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Let's not be penny-foolish about pollution of valuable water bodies

To The Daily Sun,

Warrant Aarticle 10, to create a capital asset fund in the amount of $5,000 to be used by the Sanbornton Selectmen to control pollution in Lake Winnisquam, is on the May 14 Town Meeting agenda. It is proposed by the Sanbornton Board of Selectmen but not recommended by the Budget Committee.

The purpose of fund is allow the selectmen to deal with outbreaks of noxious weeds like milfoil and also to apply for and accept matching grant funding from state and federal agencies to construct pollution control installations that were recommended by by the Black Brook Watershed Management Plan study, completed in 2012.

The Watershed Management Plan found that water draining into Lake Winnisquam from the 3,000 acre Black Brook Watershed in Sanbornton has 2 1/2 times the concentration of phosphorus now present in the Lake. This drainage is polluting Lake Winnisquam and adding to the probability of algae and noxious weed growth. The plan forecasts that future housing development in the watershed will increase this concentration by a factor of five. (Phosphorus is a nutrient that stimulates the the growth of noxious aquatic weeds such as algae and milfoil that destroy the recreational value of lakes and ponds).

The Watershed Management Plan identified more than 30 specific sites along with individual projects that could be completed in a timely, affordable, multiyear, program. Projects would qualify for matching federal and state grants to minimize the impact on local property taxes. Most of the projects are for Class V road drainage improvements, which concurrent with removing pollutants will lower town costs of maintaining existing unstable road shoulders and unpaved gravel roads.

Last year, Sanbornton's selectmen applied for matching Chapter 319 funds to begin correcting Kaulback Road drainage problems. Matching Chapter 319 federal funding was approved and on the "table," awaiting our appropriation of local funds at our Town Meeting. Led by the opposition of the Sanbornton Budget Committee, the motion for local funding was defeated. Regrettably, despite the efforts of our selectmen and state agencies, the hard-sought federal funds didn't go to Sanbornton but were given to another applicant. Thus Sanbornton was not able to begin correcting drainage problems pinpointed in the plan.

To defend its opposition to the Kaulback Road work, Budget Committee members claimed that no other towns were active in abating pollution. This was not true. For 2013, the dollars expended for Chapter 319 projects completed in the Merrimack watershed exceeded $700,000.

Again this year the Budget Committee recommends against approving the $5,000 recommended saving measure to lower property taxes. However, the cost of this approving this appropriation as recommended will impact a property owner, with an average assessed value, less than a $2 increase in total property only $2 this year. In its zeal to save, the Budget Committee is obviously going overboard.

Why is Article 10 on the Warrant as a special article for consideration? Taking Town Meeting time for debate and voting for a measure with negligible taxpayer impact is dumb. (We hope that in the future the Budget Committee will discover meaningful cost saving issues to address).

The issue of keeping Lake Winnisquam free of pollution is important to all Sanbornton taxpayers. Lakeshore residents pay high property taxes. Lake Winnisquam pollution issues jeopardizes our property tax income stream. Lack of support for selectmen's initiative by the Budget Committee and their action to defeat it is unwise, petty and poorly considered. It is hoped that the Budget Committee will not mislead Town Meeting voters again. Voters should support the selectmen's recommendation and vote "YES."

Don Foudriat, Project Coordinator

Black Brook Watershed Management Plan
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 03:25

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Decuments about Benghazi prove that Obama, administration are lying about what happened

To The Daily Sun,

Watching the president's press secretary and Democratic spokespersons squirm and wiggle during the week and on the Sunday morning talk programs makes me smile. Once again, under the thumb of being caught in lies of their own making, they are trying to convince people that facts are not facts, truth is not truth, and the president and his stooges didn't do it. Only problem is they did do it, and the documents prove it.

I'm talking about Benghazi again, and finally almost two years later a court-ordered release of documents (about Benghazi, not the Middle East in general) proves the BS story about a YouTube video came right from the White House.

Jay Carney tries to spin it, ducks and weaves, makes faces, but again facts are facts and the president is just not entitled to his own. Carney says the memo was about the Middle East in general, but the Freedom of Information suit specifically was for Benghazi and that's what they got.

Our ambassador and three other Americans died because six weeks before the last election. Obama's foreign policy, his rhetoric of Ben Laden is dead and al-Qaida is on the run, fell into the trash can. They knew within hours it was a terrorist attack. But to protect his re-election chances they made up the lie which the president knowingly repeated over and over for more than two weeks. They covered up for Hillary Clinton who refused to increase security in Libya and in Benghazi in particular and who when questioned by Congress said, "What does it really matter"?

To cover up for lies they told more lies, stonewalled and withheld documents which the lawsuit finally pried loose, and it proves conspiracy and cover-up.

I've heard some say the episode should be considered as criminal negligence on the part of the president and administration. Can't argue with that.

Steve Earle

Hill

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 03:24

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Questions about money that we should ponder

To The Daily Sun,

I have a question for the readers at large:

Back in 1975 we started 40 years of currency, well 2014 is the last year of the first 40 years of that currency. Also, each year we were supposed to loose .025 cents from the value of the dollar so 40 x .025 is $1 of value and .5 percent raise in whole sale of goods and sources.

