To The Daily Sun,
It is unsettling to watch the Belknap commissioners and administrators behave unprofessionally at county meetings
of the convention. While they are present to answer questions which delegates to the convention may have, they seldom miss an opportunity to snort, snigger and register their derision. Of course, this does discredit to them and to their offices and diminishes what should be a serious concern to do the people's business to the best of our ability in a dignified atmosphere.
Meeting rules require that questions and comments be directed to the chair after one is recognized to speak. At the Feb. 18 meeting, before there could be any general discussion or public input, a motion was made to adopt the commissioners' budget as presented. This foreclosed the possibility of public input since, despite the attempt of the chair to recognize the public, the side putting forth the motion correctly noted that it would be out of order. When the motion was made to adjourn it precluded further discussion since this is not a debatable motion.
It is apparent that some of the delegates to the Belknap Convention have had profound differences with the administration. That disagreement should not be used as justification for unruly behavior.
Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 11:36
To The Daily Sun,
Enough is enough, is enough, is enough. How long can state government sit on its hands in silence? It's time for action.
The right-wingers expound there is never a time for government action. Let the American spirit and free enterprise handle it. Well, free markets have had the ball long enough. They've proven themselves incapable. Instead of addressing our discomfort, they promoted Olympics, mergers and intrusion. Did you buy that? You did? You've been snowed. Admit it.
The God people told us they could handle it. They could not. Perhaps somebody should explain, if you're making saints out pedophile enablers and preaching generalized hatred for people you don't understand, your prayers don't carry much weight in the ultimate weather room. The prayed-for relief they seek could be warmer than they anticipate.
The lefties said only the downtrodden and minority are worthy of governmental largesse. How, they beseech one another. Can they channel relief solely to the truly needy? There's bound to be overspill to the statistically undevastated.
Only a swell of demand from the great unwashed can make it happen. We need action. We need laws. We need unequivocal edicts. We need unity of purpose, and we needed it two months ago, not next month or sometime.
How much snow are we going to allow in New Hampshire? How many days in a week will we permit it?
Don't wait. Assemble and petition. And, quit singing, "Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow." That's blasphemy, and soon, if we all act together, it will be illegal.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 11:32
To The Daily Sun,
The Gilford Rotary Club wishes to thank all those individuals and families who turned out for our first ever Pizza Bowl competition on Sunday, Jan. 26th at the Gilford Youth Center. We succeeded in not only raising substantial funds which will be used to support area charities — but we also afforded a fun experience for the scores of families who attended.
A special thank-you goes out to the eight pizza vendors who participated: Gilford House of Pizza, Gilford Village Store, Lakeside Pizza, Papa Gino's, Pat's Pizza (Bristol), Pizza Express, Sal's Pizza and Weir's Beach Lobster Pound. Additional support was generously provided by Lakes Region Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Shaw's Supermarket (Gilford) and Taylor Rental. Lastly- the Gilford Youth Center proved to be an excellent venue for this event.
Chris Ray, President
Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 11:30
To The Daily Sun,
Joe Kenney is running a grassroots campaign in his election against Michael Cryans in the District 1 Executive Council seat.
In Thursday's Laconia Daily Sun, there was an article regarding Cryans receiving a "2 to 1 advantage in funds raised." For those who have been watching the political left's ability to raise funds, it is not surprising Cryans is 2-1 ahead. In New Hampshire, however, the candidate with the most money is not a "lock" for winning elections. In New Hampshire, the person with ideas, integrity, and a history of service can easily win with less money.
In fact, the Laconia Daily Sun had a similar article on Jan. 4, 2014, saying, "Republican Christopher Boothby of Meredith (Kenney's primary opponent) has raised more than twice as much money..." By the way, Chris Boothby lost that race.
I actually like the fact that Joe Kenney is willing to take $40,000 out of his own pocket to serve New Hampshire. It proves Joe has no problem putting his money where his mouth is. Those of us who know Joe, know he is a man of honor. Whether it was as a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps or a legislator with a 14-year conservative voting record, voters understand there is a real and substantive difference between the politically backed progressive that is Michael Cryans, and the humble public servant that is Joe Kenney.
Money is only one part of a political campaign. In the end, it is the voter with a ballot, that makes the difference. For those of you who are tired of government gone off the rails, get involved and make sure Joe Kenney is our representative for Executive Council District 1. Get the word out there. It is worth more than money.
Rep. Jane Cormier
Belknap District 8
Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 11:27
To The Daily Sun,
The voters in Alton who are likely to go to the polls on March 11 should be aware of three articles that will be on the paper ballot for them to fill in the oval for either "yes" or "no." To me the three are totally irrational and should receive a "no" vote.
Articles 42, 43, and 44 were placed on the ballot by a petition gotten together by a cadre of ultra-conservatives who reside in Alton and have every right to have their propositions on the ballot for more than 4,000 registered voters to agree with them — or not.
Article 42, if approved, would have the Town of Alton "not pay the estimated membership fees of $7,000 to be a member of the Lakes Region Planning Commission" (LRPC). My understanding of this is that the ultra-conservatives believe the LRPC to be a foil of the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency, and is imposing federal mandates on local communities all the way down to towns in New Hampshire.
Admittedly I have not spoken to every member of Alton's Planning Board. Those I have checked with are of the view that Alton's annual dues to LRPC make it all the more possible for Alton to manage its own destiny. LRPC supplies regional data and analysis which equip our local planning board to blend LRPC's big picture information with what the board has on the table for Alton. Thusly, Alton comes out ahead of the game.
Article 43 would eliminate the position of Town Planner and Article 44 would do away with the Tax Assessor.
How crazy is this? Sure, the ultra-conservatives are of the conviction that smaller government is better. A lot of people are of that conviction, and in some case-by-case applications it may be true.
But not in Alton.
Study the warrants: Doing away with the Town Planner would eliminate "$64,040 per year plus benefits" from Alton's payroll. With the job still needing to be done, however, will call for something on the order of $120,120 to retain a consultant to do what our everyday employee does while knowing the community so much better than an outsider could ever hope.
Similarly, Article 44 would discharge the Town Assessor, who has a salary of $68,599, plus benefits. Who, then, will be doing the assessing? Certainly even the petitioners are not going to be happy with drawing a number out of a hat as to what their property tax is going to be. To farm the job out, the warrant article -- as amended at the Town Deliberative session — estimates that it will cost at least $95,000 a year to out-source the assessing of Alton's real estate.
The Alton voter going into the booth on March 11 should be questioning whether she or he wants to pay more taxes to implement a philosophy of downsizing government?
Costing more to get less.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 11:23