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Alton spends taxpayer dollars for transparency, will Belmont?

To the editor,
Your June 4 edition carried significant coverage of the Belmont Selectmen's meeting wherein the board concluded that they would be willing to revisit their June 17 decision to withdraw support of Lakes Region Public Access (LRPA) television. A principle reason expounded by the Board for acting to drop out of LRPA was that they were unable to find a volunteer to film their meetings for later play-back on cable Channel 26.
I have information that may better able the Belmont Selectmen (and taxpayers) to decide whether they want to stay on television, or not.
But first full-disclosure: I am the Town of Alton's representative to the LRPA Board of Directors, which admittedly instills in me a bias, but also fuller knowledge of what is working and what is not.
Belmont apparently wants out since they are not getting their meetings and shows, with the exception of the Central Baptist Church services, on Channels 25 and 26. The church has a videographer so their recordings go to LRPA for broadcasting on Channel 25 without any hitches. The Town, however, without an unpaid videographer finds themselves dark on Channel 26.
Alton's experience might set an example for other LRPA municipalities. Since 1999 Alton's Selectmen meetings have been on Channel 26 and a year or so later the School Board meetings went on the air also. For years the videos were taken by volunteers, but in the mid-2000's the volunteers started to burn out. When the Budget Committee meetings stopped appearing on Channel 26 due to no one showing up to do the videotaping for free, a petition warrant article appeared at Town Meeting to pay videographers from taxpayer funds. The vote in favor wasn't even close.
Consequently the Town Budget every year provides funds to pay videographers to film the Selectmen, the Budget Committee, and significant meetings of the Planning Board and other public bodies. To date I am unaware of any taxpayer complaints that the $35 per shoot is not well spent. Alton voters rarely attend the meetings in person, but there is little doubt that they stay tuned in to what their elected officials are up to.
Alton taxpayers are willing to ante-up to have transparency in local government. Now the region will see how important that is to Belmont voters.
Bob Longabaugh
Alton Bay

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:54

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The worst part of a government will be its tax collecting agents

To the editor,
After the last few letters I've written to the editor, I look back and wonder if readers might think I'm getting a bit over excited. Well no, I don't think so but still I might explain to readers that first of all I don't trust politicians or the government. I don't trust Republicans or Democrats, or libertarians or — you name them. Sure it's a matter of degrees over which I think are better or worse but overall you can only trust them so long as they are in your sight but watch out anyway, their tricky.
The worst part about governments are their taxing agents. In our case it's the IRS and I don't know anyone of any party, anywhere who likes the IRS. Mostly we fear them because of their near God-like powers to make our lives a misery, to destroy us, take away our liberty, homes, money just anything. Sure they are a necessity, all governments need to be funded, and our IRS is supposed to be independent of political influence and pressure but now we see how easily it was for that to change. Whether readers like or dislike the Tea Party, conservatives, or groups that support Israel, it should send a cold shiver up your back to know it might be your turn next if you find yourself disagreeing with current or future administrations. Local democrats have for many years been advocating for an income tax here in New Hampshire. The object lesson coming out of DC might and should give citizens of the Granite State second thoughts on that concept. The idea that it can't happen here is just silly.
I do hope that some good will come from this abuse of power and that people all across the country can finally find some common ground and demand that those in Washington we elected to do our bidding are forced by a groundswell of righteous anger and outrage to finally truly reform our national tax system. A good start would be a federal flat income tax. No exceptions, no deductions just a simple, straight, low percentage tax. That way every citizen has a stake in the game and no one can be singled out, persecuted or harassed by politicians or political parties.
Just saying. Something must be done and this is the time.
Steve Earle

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:44

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Chat at Hector’s in 2008 sheds light on County Commission tactics behavior

