To The Daily Sun,
I was at the Dec. 16th Gilmanton selectmen's meeting when the Belknap County commissioner came to speak about the county budget. The selectmen were rude, combative and disrespectful when asking the commissioner questions concerning the county budget. The commissioner gave his time to come to our town so we could better understand our county budget. I was embarrassed listening to our elected officials treating the commissioner in this manner.
One Selectman didn't even have the common courtesy to remove his cap.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:08
To The Daily Sun,
Christmas is drawing near and many people put thought into where they invest their money. There are many benefits for those who choose to support their community by shopping locally.
This past weekend, Wolfeboro was even lovelier than usual to shop. Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and their efforts to make last weekend a community open house.
As I was buying a signed copy of Karel Hayes' latest book at the Country Bookseller, we were treated to some carolers dressed from the time of Charles Dickens.
Miss New Hampshire and Miss Lakes Region came by as well, also treating customers to a song.
The dancers from an upcoming performance of The Nutcracker stopped by Sprouts and gave a sampling of what is to come.
Shopping locally, however, is about more than being entertained or meeting the author who wrote the book I am buying. It is about the friends we meet on the street as we shop and the familiar faces of our community.
For me the joy comes when I see a little girl I know with her dad at Nordic Skier buying her first pair of cross county skis. It is bumping into my daughter's favorite high school teacher on the street with her mother and two boys.
I love walking in Gatherings by Stellaloona and seeing the ladies in silly santa hats handing out cookies to customers, while a drama student of mine is strumming the guitar and singing Christmas carols in the background.
It is fun to tell Sarah Copplestone at Artisans Corner which knitting bowl to tell my husband I want when I send him in to shop for me.
These experiences are not possible in the mall or big box stores. They are what make a community home and what makes a town special.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:04
To The Daily Sun,
Nick Vazzana's letter of December 14 claims Republicans have changed since 1860.
But, like in the 1860s, Republicans are fighting Democrat policies which enslave Americans. Democrat (progressive) policies lead to economic slavery by locking students in bad schools that don't adequately prepare them, by destroying jobs (via excessive regulations and taxation), and by increasing peoples' living costs (e.g., food, energy, insurance, medical care, taxes).
President Obama's policies have increased, not reduced, the gap between rich and poor! More Americans are in poverty than ever before. Progressive policies hurt people!
Vazzana complains about Republican investments. Grassroots Republicans only approve of investments that benefit the vast majority of Americans. Most beneficiaries of Democrat "investments" are the people or groups that help Democrat politicians stay in power, i.e., rich donors and special interest groups.
The "investments" (bailouts) for the financial institutions, GM, and Chrysler resulted in major transfers of wealth from middle and low-income Americans to the rich and special interests (mostly supporting Democrats). Taxpayers lost about $12 billion on the car company bailouts although the companies went bankrupt anyway (showing that bankruptcies don't mean the loss of all jobs).
President Obama's "investments" in many technology companies went to political donors, were high risk, and are likely to lose taxpayer money, like the $500 million Solyndra "investment". Many "investments", like high-speed rail and alternate electricity generation companies, will always require subsidies, like the Postal Service and Amtrak, or increasing customer costs.
All government spending needs scrutiny because progressive policies have already put our nation in a precarious financial position. Our national debt, a small fraction of our nation's gross domestic product (GDP) in 1860, now exceeds our GDP and our total obligations exceed six times our GDP. Our nation's interest cost is a large budget item and could become a major problem.
The charge that Republicans want the country to go bankrupt is an often repeated, total lie told by people wanting continued reckless spending. Currently there is more than enough money to pay our debt obligations.
Everyone, President Obama, former Treasury Secretary Geitner, economists, etc., agrees that our enormous deficit spending cannot be sustained. Yet only Republicans are trying to save the American people, especially the poor and middle-income Americans, from the harm caused by the inevitable, excessive debt caused, disaster.
If you want good opportunities, freedom, and prosperity for yourself, your children and future generations, then you need to support conservatives. Only conservatives have been fighting for the policies that ensure a free and prosperous future, policies that create a rapidly growing private sector with good jobs producing goods and services that Americans and people around the world purchase.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:01
To The Daily Sun
Some questions about the proposed Winnisquam Regional School District teachers' contract:
Our school board must do a better job keeping us (taxpayers) informed about goings-on in the district. The front page article highlighting the tentative WRSD teachers contract negotiations left a great many questions unanswered. Since we would all benefit hearing directly from the "horses mouth," I am hoping that the board chairman, Mike Gagne, will directly answer the following questions:
1. What reason(s) does the WRSD school board have for requiring taxpayers to allocate more money for district salary and benefits?
2. What evidence do you have that WRSD has a difficult time filling teaching positions that justifies this agreement?
3. What evidence do you have supporting the idea that we have a hard time retaining teachers BECAUSE of salary?
4. Do we have difficulty filling some positions more than others, and if so, why not tailor a contract solution that addresses that specific challenge?
5. Does the board feel our teachers are staying employed too long and is that why we need a $6,000 incentive to retiring teachers?
6. Did the board do a cost-benefit analysis replacing higher-paid experienced teachers with lower-paid learning teachers?
7. And finally, assuming you don't have the data, why did you agree to a contract that takes more money from the district's taxpayers?
These are just a few of the questions taxpayers might consider important as they await their tax bill calculations and the district meeting.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
I recently listened to the first airing of the Belknap County Delegation's discussion of the 2014 Belknap County budget. (The delegation consists of elected state reps, majority Republican and is chaired by Rep. Colette Worsman-R.) Most of the hour showed differences of opinion on using or not the subcommittee process of the past. Rep. David Huot-D supports the subcommittee process, and when a motion was made he clarified that the wording included "may or may not include subcommittees." This clarification was needed because Chair Worsman, calling for the vote, asserted that it could just include "no subcommittees."
She so clearly wants to hasten on to the cuts, that Rep. Ian Raymond-D said, "We need to have subcommittee meetings to give the department heads a chance to plead their case before the executioner's axe comes down on their department budgets."
I sympathize with our hard working county department heads, for Worsman, sitting in charge, seems the classic tyrant, a la Alice in Wonderland's awful queen.
This same Republican majority once before cut, cut, cut the state budget, shifting those costs to the counties and towns. Still powerful in the county budget process, they now insist on cutting funds needed for adequate services to our citizenry, including: correctional facility, county attorney's office, human services department, registry of deeds, youth services, nursing home, and our sheriff''s department. Also auxiliary agencies: Cooperative Extension, Conservation District, Economic Development Council, Genesis, Community Action Programs, and Lakes Child Advocacy.
One newspaper reports that our county's credit rating is now the lowest it's ever been, after last year's budget cuts.
We need moderate people to serve our county, sensible representatives. "To serve" certainly is a special phrase and an important role requiring good judgment skills. Rather than have our county stunted to the detriment of our citizenry, it could be supported and thrive, with moderate representatives at the helm.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:52