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My thanks to Rusty for standing by in his word to 'make in right'

To the editor,
I purchased a 1978 Nissan from Rusty's and after driving it for a few weeks the check engine light came on. Upon taking it back to Rusty he said he'd fix it, and although the light came on again several times over the next few weeks after he had corrected it the first time, he continued to take it in and make it right. This was when well more than 3- days had passed. My thanks to Rusty for standing by his word to "make it right".
Ed Rushbrook
Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 01:34

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Nice to know that a Nor'easter can bring out the best in people

To the editor,
As we all know the storm on Feb. 9 dropped as much as 24 inches and where I live that equals 48 inches behind my vehicle, thanks to the plow man. The point is, I wish to say a big THANK-YOU to the good soul who took it upon themselves to plow the heavy snow away from my vehicle. This person couldn't have come at a better time; my husband has heart problems so that leaves me with the shovel and our regular plow guy wasn't going to be in this area of Gilford before 2 p.m.
Its nice to know that a Blizzard/Nor'easter can bring out the best in people. So whoever you are thank-you again and God Bless.
Darlene Vachon
Gilford

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 01:30

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Let me represent your best interest on Gilmanton Selectboard

To the editor,
Dear residents of Gilmanton:
I am a candidate for the Board of Selectmen. I have served the town as your selectman for six years, two years as the Chairman.
I grew up in Gilford and moved to Gilmanton in 1978. My wife, Sandi, of 36 years moved to Gilmanton in the 60's. I care deeply for this town and know many people are hurting in this economy.
The budget for the town of Gilmanton is a fair and responsible budget. I thank the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee for the effort. Discussions at the county level concerning a new prison and the way the Mutual Aid dispatch are funded will have tremendous impact on our taxes.
I will, as your selectman, work to communicate your concerns with the County Commissioners on this tax burden.
I know people are hurting and taxes are a major concern. Please let me represent your best interest.
Don Guarino
Gilmanton

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 01:27

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Now, if you don't support gambling, you're causing $80M hole

To the editor,
I just listened to Governor Hassan's budget message, I have to give her credit, she is already looking forward to getting re-elected. Something for everybody; the basest kind of pandering a politician can stoop to.
She included gambling revenues of $80 million in her revenue estimates. Last session, gambling was a bipartisan issue with support and opposition coming from both sides of the isle. This year it doesn't matter what side of the question you sit on; if you don't support gambling you will be responsible for a $80 million hole in the budget.
Education funding, last session Republicans forced a 6 percent cut on the university system budget, as a result tuition went up. Governor Hassan has proposed replacing 90 percent of that 6-percent cut over two years; shouldn't tuition go back down? The university system has generously promised to freeze tuition for two years. So they get to keep the increase in funding and the tuition hikes imposed on students as a result of the last year's budget. Must be new math 2.0!
More of the same tax and spend from Democrats.
Paul Simard
Bristol

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 01:23

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Get involved now or hold your peace on wind farms scarring N.H.

To the editor,
Wind Farms promise more jobs in a cleaner environment here in New Hampshire. They promise a new economy driven by cleaner electricity, electric cars, electric lawnmowers, less pollution, and of course, the gratitude of generations to come. There's just one problem — the lack of credible evidence that any of that can actually occur.
Our neighboring state, Vermont, just stated on January 30, 2013 "that some big wind projects in the region are not performing as planned due to constraints on the transmission grid." The operator of the New England Electric Grid has told these wind projects that "they can't put electricity on to the network because it would de-stabilize the grid." The problem derives from the electrical grid getting out of sync when wind turbines produce more power than is being used at any given time.
This is a hugely important story — one that should shake New Hampshire politicians to their core. If Vermont is experiencing these issues so will New Hampshire, right?
Vermont is seeing additional issues with other wind projects as well. And it's rumored that the Groton, N.H. wind farm may be looking at the same situation. Groton residents should add another word to their vocabulary, a little device called the synchronous condenser (cost about $10.5 million) is needed and should help Vermont's transmission issues or not.
Across the pond in countries like Spain, Denmark and Germany, who are heavily invested in wind technology, they have seen their electricity rates soar. Here in the United States — all states with wind power have seen increases in their electrical rates. Another fair business question to ask is: "Will higher electrical rates push businesses out of the New Hampshire?"
As New Hampshire politicians discuss a new energy policy in dealing with Northern Pass, Wind Farms and other energy related issues, the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the words "new energy policy" is: How much will our electrical rates increase to compensate for this so called "change"? A second question that comes to mind is: Why are we financially responsible for shipping electricity through our state to southern states. And if our politicians find a way to pass everything in return for additional revenues, my third question would be: what are our politicians going to do with all the new revenue?
As I continue my research on wind farms I have been searching for a few answers: First: "Has anyone seen a decrease in their electrical rates due to wind energy being added to the grid?" I have yet to find anyone that can say yes to that question. Second: "Why does New Hampshire have to revamp its entire electrical grid to pass electricity through to southern states?" Keep in mind we will pay higher electrical rates by passing that electricity on — not using it. Third: "Is it our obligation to sacrifice our mountain tops to feed southern states with electricity?" And fourth: "Why is Massachusetts subsidizing their renewable energy credits through New Hampshire land?"
How does anyone really know the true impact of these projects? It truly is a project divided up into many individual parts. It's designed to be confusing and is great for finger pointing. I urge all of you to look at the Groton wind farm. How many individual parts were involved in that project? You had developers, transmission lines, substation, maintenance, town officials, state government, federal government, etc. It got confusing — didn't it? And the turbines still aren't spinning.
Get involved now or forever hold your peace. Or, take your hats off and bow your heads, for the death of another state treasure, here in New Hampshire, will be foretold.
There are many reasons why people have fought so hard against the concentration of wind farms around Newfound Lake. Here are just a few examples: 1. turbines should not be placed in the middle of a recreational area that depends on tourism; 2. we already have three renewable energy plants in the area; 3. it could jeopardize our watershed; 4. no sufficient funds set aside for dismantling them; 5. they are too tall, too close and too many of them near the shoreline; 6. many think the lake will have an airport setting with the red lights blinking at night. Residents, real estate agents, business owners and vacationers alike will add many concerns to this list. . . I'm sure.
A moratorium on Big Wind Farms in New Hampshire, makes absolute sense. I applaud Representative Harold "Skip" Reilly (R-Grafton) for his forward thinking on this matter. Reilly has proposed legislation calling for a moratorium on all wind power construction until the state updates its energy plan. (HB-580 and HB-484).
Get back to basics and start asking important questions. Questions that will define your future here in New Hampshire. Speak up at the State Legislative Bills Hearing on February 19 at 1 p.m. Location: NH Statehouse in Concord.
Ray Cunningham
Bridgewater

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 01:19

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