To The Daily Sun,
I'm writing to express my strong support for Tom Dawson for State Representative from Laconia's Belknap District 3.
Tom's background is uniquely suited to this position, and he has the energy and drive to do a great job representing the people of Laconia.
Before Tom was appointed New Hampshire's State Fire Marshal, and wrote New Hampshire's first fire code, he was essentially the chief financial officer of the Houston, Texas, fire department. That department was, at that time, the second-largest department in the fourth-largest city in the U.S. Tom knows how to draw up a budget, justify it to the public and higher ups, control expenditures, liaison with other departments and hire a motivated and well qualified staff.
Tom would make an excellent addition to our budget writing or fiscal policy committees in Concord.
His expertise in fire safety would make him a great asset to the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee as well.
Here in Belknap County, as a member of the Belknap County Convention, Tom would be a welcome addition at a time when budgetary issues are paramount, fire safety at the jail is critical and staffing issues at the nursing home are on edge.
I urge Laconia voters to get to know Tom Dawson and then vote for him on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:37
To The Daily Sun,
The Town Hall meeting in Alexandria on Sept. 30, was a most difficult time for Citizens of Alexandria Rights Effort (CARE Group), the selectmen, and residents. The people of Alexandria and surrounding towns were very honest and passionate about their feelings toward the industrial wind company EDP, the met tower building permit signed by the selectmen in July 2013, and industrial wind projects overall, and rightfully so.
As a community we have worked long and hard to secure our right to protect our health, safety and welfare and that of our environment, to have the ability to say "No" to a harmful industry in our town. Supporting the issuance of the contractual conditional met tower building permit to EDP was not the position CARE Group was pleased to take, but it was necessary.
Many may not understand, but I would hope you would be willing to learn more about why CARE Group took the position we did. We invite you to come hear more about it on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Minot-Sleeper Library in Bristol. Please come with a willingness to gain a better understanding of the legal perspective behind our support of the selectmen granting the contractual permit signed in 2013. Again, this was not a position were pleased to take, but a necessary one. We hope to see you next Thursday.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:33
To The Daily Sun,
My opponent's supporters point to his professor status at Lakes Region Community College as a reason he would make a good county commissioner. I believe teaching is a respectable profession, but I do not agree that my opponent is more competent. As a successful small business owner for 25-plus years and an Army veteran, I believe I am the better candidate.
I attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on an Army ROTC scholarship and earned a degree in business administration. I served a four year active duty commitment with the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Immediately after serving in the Army, I attended Plymouth State University and earned a Master's degree in business administration. At the same time, I joined the New Hampshire National Guard were I served for 23 years. My last assignment was commander of the New Hampshire Military Academy. In 2010, I transferred to the Army Reserve and was assigned to the Operations and Gaming Division at the U.S. Army War College. I retired in 2013 as a colonel with 30 years of military service. I also hold a master of science degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
My favorite assignment was my last one at the War College. I would often travel to Carlisle, Pa., and meet up with fellow reservists from around the country. All were accomplished people within the government or the private sector. The roll of the operations and gaming division was to train senior level officers (colonel through general) in strategy/land warfare and to exchange ideas on complex issues vital to U.S. national security Interests. I enjoyed my experience and met many outstanding people. I felt very fortunate to be entrusted with this assignment.
I believe Belknap County has been badly led. The employees, nursing home residents, jails inmates and the taxpayers have all suffered. I have a proven track record in business and the military.
Please vote for me to get Belknap County moving forward again.
Candidate for Belknap County Commissioner
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:31
To The Daily Sun,
Public banking can be a solution. Thomas Jefferson stated: "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent that their Fathers conquered... I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."
My name is Valerie Fraser, a resident of New Hampton and I am hosting a lecture to bring awareness about public banking. We have the power to take steps to stop the ever-growing concentration of power "at the top" and its subsequent political power. We have all been told the Wall Street banks are "too big to fail" when the reality is that they are too big to regulate. The unanticipated consequence of Frank-Dodd is that it is squeezing our smaller community banks and credit unions through stiff regulations, while the big banks ignore it. We all want lower taxes. We are told to lower taxes through lower spending. That may be true. But if spending is lowered too much (austerity) within our current financial system, commerce will slow, jobs will be lost and we won't be any better off.
So, what is the solution? Create a public bank here in Belknap County. Many of our great U.S. presidents fought against private money creation. Ben Franklin said that one of the reasons for the Revolutionary War was England's interference with the colonies' very successful scrip currencies. Public banking is a model used very successfully in the state of North Dakota for almost 100 years and in Germany for 200 years. The massive amounts of money we give the big banks every year is money we could be keeping in house to use for our benefit, and not for the benefit of the big banks. Every citizen deserves economic well-being. We, the people, can become empowered and overthrow the self-serving economic theories and lies.
A public bank will drastically reduce borrowing costs, save tax payers money by eliminating big bank debt servicing fees, enable low-cost financing of public infrastructure projects (I-93 expansion or Belknap County Jail), support community-based banks and credit unions, and create jobs. We don't have to remain trapped in the "tax and spend" or "don't tax and don't spend" cycles. No one wants to work 10 years just to pay the interest (usury) on his house mortgage.
I invite you to attend a lecture I am hosting, on Saturday morning Oct. 25 at the Gordon Nash Library in New Hampton from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Our guest speaker is Gwendolyn Hallsmith, author and executive director of the public banking institute.org. (www.publicbankinginstitute.org) She will enlighten us on the benefits of public banking. It can be done and now is the time. It is a first step to economic reform and freedom.
It is free and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Valerie Fraser at 603-455-7344 as seating is limited.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:21
To The Daily Sun,
I ask that the citizens of Belknap County boycott from reading and especially receiving the Laconia Citizen. Since the purchase of the paper several years ago I have noticed the decline in the distribution of the newspaper. I also noticed one of the articles written had not been validated as being correct.
When the paper was first taken over I remember that the weekly subscribers were mandated to take on the Sunday paper in order to keep the home delivery going on daily.
The charge for the Sunday paper was ridiculous, and certainly in my case had nothing of interest. This obviously infuriated many subscribers who had been faithful to the paper from its earlier days before the sale took place.
From my point of view I feel the paper felt that it was independent and could take advantage of its subscribers as being the only game in town.
Like many, I canceled my subscription in disgust of the mandate and have never purchased the paper since. What perturbs me again about The Citizen was Monday when I was trying to find out some information regarding an acquaintance of mine, and when I logged onto the Citizen's website and started to proceed it required me to pay for the news online or not be able to read it.
This infuriates me because I believe the news should be available to all online. The Citizen doesn't get it, that a paper's online service promotes the attitude of a newspaper and also helps build a following. Well, I guess The Citizen chased me away for another 10 years after that encounter.
I thank all of those at the Laconia Daily Sun for bringing competition to our area.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 07:23