To The Daily Sun,
It has deeply saddened me to read the latest in the public exchange of letters about the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. Mr. Blake's most recent attack on the intentions of of our fellow citizens who were involved in the private fund-raising effort which fully financed the construction of this beautiful facility. Up until this time, I have remained a troubled spectator on the sidelines of this bitter debate that has divided our town in half. But this most recent exchange has compelled me to give voice to my great reservations, coming as it does in the heels of an extremely close vote at the polls to reauthorize funding for operating funds for the library which were refused by the voters last year.
In Mr. Blake's letter, he contends that the GYRL Board should not want "to expose themselves to all the compelling testimonies, truths and hard copy evidence... that show complicity and complacency in how the town was originally allowed to be misled, by the YRLA." Aside from the vagaries and syntactical confusion in this statement, it embodies a threat that he now intends to trot out all "the evidence" he introduced in the debate two years ago. He clearly can have nothing new to offer in this assault. Please spare us, Al, as well as yourself. The public body audibly groaned when you attempted to browbeat us at the Town Meeting in 2012 by repeating yourself ad nauseam. The voters didn't buy it then and they shouldn't buy it now. To give you credit, you emerged at that time to publicly champion a campaign that you felt passionate about. You had a powerful impact in challenging the funding for the GYRL, and in the subsequent year, the suspicion you created and sustained led to the vote at the polls in 2013 which defunded the library. However, my sadness at the resurrection of this divisive debate arises from my conviction that, for so many reasons, I believe you are profoundly misguided.
First, you accuse the members of the early GYRL committee of intentionally setting about to deceive the town — their "complicity" — by making promises they did not intend to keep. This is a preposterous claim. These were good people who worked hard to fund and build what should be considered by all to be a precious gift and a community asset. I believe you have been engaged in a personal endeavor to malign these people and you should stop it.
Secondly, even if there WAS the suggestion — or even a commitment — by the early board that the library could operate without public funding, such a notion, as it turns out, would simply have reflected a truly unrealistic optimism, not a devious intent.
Third, our nation has been built and become great based in large part upon the availability and and access to public education and libraries. While we in Gilmanton did indeed have our "village" libraries, these were small, seasonal, facilities lacking the resources to offer a full complement of services. When the development of the GYRL began, Gilmanton was one of only two towns in all of New Hampshire NOT to have a year-round, publicly funded library. Last year, Lord knows, when public funding was voted down, we might have been the ONLY such town. Perhaps you will not be happy unless we are the only town in the entire country to be in this miserly category. What an ignoble distinction to wish upon the town that we all love and call our home. We should all be proud of the Gilmanton Year-Round Library — and it should be supported by the Town.
Here's wishing for a cessation of divisive attacks and coming together around a common good.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 05:58
To The Daily Sun,
While campaigning in 2008, Barack Obama promised to create a "21st century VA". That promise has come to mean scandal, incompetence and corruption that have led to the deaths of dozens of American soldiers. If secret wait lists and one-year delays for care, highlighted with cover ups characterizes what a 21st century VA looks like, then Obama has done one hell of a job.
Like Benghazi and so many other disasters during Obama's presidency, you can be sure what actually happened will be obfuscated and the stonewalling to keep what actually happened fuzzy has just started.
For liberal loonies still fantasizing the "single payer" health solution, the VA should serve as the perfect illustration just how bad things are when government controls things without checks and balances. Further consider the incompetence of the government-run post office, the insolvency of Social Security, the bankruptcy of Medicare, the underfunding of Medicaid, the fraud of disability claims, the Obamacare rollout disaster and the bungling of every government watchdog agency to do its job. Bernie Madoff's theft of billions wasn't some "one off " situation. The government-induced housing bust wasn't some "one off " situation, record debt isn't some "one off" situation, record welfare isn't some "one off situation", systemic poverty isn't some "one off" situation, the destruction of the middle class isn't some "one off" situation. The more government does, the more government controls, the more government hands out, the worse life becomes for 90 percent of Americans. It is a TRUTH and you all know it.
