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Only the court system can clarify the county budget discussion

To The Daily Sun,

Lewis Carroll to one side, it does seem strange that Rep. Huot puts such little faith in New Hampshire's court system, most especially since the learned gentleman is a retired judge. Could his reluctance stem from the confidence by the convention's attorney that the case for line item authority is pellucid? Could it be that this representative is not in fact representative of the ordinary people of Laconia but instead is a shill for the favored few?

Only Rep. Huot knows his motivation but there should be a concern on the part of everyone involved that it is good public policy to have the statutes under discussion be clarified; the only place that can be done is in our court system.

Rep. Dick Burchell
Belknap 5


Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:44

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Waterski Boat Classic was a success, look for us next summer

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank Winnisquam Marine, Mike Testa State Farm Insurance and the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Museum for helping to make the second annual Lakes Region Waterski Boat Classic a success. It was a beautiful day and many people turned out to enjoy the free boat rides and displays of boating memorabilia.

Special thanks to Lynda Laflamme of the Historical Museum at Funspot for help in researching local boating history and loan of race related memorabilia. Thanks to the boat owners, the Magnums in particular for their generosity in sharing their rides. Look for us again same time next summer.

Tom Scribner


Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:40

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Requirement of 5-foot fence along WOW Trail defies common sense

To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in response to two recent letters to The Daily Sun concerning the WOW Trail and the Winnipesaukee River Trail, the first one by Gretchen Gandini, newly appointed Exceutive Director of the WOW Trail and the second by Peter Davis of Laconia. As a board member of the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association, I was delighted to see these letters which bring to the attention to the public of the benefits of the trails not only to the communities where they are located but to Central New Hampshire. Not only are there beautiful vistas along the trails but the trails can be very useful tool in the development of the region. Ms. Gandini wrote so elegantly about how much the WOW trail can contribute from an economic prospective by making reference to a recent Belknap Economic Development Council Study in spending because of the number of using coming in to use the trail. In addition to the health benefits as well, the trails are a great place for both individuals and family to walk, run or bike.

One other thing that is often overlooked is that some people use the trail as a mode of transportation. I think that this supports Mr. Davis's comments the need to complete the trails in timely fashion for a variety of reasons and one of the major concerns is of rising costs to build the trails.
In Mr. Peter Davis letter, one of the things that he mentions is the required five foot chain linked fence that is required on the WOW and the Tilton Section of the Winnipesaukee River Trail, not only is it very costly but an eyesore and prevent larger animals from getting to and from the tracks to the river. This requirement just adds to the cost of building and maintaining the trails and at times at least of the Winnipesaukee River Trail and I would imagine the WOW Trail as well. There are many other states where there are very active and high speed rail and there aren't any fences between the rail and the trail so leads to question why this is necessary in the State of New Hampshire which has one of the smallest active railroad systems in the country. It simply defies common sense to have such a requirement in this state.
So why not get there and enjoy the benefits of the trails and if you can support some of the events that occur throughout the year, lots of fun for all and a great cause!
Charles L. North


Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:29

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Congress members & staff aren’t exempt under Affordable Care Act

To The Daily Sun,

Over the past week, constituents have contacted my offices after hearing a false rumor: that Congress has exempted itself from the new healthcare law. Let me set the record straight: Members of Congress and our staffs are not exempted under the Affordable Care Act.

In fact, due to an amendment that was introduced by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and became part of the eventual law, members and congressional staff are the ONLY Americans who will be removed from their current employer-provided coverage next year and asked to find coverage in the new Marketplaces. All other Americans who have employer-sponsored insurance are encouraged and expected to keep their coverage.

The recent rumor was sparked last week in response to an announcement by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), an independent federal agency that is responsible for all federal employees' health plans. OPM confirmed that it will continue to make employer contributions towards Congressional employees' coverage, as it did before, although members and staffers will now be choosing plans from their state Marketplaces instead of from the Federal Employees Health Benefits program.

As NPR pointed out, "Just to be clear, Members of Congress and their staff aren't getting special treatment when it comes to their health insurance. They're just keeping the employer contribution every other federal employee gets."

Back in 2009, Congress designed the Affordable Care Act to increase health care affordability and access. It has made progress on both counts, but I know there are still some difficulties to work out. As key provisions take effect over the next year, I will keep working to make sure the law improves affordability and access for families and small businesses in New Hampshire.

Carol Shea-Porter
U.S. Representative
New Hampshire's First District


Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:18

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NH officials have a duty to protect landscape from wind farm threat

To The Daily Sun,

Are New Hampshire's mountaintops being targeted by Massachusetts politicians? Are Massachusetts politicians trying to outsource their renewable tax credits through New Hampshire land?

This raises a good question: Are these industrial wind plants around Newfound Lake nothing more than outsourced renewable tax credits for Massachusetts? Is Massachusetts renting New Hampshire mountaintops as a way to achieve their renewable energy quota set forth by the federal government? And, if true, New Hampshire will need to double its efforts in building even more industrial wind plants — because it too has a federal quota to achieve. Newfound Lake alone has one active industrial wind plant in Groton and three more applications for industrial wind power plants around the lake. Residents for and against these industrial wind power plants are now shaking their heads in disbelief and have mailed thousands of "enraged letters" to their elected officials. I don't want to be thought of as an automatic naysayer, but where they infringe on our properties and threaten our watershed, we all have an obligation to be concerned. Are these projects intruding on our property rights due to the impact on property value and the fact that they remove happiness from our property?
When people hear about the Bill of Rights in New Hampshire, the first thing people think of is the U.S. Constitution. But did you know there's another Bill of Rights contained in the N.H. Constitution? It governs life within our state. The second article of the New Hampshire Constitution reads: "All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights — among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this state on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin."
I think the New Hampshire landscape needs protecting now more than ever! And I believe New Hampshire officials ought to try and be cognizant of their duty to protect landscape and property under threat.
Ray Cunningham

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 08:51

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