To The Daily Sun,
On March 11, Meredith residents will be voting for a selectman. The only person on the ballot is a woman named Hillary Seeger. I don't know much about the lady because there has been no "meet and greet," nor have I ever seen her at a Selectboard meeting until one recently, right after she filed to run.
It was a shame that Herb Vadney did not publicly announce his intention not to run this term, so that others could file in a timely manner, and the race would not be uncontested.
I was speaking with Herb recently about this uncontested issue, and his news article about deciding not to run, the same day the filing was closed. I said I might have liked to run, but now it was too late. Herb told me the board wanted Hillary, and then someone told me that the board knew one week prior to the letter. We the people need to get out and vote.
I have decided to do a write-in at the polls and the person I think is the most qualified is Dave Sticht, a former selectman, who comes to meetings, and who attended all this year's budget meetings.
Dave has experience in planning, financial expertise, and most importantly a sound knowledge of the role and function of the board and the administrative aspect of the town. He has agreed to serve if winning this election. Please join me in this write-in campaign on March 11.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:59
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Richard Hanson and I am a candidate for a position on the Selectboard of Center Harbor, New Hampshire.
I have been a resident of Center Harbor for the past 28 years residing with my wife, Alice, in an old New Englander home within walking distance to the village. I have been actively engaged in the community, serving as an alternate member of the Zoning Board for more than 12 years and as a member of the Inter-Lakes School Board for 15 years. I also worked as a part-time police officer under Chiefs Andrew Fowler and Mark Chase. I retired from the Pemi-Baker School District about five years ago, where I was employed as a high school counselor at Plymouth Regional High School for 30 years.
I am a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor's Degree in philosophy, Master's degree in counseling psychology and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. I have been a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association since 1991.
I have no specific agenda or concerns with the current state of affairs in Center Harbor. The past few years have been somewhat challenging, but past differences of opinions are mostly resolved with resolutions that appear to satisfy most.
My interest in becoming a selectperson originates from my passion for working with people, being part of a team, and having a voice in the operation of town government. In my 15-year tenure on the Inter-Lakes School Board, I have served as board chair for the past four years, represented three towns (Center Harbor, Sandwich and Meredith) as the School Board member-at-large position, chaired the negotiation team and helped develop and manage an over-$20 million budget.
My work with the Police Department and Zoning Board for many years has given me insights into the operation of our town's government which will be beneficial in performing the duties of a selectperson.
I believe my greatest personal strengths are my ability to see two sides of an issue and to bring disparate groups together. I believe in solving problems by finding what we have in common and not focusing on what separates us. As a selectman, I will work to manage our town's government efficiently and effectively. It is my hope to be part of a Selectboard that is open, honest, responsive, and responsible. I would greatly appreciate your vote for selectperson on March 11.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:57
To The Daily Sun,
In a recent letter, Kevin Leandro makes the assertions that because Executive Council candidate Mike Cryans had been a banker he may not be trustworthy and that he had spent a lifetime picking the pockets of Americans. Does Mr. Leandro have any facts that support these assertions he makes against Mr. Cryans? If so, then he should be forthright with facts versus backhanded with suggestion and innuendo.
Yes, Mr. Cryans was a banker, a career he entered after teaching. He worked at Littleton Savings Bank and Dartmouth Banking Company. Is Mr. Leandro aware of any charges against either of these banks, or Mr. Cryans while he was in their employ, which suggests that either the banks or Mr. Cryans did anything that would warrant their being considered to not be trustworthy? If not, to suggest that someone is untrustworthy and picking the pockets of Americans simply because they worked in banking is disrespectful to Mr. Cryans, to the majority of those in the banking industry and to the intelligence of us readers.
Mr. Leandro also stated, "Mike Cryans and a bunch of Democrats are disgracefully trying to extract the endorsement of Republican Ray Burton." The facts are that Mr. Burton did endorse Mr. Cryans for Grafton County Commissioner in 2012 and that Mr. Burton's three surviving siblings — two of them Republicans — have collectively endorsed Mr. Cryans for Executive Council.
