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Why are above-ground Northern Pass lines still under consideration?

To The Daily Sun,

In the news: ice on power lines can take them down; the ice sometimes weighing in at 200 pounds the length of a wire. Why would above-ground Northern Pass power lines still be under consideration, when Maine, Ontario and Quebec — parts of — are now without electricity going on a week due to ice taking down lines? And this is only December. Power lines above ground are a foolhardy project. I won't belabor it.

Lynn Rudmin Chong


Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:36

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Has state conducted any tests of Groton Power Plant this year?

To The Daily Sun,

What do we know about the Groton Power Plant?
We know it was erected 12 months ago. And we know there's 8,760 hours worth of data that has been collected by Iberdrola and yet the only data we can collect is visual data. Are they spinning or not?
Shouldn't the state be testing the Groton Power Plant to make sure it is compliant. This community deserves answers before taller and taller power plants are built here.
Is the state conducting meetings closed to the public with Iberdrola? Is the state using Iberdrola's test findings? Or is the state conducting its own tests? What tests have they done? Sound? Water? Soil? Wildlife? Shouldn't this data be public knowledge?
Are tests being conducted every month? In all types of weather? In all seasons? At all hours? After all, Groton is the first power plant of many coming to the banks of Newfound Lake. One would think the State of New Hampshire is looking out for it's Lake's Region residents, right?
Despite the promises made by Iberdrola to residents, I now question the state. Has the state refused to act on the behalf of the community? Has the state conducted any tests on the Groton Wind Plant over the past 12 months?
For example, has the state ever tested in the rain or snow? Tested during the different seasons? Leaves up, leaves down? During cold or warm weather? I bring this up because a few neighbors have told me that the turbines are loudest in the rain. Others have told me they are loudest in the winter. While other say they hear a "jet like sound" whenever the wind blows.
Shouldn't the town of Groton have access to the Groton Power Plant data... from both Iberdrola and the state? Before making decisions regarding more taller turbines, the state could, and should, make a genuine effort to listen to those who are harmed, and to do due diligence by seeking truly independent expert advice on behalf of the neighbors.
That would be the fair and right thing to do.
We have lots of questions... So far: we, as a community, don't have a say in them being built, we, as a community, don't get to see any data on them, and we, as a community, aren't being given enough funds to decommission them.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd rather have this data done sooner than later..
Ray Cunningham

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 10:13

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Arrogant commissioners continue to double down on jail proposal

To The Daily Sun,

I read with interest the Michael Kitch article (LDS 12/26) on the exchanges between Laconia Councilor Lipman and county Commissioner Philpot.

How did the Belknap delegation and the Belknap commission get to the impasse on the county jail wherein the public good is not being served? Councilor Lipman's concerns about the condition of the existing facility are valid and most of the Belknap delegation is motivated to arrive at a sensible and cost
effective solution to issues surrounding the jail.

A prior delegation authorized the hiring of David Bennett whose subsequent 165 page report is available on the county website. I have read this report thoroughly and intend to discuss its findings at a future meeting. From the Bennett report, the firm of Ricci Greene was hired at considerable expense. They presented one option for the jail: build one with design elements which are ultra expensive and which the presenters from Ricci Greene estimated would cost 42.5 million dollars to build. The jail's per bed cost is about 40 percent higher, for example, than the new state prison for women, which was authorized this year. There are many examples of more affordable new jails, which models the current commission has ignored. Indeed, when a planning committee member purchased, at his own expense, the manuals which contain the current guidelines for compliance with federal standards and suggested that a new jail could be built doe about 35 percent of the Ricci Greene proposal, his ideas were summarily dismissed. The gentleman in question is a person of
intelligence and probity who had taken the time to research several jails that were built to those standards and presented them as potential models for our county. The commissioners had zero interest in the work presented for their consideration.

In 2009. when Commissioner Philpot was vice chair, a report was sent to the Attorney General's office detailing the state of the county jail. These reports are, by law, supposed to be filed twice a year. Despite this requirement, there were no further reports filed until March of this year, when the condition of the jail was described as dire. Because the commission did not follow the requirements of the law, we cannot pinpoint the gradual deterioration of the County Drive facility but it does coincide with what Commissioner Philpot previously described as a four year planning process for a new jail.

Councilor Lipman made sensible observations about what the county should be doing to address the problems surrounding the jail, suggestions which the current commission will not follow. I will not be voting for an expensive and temporary solution which contributes nothing to a longer term resolution of our problems and call instead for the county to come up with specifications for a temporary pod which can then be placed out to bid. Certainly, this could be used to house the women prisoners whose housing is most inferior and which, in turn, would alleviate some of the overcrowding. The continued arrogance of the Belknap commission has resulted in their doubling down on a financially infeasible and unnecessary proposal.

Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Belknap 5 - Gilmanton

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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80% of people of Tilton are ashamed of what you write in The Sun

To The Daily Sun,

In response to James Veverka, our nation has many hostile nations that hate us for who we are as Americans, and, Mr.Veverka, Americans are willing to lay down their lives in defense for our country and freedom.

All your letters are against Americans, our Christian heritage, against our elected Republican Party members, also the Tea Party, Fox News, ect. Remember you are insulting half the population of the United States of America. You would be welcomed in any Muslim country to write an anti-American slander. I will even pay for your one-way ticket, for you to go and stay there.

As regarding to John Demakowski, what he says is right, he encourages everyone to trust in God, and believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, even yours, James.

Furthermore, you said his name is "God John Demakowski." How wrong you are, hear O Israel, the Lord Our God is one Lord (Deu 6:4). John Demakowski would say amen to that. You may be the cheerleader for the anti-American party, all payed up to Obamacare, but 80 percent of all the people of Tilton are ashamed of what you write in The Daily Sun. United as a Godly nation we stand, divided we fall. You will fail because the majority believe in God we trust, God bless the U.S.A.

William 'Liam' McCoy


Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 09:09

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Future editions of 'Absurdity' will get the attention they deserve

To The Daily Sun,

I generally agree with Steve Earle and his assessment of our beloved collector of all things obtuse, irrelevant, irreverent and trivial, Mr. James Veverka. However, I must take issue with Steve regarding his lack of acknowledgment of the new post assumed by the esteemed letter writer of all things progressive and mindless.

Based on his astute 2013 letters to the editor, and his exalted position in the Center for the Study of Absurdity, he must have been recruited from the elite Mensa Society. His brilliant edifications regarding the foibles of the "right wing nuts" and the too numerous to mention "Tea Party Potty Tricks", have recently left me speechless and in awe.

So Steve, please, please, we must all give credit where credit is due. In fact, I'm hoping James will be more forthcoming and not be so darn humble. I am willing to bet that he is indeed the president of the Center for the Study of Absurdity. I can't possibly think of anyone more qualified for the position. In fact, I'm even betting the voting was unanimous. Me, myself and I all voted for the same person. I would so much love to be a fly on the wall during one of those "heated debates" that occur among the editorial board. I salute James, clearly a legend in his own mind. Carry on the good fight my man. I promise you, we will give your future submissions all the attention and concern that they deserve.

Russ Wiles

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 08:57

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