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Planning for preservation needs to start before there is a threat

To The Daily Sun,

It is indeed a sad sight to see the Hathaway House on Union Avenue in Laconia in the process of being demolished. However, the time for public outcry is not when the demolition crew arrives, and in reality, the time has long passed. Cookie cutter stores may be offensive, but those represent the trend in modern architecture and are what gain approval from local municipalities.

My family and I will not be boycotting the Dunkin' Donut stores owned by Cafua Management. The company is highly successful and pays large amounts of tax dollars to the city of Laconia. Those tax dollars are needed to fund city departments such as fire, police, and public works.

Deed research shows that Cafua Management took possession of the Hathaway House and the surrounding land on Aug. 16, 2000. Almost immediately, plans for the proposed use of the property were prepared by a local company and then presented to the city of Laconia. The plans show an adaptive use of the Hathaway House, which would have kept the outward appearance of the house and utilized the inside and a new addition as a Dunkin' Donuts store. This proposal from Cafua Management reveals that the company was not planning on demolishing the historic structure but in fact wanted very much to use it. Up until several years ago, the company utilized the building as office space for its employees.

What happened since this property was purchased and the arrival of a demolition crew at the parking lot of the Hathaway House? Research could be done to discover what transpired between the time those initial plans were submitted until present day. It would be time well spent — we might learn from what happened with this property and hopefully be able to prevent this kind of result from being repeated in the future. The decision to demolish the Hathaway House didn't just happen, and there have been attempts to save it.

My daughter, Sarah, began an effort to preserve the Hathaway House about a year ago. She was 18 years old at the time and was determined to save the building. She researched the full history of the property and came up with a viable plan to save it, which she presented to Cafua Management. Officials from the company took her seriously and consistently made time for conversations via phone and at no time told her to stop working on her plan. The plan outlined the transportation of the house to another site as well as its proposed uses after its move.

She formed a new organization called Historic Lakes Region, gathered interested individuals who were willing to sit on its board of directors, and obtained permission from a non-profit in Laconia to have that organization act as a fiscal agent until the new organization could gain its 501(c)(3) status. Quotes from Public Service of New Hampshire and FairPoint were obtained for the price of dropping power and cable lines during the transportation, and a company that specializes in moving large structures had also submitted a quote. There had been conversations with property owners who had vacant lots or building lots for sale — all within the vicinity of the Hathaway House.

It was a plan that could have worked and had the support of many. The discovery of a demolition crew at the Hathaway House did not surprise my daughter. The clock had simply run out. She e-mailed Cafua Management, told them that she had hoped for a different outcome, but respected their decision. She remains respectful of the company and has since notified all the individuals who had been involved in this great effort and has thanked them for their support.

The ideal time for planning for the preservation and restoration of a historic property can hopefully begin before there is a threat of demolition. Historic preservation is a specialized field, but it is not so specialized that it cannot be carried out by members of the general public who are willing to educate themselves on the proper procedures of preservation and who are willing to give of their time.

Picketing, boycotting, and Facebook rants do not save historic buildings, nor are those things on the list of steps that can be taken to preserve a structure that has significance to a community.

If those cookie cutter stores are offensive to some, those same individuals can easily become involved in community efforts to preserve historic structures whose appearance goes far beyond cookie cutter.

All of us hold a tremendous amount of power to make positive changes, but that requires each of us to get directly involved with our local communities, and it requires a willingness to volunteer our time to work on worthy projects. If we are content to just sit on the sidelines, we will be witness to far more demolitions than just Laconia's Hathaway House.

Carol Anderson


Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 09:41

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Jeanne Shaheen has lived here & served us well for many years

To The Daily Sun,

During Tuesday night's cable-televised debate, Scott Brown answered that he's running for U.S. Senator in New Hampshire because he lives here. Inquiring minds would like to know how many weeks he has lived here and how long he has been a registered voter in his town of residence in New Hampshire?

Senator Shaheen is also not a native, but she has lived here and served us long and well in the New Hampshire Legislature, as governor for multiple terms and for one term in the U.S. Senate in Washington. It is no secret that Scott Brown served and was defeated in Massachusetts before turning to New Hampshire. Sen. Shaheen said it best when she considered aloud the various opportunities candidate Brown has had to run for office again in Massachusetts before deciding to move north to run in New Hampshire and then said loud and clear, "New Hampshire is not a consolation prize."

Sen. Shaheen has championed New Hampshire in in Washington. Truly, our Senate seat is no consolation prize. New Hampshire voters know that throughout her career, Jeanne Shaheen has always put New Hampshire citizens first. Returning Sen. Shaheen to Washington is our best choice.

Gail Morrison


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:57

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Glenn Cordelli is steadfast, honest & deligent pursuer of the truth

To The Daily Sun,

"In a time of Universal Deceit, telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act" — a quote by George Orwell, famed author of "1984." To neglect the truth without investigating the significance, reasoning, and the critical thinking can be a false flag against a person. Let that sink in for a moment.

