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Many thanks for help in repairing & painting Lamprey House

To the editor,
Thank you, thank you.
I would like to thank the following people for their help and contributions to the repair and painting of the barn of the Moultonborough Historical Society Museum, the Lamprey House. Thanks go to Dave Godin of David Godin Custom Building for the donation of over 100 feet of siding and handiwork, Dick Plaistead for repair help and John Haven of Solar Haven for painting the upper reaches. I would also give a special thank you to Mark Tuckerman of Aubuchan's Hardware in Moultonborough for the donation of the paint and other supplies Oh, and a thank you to Norman and Meca Atkinson for their moral support.
Sam Perry
MHS Board of Directors

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 08:43

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Focus of leak investigation should turn back toward government

To the editor,
In an article in the Washington Post regarding NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden the writer wrote: "several officials said the CIA will now undoubtedly begin reviewing the process by which Snowden may have been hired, seeking to determine whether there were any missed signs that he might one day betray national secrets."
I suggest that rather there should be an examination of the federal governments policies, judgements and usurpation of constitutional authority. For what the more pertinent question seems to be is: is the United States government honorable as to inspire loyalty beyond it's ability to persecute, imprison or kill its citizens. For there are those "who love not there lives unto death."
John Demakowski

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 08:26

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There are better ways for city to spend Opechee Park House funds

To the editor,
The other side of the Opechee Park House that was not mentioned in Tuesday's article follows.
When anyone, public official or regular citizen is faced with their budget making decisions for the month or the year, they have to approach it with three questions over and above the obvious of how much money do you have and what your fixed obligations are.
First: Is this expenditure necessary?
Second: Can this wait?
Third: Will harm be done if we don't fund the item?
The answers are quite simple. It is not necessary, it can wait, and no harm will be done to the City if we don't fund this item this year. It does not meet the criteria listed above.
The Parks and Recreation Dept.'s budget this year shows an item for maintenance of grounds. That is for the parks, sport fields, etc. and is for $50,000. In fiscal year 2011-2012 this item was only $27,000.00. However, with the increase in fields and the high maintenance cost of the new fields, our Parks Dept. is stretched to the limit for money and for manpower. While the bottom line on the page shows $642,870.00 as a total for the Parks Dept. this is not strictly true.
Under the capital outlay budget there is money not only for the Opechee Park House but for Endicott Rock Park Beach which is for the erosion study at Weirs Beach and necessary to the preservation of this historic beach, and under outlay to be bonded is $850,000 for Parks. $500,000 for construction of Weirs Beach Park and then $300,000 for the repair of Smith Track. The Weirs Park has been in the works for many years, has been funded for engineering which is now complete and ready to go. Both of these projects represent good things for the city, not just the Weirs. We will all reap the benefits from an increase in tourism and upgrading of the Weirs, and therefore they qualify in my mind.
But, both these projects will once again put a burden on the crews of the Parks Dept. which are understaffed even now. Maintenance costs will rise and make it difficult to cover all our parks and fields with the present staff level and money for maintenance. When you build new and bigger things, they must be taken care of as well as all the other Parks and fields.
My thought is that the $110,000.00 for the Opechee Park House could be spent for other items needed or perhaps enable us to hire a couple of part-time Park employees to help take care of all these parks and fields in the manner they should be. We have all seen what happens when we don't take care of what we have. We have had to increase spending to restore something we have neglected.
Not knowing how the state budget is going to affect us, there may be a need to use this money and others for the increases that might come.
At the present time, this budget we have in front of us will cost the taxpayer an increase of $.39 more than last year, and last year it increased by $.44 cents.
Surely, we can do better.
Brenda Baer, City Councilor, Ward 4

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 08:17

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N.H. casino owner would take profits away to another state

