To The Daily Sun,
My goodness, reading letters to the editor in Aug. 20's Daily Sun, it seems someone took the blanket off the parrot cage again. The squawking is unbearable, but such a pleasant sound.
I asked Russ Wiles a simple yes-or-no question and got a half-page response. That is to be expected from a right-wing politician wannabe. I'm sure if you kept up with the news, Russ, the five terrorists traded for Bowe Bergdahl are being watched from the ground and from above as well. Berdahl's case will be heard the end of next month. At present he is still on active duty in Texas.
If you served in the army and have a form DD-214, thanks for your service.
However pretending to be a right-winger who has questioned the birthplace of President Obama I will have to see it before I believe it. AWK AWK.
Ramblin' on, I am not surprised to read that Mr. Wiles continues to be the answer parrot to any criticism directed at Mr. Meade. It was my experience with Mr. Meade in past letters that he does not like to respond when put on the spot.
Ramblin' on, it is plain that Steve Earle needs to look into the history books and find the truth on highways federal grants to each state for upgrade in infrastructure. The C.C.C undertook projects during the 1930s to create jobs. Why are you so worried about Social Security and Medicare going broke by 2035, Steve? I am older than you are, so when I become 94 in 2035, let's talk about it again when we don't receive our check. Okay, Steve?
Mr. Earle says Hillary can't be president because she used her own server. Steve, tell me how outraged you were when in 2007 Bush and Cheney were caught deleting 20 million e-mails on a illegal secret private e-mail server hosted by Republican Party? I was glad to see you know now who created the Internet, Steve. You and I have a problem of speaking before we think as noted by me in the Daily Sun of Aug. 22. So much more to say but for now I'm ramblin' on. Awk Awk
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:26
To The Daily Sun,
The organizers of Gilmanton's 117th Old Home Day on Aug. 15 want to extend a special thanks to all of those who made the event a success.
We are so grateful to all our volunteers who worked in the kitchen, food booth, wait staff, pie bakers, bean sorters, art show judges and participants, ticket takers, grounds setup folks, the muscle men who remove the beans from the fire pits, car parkers, crafters, vendors, Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts, American Legion flag ceremony, our loud speaker announcer, ambulance rescue, antique car parade participants, tug of war folks, and the raffle hawker. Entertainment was supplied by Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals, The Motion Man, and Parker Hill Road Band.
The Old Home Day basket raffles were won by Marjorie Durkee and Robin Bean, and the 50/50 raffle by S. Robertson who kindly donated her winnings back to Old Home Day.
We also want to thank Hannaford's, Shaw's, Vista, Market Basket, Jack's Pizza Shop of Pittsfield, Baron's Major Brands, T-Bones/Cactus Jacks, and Fernwood Farms for their donations for the basket raffles.
Again, a big hearty thanks goes also to everyone who attended our annual Old Home Day as it makes all the work involved a grand day.
Sarah Baldwin-Welcome, President
Gilmanton Old Home Day Association
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:22
To The Daily Sun,
Last week, the Selectmen of Meredith decided to put the interests of big business over the citizens of Meredith and let the taxpayer pick up the tab, to the tune of $18,000. Why? Nothing Ann Deli, president of Laconia Harley-Davidson, said to the board, made a lot of sense to me.
Years before Harley-Davidson came to Meredith, motorcyclists were coming up over the hill from The Weirs to our shops and restaurants and enjoying perhaps a bit less confusion for the day. Motorcyclists still spread out to many Lakes Regions towns.
Yet we had no vendors during those decades and no real traffic problems with long lines and long waits to come down the hill into the town center. We probably weren't paying $5,000 to the Motorcycle Week Association either. I have to question what if anything do we get from this worthless use of taxpayers' dollars as it wouldn't stop bikers from visiting Meredith if we didn't join the association.
Nor would we incur $13,000 more in taxpayer expense, if we simply stop allowing vendors into Meredith period. Motorcycle Week(s) is a Weirs event and as far as I am concerned, I welcome the bikers to Meredith, but I think the vendors should stay in The Weirs. I don't think the Meredith taxpayer should get dumped with subsidizing Laconia Harley-Davidson so they can continue to make $145,000 a year off their vendor rents and then listen to them threaten and complain when Meredith tries to collect a perfectly legitimate fee to offset the towns expenses.
I also seriously doubt Laconia Harley-Davidson is donating $220,000 to charitable causes. No doubt that's corporate giving that money. So please, Ms. Deli, don't try to hold that over our heads. And if LH-D is raking in $145,000 from the vendors they rent space on the property, then I am sure since they are already paying LH-D so much, they shouldn't mind paying an additional $45 a day to the town of Meredith to pay for expenses incurred.
