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Article 2 in Alton is attempt to take away our property rights

To The Daily Sun,

Ah, March. The season of change, longer warmer days and the time to exercise our right in the voting both where change can and will be made. In my opinion, this March, Alton voters have three important issues that have a profound effect on our constitutional rights.

First, we have a Board of Selectmen who are like-minded and cater to the elite and if you try to voice your opinion at a meeting that the board, members do not like they will have you arrested. It's time to break up the monopoly of this board.

I know candidate Phil Whittmann would not have sat there and let a citizen be arrested like his incumbent opponent did.

Second, the School Board members who are up for re-election need to be replaced by people who care more about the children's education than using our tax dollars to pick winners and losers in the private sector.

Third, and most important, we need to protect our personal property rights. Once we lose them its hard to get them back. The Planning Board's Article 2, Amendment 1 is an attempt to do just that. They even admit it. In their rationale statement it's called the missing link. If Article 2 passes it has the potential to cost you thousands of dollars more just to put a shed or small barn on your existing property. Please help defeat this government overreach of power and vote "No" on Article 2. Thank you.

Raymond Howard, Jr.


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Who do these people think they're kidding? They knew the rules

To The Daily Sun,

As a property owner on Smith Meeting Road, facing the meeting house on one side of my land, and facing the two properties across the street owned by the Hubers, I am alarmed at the proposal by my neighbors that want to take two houses out of the Historic District. One is a classic homestead style that has had some revisions in the past, and one is a reproduction of a 1790's federal house.

The owner suggests that we should take 22+ acres out of the district, which will then let him build any shape or size building allowed in the rest of the town. We will never know what will end up there, but certainly plastic clapboards and steel roof Quonset huts, if built, will deter from the visual harmony as one drives toward the Smith Meeting House area. Mr. Huber's complaint about the town administration aside, all he has to do is go to the commission and ask for a permit to reconstruct his older house using the materials and design that would have been used on this old house, he has not yet done so.

Another neighbor down the road, Mr.Gardner, never even bothered to get a building permit. He just went ahead and built a six-foot high plastic fence, which isn't remotely what a fence would be made out of even in the year his house was built. When the Historic District Commission gave Mr. Gardner almost a year to take the fence down or replace it with an appropriate fence, he ignored the commission beyond the designated deadline. Nice neighbor, huh?

Why do these people think they're kidding? They take their properties out of the district, anything goes. We shouldn't reward people for breaking the rules and violating the law. They knew when they bought these properties that these regulations were in place. Vote NO on Article 5 and Article 6.

Karen Acton


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