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He should have thought about services before moving to South Down

To the editor,
Mr. Robert of South Down is correct that City Councilors Armand Bolduc and Ava Doyle do represent homeowners there, in addition to the rest of their respective wards.
He is correct that he has to buy a dump sticker if he wants to take materials to the Meredith Center Road facility. So do I and I don't live in South Down.
He is also correct that he receives no city services except for schools for the students who live there.
What he doesn't point out is that he should have known about the lack of city services, such as trash pickup and snow plowing before he moved to the private development.
And he should also know that South Down residents cannot keep people off the railroad tracks right-of way as they used to attempt to do when my children walked along the tracks.
Gordon D. King

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 11:08

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America's Islamic Trojan Horse indeed operates from White House

To the editor,
Osama Bin Laden had outlived his usefulness and was sacrificed to help implant "Obama" in the United States.
Most of us have no idea how he was allowed to run for president but some of us do know how he got elected. (Maybe we need to use thumb prints, or finger prints — something irrefutable.)
There are the multitudes who "willingly" voted for him many times, and the machines that were fixed to count votes for him, instead of how "the people" voted. Then there are the "absentee ballots" sent in by his people instead of the ones whom they were purported to be from.
This is why he would not allow any forms of voter identification in this election.
Also, the "Educated Elite" have been leading our young people astray for decades and now have been taught to use "real" brainwashing. When the "brainwashees" go to the voting booth, their brain clicks into the mind sets and many votes by the way have been programmed in the schools.
For over 30 years they have been "brainwashing" some of them, beginning with the election or Bill Clinton. If you do not believe me, stop, and after you leave the voting booth read your ballot, before you put it in the machine the next time. It works on almost everyone, if you are under their influence, that is why Obama was elected.
What really scares me is how may in the military have been programed, and to what? He has orders to the military officers: "Agree to shoot American citizens or be kicked out of the service!"
Alan Keyes is right — America's Islamic "Trojan Horse" operates out of the White House.
Liberal-supremacy is the worst sucker ploy ever perpetrated.
Sarah M. Brown

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 11:02

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Inappropriate to fund Catholic schools with public money

To the editor,
Dear Mr. Demakowski,
I served on the School Board in Franklin for two and half years. I was the chair of the Policy Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. And no, I don't have have a religious prejudice, I was born a Catholic and still to this day consider myself one and am respectful of the religion.
I also run a business that employs about 140 people in Laconia. If the government wants to give small business tax credits why not give credits for giving money to public education that much needs it, especially in your hometown of Franklin. The reason schools are under funded is not because of performance. We citizens pay taxes so we can take care of our public schools. Funding is not automatically reduced if students perform poorly. There are also school boards elected to make sure the schools work and if the school board doesn't do its job voters can and will elect new members. That's one way how democracy works.
In response to your quick judgment, I am proud and happy that Laconia has a great Catholic private school that seems to offer more than just daily science and math but also a little bit of the faith that we all need. It's a poor argument to attack a public official on where he sends his kids. I've had the privilege to work in an after school program with another teacher from the private school. She was no different than a teacher in public school. But it is inappropriate to fund them with public money from all taxpayers. Under the voucher program, we taxpayers are paying twice; once in the tax giveaway to the business that gives money to the voucher, and second because over $4,000 is automatically taken away from public school funding for each student who leaves to go to a voucher school. Public money and incentives should be for public programs.
Carlos Cardona

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 10:59

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Let's not allow our Newfound area to turn into Tehachapi East

