To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to alert readers to the poor behavior of members of the Belknap County Delegation, led by Reps. Colette Worsman and Frank Tilton. Two weeks ago there was yet another public showdown between the delegation and the County Commissioners at an emergency meeting that should not have been necessary.
The meeting was called to approve line item transfers to cover operating expenses of county government, including the nursing home, the prison, the sheriff's office and administration. Since a court ruling in August, any line item transfer that exceeds $300 must be approved by the delegation. So, in order to avoid a shutdown of essential county operations, this meeting was called.
Ultimately, all but one of the line-item transfers were approved, preventing a complete shutdown. But this did not come before drastic measures needed to be taken the weekend prior to the meeting. The jail was in lockdown and the nursing home was short-staffed, potentially placing some of our most vulnerable citizens in harm's way.
Our delegation leadership has reached a new low in their continued irresponsibility to those who have entrusted them to govern our county, the people. Frank Tilton and the rest of the Belknap Delegation once again let ideology trump their duty to look out for public safety. They have allowed their long-running feud with the commissioners to cloud their judgment. This time the childishness and political games went too far.
Please join me in calling on the Belknap County Delegation's Executive Committee to cut the foolish games and get back to the business of governing our county sensibly and with some modicum of integrity. I am certain we can all make them understand that we don't approve of their tactics when we cast our ballots on Election Day.
Peter R. Brunette
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:42
To The Daily Sun,
I have yet to see some type of justification on the behalf of the county commission. Maybe I have missed it, I have been wrong before. I have also learned to keep my mouth closed in those situations. . . Hmmmm?? There could be a perfectly good reason for for needing huge sums of money or else the county will "shutdown." If there is, I would love to hear the explanation of such events.
To take roughly $230,000 from 100 line items doesn't sound right at all. I would like to hear a simple explanation and there is one. Instead we are getting a "dog and pony show."
I can provide a simple explanation with a few simple definitions.
1. Tax — Charge against a citizens person or property of activity for the support of government.
2. Budget — A sum of money allocated for a particular purpose.
3. Dereliction — Willful negligence.
4. Duty — Work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons.
You can piece them together how you see fit. The commission is railroading through a budget and transfers that please them as they see fit. It is not "their" budget to spend as they please. It is the county's and the commission had been given the time and resources to create a budget that would meet the needs of the nursing home and the jail. This is just a fiasco and blaming the people who are putting their reputations on the line to keep them honest is not going to end it.
Ridiculous analogies about vacations and clothes dryers have no bearing on what goes on in most households. Some people have to choose between heat OR food because getting both isn't an option. That being said, I could care less if inmates don't get TVs or cable paid for by the government. You can bet that there is money budgeted for that in the $25 million price tag.
Make a budget and stick to it. Moving a few thousand dollars to make it work is one thing. Misleading transfers for hundreds of thousands is absurd and inexcusable.
Andrew J. Weeks
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:39
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in support of Lisa Scott who is running for Register of Deeds in Carroll County.
Lisa is a mature and very experienced person in the world of deeds and real estate transactions. She has worked as a paralegal in an attorney's office in Meredith, and has followed up by doing endless work on her own for individuals in this same field. She has vast knowledge of how various registries in the area operate, and would bring her expertise to Carroll County. One of her goals is to bring Carroll County up to date by placing all of the deeds and related information online, making it accessible to all the real estate offices and attorneys in the area who would appreciate this effort tremendously.
Lisa is intelligent, sensible and very outgoing. As a Realtor, I have worked with her on numerous occasions, and therefore I urge one and all to support her in the Nov. 4 election.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:32
To The Daily Sun,
As a lifelong educator and parent of two boys currently in the public school system, I will be voting to re-elect state Sen. Andrew Hosmer.
Sen. Hosmer is a strong, committed advocate for teachers, parents and students. My children have thrived in the public school system here in Gilford. As I look to the future and the astronomical cost of sending them to college, it's good to have Andrew Hosmer fighting for education. He's worked to freeze tuition at New Hampshire's University System and lower the tuition at Lakes Region Community College.
I believe a strong economy depends on a quality education. If we want young people to stay in New Hampshire, let's not drive them away with limited educational opportunities and prohibitively expensive tuition costs. Andrew Hosmer understands this and is focused on quality education that's accessible and affordable. If you believe a strong economy needs strong schools and a well-educated workforce, please join me in supporting Andrew Hosmer.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:28
To The Daily Sun,
For a typical married couple with two children, the combined cost of child care, housing, health care, and savings for college and retirement jumped 32 percent from 2000 to 2012 — and that's after adjusting for inflation. This, while wages stagnate and the median net worth of families in the middle 20 percent of incomes fell 17 percent from 2010 to 2013.
I bring this up in light of Massachusetts National Grid announcing electricity rates will soar 37 percent. That's an average of $33 per month for each household based on 500 kWh. It should be galling to learn that just this past June National Grid reported their chief executive, Steve Holliday, earned $7.8 million in the last fiscal year, up 56 percent from about $5 million the previous year. Do you know anyone who received a 56 percent raise last year? The National Grid announcement represents but one swing of the pickax that is chipping away at the American middle class.
Combine an electric rate increase, food price increase, child care increase, student tuition increase with stagnant wages and you arrive at the 17 percent decrease in middle class net worth over several years.
How much can the American people take? We are living in an age of "trickle-up economics" where wealth flows to the upper earners of our society.
And New Hampshire residents will be hit harder than Massachusetts.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:20