To The Daily Sun,
New Hampshire's siting process on the Groton Wind turbine project has turned many renewable energy proponents to oppose new projects, despite the fact that they support them in theory.
Proponents find the Groton project riddled with lies and deception and have altogether changed their position on future wind development in our community.
Community reaction, so far, has generally been shock. Abutters have been silenced. State siting laws have been broken. Promises have turned into lies and money has turned into taxes. It's a mess.
Our community is already leading the state in renewable energy with five renewable energy facilities. But since the state does not have a energy policy about the siting of wind projects, they will go up one by one, and will be fought, one by one, by the people who live among them.
Our community, our property values, our peace of mind and our community voice is forever being overshadowed by state politicians and developers dictating to us on how good wind projects are for the environment.
It's not right. Shouldn't the state take a look at how many renewable energy projects can be inserted into one community? Is there a limit? Our community is destined to have nine renewable energy projects within a 15 mile radius.
Common sense has been thrown out the window. Politicians are accepting big wind campaign donations. Official community town-hall votes have been discarded. Developer donations to private institutions have taken place. Concord testimonials have been silenced. Eight illegal turbine sitings have been overlooked. The illegal placement of the operations and maintenance building has been forgiven. New town taxes have been introduced. And true community concerns have fallen on deaf ears.
Why does a state like New Hampshire — that produces too much electricity — allow its residents to incur a 50 percent increase in their monthly electrical prices? Wake up. We produce too much electricity. New Hampshire has been exporting electricity to neighboring states for decades. We produce too much electricity.
Pay attention to your monthly electrical bills. Our electricity prices are soaring. Many New Hampshire residents are now seeing a $600 yearly increase in their electrical bills. Why? To ship more electricity to Massachusetts.
For those of you who believe in climate change — or not, the next big storm will come. Industrializing our ridge lines will only worsen the storm damage.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:44
To The Daily Sun,
State Rep. Lisa DiMartino is deserving of your vote for the State House Representative Belknap County District 2 seat that covers Gilford and Meredith.
In the last two years as representative, Lisa has continued to show community responsibility to her constituents. She continues to support issues relating to small business, education, disability and the elderly. She serves on the Coalition of Caring Planning Committee that is responsible for planning an annual statewide caregiver's conference, serves on nonprofit committees and boards. She is very proud of her community and of the people that reside in it.
More importantly, her experience personally with her son who has a lifelong disability provides her with experience and insight that other candidates might not have.
As a constituent she will take the time to talk to you and work with you on the issues that concern you.
Ellen M. Edgerly
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:40
To The Daily Sun,
State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt is a classic example of why men get a bad rap. But being the leader he is he does show the GOP just how it is done in a modest way. He should try not to correct but just apologize and go home. The election is Nov. 4 and then he will have lots of time to reflect.
Scott Brown vs. Jeanne Shaheen — she might not be loud and boisterous but quietly she gets stuff done. From our vets and the VA to jobs and environment. Our state has a low unemployment rate, clean air and water and good hospitals and care for our vets.
Brown is just another carpetbagger going from state-to-state trying to get elected. Backed by big oil and Wall Street we've seen this show before. One interesting comparison on Shaheen I did find were the results from the 2002 and 2008 elections. Both were run against John Sununu with Sununu winning the 2002 election by approximately 20,000 votes. A total of about 450,000 votes were cast must have been the off year. The 2008 election has Shaheen winning by 40,000 votes out of a total of about 700,000 votes cast. This shows how much the voters of New Hampshire wanted her, not the GOP Sununu, elected.
Against Scott Brown who has already said he isn't going to create any jobs as it isn't his problem, it's yours. He might be a little busy with a securities fraud problem in Florida too. He should be commended for his 32 years of Natural Guard Service. However, this is also somewhat exaggerated due to his claims of being involved in combat. Not so, he did spend one two-week stint in Afghanistan, but asked for that for the publicity, and this was never intended to be combat related. Since I received a flyer promoting Brown today I thought I would refute it.
According to both the Huffington Post and Emily's List, he is against the paycheck fairness act and against employee health care. His flyer claimed he paid women $1.21 for every dollar paid to men in his office. When interviewed on FOX by Gretchen Carlson he avoided both issues saying he was only interested in issues of importance to New Hampshire. Old Russian Proverb: "Trust but verify" before voting.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:37
To The Daily Sun,
I just wanted to take a few moments of your time to tell you why I am voting for Steve Darrow, Republican, for Grafton County District 17 State Representative to the New Hampshire Legislature. I hope that others will feel the same way and pledge their support for my candidate.
Born and raised in Detroit, Darrow attended Canaan College and Franconia College and graduated with a B.A. in literature. He fell in love with New Hampshire and never left. He was hired by United Parcel Service in 1977 and worked in management for 28 years until his retirement. He currently holds the position of Selectboard chair of the Town of Grafton, where he has been selectman for 12 years. He has always been involved with his community.
For eight years he was on the Board of Directors to the Mascoma Valley Health Initiative. He served on the Mascoma Valley Regional School Board. He has been a commissioner to the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission. He labored on the trails of Cardigan Mountain as a volunteer with the Cardigan Mountain Highlanders.
He proudly serves his community, devoted to each member, regardless of political affiliation or socioeconomic background. He is an avid hiker and gardener, growing his own vegetables since his college days. Steve Darrow wants to see New Hampshire maintain its integrity. He believes New Hampshire has something to offer that is worth preserving. Steve Darrow cares about and wants to restore the New Hampshire Advantage, so that our youth don't have to move out of state to find a good job. He works at preserving and strengthening communities as he cares first and foremost about the people within those communities.
I am very interested in the way Grafton House District 17 (Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Enfield and Grafton) will be represented and nurtured during the next decade. Important decisions, such as business development, infrastructure, housing, education, and quality of life will have to be made, decisions that will affect our district in the long run.
I want a "fresh voice" on the dais, one that will work hard for all, regardless of party. Darrow is that voice ... that "100 percent fighter" that I have been waiting for and I will be voting for him this Nov. 4. I hope that you and other folks will join me and support Steve Darrow for Grafton House District 17 Representative.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:33
To The Daily Sun,
Join me to elect David DeVoy for Belknap County Commissioner.
I have had the pleasure and honor to have known David Devoy for over 20 years and have the highest respect for his work within the military who recently retired as a colonel and as a business owner of three establishments. David has a great family and has lived in Sanbornton for many years.
My time serving with David in field artillery, logistics, and special staff has always been as a professional earning the respect of his peers and subordinates alike.
David's business sense will help our county succeed in lower taxes and good judgment for our constituents.
Please join me in supporting David DeVoy for County Commissioner on Nov. 4.
(Retired Army Chief Sergeant Major)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:30