To The Daily Sun,
I am writing today to publicly and sincerely express, on behalf of everyone at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, our gratitude to the Inter-Lakes School District and some specific individuals in particular at Inter-Lakes Elementary School.
As some people know, we are holding our youth summer camp at I-LES this year. As I write this, we are nearing the conclusion of the program — five weeks down, one to go. Students work, in the morning, with expert teachers to devise, rehearse, and perform their own original plays based on this summer's theme of "Fables Legends, and Myths!" In the afternoon, the focus of our day turns to dance, music, and art.
From early meetings with Dr. Steve Kelley, I-LES principal, and Director of Buildings and Grounds Chris Wald, to our daily interactions at the school with Head Custodian Donna Sturgeon and her fantastic crew, we have been made to feel nothing but welcome by everyone in our "summer home." Many other people, including the office staff and summer BLAST faculty and staff, have also gone out of their ways to welcome and help us. I want to make sure I acknowledge librarian Andrea Caulder and teachers Steve Watson, Wanda Miller, Denise Read, and Sheri MacMillan, whose space we occupied.
Positive community interaction is a recurring motif in the Inter-Lakes School District's official vision, mission, and core values. Being a newcomer to this community, I was really moved to discover how dedicated the school district is to actively living these values and modeling this vision and mission for its students — some of whom are with us for the summer.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:11
To The Daily Sun,
Is our Fish and Game Department turning a blind eye on our industrial wind power plant problem? New Hampshire currently has 70 active wind turbines. Are we measuring these impacts, or will we just approve another several hundred turbines? Their findings could have a profound impact on wind development in New Hampshire. And if no studies are being conducted, I would suggest starting with the Groton Wind Power Plant first.
That's because Groton's habitats and spawning areas have changed. One thing remains true: wind developers are in control. Otherwise, we'd be seeing monthly Fish and Game reports on the true damage happening in Groton.
There are a few Lakes Region groups trying to build pressure, but going up against these developers is tough. You see, they get to use "flawed science" in their pursuit to build here.
A few of these wind developers may squeeze some short-term profits out of this, but not without federal subsidies. Our long-term effect will be punishing our fish and wildlife to the brink of extinction in some of our local rivers and streams.
I hope our state is studying the effects of wind development, because the last thing I want to hear from them is an announcement on how their adding an animal to the Endangered Species List.
It's true, Newfound Lake almost became home to about 65 percent of all wind turbine development in New Hampshire. Our unified community message stopped additional turbine development. We need to continue our focus locally. Let your state and local politicians know where you stand on the Spruce Ridge Wind Farm proposal.
And remember, if your local politician is doing the right thing, praise him or her. Because we all know that doing the right thing isn't always easy and in the political arena — it's even worse.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:07
To The Daily Sun,
As a Republican and longtime Gilford resident, I am running for one of the four seats for District 2-Gilford/Meredith in the Sept. 9 Primary.
I am the founder of Hurt and Forbes Insurance Agency of Laconia, a successful company that I operated for more than 30 years. Having sold the agency in early 2000, I continued my career as an insurance consultant and my education with a master's degree in law from Champlain College of Vermont.
My decision to run is based upon my belief that we need to change the way business is conducted not only in Concord, but also at the county level.
Belknap County and in particular, Gilford and Meredith, is experiencing an epidemic of illegal drug activity and evidence shows, it has placed an overwhelming burden on our judicial and corrections system. In terms of a new jail, some of our legislators have declined to sign on to a costly new correctional facility, and rightly so. But doing nothing is not an option.
In my opinion Gilford and Meredith need someone with fresh ideas and a clear vision of how we as a community can achieve these goals. I am working with others on a corrections plan that is not only affordable, but one that can be supported by all Belknap County communities and the taxpayers.
Furthermore, many of our families and business are under enormous financial strain in these difficult economic times. In my opinion the Legislature should be looking to reduce taxes and adding incentives to grow business. Common sense and history tell us, that government works best when it promotes an environment in which business thrive and families can succeed in providing for the future.
My platform supports less-costly biennial sessions, lower taxes for business, and more transparency in government.
I am opposed to a sales or income tax and any effort to remove our Second Amendment rights.
I would appreciate your vote in the September primary. You can count on me to protect your freedoms, your money and the economic future of your families.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:42
To The Daily Sun,
Recently your paper printed a letter from a senior in high school named Gabe, insisting that the taxpayers should pay for his college education. Tony Boutin responded with a very good letter which included praise for the young man for trying to plan for his future.
Next came a letter from another high school senior with the same entitlement attitude as the first one ... only scarier. Michael informs Mr. Boutin that we live in the richest country in the world so the successful can certainly pay more in taxes to help him. Young man, we no longer live in the richest country as our treasury has been squandered on social programs. There's no money left. You want to pick the pockets of the people who have worked hard and been successful instead of figuring out a way to earn it yourself (hard work and good grades).
You love the Finnish system and obviously haven't been taught the American system of achievement. A government who will pay for your education will also tell you what you may and may not study, taking away your personal choices.
Recently Sen. Sam Cataldo has been mentioned in three different letters (including yours) in three different newspapers. It sounds like maybe you are being fed talking points from Sam's opponent, Richard Leonard. Mr. Leonard would certainly believe in wealth redistribution as you do. Sam Cataldo does not. Obviously the public schools have not prepared you for the real world, even before Common Core. They seem to have achieved their goal of turning out good little socialists.
Mr. Boutin's response to you comes from his life experiences that you are not old enough to appreciate and understand. All you have had is public school propaganda which explains your failure to understand the American way of life.
Congratulations Michael. You have learned how to put your thoughts down on paper and put them out there for all to see. Now comes lesson Number 2. When you do that you put yourself in the line of fire of people who disagree. It's not the Finnish way, it's not even the Canadian or Mexican way, it's the American way.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:38
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to U.S. Sen. Kelley Ayotte:
I appreciate the work you are doing in Washington and understand that your schedule is quite busy. However, last night the Board of Selectmen in Meredith had an agenda item as follows: "Senator Kelly Ayotte — board update". You were not there and had sent a staffer in your place. That was really not a problem. The problem began when questions were asked of the staffer. One of our selectmen asked him about the federal highway funding of Routes 3 and 25 intersection, and rather than address the issue, he handed the selectman a card and said they could get in touch later. He wouldn't even wait to talk to him after the meeting.
Then, he said if anyone had any personal questions they could meet him in the hall. A lady got up and wanted to talk to him and it wasn't personal, it was issue driven. She came to the microphone, was recognized by the chair and began to speak by saying it wasn't personal and she had a couple of questions for him. He opened the door and motioned her into the hall. I was stunned. He obviously did not want to address her questions in a public session, and if that was the case, what was he doing there at all.
This lady, a constituent of mine, came to this meeting solely for the purpose of having the opportunity to have these questions addressed by you. To be basically "blown off" by this staffer was unacceptable and regardless of the party affiliation of anyone involved, I do not feel that this was professional or fair.
I encourage you not to allow this to happen again in the future and I encourage all of our representative to either show up themselves or when they can't, sent educated staffers to represent them. It makes us all look bad when things like this happen.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:34