If Ms. Deli is really afraid her vendors will go somewhere else, then maybe it would be a sound business investment to take some of that $145,000 and pay the town $18,000 for a tax deductible cost of doing business. I for one am not willing to use my tax dollar to pay LH-D's bill because of a threat that the vendors may move on. I'd just as soon all vendors go back to The Weirs and let Meredith go back to hosting and welcoming bikers the way we did before LH-D came to town. I can't think of any other major event that spills vendors in other surrounding towns, causing traffic jams and thousands of dollars in "taxpayer" expense.
Maybe this question should go on the town warrant and let the people of Meredith vote on whether they want vendors and traffic jams and $5,000 association dues and more expenses added to our taxes. Let the people choose.
So come on selectmen, stand up for the people who voted you to represent them ... the Meredith citizenry, the taxpayers. Do not be bullied by the big businesses. And do not put this off until 2017. I am calling on you to put this back on the table and do your duty and look after the taxpayer. You are charged with a responsibility to us. Please apply the $450 vendor fee for this bill, or put it to the voters ... or do we have an oligarchy in action, in the town of Meredith?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:19
To The Daily Sun,
Mother Nature was very kind to us this year for the Leavitt Park Carnival (maybe a little too hot).
At this time we would like to speak for the Leavitt Park volunteers to thank the many people that came out to attend our annual carnival. Also, ensuring a fun and successful time, goes a big thanks to our many bakers for bringing goodies to our food table, our chili and bean cooks, the hot dog cooks and all of the set-up and take-down people for the game stations, the people that stood in the hot sun for three hours so that the children could have fun for an afternoon.
We would also like to thank the businesses that helped supply needed items. They are as follows: Our Place Restaurant and Country Kitchen Bakery.
Also listed are contributors to our raffle tickets and their winners: Boullia-Gorrell Lumber Co., W. Horton; Bank of NH, G. Hodapp; Lacasse Floors, A. Fortier, Northeast Tire Service Inc.; Deloitte Consulting, A. Fortier, Northeast Tire Service Inc.; Leavitt Park, C. Nachbaur; NH Motor Speedway, H. Walker; Gunstock, F. Sorrell; Café Déjà Vu, S. Stebbins; 50/50 Raffle, M. Hodapp
Anthony Felch, President
Alice J. Smith, Board Member
Leavitt Park Association
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:14
To The Daily Sun,
I read with interest the article concerning the financial and organizational collapse of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association. Having served on the board of that organization for some five years (several as vice president) as the Weirs Action Committee representative I share as does the membership of the Weirs Action Committee the mayor's concern for the future of Laconia Motorcycle Week. We share the concern that the LMWA is running itself into the ground financially while the rally itself diminishes in size and scope.
This year the Sturgis Rally posted records in attendance and retail sales while the Laconia Rally posts a decrease of 25 percent in its traffic count. Clearly for all who wish to see Laconia Motorcycle Week thrive and grow, this is alarming news. Clearly thinking persons would make a serious inquiry into how this came to be so.
The promotion of Laconia Motorcycle Week has been done over the last 20+ years by the group currently going by the name Laconia Motorcycle Week Association. As we watch the downward spiral of attendance and interest in our rally one can reasonably conclude that the efforts of this group, however well intentioned, are failing to produce results.
The article mentions that Laconia H-D, the Weirs Action Committee and the N.H. Motor Speedway have all resigned their memberships in the LMWA. What appears to be outside the scope of the article is how and why this has occurred. The article also fails to mention other members who have chosen not to continue on the board of the LMWA such as the Chamber of Commerce, Gunstock and Larry Baldi.
It is curious that the article seems to imply that those who have left the LMWA board have done so for purely selfish reasons. With this I disagree. Every one of these organizations has an interest in a growing and thriving Laconia Motorcycle Week however every one of these organizations' first responsibility is to their own health and vitality. Each of these organizations concluded that their first responsibility made continued participation in the LMWA no longer possible.
The article refers to the WAC as "reaping significant returns" from operating the Weirs Beach parking lot during the rally and "left the LMWA when the dues were increased from $2,000 to $5,000 a year to address a deficit." The WAC nets approximately $25,000 per year on our parking fundraiser and spends each dollar and more on improving and beautifying Weirs Beach. We would be happy to share with anyone the details of what we do and have done with a few volunteers and some hard work. Other than per diem workers, no one is on any payroll.
The WAC did not leave the LMWA board so much as we were shown the door. At $5,000 these dues would typically represent 20 percent of our funds raised each year. We determined that this was more than we could afford and would create much hardship in successfully pursuing our mission, but in recognition of the substantial financial difficulties of the LMWA we offered to increase our dues to $3,000. We were turned down flat.
As for the dues increase addressing a deficit, I can tell you that even quadrupling the increase in dues wouldn't balance the operational deficit, and would have no impact whatsoever on the substantial long term debt of the LMWA.
Mr. Mayor, the problem is not us.
Joe Driscoll III
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:08