To The Laconia Daily Sun,
As we know the Belmont tax rate went up again! When will it stop? We always hear the budget is low and we are out of money or borrowing. Since the 80s, it's been the same old thing. But they don't want us to assume its the school which is usually a topic, where is all the money going then?
As hard working taxpayers I'm speaking for all of us. When it is going to stop? They wonder why foreclosures and houses are up for sale. Maybe they can make more use of the school like Laconia does and adult education. I would recommend a budget course, and other activities to benefit the town to bring the moral up. Right now a lot of people are negative wondering if they can afford to pay their mortgages next month. Welcome to Taxmont!
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:13
To The Laconia Daily Sun,
Mr. Phil Whitmann and I were the only citizens from the town of Alton in attendance at the selectman's meeting on November 4.
At that meeting, four of the board members expressed their concern, frustration, and exasperation with another of their members, Mr. Robert Daniel, regarding his repeated sending of e-mails to another of the town's boards, wherein he either expressed opinions opposite to those he expressed at the meetings, or, not having expressed an option at the meetings, decided to do so in an e-mail to the other board. This matter had been discussed with Mr.Daniels in the past, but believing himself to be in the right, Mr. Daniels continue the practice.
The members ultimately bought the issue to the attention of the town's attorney, who validated his concerns in writing. Attorney Sessler's letter was made available to Mr. Daniels at the November 4 meeting.
Two of the board members were, indeed, quite stern in their remarks to Mr.Daniels, but they were not disrespectful.
Mr. Whitmann's written impression that the other members, "were not happy about Mr. Daniels being elected to the board to the point of attempting to thwart the will of the voters who elected him", is quite a reach.
It is commonly known that board members have a responsibility to each other, and to the town they serve, to respectfully listen to each other's opinions, ideas, etc., and to strive to be open and frank during their discussions. These discussions are absolutely necessary and are the very reason for the need of having town board in the first place.
When a board member does not participate in open discussion or does, indeed, participate, but in retrospect, decides to alter his position by way of an e-mail to another board, the public's "right to know" is compromised.
I am very thankful the town's meetings are videotaped for all to see and hear.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:08
To The Daily Sun,
As long as Obamacare bears the same name as a sitting president it will never be repealed. Because it cannot be repealed it needs to be amended and soon to prevent further damage to the people it is effecting.
In order for it to work the political corruption that has been built into it through waivers and wiggle room have to go. The waivers given to Unions and big business need to be repealed immediately.
The large increases people are seeing on their cancellations are caused by the amount of people expected to join the exchanges and the taxes on the existing plans.
The unions are providing Cadillac plans that should be paying a 40 percent tax on their policies and they are exempt from the law leaving the rest of us to pick up their tab. These are auto workers, Teamsters, teachers, state workers, police, and construction workers in large cities. Millions of high wage, big benefit workers who are laughing at the rest of us for being a bunch of chumps
This of course is not to mention our politicians, Ayotte, Shea-Porter, Shaheen, and Kuster. They and their staffs are exempt.
They need to declare that they will waive their exemption and join Obamacare and then repeal their exemption.
The playing field has to level.
The anti-kickback provision that is in every federal contract was removed from the law, allowing the President and HHS secretary to trade favors for waivers. This has to go; it invites corruption.
I have repeatedly heard that for the law to work they need millions of young healthy workers 21 to 29 to join the exchanges. If this is so than why in God's name did they make the policies cover children until they are 26 years old.
The rules causing all these cancellations needs to be fixed. The government will still get the policy tax that every non exempt policy pays.
The cronyism needs to go and the president needs to tell his friends they are no better than anyone else and for the greater good we must all bear this burden equally.
If they get everyone paying their share this law may have a chance to succeed and the cost will go down. Without these reforms the people who have to comply will do so begrudgingly feeling like they are being used as tools for the politicians and their friends.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:05
To The Daily Sun,
Give credit where credit is due.
I have been a taxpayer in Gilmanton for 40 years. My recollection is that the tax rate has increased for 38 of those years. We had a minimal decrease in 2012 and an outstanding decrease of 9.4 percent this year. This decrease is due to the efforts of our selectmen to control town spending. We need to thank our selectmen, town administrator, department heads and the Budget Committee for this tax reduction.
On the other hand, our School Board and superintendent have over budgeted in excess of $500,000 a year for the last three years. We need to get school spending under control. Please review the school budget closely before you vote in March.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 07:55
To The Laconia Daily Sun,
We humbly write this letter to thank all the wonderful people, agencies and businesses that helped us after losing most of our belongings as well as our dog and cat, Roxy and Selena, due to a senseless and tragic three alarm house fire at 143 Young Road in Gilford, on April 17, 2013.
Immediately during the fire, the Red Cross was there to comfort us. They helped with providing us shelter for two nights at a local hotel and with purchasing some personal items we needed daily.
Not being able to stay in the environment provided, I went to the Marriot in Gilford. The manager there, Doti, not only was able to offer a reduced rate, she was able to organize things so that the Elks Lodge in Gilford donated enough money for an extended stay there. This provided time to try to sort things our and start pieces our lives back together. Without Doti's help working as a liaison when I was unable to pay at times, it would have been impossible to make it this far.
We would like to thank all of our friends at the members of the United Methodist Church in Gilford, as well as the clergy members new and old. Their donations of clothing, money, and shelter when we had no other resource was such a blessing. A special thank you to Paul Weston who unselfishly took the time to contact as many people as he could. He and his family were very generous to us, providing anything we needed. Just being able to call and talk was comforting. I was too embarrassed to ask anyone else for help.
Although we remain homeless, we are optimistic that things will improve. We have witnessed this community time and time again pull together and help victims of all types of tragedies and losses. This has been one long, devastating, unimaginable experience to say the least. It's easy to feel sorry for yourself when you are sleeping in your car. When you have customers that take advantage of your situation sometimes deciding not to pay in full or a few not at all. It's embarrassing when you can't provide for your own family. The bottom line is, like my daughter tells me, "It could be worse dad."
If I could share one important lesson we have learned on this journey, please continue to support others in need. But most important stay on guard as parents, neighbors, teachers and coaches. Any guardian of our children. Tragedy, sickness and evil can strike anyone, anytime and show no discrimination.
We recently realized that as tragic and devastating as our losses are, there are so many more situations that go undetected in our community. As a single parent I know how difficult it can be at times, and how embarrassing it is to ask for help! If you need it please don't wait until its too late.
Let's all try and continue to help each other; let's ask for the ability to start in our own home. Let us not only pray for each other and all of the people who are always there to help. But let us also pray for the people who take advantage at some of these tragedies.
God Bless all who have helped, bless the people who need help. We are grateful for everything we have. We are trying to remain positive as we battle through one obstacle at a time together.
A heartfelt thank you to our friends, neighbors, and our wonderful communities: Gilford, Belmont and Laconia.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 07:51