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Nickerson has served Sanbornton well, let's keep him in office

To the editor,
Dave Nickerson has served the town of Sanbornton for the past six years as a dedicated selectmen. It would seem that Dave is on the job 24/7, as he is always aware of all the activities the town employees are engaged in. He also continuously solicits the opinion and comments of all town residents. I have found Dave to be very open and responsive to all questions and the concerns and never hesitant to express his views.
Lets keep this knowledgeable dedicated selectmen for another term as one of our selectmen.
Vote for Dave Nickerson on election day, May 14th.
Bill Whalen

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:53

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Where was outrage about what N.H. state senators did right here?

To the editor,
An awful lot of people are writing letters and buying commercial time to chastise Kelly Ayotte over her vote on extended background checks. The first thing I thought of was, "Where's the outrage over what our state senators and representatives did to ignore us right here?"
Hundreds of voters and tax-payers packed the statehouse in Concord in February in support of HB-580, a moratorium on new energy facilities. The small handful of opponents were either non-residents or those in a position to make money from these projects. This bill and every other one in the house regarding reigning in the corporate rights to ruin our natural resources was tabled by the Science, Energy and Technology Committee — essentially doing nothing to protect our rights.
Dozens of us drove to Concord again in March when there was a public hearing on SB-99, another call for a moratorium, in the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. After most of us left the room because they moved on to another bill, the bill was revisited, amended (stripped) and voted on. The bill was changed from a moratorium on new, elective energy projects to a call for the SEC to review their process.
But it's not dead yet. Please contact your state house rep and ask them to vote in favor of SB-99. Let them know we're disappointed in how our concerns for the energy future and preservation of our natural resources has been discounted by them so far this legislative year but they can find some redemption by doing the right thing now on SB-99.
Cindy Kudlik

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:51

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I want to continue to be honest, courteous, truthful & available

To the editor,
To the residents of Sanbornton:
My name is Dave Nickerson. I have served you for the last nine years, three years as a Budget Committee member and six years as selectman.
It's been a pleasure to serve with fellow selectmen and work with some great department heads and town administrators. I've been able to create a good working relationship with state DOT and DES personnel as I am retired and have had the time to attend meetings with them.
It's always been my philosophy to try to give back to the town that I live in. Sanbornton is a very unique town and as many residents will tell you, I've been to their homes to listen and discuss issues that they have. I've sat in their kitchen and had coffee and cookies with them and brought their concerns back to the Selectboard. My phone number has always been available anytime day or night and I'll always tell you the truth and not say what I think you want me to say.
Working with my fellow selectmen, the Budget Committee and department heads has kept the town portion of the tax rate as low as possible. Drawing on 15 years of experience on the Merrimack Valley School Board I reached out to school board members and the Winnisquam School District Budget Committee to try to make them understand that the town is being overwhelmed by school tax increases. I spent a short time on the school budget committee.
Keeping the rural beauty, the scenic roads and historical connection of our town is very important to me. Sanbornton is so very special; my wife and I can travel our dirt roads with a horse and cart and feel the beauty and nature that attracted us and others, such a disappearing treasure in our fast moving world.
On the tax issue; the voters ultimately decide what their tax rate is going to be. The selectmen and Budget Committee can only present to the voters what we think is needed to run the town. ONLY the folks who go to the school district and town meetings decide the tax rate. There are many issues that the selectmen are working on right including roads, policies and fair and equitable pay scales; I would like to continue working with our other two selectmen and bring my knowledge to the table.
If elected I will continue to be honest, courteous, truthful and available.
Please vote on May 14th; please attend town meeting on May 15th.
Dave Nickerson

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:44

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2006 warrant article specified 'site for future town office building'

To the editor,
I take exception to the article I read in the Winnisquam Echo written by Patsy Wells. In the article one item concerns the land that was purchased by the town of Sanbornton behind the town buildings. Patsy says that she "does not want to see a modern office building smack dab in the middle of that".
Patsy was selectman in 2006 when the town voted by town warrant (article 9 purchase of land) to purchase the land "for the purpose of protecting the horizons behind the three historic buildings and PREPARING A SITE FOR A FUTURE TOWN OFFICE BUILDING. Our assessing assistant had to jump through hoops to remove the land from current use, which actually protected the horizon. I voted in the affirmative because I thought it a good idea for the town to have the option of land for its town building future growth. One thing that I did not know until last year was that a hidden part of that purchase was a grant giving away a right of way to another parcel of land abutting the purchased piece. The given right of way was over the town hall septic system and nearly over the front steps of the town hall itself. Last year the town purchased the abutting piece which negated the possible future threat of construction on that land and the resulting traffic over the septic.
If Patsy does not want a building on the parcel, why was the article to purchase for future building presented to the town? Why was the information about the right of way not in the article? And, who says that any proposed office building would be "modern" in appearance and not fit in with our historic buildings?
Another point in Patsy's article is the subject of the sidewalk from the school to the library. The past Selectboard and the Town Administrator have worked on the sidewalk construction. The Winnisquam School District was asked if they could contribute to the costs. The school district would not agree unless they were presented with DES and engineering studies. Our highway department, under John Thayer, had estimated that they could do the work for around four thousand dollars, but the school district said no. DES and engineering studies are terribly expensive.
Now I'm wondering if I should have voted yea on article 9 in 2006.
Sharon Dugan

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:34

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Convention has made process as uncivil as possible

To the editor,
The letter to the editor from Belknap County Democrats attacking, once again, Colette Worsman is disingenuous and very misleading. When I became a member of the County Convention, it was not with the intention of instigating a conflict with the County Commissioners, none of whom I had met. It was my intention to be guided by good public policy decisions and not by political expediency.
None of the delegates to the Convention lobbied me to vote for any particular candidate to chair the Convention but I do support the actions taken by the chair and many constituents have voiced their support as well. The Democrats fail to mention that the Commissioners
proposed a nine percent budget increase at a time when Main Street is struggling to survive. I never go to a gas station, dry cleaners or country store without asking "how's business?". The answer is, usually, not very encouraging. I am very decidedly not anti-worker, whether that worker is in the employ of the county, the state or my home town of Gilmanton. Most are hard working and I do not believe that the majority are overpaid. I do think that the small retrenchment for which the county delegates voted was appropriate given the difficulties being encountered by the private sector which funds public salaries.
The antagonism evident by the commissioners may be the result of their perceived self-importance which was jostled by a majority of the convention seeking to rein in what had been unchecked governance. Whatever their motive, they dishonestly characterized a simple caucus, in which no arms were twisted and in which there was vigorous debate, as illegal. For those who do not know, Republicans and Democrats routinely hold caucuses and there is nothing sinister about it. The commissioners should have known better than to attempt to intimidate the delegates with this rather crude tactic.
Every step along the way, the delegates who do not agree with the majority of the Convention have attacked the chair and made the process as uncivil and difficult as is within their power to do. After making a shambles of the process, they then proceed to complain about its unseemliness. I will conclude by saying that side of the issue for which I might advocate in the House of Representatives loses very regularly; I do not throw a public temper tantrum both because I respect the institution and because the speaker would rightly see that I was removed if I were to so disrespect the public trust.
Rep. Dick Burchell

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:31

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