Government now controls more of every Americans life than it ever has in history. Government never stops SEEING an EXCUSE to take control of some aspect of private enterprise cheered on by anti business, populists. Upon take over, government makes a complete and total "MUCK UP" of what ever it has subsumed with the effect to further diminish and dilute the living standards of every main street American. Ask yourself. Are you better off today than since big spending, big government can solve all your problems Obama took office? The spending power of the middle class American family has been demolished over the past six years no matter that government hands out more today. WAKE UP!
Government wants control of everything under the lying, laugh line " ONLY IT CAN FIX THINGS". When you observe a man who sees government as the solution to his every problem, what you see is a man who lacks belief in himself or his ability. A person who lacks the self confidence that he alone can solve his problems and overcome the obstacles of life. No matter that government has never fixed anything, for anyone. In fact the evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible that government harms far more people that it has ever helped. The premature death of 40 veterans at the VA is just the latest edition of governments failure. Over time the public has become HOOKED on every GOVERNMENT entitlement, every GOVERNMENT subsidy and every GOVERNMENT welfare check. Government has bought OBEDIENCE, no only from individuals, but corporations and the states with financial bribes and midnight, back room deals of every type imaginable. Government says, "do it my way" and I will give you these BILLIONS as the HOOK. The average American has become no less a slave to government through welfare, entitlement programs and subsidies than the black man was to the white master 152 years ago. We all revile in that thought, yet Democrats seem totally smitten with making every American SLAVES to government will, government rules, government regulations and government money. Freedom, individuality, creative expression and innovation are out. DEMOCRATS, union style, one size fits all CRAM DOWN, PORK BARREL GOVERNMENT FAILURE IS IN. The next problem government fixes will be it's first.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 05:54
To The Daily Sun,
The parents who are opposed to their ninth grade honors students reading Jodi Picoult's "Nineteen Minutes" might want to read the cover story of the May 26th edition of Time magazine.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:39
To The Daily Sun,
The guest speaker at the "States Original POW/MIA Memorial' on Memorial Day will be Mr. Mark Decoteau of Waterville Valley. He is a Gold Star Father and 1983 West Point grad. His eldest son, Marc Paul, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 and younger son Andrew is a sophomore at West Point.
Memorial Day is a day of Honor and Remembrance and many words will be spoken in all communities. Sometimes it's whose speaking those words that carry the meaning of the day. A prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, wreath laying and introductions will take place following the Meredith parade which starts at 10 a.m. on Main street and gathering at the POW/MIA Memorial, Hesky Park about 10:45 on May 26th.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:36
To The Daily Sun,
It's that time of the year again, to remind readers of their opportunity to file for the N.H. State Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief using Form DP-8 which must be filed no earlier than May 1 and no later than June 30.
Forms are no longer automatically mailed to property taxpayers who have filed in the past, so it is important that eligible homeowner taxpayers be alerted. Many who are eligible are still not aware of this tax relief.
The Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program was designed to lessen the economic burden of the State Education Property Tax on certain at-risk taxpayers.
An eligible applicant for the Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief is a person who is:
— Single with adjusted gross income equal to or less than $20,000; or
— Married or head of N.H. household with adjusted gross income less than or equal to $40,000; and
— Owns a homestead subject to the State Education Property Tax; and
— Has resided in that homestead on April 1 of the year for which the claim is made.
Applications for the Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief are accepted only during the statutory filing period — after May 1, but no later than June 30. The law allows 120 days for processing from the date of receipt of your completed application.
You will need to attach a copy of your final 2013 property tax bill for map and lot number, homestead location and net assessed value, and a copy of your 2013 federal tax return for each claimant and all adult members of the claimant's household for the corresponding period.
For assistance, contact the Department at (603) 230-5920 — press prompt 2, then prompt 2 again. To file online, http://www.revenue.nh.gov/forms/low-moderate.htm . You may pick up a DP-8 form at Laconia City Hall. The Laconia Public Library will print copies of the DP-8 packet (7 pages at10 cents each or $0.70). It may be available at other service centers. Completed forms are sent to: NH Dept. of Revenue Administration, Document Processing Division, P. O. Box 299, Concord NH 03302-0299.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:33