To The Daily Sun,
Ever since we moved back to Tilton in 1991, I've been driving the same route to my job in the O'Shea Industrial Park every morning, around 6:30. Seven miles, 17 minutes, give or take. Over all that time I've seen all sorts of critters in the road, mostly dead ones, or ones that are soon to be. Skunks, squirrels, unfortunate cats and the occasional immigrant possum. One time I had to stop for a bull moose standing in the middle of Court Street in front of Murphy's Citgo. In the winter, the city streets can be very dark, narrow and icy, not a good place for any animal to wander on. Most of them are cozy in their den somewhere, safely snoozing away until spring.
Except for one. Neither snow, narrow ice covered streets, nor dark of night will deter the idiot jogger from prancing down the middle of the road, oblivious to the world. Like the moose, they expect you to get out of their way without any further thought. One morning some years ago, a jogger wearing headphones was killed on North Main Street, hit by a guy on his way to work. The driver suffered from distress for a long time after that but no charges were filed because the jogger had placed himself in harm's way by being in the middle of the road.
So if you happen to know one of these critters who roam the dark, narrow and icy streets, encourage them to take a lesson from their roadkill cousins and sleep in until spring. Whatever health benefits they imagine that they are getting are far outweighed by their fool hardy desire to run in front of my big truck. Alan Moon
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:22
To The Daily Sun,
We just wanted to say how much we appreciate the fireworks in Meredith on New Year's Eve. They are absolutely incredible and we look forward to them every year!
Marc & Karin Nelson
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:19
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the Children's Foundation I would like to thank everyone who adopted a family or took tags from one of our Christmas trees at the following places, Wal-Mart, Fratello''s, Sacred Heart Church, and St. Joseph's Church. I also want to thank the Gilford Village Nursery School, John and Cheryl Barton and the Lakes Region Corvette Club, the thoughtful ladies who made hats and mittens, dropped off items and clothing for the teenagers, and all the wonderful people who dropped off donations to make this years Christmas Angel Program successful. This year we provided over 700 children in the Lakes Region with clothing and personal hygiene items. We couldn't have done it without your help and generosity.
A big "Thank you" goes out to all the volunteers who supported and worked the Christmas Angel Program. I can't thank you enough for all your efforts in helping local families and their children, so they could have a Merry Christmas.
We are truly blessed to live in the Lakes Region, where the people are generous, caring, and willing to help us provide children with the necessities.
By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of children in our community.
St. Vincent de Paul Children's Foundation
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:15
To The Daily Sun,
As residents all over New Hampshire open their first electricity bills of 2014, they should consider them a bargain. A low priced electrical bill without the hint of a green wind energy additive mixed in. Should we start preparing ourselves for a significant increase in our monthly electricity bills, not because of increased usage levels, but higher prices?
You see, no comprehensive analysis of feasibility of the proposed amounts of renewable energy has been done to highlight potentially more cost-effective alternatives to renewables, such as further development of our hydro resources or biomass resources in New Hampshire.
Is New Hampshire so quick to cash in on carbon credits at the expense of the Lakes Regions? At the expense of tourism? Or at the expense of homeowners? It seems evidence-based policy has been replaced with government farce.
And now here we are: increases are pending on our horizon. Businesses will cry foul and community organizations will not be able to afford the price increases, all while citizens will wonder why they can't buy cheaper — local power.
N.H. is an exporter of electricity, because we produce too much of it. I would rather pay someone local for energy than watch a foreign company chasing carbon credits — all while sending profits overseas.
How did it come to this? It could come to be, that we will someday pay much more for electricity than states we export to? I hope I am wrong... but I think "I just told you so".
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:11
To The Daily Sun,
During some light reading this morning, I came across an article about the "N.H. Free State Project" and I remembered that approximately two months ago a gentleman had written a letter to the paper asking about that very topic.
This letter is intended to inform anyone interested in the topic.
Jason Sorens, a Yale graduate and Dartmouth professor of political science, had an idea back in 2001. He founded the Free State Project. Their goal was and is to recruit twenty thousand liberty-minded, activist-oriented individuals to move to a small state, with the intent of effecting significant political change at the local level. An agreement among participants to move to N.H. for "Liberty in our Lifetime" was created after N.H. was chosen as the first target. Quoting from the FSP website, " The Free State Project, a mass migration movement to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in N.H. is advancing to the finish line with more than 15,000 participants now signed up, with thousands moving ahead of schedule."
After a slow start in 2003, the group now has 15,206 signers as of January 8, 2014 and the organization anticipates it will "Trigger the Move" in 2015, three years ahead of schedule.
To become a participant of the Free State Project, a person is asked to agree to the follow Statement of Intent: I hereby state my solemn intent to move to the State of N.H. within five years after 20,000 participants have signed up. Once there, I will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of individuals' life, liberty, and property.
"People aligned with the FSP have been elected to two-year terms in the 400 member N.H. House of Reps since 2006. Approximately a dozen Free Staters were elected in the 2012 election". It is also the intent of the organization for members to get elected or appointed to local boards and committees.
The FSP logo and mascot is the porcupine. "Porcupines are certainly cute and non aggressive but you don't want to step on them" was found on their website which is freestateproject.org. After further reading I found an interesting interview of Jason Sorens at www.theatlasphere.com
If you find this as interesting as I do just google N.H. Free State Project and you can read until your heart is content.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:07