To The Daily Sun
I can appreciate the fact that you print letters with grammatical and factual errors, so letter writers can speak in their own voices.
Despite my wish not to join the letter-writing hysteria, I must correct a couple of points made by Ms. Landry of Meredith: I clearly said, "Every penny matters." I do not trivialize tax money and never have. My friend, Representative Fields, has tried his hardest to bring the Belknap County Convention into established practices, instead of the take-no-prisoners rush to undercut our county workers involved in some of the most difficult work imaginable. Had Representative Fields' advice been heeded, we (county taxpayers) would not be expending thousands of dollars in legal fees.
Unfortunately, our convention's belief that we can make up the rules as we go along suggests that legal fees will likely not stop in the near future.
Rep. Ruth Gulick
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:19
To The Daily Sun,
I was curious to read the recent letter from Rosemary Landry in which she called upon Belknap County Commission Chair Thomas to apologize to Rep. Worsman and for Rep. Fields to come to meetings with new ideas instead of insulting remarks. I do not know Ms. Landry so do not know if I have seen her at convention meetings but her comments suggest that if she is there she is not listening to what Rep. Worsman says and how she says it. After one meeting last April, I wrote a letter as I was completely shocked by the things that Rep. Worsman said and how she said them. I have been to numerous meetings over the past year and if anyone should be giving out apologies it is Rep. Worsman. She is blatantly rude to the commissioners, the county staff and to any representative who does not agree with her and she has been that way from the start. She has directly and openly insulted them meeting after meeting. As Convention Chair, Rep. Worsman has set the tone and example for unethical and unacceptable behavior that Ms. Landry accuses Mr. Thomas of. I have yet to hear, or read, any apologies from Rep. Worsman and until she does make apologies neither Ms. Landry nor Rep. Worsman should expect it from anyone else. As it is said, we reap what we sow.
I have heard Rep. Fields voice suggestions at meetings but he, like the commissioners, is given no respect because he has differed with Rep. Worsman on a number of occasions. When he took a position last year that was contrary to Rep. Worsman's, she very quickly cut him off him by saying two words very tersely and emphatically — "enough Dennis". Is that respectful or how a professional responds?
I wonder if when Ms. Landry was working how she would have felt if someone who was retired said that Ms. Landry did not deserve a pay increase because they had not gotten one. For those who are lucky enough to receive pensions it is commonly understood that their monthly pension amount remains the same ongoing — they are no longer working and their pension amount was set when they retired. It is the same with Social Security, with the amount set when applied for and, while nice to receive, cost of living increases are not guaranteed. When someone is retired it is an entirely different situation then those who are in the work force. I do not know anyone who is now retired who expected to work year after year without any pay increases when they were working. Our town and county employees work hard and we all benefit from their efforts. They are active in the work force and are certainly deserving of at least nominal pay increases if their performance supports it. We are all fortunate that people choose to work in the public sector; we should respect and support them for doing that and not begrudge them a pay increase they have earned and deserve.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:15
To The Daily Sun,
The challenges of this winter make a hard job even more difficult.
The Meredith Department of Public Works has met those challenges during past and current extreme weather conditions and maintained safe streets throughout our town 24-7.
When expecting a storm or experiencing storm conditions, Meredith residents know that the dependable, courteous, and well trained workers will carry on and do the job they contracted to do, despite occasional unforeseen staffing and equipment issues.
Thank you to the entire Meredith Department of Public Works from their leadership, road workers, and administrative support team. You are a great example of service to our grateful community. Residents, visitors and businesses drive and walk more safely because of you.
Carol & Richard Gerken
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:12
To The Daily Sun,
I invite anyone who would like to witness the unprofessional behavior which flows from Rep. Fields, our Belknap County Commissioners and County Administrator Shackett toward Chair Worsman, to just watch a county meeting in action. The meetings are taped for cable access. But better still, come and view a meeting of the Belknap County Convention up close and personal.
Meetings are posted on the Belknap County Convention website as well as in local newspapers. I invite you to come and judge for yourself. "The Proof is in the Pudding".
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:16
To The Daily Sun,
A few nights ago, my husband and I decided to walk two of our dogs at Laconia High School. We do this at times when the roads are narrowed due to snowbanks and when there is excess sand on the roads. As we walked from the back of the building onto Dewey Street, we were appalled by the amount of dog feces around the new Huot Center. We saw multiple piles of feces on the outside of the Child Development Center's fenced in playground, that the children still use, weather permitting. Can you imagine the smell they have to endure? The piles continued as we walked through the parking lot, around the the Huot Center's dining room.
As dog owners who pick up after their dogs, it disturbs us to see this as the city ordinance clearly states: "Chapter 13 Animals: 113-10.1. Dog Waste. (added 7-22-1996 by Ord. No. 06.96.6)
A. Duty to dispose. It shall be the duty of each person who owns, possesses or controls a dog to immediately remove and dispose of any feces left by
his/her dog on any sidewalk, street or other public area. It shall further be the duty of each person who owns, possesses or controls a dog to
immediately remove and dispose of any feces left by his/her dog on any private property neither owned nor occupied by said person, unless said
private property owner or occupant agrees otherwise.
B. Duty to possess means of removal; disposal. No person who owns, possesses or controls such dog shall appear with such dog on any sidewalk, street,
park or other public area without means of removal of any feces left by such dog. Furthermore, no person who owns, possesses or controls such dog
shall appear with such dog on any private property neither owned nor occupied by said person without the means of removal of any feces left by said
dog, unless said private property owner or occupier agrees otherwise. Disposal of such feces shall be in a manner consistent with all applicable laws.
C. Enforcement; fines for violation. This section shall be enforced by the Laconia Police Department. Violation of this regulation shall be punishable by
a fine of $25 for each occurrence."
Irresponsible dog owners who will not take the time to clean up after their dogs inadvertently make responsible dog owners look bad. Those of us who
do take the time to clean up after our dogs as the law states often get lumped in with those who don't and that is not a fair characterization. It is also not fair for the students and staff of LHS to have to dodge dog feces as they walk around and between the two buildings nor is it fair to the people employed by the school who will have to clean up these piles of dog feces before they can start their spring lawn care duties.
Please, for the sake of the responsible dog owners, the children at the Huot Child Development Center and the staff & students of LHS, pick up after your dogs.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:06