Josh Bartlett guided by the principal of government transparency

To The Daily Sun,

Josh Bartlett is running for one of the two openings for the Town of Moultonborough's Board of Selectmen.

Josh is a longtime resident of Moultonborough and he has served the town in many elected and appointed offices and is ready to serve the citizens in this important position. Currently he is a member of the CIPC, VV Committee, and chairman of the Planning Board.

I have known Josh for many years and I know he will fairly represent all the citizens of our town. He lives by his guiding principles of transparency in your government and assuring the rules are the same for everyone. Josh will listen to everyone, and is very sincere about making Moultonborough a better place to reside.

I am asking you to join me in voting for Josh Bartlett on March 10 for Moultonborough selectman.

Jim Leiterman


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I appreciate the great people at N.H. Employment Security office

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to take this opportunity to express my profound appreciation to those wonderful people at N.H. Employment Security on Union Avenue. Being a physically disabled person I have been faced with a magnitude of obstacles in the past year, both psychically and emotionally. In that abyss of my own depression I found a level of genuine compassion has been extended to me by virtue of the Employment Security staff. They have been insurmountable in restoring my sense of spirit. As some people can be in contemptuous it is easy for one to become disillusioned with the absurdity of self failure. This is not the case at the Laconia Employment Security office. The staff articulates a sense of worthiness to every client who enters, disabled or not. Several programs existed to those in need that are never frivolous in nature. However, they are simplified to meet the needs of the common person such as myself. I am now a perpetual optimist if I may add my own sense of situational humor.

I greatly appreciate this public resource for myself and others. I feel that the best one can do is to share what is available to them. I share my knowledge of the credibility of employment security right here in Laconia. They have a real empathy for people, the basic consensus of endurance, patience and understanding.

Our 37th president spoke of a "silent majority". In essence a pragmatism to the common man, not to forget the common man, but to replenish the hope of stability and belonging to each individual. Employment security offers the hope with the hallmark of the wish for each client to be a contribution to the work force and to themselves.

Matthew Tetreault


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Paul Manganiello is own man and will be great on Bristol Selectboard

To The Daily Sun,

As some voters of Bristol may know, I am candidate for re-election to the Budget Committee in Bristol. I have served the past three years with some wonderful people who take Bristol's fiscal matters seriously and dedicate their efforts accordingly. I strongly believe that the town's budget should be deliberated with an open mind, but with strength of conviction especially when it comes to prioritizing the needs vs. wants of departments. I believe you will find that I have balanced this well with my voting record these past three years and hope you will support me as I seek another term.

Serving with me on Budget Committee these last three years was Paul Manganiello. He is a now a candidate for Selectboard. I fully endorse his desire to make a difference for Bristol so I want to share with you my reasons for supporting Paul as our next Selectboard member.

He is his own man. He votes his own conviction. He is mindful of the costs of running the town. He strives to balance the needs of town government with the taxpayer burden. He understands the impact of taxation on households and businesses and its threat to economic development.

I am voting for Paul Manganiello for Selectboard. I hope you will, too.

See you at the polls on March 10.

William "Bill" Cote


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Please review the voter guide available at Belmont Town Hall

To The Daily Sun,

Next Tuesday, March 10, Belmont voters will be asked to consider two Conservation Commission ballot questions.

No. 24 requests authorization for the Conservation Commission to utilize funds dedicated to the Conservation Commission to purchase and preserve land outside the boundaries of the town.

In 2008, the commission with the approval of the selectmen, purchased the 168 acre Andrew Sanborn Farm conservation lot on Durrell Mountain Road. One contiguous lot was located across the Gilford and Gilmanton town lines with the existing road into the lot located in Gilford. At the time, the state law allowed this acquisition to be determined by the commission and the selectmen. That is no longer the case.

No. 25 requests authorization for the commission to utilize dedicated conservation funds for contributions to qualified organizations for the purchase of land that has local or regional importance. A recent example was the highly successful campaign "Everybody Hikes Mt. Major" which has preserved an important recreational area for Belmont residents.

