Please vote to buy used ladder truck for Belmont Fire Department

To The Daily Sun,

On Saturday Feb. 21, a letter in The Laconia Daily Sun from a Belmont resident asking town voters to vote "No" on four articles the will be on the town warrant and voted on at the March 10 voting day. Those articles are #3, #6, #12 and #26.

I am speaking in favor of Article 6, which is to spend $300,000 to purchase a used ladder truck for the Fire Department. Under RSA-31:95, the funds to purchase this vehicle will be paid for from the Fire and Ambulance Equipment and Apparatus Special Revenue (Comstar) Fund.

With the purchase of the vehicle coming from the fund, it will not increase the tax rate. Over the past 20 years, this fund as saved thousands and thousands of dollars for the taxpayers of Belmont for the purchase of equipment.

Please vote "Yes" on Article 6.

Albert "Tykie" Akerstorm
Former Fire Chief


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Library serving Gilmanton is a positive & economical manner

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to ask Gilmanton voters to support the Gilmanton Year-Round Library this year at election time. The request is less than last year by more than $6,000, so there will be no new tax impact.
The library board was able to raise the $18,000 additional funds for this year and $25,000 to go toward the 2015 year keeping the request to $45,000.

The board is very fiscally responsible. The board can apply for grants if they have town financial help. More services and programs are available. E-books are now available for Gilmanton residents.

New families expect to have a library and most come to the library within weeks of moving to town.
School children are now regularly walking over to the library for after school programs and have come to expect the service.

The library is serving the needs of this community in a positive and economical manner.

Consider the facts and do what is right for our community. This request has only a positive impact on all residents. Please support Warrant Article 25 on March 10 when you go to vote.

Anne Kirby


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I will work in a positive manner to keep Bristol a wonderful town

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Leslie Dion and I am running for the open seat on the Bristol Selectboard. I have spent my life in the Newfound community and am a proud graduate of Newfound Regional High School. I spent six years on the Newfound Area School Board and enjoyed the challenge of working with a diverse group of people toward a common goal.

I am a believer in community building and collaboration and have been involved in many community projects over the past 20 years. I was the chairperson for the Multi-Use Path Project, am a board member on the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Bristol Rotary Club and active on a number of other local and regional committees.

I have considered running for the Selectboard a number of times over the years as I am interested in town government and have strong budget and managerial experience. I am a creative problem solver and have good collaboration skills. I have had the opportunity to attend or view many Select Board meetings in the past year. I believe that our Selectboard is at a crossroads and that they are currently not able to work as a team to do the business of our town. I find this disheartening.

I have no agenda for seeking a position. I have proven myself to be a fair, impartial and supportive partner in my collaborations with the town. I feel that I can bring a balance to the current board that will allow us to continue to move forward in a positive direction as a community. It is my opinion that our community has done many positive improvements over the past decade and I would like to see us keep moving in that direction. In my experience nothing good can come from working in a negative environment, but much can be accomplished when people feel valued for their contributions to their community.

If elected I promise to work in a positive manner to keep Bristol the wonderful town that I believe it is.

Leslie Dion


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The Earth's normal state is warm/hot with intermittent cold/ice

To The Daily Sun,

Talk about climate change, which the adherents not long ago were calling global warming. This winter would have been a disaster for them had they stuck with that title. National Geographic refers to climate doubters in its new issue. Which is not that the climate is changing, but the doubters don't believe humans are causing it. The adherents of climate change scenario have not presented the general public with the information available on the internet or your public library.

— 4.5 billion years, seven ice eras, six prior to the current one in which we are living.
— 2.3 billion years passed before the first ice era.
— 800 millioin years passed before the second ice era
— During the second ice era the whole earth was iced over - completely.
— 450 million a third and forth, 260 million a fifth and sixth
The current ice era began about 65 million years ago, alternating warm and six ice epochs. The last of which is 2.5 million years containing 23 ice ages. The last 125,000 year ice age cycle ended 10,000 years ago in the current interglacial period. The last 1,000 years began warm and cooled 500 years ago then entered a warm period 100 years ago hence their original titling — global warming.

However they twist this last winter, it will be done so in a manner to continue their agenda, that we are the cause and our releasing CO2 (autos, heating, etc) and must reduce our usage, to save the planet.

They give no explanation as to the fact that Earth's normal state is warm/hot and only intermittently cold/ice.
Nor that the oceans were 200 feet lower just 10,000 years ago, what causes ice eras or warming when humans aren't around. Well, Enjoy the cold weather as it is going to get hotter whether we're here or not.

G.W. Brooks

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Paul Perkins is the right man for the Gilmanton Road Agent job

To The Daily Sun,

I've lived in Gilmanton nearly 30 years, and have not seen a more capable road agent than we have now in Paul Perkins. I see no reason to make a change. A lifelong resident, he knows the roads, and he is an honest, hardworking man.

Living on likely one of the most difficult-to-maintain dirt roads in town (Sargent Road/Guinea Ridge Road), I'm pleased to say that I've rarely had trouble getting to work each day, in spite of often challenging weather conditions. Remembering one occasion, an ice dam in the brook next to my drive caused the brook to jump over the snow bank and across the road. One phone call brought the backhoe right away and Paul himself supervised the repair.

Please join me in voting for Paul Perkins. He's the right man for the job.

Maureen Ballester


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