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Grant money will go elsewhere, leaving us with out problem

To the editor,
I have found that certain townies in the Town of Sanbornton have no knowledge of the Black Brook Watershed Management Plan. Our Budget Committee did not endorse the general provisions, which was in turn turned down by the few followers that voted it down. I would have to think three letters have something to do with this discussion: DES.
I also believe that our town selectman at least were informed and understand the consideration of this grant to protect our Lake Winnisquam our greatest natural resource since they endorsed it. I believe that having a Budget Committee chairman who is also a contractor should have done his homework to protect his area in which he lives and works.
Phosphorus and sediment is bad for our lake and the future of our natural resource. Blackbrook Watershed protection needs were made known last year when the Watershed Study, funded by a matching grant, was completed. Erosion and milfoil/ algae problems identified in the Management Plan needed to be addressed. Sanbornton's failure to approved the proposed funding at Town Meeting means this will not be done. For a mere
$13,406, (our share of the matching grant) , sediment traps and stormwater management devices budgeted for this year will not be installed, and the $20,000 matching grant money we rejected will go to another community seeking to address their local pollution problems, while leaving our pollution problem still to be solved.
Douglas Rasp

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 05:39

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If you enjoy fine music, come to Sant Bani and see what's there

To the editor,
Last night was the final concert in the Chamber Music Series for this school year at the Sant Bani School in Sanbornton. I've enjoyed them for years now, and I always wonder to myself, "Some of the best music being played on this planet tonight is being played here, at this small school at the end of a dirt road in Sanbornton, NH". I thought that again last night, listening to Dvorak pieces played by the Tempest Trio, who have performed at many of the world's top concert venues. The audience is always enthusiastic, often expressing the same wonder as we chat — isn't this amazing?
I also thought, why not say to anyone who doesn't know about these concerts, "If you enjoy fine music, come to Sant Bani and see what's here." The atmosphere is congenial, the musicians are wonderful, the intermission refreshments by the parents are excellent, it's all amazing and it's here.
I realize this is the end for this year, and the schedule for next year's series isn't formally announced yet, but the school website will have it in time. And I do know that the first concert is expected to be at the beginning of October. I really urge readers to take a look for themselves.
Fletcher Lokey

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 05:32

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Grant funds are critical for those most in need of health insurance

To the editor,
In just a matter of months, New Hampshire will have a new "Health Benefit Marketplace" where Granite Staters can more easily shop for health insurance through a "one-stop shop" that facilitates apples-to-apples comparisons of insurance plans. Many will be able to buy insurance using premium tax credits.
Knowing how to use the new online Marketplace and understanding the insurance plans available will be critical, especially for "pre-Medicare" seniors who may have health issues, people seeking coverage for the first time and people with disabilities. Giving these people the information they need to be able to access the Marketplace and an understanding of what's newly available is critically important, not just for their understanding of how the Marketplace works, but also for their health.
Unfortunately, few people in New Hampshire know about the changes coming or have the information they need to make the best choice about what plan to buy and how to access financial assistance.
New Hampshire has been awarded a grant to fully fund an effort designed to provide crucial information to residents and their families to help them learn of and understand their new options for coverage and financial assistance. This will provide everyone in N.H. the information needed to make informed decisions. We will be able to make sure that those uninsured residents who have never had health coverage before and who may need extra help navigating the new system can get help from trained "assistors." This effort would be designed in New Hampshire for New Hampshire residents. In other words: local control of local information.
Currently, the N.H. Legislature is considering whether they should accept these funds into the state. Time is ticking. Please contact your legislators and let them know that without access to these grant funds, N.H. residents with the greatest need for assistance won't get it. And local service agencies, who are already doing more with less, will be left face to face with a lost and confused clientele, wondering why we don't have the resources to help them.
Let's provide the information everyone needs to use the Marketplace effectively. Let's give local agencies a chance to provide assistance to people where they live or work.
Please contact your legislators and ask for their support of these funds to provide vital services for our community. You can find out who your local legislator is through the NH General Court website at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/.
Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health
Lisa Morris, Executive Director
Board of Directors:
Sally Minkow
Margaret Pritchard
Denise Hubbard
John Beland
Kate Miller
Christine Santaniello
Alan Robichaud
Susan Wnuk
Dr. Richard Wilson

