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Ryan Smith will bring a unique perspective to the Statehouse

To The Daily Sun,

I was recently introduced to Ryan Smith at a function at City Hall in Franklin.
A young Republican, he is passionate about serving the citizens of Northfield and Franklin Ward 3. I was immediately impressed with his depth of knowledge, his eagerness to learn and his passion for clean, local politics.

Ryan is particularly interested in alleviating the issues that are causing so many young people to leave the state, as well as the social issues that surface through the graying of the remaining population. He envisions a job-friendly, family-friendly environment that encourages young people to come and stay in New Hampshire. He told me. "I want the community that I grew up in to still be here for my kids."

Having lived all 20 years of his life in Northfield, Ryan would bring a unique perspective to Concord, one that recognizes the growing challenges for young families in the state. He understands the issues presently facing our families, our children and our schools. Ryan believes in the Second Amendment; every law-abiding citizen has a right to self-defense. He also supports policies such as right-to-work, which will attract jobs, and he is against a minimum wage hike as this would eliminate entry level jobs for young people and would hurt small businesses.

Importantly, he supports stronger penalties for heroin dealers who are directly responsible for an increasing population of addicts who need treatment.

In my estimation, Ryan is a level-headed, smart and articulate young man who can deliver a young but informed perspective to New Hampshire government.

Please exercise your right to vote and choose Ryan Smith.

Bob Lucas
Franklin

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How did 5 intelligent board members make such insane decisions?

To The Daily Sun,

The authority of selectmen is derived from state law and the vote of the people through our Town Meeting process. Selectmen are empowered to manage the day-to-day and prudential affairs of the town with their yearly directive given to them explicitly from the results of the vote on the town warrant. The people can vote for commissioners to manage the day-to-day operation of any specific department. No expenditures can be made without the authorization of the people through the town meeting process.

So, when the Ashland Electric Department asked the selectmen to accept a "gift" from the Electric Department to the town, of a flag pole, costing thousands, to be installed in the ball field, the selectmen should have said: "Sorry."

First of all, it's not a "gift" if you are paying for this with the people's money from electric receivables. Second, you have no authority to spend funds for anything other than the day-to-day operation of the Electric Department without first getting specific approval from the vote of the people through Town Meeting, therefore, being there is no authorized appropriation and not in the budget, the answer is absolutely NO.

Furthermore, the selectmen have no authority to approve anything not first authorized by the vote of the people. If you want to pursue this further you must create a warrant article asking the people for their approval.

So what did our selectmen actually say? "Thank you for the gift!." Insane!

Only in Ashland could you take something as symbolic as the American flag, the symbol of our democracy and totally undermine our democratic process to get it. We are certainly not opposed to the flagpole, but it is something that all the people should have had their say in and not through an unauthorized expenditure.

So, along comes the Electric Department again. This time they ask the selectmen for approval to build a building on town property. The selectmen should have said: "Sorry." First of all, you have no authority to spend funds for anything other than the day-to-day operation of the Electric Department without getting specific approval from the vote of the people through Town Meeting, therefore, being there is no authorized appropriation and not in the budget, the answer is absolutely NO. "Furthermore, the selectmen have no authority to approve anything not first authorized by the vote of the people. If you want to pursue this further you must create a warrant article asking the people to vote to approve such a project.

This is when the selectmen should have also said: Back about 13 years ago, the Electric Department got approval to spend a maximum of $1.7 million on the first phase of the North Ashland Road project, of which they spent over $2 million. They promised the people that the second phase of the project, moving all cables and transformers from the old to the new poles, would take about five years to complete and would not cost the people any more than what is budgeted through the normal departments maintenance budget process. This five-year phase is now about 13 years old and far from complete! Perhaps the people would be better served if the Electric Department focused on finishing the project it started rather than on a building project of which its necessity and location are highly questionable.

So what was the selectmen's decision? "Approved," unanimously! Insane!

How do five intelligent selectboard members make such insane decisions? Good question.

As a courtesy, this letter was submitted to the selectboard before construction of the building. Their response: "we are authorized to do what we did."

Tom Peters

Former Selectmen

Current Town Trustee, Ashland

Rick Pare
Town Trustee, Ashland

Mark Ober

Town Trustee, Ashland

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