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Work largely complete at top of M'borough Neck Pathway

To The Daily Sun,
Those who travel the northern-most section of Moultonborough Neck Road, and certainly those who use that section of the Moultonborough Pathway, have
noticed the completion of repair/refit work on the pathway lane adjacent to both sides of the roadway. The section of the pathway affected by this work runs from where the pathway first enters from the area of the playground to the top of the hill south of the intersection with Green's Basin Road. The troublesome gravel strip separating the pathway from the roadway has been eliminated, and the pavement now covers the full width from roadway to the outer edge of the pathway itself. All that remains to be done on this section is repainting of lines separating the roadway from the pathway surface.
Similar repair/refit work will be done on key areas further down the Neck Road, but that effort will be held until September, after the peak summer traffic period. The work already done and to be done later will go a long way toward making use of the Pathway much safer.
The Moultonborough Pathway Association wishes to thank town road agent Scott Kinmond and his crew from the Moultonborough DPW/Highway Department for
their efforts in effecting this work.
Dick Russell, Treasurer
Moultonborough Pathway Association

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 08:57

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Several reps had hard time tuning in & another was fast asleep

To The Daily Sun,
I attended the meeting of the Belknap County Convention on Monday night. The presentation by the House of Corrections warden, his staff and Ricci/Greene Architects was clear, to the point and realistic. It is a 70 year projection (as was emphasized time and again) by the architects and warden.
Yes, it was Worsman's suggestion that Belknap County would save tons of money by continuing to send those offenders to Strafford County for much less money, but that's just not practical or feasible. "Out of sight, out of mind" under the guise of not spending the money for a correctional facility to replace a building that has a multitude of building code violations, inadequate space, impractical and useless features just doesn't make sense.
Ricci/Greene Associates drove home the point that their model is based on getting the offenders the much needed help while incarcerated, then rehab leading to re-entering their respective communities a more productive citizen. I believe this is often referred to as "breaking the vicious cycle of recidivism". Ricci/Greene's many years of developing successfully operational facilities all over the country was impressive.
What the convention might have misunderstood was that the projected 180 person building would be built with the future population increase in mind instead of having to add on or come back in a few years to ask for additions as a result of overcrowding. I believe it's called being cost effective...right?
The convention just did not seem to understand the very fact that each new generation will have citizens who will be in need of this type of facility; the model ideally does its job of housing, rehabbing and returning this population to society at large. This model is being used in parts of the country with statistics to which prove their rate of success.
Both Rep. Greenmore (R-Meredith) and Chairperson Worsman (R-Meredith) asked questions of Ricci/Greene that would take a crystal ball with which we would be able to look into the future and in turn correctly predict it's outcome. . . if only we could, how idealistic our country, state and county would be.
Rep. Tilton's (R-Laconia) query of if the facility could be 'built in phases and if that would be more cost effective'....how?
Rep. Dennis Fields (R-Sanbornton) summed it up best by stating "the proposed plan is the best over the long run for the county and urged his fellow legislators to support it."
Most disturbing was that an open public meeting was not run by "Roberts Rules of Order"....why? And last but not least, watching one of the representatives in attendance falling asleep while at the meeting...huh?
Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 08:50

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Shame on you. HB-542 had nothing to do with telephone rates

To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to our N.H. State Senators:
One has to question why an amendment regarding telephone rates and service that has nothing to do with HB-542 was added as an amendment to that bill? Very deceptive if you ask me. Where is the transparency in state government?
I hope you don't have to explain to you constituents on election day why you supported the amendment in question. It deregulate telephone service in New Hampshire and eliminates the PUC from supporting customers who have a problem with service.
Please vote NO on the HB-542 Amendment.
Bill Whalen
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 08:46

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Froma Harrop - Fighting the build a new stadium con game

