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Deliberative session for special Gilmanton Town Meeting is Tuesday

To The Daily Sun,

The Deliberative Session for a Special Town Meeting in Gilmanton is scheduled for Tuesday, May 13, at 6 p.m., in the Academy Building.

The purpose of the Special Town Meeting is to see whether the voters will ratify the vote taken in March to lease/purchase a fire truck. The meeting is necessary to correct certain procedural defects with the original warrant article.

Specifically, because the town is using capital reserve funds to pay for a portion of the fire truck, the lease purchase agreement does not contain the usual "escape clause." The lease purchase is therefore considered debt because the town is unconditionally obligated to make payments. Because the town is financing over $100,000, certain statutory procedures were required to be followed, a separately-noticed public hearing was required to be held, and the article was required to be the first article on the warrant after the zoning amendments. Neither of these requirements were met.

This vote is therefore necessary to correct those defects.

Arthur Capello

Town Administrator


Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 10:13

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Bill Edney will be greatly missed by all people who knew him

To The Daily Sun,

Meredith lost a wonderful man last Saturday. Bill Edney was a very special person; he tried as much as he could to help the people that he came in contact with. Bill was a very good buddy for a long, long time and we did a lot of very interesting things together.

I wondered how he could become a building inspector/code enforcement officer because he didn't seem to be interested in stopping people from doing things which is what I thought that enforcement officers did. I have to imagine that what he did was to help people to build what they wanted to build and comply with the intent of the codes.

Bill was a very special guy who seemed to always talk in a way that other people understood. He could connect with people. He liked people and people liked him. He always seemed to be doing amazing things without much effort.

He played music his whole life and he was good at it. He could perform in public and everyone felt his songs while he was playing, but he would rather make music with his friends in a garage or at someone's home.

Those of you that have been to his and Sharon's home, do you remember what it looked like before they bought it? Now it is a work of art. I think that if Bill were to try to say anything now that he is gone it would be to tell us to try to help and love each other.

Bill will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the people that knew him.

Greg Miller

St. Thomas

U.S. Virgin Islands

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 10:09

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If we don't stand up for this man, what are we really defending?

To The Daily Sun,

People of Gilford, even though I may be from Moultonborough, I was disheartened to hear that a father was arrested for speaking out against a book at a school board meeting. After watching the video, I was shocked.

Have we gotten to the point here in this great state that parents get arrested for speaking their concerns at public meetings ,especially when it concerns their children's well-being?

To your school board, you had no right. That man is protected by his First Amendment rights, and his natural right to watch out for the content of his child's readings. He was not threatening, he was not hostile. I have said it before, and I will say it again, if we do not stand up for this man than what land are we really defending? I saw progressive intolerance at play, and it was not good policy.

To the police officer, you broke your oath to defend the New Hampshire, and U.S Constitutions. I am ashamed that this happened here, miles from my home.

To Moultonborough, you better not even think about these kind of tactics, I will not tolerate them.

To the father, sir, you have my support. An apology is in order. You had every right.

David R.Oliver

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 10:05

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Johnny Van Tassel will be positive influence on our selectboard

To The Daily Sun,

I have know Johnny Van Tassel for about 10 years and seen first hand the qualities he possesses which will make him a great choice for Selectman. He has lived in Sanbornton for 20-plus years, is a year round-resident, great listener, compassionate, supportive, has worked for the town and is a team player.

Over the years I have seen Johnny go through some difficult times and come out a stronger person for it. He will be a positive influence on the board, working for the good of the town and the taxpayers, with the other selectmen.

Please join me in voting for Johnny VanTassel on Tuesday May 13, 7a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Steve Ober


Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 10:01

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Take a moment and speak to Ralph before you vote on Tuesday

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is to support my husband, Ralph Rathjen, for Budget Committee in the town of Sanbornton. Ralph has more than 30 years of experience in finance and has worked on numerous school and church committees as treasurer. Ralph is a man of integrity. He has taken the time to analyze the town budgets over the past 10 years.

Yes, the budgets have increased, but not because of unfettered operational increases. On average the operating budget has increased less than 2.5 percent over 10 years. The bump comes when you add in the warrant articles that Sanbornton has implemented to fix its roads.

The Selectmen of Sanbornton should be commended for the work they have done to balance the needs of the town and minimizing tax increases. Ralph will bring his experience of research and planning to help keep Sanbornton on the right track. Ralph believes that operating budget matters should be largely resolved before town meeting. Town Meeting should be a time to discuss important Warrant Articles, not for each department to struggle to get money returned to their budget to work effectively for the residents of Sanbornton.

Ralph and I have resided in Sanbornton four years and find the people in this community to be friendly and helpful. Sanbornton has been a great place to call our home. Please take a moment and speak to Ralph at the polls on Election Day and cast your vote for Ralph Rathjen.

Kris Rathjen

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 09:58

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