To The Daily Sun,
Wow! I attended a public hearing at the Executive Councilor's meeting Wednesday over the $4.1 million bond expenditure for Berlin's Jericho Wind. I've never attended a public hearing where the public testifying have been called arrogant, in this case by Jack Donovan from the Business Finance Authority (BFA).
From my perspective, testifiers presented well documented facts and figures as to why this is a poor choice of taxpayer money, not why wind energy is a poor choice. Councilor Van Ostern commented the council would hear the same testimony from any wind project that comes before them. I have always regarded my public elected officials to be smart and well informed to make wise decisions in regard to spending taxpayer hard earned dollars, but in this case, only Councilor Sununu seems to have done his homework and stood up for the public by voting against the expenditure.
Jericho Wind LLC has already received $1 million from the state's Renewable Energy Fund and wind receives some of the most generous federal subsidies.
Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECB) are available for municipalities to use toward reducing energy costs by 20 percent in public buildings, reducing emissions through improved public transportation and public education on energy conservation. There is still $8.4 million available for New Hampshire to spend on these projects with no expiration date. New Hampshire is one of the few states to have not taken advantage of these funds. Mr. Donovan states this is difficult money to spend, although other states bundle projects with other communities to reduce administrative costs. So it can be done. It just takes effort.
The BFA approved the state's entire maximum allowed commercial funding of 30 percent to Jericho Wind LLC two years and ten months ago. They apparently never had any intention of offering this money to any other commercial enterprise. Why?
Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 11:09
To The Daily Sun,
Last month my Laconia single-family household has received an unbelievable collection of double-sided glossy color mailings from politicians of every color ... mostly blue and red. Almost all have come in daily duplicate if not more, since both my husband and I receive our own copies. The daily stack has been generally four to eight deep and I now wish that I had kept them and counted them so that I could report accurately the absolute waste of paper, trees, manpower and mostly of money that could be used to feed the poor, house the homeless, fix the roads, improve healthcare and schools, almost anything you could imagine.
But instead, all this money is now filling up our landfills and (at least I can hope) our recycling bins. This goes as well for the plastic and metal signs at every corner, which will never decompose.
When will this indiscriminate waste end? It gets worse every election cycle, and I'll tell you that the only piece of paper that has had any impact at all was the simple black and white letter that arrived today from my voting precinct thanking me for voting last time and encouraging me to vote this time.
We, the voting public, are not stupid, and are not swayed by the wave of colorful garbage with which the post is being clogged. I will vote. I wish I could vote for only those who never sent me a piece of anything in the mail, but, sadly, there are none of you. In this age of electronic communication, you need to get with the program and employ these lower impact options to spread your messages.
While some voters still prefer contact via "snail mail," you need to research your constituency better and figure out who they are and target your efforts with more fact based intention. I submit my heartfelt plea to those of you who are elected: Please make your first order of business to create a serious bipartisan effort to end all this disgusting waste of resources. Then maybe you will have actually deserved our votes.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 11:06
To The Daily Sun,
I have never written a letter to The Daily Sun, but I feel compelled to do so now. I am disgusted by the lies and distortion of the truth that dominate the political scene. In my opinion, the so called "War on Women: many of these adds were pulled when it was discovered that the Obama White House paid its women employee's 86 percent of what it pays men.
Hobby Lobby decision: They actually pay for 16 out of 20 listed contraceptive medications, the four they do not cover are the proven abortive medications. Saying that Hobby Lobby does not pay for contraceptive medication is not completely true. The real "War on Women" is occurring in the Middle East where 13 year old Malala was shot in the head because she went to school in Pakistan. The add that stated that Scott Brown and Frank Guinta are part of the "War on Women" because they voted against Planned Parenthood. Truth: several years ago it was learned that Planned Parenthood spent 80 percent of its government funding for abortions. There was a law that stated that the taxpayers' money could not be used to fund abortions. Instead of holding Planned Parenthood accountable for breaking the law, the Democrats instead rewarded them by proposing a new law that allowed tax payers to fund abortions, this is what Scott Brown and Frank Guinta voted against.
Jeanne Shaheen comes from Missouri. Scott Brown has been a New Englander all of his life. His mother and father both worked in New Hampshire. He lived in his grandfathers home in New Hampshire on a and off since he was a toddler. When both President Bill Clinton and Hillary moved to New York after the presidency they had no ties to New York except that there was an open Senate seat. She was not called a carpetbagger by the Democratic Liberals because its okay if it is done by them.
ObamaCare: President Obama delayed many of the taxes and compliancy standards so that they would not affect the 2014 elections. Don't forget, "If you like your doctor, you can keep him". Wait until we all see what is coming! Fact: one of the big news media sources investigated all the big money donors. They found that the Koch Brothers ranked 17th on the list. Numbers 1 through 16 financed the Democrats.
Other scandals: IRS, NAS, VA Hospitals, Benghazi and backdoor deals. I am tired of the lies and cover-ups. I know who I am voting for on Tuesday. It's not the liberal Democrats.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 10:58
To The Daily Sun,
This letter comes in support of the changes being made to the property adjacent to the new Dunkin' Donuts restaurant on Union Avenue in Laconia. I am so happy to see that old eyesore of a building gone and the valuable commercial space being reclaimed for the benefit of the community.
I remember when the building was pretty and in use, but it hasn't been that way in a very long time and the historical significance of the property is just not notable enough to warrant trying to save it any longer. Can't wait to see what comes next for that location.
The city should make more decisions like this one and do whatever it takes to get businesses moving into Laconia. I for one would like to see a few more locations made useable and attractive to small businesses all around the Lakes Region.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 10:54
To The Daily Sun,
To the person who picked up or took a stuffed Bright Green Frog holding a Big Pink Heart on Halloween:
Could you please return it? It went missing Halloween around 5:50 p.m. while trick or treating on Whipple Avenue in Laconia near the end of the street. My daughter was holding it and less than 30 seconds later she no longer had it in her possession. We looked for over 30 minutes up and down the street hoping to spot someone with him.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 10:49