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Selectmen did not have authority to consider bathrooms appeal

To The Daily Sun,

The recent matter of a denied building permit in Gilmanton needs clarification.

An applicant who was denied a building permit chose to attempt to short-circuit the statutory appeal process by taking his issue to the Board of Selectmen rather than to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, as the statute requires. Although advised by the building official that his route of appeal was to the ZBA, he chose to go before the selectmen, apparently with the advice of a former member of that board. In so doing, he missed the ZBA appeal deadline, thus further delaying any decision.

The facts of the case were not presented to the Board of Selectmen. The issue before the board was whether the selectmen had authority to consider the appeal. They do not. The applicant can, and should, present his case to the ZBA, which will hear testimony and consider his argument as well as the official's reasons for denying the permit. The ZBA will then make its decision in accordance with the provisions of the zoning ordinance.

The ZBA is a quasi-judicial body. The Board of Selectmen, an administrative board, is charged with enforcing the zoning ordinance. It is not the venue to decide disputes involving interpretation of the zoning ordinance.

Carolyn Baldwin


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The risk of climate change is clear & the risk warrants action

In The Daily Sun,

In his recent letter, Don Ewing labeled me a global warming alarmist. No, Don, I feel I am more of a global warming realist. My job, as I see it is to debunk the nonsense from letter writers to The Sun from people like you and Russ.

The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action. Increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere are having a warming effect. There is a broad scientific and policy consensus that action must be taken to further quantify and assess the risks. This is a quote from Mobil Exxon's web site. It only took them about 40 years to admit it, and as far as I know they are the only ones who are being sued for lying about this. You think maybe Don you are the one being misled?

"We can ignore the science and hide our heads in the sand and hope we are lucky, or we can act in the public interest to reduce the threat of global climate change quickly and substantively. The good news is that smart and effective actions are possible. But delay must not be an option."

This is from a consensus statement from 255 National Academic Science members including 11 Nobel laureates:

"We have seen the scientific consensus continue to develop and solidify, while signatures of a warming world — from global temperature trends to severe weather events — strongly suggest that our climate is already changing."

This is from the department of defense web site:

"Indeed, despite claims by some that global warming is a myth, there's growing accord among analysts and military thinkers around the world that the repercussions of climate change will require the same application of strategy the military would employ when grappling with any foe."

You say, and I quote you, Don, "Greedy politicians, crony capitalists, and a few others promote the global warming/cooling/climate change hoax to enhance their own power and wealth.

"The alarmists solution ... reduce fossil fuels use, increase taxes, increase peoples living costs, and reduce peoples freedom."

From your own words, then I guess the U.S. military is also involved in this climate change hoax. I think that is grossly irresponsible on your part and frankly pretty disgusting. I think you owe every man and women currently serving in the military an apology, as by association they are part of your so called climate change hoax. The facts regarding climate change are overwhelming, conspiracy theories such as yours are pure nonsense.

Mirno C. Pasquali


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