I have known Glenn Cordelli for a number of years. He is steadfast, honest and ultimately successful in his pursuit of the truth. He is a great state representative and follows the rule of law, the N.H. Constitution, and the U.S. Constitution. I have watched him at hearings in the Statehouse and have verbalized my concerns to him regarding issues. Glenn has always returned my phone calls and e-mails. I would encourage the residents of Tuftonboro, Sandwich, and Moultonboro to re-elect Glenn Cordelli as state representative.

I read a letter recently in The Daily Sun from Mr. John Morrissey of Moultonboro. His letter was filled with talking points. I know that he has done little to investigate the subject matter that he proclaims Rep. Glenn Coedelli voted against. Blanket statements were unacceptable when I was in school. One cannot and should not make statements without knowing the subject matter.

Does Mr. Morrissey know that Common Core Standards in our schools take away the critical thinking of our school children? Does he know the program teaches 2 plus 2 equals 5, and that it is okay to formulate a wrong answer instead of the correct one? I need to correct his statement that Common Core is a state-run curriculum. Common Core is a National School Standard curriculum, backed by Bill and Melinda Gates (Microsoft fame) along with extremely progressive educational groups. It started with "Race to the Top," which lured hungry schools into this program by promising over $4.3 billion for schools who applied for the grants from the federal government. These federal grants from the U.S. government usurp local control because when the schools take the money, they must adopt Common Core. This is a top-down program promoted by the federal government, to dumb down our educational system and experiment on the minds of our children.

A quote by William Shakespeare..."There is no Darkness...but Ignorance." I would encourage Mr. Morrissey to check these sites: www.youtube.com/ Stop Common Core in Georgia & TruthinAmericanEducation.com.

Medicaid expansion is another top-down program from federal government. It is an arm of Obamacare. To see Obamacare in action already, just look how the Veterans Administration used the "Death Panel" technique on our military. Our state should have never enacted Medicaid expansion — eventually the funds dry up and the taxpayers will be on the hook for paying the increased burden. Healthcare advocates are already warning of the unintended consequences of the huge increase in Medicaid enrollment for truly poor Americans, to say nothing about the fraud within the system. Sadly, Medicaid care is often inferior care.

Heart patients on Medicaid are less likely to receive angioplasty when they need it, and asthmatic children on Medicaid don't see specialists. In fact, few specialists in any field take Medicaid patients. A great educational book is "Beating Obamacare 2014 — author Betsey McCaughey, Ph.D.

What about the Minimum Wage Law? Glenn Cordelli voted against this law with good reason. Some facts that have been historically researched that Democrats won't bother telling Granite Staters are as follows.

Minimum wage laws hurt low-income workers the most, minimum wage laws will cause some workers' hours to be cut. Minimum wage laws will cause some businesses to decrease hiring as a result. Minimum wage laws are considered the most racist laws on the books. Minimum wage laws do not lift people out of poverty, and these laws give some unions an automatic increase in pay if their contracts are written allowing it. This bill will actually hurt the people they are pretending to care so much about. Go to http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/raising-minimum-wage-will-hurt-more-help.

Another talking point without investigation by Mr. Morrissey is the buffer zone around Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. I would encourage a phone call to Glenn, and I am sure he will enlighten his reasons for declining to give a "Yes" vote. One can also check the internet for the Buffer Zone Bill-N.H. I have researched this proposed bill, but it is not needed because New Hampshire already has a strong bill to address the issue.

Rosemary Landry


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:53

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Peter Bolster running as an independent candidate in District 8

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to call out the person or people who have stolen 15 signs for Peter Bolster's campaign for State Representative in Gilmanton, Barnstead and Alton. You are thieves and I hope this catches up with you. You obviously do not represent the majority of law-abiding, community minded members of these towns.

Peter Bolster is running as an independent candidate because he believes that the issues facing our state are not going to be solved by following party lines on either side. The past has proven that. We need people in our government who are willing to work together to make New Hampshire the best possible state it can be.

I don't believe people should vote on election day based on the names on the left or the right or who had the biggest lawn signs. I urge voters in every election to research each candidate and chose those who are going to work for you and our state.

Elizabeth Hall


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:48

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Troubling that City Council trimmed LRPA-TV budget by $10,000

To The Daily Sun,

I am glad I was not the only community member concerned about the possible loss of the valuable service provided by Lakes Region Public Access TV on Channel 25.

No offense to print journalism in the area or WMUR-TV coverage, but all that reporting has to be edited due to time, space, and cost constraints. Lakes Region Public Access television offers the only truly unedited version of town meetings, convention and commission public hearings, sporting events, etc., where every grimace, sneer, smile, smirk and other body language nuance remains on tape unedited and available for the public to access by simple request in their studio adjacent to Laconia High School.

In these difficult times of political unrest I find it very troubling to think the City Council trimmed the budget appropriation for LRPA from $39,500 to $29,500 to reduce the increase in the property tax rate. In a city the size of Laconia with hundreds, maybe thousands of taxable properties, is $10,000 going to make a significant reduction in the property tax rate? Is it significant enough to outweigh the loss of a valuable and much needed public resource?

Kay M. Anderson

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:28

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