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Erin Apostolos obtained $70k grant for Meredith Library; thanks!!

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to the residents of Meredith:

The Trustees of the Meredith Public Library congratulate and thank our library director for obtaining $70,000 from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program for preservation work on the library. Since the library building is owned by the town, Erin Apostolos deserves the public's acknowledgement and gratitude for winning this award. Using numbers from the 2010 census, we calculate the LCHIP grant amounts to taxes saved of more than $11 per resident.

Securing these funds from LCHIP brings our library that much closer to the $186,000 needed to renovate and repair the chimneys, masonry and drainage system of the older structure, work that we hope will commence this summer. LCHIP money comes from fees on four types of documents recorded at Registries of Deeds all around the state. In addition to preserving and protecting places people love, LCHIP projects bring added economic benefit by providing employment and enhancements that attract visitors.

In addition to her other duties, Erin is constantly researching and applying for grant money. As library director for Meredith, she has successfully written more than 15 grants totaling more than $115,000 for our library. We congratulate and thank Judy Hodges and John Locke also for grants they have received that are not included in the above total. We are proud of our dedicated and hard-working staff. When you visit the library, please let them know they are appreciated.

Trustees of the Meredith Public Library:

Rhetta Colon

Coleen Nolan

Duncan Mcneish

Mary Richardson

Paul Eldridge

Ann Butler

Pam Coburn

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:38

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Laconia residents should be concerned about cable TV industry

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank Ken Slater of Gilford for echoing my thoughts regarding MetroCast Cablevision. I live in Laconia and have had the same experience as Mr. Slater. All residents should be concerned about what is taking place in the cable industry.

Currently, ComCast is trying to purchase Time Warner, which would give ComCast more than a 60 percent share in the industry. MetroCast either rents or leases the cable lines from ComCast. Obviously, rates will go up after the acquisition and these will be passed on to the customer.

As Mr. Slater mentioned, we only have so many choices for services and have to pay extra to be in a higher tier to be able to view more channels. My friend who lives in Exeter informed that many of the higher tier channels we pay for in the Lakes Region are actually included in his basic channel coverage. Why aren't we getting the same service?

Several weeks ago I sent an e-mail to customer service at MetroCast regarding my e-mail account and not one person has responded to me.

It is too bad that are elected officials and paid representatives are not doing their research and seem to be shooting from the hip. These types of issues do not seem to be as important to them as they can afford the price increases. Maybe it's just easier for them to go with the flow. I hope that corruption is not taking place, and behind-door agreements are being reached by the people making the decisions. I can't believe that Gilford is considering a 10-year contract with MetroCast. That gives MetroCast the monopoly for the area and leaves the customer at their mercy. Maybe a three-year contract would be better to allow some competition to bid next time around. It's just a thought.

I was also wondering why MetroCast calls our house to provide an appointment confirmation for LRGH? Does the hospital actually pay MetroCast for that service? All these costs are passed on to the little customers like you and me. I think that the public should be allowed to view the breakdown of line items of operating costs for MetroCast Cablevision so we can see the big picture. No pun intended.

Scott Kipreotis
Laconia

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:28

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Passing Article 13 will honor work of Blue Ribbon Commission

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to ask the voters of Moultonborough to attend Town Meeting on Saturday, March 15, to hear the discussions on Article 13 on the Town Warrant, which requests to raise and appropriate the sum of $17,500 to carry out the site study in follow-up of the recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Commission to "pursue development of a facility that includes an indoor gymnasium, Recreation Department office, program and storage space that would be on existing school land or property adjacent to school facilities."

This would honor the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission which, in its final report in April 2011, identified the space needs of the Recreation Dept.

Donna J. Kuethe

Recreation Director

Town of Moultonborough

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:16

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County employees are being used as pawns by commisioners

To The Daily Sun,

After an election, we receive congratulatory messages, the occasional thank you, and every so often a Bronx cheer. What is more heart-rending, though, is the letter to the editor from Debbie White who details her job loss due to county budget cuts.

Debbie was a valued employee at the Belknap County Nursing Home for 29 years and was recently notified that her last day of work will be April 1. Although Debbie's message is too positive and proud to assign blame for this circumstance, some might be inclined to blame the budget agreed upon by the County Delegation as being responsible.

The fact is that the county commissioners have not found a means of bargaining for a rational pay and benefits package with county employees. With county costs for a family health plan about the same as what the average employee in the Laconia area makes as a salary, simple mathematics will suggest that these costs must be curtailed. Indeed, they are likely to be more than 30 percent higher in 2015 than the sky high numbers of 2014.

While the county convention made it clear that they wished to fund additional staff, specifically in the county jail, the superintendent of corrections has been notified that the positions which delegation funded will not be filled. I regret that county employees are being used as pawns in a power play which pits the commissioners against the delegation as this is deeply regrettable and does not at all serve the commonweal.

Debbie, thank you for serving Belknap County and nursing home residents for such a long time and with such respected results. Thank you. I hope that ensuing years bring you peace and happiness.

Rep. Dick Burchell

Belknap 5

Gilmanton

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:12

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Put cartels out of business by regulating & taxing marijuana

To The Daily Sun,

State Sen. Jeanie Forrester and Sen. Andrew Hosmer have taken the easy way out with their joint letter to the editor not supporting the legalization of marijuana. The New Hampshire House voted to legalize it, so it can be regulated and taxed. Soon it will go to the Senate for a vote. Two states have legalized it and 15 have decriminalized it so far.

A Pew Research Poll was conducted in March 2013. It showed nearly three-quarters of Americans (72 percent) say that, in general, government efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth. The poll also showed that 48 percent of all adults have smoked marijuana at one time or another in their life. This equates to almost 100 million Americans, and that number maybe higher because it is hard to get people to confess they committed a crime.

The FBI recently reported that 750,000 people are arrested for possession of marijuana every year. This number represents half of all drug arrests. The organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (retired police officers), says this fact demonstrates the complete failure of the War on Drugs. This organization claims $1.5 billion to $3 billion are spent annually on police and court time costs just making the arrest and does not include the almost $100 a day to incarcerate each of these people.

A felony drug conviction stays with you for the rest of your life. The current War on Drugs does not help people, but instead destroys them and sentences them to a life of poverty and government dependency. Many people convicted of a felony drug crime will never earn a living wage and will require government assistance for the rest of their life. Convicted marijuana offenders are denied federal financial student aid. Not changing this law will put some of New Hampshire's young people at a disadvantage from attending college or helping them move on with their life.

Our country is running out of money. We do not need politicians that are afraid to change course. We need leaders that are willing to put violent drug cartels and local drug dealers out of business. We can do this by regulating and taxing marijuana. Our resources should be spent on drug treatment and counseling, not prison cells and job destroying felony drug convictions. The end result of the current War on Drugs is angry young people with no future, thus perpetuating drug abuse and crime.

A felony conviction and a welfare check for life is not the American dream these people hoped for.

Please contact Senator Forrester and Senator Hosmer and ask them to reconsider their position.

David DeVoy

Sanbornton

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:09

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