To The Daily Sun,
A lot of people in the town of Bristol feel the public safety budgets are too high and that's why so many suggestions for budget cuts have been made at public comment meetings. Portraying members of the Budget Committee and Select Board as radicals who want to cut the budget in half is unfounded. Public comment has been made by citizens for such cuts, but not by any elected member of the Budget Committee. If we vilify the very idea of suggesting budget cuts then we are doing a disservice to the town, its people, and to the entire democratic process.
For the record this radical group of "elected members" of the Budget Committee suggested cutting the bottom line of the budget by as much as $200,000. This would not radically affect services, because that amount was less than what you overpaid in taxes last year that will become part of the fund balance. This is comparable to overpaying your federal income taxes for the year and waiting until next year to be reimbursed.
I don't agree with the incumbents' attitude of "this is the way we've always done it" or "don't bring your tax concerns to the town, because the school is the cause for your high tax rate." This is not any way to manage, lead, or build a budget.
If you want your elected official to not ask questions and rubber-stamp every request that comes in from each municipal department, then I am not your candidate. If you want someone who not only questions every line item, but the very structural challenges of each department, then I would like to be considered for the Bristol Board of Selectmen.
Candidate for Selectman
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:51
To The Daily Sun,
Just a couple weeks ago President Obama told Bill O'Reilly that there wasn't a bit of corruption at the IRS. Strange — sure looked that way when all those conservative groups and individuals were being targeted before the last election. Just a coincidence these folks didn't support Obama and his polices I suppose.
Funny though, because just last week Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen led a group of Democratic senators, being targeted by campaign ads in their own states, asking the IRS and other federal agencies to "crack down" on these groups. Nope, no sign of any corruption here, no undue political pressure, can't expect the rich and powerful to be accountable for their words and actions after all.
Although it does seem to me I heard Chuck and Jeanne and the others telling us we could keep our health insurance if we liked our health insurance. We could keep our doctors if we liked our doctors too. But that proved not to be true. Now the president's new line is you can keep them if you have the money to keep them. Now isn't that just a fine example of a Catch-22.
If Jeanne had taken the time to actually read the law before joining the rush to shove it down the throats of Americans millions of people could have been saved from a bad law. Too bad she went along with the powers-that-be and decided to protect her own political backside rather then protecting the people of New Hampshire and America
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:41
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in response to recent letters to the editor from Mr. McLean and Mrs. Glines, who wrote about Alton voting to eliminate positions in their town. Mr. McLean and Mrs. Glines are both residents from other towns and are trying to tell Alton taxpayers how to spend their money.
First of all, although there isn't a law yet to have a full-time assessor, towns do have a constitutional mandate to do a values anew every five years. Experts in the field have stated to me that this would cost about $40,000 a year on average for part-time assessing, which comes with no lifetime retirement and benefits costs to the taxpayers. If it was really less cost to the taxpayers for full-time assessors and planners, every town would have them.
The numbers discussed at the Alton Deliberative Session never mentioned how much of the $1.2 million a year in insurance and retirement we will save, or all the savings from eliminating all the little "bennies" such as personal cell phones, vehicle mileage and who knows what else.
Now let's look at the cost of Alton's subcontracted assessing services from 2008 to 2012. The amount of $160,332 was spent on top of the town assessor's compensation.
The fact that Mr. McLean brought up "Tom's professionalism" and Mrs. Glines commented on "his willingness to work with others is priceless." Let me tell you how he treated this taxpayer. On November 19, 2010, at the town assessing office, I questioned Tom about a substantial increase in my property value and I was met with arrogance and hostile behavior. When meeting with a DRA official, who felt Tom was being punitive and made an error in what was the acceptable standards in changing the value of a property, Tom still showed prejudice to my interest. As a result of my complaint, the state had to step in and correct deficiencies in the assessing department at an added cost to the town. (Who knows how much it cost and what department it came from. This was a well kept secret from the taxpayers) Eventually, with no help from the selectmen, I received my abatement of $470.
That aside, it's like I said at the Deliberative Session, this is nothing personal, but we the signers of the petitioned article, are just trying to find ways to save our money for our families' needs, because the selectmen and Budget Committee refuse to.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:35
To The Daily Sun,
David Strang is campaigning for the position of Gilmanton School Board member.
Dave is honest, dedicated, intelligent, and will work tirelessly if elected. He believes in local control of education, not government-run programs. He also believes in keeping a strong budget to allow for the best education for our students, and an adequate operational budget to support day-to-day operations of the school. He will not bend to the will of louder voices, but he will question whatever he does not understand.
He will also stand strong for the needs of the teachers as long as they are willing to stand for the needs of the children.
Please vote for David Strang for Gilmanton School Board on March 11 at the Town Elections.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:32
To The Daily Sun,
The use of fireworks in Moultonborough is totally out of control. Between May and September fireworks explode almost every night from multiple locations. Sometimes the explosions last two to three hours or more. It is impossible to enjoy being outside with the high decibel levels of fireworks. I feel like I am in a war zone.
The decibel level of a chain saw is 110. The decibel level of fireworks is 140. The higher the decibel level the more potential for ear damage. I am concerned about the environmental impact as well as the well being of the residents of Moultonborough.
The town of Gilford has an ordinance prohibiting fireworks. In that ordinance the stated purpose says it all as far as I am concerned. Here is the wording of the purpose in that ordinance.
"The primary intent of this ordinance is to protect people, animals (domestic and wild), buildings, tress, and undeveloped land, from the inherent dangers associated with the storage and display of incendiary materials by untrained and uncertified persons, along with preventing unwanted disturbances attributable to loud bangs and other noises associated with fireworks."
I am asking all Moultonborough residents to vote yes on Warrant Article 21 which bans fireworks in Moultonborough at the town meeting on Saturday, March 15.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:28