To The Daily Sun,
In the letter on March 4 by Edith DesMarais regarding workforce housing as it has come up in Alton, I cannot say that her statement is not true. However, as a member of a 55-and-over community in Wolfeboro, Birch Hill Estates, I would carefully examine every aspect of what is called workforce housing by Edith.
Birch Hill Estates is a resident owned community consisting of 106 manufactured homes in an area of 185 acres. We are abutters of the so called "Harriman" settlement established on 35 acres, next to Birch Hill Estates. Mrs. DesMarais was the person instrumental in having this built and I was very much against it from the beginning, attending all of the meetings with the planning board and ZBA, etc. As many as 70 of our residents were against it, and because Mrs. Desmarais had a friend on the Selectboard, we were put down at every meeting. All meetings were the last on the agenda, purposefully because a lot of our residents were elderly and would not attend because of the late hour. We felt we were treated like dirt.
The first meetings we had with Mrs. D she emphatically stated that HUD would not be a part of the project. That was true so far as money would not come from HUD. However in the final analysis, Section 8 is HUD and is part of the total picture. True, rent is paid by all residents. (Including that paid by HUD).
I was taught to be truthful. There were many lies concerning the project and that was a very big issue with me. Even our Selectboard applied for a $500,00 grant for the project and in the description of the project on the application, there were many misstatements. (I believe I still have a copy of the application). They received the grant.
The purpose of this letter is for the town of Alton to proceed with caution. I know who you are dealing with. Harriman started out to be 24 rental units and it was no problem to have 48 approved as time went by, etc., etc.
David P. Doane
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:57
To The Daily Sun,
After reading Mike Cryans' supporters over and over say that Ray Burton supported Mr. Cryans for Grafton County commissioner in 2012, it should be noted that Mr. Cryans was elected to eight terms. But Ray only supported him one time. Why?
For you that are not aware, in 1996 Mr. Cryans ran against Ray Burton for the 1st District Executive Council portion. Ray out-polled Mr. Cryans 62,927 to 30,361 — over 2-to-1. In order to win this time around he is going to have to change the mind of many voters that didn't support him last time around.
With local experience, selectman and state experience, state representative and state senate, I feel Joe Kenney has the right experience to represent us as our next executive counselor from District 1.
The most important thing is to get out and vote, no matter which candidate you support. Our right to vote is one of the greatest privileges we have as Americans.
Good luck to both gentlemen.
See you at the polls.
L. Michael Hatch
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:54
To The Daily Sun,
The Alton town ballot has three candidates for two selectmen seats. Two of the candidates, Cydney Johnson and Lou LaCourse, have proven records of positive contributions to the town; not so for candidate Phil Wittmann.
Cydney Johnson has served in Alton on the Budget Committee, the School Board and the Board of Selectmen. She has experience in a broad range of local issues, and I can vouch for her integrity. Lou LaCourse has served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, a thankless job, but one that builds solid understanding of planning and zoning. Both Johnson and LaCourse have served with the best interests of the town in mind.
Phil Wittmann clearly has his own private agenda. He is a sponsor of those three nutty petition articles: One to fire Town Planner Ken McWilliams, one to fire Town Assessor Tom Sargent and one to withdraw from the Lakes Region Planning Commission. Who knows what else is on that agenda? Now he is seeking a position of authority in Alton to pursue his negative agenda.
Please make the positive choices for Alton selectman by voting for Cydney Johnson and Lou LaCourse.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:51
To The Daily Sun,
On March 11 the voters of Alton have a chance to elect a conservative selectman with a new perspective on town government. I have worked for a large health care company for 25 years and have also run a small entertainment business. In health care I have specialized in working with senior citizens and have learned from their wisdom.
I have been concerned about outside groups trying to dictate to our town how they must plan the town's development. I have personally spent hours researching the over-reaching state Workforce Housing Law and would fight against it. Workforce housing is being implemented through changes in zoning. Our membership in the Lakes Region Planning Commission connects us with an organization of unelected officials with a very liberal agenda who have little concern about preserving the traditional New Hampshire way of life.
I believe in keeping the cost of local government low especially during a recession. The public sector can only do well when the private sector is doing well.
Finally, I would like to see more civility at town meetings toward citizens and board members. The voters of this town deserve to be respected. I also consider our senior citizens and our veterans to be our town's greatest assets.
I would be honored to serve as selectman for Alton and would appreciate your vote on March 11.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:48
To The Daily Sun,
It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving or any other holiday of the year, but we are particularly thankful at this time for the Laconia Fire Department and the other towns that were involved in fighting the fire on Feb. 25 at 64-70 Davis Place.
It means a lot to us that we could depend on the quick and knowledgeable thinking of Fire Chief Kenneth Erickson and his crew to be organized and brave during a horrific blaze.
Thank you to Kevin Pierce who suffered second-degree burns trying to save Paul Blakely, a longtime special tenant.
Our praise and thanks goes out to everyone involved, from the police, firefighters and all who tried to save the life of Paul and to get all the tenants out safely. The heroic actions of all will not be forgotten. It continues to remind us to have faith in others.
The support of the city is immeasurable and needs to be praised, as well as all the people who are helping us cope with the tragedy. The Laconia Fire Department has proven to be the best in the state. God willing you won't need them, but in any case, you can depend on them.
We are fortunate to have the support of many family and friends and the community. The caring and loving thoughts will not go unnoticed. Thank you for making this experience more bearable.
Lloyd "Red" Wylie and family
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:45