Something's gotten into Brazilians that hasn't caught on here, but should. They're out on the streets protesting their government's plan to sink billions into monuments to sport.
Rather than celebrate their country's hosting of the soccer World Cup next year and the Olympic Games in 2016, they are saying "hey." As in "hey," our streets are lousy. "Hey," the schools are substandard. "Hey," despite our economic miracle, poverty persists.
Most gratifying is the Brazilians' chant: "A teacher is worth more than Neymar!" That would be Neymar da Silva Santos, a 21-year-old soccer great, said to be making $18 million year.
A higher value has trumped Brazilians' love of soccer. Could you imagine Texans taking to the streets and shouting, "A teacher is worth more than Tony Romo"? (Romo just signed a six-year, $108 million contract.) They'd be called downright un-American, if not socialist, even though the Dallas Cowboys' $1.2 billion stadium was built with public largesse.
For starters, the city of Arlington issued municipal bonds to help the Cowboys' billionaire owner, Jerry Jones, build his palace. Nine years ago, its voters were conned into raising taxes on themselves to repay the bonds. Objections were crushed under the avalanche of pro-stadium ad spending.
Arlington further enriches Jones by owning the stadium and therefore not collecting real estate taxes on the $905 million property — another $17 million a year given to Jones and lost by the city.
Actually, all Americans have been sucked in because the interest on those bonds is tax exempt: Thus, Jones gets lower borrowing costs, and U.S. taxpayers subsidize his stadium to the tune of $65 million over 29 years.
Tax-exempt municipal bonds were intended to help local governments build roads, sewers and schools. Applying them to coliseums since 1986 will cost U.S.
taxpayers $4 billion, according to numbers crunched by Bloomberg.
In 1986, Congress tried to stop cities and states from financing sports facilities with tax-exempt bonds. The legislation was messed with in a way that encouraged local governments to borrow even more for sports facilities.
In most cases, Americans passively march behind their civic leaders, dutifully wearing the team caps and shirts. They find their identities in these mega-businesses and adulate their players-for-hire.
Usually, a threat to leave town is enough to quiet unruly naysayers, as happened in Indianapolis. The Colts said in 2006 that without substantial taxpayer help, they would be gone. And so a new Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Colts will play 10 home games this year, was built at a cost of $720 million. The Colts paid $100 million of it, and the taxpayers the rest through a bunch of new levies.
Of course, the locals issued municipal bonds, a debt made more painful by the 2008 market collapse. Some of those losses were made up by cuts in grants for the arts and culture. Yet team worship continues apace. Hardly a bar in Indianapolis isn't lit by Colts neon.
Stadiums are sold as economic engines. But when you add it all up — the subsidies, local dollars diverted to far-off owners and players, and the rest — sports facilities provide little economic benefit, notes Harvard urban planning expert Judith Grant Long. She found that the average "public-private partnership" to build stadiums left the cities paying 78 percent and the teams 22 percent.
As for the Olympic Games, Goldman Sachs economist Jose Ursua says that they rarely turn a profit for the community. Whether Brazil would be an exception seems of little interest to the demonstrators there.
This is about taking care of the people, about themselves, not sacrificing their interests to the sports machine. If only Americans could reclaim their self-regard with similar zest.
(A member of the Providence Journal editorial board, Froma Harrop writes a nationally syndicated column from that city. She has written for such diverse publications as The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Institutional Investor.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Ms. Loesch ignores facts that don't correspond to leftist agenda

To The Daily Sun,
According to Bernadette Loache's letter of May 21, if someone states an opinion which differs from hers, it's a lie. Well Ms. Loache I don't lie, I give my opinion.
The facts, yes facts, I base my opinions on are well documented and reported even in the left wing media which you choose to ignore. The IRS did target conservative groups and citizens in a coordinated effort to violate their civil rights of free speech. The IRS was aided and abetted by the FBI, OSHA and BATF, along with half the rest of the federal agencies. These facts were admitted to under oath in congressional hearings. I don't expect Ms. Loache to recognize or acknowledge any of this because she is clearly a left-wing zealot without any sense of fairness or honesty. She will ignore facts which do not correspond to her leftist agenda, call those with opinions which differ from hers, lies, racists, red necks, bigots or any other derogatory name that comes to mind so as not to deal with the realities which she dare not address. Those realities are that the Obama administration engaged in illegal, unethical actions and lied under oath at congressional hearings (a crime). Ms Learner refused to testify under oath after declaring herself innocent of wrongdoing. Others stonewalled the hearings, claiming they didn't remember or didn't know, then later documents showed they did know.
Now Ms. Loache, if you don't like my gloom and doom attitude, I suggest you address your concerns to your democratic leaders and urge them to come clean and stop breaking laws and violating the Constitution. As for the right-wing news outlets, it might do you some good to listen in occasionally to Fox News where you will get to hear real news without any bias.
Steve Earle
Hill

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 10:39

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