To The Laconia Sun,
If you were to ask the typical voter in District 1 what offices were being filled during this next election, I am pretty sure that many would be hard-pressed to identify the open position of Executive Counselor as one of them.
Every once in a while the man who has filled the office for many years becomes better known by the public than the office itself. This was the case with Councilor Ray Burton. Everyone knew Ray. The office is now vacant and needs to be filled and it needs to be filled by a person with the same qualities of experience and dedication to the office. Mike Cryans is that person.
Mike has both the time, the experience and energy to dedicate himself to the task of doing the people's business as a member of the Executive Council. The issue here is whether or not anyone can fill the big shoe print left by Ray Burton. Ray's family thinks that Mike Cryans is that person and so do his many supporters.
Mike realizes that the New Hampshire Legislature did not do its job when it adjourned last year and left thousands of New Hampshire residents stranded by their lack of action by refusing to set up a health insurance network that would free of flaws. Instead it gave Anthem a free rein to set up a flawed network that mainly benefits the company.
It is hard to believe that Mike's opponent in this race for Executive Counselor would support the extreme right wing agenda by putting the already-stifling cost of medical care on the backs of those who can least afford it.
Mike's reasonable approach to problem solving is right on track with those of former Counselor Ray Burton. His experience of 16 years as a Grafton County Commissioner and his knowledge of the North Country will continue to benefit District 1's residents.
When you are in that voting booth deliberating on who will do the best job for District 1, please, give your consideration and your vote to Mike Cryans.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 10:18
To The Daily Sun,
As you attempt to balance your household budget, Bristol is proposing burdening you with more taxes to add to your already overworked checkbook.
Consider all the costs that we must account for: Gas for your car, fuel and utilities, food, rent or mortgage, insurances etc., etc. These are costs that we have little control over. But as a Bristol voter you do have a say about your tax bill. You can vote. By voting you have a voice to determine what direction Bristol should be focused on. Your vote will be between adding more taxes or stemming the rise in the budget.
In us asking to "we need to control budget spending," is somehow being equated to returning to some yesteryear, or it will result in us cutting our police and fire departments in half, is completely false. Also, in a recent letter someone did some sort of averaging to justify our present budget. That would be nice if we all could average our yearly income. But the truth is the underlying result of the past several years, is that taxes have gone up without regard to who's paying the bill. Don't you think we taxpayers could use a break?
As an example, there are ways we can provide some relief to constantly raising taxes and at the same time allow for new equipment. This all can be done within the framework of the budget and there is no need to raise taxes.
Recently at our Budget Committee meeting a request was made to cut $50,000 from the police budget, a police budget totaling $1 million. This was narrowly rejected. This budget reduction from this department if passed, could possibly be used to support other departmental requests for necessary equipment replacement.
Somehow by asking for this reduction is tantamount to slashing a police department in half. By taking this prudent approach, the town could vote to utilize funds to purchase that new dump truck being asked for, and in the two years, be able to support a new fire department pumper truck lease agreement. This is but one example of working within our town budget that would help in relief for our taxpayers. Only with the right people on the Selectboard making these decisions can this be accomplished.
We need leaders that will make the tough decisions that may or may not be popular, but are necessary in order to make Bristol a more affordable and attractive place to live.
We need to address our budget sensibly and not have candidates putting out misleading information to the public, such as wanting to cut the fire and police departments to some bygone era. We need to vote in selectmen who will work together and do what is right for the good of all Bristol's citizens.
This is why I am supporting Paul Manganiello and Andy O'Hara to do the job prudently and have the experience to manage our town. Remember to vote on March 11 (Election Day) and March 15 (Town Meeting).
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 10:15
To The Daily Sun,
Regarding the upcoming March 11 Governor's Council race, George Maloof is urging Daily Sun readers to cast their vote based on the candidate's residency which prompts this question: If Mike Cryans moved to Sunapee tomorrow and Joe Kenney to Ashland would Maloof throw his full support to Joe Kenney?
If Maloof's answer is yes, he should be praised for embracing his principle that people are better served by electing someone nearest to where they live. If Maloof's answer is no, shouldn't Sun readers be wondering why Maloof is attempting to influence our vote in a way he himself wouldn't vote? Yes, I really would like to know.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 10:10
To The Daily Sun,
What are the actual tax impacts of projects like the proposed industrial wind installations in the Newfound Region? Not what the developer says. Not what the opposition says. But what does New Hampshire state law say?
The Alexandria Select Board invites all area residents to a presentation on "Pilot Agreements, Property Appraisals, and Related Topics." The presenters are Commissioner John Beardmore of the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration, and Steve Hamilton, the New Hampshire Director of Property Appraisal. The presentation will be at the Bristol (Newfound) Middle School Gym, this Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m.
Whether you are for, against, or undecided about the proposed installations, this presentation will get down to the nuts and bolts of the impact these types of projects have.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 10:07
To The Daily Sun,
As voters go to the polls to determine how tax dollars will be spent, Community Action Program, Belknap/Merrimack Counties Inc. (CAP) is asking the voters of Gilford to support Article 27 in the town warrant and appropriate $8,236 to support the local area center office located in Laconia.
Last year CAP programs provided Gilford residents with $554,200 of services returning $67.29 of service to Gilford residents for each $1 spent in support of the Laconia area center. This request is not for any social service program but solely for the operations of the area center. Staff salaries are the major budget expense.
The area center serves the residents of the city of Laconia and the five surrounding towns. We ask the city and each town we serve to share the expense of maintaining the office so that, when residents experience a hardship and find themselves unable to obtain basic needs such as food, shelter or fuel, the area center staff will be there to help them access resources for these basic life sustaining elements.
CAP works in partnership with local town and city welfare offices to assist residents in need using resources other than local tax dollars. We are awarded contracts by the state of New Hampshire to administer programs to provide basic necessities to New Hampshire residents. We are also entrusted with grants from many businesses and individuals to provide needed assistance to residents seeking help in their time of need. All of the private funds donated to our agency are used exclusively for assistance. No administrative costs are provided, therefore we ask for the city and towns to share, with other federal and state funds, in the support of the area center so that staff will always be available to assist families and individuals in need.
Last year the staff provided over 84 residents with over 750 meals from the emergency food pantry. Over 240 Gilford households were provided with $190,695 in fuel assistance, and 216 Gilford households received a discount on their electric bill because of the work of the area center staff. Over $285,375 was spent weatherizing 23 Gilford homes and $478 was provided to residents facing a utility shutoff.
Without the CAP area center these residents would have sought assistance from the town welfare office and local tax dollars for assistance which the town is required by law to provide. CAP provides other resources and not local tax dollars to help the town meet its legal commitment.
As a Gilford resident I encourage town officials to seek out resources other than my tax dollars to provide assistance to local residents. I hope the residents of Gilford find the work of the staff of Belknap/Merrimack Community Action Program worthy of support from their town.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 10:00