Mr. Burton's siblings have stated the following, "I cannot think of a more qualified individual to fill his seat than Mike Cryans. I have no doubt that he will put the needs of his constituents first and come to Concord to provide full services as a public servant. Mike knows there is a lot work to do, and he will get it done ... There is little doubt that my brother, Ray, left big shoes to fill, but I am confident that Mike Cryans is the man to succeed him. He has a deep understanding of District 1 and the issues facing its residents. Mike is someone who listens to the concerns of his constituents and will follow through on their issues. I know he will make an excellent executive councilor. ... Now we must 'look north' and elect someone who will continue to advocate for northern NH residents. That person is Mike Cryans. Intelligent, compassionate, and dedicated to serving the needs of others, Mike will never forget the residents of District One."
Utilizing and promoting the fact that Ray had endorsed Mike in 2012 and the fact that his siblings' have endorsed Mike for Executive Council is far different then trying to extract an endorsement from a deceased Mr. Burton as Mr. Leandro suggests in his letter. This week there was a substantial list released of prominent New Hampshire Republicans that are now endorsing Mike Cryans. Every campaign promotes important endorsements, so expect to hear the fact that these members of the New Hampshire GOP are endorsing and supporting Mike as they clearly find him to be the best candidate to serve District 1 on the Executive Council.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:53
To The Daily Sun,
Election Day is Tuesday, March 11, and I ask you to join me in voting for Mike Cryans to represent District 1 on the Executive Council.
Many folks are not quite sure what the Executive Council does and what they do not have the authority to do. The Executive Council manages the affairs of the state, alongside the governor, each acting as a check on the other. The Executive Council is not part of the legislative branch -- they do not make laws.
The best executive councilors, like Ray Burton, work in a non-partisan way and do what is best for the state of New Hampshire. For six years, as a member of the Grafton County delegation, I have worked with Mike Cryans in North Haverhill, our county seat, where he serves as county commissioner — a post that he shared with Ray Burton for 16 years. When it came time to elect the chairman of the Grafton County Commission in 2009, 2011 and 2013, Ray Burton nominated and supported Mike Cryans. Mike has worked for the people of Grafton County to provide services, improve facilities at the county and do it in a fiscally responsible way.
Whether visiting residents of the nursing home, dining with employees in the county cafeteria, or braving the elements on a blustery November day touring conservation lands in Grafton County, I have found Mike to be a person who is genuinely interested in the goings-on of the county and who connects with his constituents and truly cares about them.
Ray Burton's siblings have endorsed Mike Cryans, saying in their letter of endorsement, "I have no doubt that he (Mike) will put the needs of his constituents first and come to Concord to provide full services as a public servant for the people of District 1."
Join me on March 11 and elect Mike Cryans — born and raised in Littleton and a lifetime resident of Grafton County. He will fight for the North Country and the needs of all of District 1.
Rep. Suzanne Smith
NH House of Representatives, Grafton 8
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:48
To The Daily Sun,
I've been thinking about the taxpayers being asked to fund a $4 million project for the Alton Central School, with a large chunk of this money going to centralize the administration offices.
In the past few years all we've heard about is the safety of the children, which I agree should be a priority. However, with this latest request for millions, we'd model an elementary school after a corporate business, and put all the administration offices in one end of the building?
We've spent many thousands of dollars for cameras and special keyless entries because of the high level of safety concerns for the children. Wouldn't it make sense that the administrators should have their offices at each end and in the middle of the building, to further ensure the safety of those whom they are supposed to be responsible for, the children? It would seem that by having all the offices at one end of the building, it would leave three-quarters of the school unattended by an administrator.
I think this part of the request takes money away from the children, who should be the sole focus of any spending in this economic environment.
When you consider it was the superintendent and administrators who carefully controlled any, and all participation in the renovation planning, it's interesting that the administrative offices have become a priority. Evidently, the superintendent has control over our School Board, too, because they're in agreement.
Furthermore, under this plan, we'd be paying an architect who, I feel, is responsible for the $1 million warrant article for the High School roof repairs. Apparently the School Board agrees with me, as this architect is not involved in its repair.
Lastly, my husband suggested $4 million last year to prove the lack of planning for the amount of spending the School Board always wants to incur. The amount is getting more reasonable, but here we are again, asking if their plan is a viable one.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:43