Unless the voters vote yes to Nos. 24 and 25, a Town Meeting hearing would be required prior to the Conservation Commission and selectmen taking action on similar examples for the preservation of important properties.

I have served for 11 years on the Conservation Commission, whose mission is to support and facilitate land protection that maintains the rural character of our town. The commission is comprised of dedicated members who understand the economics and importance of open spaces, working farms and forests. "Cost of community services" studies show that land conservation saves towns money through avoided costs on infrastructure, municipal services likes roads, water supply, waste management, maintaining drinking water, schools, police and fire services. Land stewardship also sustains a desirable community and healthy environment for humans and wildlife for generations to come.

For further information or questions regarding these ballot questions, I encourage Belmont residents to review the Voter's Guide, available at the Town Hall or voting Day, March 10, at the Belmont High School. You can also go on line to or call the Town office at 267-8300.

The commission welcomes new members and invites the public to attend our monthly meetings the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the Corner Meeting House. Thank you and see you at the polls.

Denise L. Naiva, Member

Belmont Conservation Commission

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Let me tell you about all of the things that I am 'for', not 'against'

To The Daily Sun,

I am running because I am "for" stuff. Some people who are asking for your write in vote are simply "against" stuff. They are "against" attending Alton School Board meetings unless they find the one issue they can rally against. Some are "against" the proposed business model, some are "against" Superintendent Lander, some are "against" former principal Leggett, some are "against" the short time frame used to make the decision, and some are just "against" me. I get it. But where were they when we needed to decide on a $4 million addition, or a $1 million roof, or whether or not to have a lottery for our pre-K, or what our $15 million budget should consist of, or what should be our priorities in developing a long-term strategic plan. They have been "against" attending a single Prospect Mountain High School Board meeting or JMA meeting, or policy meeting? That is a lot of meetings they chose "against" attending.

I am "for" working my posterior off for the kids in Alton. This year I have attended 14 ACS School Board meetings, 13 PMHS School Board meetings, 14 Finance Committee meetings, 12 Building and Grounds meetings, 28 construction meetings, two Selectboard meetings, five or six Budget Committee meetings, three public hearings, two deliberative sessions, 14 contract negotiation meetings, three attorney meetings, one workshop, and 24 manifest reviews. The 98 meetings alone total well over 250 hours not including manifest reviews, preparation time, and three seminars on school board governance. You should not elect me because I work hard, you should not elect me if I didn't.

I am "for" putting our Alton kids first even if that means running our own high school with one superintendent, one business manager, one secretary and Alton's own educational vision. I am also absolutely "for" educating Barnstead's kids at Prospect Mountain through tuition reimbursement. I am "for" paying our teachers a competitive salary so we can retain the best and the brightest. I am "for" protecting our children from fire and abuse. I am "for" a zero no tolerance policy against bullying. I am "for" one-to-one technology in the hands of our kids K-8.

I am "for" not wasting one penny when it comes to making a budgetary decision. I am "for" improving the nutritional value and quality of our lunches by looking at non-traditional models. I am "for" improving our mediocre comparative state test results. I am "for" teaching our kids handwriting and raising the bar on math competency. I am "for" increasing the number of actual instructional days for grades 1 through 8. I am "for" teacher accountability based with thoughtful visionary evaluations. I am "for" nurturing creativity in both art and music. I am "for" getting rid of the lottery and giving every Alton child a seat at the educational table. I am "for" project based learning I am "for" putting a civics curriculum in the middle school. I am "for" giving ACS students the ability to take high school classes and earn high school credits. I am "for" dual college enrollment at PMHS. I am "for" using excess teacher improvement funds to help needy seniors pay for SAT or college application fees. I am "for" making ACS and PMHS the schools of choice for any family contemplating moving into southern or central New Hampshire.

I am "for" highlighting my positions whether popular or not. Most important; I have always been "for" and will always be "for" Alton's kids.

Steve Miller

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