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Has Planning Commission become unaccountable rougue agency?

To The Daily Sun,
On Sunday, July 7, I sent an e-mail to Jerry Coogan, an employee of the Lakes Region Planning Commission. He's the area contact person listed at the Granite State Future (GSF) website. The website says: "For additional information about our next regional plan, please contact Jerry Coogan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 279-8171."
I prefer email because it's so much easier to keep track of information and who says what.
In my e-mail request to Jerry, I asked about the times, locations, agenda, etc. for all upcoming GSF meetings because the calendar at their website was blank for the next six months.
I asked why the GSF meetings were not published in event calendars in all the local papers.
I asked why only five minutes of time is given for a public question period at the end of GSF meetings.
I asked how do citizens get answers to specific questions about GSF.
Since they list an e-mail address at the GSF website, it seems that's an acceptable method to perform communications.
On Monday July 8, I didn't get a reply email.
All during the day on Tuesday July 9, I failed to receive a reply, so I called the above number around 4 p.m. The man who answered the phone said Mr. Coogan was busy and would call me back. It didn't happen that day.
Today, July 10, I failed to get a call or email from Mr. Coogan. Around 4 p.m., I called the Lakes Region Planning Commission office and asked to speak with Mr. Coogan. Once again he was busy. The woman said he'd call me back.
At or about 4:10 p.m. July 10, he called back. I immediately asked him if he'd received my July 7 email. He said he did.
I asked why he hadn't responded, as I'm a citizen who helps pay his salary. Many might not realize that the Lakes Region Planning Commission is a taxpayer-funded entity subject to the same laws as any town, county or state office. In other words, we, the citizens, are their bosses.
Mr. Coogan said he'd be happy to answer my questions on the phone. I declined that offer because it's hard for me to write down everything he would say, and then I'd not have any proof of what he said.
Mr. Coogan was well aware of that because he asked me during the call if I was recording the call. I said no, because believe it or not, New Hampshire is one of the few states in the USA that's a two-party recording state. That means both parties in a conversation must approve of the recording.
Mr. Coogan said I could come in for a face-to-face meeting, but I made it clear that meeting would be recorded. He bristled at that and would not commit to doing it, even though the Belknap County Attorney said he has no choice.
The call ended abruptly with Mr. Coogan not telling me when or under what circumstances he'd answer my current questions and any future ones.
This type of attitude from public servants is unacceptable. Why is Mr. Coogan reluctant to offer written answers to questions? Why is Mr. Coogan reluctant to be taped when a citizen asks questions about a massive planning project? What is Mr. Coogan hiding?
Here's the rub. The only thing I can prove in all of the above is the fact that I sent an e-mail to Mr. Coogan. I'm very sure that in a few days he'll rebut this letter of mine saying I'm not telling the truth.
Guess what? I can't prove what I said because it's illegal for me to record a simple phone call to a government office. Don't you feel that's not right?
The bottom line is the Lakes Region Planning Commission has possibly become a rogue agency that feels it doesn't have to respond to questions. It treats citizens with disdain. It's possible they feel they're above the law.
If you don't believe what I'm saying, I invite you to go with me when I make a visit to their offices with my video camera rolling. That's the advice I received from the Belknap County Attorney. It's a very sad day that one has to do that to protect their rights.
Give me a call and we'll go visit Mr. Coogan.
Tim Carter
Meredith

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:51

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What summer vacation? Thank you to all our dedicated teachers

To The Daily Sun,
Two posts that I received on Facebook today were ones that I wish every taxpayer and parent would have been privy to, so I hope that you will make them known. Though these were only but two with similar messages that are posted to me frequently from friends and colleagues in the school systems of Gilford and Governor Wentworth, I feel that they are worthy to share.
July 9, 2013: "Going into school to start getting some stuff together for next year. I'll take advantage of the yucky weather!"
And later that day another post read: "Feeling good that I got a lot done at school today. (I) Made 100 Weekend Journals and 25 math assessment booklets, yeah!!!"
We should all applaud the dedication of the educators in our school systems that go above and beyond... nights, weekends, vacations, and summer. Send a teacher a thank you note. It means so very much!
Thank you to all our dedicated teachers,
Paula Dickinson
Gilford

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 10:23

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Without rooster, hens start laying at 20 weeks & continue 'til death

To The Daily Sun,
Dear Councilor Armand Bolduc:
FYI, female chickens do not need a rooster to lay eggs. She only needs a rooster to fertilize the egg. Hens start laying eggs at about 20 weeks old and continue until death.
Sam Ayotte
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 10:23

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U.S. is being destroyed from within, paralleling Greece & Rome

