To The Daily Sun
An open letter to Gov. Maggie Hassan:
I realize you are fighting very hard to get re-elected, but a seemingly minor issue compared to the big picture is not being addressed. Wind power in the the Newfound Lake Region being the one I speak of.
This threat is a very, very scary prospect to those of us who have elected to live here and care for this special piece of New Hampshire. As I'm sure you're aware, by far, most of us do not want these apparitions scarring our beautiful ridges.
This past spring, a thank-you get-together was put on by Wind Watch at a facility on the shore of Newfound. It was attended by Wind Watch members and open to anyone who wished to come. Walt Havenstein took the time to come. At that time I had no idea who I was speaking with, but we thought along the same lines regarding the folly of this ill-conceived project and he made it plain he would oppose both it and Northern Pass if elected. This is a big deal to me and plenty of other people who live, work, play and vote in this part of New Hampshire.
I have heard that you think this area is insignificant and does not matter very much, that you don't really care what we think "up here," and that you will continue to push for wind development. Do you see as your legacy the entire center part of our state covered with huge sprawling power plants?
I eagerly await a response from you, Governor.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:10
To The Daily Sun,
My thanks go out to Mrs. DiMartino for precisely affirming the larger points of my letter. She is the prototypical left-of-center politician who is not in touch with reality. She and her Democrat party's policies are the problem and are causing the destruction of the middle class, driving up business costs, and lowering the average household incomes.
I reconfirm my support for Mr. George Hurt for representative in the Meredith-Gilford district as well as the other fiscally conservatives on this year's ballot.
Although Mrs. DiMartino asserts she was never for the $42-million county prison, I must remind her of the conversation she had with me earlier this year. We both were at a local restaurant. She approached me and engaged me in political conversation. We discussed a host of issues including the prison that she favored. At the end we agreed to disagree. I certainly remember the discussion. Perhaps just does not remember this.
My thanks also go out to Mr. Tim Carter of Meredith. He did his homework and detailed at length the spend-and-tax record of Rep. DiMartino in his letter last week. Highlighting and documenting a voting record is not making accusations, it is providing sunshine for all to see in the light of day. So while she says that the 4 cent gas tax was reasoned legislation, she fails to tell you her support of the double-digit increase her party wanted. She mentions gas prices being lower but fails to tell you that gas cost approximately $1.90 per gallon when president Bush left office. Prices have been above $3 dollars a gallon during the six years Obama has been in office. This has cost the average driver over a $1,000 per year.
She goes on to pat herself on the back about the number of people that are now on the Medicaid roles. She fails to tell you that more than 20,000 people in New Hampshire lost their insurance coverage because of Obamacare. The other 1 million-plus residents of the state have seen massive cost increases along with other chaos due to this act that Obama continues to change, unconstitutionally. We have yet to see the full negative impact from this bill.
We do know that government intrusion into our lives has grown and our liberties have been taken from us by fiat. Are you comfortable with this, Mrs. DiMartino?
So, yes, I do want a committed and sensible representative that puts all of the people first. In the time period that I have seen you active in local politics I have never seen you act in this manner. Every action I have witnessed has shown you to be the ideologically driven person pandering to one special interest or another. I have never seen you vote against a proposed spending measure or increase in taxes. Shall I remind the citizens of the area about your statement in support of a half-million-dollar fire truck in Gilford? That one is on tape.
Again, I ask the people of our communities of Meredith and Gilford to do their homework. I am supporting all of the fiscally conservative candidates, Especially Mr. George Hurt for representative in District 2.
David R. Horvath
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:02
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in support of David Pollak, candidate for Belknap County Commissioner. I worked with David for five years at Lakes Region Community College and know him to be a person of intelligence, commitment and integrity. His background in business and law as well as education has given him the capacity to view issues from multiple perspectives, which would be a great asset in trying resolve the divisive conflicts that have arisen between the commission and the Belknap County Convention.
David is definitely not an ideologue, adhering stubbornly to a narrow political view. Rather, he is a person of common sense and rationality who listens carefully and works toward solutions that will benefit all. He is highly regarded by both his students and his colleagues at the college for his character and for the thoughtful style of leadership he consistently displays. I have every confidence that he would make an excellent county commissioner.
President Emeritus, Lakes Region Community College
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:59
To The Daily Sun,
I am asking all District 2 voters to cast their ballot for Russ Dumais to represent our district in the state House for the next two years. I have known Russ for almost 30 years as a local businessman and entrepreneur, and as a friend.
While being a selectman in Gilford, I knew that when I called on Russ to discuss an issue, he would give me sound advice based on history and what was good for the town. I know he will take that integrity, common sense, and thought process to Concord with him and represent District 2 well.
Again, please vote for Russ Dumais on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:55
To The Daily Sun,
After my letter about the demolition of Laconia's Hathaway House ran in the Oct. 25 edition of The Sun, I was contacted by a number of individuals. I thank them all for their kind and encouraging words; they are truly appreciated.
I noticed on Page 19 in the same edition of The Sun, a half-page ad about the Hathaway House. I was surprised to see that the individual(s) who placed the ad had not identified themselves, especially since their interest in the subject is evident.
In life, it is important to acknowledge when something is over, no matter how painful that might be at the time. If a loss is suffered, it does not have to be considered a failure or defeat.
Some of the most beautiful people in the world know when to let go and deal with their losses gracefully. Those same individuals are wonderful role models for the rest of us when we need guidance on how to deal with our own disappointments.
The story of the Hathaway House can empower individuals with knowledge so that the events that led to its demolition are not repeated with other historic buildings — as long as we are willing to learn from its history and are not blinded by anger.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:51