To the editor,
"Government is instituted to provide services to its citizens." This statement by two elected state officials is quite extraordinary, the two apparently haven't read the New Hampshire Constitution or the history of its people. The government of N.H. was instituted first and foremost to protect the rights of the citizens and its Constitution written to protect the citizen from its government. Written 230+ years ago — read it.
As far as chicken charading, perhaps the state officials ought to copyright the idea, sell it, give the income to the state services they are so concerned about. Charades is a word guessing game. The form most played today is to use physical rather than verbal language to convey the meaning to another party. Charading is an app one can purchase at an Apple Store. Chicken charading might possibly be some sort of slander indicating one might give an indication of what one wants and then run from and or hide before they either have finished giving their clue or before the other party has stated their guess.
"On purely partisan grounds", a phrase often used by Democrats when non-Democrats aren't being submissive, is never heard from them when they're in control and ignore the same non-Democrats. Or to indicate they and not the other party have passed a bill meant to help the "people" — not necessarily the taxpayer.
Something every state and voting taxpayer needs to wake up to is that there is no such thing as government revenue, especially federal revenue. The government doesn't earn money, and the federal government doesn't print money, it's only authorized to coin money. It's the non government entity referred to as the Federal Reserve which prints and circulates paper money. They have in the last three years printed $2 trillion and are purchasing upwards of $85 billion of U.S. debt every month. So when we are told that the Republicans of the state are "passing up an infusion of billions of dollars" it is really being said that they refuse an illusion.
As far as the casinos go, those running and establishing the casinos will retrieve all building/operational cost, state and local taxes and fees, which will be in the billions, and then take the profits out of state. Does N.H. actually have that kind of money to dispose of? Perhaps the state liquor stores ought to be extended to build and operate casinos? At least the money would stay in state.
G.W. Brooks

Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 11:16

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To what extent should county home be considered profit center?

To the editor,
Generally, I refrain from jumping into letter writing "food fights", but the recent letters by Paula Trombi have led me to do so. Ms. Trombi seems to believe that when four Belknap County representatives voted against approving additional nursing home funding of $200,000., they did so out of either pure meanness, total stupidity, or both. The county commissioners and the nursing home director believe they can use the $200K to attract an additional $400K in Medicare revenue, thereby providing a $200K profit for the county. That profit alone, tells an incomplete tale. Those short term physical, occupational, and speech therapies are high profit services that the county commissioners want to profit on, but doing so will take business away from the open market of health care providers. Is the county nursing home supposed to be a profit center? Should the Belknap County Delegation (the eighteen State Reps) encourage the county commissioners to actively pursue Medicare short term rehabilitation folks and thereby directly compete with marketplace providers? If such expansion is to be allowed, should limits be imposed? What are the long term downsides of such expansion?
During several delegation meetings, the county commissioners said this effort would be for just a "few" Medicare patients", "maybe five or six patients", well, "maybe up to eight patients", and then on June 3rd, hinted that the number would not go "above 10 at any time". How much will it grow if it continues for many years? Will it become such a moneymaker they will want to expand the nursing home to allow for more profits?
The delegation was told that the nursing home normally has spare beds and these Medicare patients will not require any new staff or any physical expansion. I viewed such projections with a jaundiced eye, doubting they would hold true in the long run. Since actual data is not available, it seems reasonable to take some mental excursions as to what could, or even might, become reality. First, if the nursing home now runs with a persistent "free bed" level of six to 10 beds, but could fill those beds with Medicare folks without expanding staff, does that mean it is currently overstaffed? If not, at what point would a continually "full bed" nursing home start triggering some combination of increases in kitchen staff, housekeeping, maintenance, overtime for current staff, or more floor space.
Because of the turmoil the delegation and the commissioners have had for the last six months, I felt that it was necessary to, if not bury the hatchet-to at least lay it down for a few months, so I voted with the majority to fund the Medicare expansion for this year, only. But, I mentioned then and restate now, that I intend to investigate this issue statewide, and try to present a fuller explanation to everyone before the delegation is called on again to approve such funding. However, I fully understand and greatly appreciate the position taken by Representatives Burchell, Cormier, Sylvia, and Worsman and believe that their free market position should be the one we all strive to reach. I hope that during the next few months we, as a delegation, can get all the facts out in the open, and clearly articulate them for ourselves, and for all of the voters of Belknap County. I also know that Representatives Burchell, Cormier, Sylvia, and Worsman are dedicated, serious, and intelligent lawmakers who are very committed to doing what is best for Belknap County. I strongly disagree with Ms. Trombi's message and tone.
Representative Herb Vadney
Belknap District 2

Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 11:09

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