To The Daily Sun,
I see in the news that Mayor Bloomberg in NYC says there is no room in that city for conservative extremists. Who was it he called extreme? For one, the right-to-life folks. So what is extreme about that? For millions of years, mothers and fathers have cherished and protected the lives of their children, born and unborn. It is as instinctive as breathing yet progressives insist on abortion on demand as women's health and planned parenthood. Poppycock, it isn't either of those things, if anyone is extreme it's they.
How about those "extreme" Tea Party folks who want a smaller less intrusive government which obeys the laws, follows the Constitution, is less wasteful, and is accountable to we the people? That's extreme? I don't think so. Then there are those terrible legal gun owners who are among the most law abiding segments of our society. Only about .02 percent of them get involved in violent crimes. That is so far from extreme as to be laughable
What is extreme is a president who disobeys our laws, selectively enforces or refuses to enforce them, disregards the Constitution and Senate leaders that allows him do do so.
Progressives they call themselves but what is progressive about them? They support the abridgment of individual rights where it suits them, lack the slightest modicum of tolerance and respect for different opinions and are so terrified of those who are not them they would rather label them racists, extremist's, rednecks, claim they are against women, minority's and religions. So afraid in fact that demonize any news stories, any news channels, papers or publications that tell people facts they do not want people to know. That attitude and behavior is what is extreme.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:10
To The Daily Sun,
The Town of Alton continues to work on implementing the recommendations outlined in the 2005 Alton Master Plan. This year the Planning Board is bringing forward new zoning language related to workforce housing.
Workforce housing is designed to meet the needs of many of our local citizens and many professionals that work in Alton and would like to live here. The purpose of this amendment is to assure local control of how workforce housing is managed in Alton. In the absence of this ordinance, developers can control and determine where and how workforce housing occurs in Town. The goal is to plan ahead and be proactive in protecting the community by establishing local regulations on workforce housing that would identify where and how workforce housing would be permitted rather than leaving that determination up to developers.
The Planning Board decided early on that rather than borrow language from a nearby community, the town should do some research into the current housing situation in Alton, understand how it is impacted by changes in the real estate market, and identify what is required under state law. A competitive grant process was announced in 2012 for projects like this and Alton submitted an application. Early in 2013 the Town of Alton received funding to conduct the inventory and analysis of the community's housing stock and compliance with the state's workforce housing law. The funding was made available through New Hampshire Housing, and the consulting firm Jeffrey H. Taylor and Associates was hired by the town to assist with the inventory, analysis, and the drafting of any regulatory language.
The study was completed under the supervision of the Zoning Amendment Committee and the Town Planner, and included a great deal of community participation from the start. The Planning Board was involved in the entire process and then worked with the consultant to finalize the language being presented to the voters at Town Meeting. What we discovered is that Alton does not always provide an adequate number of single family homes within the income range of a working household. This is often when the housing market is at its strongest, and in rural portions of the community where the minimum lot size increases the cost of development. When these conditions exist a developer can invoke the existing state housing law and receive relief from the courts. This scenario excludes local input and does not implement the Alton Master Plan.
The language being presented to the voters at Town Meeting provides a voluntary process for a developer interested in creating workforce housing units, but it keeps the entire process before the Alton Planning Board and places the burden of proof on the developer. Any developer hoping to make use of this regulatory process will need to show that Alton is not providing its fair share of workforce housing in the county, and that the land use regulations in Alton are making it impossible to create new units that are affordable to working families. The Planning Board has created a fairly high bar for an interested developer so that Alton only creates additional units when they are truly needed.
This process required an incredible number of volunteer hours from board members and the many citizens who participated in the public meetings. Their effort helped Alton create regulatory language that speaks to the needs of this community into the future. Please take the time to read the proposed regulatory language drafted by your fellow Alton residents, and if you have questions please contact Town Planner Ken McWilliams.
Alton Planning Board
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:06
To The Daily Sun,
I just got a notice from my health care provider that I now have to pay an additional monthly premium for a pediatric dental plan. The plan covers children till the age of 19. My youngest child is an adult. The insurance company said it doesn't make any difference if you don't have children. When my kids were growing up I spent thousands of my own dollars on their dental care, now the government is demanding I pay for the dental care of someone else's children.
The government has put insurance companies in charge of extracting money from those who have earned it to those who have not. What's to stop the government from telling insurance companies to collect a premium for some other type of coverage that doesn't apply to people in my age group? How about charging a premium for maternity benefits? Oh, right, we seniors already pay a premium for that.
To our N.H.-elected federal representatives: how about representing those who earn and pay the tax money that you so freely give away?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
I wanted to write and thank the voters of District 1 for exercising their right to vote on Tuesday in the District 1 Executive Council primary. While the results did not turn our as I would have liked, the campaign brought out some important issues and critical discussions on how we can best serve following 32 years from Ray Burton.
I have congratulated former State Sen. Joe Kenney on his victory and will support him in the general election. However, regardless of whom you support, the important thing is that you go to vote on Tuesday, March 11. The Executive Council position is vital to the economic well-being and quality-of-life of our district, and a strong turnout shows you understand its importance.
While I do not know what the future holds, I expect to stay active in my community and beyond, and hope to have the opportunity to serve our state in the future. Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, and supporters — the Boothby Brigade! — who were with me throughout this campaign. Their support was vital and I will never forget them.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 10:24
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to my fellow citizens of Tilton:
I am a member of the Town of Tilton and the Winnisquam School District Budget Committees. I will, with your vote at the next town election process, be replacing a strong, caring, and effective member of the Town of Tilton Selectboard.
The Budget Committees have crafted a preliminary budget and both have potential impacts on your tax rate. I would invite you to participate in the budgeting process of the Town of Tilton and Winnisquam School District. There are public meetings scheduled for both processes in the coming weeks and your valued input is needed to shape a fair, equitable budget and to create a path for the budgets that are to be presented at the school district and town meetings respectively. I would concurrently request that you consider voting for me for the position of Selectboard member at the next Town of Tilton elections.
"The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can." John Gardner
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 10:20