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Are majority of Meredith residents unhappy with non-peak traffic?

To The Daily Sun,

I've been following the robust discussion about the proposed Meredith roundabouts in your paper for the last few weeks. As usual, I'm astounded by some of the questionable information that's being submitted to you.

I tend to call them half truths, and the old saying is "A half truth is a whole lie."

Here's what's missing in many of the letters written to you by the members of the Meredith 3/25 Advisory Committee and Meredith Selectmen:

— Proof of their claims.

— In one letter, Warren Clark talked about how he and others gathered at the 3/25 intersection and observed traffic. That's good, but none of them has had extensive education in traffic engineering.

— I maintain that all the members of the 3/25 Advisory Committee, as well as the Meredith selectmen, make a field trip to the Portsmouth roundabout where State Route 16 goes under Interstate 95. I'd like them to do this at rush hour on a Monday morning and then on a Friday afternoon. They'll quickly determine that roundabouts are worthless in periods of peak traffic.

— Tell me again why we need roundabouts in Meredith? Have hundreds of citizens of Meredith lobbied for them? Who are they? Show me the petitions.

— As for turning right at the intersection of Routes 3 and 25 in Meredith, motorists and logging trucks can already turn right on red. If they can't turn right now because of oncoming traffic, that same traffic will block them from entering the roundabout. That fact was conveniently left out of several letters.

— If roundabouts are such a great idea instead of "inefficient traffic signals that force cars to stop," then why don't we see roundabouts at all larger intersections controlled by signals?

Finally, don't fall under the spell of the magic word "grant." You'll hear those in favor of the roundabouts that we're getting a free grant from the federal government to cover the cost. There's no such thing as free grant money from the federal government. All grants are legal contracts and the Town of Meredith will be bound to provide many things to the federal government in return for the money. It's all in the documents that you can read right now.

Here are a few questions that need truthful answers:

— Have the residents of Meredith been polled to see if they want their taxes to go up and tax revenue to go down as a result of installing roundabouts?

— Are a majority of residents of Meredith unhappy with the flow of traffic in non-peak hours?

— Have all of the selectmen of Meredith read all of the accompanying documents that are part of the legally binding contract the Town of Meredith must sign with the federal government?

— Are the selectmen of Meredith aware of all of the strings that are attached to the grant? Are they aware of future obligations to the federal government that are part of the legally binding contract they must sign?

There are countless questions and facts that must be answered and considered before roundabouts are approved.

If you want to discover some additional questions and facts about the proposed Meredith roundabouts that some of the other letter authors have left out or are not aware of, please visit this web page:


Tim Carter


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Belknap Mill is unique treasure that should be pushed as a major attraction

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, there has been a number of letters to the editor in this paper regarding the Historic Belknap Mill in Laconia, and most of the letters are concerned about the mill and what, if anything should be done about the state of its finances.

Since I don't actually live in Laconia, I had not paid much attention to the mill until after reading Carol Anderson's book on the industrial history of the mill. Her fascinating story not only talks about the history of the mill, but also how the city of Laconia played an important role in this country's industrial history.

For example, does everyone know the mills in Laconia manufactured stockings for soldiers during the Civil War, World War I, and also World War II?

When my wife and I visited the Belknap Mill in late October, we were surprised to see a small manufacturing museum on the first floor where stockings are still being made by cleverly designed, complex knitting machines that were manufactured during the 1800s.

We were also given a tour of the machine room where water, diverted from a dam on the Winnipesaukee River, had once provided direct power to the mill. Later, around the turn of the century when electricity was still in its infancy, two large, specially made electric generators were installed to provide hydroelectric power to the Mill. Excess electricity was sold to other customers in Laconia.

In my opinion, the Belknap Mill is a unique treasure that needs to be publicized as a major attraction for visitors from outside this area as well as for local residents, and hopefully, publicizing it might also lead to other sources for additional income to help support and maintain this historic building.

I encourage everyone who has never visited the mill to go see it.

Wayne Bredvik


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