To The Daily Sun,
This last July, the mandated SB-245 (establishing the SEC ), was signed into law by Gov. Hassan and this is what we ended up with.
There is hereby established a committee to be known as the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee consisting of nine members, as follows: (a) The commissioners of the Public Utilities Commission, the chairperson of which shall be the chairperson of the committee; (b) The commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services, who shall be the vice-chairperson of the committee; (c) The commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development;(d) The commissioner of the Department of Transportation; (e) The commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources or the director of the Division of Historical Resources as designee (all of these commissioners are governor appointees); and (f) Two members of the public, appointed by the governor, with the consent of the council, at least one of whom shall be a member in good standing of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and both of whom shall be residents of the state of New Hampshire with expertise or experience in one or more of the following areas: public deliberative or adjudicative proceedings, business management, environmental protection, natural resource protection, energy facility design, construction, operation, or management, or community and regional planning or economic development.
I'm surprised that the chair of Municipal and County Government, wasn't somehow added to this list.
The appointments of the two members of the public was suppose to happen before the mandated, Oct. 1 deadline. The two so-called "public members" the governor had chosen were Sen. Bob O'Dell (R) who chairs the Ways and Means committee, vice chair of Energy and Natural Resources and member of Finance, and Rep. Amanda Merrill (D) who sits on Science Technology & Energy. Both of these nominees are pro-wind farm, anyone want to guess where this is going? Talk about stacking the deck.
Three out of five of the Executive Council had voted down these appointments, Gov. Hassan tabled the two appointments until after the November election in hopes of getting the votes from said council. This is a sad irresponsible way of running a government. Call Gov. Hassan, tell her to throw her two appointments out. Tell her to read the bill over again, look beyond Concord and choose two members of the public that do not have Concord moon-dust on their shoulders prior to the Dec. 1 deadline when the Site Evaluation Committee needs to submit a permanent funding plan.
The site evaluation committee needs time to consider potential funding sources, including but not limited to the imposition of reasonable application fees and the use of general funds. The site evaluation committee shall consider whether a dedicated fund is necessary as part of a permanent funding plan. The plan shall describe the costs of the ongoing administration of the site evaluation committee's duties, including state agency expenses associated with processing an application under this chapter. The plan shall make recommendations for funding sources to meet those needs, except that such funding sources shall not include annual operating fees imposed on energy facilities or further use of the renewable energy fund.
This is a tall order to wait until after the election. And what ever happened to the Oct. 1 deadline. After all, it's only been three months since the bill was signed. The SEC is the final word in placement of the so-called renewable energy franchises that are popping up all around the state. Without a full committee, is it going to be rubber-stamp operations as usual?
As a write-in candidate for the House, I can't endorse the choice of Sen. O'Dell and Rep. Merrill who Gov. Hassan has chosen to appoint, just as I can't support the conflict of interest the PUC Commissioners will bring to the table.
Eric T. Rottenecker
Grafton Dist 9
Alexandra, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Grafton.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:55
To The Daily Sun,
As the current and former mayors of Franklin, we wish to encourage the voters of Senate District 7 to support Kathy Rago in her bid to become our next state senator. We have observed Kathy as a member of our Zoning Board, our School Board, and ultimately as a state representative.
Rep. Rago has always acted in the very best interests of the working families of New Hampshire, and particularly for our children. She is the mother of a special needs child, and we highly honor her commitment to, and sacrifices for, all New Hampshire children in need. Kathy Rago's work on behalf of education opportunities for needy students is to be commended, and must continue in the New Hampshire State Senate.
Protect your family's future and finances by sending Kathy Rago to the State Senate.
Mayor Ken Merrifield
Mayor David Palfrey
Mayor Tony Giunta
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:51
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Sofia Spanos, and I am writing today to urge all eligible voters to vote on Nov. 4 for my dad, Peter J. Spanos. I realize that it is virtually impossible to objectively support my father for office so I just want to tell you what I think qualifies him to be your state representative.
First off, he is uncanny when it comes to looking at both sides of an issue and determining the best solution going forward. With this said, his decisions are unfailingly sensible, reasoned, and most importantly, fair. As a state legislator, you may count on him to make the difficult decisions that will certainly arise while always keeping an eye on how these decisions will benefit the present and future.
My dad is not particularly concerned with who gets the credit when working on solutions with others. He is primarily concerned with achieving successful results. When it comes to small business my dad feels Concord should be far more of a help than a hindrance in promoting their present and future success. I do not believe there is a stronger choice for a Laconia-based state representative than Peter J. Spanos.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:33
To The Daily Sun,
Deliberate untruths have been circulated by those who do not want Dave DeVoy, a strong candidate, to be elected county commissioner in Belknap District 1.
Dave has always agreed with fully-funding employee health care premiums in accordance with contract provisions.
Dave is for capping the cost of renovations or construction of the county jail and has pledged to stay within the Laconia tax cap. He is fully committed to the jail meeting all essential mandates.
Dave will bring an end to needless lawsuits. He will follow the provisions of state law.
Dave is courteous and committed to fair play. He would never agree to a meeting at the County Nursing Home and then simply ignore that commitment. For anyone to arrange such a meeting, fail to inform Dave of its occurrence and then suggest that he is uncaring because he did not appear is most unprofessional.
Dave has been consistent, committed to fair play and brings reason and a clear vision to the problems which plague Belknap County.
We have all been subjected to political campaigns which intentionally distort the truth. The fact is that Dave is not only successful in his business ventures and in his Army career but is also a deeply caring and compassionate man.
Please vote on Nov. 4.
State Rep., Belknap District 5
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:28
To The Daily Sun,
Laconia voters may have no idea what is involved with the seven Charter Amendments consisting of seven long-running sentences, a selected summarization of each question:
"The first presentation "Option #2 - With AG Changes" consisted of 10 page: Article II, Elections and Election Officers, Sections 2:01 – 2:11, Article IX Board of Education and Article X Police Commission. The word "Question" did not appear nor did the number of Amendments / Questions exists.
Of the seven Ballot Questions/Amendments, not one regarding Article IX or Article X are on the ballot. However, each will be impacted if Question 3 Section 2:06, Question/Amendment 4 Section 2:06 more importantly Amendment 6 pertaining to Section 2:06. which will "requires a minimum number of 35 write-in votes be received to declare any write-in primary candidate as nominated for the municipal election and to declare any write-in regular election candidate as elected for all offices" ALL OFFICES." (EMPHASIS ADDED)
Plagiarism has no place in charter amendments or charter revision without citing the RSA. No New Hampshire law empowers the city, to govern the number of write-in votes and nomination. The city is attempting to invoke a state primary election procedure,
RSA 659:88 Write-in Votes and Nomination, I. (a), A person whose name was not printed on the official state primary election ballot or a political party shall not be entitled to the nomination of that party for any office unless the person received at least 35 write-in votes.
This is not applicable considering the number of voters of a city's ward or mayoral election, in comparison to a statewide election. Moreover, the New Hampshire Legislature has never empowered a provision for a city minimum write-ins. The New Hampshire Constitution Part One Bill of Rights Article 11 Elections and Elective Franchises ''all elections are to be free," "Every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualifications, has equal right to be elected into office."
As for Question / Amendment 7, Section 2:10 is the inclusion of RSA 669:31, II, which consist of four subsections dealing with recount fees and 669:31, III and IV. Also, no cell phones may be used because they have a camera and the public recount cannot be recorded or photographed.
If you don't know what your truly voting for, vote "No."
Thomas A. Tardif
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:25