To the editor,
I wrote this letter some time ago but held onto it because of the content. I know people will see this as a personal attack on two elected representatives and I don't like making these accusations without having personally witnessing the offense. The facts stated are true and considering the level of animosity between the County Commissioners and the County Convention I feel that the good citizens of the county might need to hear this so they can better decide for themselves which direction the county should be taken.
As I follow the details of the commission and convention in the paper I seem to be getting more and more upset with the way the reporting is biased against the convention. If the reporters had witnessed the actions of the commission members maybe they would sound so one sided.
What first riled me up to write this letter is what I read in the article from May 2 titled "Sanbornton Rep Praises Commissioners, County Staff, Says He's Ashamed of Delegation". This got me quite upset. Then I noticed the letters from the local leaders of the local Democrat Party supporting the county commission I decided to share some personal information I have.
What bothered me is when the article that says "particularly troubling for Fields are accusations of dishonesty on the part of the commissioners which have been raised by delegation members." A direct quote from Rep Fields is "I know John and Steve and know you're honest." Dennis also says "'I resent it when people imply you're not being honest." Dennis please pay attention because this isn't an implication, these are merely the facts.
In early 2008, while a Laconia City Councilor, I went to Hector's with two representatives after attending a particularly contentious County Convention meeting concerning the county budget. I was there to continue explaining the negative impact that the proposed budget would have on Laconia's taxpayers. These reps, who are now commissioners, detailed for me some of the illegal activities that they used to do with the exclamation that "what the public doesn't know doesn't hurt them" and "I don't care if it wasn't right or legal, I got things done." Many of the things they told me were about how they would "get even" with people they didn't like.
At the time I sort of dismissed this as merely bragging by a couple of convention members but watching the actions of the County Commission over the past several years make me wonder if they weren't telling the truth.
I do believe that it is the responsibility of the County Commission to pay all legal bills from lawyers representing any county official in official court proceedings. The fact that this commission filed suit against the Registrar of Deeds because she wouldn't do what they wanted, which was in violation of the state laws regarding her duties is one thing. The fact that they still refuse to pay the legal bills from defending herself against their lawsuit sounds just like one of the stories relayed to me at Hector's.
Then I read a letter from the Democrat leadership saying "The quagmire that Belknap County Convention Chair Colette Worsman has created for this county is unnecessary and counterproductive." I say thank you to Collette for trying to keep our elected representatives HONEST. They go on to chastise Rep. Worsman over the supplemental appropriation for the nursing home because it will generate $200,000 in additional revenue. I wonder how they know this when the paper reported that one of the commissioners that I am writing about refused to provide the information requested in advance of the public meeting. This again sounds like a tactic that this commissioner relayed to me that he took against someone else because he "didn't want to give him time to come up with questions to ask that would stop the project."
Then I read in the paper that the county administration is going to hurt the public by not taking any new patients into the nursing home until they get more money. County Administrator Debra Shackett told the commissioners that "Our only control is through admissions", which sounds like a strategy that Commissioner John Thomas told me that night. Get the public on your side, no matter what it takes.
I really wonder why the Democrat representatives seem to like and support the commissioners so much?
The letter from the local Democrat leadership ends with the statement "This vitriol must stop". I agree, but the difference is that I want the commissioners to perform their job by honoring their oath of office. I want them to open the doors to become more transparent, keep their actions honest and legal and to work with the County Convention and its leadership instead of fighting every step of the way.
Actions speak louder than words and right now your actions are speaking the same words you once told me. I would fully support an investigation by the state Attorney General into the dealings of the Belknap County Convention. My opinion is that criminal charges would result from such an investigation.
Greg Knytych
New Hampton

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:34

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Liberal aims are often cloaked in pleasant-sounding schemes