To The Daly Sun,
Does history repeat itself? Patterns have surfaced that give credence to frightening days gone by. Names may change and venue might look different but the same evils have arisen. Those who have escaped devilish practices have attempted to warn the sleeping masses. Hilmar Von Campe was a Hitler Youth and has dedicated his life to warning the public of the totalitarian lie. Leonard Peikoff, in his book "The Ominous Parallels", describes the similarities between Nazi Germany and the ideology capturing the seat of government in America. "Nazi Hydra in America" by Glen Yeadon and John Hawkins shows relationship between big business and Nazi influence in America.
Mussolini reviewed FDR's book and proclaimed FDR a "kindred spirit". And wrote, "Without question, sea change in America resembles that of fascism"
The German press adored FDR. Vikischer Beobachter the Nazi Party's official newspaper praised FDR for his "irreproachable extremely responsible character and immovable will". Of course Roosevelt's right hand man was a communist agent named Alger Hiss. And there was also Harry Hopkins, another Soviet Agent who had FDR's constant attention. Hitler informed U.S. Ambassador William Dodd that New Dealism was "the quintessence of the German state philosophy" .
Roosevelt needed war in order to enforce his programs upon the American people. Woodrow Wilson's concept that our Constitution was outmoded became Roosevelt's plan of action. Viewing our Charter as a "living Constitution" gave them more flexibility. Sound familiar?
The Nazi Party maintained a well organized special bureau on Race and Public Health. Race Science in the Interior Ministry was the provenance of Reich Committee for Protection of German Blood. Department I dealt with issues of race law and politics. Department IV studied population politics, genetic hygiene and medical statistics. The Ministry of Science and Education oversaw Human Genetics and Eugenics. The Reich Family Office had the final authority to decide who was Jewish or Aryan. The Reich Statistical Office was dependent upon IBM equipment which collected data on census, household, and family data, race and nationality.
In 1934 a dedicated specialist who was zealous in collecting data and held the rank of corporal in the German army was transferred from the Dachau concentration camp to the Berlin office and reassigned where he could work with more lists. Lists were everywhere. Police stations, employment bureaus, professional associations, local Nazi departments and SS Security offices. Corporal Adolf Eichmann rose in rank and became instrumental in getting the Jews to the gas chambers. IBM reduced the Jews to a data bit. The technologies enabled Nazi Germany to not only organize timetables for locomotives, boxcars and trains but was instrumental in orchestrating the death of millions.
In August of 2010, the Subcommittee on House Ethics Committee charged Rep. Maxine Waters with ethics violations for steering $12 million to One United where she and her husband hold shares. Waters seldom controls her feelings. During the original hearing she states, "I think some people are missing something here. The president has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life"
She continues " That's going to be very, very powerful. That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it's never been done before".
Maxine Waters does not know her history well. Nor does she seem to know the designs of tyrants or their eventual demise. Although Barrack Obama has used the power put in place by preceding presidents he is not capable of organizing the intricacies we have seen falling into place. He has been using them impatiently and with impunity.
Traudl Jung died in 2002. She was the last occupant of Hitler's Fuehrer-bunker. She was his secretary and had this to say: "He was a pleasant boss and fatherly friend. I deliberately ignored all the warning voices inside me and enjoyed the time by his side almost until the bitter end. It wasn't what he said, but the way he said things and how he did things".
On February 27, 1933 the German Reichstag was burned. Hitler claimed the communists did it. A public announcement stated "the government is of the opinion that the situation is such that a danger to the state and nation exists and still exists". On March 24, 1933 a panicked German Parliament voted 441 to 94 to pass an "Enabling Act". Hitler's rise to dictatorship took one large step forward. The Act required national identity cards, racial profiling, gun confiscation and later mass murders and incarcerations in concentration camps.
After 9/11, the Patriot Act was rushed through Congress. By a vote of 339-79 it became law. It was 342 pages long. The ACLU stated some congressmen had little or no time to read the Act. The speed in which the bill was presented to congress gave the impression that the bill had been written earlier but waited for the proper time to submit it. Sound familiar?
How much change do the progressives, Marxist, Fabians, Democratic Socialists want? We are in enormous debt. Over 50 million babies have been sacrificed to their god. They arm our enemies. Distribute weapons to drug cartels while attempting to disarm the public. Cripple our economy. Monitor our communications. Destroying our infrastructure one step at a time. Busy body's who feel the need to infiltrate everyone's life by force.
Our country is literally being destroyed from within. It parallels Greece and Rome. We have traveled in a circle. The crafty soothsayers have gained an upper hand and seek to rule with an iron fist. One way or another they hope to get total control. As they progress in their designs we will see natural disasters keep pace until Americans awaken and return to our founding principles.
Gene F. Danforth
Danbury

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 10:18

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Again I have to ask: where is Representative Dennis Fields?

To The Daily Sun,
A few years ago I wrote a letter to the editor asking the following question: "Where is Representative Dennis Fields?" After that letter was published, I received a call from Dennis attempting to admonish me for writing such a thing.
Well here we go again. I recently wrote to Dennis asking him what his position was on an amendment to a House bill regarding telephone rates and service. This amendment had been added to a bill that had nothing to do with telephone rates or service, a very deceptive practice used often in Concord.
Well the purpose of this letter is to let you know that one again Dennis has not responded or made his position know on this issue! So I ask again, where is Dennis Fields? Perhaps he will reappear once again at election time.
Bill Whalen
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 10:14

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