Turf field at Kingswood High will be a never-ending burden on taxpayers

To The Daily Sun,

At the candidates forum for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District, Robert Theriault, Ossipee School Board candidate, questioned the high cost of the annual warrant article setting aside in a capital reserve fund $60,000 for the impeding replacement in nine years of the turf field at Kingswood. This is an annual request. Every 12 years the field will have to be replaced at an estimated $700,000.

Although, a sports fan and lifelong resident who is proud of our Kingswood athletics this will get my "No" vote on Tuesday. If you are from Wolfeboro, Ossipee, Effingham, New Durham or Brookfield think about this and vote "No."

Capital reserves are set up for many reasons. They do lessen the impact on a huge amount being voted on and voters are more than likely to approve a small amount over a period of time. The argument used to be that it saved on interest a bond would have. Now that is not an issue. A bond also requires a two-thirds vote — hard to get most of the time. The article also says that it has no impact on the taxpayers. However, the money always comes from somewhere and if it is out there, should be used for something more needed or better yet returned as a credit to the tax assessment.

I feel that this is one of the things with the new school that rode in on a trailer and even the most avid watchdogs did not see it coming. Also I heard on national TV that the current turf fields can cause burns that may lead to cancer. We have a so-called few of a kind in the state that is used infrequently, (and) will be a never-ending burden on taxpayers.

I agree with Bob of Ossipee and hopefully after the useful life of this field it will be returned to good old Mother Earth.

Dennis Bean


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Status quo with Gilford & Alton educational leadership not acceptable

To The Daily Sun,

A Gallup survey of 1 million people concludes that people quit bad bosses, not companies and organizations.

The last few years have exhibited a revolving door of school administrators, both principals and superintendents, in Gilford and Alton. No matter who is elected this spring, it is incumbent upon both the school boards and budget committees of these two towns to conduct a self examination to discover why they have been unable to provide stability in these two important roles.

As bosses, what kind of environment are you creating in which these roles are carried out?

Have you been poor leaders? Has your leadership been arbitrary? Has it been partisan and political? Have you failed to coach and on-board new hires, to orient them to the local culture? Have you made poor selection decisions in the first place, failing to ascertain the underlying characteristics that will lead to success in your town? Have you created a succession pipeline of current talented personnel within your own districts? Must you always go outside for lack of planning?

What priority is given to education by your budget committee? Have you failed to pay competitive salaries? What is your reward strategy? At what percentile do you compete for talent? Why? Is that strategy successful. Have you starved the school departments of the resources they need to succeed in a misguided "no new taxes" ideology? Why are people leaving for greener pastures? Find out.

"By their fruits, you will know them." So far the fruit has not been very good in terms of stable educational leadership; but all is not hopeless if you are willing to "read the handwriting on the wall" and right your ship. The status-quo is not acceptable.

John B. Larrere


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Justin Barriault's approach to issues thoughtful & well planned

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing this as a concerned resident of Sanbornton. We have owned our home on Burleigh Hill Road since 1991. In that time, I have come to know Justin Barriault, current candidate for the Budget Committee, as a knowledgeable, responsible and caring citizen of this community. His approach to neighborhood issues has always been thoughtful and well planned. His concern regarding an outbreak of house invasions resulted in his establishing a Neighborhood Watch Committee.

It has been my experience that when confronted with a problem, Justin responds in a positive manner keeping his focus on a solution. I believe that Justin would do an exemplary job on the Budget Committee and that the town of Sanbornton would benefit greatly from his dedication and determination.

Carol Levesque

Robert Levesque


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It's time for some new blood in Gilmanton selectmen's office

To The Daily Sun,

It seems there are some immature people in Gilmanton who think that thievery and bullying is the right way to win an election. That is why there are laws in place that make it illegal to steal political signs. Driving down the wrong side of the road is very dangerous, and it is also against the law.

Our sign in support of Michael J. Jean was in place in front of our residence for three days, when in broad daylight, some hooligan drove a dark blue pickup truck down the wrong side of Highway 140, jumped out, lifted our sign, and threw it in the truck bed. He then jumped back into the truck and continued speeding down the highway to the east with screeching tires.

This type of activity is turning Gilmanton once again into a 21st century "Peyton Place." Why are these people afraid of Mr. Jean? Are there secrets that some people want to smooth over and hide? Michael Jean has pledged an open door policy, and he has stated that there are very few reasons why the selectmen would go into a closed-door session. There are good reasons why what goes on in this town should be transparent.

A few weeks ago, the Academy building was flooded. It is very curious that the job of restoration was not advertised for bid. I can see for myself that this work is going on when I pass the building. I wonder if things are being done properly so that our historic academy will be a healthy environment for years to come.

I think there are many people in this town who believe it is time for some "new blood" in our Selectmen's Office. We need to end the "good ol' boys" club. We should have fair-minded people who can make unbiased decisions that build Gilmanton into a quality place to live. The candidate that fills this description the best is Michael J. Jean.

Please cast your vote for honesty and integrity: Michael J. Jean.

Susan Gelatt


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I wish George would check his facts before making accusations

To The Daily Sun,

Once again, I would like to thank George Condodemetraky for perverting the facts regarding the pavilion and bridge projects in Belmont.

I am gobsmacked by his insinuation that it was all done secretly and that it cost taxpayers money. These two issues were addressed publicly and funding for the pavilion and part of the bridge project were covered by a grant. Volunteers were used whenever/wherever possible. (The second part of the bridge project will be funded by the Conservation Commission and with donations.)

Some of us put our time and efforts into constructive activities to better the town rather than run it down with unfounded accusations and innuendos. I did not see George help(ing) to build Penstock Park, all done by volunteer citizens. He also was absent when we disassembled the covered bridge that we purchased from Dover for $1, or when we moved it to Belmont.

The pavilion was discussed publicly and it was determined that it would be a wonderful addition to the village, providing covered space for a myriad of functions. The whole revitalization project was done to make the Village District more attractive, functional and to encourage more citizen activities to take place there.

I understand that George is running, once again, for selectman and has decided that these issues will be the platform he intends to use to win. I wish that he would check his facts before he publicly insinuates wrongdoing and clandestine activities.

Best of luck George...

Ken Knowlton


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