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I am eager to continue helping Moultonborough move forward

To The Daily Sun,

I'm finishing my first term as one of your selectmen here in Moultonborough, and I ask for your vote to continue the tremendous progress we have made these past three years. Moultonborough is in excellent shape, and well positioned to meet whatever new challenges and opportunities come before us the next three years.

Our town tax rate is down eight cents this year, and net appropriations are down 8.2 percent, almost $627,000 below last year.

We now have a Select Board that is less reactive and have become one that is much more proactive, a board that plans for the future and prioritizes its goals and objectives. Some of the things talked about for years were finally accomplished, such as a merit-pay system for town employees and single stream recycling.

We have also undertaken some innovative initiatives the past few years, such as establishing a vision for the town, creating annual goals and objectives, developing a work plan for the year, and we held two conventions of town committees.

Something I'm very excited about is that we recently organized and hosted a meeting with Select Board representatives of six neighboring towns. The conversation of how we can better work together as a Lakes Region community to increase efficiency and improve services, has finally begun. I am excited to continue to help move Moultonborough forward into the future.

I am confident that the decisions I have made over the past three years reflect my ability to be impartial, fair and to listen to all sides, before arriving at a conclusion.

There remains much work still to be done, and I am eager to continue to help move Moultonborough forward into the future.

I respectfully ask for your vote on March 14 for re-election to the Moultonborough Select Board.

Paul T. Punturieri

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Ashland needs someone to manage town departments

To The Daily Sun,

I have written a couple letters recently that told about the opportunities of the Town of Ashland. I gave examples of good leadership and bad leadership. This is no joke. Leadership can make you or break you. I have said nothing as to our town employees.

Well, in spite of the leadership situation of our town, most, if not all town employees do a stand-up job. Wherever you look, the job is getting done. It may not be to some folks' liking always, but there are usually reasons why things don't go quite as planned.

The folks of Ashland should understand that they own this town. That means all our departments and our school. We should take pride in ownership. But that all starts with choosing the right leadership. When we elect folks to oversee our town and its departments this is serious business and for a town our size with the tax implications we deal with every day it is even more important to have leaders that make wise decisions.

Elected officials are part-time volunteers. We simply can't expect them to do everything right all the time. But when it comes to important and expensive decisions we really need someone at the helm to steer us in the right direction. I have seen many bad and costly decisions over the past several years and each time it makes our town move backward. And if the town goes backward, all our taxes and household expenses go up.

Our town desperately needs a good common sense businessperson to manage the departments of our town. One that will begin the process of developing our opportunities with our sewer treatment facility that is utilizing only 15 percent of its capacity. And there are other opportunities we can pursue that could generate revenue offsetting the burden.

We need the town manager plan to get the show on the road. We had the town manager plan on the ballot several years ago. But the leadership of the Electric Department told folks, "If you vote for that, your electric bill will double" intimidation and scare tactics, or "we have not increased rates in 7 years." Don't forget, we own the Electric Department and we pay a lot of money in payroll for them to do their job. They are not doing us a "favor." It's their job for crying out loud. So when you go to the polls, think to yourself, "Do I like things just how they are, or do I want things to change."

March 14 is voting day. I encourage you to vote "Yes" on Article 39 and adopt the Town Manager Plan.

Tom Peters

Former Ashland Selectman, Current Town Trustee

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