To The Daily Sun,
Based on the presentation made at last month's Meredith Selectboard workshop it seems the state Department of Transportation came to Meredith with a proposal for a highway project which would increase the throughput capacity of the intersection of Routes 3 & 25. The state's proposal was for a single, two-lane roundabout to replace the existing traffic lights. The DOT made the selectboard aware of the availability of funds to carry out the project.
The selectboard formed an advisory committee to investigate the opportunity. We are grateful to the advisory committee for volunteering their time and efforts. The advisory committee reviewed the state's proposal and did not like it. The advisory committee came up with a counter-proposal of three single-lane roundabouts.
The counter-proposal was presented at a December selectboard workshop by a member of the town's advisory committee and a representative of the engineering firm McFarland Johnson. Some of the unanswered issues raised at the workshop are:
— What amount of traffic is the current road configuration designed to accommodate?
— What amount of traffic will be accommodated by the proposed three single-lane roundabouts project?
— If the town accepts the project does that remove the 3/25 intersection from the DOT needs priority list?
— If the adopted project improves but does not solve the congestion issue how many years will it be before the 3/25 intersection gets back on the DOT needs list?
— Is tearing up the downtown in all or parts of the 2017 and 2018 construction seasons without solving the congestion issue worth the aggravation?
— Why is a roundabout proposal better than the already-studied alternatives, such as bypass?
— Will rework of the existing utilities under the road right of way be required?
— If so, will it add cost to the project now or in the future, and who will have to pay?
— If the project is largely a beautification project (meaning it does not solve the congestion issue), is there a reasonable expectation that road salt and sand won't kill off the greenery in the dividers each year?
— Who will bear the cost if that turns out to be the case?
— Who is responsible for the normal maintenance of the dividers, water, mowing, trimming... etc. and the costs associated?
— What will making the downtown area a divided highway do to the foot traffic from lake-based activities we promote, such as the pond hockey and fishing derbies?
— Why are roundabouts being considered for Meredith?
— When pedestrians cross the roundabout or the legs leading out of the roundabout at Routes 3 and 25 and cars stop for them as required by law, how will that affect the traffic in the roundabout?
— Can you show me the grant documents from the federal government that would fund the roundabouts?
— Before you vote to approve the roundabouts, are you willing to go on record that you have you read and understand all of the documents that would be part of a federal grant to pay for the roundabouts?
At the workshop the presenters deferred questions which they were unprepared to answer. Both the advisory committee and McFarland Johnson suggested that answers could be found at the DOT website http://www.meredith3-25.com/. You are urged to go there and review the information available. No engineering, no quantifiable data on demographics, no traffic studies and no growth projections are found there.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:37
To The Daily Sun,
Let's cut through the never ending BS Democrats (like June Huot) "spray mist" over the electorate 24/7. Democrats will be for the poor, the rich, the middle class, the alienated, crooks, hookers, swindlers, the overweight, the under weight, green people, purple people and wife beaters if any or all of these improve their election chances.
They will also pit any of them against each other to that same end. The pope, Elvis (if he were alive), their kids, their mothers, and their friends all go under the steam roller if that's what is required to win.
Democrats for generations billed themselves as the party of working middle class, blue collar and white collar Americans. These voters identified themselves closely with the Democratic Party for decades. If that isn't truth, Budweiser doesn't make beer. A fundamental shift in voting preference emerged 20 years ago that has gained intensity. The middle class began to vote by majority, not with Democrats, but with Republicans. Democrats had lost the vote and trust of the middle class through their actions and policies.
Consensus of opinion is Democrats have no choice but to seek 100 percent of the minority vote. Where else could they replace tens of millions of lost votes from the middle. These votes were not going to be replaced from the top. Democrats have been loudly demonizing that demographic for the past century. Millions of voters in the middle had finally figured out after years of abuse they were the financial "patsies" funding every Democratic entitlement, give-away, handout and subsidy. It is the middle-class taxpayer funding the subsidies in Obamacare.
Twenty million people didn't just vaporize from the middle to the bottom under Obama's presidency by accident. Middle class taxpayers have been shanghaied as the primary funding source for dozens of liberal programs including the trillion dollar wallet buster Obamacare.
Creation of the largest welfare state in American history under Obama was not some accident. It is out of necessity to replace tens of millions of lost middle-class votes. Democrats have to "gore" some group of people so that some one other group can be subsidized. The proper definition would be "bribed." The blood-letting and goring, of the middle class by Democrats back-dropped with ever-louder screams of racism to hand trillions to the lowest economic 25 percent only gets worse from here.
