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Philpot has forgotten he represents all of us, not just himself

To The Daily Sun,
I had the displeasure of reading a recent article in your paper written about County Commissioner Philpot. He must be feeling pretty desperate to have to point fingers and make generalized uneducated statements about "The Republican leaders are out to do bad things".

Really? I recall this last budget cycle the conservative Republicans asking the commissioners to hold the line on spending on behalf of ALL TAXPAYERS, as everyone across the board is struggling to pay for all the spending the commissioners have been approving over the years. I was at those public hearings and witnessed Philpot's deplorable behavior, when he walked out during one particularly important hearing. He forgets he was elected to represent the people and his behavior was as low as it gets. I see through Philpot's ruse of pointing fingers away from himself. I believe he is squirming because a decision to determine who controls the county spending is about to be made and the fact that he and the other commissioners have been working very quietly for the last two years to have a new state-of-the-art prison built at the taxpayers' expense. This prison will be an unfair financial burden on Belknap County residents and he knows it. $43 million dollars just for construction, then add on maintenance costs each year, payroll with benefits, administration costs, heat, electric, food, and all the other bells and whistles that the commissioners can dream up.

The prison costs come to ALL OF US, on top of record unemployment, increased local and state taxes, and the start of paying for Obamcare in 2014. Philpot has forgotten he represents the PEOPLE of Belknap County and not his own agenda. It's no wonder he is spouting off the way he is, after all, that's what desperate people do when they think they cannot fool the people into agreeing with their schemes. What do you think his motivation is, considering how he turns his back on his constituents, how he behaves in public, and how he points fingers?
Barbara Howard

Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:49

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Just build some bunk beds

To The Daily Sun,

One cost effective & quick solution to the housing crunch at the Belknap County Jail is to build bunk beds!

Susan Bossert



Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:30

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Can't believe The Sun printed Jack Stephenson's racist letter

To The Daily Sun,

I am shocked after reading the letter by Jack Stephenson published in The Laconia Daily Sun on Saturday regarding his opinion on "blacks". The letter is racist, judgmental and incoherent. I am not as upset at Mr. Stephenson, who has his own very conservative, racist views, as to The Laconia Daily Sun for printing this garbage. No wonder Afro-Americans do not want to go "sailing" (or even vacation) in our lovely Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Mark Weinreb


Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:27

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Discredited climate models driving flawed government policies

To The Daily Sun,

President Obama — Summer Cum Laude for Climate Demagoguery — has summoned the EPA post-haste to save the planet from imminent destruction from those dreaded CO2 emissions. The progressive's war on energy and economic freedom continues. Can they save the spotted owl and it's natural habitat or the polar bear from the searing heat of the global warming sun? Shhhh, the polar bear is doing just fine thank you. The Spotted Owl, despite the environmentalists best tree hugging efforts, is disappearing due to the bullying of the barred owl.

During his recent Climate Action Plan speech, President Obama asserted that we are having longer wildfire seasons and they are due to "climate change". Can't say "global warming" anymore, since the earth has ceased warming for the past decade and a half, so the all encompassing, ever present "climate change" has become the new PE (progressive environmentalist) mantra. Once they realize how silly and purposely vague that phrasing is, they'll come up with something even cooler, or warmer, like "sustainable planet protection parameters". Causes a chill up ones spine doesn't it? Okay, I made that up, but it does have a nice Agenda 21 ring to it doesn't it?

Check out Marita Noon's article entitled, "The War for Economic and Energy Freedom is On", where she referenced the American Forest Resource Council and the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. The research shows that the U.S. Forest Service's quest to save a nocturnal winged creature was not the hoot they thought it was going to be. The lack of tree harvesting and subsequent forest overgrowth has damaged the logging industry, hurt local economies and caused great destruction to the very trees they were trying to save. Ann Forest Burns notes "instead of allowing the forests to make money through timber harvests, we are taking money away from forest management to fight fires". It is the excess of trees per given acre that has made forest fires last longer and be more dangerous to battle. Another well intentioned liberal policy gone awry. Death, destruction and economic misery has been the result. No matter, just change the narrative and blame it on Republicans or climate change. After all, it is good intentions and not results that matter in the Utopian fantasies of the modern day, delusional, liberal mind.

