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Why are towers needed when wires can be buried along roadways?

To The Daily Sun,

My husband and I moved to New Hampshire a few years ago primarily because of its gorgeous scenery. I feel the views of mountains, lakes, and countryside are the state's greatest assets.

Recently, I received a newsletter from State Senator Jeanie Forrester. In the newsletter, she referred to the public hearings that have taken place across the state concerning the Northern Pass. According to Senator Forrester, more residents opposed the project at every hearing than supported it. It's no wonder. The Northern Pass would introduce a scar upon the landscape.

Towers and wires marching down the center of New Hampshire do not present a picturesque view for tourists or locals. I can't imagine any tourist being thrilled with the view. "Oh, honey, look at those beautiful towers. I just love the way those high tension wires sparkle in the sun."

Why is it necessary when the wires can be buried along existing interstates? You don't see ugly wires in big cities. That's because they bury the eyesores. It's done that way all across this country. Why not here?

Doing so would also provide New Hampshire with a steady income from compensation for the use of the state rights-of-way. This would have a lasting positive effect on the state unlike the proposed towers.

Kathy Carter
Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 03:28

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Northern Pass will no longer air commercial with out-of-date ID

To The Daily Sun,
Recently I publicly complained about the misleading commercial WMUR-TV has been airing about the Northern Pass project.
In the commercial, Doug Boyd of Franklin made a statement to the effect there he was the police chief. He is a retired police chief and currently serves of the city council.
Last week I received a letter from the Northern Pass information office thanking me for bringing this to their attention. The letter states that the interview with Boyd was from a few years ago and has been updated. The letter also says that commercials which air in there future will be up-to-date with Boyd's current information. I have not seen any commercial featuring Boyd since I went public with my complaint.
Once again I state that I am neither for or against the Northern Pass Project. I just don't like misleading commercials which don't tell the truth.

Gordon D. King
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:23

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It's nice to know people are out there who will help a stranger

To The Daily Sun,
On Monday, October 21, while I was away from home, I received a call on my cell phone from the Tilton-Northfield Fire Department, telling me that my fire alarms were going off and they needed me to come home and unlock my doors.
Today, I'm very thankful for two things. The first is that my fire alarms, it turns out, were triggered not by a fire but by a dead battery in one detector, which caused all of the rest of the hard-wired alarms to sound. The second thing I'm thankful for is that someone walking by my Elm Street home heard the alarms and cared enough to make the call to the fire department. There was no emergency in this case, but there could have been, and that phone call could have saved my home and the lives of my two dear pets.
To whoever called the fire department on Monday, thank you. It is nice to know there are people out there that will help a stranger. And, to everyone else, now is a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors if you haven't in a while!
Patty Johnson
Northfield

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:20

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Hold politicians accountable for stands on programs & taxes

To The Daily Sun,

That is a very descriptive political cartoon in today's (October 22nd) Laconia Daily Sun as it truly is our future generations who will reap the debt which has been sown. When people say that they are voting for the children, I ask them: "which generation?".

Another cartoon worth citing is Walt Kelly's Pogo, popular years ago for the wisdom uttered by a cerebral frog. Pogo said: "we have met the enemy and he is us". Politicians of both major parties are unpopular as they continually promise more than can be delivered and continually fail to fund that which has been voted.

Is the answer to promise more, spend more, partially fund more and larger programs and to grow the government in the process? About 40 percent of gross domestic product is consumed by all of the various levels of government. The fact that this is a policy problem as opposed to a political problem can be seen right here in Belknap County where two of the three commissioners are Republicans who, nonetheless, have promulgated a budget busting 43 million dollar new jail.

People should decipher what is behind the political rhetoric we see being bandied about and vote for the amount of government which they can afford. Beginning with the primaries and extending into the general election, ask the candidates where they stand on programs and taxation and then vote to hold them accountable for those stands.

Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Belknap 5

Gilmanton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:16

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A bible was the only object to servive our September 22 fire

To The Daily Sun,
Despite the devastating fire on September 22 that destroyed both out warehouse and office spaces, Northeast Electrical Solutions, LLC of Laconia never missed a beat. Three service vehicles and a great many tools were lost. Fortunately, two fully equipped vehicles were off site at the time of fire.
Immediately upon being notified about the fire, management and employees of NES began to triage. Personal vehicles were set up as mobile offices, business telephone lines were forwarded to employee cell phones for 24/7 coverage. Temporary office and storage spaces were rapidly located thanks to the generosity of family and friends. Everything needed to continue Northeast Electrical Solutions operations was at hand, including manpower and a determination to continue. NES's pledge to continue their "standard", i.e. stellar customer service remained firmly in place.
The employees at Northeast Electrical Solutions will tell you that they are like a small family-sharing a camaraderie seldom found in the business world of today. Not only do they work as a team during business hours, but it is not unusual for them to assist each other on a personal level if needed. The fire was certainly a crisis, without question, but it was not a defeating crisis. Perhaps for the immediate future some things would be different, but there was nothing that could not be handled if it was dealt with as a team.
In 2009, when owner Gregg Selesky started Northeast Electrical Solutions he knew that there would be bumps in the road. He knew that the construction industry was as unpredictable as the weather, with workloads and revenue fluctuating constantly. Functioning as an employer instead of an employee was a new world for Gregg. Despite the many challenges, his Northeast Electrical Solutions not only prospered, but grew. Divisions were created to handle everything from marine electrical repairs to security systems. Solar and wind power systems were offered as well.
There were good days and bad... perks and pitfalls. Strong faith created a permanent glue while a diverse and ever growing customer base evolved. Team building was an ongoing process in the beginning and continues today. The perfect "recipe" for success is not written in any book, it is a process. (If you question the faith aspect in all of this, I have to tell you that Gregg Selesky's bible, always atop his desk, survived the September 22 fire virtually unscathed when everything else in the office was destroyed.

H. Gagnon

Northeast Electrical Solutions

Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:51

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