We created New Deals and New Societies under the greatest fantasy sellers and Ponzi schemers in history, FDR, JFK and LBJ. Where are we today after all these Democratic promises sure to cure all that ails us after implementing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, disability insurance, massive government, more rules, more regulation and a tax code 12-feet high offering bribes/corruption on every page. Answer: We have record millions on welfare, the middle class dying. We are $17 trillion in debt headed higher, destined for our kids to repay. We have record student loan debt, record student loan defaults. A highway repair fund broke, every entitlement broke, and a health-care fiasco the country hates, paid for by bloodletting the middle class.
When June M. Huot bathes herself in a back slapping sea of holy water, she drowns millions of others with her, then denies it. That is the donkey trademark throughout history.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:26
To The Daily Sun,
We are writing to express our awe and appreciation of the incredible efforts we witnessed Sunday night during the successful rescue of two young men who had fallen through the ice on Lake Winnisquam.
After the first young man pounded on our door yelling for help, we immediately called 9-1-1. The ensuing actions ranging from the dispatcher, fire departments from Laconia, Gilford and Belmont, Laconia Police Department to DHART helicopter service were testimony to how fortunate we are to have such efficient services and well trained personnel.
The rescuers who actually reached the man in the water, had to maneuver out 1,300 feet, breaking through treacherous ice and immersing themselves in frigid water. Considering how long the young man was in the water, the coordination of efforts and expertise led to what we consider a miraculous rescue.
What also was impressive was that it was a collaborative effort between towns. Meredith, Northfield Fire Departments and Stewart's Ambulance stepped up to cover the Laconia Fire Department crew.
Too often, community members take for granted our local support agencies and begrudge their requests during local budget hearings. After what we witnessed last night, we will never do that again. Their expert training, specialized equipment and dedicated personnel turned what could have been a tragedy into a successful rescue.
Wendy Oellers-Fulmer & Ron Fulmer
Alfred J. Binder
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:19
To The Daily Sun,
To pre-empt some, who I'm sure, are writing or have already written letters of outrage that I was so critical of the left-wing media, president and gang and, well, those who refer to themselves as liberals but are anything but, I would like to point to an exchange/debate between Bill Maher and Jimmy Kimmel on the latter's TV show just after the massacre in France by Muslim terrorists.
Bill: "We have to not avoid who did this. Who did this Jimmy?"
Jimmy: "Well we presume ----" (Bill interrupts)
Bill: "No it's not presume! No, no it's Muslim terrorists."
Jimmy: "Yes, Muslim terrorists."
Bill: "This happens way too frequently. It's like Ground Hog Day, except if the ground hog kept getting his head cut off. This has to stop and unfortunately a lot of us liberals — who are my tribe, I am a proud liberal ---." (audience begins to applaud)
Jimmy: He's about to turn on you."
Bill: "I'm not turning on them. I'm asking them to turn toward the truth as I have been for quite a while. To be liberal you have to stand up for liberal principles. It's not my fault that the part of the world that is most against liberal principles is the Muslim part of the world."
Maher then goes on with a long list of statistics regarding the treatment of women and gays in Muslim nations.
Bill: I know most Muslim people would not have carried out an attack like this. But here's the important point. Hundreds of millions of them support an attack like this. They applaud an attack like this. What they say is, 'We don't approve of violence, but you know what, when you make fun of the prophet, all bets are off.'"
Jimmy: "Hundreds of millions?"
Bill: "Absolutely. That is the mainstream in the Muslim world. When you make fun of of the prophet, all bets are off. You get what's coming to you, which is death. Not in every Muslim country, but this is is a problem in the world in the world that we have to stand up to. And again, I'm the liberal in this debate."
Bill Maher is indeed a liberal and most often drives me crazy. Here, though, he points to a true fact that whether liberal or conservative, Democrat, Republican, black or white, rich or poor there should not be a splinter of light as we stand shoulder to shoulder, rank upon rank in a wall of enlightened civilization against the darkness of intolerance, hate and violence coming from "the part of the world most against liberal principles."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:14
To The Daily Sun,
Laconia Firefighters risked their lives to save one of two idiots who took their snowmobiles 1,400 feet on thin ice, offshore at dusk in open water on Lake Winnisquam last weekend.
Even I have learned over the years that when you weigh in around 300, you don't venture out on thin ice on Fishing Derby Weekend.
Laconia and Gilford train for these winter lake rescues all the time. Thank God they do. There are enough white crosses on our shorelines as it is. I don't think Terry and Andrew will be running any open water any time soon.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:10