To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to urge voters to support Mike Cryans in the March 11 special election. We have lost a great public servant in Ray Burton and it is important that we replace him with someone who holds the same level of public service and devotion that Ray did.
Mike is a thoughtful and reasonable man who shares the values that New Hampshire citizens hold dear. Mike will support keeping contracts with Planned Parenthood, which is an organization that supplies public health services to our rural citizens.
Ray's family has come forward to endorse Mike Cryans and I hope that citizens will show up to support him in the March 11 special election.
Rep. Beth Arsenault
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:59
To The Daily Sun,
The Gilmanton Cub Scout Pack 242 would like to thank all who participated in their recent cake auction on Feb. 15. The auction included 12 cakes and raised $94 for the pack's overnight trip to the Montshire Museum in March.
The cake that raised the most money was a three-layer cake with chocolate fudge frosting made by Melissa Angle, a Gilmanton Cub Scout family.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:55
To The Daily Sun,
Grafton County budget appropriation documents and County Commissioner meeting minutes clearly show that, between 2009 and 2014, Commissioner Michael Cryans voted to give a total of $143,280 in taxpayer money to an organization (Headrest, Inc.), which pays him a substantial salary as its executive director. These documents also show that, on April 23, 2012, one of Mr. Cryans' fellow commissioners asked that he recuse himself from voting on this appropriation, due to an obvious conflict of interest. Cryans refused to sit out the vote.
My observations of Mr. Cryans at Grafton County budget meetings have convinced me that he is a big spender when it comes to taxpayer money and would likely continue that behavior if elected to the Executive Council. Voters need to ask themselves if they really want to give Michael Cryans a third job and yet another opportunity to squander taxpayer money.
All of the factual information contained in this letter can be verified by going to the Grafton County website and viewing the budget appropriation documents for fiscal years 2010-2014 and the minutes of the relevant county commissioner meetings. The website for Headrest Inc. will verify Mr. Cryans' position as executive director.
Russell T. Cumbee
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:50
To The Daily Sun
In the Feb. 14 issue of The Daily Sun, Mr. Valengavich asked for "... one right winger actually (to) give one instance where our president has violated the Constitution ..." This is in reply to that request.
The second paragraph of Article.1. Section. 5. of the Constitution reads as follows, "Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member." Nowhere in Article.1. does the Constitution authorize the Executive or the Judicial branches to determine what those rules may be.
Article. II. Section. 2. of the Constitution states that the president shall have the power to nominate people to serve in a variety of positions, "... by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate.
That section also states, "The president shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session."
At issue was President Obama's making of a total of four recess appointments while the Senate was in session. The administration was challenged on those appointments and argued that the Senate was not actually in session as not all the Senators were physically there.
To this point, three Circuit Courts (3rd, 4th, and DC Circuit Courts of Appeals) have ruled the president violated the Constitution by making those four appointments while the Senate was in session. The administration has again appealed the decision and it is now going to be heard by the Supreme Court.
In the presidential oath of office, the president swears or affirms that to the best of his ability he will preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Beyond the above issue, to date, there have been twenty seven changes made to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the president, without those changes being codified by the House of Representative or the Senate. Even though the Congress has expressed a willingness to modify the law, the Administration has chosen to act unilaterally.
Also before the Supreme Court is the issue on whether the ACA is in conflict with the First Amendment to the Constitution, specifically with respect to the free exercise of religion. This issue is before the Supreme Court as a number of lower court have rendered differing opinions.
In my view, the primary reason for the Senate leadership to have exercised the so called "nuclear option," is so the Democrat-controlled Senate can roll over the opposition and provide the Advice and Consent of Presidential appointments who would not otherwise receive that Consent. For the longer haul, that decision may be one of the most destructive and divisive in the history of the Senate. Time will tell.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:46
To The Daily Sun,
Some folks think they can't afford the additional taxes if the Gilmanton Year-Round Library (GYRL) is funded. Quite the opposite is actually true. Many citizens cannot afford not having the Library.
Discounted hard cover books at Barnes & Nobles, Amazon and BJ's generally run from $17 for hard cover fiction to $24 for non-fiction. The extra tax on the average property in Gilmanton will be approximately $20 to $25 per year. For less than the cost of two books you get access to all the books in the GYRL as well as those in other New Hampshire libraries.
Those who like to watch movies will find DVDs costing around $16.99 through Amazon for the newer movies. The lowest cost plan offered by Netflix is $7.99 per month to have one movie at a time. You cannot buy two DVDs or pay three months' rent to Netflix for the annual cost in taxes. As long as the Library is open you have access to all the DVDs at the GYRL.
In addition, the GYRL participates in a cooperative which allows access to many more movie titles than those in the library's holdings.
How many can afford to subscribe to three newspapers? The Laconia Citizen, Concord Monitor and Manchester Union Leader are all available at the GYRL. The GYRL's portion of the annual tax bill is about one-fifth what the Concord Monitor would cost to purchase for a year.
Those wanting to use the internet will pay $14.95 per month for a low-speed DSL line. The Library offers high speed internet access either with one of the Library's six guest computers or via wifi for those fortunate enough to have a portable device. Less than two month's payments for a low-speed DSL, covers the extra tax and gives high-speed internet access, without the need to own a personal computer. Because of the GYRL, many Gilmanton residents, who cannot afford a computer or access to the internet, are able to search for a job, type and print out resumes, complete homework assignments and otherwise avail themselves of what the internet has to offer.
It makes sense to fund the Gilmanton Year-Round Library for all of the above reasons.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:43