To The Daily Sun,
When an industrial wind company representative comments about only seeing the same familiar faces at meetings of concerned citizens and when a corporate lawyer for an industrial wind company mentions personal lawsuits possibly occurring against individual town officials when supporting opinions of their constituents, is it time to up the ante?
When five towns vote "no" to big wind projects in their region, is that a strong enough statement for Big Wind to get the message that they should not come to our towns?
When, additionally, four towns vote for Rights Based Ordinances against wind industry in their towns, is that enough for Big Wind to get the message?
When the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club), SPNHF (Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests), LRCT (Lakes Region Land Trust), NLRA (Newfound Lake Region Association), regional summer camps, business groups and tourist-based businesses all express their continued support for opposition by the towns to Big Wind, is that enough to be heard?
When New Hampshire state legislators, over the past two years, created bills and measures to look at the fine-tuning of industrial wind project siting and the structure of state Site Evaluation Committee, is that enough?
Big Wind industry still won't listen, and is in denial about the winds of change in these five New Hampshire towns and the surrounding region. Be prepared.
Hundreds of people feel the need to express their outrage in person, because the wind industry won't listen. Threats to local officials about lawsuits do not sit well with voters. The importance of our rural way of life, and the quiet beauty contained here, matters. The clarity of our streams and lakes, the overall health of our wildlife and human population, the aesthetics and the attraction of this area to tourists is far more important to voters in our region than the dollars going out of state in the form of electricity not needed for New Hampshire consumption, and far far more important than our state resources being used to go out of the country as profits for a Portuguese company.
Enough already. We shall be heard.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 10:07
To The Daily Sun,
I recently moved to Laconia from a city more than twice its size and I have enjoyed every minute here. The Lakes Region is a beautiful place, with so many outdoor opportunities and everyone I have met has been so welcoming. This really is a great place to live.
The article you published on July 2nd about the community of Cleveland Place coming together to support their neighbors, the Thayers, after the loss of their vehicles in a fire was inspirational and heartwarming. It's so wonderful to live in a place where neighbors go above and beyond to support each other in times of struggle.
After living in a city filled with crime and violence for most of my life, it is truly wonderful to see this article the front page of the Laconia Daily Sun. It instills hope that there are still good people in the world. And I am blessed to be living in a community with them.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 10:02
To The Daily Sun,
I used to think that death and taxes were the only certainties in life but I will add a third: "We all pay for our ignorance."
Most consumers of retail goods and services shop around for the best bargains — especially during these troubled times. The ignorant theory applies not only to goods and services but to religion and politics as well. Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to the "ignorant theory." They are constantly being bombarded with one scam or another either by phone or the internet.
Recently, one of our fringe contributors (and I assume a senior citizen) wrote a perfect example of non-critical thinking in which he exhorted everyone to send in their hard earned cash to an organization known as the ACLJ. Just one quote from his piece will suffice: "Jay Sekulow, who is the head of this terrific 'non-profit' (my quotes) organization is a true warrior for liberty."
He is referring of course to the organization known as the American Center for Law and Justice founded by Pat Robertson (remember the "700 Club") and Jay Sekulow, the head counsel for this Christian 'non-profit' organization — although he manages to live like Louis XIV and stacks his board with family and relatives.
Giving money to this organization is like sending money to Jenny Beth Martin (co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots) or James Sokolove who needs no introduction. If you're watching your pennies you might want to be a bit more discerning when it comes to giving your money away. It's always a good idea to check them out first.
Just a friendly tip from your uncle Louie.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
I had to take this opportunity to write in regards to the article in Saturday, July 5's, paper regarding the Housing Authority will no longer be subsidizing cable TV for its tenants. I did not know this was being done and that the tenants only had to pay $20 for expanded basic service. They are now upset that they will have to pay out $35.95 for just basic or $76.95 to keep the expanded basic.
All I can say is, welcome to the real world.
I work 40 hours a week and cannot afford expanded basic cable. I love all the channels that expanded basic cable offers, but MetroCast is pricing itself way out of the reach of the "common" TV viewer. They do offer a little black box that is free and does offer a few upper channels not included in the price of the basic cable price.
I have also invested $7 a month for NETFLIX which is a good alternative.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 09:53
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to address the letter to the editor the Sheriff wrote last week. Although I respect his opinion, I do not agree with it. He supports the building of a new beautiful and expensive jail. His support for this project could cost the City of Laconia, alone, an additional one million dollar in taxes annually. Laconia has a tax cap and the proposed jail would create havoc in their budgetary process, causing layoffs.
Our form of government is a representative, one that works best if elected officials are willing to compromise. Leaders that understand their operating environment can adapt to overcome challenges and find solutions. As a businessman and a retired military officer, I have overcome many challenges by understanding the problem at hand and finding a solution by seeking common ground. I believe, in life, we usually get what we need and not what we want. The sheriff's all or nothing attitude is disappointing.
Understanding the current economic conditions and the consequences of higher tax rates, to include Laconia's tax cap, I have offered a solution. I articulated my plan at the county delegation meeting. The sheriff was quoted, in The Laconia Daily Sun, as saying that my plan was "stupid". I decided to write a letter to the editor to explain, in detail, my conceptual plan. Other delegation members have expressed adding another wing to the existing jail or constructing a separate women's building with a fenced in area that leads to the jail. All of these are good ideas and are not stupid. The sheriff diminishes his stature by using terms like stupid or ludicrous. The sheriff's duties do not include the County Jail.
The County Jail was built in the late 1970-1980s. The vast majority of the county delegation believes it is worth updating and maintaining. I would like to remind the readers that the corner stone on Gilford High School reads 1974. To date, the county commissioners have not produced a report from a structural engineer that says the jail needs to be replaced. I believe the county commissioners should call back the county delegation to offer a new bond to only update the ventilation and cooling system at the jail. The vast majority or maybe the entire delegation would support this bond. Good leaders move the ball forward by seeking and capitalizing on common ground.
The sheriff's recommended course of action is to wait out the current delegation, as stated in The Laconia Daily Sun, and then offer the same jail plan to another delegation hoping they will accept it. One thing I have learned over the years, is that "hope" is not a plan. Military operations or business ventures usually fail if "hope" is the plan. Americans, in general, are not happy with all levels of government. Also many people are facing financial hardship. I would suggest to the sheriff that the delegation that is elected in 2014 may be more concerned for the taxpayer than the current one. The time to act is now on the ventilation and cooling system. If the commissioners care about the staff and inmates, they will reconvene the county delegation for a vote on a new bond.
Candidate for Belknap County Commissioner
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 09:49