To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank the crew of men and women who worked so tirelessly doing traffic control on Route 11-A for so many weeks, during all the hot summer days. My husband worked for New England Telephone Co. many years ago, so I know how tiring it was to stand hours on end. The new guardrails are so much better now and we can see when we drive from Belknap Mountain Road onto 11-A. A job well done by all the workers.
Thank you all so very much.
On another note, I would like to thank the crew from LaChance's Landscaping for the wonderful job they did putting in our new patio, a back-breaking job for sure, but they did it with a smile each day. The patio turned out beautiful. So, many thanks from the residents, including me.
They also do a great job of maintaining the grounds year-round, especially the snow plowing. Thanks again to all the crew. We appreciate it all.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:35
To The Daily Sun,
The hour glass is slowly running out for the Market Basket employees.
I am ashamed of myself for even questioning their motives. Loyalty of the people only comes from the integrity shown by their leader. Why are so many willing to sacrifice so much, for what? I don't know about you, but I just got a history lesson.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:27
To The Daily Sun,
Reading about the lopsided score in the Shriner's football game makes me realize what there is about school games that turns me off. What does it prove when one team pounds another team into the ground running up a 36 point advantage? Is it all an ego trip for the winning team, as well as humiliation for the losing team. After all the hoopla and high-fives it is, after all, only a game. And did the New Hampshire coach ever realize its negative consequences, or was it his intention only to prove how smart he was as well? My question for the coach is, Did you ever consider putting in the second or third team when you saw the score escalate so quickly? Or did you bask in the glory of decimating the Vermont youngsters?
Games on the field or on the court, wherever they're played, are highly esteemed, even as students fail repeatedly in STEM subjects. It is the games that get extraordinary attention. The inequity of these diverse endeavors, is noticeable and disturbing as it indirectly involves everyone.
It is a national problem that very directly affects our ability to compete for the better jobs that go unfilled for lack of available talent.
So stop being a fanatic about games. They should be treated as an addendum to scholastic schedules, certainly not more than that. Be sensible. Work with your children to get passing grades. Help them get a better job, when the time comes.
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:22
To The Daily Sun,
The article by Michael Kitch in the Thursday, Aug. 7, Daily Sun, front page no less, shows just how biased this reporter is in his reporting and writing about the struggle that the Belknap County Convention has had in trying to control cost and keep the spending under control, with only a brief statement about the two year struggle we have had that required the convention to take this action.
There is very little mention about the commissioners' disregard for the law, or their disregard for what has been the practice of the law by those commissioners who were once delegation members themselves and for the action they took in the past to control spending.
What this reporter did point out however was a long diatribe of the commissioners' lawyer as to what this convention has no authority to do. No authority to bring a lawsuit against a lawless Commission, no authority to speak for the citizens that voted for them, no authority "To stand in the shoes of the individual taxpayers," no authority to follow the law.
I would have to ask each and every voter this question, "What then is the purpose of having representation, if a lawyer can stand up in court and say the legislators that you elected have no authority to follow the laws that they have created."
It seems to me we have a president who has set this table, and we have a bunch of Democrats who want to sit down at this table. When November comes around, I sure hope the people who read this paper take the advice of the commissioners' lawyer and "throw these bums out"
State Rep. Robert Greemore
Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:19
To The Daily Sun,
I have joined the race for representative to represent Northfield and Franklin for one reason: Our state is on the wrong track and that will affect our children's future.
Current House leadership has shown itself incapable and they must be replaced. We heard these leaders promise two years ago that, if elected, jobs would be the Number 1 priority.
Well, as New Hampshire's economy exists now, too many of our college graduates, young entrepreneurs, and talented workers are forced to move to other states looking for better opportunities. When policies in Concord retard economic growth — as they have over the past two years — we export our future to states that offer more opportunities.
As a financial adviser, taxpayer, and father of a college student, I know the need for good jobs and how important it is to elect people to state and local offices who will work hard to create a better business environment.
The current Democratic majority in Concord has proven time and time again that it is not up to the task.
What we need is for our state to be as business-friendly as it once was. Sadly, the current Democratic leadership in Concord has been acting in ways that make our state less competitive, hurting businesses and the families they support. The numbers tell us that New Hampshire businesses are paying almost 60 percent of all state taxes collected. Our business tax burden is higher than both "Taxachusetts" and Connecticut.
Forbes magazine ranks us 35th on "the cost of doing business" scale when just two short years ago we ranked 18th. Clearly we are going in the wrong direction.
The Democratic majority in Concord passed and signed 180 different bills over the past two years, yet not one of these new laws makes New Hampshire more attractive to business. In fact, this year House Democrats passed more than 30 bills that make life a little more difficult, a little more expensive for businesses. You can bet these actions will make some businessmen decide that it's just not worth starting up or expanding operations.
Democrats have effectively erected a "Closed for Business" sign around New Hampshire.
A few very good pro-business bills were introduced, some by Democrats (though none by our local reps) but most by Republicans. All these bills were killed. This is the very definition of "shooting ourselves in the foot" and one big reason why we have dropped so far so fast in a key economic ranking.
Leaders in Concord clearly have no concept of the big problems we ordinary people are facing. While our economy lags, the Democrat-controlled House passed bills to increase taxes on home heating oil and gasoline. They even passed legislation to tax paint.
Over the coming weeks I will provide more evidence of mismanagement and misrepresentation by our local representatives. For now, I just want to announce my candidacy and promise you my attention will be focused on the economy and jobs. It's the only way to recapture the New Hampshire Advantage.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:44