hampshire statutes, and the advisory opinions of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the Attorney General.
Each of the five Executive Councilors represents one fifth of the population or approximately 247,000 citizens. The councilors participate in the active management of the business of the state. They receive assistance from the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services and the Attorney General who review requests involving state funds since no expenditure can be legally authorized without the availability of adequate funds.
The New Hampshire "Governor and Executive Council" perform many valuable tasks that are of major importance to our fiscally conservative, very open government. Some of their more noteworthy duties and responsibilities are:
"All major executive branch business is conducted in public with the press present;
All state departments and agencies must seek approval of both receipt and expenditures of state and federal funds, budgetary transfers within the department and all contracts with a value of $10,000 or more not including personal service contracts of $2,500;
The Executive Council approves the spending of a major portion of the approximately 5.2 billion dollars that is appropriated annually by the legislature;
Executive Councilors serve as watchdogs of the state treasury to ensure state departments do not spend more than was authorized by the legislature, nor allocate funds for items or services which the legislature has not sanctioned.
The Executive Council plays a vital role in improving the state's infrastructure, especially roads and bridges, via management and oversight of the state's 10 year Highway Plan;
Executive Councilors make certain that those appointed to the executive branch of state government, whether commissioners, department heads or citizen members of the myriad of regulatory boards, agencies and commissions are all responsible to the citizens of New Hampshire and not to special interests;
More importantly, Executive Councilors are the constituent's eyes and ears in Concord. They ensure the executive branch of state government is fiscally conservative and above reproach."
Joe Kinney is running for Executive Council as a Republican. We've listened to him, and we find Joe down to earth, honest, considerate, and definitely conservative, as required by the above qualifications. With his experience in the legislature, he would be responsible to the citizens of District 1 of New Hampshire. We urge you to cast your vote for Joe Kinney on January 21.
Hal & Peggy Graham
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:56
To The Daily Sun,
Please set aside a few minutes on Tuesday, January 21 in order to vote in the upcoming Special Election for District #1 Executive Councilor. With the recent passing of The Honorable Executive Councilor Ray Burton it is very important to ensure that District #1 citizens continue to be represented by voting in the special primary election as well as the March 2014 general elections in order to fill this vacancy.
I firmly believe that Meredith's Christopher Boothby is the candidate of choice to represent all citizens of N.H. District #1. I have experienced first hand, as a member of the Meredith Board of Selectmen, the opportunity of working collaboratively with Christopher Boothby during his 12 year tenure as a Belknap County Commissioner, serving on a local non-profit board together and watching Christopher and Maren successfully operate their small business.
Christopher Boothby is an energetic, results-oriented businessman who possesses excellent collaborative leadership qualities and people skills. Furthermore, my personal experience evidences that he is also well-organized, thoughtful and timely in his decision making, and an excellent listener; and therefore is well-qualified to represent all our citizens of N.H. District #1.
Please join me in supporting Christopher Boothby in his race to serve as our Executive Councilor District #1!
Peter F. Brothers
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:46
To The Daily Sun,
In reply to Brenda Currier's letter which was printed on Saturday, I would like to respond to her criticism and personal attack. First I would like to say that it is interesting that she identifies me as a neighbor of the fire chief but she doesn't need to identify herself as the wife of a selectman.
1. Perhaps the selectmen could respond to a 2014 warrant article instead of a 10-year old article if they really wish to listen to their constituents. But that 2004 warrant article may not even exist. Yes they did delete a proposed warrant article so that they were able to replace it with a policy that the people weren't able to consider.
2. The selectmen have repeatedly been advised of certain RSA'=s concerning the chief's responsibilities and have chosen to proceed anyway.
3. It's common sense that a $20K budget reduction would force a cut in services.
4. The policy change was forced on the fire chief after he repeatedly stated, in open meetings, that he was addressing the safety needs of the community with his scheduling.
5. This is a personal attack on the fire chief, just as her letter is a personal attack on me. I have seen the personal attack on several occasions as Selectman Currier spoke rudely to the chief in public meetings while showing his disdain with words and body language. Additionally, in a public meeting, Brenda Currier stated that she never wanted Chief Hempel to be the chief. So this is definitely personal.
6. Evidence that the personnel feel undervalued can be seen in the high turnover and in the chief's statement that the new policy has had an immediate negative effect on morale. The staff respects their chief and react to the criticism of their department.
7. Common sense again — the new policy is detrimental and dangerous because it reduces service. The example the chief uses is that a typical ambulance run can take 2 - 3 hours and the station would be understaffed during that time. And she omitted the part about the selectmen "acting in the best financial and public interest of the town" which really means that the selectmen want to control the Fire Department. Next she states that the chief can "handle the scheduling changes properly." The chief decides what is proper and that is a personal criticism of him by an amateur.
I write as a taxpayer and citizen and supporter of a strong Fire Department, not as Chief Hempel's neighbor.
The facts are there, you simply need to acknowledge them rather than make a personal attack.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:42
To The Daily Sun,
I have been a customer of Fred Fuller Oil Co. for more than 30 years.
I have never had a problem with the firm. Last week when the company was having problems my oil supply was low.
When I could not reach the Laconia office via telephone I visited the office. I was told I would have a delivery later that evening or very early the next morning. The delivery was made in the morning.
I understood the problems the company was having. What I don't understand is the one sided reporting by some media outlets.
The worst offender was WMUR-TV in Manchester.
I retired after more than 50 years as a news reporter. If given an assignment such as this problem I was always instructed to report both sides of the story.
If seems those standards don't seem to apply to television reporters. None of them nor did any newspaper reporters bother to look for or interview Fred Fuller Oil Co. customers who have had not problems with the firm.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:38
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Mr. Earle:
To paraphrase former Pres. Ronald Reagan: "There you go again". It truly amazes one when reading your conjecture and spin of any particular incident or action that occurs in the political arena.
Your letters are usually disparaging in nature. In my opinion your tendency to insinuate yourself into an argument, situation or reality boggles the mind.
You manage to extrapolate (an unknown) to infer from something that is known. Do you hope to lead us into derogatory scenarios without the benefit of facts, figures and actual conclusions?
You are certainly entitled to your opinions, but please state them as such. In your last letter you state: "Contrast that with the practice in Washington, DC where quite often we see misdeeds rewarded rather then (than) punished." You go on to state that "we can't trust Democrats and we can't trust Republicans...." Why, when, where, how? Seems a bit of a stretch of your imagination to say the very least. At best, your statements are very misleading and not factual.
Of course you managed to lump what is happening in New Jersey with a "chance to really unload on Obama and his stooges".To what end?
What do you really hope to accomplish with your weekly letters? Help me to understand where you are trying to take us. Constructive critiquing a perceived foe is one thing, but a constant and ongoing, endless repetition of the same ole, same ole rhetoric becomes boring.
To quote Khaled Hosseini: "But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie." Or Aldous Huxley: "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 11:05