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What will making divided highways in Meredith do to foot traffic?

To The Daily Sun,

Based on the presentation made at last month's Meredith Selectboard workshop it seems the state Department of Transportation came to Meredith with a proposal for a highway project which would increase the throughput capacity of the intersection of Routes 3 & 25. The state's proposal was for a single, two-lane roundabout to replace the existing traffic lights. The DOT made the selectboard aware of the availability of funds to carry out the project.

The selectboard formed an advisory committee to investigate the opportunity. We are grateful to the advisory committee for volunteering their time and efforts. The advisory committee reviewed the state's proposal and did not like it. The advisory committee came up with a counter-proposal of three single-lane roundabouts.

The counter-proposal was presented at a December selectboard workshop by a member of the town's advisory committee and a representative of the engineering firm McFarland Johnson. Some of the unanswered issues raised at the workshop are:

— What amount of traffic is the current road configuration designed to accommodate?

— What amount of traffic will be accommodated by the proposed three single-lane roundabouts project?

— If the town accepts the project does that remove the 3/25 intersection from the DOT needs priority list?

— If the adopted project improves but does not solve the congestion issue how many years will it be before the 3/25 intersection gets back on the DOT needs list?

— Is tearing up the downtown in all or parts of the 2017 and 2018 construction seasons without solving the congestion issue worth the aggravation?

— Why is a roundabout proposal better than the already-studied alternatives, such as bypass?

— Will rework of the existing utilities under the road right of way be required?

— If so, will it add cost to the project now or in the future, and who will have to pay?

— If the project is largely a beautification project (meaning it does not solve the congestion issue), is there a reasonable expectation that road salt and sand won't kill off the greenery in the dividers each year?

— Who will bear the cost if that turns out to be the case?

— Who is responsible for the normal maintenance of the dividers, water, mowing, trimming... etc. and the costs associated?

— What will making the downtown area a divided highway do to the foot traffic from lake-based activities we promote, such as the pond hockey and fishing derbies?

— Why are roundabouts being considered for Meredith?

— When pedestrians cross the roundabout or the legs leading out of the roundabout at Routes 3 and 25 and cars stop for them as required by law, how will that affect the traffic in the roundabout?

— Can you show me the grant documents from the federal government that would fund the roundabouts?

— Before you vote to approve the roundabouts, are you willing to go on record that you have you read and understand all of the documents that would be part of a federal grant to pay for the roundabouts?

At the workshop the presenters deferred questions which they were unprepared to answer. Both the advisory committee and McFarland Johnson suggested that answers could be found at the DOT website http://www.meredith3-25.com/. You are urged to go there and review the information available. No engineering, no quantifiable data on demographics, no traffic studies and no growth projections are found there.

The workshop session the information included a statement that on Jan. 26 there would be a selectboard meeting to vote on the matter. Though nothing appears on the town's schedule of meetings to confirm this; it is believed that the intention is still to hold that meeting. Please reach out to the selectboard with your concerns: Nate Torr This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Peter Brothers, Vice Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Carla Horne, Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Lou Kahn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Hillary Seeger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Marc Abear


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FDR, JFK & LBJ were greatest fantasy sellers & Ponzi schemers ever

To The Daily Sun,

Let's cut through the never ending BS Democrats (like June Huot) "spray mist" over the electorate 24/7. Democrats will be for the poor, the rich, the middle class, the alienated, crooks, hookers, swindlers, the overweight, the under weight, green people, purple people and wife beaters if any or all of these improve their election chances.

They will also pit any of them against each other to that same end. The pope, Elvis (if he were alive), their kids, their mothers, and their friends all go under the steam roller if that's what is required to win.

Democrats for generations billed themselves as the party of working middle class, blue collar and white collar Americans. These voters identified themselves closely with the Democratic Party for decades. If that isn't truth, Budweiser doesn't make beer. A fundamental shift in voting preference emerged 20 years ago that has gained intensity. The middle class began to vote by majority, not with Democrats, but with Republicans. Democrats had lost the vote and trust of the middle class through their actions and policies.

Consensus of opinion is Democrats have no choice but to seek 100 percent of the minority vote. Where else could they replace tens of millions of lost votes from the middle. These votes were not going to be replaced from the top. Democrats have been loudly demonizing that demographic for the past century. Millions of voters in the middle had finally figured out after years of abuse they were the financial "patsies" funding every Democratic entitlement, give-away, handout and subsidy. It is the middle-class taxpayer funding the subsidies in Obamacare.

Twenty million people didn't just vaporize from the middle to the bottom under Obama's presidency by accident. Middle class taxpayers have been shanghaied as the primary funding source for dozens of liberal programs including the trillion dollar wallet buster Obamacare.

Creation of the largest welfare state in American history under Obama was not some accident. It is out of necessity to replace tens of millions of lost middle-class votes. Democrats have to "gore" some group of people so that some one other group can be subsidized. The proper definition would be "bribed." The blood-letting and goring, of the middle class by Democrats back-dropped with ever-louder screams of racism to hand trillions to the lowest economic 25 percent only gets worse from here.

We created New Deals and New Societies under the greatest fantasy sellers and Ponzi schemers in history, FDR, JFK and LBJ. Where are we today after all these Democratic promises sure to cure all that ails us after implementing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, disability insurance, massive government, more rules, more regulation and a tax code 12-feet high offering bribes/corruption on every page. Answer: We have record millions on welfare, the middle class dying. We are $17 trillion in debt headed higher, destined for our kids to repay. We have record student loan debt, record student loan defaults. A highway repair fund broke, every entitlement broke, and a health-care fiasco the country hates, paid for by bloodletting the middle class.

When June M. Huot bathes herself in a back slapping sea of holy water, she drowns millions of others with her, then denies it. That is the donkey trademark throughout history.

Tony Boutin

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