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Selectmen should not pretend it will cost $5,000 to hold a town meeting

To The Daily Sun,

The Sanbornton selectmen, in their attempt to deny the right of voters to petition for a special Town Meeting, cited the cost of $5,000. This, at best, is a disingenuous statement. When asked, one experienced municipal attorney simply stated the alleged cost is "outrageous".

In the past, the town has conducted several special town meetings. One, in which I was the lead petitioner, was to change voting hours; another was convened by selectmen in 2008 and the current chairman was on the boat at that time; another, a budget committee member. Never was the issue of cost or concern raised. Based on previous experiences, the cost of a special town meeting is several hundred dollars, not $5,000 — nor can selectmen use this as a reason to deny citizens of our community the right to vote.

Hopefully, the selectmen have learned that thee is a higher authority in town — Town Meeting.

Tom Salatiello


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Ask neighbors of 500-foot-tall windmills how they like them

To The Daily Sun,

The debate over what would become of New Hampshire's largest concentration of wind farm projects is heating up again.

As developers come bearing money and bribes to hosting Grafton County towns, those opposed say everyone needs to consider the hidden facts. Look beyond their money, their maps and their fancy presentations.

A few tips for those in support of wind development would be to take a drive around the Groton Wind Power Plant. Get out of your car and randomly ask people what they think about their 500-foot-tall neighbors.

Ask them what it looks like, sounds like and ask them if they ever get use to them. Ask them how their "rational discussion" of renewable wind energy was presented to them. Ask them how town officials spent the money. Ask them if they have conflicting feelings now. Ask them how neighboring towns feel. Ask them how information was provided to them. Ask them how wind data is shared with them now. Ask them if there is tension in the community. Ask them if they'd support a Groton Wind phase two project — by adding 24 more turbines. Then ask them if they had any say.

But most importantly, ask yourself if your community could support over 100 500-foot-tall turbines without any cumulative impacts.

Developers will never respect your vote, ever.

Ray Cunningham

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