To the editor,
We recently visited Tehachapi, CA. We had no prior familiarity with the area. As we were approaching Tehachapi at night, we drove over the crest of a hill and suddenly saw the entire landscape for several miles before us totally transformed. Hundreds of blinking, bright red lights lit up the sky and the mountain ridges, overpowering everything else in our view. Our first thought (only half-jokingly) was that we had made a wrong turn and were entering Las Vegas. When we learned the lights were wind towers, we had the sad realization that what we were looking at is what the Newfound Lake area could well look like if the wind power companies have their way.
We learned that Tehachapi is host to some 5,000 of the 15,000 wind towers in place in California, thanks in part to that state's generous tax breaks for this destructive and highly dubious source of energy. Imagine the visual and environmental impacts from 15,000 wind towers, then consider that they provide less than 5 percent of California's electricity. With investments like that, California's recent budget fiascoes are no surprise. For photos showing what these towers have done to Tehachapi's landscape, as well as videos and other information on the effects of wind farms and the treacherous maintenance problems they present (and the consequent neglect), google on "wattsupwiththat the reality of ca wind." The more we learn about wind power, its visual and environmental effects, and its comparatively miniscule energy contribution, the more amazing it is that we as a society are not only permitting its development, but facilitating it by supporting it with tax dollars.
The least we can do is to get it right in the Newfound region. It would be senseless to allow more and higher wind towers to devastate the natural beauty the area is renowned for, and in turn ruin its economy. The region can hardly be accused of selfishly opposing renewable energy sources, being the home already of two biomass plants, two hydropower projects and the existing 24-tower wind farm. So it's not a case of "Not In My Backyard." It's a case of "Enough Is Enough." We've already done more than our part in the way of sacrifices for renewable energy.
And this region is clearly not unique from a technical suitability standpoint. The wind power companies are fond of saying that wind-speed maps and similar data are only guides, not gospel. But when all such guides show the Newfound region as not unusually windy, one has to wonder about the developers' real motivation. N.H. Windwatch has several such guides on its website. Here's another: Of 284 zip codes in N.H. for which average wind speed data are available, the highest rank of any zip code in this area is 116 (zip code 03240 – Grafton). The 03222 (Bristol, Bridgewater, Alexandria) and 03241 (Hebron, Groton) zip codes rank 184 and 211. So the Bristol-Bridgewater-Alexandria-Hebron-Groton areas are well within the bottom half of wind speeds in N.H., and there are at least 115 locations in N.H. with higher average winds than Grafton. (Source: USA.com; google "nh wind speeds by zip codes.") Clearly, there is more afoot here than wind speeds. If wind were the only criterion for these companies, why aren't they pursuing projects on Mount Washington, one of the windiest places on earth, or in Franconia Notch, or elsewhere in the Presidential Range, or along the N.H. coastline, all of which have wind speeds far greater than the Newfound area? The answer, of course, is that they know they wouldn't be allowed there.
Another letter writer has accurately pointed out that Ed Cherian, the project manager for Iberdrola, one of the companies proposing additional wind farms in the Newfound area, stated at a public meeting last fall that they do not want to construct wind towers where they're not wanted. He was also quoted in a news report last September, saying, "our relationship with the town ... and the people ... that live here is critical. If the town said 'You know, thanks, but no thanks,' we wouldn't ... come here." So let's see how well they've been welcomed: Even after a glossy direct-mail campaign by Iberdrola, the tally was overwhelmingly against wind farms in every Newfound area town that voted on the overall issue last month (including Alexandria and Grafton, where towers are proposed). Moreover, the Newfound Lake Region Association, the selectboards of Bristol and Bridgewater, state legislators from the area, and the Conservation Commission of Alexandria, among other groups, have all urged a halt to wind farm development. The region has, in fact, said loudly and clearly, "Thanks, but no thanks." Despite Iberdrola's prior soothing assurances, however, there is still no indication that they, the other companies, or even New Hampshire's Site Evaluation Committee are willing to recognize that strong message. I urge all others in the Newfound area to make their voices heard, before it's too late and the Newfound region becomes Tehachapi East.
Jim Crawford

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 10:55

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How many disastrous events will Sen. Ayotte need to hear of?

To the editor,
As a resident of New Hampshire, I am so very disappointed and saddened that our Senator Kelly Ayotte voted against any and all of the recent gun control bills. Senator Ayotte has done the wrong thing. She had a chance to be so very popular with those of us in New Hampshire who are against any and all gun violence. I am still in disbelief over her very wrong decision.
Voting with those very few people in the Senate who are tone deaf to what the majority of people in the entire United States want and need is pure dismissal of logic.
How many more disastrous events do we have to suffer through before Senator Ayotte realizes she made the wrong decision?
Bernadette Loesch

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 10:52

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