To the editor,
While finishing up my studies on Constitutional History of the U.S. at a University in Cedar City, Utah I had the opportunity and privilege to stay with the university provost and his family. This afforded me a rare opportunity to get his attention and spend hours in conversations over the dilemma we are facing in this country. One evening the topic centered upon constitutional usurpation and tyranny. During one of those discussions Dr. Groft shared with me an occurrence that had happened a few years before.
There had been a farmer who accidentally killed a gopher by running over it with his tractor. It cost him thousands of dollars in fines. It seemed that this non-native species was somehow protected and the federal bureaucracy was going to use him as an example. We discussed this for some time, until the Dr. stated "Lets go for a ride".
The ride was a short one. Taking only a few minutes. He stopped the car near a large brick building. He asked "Do you have any idea what this building is?" Of course my response was " No". "It's a federal building connected to the Department of Interior" was his response. He shared with me how this all came about. Late one night the city was awakened to the sound of tractor-trailer trucks coming through the city. Then the sounds of heavy equipment working. Those who saw the trucks and equipment stated that there was no markings on any vehicle. The federal plot thickens as I was informed that up until that time a colony of gophers had lived there. This was during the Clinton era when socialism and tyranny took a few giant steps forward. Sound familiar?
So what is happening in Cedar City, Utah now? More of the same.
Today property owners' land is being confiscated by the federal government for the use of the same gopher they plowed under during the Clinton years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is blocking construction or development in anyway that might harass the poor rodent. You cannot be any more intimidating than bulldozing.
Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Jonathan Wood states that Cedar City is under siege. "The town is inundated with prairie dogs that are leaving parks, gardens, vacant lots, and even the local cemetery pockmarked with burrows and tunnels. Development projects are blocked by federal prairie dog protections. And public health is imperiled because prairie dogs-which are rodents, after all and can be carriers of diseases".
The federal government uses the Commerce Clause (Article 1, Section 8) to block owners and state from using their property. Somewhere in time the courts found they could use the Commerce Clause and General Welfare Clause and change its meaning to push their socialist agenda. We may soon see the little rodents at the local super market with their EBT card.
Surely if wind farms can literally hack to pieces thousands of federally protected birds with impunity then why is harassing a gopher a federal crime? Where is the justice for eagles and hawks who claimed territory that wind farms destroy?
There may be more to it than what appears on the surface. Agenda 21 is a communist plot created by the United Nations. And favored by like-thinking presidents who use executive orders to stealthily ease us into a world government plot that controls all resources, land, people and even the air we breath. Bill Clinton was infamous for this tactic.
Is communism creeping into your town by stealth? Code words have been used by sneaky liberals for decades. Do these words sound familiar? Smart Growth, Sustainable Development, Wildlands Project, Regional Visioning Projects, Going Green, Regional Planning, Historic Planning, Growth Management, Conservation Easement, Facilitators, Green Building Codes, Sustainable Farming, Consensus. These words are constantly in flux as Americans catch on to the communist agenda.
D.I.C.E.D. the Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development is the United Nations covenant for global government. The first version was submitted to the U.N. in 1995 during its 50th anniversary. A fourth version was submitted on September 22,2010.
There are 79 articles and 242 pages. U.N. agenda 21 transform them into Global Law. Article 51 states we must pay 0.7 percent of GDP for official development assistance. Article 69 deals with settlements of disputes by Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice.
Agenda 21 is not about safeguarding the environment, it is about control. George Soros, Ford Foundation, World Bank, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, E.P.A. and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation are funding and pushing the implementation of this global authoritarianism. Federal agencies are working to do the same.
When a liberal speaks, listen closely. Then compare his rhetoric with other tyrants like, Hitler, Mao, Lenin, and Stalin. They cloak their aims with pleasant sounding schemes. They are designed to ensnare the masses. Creating a yoke of bondage.
Gene F. Danforth

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:16

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4th graders could teach us about politeness in addition to math

To the editor,
Relative to a letter in Wednesday's issue of the Sun, it spurred me to call my own fourth grade grandson and ask him if it made sense to appropriate money unnecessarily when an excess of already appropriated money was available to handle the contingency. He replied that it probably wasn't a good idea and, furthermore, that it was unsophisticated and possibly rude to chortle over someone else's opinion about which you disagree.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Belknap 5

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:03

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