Now I have heard that through Mr. Bernabex's efforts our dollar today is worth .10 cents, instead of .025 cents. So here is my question: as of January of 2015 what will be the dollar value and will we bring back the pricing system back to where we started in 1975 or will the new low price of goods and services start at where we left of in 2014.

Example: gasoline regular in 1975 was .35 cents/gallon and in 2014 the price for regular is $3.50, which is 10 times what it was in 1975. Does that mean some time in the next 40 years gasoline will be $35/gallon at the pump for regular gas? Also, is this the reason to raise the minimum wages, so the poor can think that it would be a raise in earnings for the current prices, while the next 40 years will still keep them down.

Jeff Boggs

Gilford

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 03:23

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Sanbornton needs a selectman who's around

SanbornTo The Daily Sun,

At our recent Sanbornton Candidates' Night, selectman candidate Jeff Jenkins danced around the question about his potentially being (if elected) an absentee selectman. He told us that new laws allow "modern" electronic equipment use, so he can be physically absent at selectmen's meetings. He'd do this if continuing to live his winters in Florida while being a Sanbornton selectman. He said we could all have his phone number. It means the actually-here two selectman would have it fall on them to go have a look at a problem. Jenkins would not be carrying his fair share of the work.

And what if our May 14 Town Meeting votes to return us to a March meeting? The budget process and meetings move significantly into winter months. Johnny Van Tassel, running for selectman, would be here in the winter months and all the year. Vote for Johnny.

On the discussion of privatization of our highway department, not one selectman or Budget Committee candidate mentioned that with privatization comes new profit-taking. Money we'd formerly spend for road improvements and maintenance would go into someone's pocket. The motivation for the private contractor is profit. It's not done gratis or out of magnanimous spirit.

Lynn Rudmin Chong

Sanbornton

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 03:22

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Creationism critics fail to get the point

To The Daily Sun,

In response to E. Scott Cracraft's letter of May 1 "Creation stories are a matter of faith and can't be proven by science," sir, how is it possible to have an honest debate when you won't acknowledge that there is a theological problem with macro evolution in that it has transgressed the boundary of science and moved into the realm of theology? That was the core point of my last letter and is what is at the heart of this discussion.

You didn't even acknowledge it. You just moved on as if I didn't understand your previous letter. Oh, you could say evolution is science because scientists say it is science. But that would quite arbitrary and heavy handed and not an intellectual discussion at all. Neither would it be the type of science that deserves respect. Because, scientists said so, is not a scientific answer.

Sir, unless you are prepared to explain how the matter, of how and when God created, became a question of science and not theology — for even in your last letter you gave God only a window of opportunity some billions of years ago, before the "big bang" in which He could have worked and still you have no idea how life was created. And why it is you believe a scientific method that excludes the consideration of the Creator is a good method to use in examining this, to explain the process of creation in an authoritative manner?

Please stop with your drivel of how you want to have an intellectual discussion. Your words are meant to deceive, sir. You would that we continue to teach our children — of the God without whom you could not draw your next breath — "Don't worry kid's. If God does exist we have Him in a box and He can't do anything now, so just do what ever feels good." You fool.
A few more things:
You use the term unconstitutional as a euphemism. A more accurate description of the matter you described would be it is against decades of case precedent.
When I quoted Matt. 24:9, "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of my name." This is coming to a neighborhood near you. I meant it as a prediction. The editor at The Sun made, "This is coming to a neighborhood near you" a new paragraph. Sometimes they goof. Yet the move in this direction in America has already begun.

The scripture you alluded to is Hebrews 11:1. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Seeing the teaching of macro evolution supposedly needs millions of years to have happened, and it can in no way be seen or tested, this definition applies equally to belief in macro evolution as it does to belief in God.
Nobody actually knows who wrote Hebrews.

Paul says in Romans 1:20, "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so they are without excuse." And in 1 Cor. 15:17 He says, "and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins."

No I don't think the apostle Paul would agree with you. You see the Christian faith is predicated on the actuality of the supernatural deeds of God even until now and into the future. How can you say that a scientific method that denies the validity of these except for perhaps before the proposed big bang is compatible with Christianity. This is why I sorted out the difference between a neutral application of this method and one that is in opposition to God, in my last letter.

The variations that are observable in kind, in no way evidences that there is no boundary beyond which these changes do not occur. That these changes go on indefinitely seems but fanciful thinking for which there is no body of evidence to confirm. It is only that research has been driven in that direction. If you think that I have not studied this, try me. If this were real science — by this I mean science actually seeking truth — scientists would have by now admitted the futility of this line of research and make reasonable consideration of the Creator's supernatural activity.

For if God has exercised His supernatural power outside of the window of opportunity prescribed by evolutionist, as the Christian faith holds, and He has sir, their theory is patently wrong. But this is rebellion against God, so they can't consider the Creator. So put Him in humanities class.

John Demakowski
Franklin

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 03:20

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