To The Daily Sun,
On Election Day (Tuesday, March 11), the Ashland Planning Board urges the voters of Ashland to approve an Ordinance for Large Wind Energy Systems by voting "yes" on Question 2 on the Zoning Ordinance Ballot. Like other land-use ordinances, this one will help to guide future development so that the results are beneficial to the town, its residents, property owners and taxpayers.
If the strict standards and procedures incorporated in this ordinance are adopted, town officials will have the authority to enforce requirements regarding height, set-back from property lines, noise and adverse environmental impacts.
With large wind-energy projects, the state's Site Evaluation Committee has jurisdiction over the approval process and may consider the impact upon the state, but not necessarily the impact upon the local community. It has already proved prudent for some towns in New Hampshire to have a large-scale wind-energy ordinance in place prior to the arrival of a developer with plans that may not be in the best interests of the town or its residents.
New Hampshire's energy policy has yet to be established by the Legislature, and consequently the state's standards for wind farms are weak and poorly defined. By approving Question 2 on the Zoning Ordinance Ballot, Ashland's voters will have a voice if or when a wind farm is proposed in our town.
Ashland Planning Board
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:39
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in support of Article 15 of the Moultonborough Town Warrant for 2014, pertaining to milfoil.
The milfoil problem in Salmon Meadow and Ash Coves was not addressed until 1991 and the first allowed treatment with Diquat did not take place until June 1997 at a total cost of $10,324 with Krainewood Shores Association paying $5,412, and the state of New Hampshire paying $4,912.
The association was allowed by the state to treat the coves every two years in the month of June with Diquat for the years 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, and in 2007 used 24D. The total cost to Krainewood for all these treatments was $25,808.
The only treatment in those years was confined to chemical treatments and no divers were used. The only result that I could see was that the association was spending a lot of money with very little success.
Since the town took over the responsibility for the milfoil problem I have seen a drastic change in the coves because of the additional use of the divers. I used to be able to go around the coves in a canoe or kayak and easily spot tons of milfoil, and thought that we would never get this problem under control. The last two years I have had a difficult time spotting areas where the milfoil is thriving. I know that we will probably never get rid of it, but the current process has made great strides in controlling the problem.
If we do not keep up the vigilance on controlling the milfoil it will eventually take over the lake, and property values will plunge which would affect everyone in Moultonborough and surrounding communities.
I would like to thank the Milfoil Committee for their tireless work in addressing this issue and I strongly urge every Moultonborough resident to vote "yes" on Article 15 at the Town Meeting on March 15.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:34
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to State Sen. Jeanie Forrester:
Sen. Forrester, I am confused.
Every opportunity you have had to date to vote on Medicaid expansion, you have voted "no." You voted "no" even with provisions added to give New Hampshire the right to opt out if the federal funding level was to drop.
Now I have learned you are holding an information session on what you are calling the "Senate Health Insurance Proposal," a so-called "two-year pilot program to help low-income New Hampshire residents purchase health insurance." In other words, Medicaid expansion.
Does this mean you now support Medicaid expansion? Or does it simply mean you will support a program that will give low-income New Hampshire residents access to health insurance for two years, or until the federal funding level drops below 100 percent, and then take it away from them?
Which is it, Sen. Forrester? There are about 58,000 Granite Staters that would like to know.
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap County Democrats
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:58
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is in response to Rosemary Landry's letter in The Laconia Daily Sun on Feb. 26, where she stated that Grafton County Commissioner Mike Crayans, now a candidate for Executive Councilor, refused to recuse himself from voting on a county appropriation to Headrest Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization of which Mike was until recently the executive director. She also stated that "this behavior as a commissioner of Grafton County is unethical and the voters should decline his next appointment."
Ms. Landry, your assertions regarding the duties of county commissioners are incorrect. County commissioners do not by law have the authority or responsibility to vote on the county's budget. The County Delegation, which includes the elected members of the House of Representatives from that county, is responsible for budget appropriations for the operation of county government. In this role the delegates are in many ways more directly responsible for public spending. The county commissioners are the "executive branch" which is responsible for the day-to-day operations in both fiscal and policy matters.
If those of us who write letters in support of or against a candidate would adhere to moral, ethical, and honest information, what a well informed citizenry we would have.
Please join me on Tuesday, March 11, in supporting Mike Cryans for Executive Council.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:53
To The Daily Sun,
This coming March 11, the taxpayers of Alton will be asked to choose from three candidates for two seats on the Board of Selectmen.
Phil Wittmann is the only candidate who will work to preserve local control and protect Alton residents' private property rights and control over the education of its children.
Phil wants more transparency as relates to elected officials' actions, and is a fiscal conservative who will expose and fight against any wasteful spending of the taxpayers' dollars.
He is available to answer questions regarding warrant articles on which you will be asked to cast your vote. Some have been slyly crafted and could result in your voting against your intentions. Town officials are taking a second shot at pushing through certain items relating to your property rights which you soundly defeated in the past. I attended two meetings on workforce housing in Alton and there wasn't any support from the people. The only support was from "stakeholders," including your town planner, who is trying to tell you that his proposal has the people's support. Be very careful.
If you value local control and your private property rights, your vote for Phil Wittmann is imperative. Remember, your vote has serious consequences.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:50