Hiring CEO must be Hassan's way of dealing with unemployment

To The Daily Sun,

Just when we thought we had too many managers in New Hampshire state government the governor now wants a new position created. It's called Chief Operating Officer.

I thought that was the governor's job. Where will she get the money to compensate this proposed new state employee. Only she knows.

I guess it's the governors way of helping to reduce the unemployment percentage rate in New Hampshire.

Bill Whalen

  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 197

Two latest vacancies on selectboard will be filled by appointment

To The Daily Sun,

I have had several residents inquire as to the process of electing and or appointing the Selectboard members for the town elections. There seems to be confusion given the unusual circumstances of having two resignations after the town ballot had been assembled.

The town elections are Tuesday, March, 10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Center. At the town elections voting will take place for the two seats currently held by Carla Horne and Peter Brothers. Voters will fill those two seats only.

Pursuant to RSA 669:63, the two vacancies created by recent resignations will be filled by appointment by the remaining Selectboard members. There is no provision to include these seats on the ballot, as the resignations occurred after the ballot was assembled, and candidates signed up for offices. The current Selectboard has chosen to defer the filling of these vacancies until after the election. At that time the board will decide how it wants to fill the two remaining vacancies.

I hope this clarifies what the procedure will be.

Carla Horne, Chair

Meredith Selectboard

  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 255

Belmont voters: vote 'no' on Warrant Articles 3, 6, 12 & 26

To The Daily Sun,

Belmont taxpayers should vote "No" on the following four warrant articles on March 10:

NO — Article 3. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $3,357,250 (to) renovate the Belmont Mill for use as town offices, and to authorize the issuance of not more than $2,957,250 of bonds or notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33) and to authorize the municipal officials to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon; the balance of funding for the project ($400,000) to come from the Municipal Facilities Capital Reserve for which the selectmen are agents to expend? A 3/5 ballot vote required

NO — Article 6. Shall the town vote to raise and appropriate $300,000 (to) purchase and equip a used ladder truck, and to fund this appropriation by authorizing of said amount from the Fire/Ambulance Equipment and Apparatus Special Revenue Fund (Comstar) previously established in accordance with RSA 31:95, c (Created 1994/Amended 1999)?

NO — Article 12. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $125,000 to be placed in the Municipal Facilities Capital Reserve Fund previously established (2006)?

NO — Article 26. Shall the Town vote to rescind the provisions of RSA 40:13 (known as SB-2) as adopted by the Town of Belmont on March 15, 2008, so that the official ballot will no longer be used for voting on all questions, but only for the election of officers and certain other questions for which official ballot is required by State law? This article submitted by Petition. (A 3/5 majority of those voting on the question is required.)

Let’s stop the big spending.

Claude "Sonny" Patten


  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 269

Alexandria to vote on phohibiting wind resource extraction

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Leslie Thompson and I have been a resident of Alexandria for just two years but almost immediately after we moved here the specter of an industrial wind project in our backyard loomed large.

We moved here because we found the perfect house in the perfect spot where we could enjoy endless acres of woods, wildlife galore, and even a babbling brook just below the bluff where our home sits.

All of a sudden we are confronted with both a huge, industrial wind project that will change the landscape and the realization that in the current legal/political climate, we have little to say about Alexandria's environmental future. That means there are two parts to this fight: 1. to protect the rural and environmental health of Alexandria, and 2. to assert our right to shape our town's character. Both points are important and both issues are worth the fight.

Last year a majority of us voted in the first Community Bill of Rights (BOR). Awesome! In the ensuing year however, we have learned a lot about the powers of corporate industry and realize that we need to close up some gaps not foreseen in the first BOR . We have all been scratching our heads for the past year as to why in the world an Iberdrola or an EDP would spend the enormous amounts of money necessary to build a MET tower, collect a year's worth of data, just to be told they are not permitted to go forward. We have to stop them before they even start and more importantly, we have to assert our right to shape our town today and forever.

On March 10, the town of Alexandria will vote on an additional BOR that would prohibit Wind Resource Extraction activities and further define our position on industrial wind projects in our community. Let's all stand together again.

Vote "Yes" on Warrant Article 16.

Leslie Thompson


  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 129

Operating costs of libraries across state are publicly supported

To The Daily Sun,

I have heard some argue that the Gilmanton Year-Round Library is a private organization, not deserving of public support.

Fact: The GYRL is a non-profit organization, organized under state law as a public charity and as such granted tax-exempt status under the federal tax code. It is bound, under the law, to serve the purposes for which it was created, to benefit the entire community.

Some public libraries, like GYRL, were built by an organization that recognized the community's need for the services only a public library can provide. Some were built by the generosity of a private donor. In either case, operating costs of public libraries throughout the state are publicly supported, whether the building is owned by the town or by the charity that created it. To date, the board of GYRL has raised more than half the library's modest annual operating cost. Volunteers have filled in for tasks ranging from cleaning and landscape maintenance to organizing events and fundraising. Because it is a public charity, donations to the library are tax-deductible. But it is not feasible for private donors to fully support this vital public resource.

In the five years since the library opened it has offered what only a full-service library can provide — books, periodicals, computer access, inter-library loan, children's story times, meeting space for groups with many interests. It is indeed Gilmanton's living room.

Gilmanton voters: without your support, the library will close. Please join me on March 10, and vote to support funding for Gilmanton's public library.

Carolyn Baldwin


  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 242