To The Daily Sun,
At the Belknap County Delegation Meeting on June 16, the county commissioners presented a request for borrowing nearly three million dollars. They offered a single choice: the delegation must fund all three items as assembled into a single bonding issue. It could not be divided. They also provided a chart showing that the impact on the typical county tax rate would be only four cents per year and a typical county dwelling accessed at $200,000 would pay only $8 dollars more per year.
Most everyone who has toured the Belknap County jail recognizes that the heating and ventilating system (HVAC) is inadequate and needs to be improved. Surely, the commissioners and the county administration have known of these problems for several years, yet have not come forward until now to fix that system, and in fact, failed to even conduct at least eight required semi-annual safety and conditions of the jail reports for the years 2010-2013. Now, they want a million dollars for HVAC.
To arrive at their $1 million dollar request they compared the jail needs to the recent cost to install a new HVAC system in the county court house. Keep in mind that the county court house is a historic multi-story building that with any luck will remain in use for at least another 120 years. How does that compare to a mostly single story building that is likely to be demolished within the next five years? Certainly, the courthouse deserves a well-engineered, high quality system, but doesn't it make sense to at least evaluate putting a simple, short-term, and far cheaper fix on a building destined to be torn down? The current jail ventilation system is not adequate and if given a school grade would most likely be no higher than a D. To me, it makes much more sense to try and bring it up to maybe a C or C plus, which I expect could be done for something in the vicinity of 100,000 to 200,000 dollars, an amount that could have been requested in the annual budget. Instead, the commissioners have arrived at, what is to me, a cockamamie scheme to buy a top notch system, use it for a few years and then when a new jail is built, it will be removed and installed in the new jail. Although they hinted at using the whole system, they admitted in public hearing that the ducting could not be reused but they would use the burners, compressors and evaporators.
In my opinion, any contractor bidding to build a new multi-million dollar jail would be very hesitant to remove and reuse a three to five year old system which they would not be able to warranty. That's not to say it couldn't be done. But let me be frank, to me it would be stupid. So, if it seems stupid to me, and I suspect to many others, why did they put this idea forward? Could it be they had to show the HVAC for the old jail could be reused in the new jail, in order to come before the delegation at this time for a three item bond: HVAC in the old jail for one million, a temporary jail leased for three years at $1.6 million, and some additional new jail design planning for a measly $360,000?
Administrator Shackett explained that the requested bond ($2,960,000) would be for 10 years, but speculated that after three years when the new jail is ready to be bonded, this first 10 year bond would be rolled over into a 20 year bond. By making believe the old jail's new HVAC and the three year temporary jail would be justifiable costs of building a new jail, they could make the immediate impact to the county tax rate appear to be only four cents. How could anyone complain about four cents? But when this $3 million gets added to the already spent costs of the Ricci-Greene and Bennett reports, it would mean almost $4 million will have been spent toward a new jail.
Their next argument will be, "How can we turn back now? Look how much we have invested."
Rep. Herb Vadney
Belknap District 2
Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 09:19
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is in response to Mr Young's letter to the dditor dated June 20. The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press. It has nothing to do with an individual's not wanting to listen or call into your radio show. We all have the freedom to listen or not listen as we so choose. You said, "Someone else trying to take my First Amendment away."
Perhaps you should stop reading the Second Amendment and concentrate on the other amendments.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 10:07
To The Daily Sun,
It's important that we not forget some salient points concerning how veterans in New Hampshire and other states have fared in getting services over the last few decades. One key point was noted in a letter recently printed in the Concord Monitor.
"In February, the U.S. Senate voted on the Comprehensive Veterans Health & Benefits & Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014. This act would have improved benefits for disabled veterans, their families and families of veterans killed in action. It also established 27 VA clinics. It was endorsed by more than a dozen veterans organizations. Unfortunately, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and 40 of her Republican colleagues killed the bill claiming that it was not paid for."
Of course, they had no problem with not paying for their fantastical invasion of Iraq.
An article from The Associated Press also stated that "11 years ago, a task force established by President George W. Bush determined that at least 236,000 veterans were waiting six months or more for a first appointment or an initial follow-up."
While more has recently been exposed about the Veterans Administration, it is clear that serious issues have existed for decades. Using Shinseki as a scapegoat is at the very least hypocritical. Given the track record of the current crop of congressional Republicans a more likely reason for their crocodile tears is cheap political grandstanding. Sen. Ayotte and other Republicans are playing politics on the backs of veterans.
Ask them: Where was the outrage from Republicans and letter writers when this was happening under any or all Republican administrations?
Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:48
To The Daily Sun,
Another week and another crisis for Obama so what does he do? Goes golfing as is his custom, has a meeting where nothing is decided, then off to a fund-raiser. This president is the very definition of disconnect, uninterested and over his head. You would think he would at least pretend to care.
Iraq is falling apart exactly as his generals told him it would if he pulled out all the troops. Two years ago Biden was bragging about Iraq being a great achievement of the Obama administration now it's all Bush's fault again. The left keeps telling that lie as though if they tell it often enough it will become the truth. For anyone who wants or is interested in the truth I suggest going to this site on your PC.
www.youtube.con/watch?v=TUeirUsApuE or www.youtube.con/watch?v=iSwSDngw5Uc
Here you can see and hear leading Democrats swear Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. You will see and hear President Clinton's speech on Feb. 4, 1998, and Feb. 17, 1998, Madeleine Albright on Feb. 18, 1998, Sandy Berger on 2-18 98 Howard Dean on 1-13-98, Al Gore on 9-29-98, Joe Biden on Apr. 6, 2002, and Aug. 4, 2002, along with Nancy Pelosi, Jay Rockefeller, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Evan Bayh all telling America the same thing: Iraq has WMD, Iraq is a great threat to America's security and the security of the Middle East.
Today these same people are running as fast and as far from these statements as they can run and telling the lie that it was all Bush's fault. Readers can note there are plenty of liberal progressives writing to this paper swearing to those lies. But what can you expect, the truth is damning to their positions.
All partisan politics aside for a moment. I hope readers of both sides have heard about a young mother, Meriam Ibrhim, who is rotting in a prison cell in Sudan with her young son and new born daughter for the crime of being a Christian. She is married to an American so both children are American citizens. Sharia judges there have sentenced her to receive 100 lashes and then be hanged. This woman and her children are in desperate need of all our help. Please call our elected senators and congress people and urge them to do whatever is necessary to rescue this poor, desperate woman and her children. Thank you.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:44
To The Daily Sun,
There is a lot of hub-bub going on about the Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics. The news is negative on all fronts. Well, my experience for the past three years has been quite the contrary in Manchester and in Tilton. I have found the doctors, nurses, and other staff members to be pleasant, knowledgeable, and patient. They are punctual with their appoints and explain things thoroughly.
Let everyone complain about Phoenix and other locations, but I say, "THREE CHEERS FOR MANCHESTER AND TILTON V.A.!"
Robert P. Farah, Pastor
Center Harbor Christian Church
Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:40