To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank the many people who supported me during my recent run for a position on the Selectboard in Alton. A number of people gave support, resources, time, advice and encouragement during the process. These people know who they are and probably don't even want to be thanked but deserve to be.
I ran what I consider to be an old-fashioned campaign, talking to groups around town, putting out signs, talking with individuals at the town transfer station and appearing on Niel Young's radio show for an hour. My supporters were there with me every step of the way.
Early on, at least one local newspaper reported that there were two people running against an incumbent for two seats, but on Election Day it became apparent that the two establishment candidates had joined forces against the dark horse (me). Coupled with the Selectboard chairman campaigning with the others it was a brilliant strategy to ensure that the makeup of the board did not change too much.
I congratulate the winners on a job well done, and wish them the best.
Finally, I was overwhelmed by the number of people who shook my hand and thanked me for running. This was a humbling experience. Unfortunately, voter turnout was considerably lower than I had hoped for. Still, my numbers were not that bad. I am not discouraged, and I hope this will encourage others to step forward in the future and run for public office to maintain a constant rotation of public officials as our founders intended.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
For those of you who do not know, the honorable Justice Larry M. Smukler granted Mr. Gammon his out-of-pocket expenses for having corrected Ward 5's 3-vote election count for City Council. However, the presiding justice added the stipulation that the award of costs of $280.76 is "subject to the condition of the submission of a completed W–9 form" to the City of Laconia. If Mr. Gammon "does not wish to submit his Social Security Number, he can forgo the award of costs."
The court's order on Document No. 15 has been appealed to the state Supreme Court.
At the last hearing on the matter the, City of Laconia finally revealed its only true perceived justification for mandating an IRS W–9 Form is when an abatement is granted and taxes have been paid the city requires a Social Security Number.
What was not stated to the court is that the W-9 is required because per RSA 76:16, III, (h);
The statement: "If an abatement is granted and taxes have been paid, interest on the abatement shall be paid in accordance with RSA 76:17-a. Any interest paid to the applicant must be reported by the municipality to the United States Internal Revenue Service, in accordance with federal law. Prior to the payment of abatement with interest, the taxpayer shall provide the municipality with the applicant's Social Security number or federal Tax Identification number. Municipalities shall treat the Social Security or federal Tax Identification information as confidential and exempt from a public information request under RSA 91-A.'' (RSA 76:16)
What is problematic for the City of Laconia is that no interest is included in the out-of-pocket cost — reimbursement accepted by the court or contested by the city.
Furthermore, the Superior Court did not award interest on the cost of fees for filing, at the rate of 6 percent per year from the date recorded to the date of reimbursement. No interest, no W-9.
The City Council should feel proud of its hands-off approach, prolonging this simple case into substantial attorneys' fees.
Thomas A. Tardif
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:23
To The Daily Sun,
Now that Election Day is here and you have all nominated your friends for certain powers to be positions, please do not complain when they have no business experience to fall back on and they raise our taxes to spend on things we do not need.
Voting out of the way, it is time to get back to other things that concern us all like bad roads, creepy crawly things in drug store brands of popcorn, and price gouging at the gas pumps in anticipation of the new gas tax. (Speaking of which, whoever is in charge of the gas tax certainly is not spending it on road repairs as it is going to raises for people working in the highway department. Anyone looking for a raise should be limited to the 1 percent raise doled out to the people on Social Security.) As for the creepy crawly things in the bottom of your bags of popcorn, it would be advisable to make your own snacks as they would be more healthy for you. And besides, maybe this is just to getting you used to eating creepy crawly things as we slide backward into a Third World country.
Now for the road situation. Anyone living and driving in New Hampshire that can remember back 30 years ago, we had some of the best roads in New England, that is until some people started to complain that all the road works were given to the same company. When the contracts were given to people charging less for their work, the roads went to hell in a hand-basket very quickly. The company that kept us in good shape roadwise were paid more because they delivered an exceptional piece of work, making it known that sometimes you have to pay more for quality. Crossing the state line between here and Vermont, the roads over there are the ones we used to have here — better than average.
This leads us back to voting and the hope you have of your person getting elected and you reminding them it is payback time and they need to come across with the "grease my palm" for getting them into office. As for me, I am used to living on nickels and dimes, and some of you need to get off your high horses and learn to live frugally, too.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:17
To The Daily Sun,
The recent Belknap County Convention meetings have generated large (often standing-room-only) audiences. Given the unusually high level of public interest, you might think that the chair would do everything she could to create an open and inclusive process. Unfortunately, you'd be wrong. She has just scheduled meetings for the 19th and 26th of March, which are to be held at noon in Concord.
Rep. Worsman is the duly elected chair of the Convention and she has every right to promote a Tea Party agenda, but she also has an obligation to be transparent and to involve the public to the maximum extent practical. By scheduling meetings in the middle of the day in Concord, she is not acting in the best interests of the voters of Belknap County.
Please contact her and ask her to hold all Convention meetings in our county.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:12
To The Daily Sun,
In response to June M. Huot, I am aware of Pope Benedict's defrocking of 400 priests; the national news reported Pope Francis fired 300 priests and and active investigation into many more crimes. Could defrock many more, I call that Christian justice, for the victims.
I believe the majority of priests live godly lives, may God bless them and use them to lead people to Jesus Christ. I believe that God can save anyone, if he saved me June, and I came from the guttermost, he can save Mr. Veverka. I don't condemn Jim Veverka, I believe by faith, Jim will experience God's love and grace.
We are all sinners and need a savoir. God loved us all so much, that he sent Jesus Christ his only son to die for our sins, that we all have to do, is repent, and believe that we may be saved. (John 3:1-18)
You seem to think I'm self-righteous? Believe me, I was the worst sinner, and thank God for reaching out his hand, and saving me. Jesus Christ is not a right-wing Republican, or a Democrat, or an American, he is King of Kings, and Lord of Lord's; his Kingdom is not of this world, but in God's Kingdom of heaven. All my letters to the Daily Sun have always exalted Jesus Chris, not myself.
There was a day, in October 1963 in Belfast, Ireland, that I went to hear an American missionary called T.L. Osborn preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, I went up to an old alter of prayer, and like the publican in (Luke 18:13) asked God to be merciful to me a sinner, I went home a new man.
Last but not least, I am comfortable that Jesus came into my heart and can say. I am not ashamed for I know who I have believed, and am persuaded that he (Christ) is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day (Tim: 1:12). "Bill McCoy is not a Republican June."
May God bless you June Huot. I believe you are standing for truth and justice in your church.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:04