To The Daily Sun,
Article 30 was amended by the fire chief at the Gilmanton deliberative session. The change he made is describing how the department is staffed. Specifically, with four full-time employees.
The Board of Selectmen is asking you to support the staffing as it is now. No one has been let go. Presently we have the chief, two full-time firefighters, and a group of dedicated part-time firefighter/EMT/Is. This will save the town $34,000 without compromising safety.
Your safety has always been a concern of selectmen. We spent months trying to convince the chief to staff all of Sunday's positions with a minimum of a firefighter/EMT/I, to no avail. In May we passed a policy that all staffing on Sunday would have to meet the minimum standard of Firefighter/EMT/I.
I want anyone to tell me how replacing a full-time position with part-time Firefighter/EMT's is compromising safety. I also want you to know that the county placed the Mutual Aid fire dispatch funding on the member towns. The approximately $32,000 is in your town taxes.
Vote "no" on Article 30.
Selectman Don Guarino
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:38
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing today in support of the renovation and expansion of the police station in Gilford.
Anyone who has toured the station knows it is cramped, crowded, poorly laid out, and in no way compliant with national police standards. Its original design was seriously flawed, and since then the changes made to accommodate present-day police operations have made it more so. Both officer safety and the safety of the public within the present station have been compromised due to the need to cram more people and more equipment into a space never designed to handle it.
I was a member of the Facilities Planning Committee that generated the proposal and plans for the renovation and addition to the station presented to the people of Gilford in 2009. I know the problems with the present station intimately (they've only gotten worse since 2009). I and the other members of the committee dealt with the planning and design details of the station renovation/addition back then, which met the present and future needs of the Police Department.
The design put forth for 2014 is a modified version of the original one from 2009, with some changes to the layout and workflow within the station that make it work even better than the 2009 design. The modifications also include the use of a traditional heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.
With a price tag even lower than the one we presented in 2009, I doubt we'll find a more cost-effective solution to solve the problem that is our present-day Gilford Police Station. So that begs the question: If not now, when?
Will we wait until an event occurs that causes harm to our police officers or to the members of the public before we do something about the deplorable condition of our police station? Or will we vote to fix the problem once and for all?
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:35
To The Daily Sun,
I guess I need to respond to the letter from Paula Trombi from Meredith, which was printed in The Laconia Daily Sun on March 4.
Did I mention the word budget in my letter? No. Did I mention county appropriation in my letter? Yes, I did, and here is my paragraph: "Michael Cryans, as a county commissioner, refused to recuse himself from voting on a county appropriation to give Headrest Inc. $143,280, a company which pays him a substantial salary as its executive director."
Here is a synopsis of what happens at the county commissioner level, in regards to the county budget. The department heads develop a requested budget. The budget goes to the county commissioners for approval. The commissioners meet with the department heads, go over the budget line-by-line and come up with a joint final budget recommendations. All the commissioners vote in agreement with the line-to-line appropriations (the definition is anything appropriated for a special purpose, especially money authorized to be paid from a public treasury). The final appropriations are presented to the delegation of elected representatives for that county.
People read articles and they sometimes need to re-read to get the full context of the different words. I really feel that it was unethical and a real conflict of interest for Michael Cryans not to recuse himself from this situation. I certainly would not be voting for him. The Rule of Law should always prevail.
Vote for Joe Kenney in the election on March 11.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:32
To The Daily Sun,
The New Hampshire Legislature is considering HB-492 that calls for the state to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana. It is vital that those who represent us in Concord understand the negative impact that legalizing marijuana will have on New Hampshire.
The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) found that more than 24 percent of New Hampshire high school students reported using marijuana in the past 30 days. The rate of youth use is of particular concern because it occurs during a period of ongoing and critical brain development. Current research has clearly established that marijuana use has a negative impact on memory and learning and is associated with increased risk of mental health problems.
Research demonstrates that youths who use marijuana are more prone to conditions such as depression and anxiety. Regular use during adolescence has also been shown to result in a loss of 6 to 8 IQ points that continues into adulthood and reduced academic achievement. One in every six youths who begin using marijuana in adolescence will become dependent on the substance. The risk to youth today is further increased because genetically modified marijuana of today is far more potent than that available 10 years ago. The average THC content of marijuana has more than doubled from less than 6 percent to more than 15 percent.
In considering HB-492, the New Hampshire Legislature should carefully examine the experience of Colorado. Colorado and Washington became the first states to vote medical marijuana into law in 2012.
In 2012 more than 100,000 Colorado residents had received medical marijuana cards and there were 532 licensed dispensaries operating in Colorado. During this period of greatly expanded access to marijuana, Colorado has shown significant increases in marijuana involved traffic fatalities, DUIs, school expulsions and increased prevalence in seizures and emergency room visits. Additionally, a significant increase in marijuana use among youth aged 12 to 17 has been reported. In January 2014, Colorado voted to fully legalize marijuana. Considering the outcomes since 2012, the passage of this legislation is unconscionable.
Based upon what we have seen in Colorado, marijuana legalization will open the door to large scale commercial cultivation, production, distribution, promotion, and retail sale of marijuana and marijuana products in New Hampshire. In Colorado, marijuana infused candy bars, gummy drops, rice crispy treats, and soda are now sold at retail marijuana stores. Although, in theory, state law restricts access to anyone under 21, marketing strategies utilize images and packaging that are attractive to children. Colorado is the first state to report that toddlers and very young children, some requiring intensive care, are being brought to the emergency room after ingesting "marijuana edibles."
Were marijuana to be legalized in New Hampshire the price would decrease, and access to and use of this increasingly potent product will significantly increase. The 2013 YRBS data reported that 44 percent of our high school students indicated it was already easy to obtain marijuana. It is truly frightening to think that access to this substance will further increase, resulting in increased risk to our youth. Do we want to add that to the drug problems we already have in New Hampshire?
Please join us in educating parents, teens, young adults, community leaders, legislators and others regarding the dangers of marijuana and marijuana legalization. For more information: www.partnershipforadrug-freecommunity.org, www.drugabuse.gov, www.nationalfamilies.org, www.new-futures.org.
Lisa Morris, Executive Director
Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health
Senator Jeanie Forrester
District 2 - Meredith
Senator Andrew Hosmer
District 7 - Laconia
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:29
To The Daily Sun,
On March 11, Meredith residents will be voting for a selectman. The only person on the ballot is a woman named Hillary Seeger. I don't know much about the lady because there has been no "meet and greet," nor have I ever seen her at a Selectboard meeting until one recently, right after she filed to run.
It was a shame that Herb Vadney did not publicly announce his intention not to run this term, so that others could file in a timely manner, and the race would not be uncontested.
I was speaking with Herb recently about this uncontested issue, and his news article about deciding not to run, the same day the filing was closed. I said I might have liked to run, but now it was too late. Herb told me the board wanted Hillary, and then someone told me that the board knew one week prior to the letter. We the people need to get out and vote.
I have decided to do a write-in at the polls and the person I think is the most qualified is Dave Sticht, a former selectman, who comes to meetings, and who attended all this year's budget meetings.
Dave has experience in planning, financial expertise, and most importantly a sound knowledge of the role and function of the board and the administrative aspect of the town. He has agreed to serve if winning this election. Please join me in this write-in campaign on March 11.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:59