To The Daily Sun,
I just got a notice from my health care provider that I now have to pay an additional monthly premium for a pediatric dental plan. The plan covers children till the age of 19. My youngest child is an adult. The insurance company said it doesn't make any difference if you don't have children. When my kids were growing up I spent thousands of my own dollars on their dental care, now the government is demanding I pay for the dental care of someone else's children.
The government has put insurance companies in charge of extracting money from those who have earned it to those who have not. What's to stop the government from telling insurance companies to collect a premium for some other type of coverage that doesn't apply to people in my age group? How about charging a premium for maternity benefits? Oh, right, we seniors already pay a premium for that.
To our N.H.-elected federal representatives: how about representing those who earn and pay the tax money that you so freely give away?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
I wanted to write and thank the voters of District 1 for exercising their right to vote on Tuesday in the District 1 Executive Council primary. While the results did not turn our as I would have liked, the campaign brought out some important issues and critical discussions on how we can best serve following 32 years from Ray Burton.
I have congratulated former State Sen. Joe Kenney on his victory and will support him in the general election. However, regardless of whom you support, the important thing is that you go to vote on Tuesday, March 11. The Executive Council position is vital to the economic well-being and quality-of-life of our district, and a strong turnout shows you understand its importance.
While I do not know what the future holds, I expect to stay active in my community and beyond, and hope to have the opportunity to serve our state in the future. Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, and supporters — the Boothby Brigade! — who were with me throughout this campaign. Their support was vital and I will never forget them.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 10:24
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to my fellow citizens of Tilton:
I am a member of the Town of Tilton and the Winnisquam School District Budget Committees. I will, with your vote at the next town election process, be replacing a strong, caring, and effective member of the Town of Tilton Selectboard.
The Budget Committees have crafted a preliminary budget and both have potential impacts on your tax rate. I would invite you to participate in the budgeting process of the Town of Tilton and Winnisquam School District. There are public meetings scheduled for both processes in the coming weeks and your valued input is needed to shape a fair, equitable budget and to create a path for the budgets that are to be presented at the school district and town meetings respectively. I would concurrently request that you consider voting for me for the position of Selectboard member at the next Town of Tilton elections.
"The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can." John Gardner
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 10:20
To The Daily Sun,
A library is one of the cornerstones of a healthy community, together with schools and churches. Those in the Gilmanton community that are familiar with the resources and programs that the Year-Round Library provides are more than likely to say that our library is important. It reflects the diversity, character and the needs of our wonderful town, while at the same time building community and supporting local culture in exciting ways.
Most know where the library is located, but unfortunately, some have formed negative attitudes toward the library based on rumor and "he said" "she said" conversations. Because of these ongoing misunderstandings, these individuals are unfamiliar with all the services the library offers. The people I've talked to, representing both sides of the Year-Round Library issue, who have visited and may have used the library, say they have had a positive experience and observed that it was "a welcoming, friendly place," a "nice, pleasant space to be." People will often times go to the library looking mainly for information, but they will find each other there.
Although the Year-Round Library collects a percentage of its operating revenue from fundraising activities, private sources, and grants, these revenue streams can never fully support the many functions the library performs. I would ask the budget committee, selectmen, and most importantly the voters of Gilmanton, to please make a commitment to our library and to the many services it provides for all.
Our Year-Round Library communicates to the public our underlying values: that strong community connections, information, education, and shared community space matter.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 10:17
To The Daily Sun,
It's almost time to go to the polls and vote again and I'm wondering if we will really be getting what we vote for this time. Remember last year a "Yes" on the 18 million dollar Alton Central School bond would only cost 34 cents per 100,000 dollars in property valuation? That was to be achieved by factoring in the high school bond being paid off. (The bond payment was about a million dollars a year in taxation).
A "No" vote, which is what happened, should've produced a .68 cents per 100,000 dollars of valuation in tax relief on our last tax bill. What happened to that money? The average property owner like myself, should've had their tax bill reduced by $200 or more with this savings.
Speaking of the high school, there will be a request for a bond this year for 1 million dollars to fix yet another problem with the building. It seems our "50 year roof" only lasted 10 years. Sounds like another engineering problem to me, but knowing the history of decision making by our school boards, they will again make the taxpayers pay to fix it and give the engineering company a bonus for overseeing the fixing. That's what happened with some of the other problems in the past 10 years.
With that in mind, let's look at ACS. The first proposal for fixing the problems was for 21 million dollars. One year later it was 18 million dollars and now the request is down to 4 million dollars. Maybe one more "No" vote and we can get it down to 2 million or maybe we could trim the budget and we could save enough to offset the cost of a bond for ACS. Of course they'd actually have to have a real plan of action to get my vote. Do we really need one staff per five students and two superintendents and an engineering firm on retainer? Some members of our community say I'm anti-education, but that is not so. When I educated my children I paid extra for a private school education for them, which by the way, cost less than what it cost me per student to support our public school, but I digress. My point is, I think this school board has an addiction to money and no matter how much they get, it's never enough, which brings me back to my question, where did that million dollars in tax relief go?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 09:54