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Joe Kenney is only candidate who has state-level experience

To The Daily Sun,

I know there is a race to see who fills the shoes of Ray Burton on the Executive Council. I have seen the many claims that Ray would endorse one candidate over another. There are state representatives who tell me Ray was a friend of Mike Cryans, but that he wouldn't back a Democrat over someone of his own Republican party. The truth is we will never know.

The position of Executive Councilor in District 1 is bigger than partisan politics. It is the largest councilor district in the state and requires a full-time councilor that has the ability to work with all parties effectively at the state level.

Joe Kenney is the only candidate who has state-level experience — 14 years as state representative, six years as state senator, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. On the local level he has served his hometown as chairman of the Selectboard. On the national level Colonel Kenney has proudly served his country for 34 years as a Marine. Joe has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Times are just too challenging in the North Country to send a council candidate to Concord for on-the-job training. On March 11h I will be voting for Joe Kenney, a man of ability, experience and integrity.

Paul Simard


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:58

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Hillary will fit right with Meredith's legacy of good government

To The Daily Sun,

New Hampshire has such a unique culture of civic engagement. We expect a lot of ourselves, and it is always so gratifying when we find that right combination of intellect, dedication and service that we are not just willing to support that person but want to share the good news with our community. It is precisely for that reason that I am writing in support of Hillary Seeger for Meredith selectman.

Meredith has really had it "good" over the past 20 years or so. We have been fortunate to have educated, committed and dedicated town governance, and Hillary will fit right in with that legacy. Hillary is fiscally conservative, but also knows the value of when to make good investments in our town to maintain our core businesses as well as attract a new generation of entrepreneurs.

I've had the opportunity to see Hillary's commitment to our community first-hand and I can assure you that she will be accessible for a wide spectrum of viewpoints before making a good decision based on the facts and what she sees as the right path for our community's continued good health.

We all have a part to play in our collective future. Each of us should do a bit of research (Check out Hillary Seeger for Meredith Selectman on facebook, it looks like she is doing the job already.) and then participate in our future by casting a vote for selectman. I hope that you will join Maren and I in supporting Hillary Seeger so that we can keep Meredith heading in the direction of strength and prosperity.

Christopher Boothby

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:53

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Mike Cryans is someone who can fill Ray Burton's shoes

To The Daily Sun,

Please vote for Mike Cryans to replace the late Ray Burton on the Executive Council. He will continue Ray's advocacy of the North Country and work to bring jobs, investment and help to our area.

Mike served on the Grafton County Commission for 18 years, and is well versed in the politics of the area. We need someone who will continue working to strengthen the middle class and bring investment to New Hampshire's economy. Mike has been endorsed by Ray's brother and sisters and will be someone who can fill Ray's shoes.

Vote for Mike on March 11.

Virginia Heard


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:50

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I'm confident Joe Kenney will carry on tradition of Ray Burton

To The Daily Sun,

All New Hampshire residents seem to agree that Councilor Ray Burton was one of the most dedicated public servants we have had in this state. It is clear that he was totally dedicated to serving his constituents and made himself available to any and all calls.

Numerous letters and articles have been written supporting both Mike Cryans and Joe Kenney, the candidates running to replace Councilor Burton. From what I read they both seem like strong and qualified candidates. The big difference I see aside from qualifications is the potential dedication.

Kenney has declared he will be a full-time councilor with no other obligations to maintain. Cryans has a full-time job that I believe he has said he will maintain.

It's clear to me that Ray Burton could not have performed with dedication had he been responsible for other employment. As a result I feel Joe Kenney is the candidate I will vote for and am confident he will carry on the tradition and dedication that Ray Burton provided for us for so many years.

Harry Blinn


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:43

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Vote for Ashland ordinance on large wind energy systems

To The Daily Sun,

On Election Day (Tuesday, March 11), the Ashland Planning Board urges the voters of Ashland to approve an Ordinance for Large Wind Energy Systems by voting "yes" on Question 2 on the Zoning Ordinance Ballot. Like other land-use ordinances, this one will help to guide future development so that the results are beneficial to the town, its residents, property owners and taxpayers.

If the strict standards and procedures incorporated in this ordinance are adopted, town officials will have the authority to enforce requirements regarding height, set-back from property lines, noise and adverse environmental impacts.

With large wind-energy projects, the state's Site Evaluation Committee has jurisdiction over the approval process and may consider the impact upon the state, but not necessarily the impact upon the local community. It has already proved prudent for some towns in New Hampshire to have a large-scale wind-energy ordinance in place prior to the arrival of a developer with plans that may not be in the best interests of the town or its residents.

New Hampshire's energy policy has yet to be established by the Legislature, and consequently the state's standards for wind farms are weak and poorly defined. By approving Question 2 on the Zoning Ordinance Ballot, Ashland's voters will have a voice if or when a wind farm is proposed in our town.

Ashland Planning Board

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:39

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