To The Daily Sun,
Enforcement of the "no pet" rule at Weirs Beach would probably go a long way of reducing the contamination of the water.
I usually take a walk through the beach parking lot and boardwalk several times a week after 5 p.m.. There is never a day I don't see dogs on the beach. This evening (Tuesday) I witnessed two dogs in the water and one on the beach.
Enforcement of the "no pet" rule is needed, regardless of the time of day. I have seen dog waste on the ground next to the parking lot. Fines need to be levied.
I moved up to Laconia 2-1/2 years ago. One of the attractions was to be able to walk to the beach with my grandchildren. In the three summers I have been here, I have not taken the grandchildren into the water when they have visited. As a Laconia taxpayer (BTW, highest real estate taxes I have ever paid in 33 years as a homeowner) and as a Laconia Water Works rate payer, I would like to see something done. If high bacteria counts make it unsafe for swimming, what about the water we drink? Maybe a sign posted at the beach letting people know that the lake is the drinking water supply for the area might enlighten a few people.
Also, rather than the sign stating that the beach is closed, "no lifeguards on duty", how about a truthful sign that states the beach is closed due to a "high e-coli bacteria count in the water".
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:51
To The Daily Sun,
Today in these uncertain times of widespread destruction from climate change to untimely deaths, God alone stands as hope and comfort. All we have to do is ask.
"Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, Uttered or expressed; The motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast. Prayer is the burden of a sigh, The falling of a tear, The upward glancing of an eye, When none but God is near." — James Montgomery (1818)
The gift of eternal life is there to be received. So take God's gift while you still have time. I did many years ago.
Donald C. Poirier
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:47
To The Daily Sun,
New Hampshire, by almost any standard you use, stands out as a special place. You name it — education, health, environment, standard of living, beautiful tourist areas, on and on — New Hampshire ranks near the top of all 50 states. I moved to New Hampshire from Kentucky many years ago and while Kentucky, unfortunately, ranks at the bottom of almost all categories, one thing even Kentucky understands is not to despoil their mountains and scenic vistas for energy production along the highway system and major tourism areas.
In New Hampshire, on the other hand, Northern Pass is proposing that the most beautiful, tourism-dependent areas of the state host 1,600 steel lattice towers (some as high as 155-feet tall) to wind their 180-mile way from Canada to southern New Hampshire. If Northern Pass gets its way, these towers and dangling wires would cross I-93 six times from Concord to Woodstock, pass through two segments of the White Mountain National Forest, the most visited national forest in America, cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and devastate many scenic villages. The visual impact of Northern Pass would be jarring and the real tragedy is it's completely avoidable.
Underground power lines down state-owned ROWs would completely eliminate this visual blight. As the Concord Monitor pointed out recently, "Ideally, the state would have created a publicly-owned energy corridor along highways and railroad beds years ago to permit the easy burial of power lines. The impact on the landscape would be minimal; the revenue received would go to taxpayers, not corporate stockholders. The Legislature is exploring the possibility of doing so, and it should act with dispatch." Unfortunately PSNH is fighting tooth and nail to block a burial mandate.
Overhead power lines are outdated technology and buried power lines are the future. Burial is being done in New York, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut, so why not in New Hampshire? Could it be that Northeast Utilities wants the income derived from using PSNH's existing ROWs? Keep in mind PSNH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Connecticut-based Northeast Utilities, and it appears Northeast Utilities couldn't care less about the scenic impact of steel lattice towers on N.H's property values or our tourism economy. What they do care about is the electricity which Connecticut needs and the income from using PSNH's ROWs. New Hampshire would be sacrificed for corporate interests, plain and simple!
The State of New Hampshire deserves better than to be turned into an overhead power corridor for the likes of Northeast Utilities and Hydro Quebec, especially when there's an excellent alternative. Starting August 6, a series of subcommittee meetings on burial of power lines will begin at the Legislative Office Building, Room 304, at 10 a.m. Get involved in this battle. If you love this state like I do, don't let New Hampshire be Number One in visual blight by power lines.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 12:56
To The Daily Sun,
As a resident of Laconia, I would personally like to thank Doug Lamos for all the care that he has been giving the downtown area to keep it looking fabulous. Doug is the man who works for Public Works making sure that the downtown streets and sidewalks are clean and weed-free. I have seen him out at all hours and on all days working diligently taking pride in his work. Thank you, Doug, for all your care and attention to our wonderful downtown Laconia.
Don't forget to support your local businesses. These people are your neighbors.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 12:53
To The Daily Sun,
"There are alternatives to violence" wrote Rev. Jed Rardin, pastor of South Congregational Church in Concord, in a recent op-ed. I pick out especially, "Good peacemaking rests on the ability to imagine something good." This ties well to an upcoming New Hampshire Peace Action event, for which the public is needed, and perhaps the public will feel they need the event. On Saturday, September 21st, International Day of Peace, we have reserved the Statehouse's front lawn for "Art for Peace." From 11 a.m. through 3:00 p.m., New Hampshire Peace Action provides the opportunity to display art that shows what the artist imagines a world at peace looks like.
Any media is welcome, with artists bringing their work to the lawn for display. Our website has a registration form. Lunch will be for sale near the street, front sidewalk. Art supplies will be on hand for spontaneous renditions of "a world at peace looks like this." Every age participant is welcome. School will have just started — maybe art teachers and Sunday school teachers can work this into their plans. Retirement communities may have art to enter. This is not a contest. This is a come-together time and elevate peace time.
Please look at www.nhpeaceaction.org, and see there, too, our August 8th Hiroshima / Nagasaki Day remembrance event.
Lynn Rudmin Chong, Chair,
N.H. Peace Action Education Fund Board
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 09:29