Jeffrey Folks' article, "Sunspots and the Great Cooling Ahead" uncovers evidence by many climate experts showing that we are likely heading into a period of global cooling due to reduced sun spot activity. Three of the last four winters and springs in the northern hemisphere have been unusually cold. He notes, "that for the world's poor, a cold year means the difference between eating and going hungry". No matter, it doesn't fit the crony capitalist PE narrative and there is lots of money to be made and taxes to be collected by our friendly IRS to sustain these "unsustainable" initiatives.

As our president kowtows to the environmentalist lobby for political and monetary favors, the damage to our weak economic recovery continues in a manner that harms the poorest among us the most. You know, the ones that Democrats claim they care so much about. Blocking the Keystone pipeline, shutting down coal plants and refusing to allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public lands cost citizens jobs and lessens their purchasing power.

Tyrannical EPA policies are being imposed on citizens based on terribly flawed and much discredited computer-generated climate models. Emerging economic entities such as China and India are more than making up for U.S. reductions in CO2 emissions and are not going to kill their growing economic freedom in order to make nice with our misguided president's policies.

Professor John Christy (Alabama University at Huntsville) calculates that a 50 percent reduction in U.S. emissions by 2050 would produce in 2100, a reduction in average temperatures of 0.13 degree Fahrenheit. So, why exactly are we ruining our economy? Would anyone who is actually enjoying the fruits of President Obama's fundamental transformation of our free market, Constitutional Republic please stand up. Yes I know, Democrats and Republicans began this destructive process long before our president started skipping classes at Occidental College. He is however, putting the finishing touches on this progressive masterpiece, like Michelangelo with a sledgehammer.

Russ Wiles


Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:25

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Selectmen holding extraordinary number of non-public sessions

To The Daily Sun,

John Funk's recent letter describing the action of the Gilmanton selectmen in effectuating his departure from the planning board is only part of the larger story. A review of selectmen's minutes over the last several months indicates an extraordinary number of "non-public" sessions. New Hampshire law strictly limits the purposes for which any municipal board, including the selectmen, may exclude the public. Minutes must be kept of such sessions and unless the minutes are expressly "sealed" by vote of the board, they are available to the public. I took some time to review some recent unsealed minutes.

In Mr. Funk's case, the minutes of the session in which the selectmen apparently discussed him read in their entirety: "The selectmen discussed a letter to the planning board." There was nothing in the minutes to indicate what the letter may have been about or that Mr. Funk was personally the subject of discussion.

The statute provides that an individual who is the subject of a non-public session has a right to request that the session be public. However, there is no express requirement that the person be notified that he/she is the subject of a non-public session, and the selectmen do not do so. Thus, the selectmen may discuss and draw conclusions affecting any individual without that person ever knowing that he/she was the subject of discussion nor given an opportunity to participate, respond or request a public session.

It appears that the selectmen are conducting the business of the town in non-public sessions, and using such sessions to conduct vendettas against persons with whom they disagree or have some kind of personal animosity. Anyone who has volunteered to serve on a town board or committee may be in particular jeopardy, without ever knowing that he/she is a target, until some action is taken that affects the way the individual exercises his/her responsibility.

Is this the way we want our town to be governed? Attending selectmen's meetings can be an enlightening experience, and an opportunity to express concern with the conduct of the board. I urge concerned citizens to do so. Check the agenda on the town web site. The selectmen normally meet Mondays at 6 p.m. Ultimately change will have to take place at the ballot box. Citizens need to be willing to step forward, learn about town government, and be willing to run for election and serve in the public interest.

Carolyn Baldwin



Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 09:14

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