To The Daily Sun,
Good news for Sanbornton residents — by voting down all of the amendments put forth by the Planning Board regarding workforce housing and other changes, many of our residents wondered if that would mean we didn't finish the demands of the HUD grant we received (though it was from the N.H. Housing Finance Authority, they get their money from HUD). At Thursday night's Planning Board meeting, our Town Planner, Bob Ward, assured us that because the amendments were PROPOSED, even if they weren't passed, we still completed our part of the grant contract.
However, he mentioned something about now we need to update our roads so they are uniform throughout the town. We have a LOT of dirt (unpaved) roads and this would be an egregious expense for the town to update them all. He also mentioned we have until June 14 to complete that project. The grant was for workforce housing, but one project deliverable is "to amend our existing road design and construction standards. What does that have to do with RSA 674:58-61? Townspeople, just be aware that the government and NGO's, which includes the Lakes Region Planning Commission, never stop pushing, and we must push back!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
To The Daily Sun,
When I went to my husband's grave at Sacred Heart Cemetery to place flowers down, the flower urns were gone.
I wish who ever took them to please bring them back!
It so sad people have to take things from the resting place of our loved ones.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 06:28
To The Daily Sun,
Recently we have heard the side of those who are against raising the minimum wage. It has come from state senators who voted against it and from people who write letter to the editor from the position of management. It is true that raising the minimum wage has a negative impact on some small businesses and will result in the loss of some jobs.
Please note, there is another point of view. This is from the position of workers making low wages. Consider a family of four with two workers together making less than $30,000 a year or a senior in high school trying to earn money to help with college.
People working for low wages are consumers who will put the extra money back into the economy. In some cases it will create some jobs helping to balance the job market. Extra money will also be going into Medicare and social security helping these programs.
Presently, low income families need food stamps and earned income credit to help them out. That means that the government is subsidizing companies like Walmart and McDonald's. In the case of Walmart they will have to raise the price on the products from other countries including purchases from Asia. Could this make our products more competitive?
Let me conclude by pointing out that it is true that the worker would be earning more money and working the same hours. It is also true that the worker would be gaining back buying power to replace what was lost by inflation since the last increase in minimum wage which was a long, long, long time ago.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 06:18
To The Daily Sun,
Thank you for the opportunity to voice opinions. It is by being open minded and listening to each other outcomes of peaceful compromises benefiting all can happen.
After reading Mr. Corliss's, letter directed to Mr. Young, I felt the need to use my voice. I was widowed after my late husband, Pete Morrison, passed away in 1988. Being left with five children, the youngest being seven and 10-years-old, Social Security benefits helped stabilize me financially to support my family. Projecting into the future and wanting to be independent financially, I entered college earning a Bachelor's degree and Master's while working full time. Financial assistance in the form of Pell Grants assisted me with student loans. When my two youngest were no longer eligible for government assistance, I had transferred into a full time job teaching, no longer dependent on a system for stability.
I was caught, due to unforeseen circumstances, relying on a system for survival as many others are also.
This story is a testament to hard working people who contribute to the economy and do not want to rely on a "system". Mr. Corliss is an example of this also. As we know, there is no perfect system. Healthy systems need open-minded people who are active listeners receiving, processing, discussing, and then acting on information with a plan that will benefit all. All systems and programs need constant revisions and upgrades with the progression of our economy. It seems unfair to judge the viability of a program such as welfare or Social Security based on some of the population whose value systems erode the program intentions. Hopefully my story will present the side of good intentions and my gratefulness for assistance from the government at a most difficult time in my life.
In appreciation of our military system, including Mr. Young's father, I have an art exhibit at the National Guard Headquarters in Concord. There are 15 pieces of original art honoring all veterans.
Again a thank you to The Daily Sun for allowing me to have my voice heard.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 06:15
To The Daily Sun,
Unfortunately, responsible dog owners like my family and others, have lost the privilege to meet, socialize and exercise our dogs at the fenced-in ball field at Woodland Heights Elementary School. This has been an activity that we have enjoyed for many years. Recently, a call was made to the school requesting the overflowing maggot-ridden garbage receptacles outside the field be emptied, out of health concerns for all the adults and children who use the ball field (a request made many times through the years and only done after repeated calls). To our surprise, the day after the phone call, we visited the previously enclosed ball field and found that every single door to the ball field, including the doors facing the woods and the drainage field, had been removed, thus rendering the field inviting to deer, raccoons, bears, foxes, skunks, etc., and more particularly not enclosed for the safety of our dogs and children.
We have been told, through a spokesperson from the city, that "the field is intended for use by the school as an activity area for the students, is used for various youth sports and is available to the public for general use at other times." We have always respected this intention.
Our use of the field has been a blessing. Doggy refuse bags were placed at the entrance, indicating that dog owners were obliged to pick up after their dogs, which we and our friends have consistently done. Many people have picked up refuse of other dogs, dogs whose irresponsible owners did not respect this privilege.
To have been able to gather at the ball field when it is not in use for other activities will be greatly missed by many and we count this as a sad day for responsible pet owners and, most importantly, an end of an era for us, our friends, and our beloved pets.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 06:09