To The Daily Sun,
I was pleased to read in last week's Laconia Daily Sun that state Sen. Andrew Hosmer had attended a Laconia City Council meeting to update the mayor and councilors about what was happening in Concord.
I appreciate Sen. Hosmer's ability to work across party lines and do what's in the best interest of his constituents. His common sense, bipartisan approach to problem solving saved the City of Laconia, and all of us taxpayers, $200,000.
Thank you Sen. Hosmer and I look forward to you serving another term.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
After reading Bob Greemore's letter to the editor in the Saturday, Aug. 9, Sun I have to say he nailed it when stating that Michael Kitch was very biased in his writing about the conflicts between the commission and the county delegation. This is not an unusual occurrence when you consider that 90 percent plus of people in the news media today are registered Democrats. You have to wonder what is taught in journalism school today. It certainly isn't reporting the facts no matter what your personal feelings are on an issue.
I also agree with Rep. Greemore's assessment of the commission, with good reason. First let's go back to Obama's "shovel ready stimulus plan." The commissioners spent over a half million dollars of the grant they received on refurbishing their offices and meeting room and had a gym erected for their use, plus almost $18,000 was spent on signage. This money was spent while the roof on the nursing home wing was leaking and while they watched the jail deteriorate. When questioned about the use of the money, Deb Shackett answered with an evasiveness that wasn't an answer at all. Keep in mind the commissioners also wanted to spend a large amount of money on bulletproof glass for their offices. The way they've conducted themselves I can understand why.
They attached themselves to the Ricci-Greene proposal for the jail at the jaw-dropping price of $42.6 million. This is a company that stated that almost nobody accepts their first proposal. My question is: "Why the heck do you present it?" Commissioner Philpot has stated that they had no intention of going with that plan. Yeah, right. If the members of the convention, along with the public, hadn't intervened the construction would be ongoing at this time. Administrator Deb Shackett while, exiting a meeting, stated, "We're going to get our jail." I guess with her it's personal.
Now let's move on to legal decisions this commission has made. They filed a lawsuit against the Register of Deeds in an attempt to force her to deposit the receipts from her office into the general fund, which is clearly against state law. They lost. The only reason I can come up with for this move is so they could play with the money during the month until it had to be paid to the state. They also filed suit against the convention, again to gain more power which by law wasn't theirs. They lost again. Now keep in mind that Commissioner Philpot is a practicing attorney and the lawsuit against the convention was brought with the assistance of a retired judge. They had to know they were wrong going in. Another law they disregarded was making annual reports to the N.H. Attorney General on conditions at the jail as required by law. He must be proud of his fellow attorney.
Sheriff Wiggin, in a letter to the editor, stated that he feels competent to offer an informed opinion on the jail, and I agree with that statement. I also understand that he wants the best possible working conditions for the staff at the jail. The problem(s) I have is the concern that a lot of people involved in this issue have for the inmates. Before you send out your hate mail let me say I don't want the county to bring back chain gangs and bread and water diets etc. Remember these people broke the law and the last I knew jails were supposed to be a form of punishment and not a tuition-free college.
I read where the commission voted to apply for a grant for poetry reading for the inmates. Weren't there any grants for Zumba and yoga? They said it was a way for them to cope with their anger, loss, sadness, loneliness, grief and frustration. Gee, I thought that was what jail was supposed to cause so that they wouldn't want to come back. The saying comes to mind, "I can do that sentence standing on my head." We shouldn't be fostering that mindset.
Let's elect pragmatic people to the commission who will use federal guidelines for prisons as their objective while keeping the taxpayers of the county as their first priority. If this means breaking off with Ricci-Greene, so be it. Sometimes you have to cut your losses and move on.
To the residents of Laconia I say, "You're going to shoulder the largest tax burden of this jail so when you vote vote your pocketbook and do your homework." I also think it's time for a new administrator who won't let personality guide her/his decisions and I would hope the new commission will seriously consider that move.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:53
To The Daily Sun,
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a very moving ceremony at our Statehouse in Concord.
Our state representative from Meredith and Gilford, Lisa DiMartino, was among the honorees by the Governor's Commission on Disability. Lisa was recognized as the legislator most dedicated to the issues facing the differently-abled community. We are lucky to have such a tireless and principled legislator representing Meredith and Gilford and this special population in Concord.
As I looked around the room and as I listened to honorees' stories, I pinched myself at my own good fortune. A random accident, an unforeseen health outcome; all of us could see our lives or that of someone we hold dear change in an instant.
I credit Lisa, all the honorees, and many of those in attendance at this ceremony for their boundless energy on behalf of loved one, those in their care or those to whom they provide opportunities.
And I congratulate Lisa on a very deserved recognition.
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap County Democrats
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:22
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to express my appreciation to the Laconia School District for allowing me to serve the district and it's youth for the past 12 years.
Recently, due to significant physical health issues, I needed to submit my resignation as a custodian to the district. I am most grateful to have been able to serve the District in this capacity, and as well to have been involved in several extra curricular activities, mainly at LHS. I truly loved being involved with the student community for many years. I consider this to be the top milestone in my life.
As I write this I am being overwhelmed with cherished memories. Winning seasons, losing seasons, dances, proms, bus rides to Con-Val and Fall Mountain. It's all there hopefully to never be forgotten.
I attempted to know as many students names as possible. Even nicknames: Cheesecrakers, Phatty, Sonar, Patchy, and Chief to name a few. But it was the friendships that I will remember from the students and parents. I am very proud to have served all of your over the years, and I wish you all well, and may you continue to live decent and productive lives.
I would like to express my appreciation to the faculty of LHS and LMS for all of your understanding and wisdom over the years, again, a pleasure to serve you.
For the students and alumnus that I have so proudly served I wish that you live well, do what is right, have a good work ethic always, be kind to others, and always remember your time at Laconia Schools by what Coach Kozens says, "Good people first, good players second". Live by this standard and you will have lived life to the fullest, and a profound thank you from Coach "T", just a simple man, who does what he feels right.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:17
To The Daily Sun,
2014 marks the tenth year of the Meredith Library Public Garden. The garden was started in 2005 as part of the America in Bloom competition. Its first year it received first-place honors in the competition. In 2013, the library garden came in third in the Landscape Design Contest. This is the 10th year that it has been designated as one of the All-American Selection (AAS) Display Gardens.
The display gardens are dedicated to growing AAS Winner plants in an attractive outdoor setting that is open to the public. Each year since 1932, AAS has conducted trials and selected winning flower and vegetable varieties as a way for home gardeners to learn which new varieties are truly improved.
This year the garden was supplemented by stepping stones created by teens at the library in an activity led by youth services librarian John Locke. The Greater Meredith Sculpture Walk also added a metal dragonfly sculpture to the front of the garden space.
Throughout the growing season, volunteers from the Friends of Meredith Library weed and water the garden to maintain its pristine condition. Anyone interested in becoming a Friend of the Meredith Library may visit the library website at www.meredithlibrary.org or call the library at 279-4303 for more information.
Thank you to all the parties that made this year's garden possible: The Greater Meredith Program for donating the plants and for adding the sculpture, the Friends of the Meredith Library for purchasing the materials for the stepping stones and maintaining the garden, and the library teens for creating the stones.
We at the library hope that the entire community and visitors to the area have an opportunity to come and enjoy this year's lovely display.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:14