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Passing Articles 44 & 45 won't save the Town of Alton any money

To The Daily Sun,

I was unable to attend the deliberative session on Feb. 6 in Alton. I am writing this letter to voice my support for the existing Town Planner and Town Assessor positions.

Article 43 calls for the elimination of the position of the town planner and Article 44, to eliminate the position of the town assessor. Please vote down these articles.

As it was discovered at the deliberative session, the estimated costs of contracting out both of these positions are much higher than what either one of these individuals are currently receiving in salary and benefits. If contracted out, who will oversee these services? Will they be distracted from their current job, potentially contributing to a larger problem of ineffective management?

Beyond the money issue, we need people in these positions who are familiar with our town and are available to our citizens on a full-time basis. I am a small-business owner who has dealt with both the Planning Department and the Assessing Department. We need to maintain these professionals on a local level. This move will not save us money, and will cost us in timely, committed service. Vote "no" on Articles 43 and 44.

Sylvia Leggett


Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 10:18

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As emergency physician, I know intimately the value of education

To The Daily Sun,

My name is David Strang and I have been a resident of Gilmanton for almost 14 years.

As an emergency physician, I know intimately the value of education. Without it, I wouldn't be where I am today. I have not only been practicing for 25 years, but also serve on several boards and committees at the state level. On several of these, I act as chairman and in doing so have learned how to listen and work with both sides of an opinion in order to produce change and betterment. I am also a teacher, helping train medical students to be the physicians of tomorrow.

I would like to bring these skills that I have learned, back home, to the local level, in service to the Gilmanton School Board. I believe all board members have an inherent duty as representatives of the citizens of Gilmanton to spend our tax dollars wisely. Excellent schools train the leaders of tomorrow for our businesses, towns, nation and families.

I ask for your vote to help me accomplish this goal, for all of us.

David Strang

Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 10:13

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I dare Harry Reid to fact check my experience with Obamacare

To The Daily Sun,

I live in New Hampshire and have been treated for eight years for an aggressive form of lymphoma (blood cancer). During this time I have had two stem cell transplants (bone marrow transplants) and sustained over 50 rounds of debilitating chemo, industrial strength, as they upped the ante with each ensuing recurrence.

All my difficult treatments were with Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). I have spent five or six months in Brigham and Women's Hospital in association with DFCI. DFCI is among the best in the world. This type of treatment and care are not available in New Hampshire.

This week I received notice from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) that my policy has been terminated because of Obamacare, and I must go to the exchange for New Hampshire. The exchange offers only BCBS plans, all HMO and none of them includes DFCI in network. I must pay any service from DFCI out of my own pocket. I asked over and over what about "continuity of care" they answered sorry but no. I said "move to MA or die?" They said sorry, sir.

I am now struggling to find any other private health insurance who might include DFCI. I can only imagine what this is going to cost me. But do have a choice?

To Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: Every word is true. I dare you to fact check everything said herein. Obamacare has caused me untold anxiety and certainly will cause financial pain.

I am a miracle to still be alive because of DFCI and God. Now I am praying for another miracle, insurance that includes DFCI.

Here's hoping.

Tom Garrity


Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 10:06

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Cryans understands Common Core will attract young families

To The Daily Sun,

I attended the candidates forum for Mike Cryans and Joe Kenney at the Meredith Community Center on Tuesday, Feb. 11, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. I also read Michael Kitch's Laconia Sun article Feb. 21 detailing why Mr. Kenney wants to be District 1 representative to the Executive Council. I find a real disconnect  between Mr. Kenney's stated opposition to the Common Core Standards for public education at the Candidates Night and Mr. Kenney's statement in The Sun article that, "the most important problem facing the state — and  especially District 1 — jobs, jobs, and jobs."

Mr. Kenney touts more local control of schools without any explanation of what public education in New Hampshire would look like without any common academic expectations for our students. This position is identical to the opinion advocated by Ann Marie Banfield, parent activist, applauded at the Lakes Region Tea Party meeting I attended last May at the Moultonborough Library.

Common Core Standards for public education were developed to identify and promote a skill set that all students need to compete for jobs in an ever-changing and evolving economy regardless of town or state of residence. The standards are designed to level the playing field of education so that all students have an opportunity to be competitive in the job market.

Mike Cryans understands this, and the standards connection to attracting employers who go where they find the most qualified applicants. Massachusetts was recently identified as the New England state adding population at the fastest rate, even with some of the highest taxes in the country. New Hampshire on the other hand has lost population, and perhaps more importantly, a part of the
population we need to keep, our young people.

Mike Cryans gets this and that the need to attract employers goes hand in hand with attracting young families who want first and foremost for their children the quality public education that Common Core Standards assure they will have.

I urge you to join me in voting for Mike Cryans for Executive Council in District 1. New Hampshire students deserve more than empty, worn-out platitudes.

Kay M. Anderson

Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 10:02

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Groton Wind experience has shown that Iberdrola can't be trusted

To The Daily Sun,

In May 2011, the Spanish company, Iberdrola Renewables, was granted a permit by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) for a 48 megawatt, 24 turbine wind farm on the mountain ridges in the town of Groton. Groton Wind was built and went on line in December 2012. After 14 months of operation, Groton Wind is being investigated by the State Attorney General's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office. The wind farm operation has been given a notice of possible suspension of certificate of site and facility.

The complaints against Groton Wind include: relocating two wind turbine towers from their approved locations, relocating a "Walmart sized" maintenance building from its approved (less visible) location, relocating 1,000 feet of access road with greater wetlands impact, relocating 600 feet of an existing road that was agreed to not be changed and not redoing required studies to take into account the revised height of the towers. In response to these charges Iberdrola claims the changes are minor.

In response to the Fire Marshal's complaint of not receiving notification of proposed changes and not receiving plans for approval, Iberdrola claims the Fire Marshal has no jurisdiction. In response to the Fire Marshal's request for fire suppression systems on the turbine towers Iberdrola claims they met the minimum requirements required by the fire code.

On Dec 12, 2013, Iberdrole Renewables filed an application for a 75.9 megawatt, 23 turbine wind farm on the mountain ridges in view of Cardigan Mountain and overlooking scenic Newfound Lake in the towns of Alexandria and Danbury. On Jan. 13 of this year the State Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) determined the application for the Wild Meadows wind farm to be incomplete and gave Iberdrola 10 days to provide additional information. The SEC indicated that the application was "a hurriedly assembled document intended to beat the deadline imposed by a tax credit that ended at the end of the year." The application was missing required wildlife studies, had incomplete description of business relationships and had inadequate information on water, fire and historical resources. Iberdrola was unable to provide the required information within the 10 day deadline and must now submit a new application for the project.

Iberdrola has announced that they are putting the Wild Meadows project on on hold to concentrate on resolving the issues at Groton Wind. Wild Meadows shouldn't just be put on hold. The project should be canceled.

From the very beginning Iberdrola claimed they would not build Wild Meadows without local support. But last year residents in Alexandria, Grafton and Bridgewater passed warrant articles — all by a 2-1 margin or more — either opposing new wind farms in the area or demanding that companies post security bonds for removing wind power facilities when their life is complete.

Danbury's 790 residents were balloted and voted against Wild Meadows 249-116. Iberdrola's response was, "We don't think the low level of responses provides an accurate reflection of local sentiment."

It is obvious that Iberdrola cannot be trusted. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

Art Cote

Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 09:47

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