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 05:29

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform will harm most Americans

To the editor,
Soon Congress will decide what to do about 11 to 33 million illegal aliens who are only here because politicians didn't enforce our laws and didn't keep their promises to close the border and end illegal immigration. Few other issues more clearly show the difference between government for the people and government for the special interests. Illegal aliens harm Americans in many ways, e.g., by criminal acts, by stressing schools and hospitals, by taking jobs and depressing wages, and by forcing higher taxes to fund welfare for illegal aliens and the American workers they harm.
Illegal aliens benefit businesses, government workers and their unions, criminals, politicians and various special interests.
Politicians say we need the "Gang of Eight's" Comprehensive Immigration Reforms (created with input from special interest groups but not from law enforcement (ICE)). I have a bridge to sell to anyone who believes this bill will fix the illegal alien problem or benefit most Americans.
They say illegal aliens will pay back-taxes and fines. The typical illegal alien has a 10th grade education and competes with the lowest income Americans. People with these incomes don't pay federal taxes, they get subsidies. Will they pay any meaningful fines? No. The subsidies they receive will greatly exceed any taxes or fines they pay.
Politicians say illegal aliens won't be eligible to upgrade from their limited welfare worth $14,387 (in excess of the taxes they pay) to full welfare benefits, provided by real taxpayers, worth $35,113 per household for 13 years. This won't be enforced. Illegals shouldn't get welfare now!
Politicians say illegals must go to the back of the line for citizenship. Want to bet? Politicians say their plan isn't amnesty. Maybe they're right. Rewarding, rather than penalizing, people for breaking our laws is far worse than just amnesty, it's amnesty plus!
Politicians say we can't be tough on illegal aliens because it hurts their children. Maybe they think we shouldn't imprison robbers, rapists, and murderers because it hurts their children...?
Politicians say they will build the fence and stop illegal immigration. They broke these promises before. Where is the fence they promised just a few years ago? They shouldn't get to deceive us again.
The "Gang of Eight's" Comprehensive Immigration Reform will continue to harm most Americans. It's time to stand up for American citizens, not let them be harmed to benefit illegal aliens, politicians, businessmen, and other special interest groups.
Tell Senators Ayotte and Shaheen, Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter, and President Obama to reject Comprehensive Immigration Reform and all its false promises. Just close the border, stop all taxpayer provided subsidies for illegal aliens, and enforce severe penalties for knowingly employing illegal aliens.
Don Ewing

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 05:24

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Please say, 'I chose Franklin VNA & Hospice', this is your VNA

To the editor,
Franklin VNA & Hospice has proudly been providing home care services to your community since 1945. Now entering the sixty-eighth year we have reaffirmed our mission statement and will continue to offer you quality home care and hospice services. This is your community. This is your VNA.
If you need home care or hospice services it is always your choice to select an agency. We work with all licensed physicians and all hospitals. The choice is always yours! Choose your community VNA.
Over the past 12-18 months, several other home care agencies have expanded their service area into our communities. This has been confusing to some of you. We have received a number of calls from community members who thought they would be receiving care from Franklin VNA & Hospice, but instead were contacted by another agency.
If a home care agency contacts you and you would prefer care from us, please tell them so. It is your right to choose.
Plan ahead! If you are going into the hospital for surgery or for a procedure and you will need home care following, call us so we can help you plan the transition home. We are specialists in home care and we want to serve any member of our community that needs assistance.
When being referred for home care or hospice, speak out. Say, "I choose Franklin VNA & Hospice". This is your VNA.
Jane White
Executive Director
Franklin VNA & Hospice

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 05:20

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