To The Daily Sun,
If you attended the advertised public informational meeting of the Sanbornton Planning Board on May 1, you then heard it introduced by Planner Bob Ward as a workshop meeting of the Planning Board instead.
Not many questions were asked in the two hour period. Almost none was answered with clear direct answers. No pertinent information was given, and some of the "public" (state Rep. Jane Cormier), were not allowed to speak. (She was allowed a few words at the close of the meeting, where she offered to return, if we asked, to share her knowledge and experience on this topic. She further commented that she has traveled to five different communities across the state on this issue and has lots of information to share. In her travels to share and help New Hampshire citizens, she had never been received or been treated like this).
Sanbornton, we should be ashamed of such behavior, from a few among us, to a visitor willing to offer us knowledge and help with such an important issue. On behalf of the citizens of the town of Sanbornton, I offer my heartfelt apologies to Rep. Cormier.
If another farmer/gardener had learned a way to avoid potato blight, wouldn't we want to listen and learn from him, even if he wasn't from Sanbornton?
It seems that those in power do not want Sanbornton citizens to truly know and understand what this program is all about and the true impact it will have on our taxes and property rights.
The one direct/simple question asked: " How will this impact my taxes?" received a direct and emphatic answer by a Planning Board member, "This program (workforce housing) will not impact your taxes. It will not raise your taxes." If you can believe that, then I have a "bridge to nowhere for sale!"
Now, if you are interested in learning the facts about workforce housing and how it will impact our life and taxes in Sanbornton, please attend a meeting set for May 8, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Town Library which is open to the public.
The presenters will be state Reps. Jane Cormier (who was not allowed to speak), and John Burt, along with Susan Olsen will provide information and answers to your questions. They have vast experience with workforce housing in New Hampshire and have been successful in helping citizens understand the true facts and origin of the program; as well as defeat it in their communities. For example, Goffstown turned the program down/canceled the grant after receiving the grant.
They will provide us with the exact documents our town signed, including the terms and conditions of the $30,000 grant. Such terms included the outreach/informational meetings which they failed to do in the last year, until pressed by citizens.
Reps claim to also have evidence of a statement by the Lakes Region Planning Commission, and HUD (Housing and Urban Development, a federal agency) that states, we have to break the strong belief/attitude in property rights that New Hampshire holds, and change the zoning laws so feds can change the landscape.
If you cannot attend, you are urged to educate/arm yourself with the true facts. Go online (if no computer, visit the town library, they have them), and read about the workforce program. It is another top-down program.
Visit: #1 Granite State Futures, the Real Facts, #2 Agenda 21, the U.N. program that President Clinton signed into effect by executive order #12852.
That "Pass it now and read it later to learn what is in it" thing of Nancy Pelosi is happening now in Sanbornton. Reading it later will be too late.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:49
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of Granite United Way and its Financial Stability Partnership, I want to thank you for assisting us in getting the word out to the public about our poverty reduction initiative. Dedicating specific and consistent space in your newspaper for the public to become familiar with this and the One Thing movement is an incredible commitment and we are indebted to you.
Getting consistent information out to the public, about a matter of concern to us all, is not easily accomplished without your support. Poverty, as we have said, is a complex issue which will require us all to work together to resolve. It's one of those issues that we often turn and run from because it's just so big. However, through local efforts such as One Thing, Better Together and the like, we know that ordinary people do extraordinary things. While we need the resources of our community institutions and organizations, we must not overlook the power of regular people contributing their talent and passion to help one's neighbor. One Thing empowers people to take action wherever they can. Doing one conscious thing to make a difference, to make someone else's life brighter, is all part of the change it will take to overtake poverty.
Poverty steals away ones future — health, education and prosperity. When this happens we all pay the consequences. In today's economy, many jobs demand a post-secondary education to acquire family-sustaining wages. The future, if nothing changes, is unattainable for those who cannot compete.
Yes poverty is complex, as is the world in which it exists. We cannot lose our children to poverty. Their future, and ours, depends on it! Thank you for helping us to get the word out. Thank you for doing your One Thing to alleviate poverty. We invite all members of the community to participate in this effort.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:25
To The Daily Sun,
Johnny Van Tassel was with our Sanbornton Department of Public Works for seven years, and director for two years when he went to work for Northfield in the same capacity last year. During the entire seven years he operated the Transfer Station, with a Level 4 certification. Bill Whalen praised him in a newspapers for taking care of the very muddy roads of our warm winter 2012-2013.
Please vote on Tuesday, May 13th to elect Mr. Van Tassel as your selectman. He knows everyone. He gets along with people, which is so important in our small town. He will work hard for you.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 11:30
To The Daily Sun,
“A Chicago, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel ... weaseled his way into the top office in the United States of America."
This little gem is a quote by Ted Nugent, musician and NRA board member. Ordinarily one wouldn't pay any attention to racists fools like Ted Nugent if it weren't for the NRA embracing him.
It's obvious that racism is alive and well in this country given the near-record number of hate groups and the explosive growth of armed militias and conspiracy-minded, anti-government groups. Obvious to all, expect perhaps to one or two contributors to this forum. Anti-government extremist groups have increased by more than 600 percent since Obama was first elected.
Here's the breakdown: Ku Klux Klan, 163 groups; Neo-Nazi 143, White Nationalist 128, Racist Skinhead 126, Black Separatist 115, Christian Identity 37, Neo-Confederate 36, Anti-LGBT/other 191.
I'm not even going to talk about Cliven Bundy (the millionaire welfare recipient) who Republicans were quick to embrace until he went off the deep end.
The fact that the NRA wants someone like Ted Nugent on their side speaks to an ugly truth ... a truth that is fueled by our growing diversity and the election of our first African-American president. Of the 2,035 hate and extremist groups in the U.S. New Hampshire can claim seven of them. That's far too many for a state this size.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 11:24
To The Daily Sun,
On the way to my 1-hour weekday commitment I neglected to pick up The Daily Sun. When my wife and I began our other job I picked up paper. Wow! A giant picture of Gilford resident Billy Baer in cuffs. This must be a mistake, restrained and taken to the police station around the corner? What ever did he do?
Heck, was there a big front page picture of the driver of the car that jumped the curb on Messer Street killing Lily Johnson and seriously injuring her classmate?
My wife said that perhaps this was a good thing; readers will see what happens to a dedicated father, facing a guilty school board and administrators for allowing his young daughter to read such a book as "19 Minutes" without the knowledge of the parents. Here is what can happen to you if you use your First Amendment to express your concerns in TWO MINUTES.
We are learning what happens behind the walls of the Government Indoctrination Centers (public schools). Billy is a good man, and parent. For those who might like to hear the Saturday morning radio program where Billy and the callers discussed this book and the contents, you may feel as angry as Billy, and myself. Visit wezs.com (The Advocates podcast Hour 2 and then half way through Hour 3 we discuss further). This father came to the meeting to stop abuse of all students, and he is arrested?
Billy and Doug Lambert are my guests Wednesday during my 1-hour weekday radio show.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 11:17