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All kids with bikes should know about rodeo on Sat. at Opechee

To the editor,
Lakes Region readers, if you have a child with a bike, please take advantage of this Saturday's Bicycle Rodeo at Opechee Park in Laconia, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be complimentary food for the children, free safety checks of the bicycles, and bike helmets will be fitted and given away to any child who needs one. Look for the large Kiwanis sign and tent in the Opechee parking lot, and stop by. There will also be a drawing which will earn a lucky child a free NEW bicycle, donated by Napa Auto Parts of Laconia. We will see you there.
John Walker
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:44

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Fire station should be much bigger priority than State School

To the editor,
First, I want to say how grateful I am to The Daily Sun and The Citizen for giving the public and its officials the opportunity to present their opinions, and the opportunity to inform the public of facts others may not be aware of. Without this input for anyone to express their views the public doesn't always have the facts.
My position today is to look at the purchase of the State Prison property, formerly known as the State School.
This has been on the back burner for several years and still many questions are unanswered and reasons for the city to spend tax dollars for the property are few and indefinite. I will not at this time enumerate the steps taken, deadlines, etc. I will just make a few observations.
Monday night at the council meeting, the last item to come up was a request to reinstate a bid to the state for this property. No new facts or plans were presented and it was decided to wait until the next meeting when we might have more information on just what it will cost to not only buy this property, but to get EPA funds to clean it up and then maintain the grounds, etc. At this time the Parks Department is overworked and undermanned taking care of all our new facilities and on the budget this year is money for a park at the Weirs. This too will demand maintenance and we have a $300,000 bond coming up to repair the Smith Track and this will require more attention. The additional acreage of the Prison Property will be another huge challenge or the addition of manpower and more money for maintenance.
Let's look at the EPA clean up. We received a memo from the planning director last night with the latest report from Enviro Vantage addressing the projected costs of removing hazards and contamination from this site. It is estimated that before demolition of buildings, the cost to clean up would be anywhere from $175,000 to $295,000.00 for one building. There are 25 buildings and they averaged it to be $200,000 per building. This comes to FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.
Further, there is NO guarantee we would get EPA funds. They allow up to $200,000 per site — no more than five sites per applicant. Supporters feel they can divide the property into five sites. Questionable. The city would have to be responsible for 20 percent of the cost.
You cannot even apply for EPA funds until you own the land.
In a non-public council meeting on January 23,2012 (minutes sealed for one year), it was decided to first protect the city, legally, from contaminants exposure, and second, in the event the city decided to go through with it, we needed this information to help us structure the offer.
If we bought the property and didn't receive EPA funds, we would have no such protection.
Lastly, we are in the midst of budget deliberations and have received an excellent review from the auditors as to our financial stability. We were given a flow sheet which shows our bond indebtedness and included is room for new fire station and/or purchasing this property.
The fire station is a priority necessary to our safety and has been on the list for several years. If we are willing to spend millions, should it be for our safety or for some unknown want.
Councilor Brenda Baer
Ward 4 - Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:38

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Amazing: U.S. women have right to terminate pregnancy at will

To the editor,
Quite interesting that Ariel Castro will be charged with aggravated murder for terminating the pregnancies of the three captives in the Ohio kidnapping case. Even more amazing is the fact that women have the right in this country to terminate pregnancies at will. Abortions are committed routinely in clinics and hospitals every day. How is this even remotely acceptable. The killing of a baby is, the killing of a baby, murder.
Life is precious.
Harry Mitchell
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:35

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Industrial wind power around Newfound is travesy we'll regret

To the editor,
On May 3, I kayaked around Newfound Lake. This is a stunning and unique lake — it not only offers great beauty but also offers me a free drink during my expedition. It has always been my favorite lake and to me it's likely the last summer to kayak this gem before its viewshed is ruined by industrial wind turbines. Its sweeping 360 degree water views from Bristol to Hebron are spectacular!
Newfound Lake is so highly regarded that many resident, both past and present, have donated their lands in hopes to preserve the lake's charm. Yet in spite of this — the state is now promoting industrial wind turbine sites all around this "extraordinary" and "special place".
The promotion of the Groton Wind Farm with its 24 industrial turbines was done quietly and quickly. To many of us it was a surprise! I believe it's all in the wind developers planning approach — because they announced all four wind projects shortly after the summer residents left.
It goes to show you how summer residents are valued — "YES" — your voices count and should be heard on this matter. If all proposed projects get built out, this wonderful, stunningly scenic place will be littered with 125 huge industrial wind turbines surrounding it. The viewshed will be ruined for the next 20 years.
I have summered in Bridgewater since the early 1970s. Many of you don't know me... but you can see that I have a passionate love for this lake. When my parents first discovered this lake — they were awed by its spectacular beauty. I strongly believe that industrial wind power developments around the lake is a travesty that we will come to regret. I am angry that the political climate of today has allowed such unjustified destruction of our Lakes Region to take place. Please join me and the efforts of "New Hampshire Wind Watch" in battling this. You owe it to your soul...
I ended my kayak trip that day and wrote this letter. Just goes to show you — the lake is also a great place to think.
Ray Cunningham
Bridgewater

Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 11:59

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Quite sure people who voted for Ayotte are happy with her actions

To the editor,
So much condemnation of Senator Ayotte in recent letters and TV ads. I wonder, why wouldn't these letters instead be praising President Obama, extolling his actions and bold leadership. After all he issued 23 executive orders back in January (reference my letter of Jan. 18, 2013, Sun page 7). Bolder action by Obama, such as what F.D.R. was inclined to take with a stroke of his pen which spurred his Congress into action, may yet be forthcoming.
Giving praise when and where it is due is a positive thing guiding others in a positive way. Senator Shaheen has I'm sure done much to be praised, such as voting her party line faithfully. The ads and letters tell us nothing.
As to Ayotte's representing N.H., I'm quite sure the majority which voted her in are satisfied with her actions.
As to Obama's promised transparency, he allowed some but only as humor during the Correspondents Dinner on April 27th. Stating he was a young socialist (past tense), suggesting he's an old(er) socialist now, just humor.
Back in July of 2008, campaigning in Colorado Obama stated, "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded." Today his administration's departments — from the Department of Homeland Security to Social Security — are buying up tens of millions of rounds of ammunition, enough it is estimated to expend 5.5 million rounds a month for the next 24 years. Some think it is a bit quirky to say the least, it may just be there is extra funds available from his sequester program (which Shaheen voted for).
Again, I'd like to read from some of the letter writers the good and positive things that socialist governments around the world have achieved in the last 100 years. One thing about them is, at the cost of tens of millions of lives, they have made capitalist out of all but a small handful, even if they continue to be authoritarian, single partied.
GW Brooks
Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 11:54

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