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Phil Whittmann only Alton candidate working for local control

To The Daily Sun,

This coming March 11, the taxpayers of Alton will be asked to choose from three candidates for two seats on the Board of Selectmen.

Phil Wittmann is the only candidate who will work to preserve local control and protect Alton residents' private property rights and control over the education of its children.

Phil wants more transparency as relates to elected officials' actions, and is a fiscal conservative who will expose and fight against any wasteful spending of the taxpayers' dollars.

He is available to answer questions regarding warrant articles on which you will be asked to cast your vote. Some have been slyly crafted and could result in your voting against your intentions. Town officials are taking a second shot at pushing through certain items relating to your property rights which you soundly defeated in the past. I attended two meetings on workforce housing in Alton and there wasn't any support from the people. The only support was from "stakeholders," including your town planner, who is trying to tell you that his proposal has the people's support. Be very careful.

If you value local control and your private property rights, your vote for Phil Wittmann is imperative. Remember, your vote has serious consequences.

Vince Merola


Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:50

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I will do my best to serve the needs of my fellow Alton citizens

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to voters in Alton:

My name is Lou LaCourse and I'm running for selectman in Alton. I would like to let you know who I am and what I stand for.

I was born and raised in New Hampshire and I'm an independent and a conservative. My work experience is in manufacturing and includes quality, human resources, budgeting, planning and operations. I also serve on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Zoning Amendment Committee in Alton and do my best to serve the needs of my community. I'm an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fly fisherman and conservationist.

I believe the combination of my work background, experience in Alton's local government and outside interests provides me with the unique set of tools needed to do a good job representing my fellow citizens in Alton as we work together to complete Alton's Master Plan.

Alton will grow whether we want it to or not, and we need to put plans into action to anticipate and control the growth before it arrives. I don't want to see apartment complexes in Alton or multi-family buildings beyond the absolute minimum need. I do want to see taxes to stay low and prefer to find other means of increasing revenues when needed. I want to strip items in the town budget that do not need to be there.

We sometimes concentrate on a few items we find obvious, but "the devil is in the details," and in my experience small cuts in each of several areas will save much more money.

I don't pretend to have all the answers for Alton, but if elected will do my best to serve the needs of my fellow citizens. Please choose Lou LaCourse when voting for selectman in Alton.

Lou LaCourse


Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:39

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Cryans has machine behind him but Kenney is backed by grassroots

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing in support of Joe Kenney for Executive Council. Having met Joe at a recent event, I believe he will be a great asset for New Hampshire. His military service and years of service as a State Senator all show he has what it takes to handle the duties necessary to have our voices heard in Concord. I believe Joe Kenney will truly serve his constituents and not political cronies.

While Michael Cryans has a political machine behind him, Joe has the grassroots in his corner. It is time we make our voices heard and support the man who has supported New Hampshire values.

On March 11, I will be casting my vote for Joe Kenney. I hope you will do so as well.

Carlos Martinez


Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:36

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Senate Bill 413 shows what Yankee ingenuity can come up with

To The Daily Sun,

I want to compliment the Senate Committee for coming up with a uniquely New Hampshire solution for bringing health coverage to 50,000 Granite Staters who currently don't have medical insurance.

Senate Bill 413 will allow New Hampshire to accept the federal money which will pay for 100 percent of the costs of caring for our low-income neighbors at no cost to the state. I hope that Senator Forrester and her peers will support SB-413.

This legislation shows what Yankee ingenuity can come up with when we work together. The plan grants access to health care for low-income New Hampshire residents at no cost to taxpayers and without expanding state government. It demonstrates that New Hampshire knows how to work smarter rather than harder and is willing to help out our friends and neighbors.

I was very sorry when the Senate voted down a similar bill last December. If we don't pass SB-413, those 50,000 neighbors of ours will be left out and cost all of us millions of dollars in uncompensated health care. I hope that this time Senator Forrester and her fellow senators will pass this legislation.

Sandra Heaney

Henry Whipple House


Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:33

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Nothing, albsolutely nothing, will convince me to support Northern Pass

To The Daily Sun,

Look out the window. Any window. Envision, if you can, everything you see under water. From a car driving to Manchester, Salem, Berlin, Portsmouth, Keene. All of New Hampshire's 5.9 million acres under water.

I'm having a hard time even envisioning the scope of such a concept.

What — 5.9 million acres isn't enough? Add another 100,000 acres.

Yeah, you just have to deal with it. No choice at all. It's going to happen no matter what you say or do.

Welcome. You've just become a pseudo member of the Innu Nation who've been slapped with that ultimatum from Hydro Quebec for Northern Pass. No surprise here. In the 1970s they bullied the Cree and Inuit, too, flooding 4,440 square miles of their hunting grounds for the La Grande Complex without consulting the communities beforehand.

We made serious, horrible mistakes dealing with our Native Americans. Now Hydro Quebec repeats our past errors by running roughshod over Quebec's native peoples and spoiling forever the free flowing and pristine Romaine River for totally unnecessary hydropower. If we support their actions to flood 6 million acres that will destroy pristine natural resources and override the outrage of their native peoples for the unnecessary sake of the power-grabbing bullies at Hydro Quebec Corporation, we are ultimately not only condoning, but also being an implicit partner to their actions.

They can spend their millions with all the new ads on radio, TV and in the newspapers to convince us to support Northern Pass. Nothing, absolutely nothing will convince me to support Northern Pass. Our care for our native tribes, the land and our principles should be way higher than that.

(Source: SPNHF's Forest Notes, Summer, 2013)

Everett McLaughlin


Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:29

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