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At the end of the day, we all want what is best for Sanbornton

To the editor,
Dear voters in Sanbornton:
Please accept my gratitude for your support as a selectman candidate on Election Day.
My congratulations and best wishes to Dave Nickerson as he begins his third term.
As Town Moderator, I want to thank everyone who came out on Wednesday night to participate in that wonderfully democratic process known as Town Meeting. Working together as caring members of this special community is an honor. Sanbornton is enriched by so many voices and so many opinions. We need to remember that we can agree to disagree on many issues, but at the end of the day, we all want what's best for Sanbornton.
With my best wishes for our continued success,
Patsy Wells

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:49

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In fact, the lawsuit over convention votes has not been resolved

To the edtior,
In an article in The Laconia Daily Sun on May 16th — "Pass the Hat: Commission Refuses to Pay Convention's Legal Bill" — the reporter, Roger Amsden, states, "The issue Tardif raised was apparently resolved when the convention held a new election at which votes for the convention officers were made in public."
The case has NOT been Resolved. On April 1st, Chief Justice Tina L. Nadeau issued this order, "The Justice regularly assigned to the Belknap County Superior Court having recused himself from this case, the case is hereby transferred to the Grafton County Superior Court."
Belknap County Convention's habitude for ignoring the Right-to-Know law is not excusable; a) The county convention has violated RSA 91-A regarding the appointment of an elected officer. b) The convention chair and an employee also violated RSA 91-A. c) Belknap County is the first county to incur a default budget for failing to follow the appropriation laws.
The circumstances of the secret paper ballots arose out of the public's need for scrutiny. It is critical since there is no other manner in which the public could determine how their representatives voted, holding their representatives accountable.
The court has the discretion to invalidate the convention's use of secret paper ballots and resulting 2013/2014 Convention failure to notice the public hearing regarding the proposed annual budget, neither of which can be nullified by the multiple parry selections:
1. 10 December 2012, the vote to use Secret Ballot;
2. 10 December 2012, the implementation of secret paper ballots for the First Election of Convention Officer;
3. 10 December 2012, the implementation of secret paper ballots for the First Election of Executive Committee at-large Officer;
4. 04 February 2013, First Election of Executive Committee Officer;
5. 08 February 2013, Petition filed with Belknap County Superior Court;
6. 19 February 2013 Second Elections, re-affirmation of the 12/10/12 votes, in open session;
7. 07 March 2013, Motion for Clarification regarding the Appearance of Paul T. Fitzgerald;
8. 19 March 2013, Third Election of Convention Officers;
9. 01 April 2013, Petitioners filed its Motion for Summary Judgment;
10. 01 April 2013, Belknap Court Transferred the case to Grafton County Superior Court;
11. 08 April 2013, Executive Committee second election of officers;
12. 30 April 2013, Respondents Objection to Motion for Summary Judgment and Cross Motion;
13. 17 May 2013, Grafton County SS, Answer — Clarification of representation is MOOT;
14. 18 May 2013, Petitioner's Motion for reconsideration as to MOOT Point regarding Defendant's Representation.
Under RSA 91-A:8, II, "The court must invalidate an action of a public body or agency taken at a meeting held in violation of the provisions of the Right-to-Know. The circumstances justify such invalidation." State v. Lambert, 147 N.H. 295, 296 (2001)
The actions by the convention's attempts to fend off a court ordered resolution with multiple re-votes, should not have reached a different result absence secret paper ballots. However, after several re-votes, the outcome of the elections of convention officers and Executive Committee officers changed the makeup of both public bodies, proving the petitioner's action was necessary and the actions of the delegation's organizational structure is fatally flawed.
The fact is, the Tardif and Gammon v Belknap County Convention suit has not been resolved. "The courts shall give proceedings under this chapter high priority on the court calendar". February to May, and counting gives rise to why the case, which affects every county's situation on every even numbered year, has not even been scheduled for a hearing? Nor has either court issued an order in a timely manner?
David Gammon & Thomas A. Tardif

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:47

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Convention using obscure law to usurp control of county budget

To the editor,
It has been quite a show at the Belknap County vs. Commission match; round after round of play and counter play, with plenty of public posturing for our county delegation to act and pose as watchmen for our pockets, playing divisive domination games for political capital. In business, these kind of continuing public spats are not tolerated.
There is blood on the floor at the complex meeting room from inter-delegation in-fights, from ruined working relationships between the delegation and commission, from the destruction of trust with county workers, and worst of all from the betrayal of the taxpayers by incompetent leadership within the delegation. The actions of this county delegation in failing to build a consensus toward resolution of the budget problem is just as voter alienating as what we see in Washington.
That's not the worst of it: Did you vote for any of these delegates to run Belknap County? I didn't. They are not competent to do so. And everyone who voted last election has been turned under heel by the invocation of an obscure RSA to usurp control of the budget that may be slick and legal, but is certainly disrespectful and a slap in the face to every Belknap County voter.
Talk to your Belknap County state rep. Tell them let our elected officials do their job and to stop wasting our money.
Andrew Sanborn

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:42

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How come there is no sign up identifying Beacon Street West?

To the editor,
I'd like to bring to the attention of the city of Laconia and the citizens of Laconia two dangerous driving situations, one of which has since been resolved by the city.
The first one is the turn off of Rte. 106 onto Old Prescott Hill Road, just below the Lakes Region Community College. Unfortunately, this turn-off occurs right after Rte 3. empties onto Rte. 106 from two different directions. Rte 106. at this point is a two lane highway; the problem is that the turn onto Old Prescott Hill Rd is off the passing lane of Rte. 106, thereby creating one of the aforementioned dangerous situations. From what I have been told, Old Prescott Hill Rd used to be a one-way road heading north from the Bishop Road area. That would make that turn illegal, forcing motorists to enter Old Prescott Hill Road around the Bishop Road area, just above the college. I know that I have by-passed that dangerous turn onto Old Prescott Hill Road quite a few times, after glancing in my rear-view mirror and seeing motorists speeding up to go up the hill of Rte. 106, not only from Rte. 106 itself, but also from the entrances from Rte. 3 that occur there. I realize that it may be inconvenient for those who live on Old Prescott Hill Road or those who reside in Briarcrest, but inconvenience is a small price to pay rather than the alternative. At some point in time, there is going to be a horrible crash there, but a very easy fix.
The second problem area was on Beacon St West, although there are more spots in the city of Laconia that also need this tender loving care. For the past couple of months, there were no lines to tell you which lane you were in, not a very pleasant thought, as each driver tried to figure out where they were in relation to other drivers. But the city has taken care of this problem and painted the lines that separate the lanes, right around Streetcar Place (Hector's), the sharp corner that occurs there. Well done workers of Laconia. As a two year local, I know about where the lanes are that are supposed to separate traffic. But if you are a vacationer (isn't that what we are known as, a vacation area), it is difficult to know where you are supposed to steer yourself around those corners, not knowing that there really are tree lanes there. These lanes eventually lead into the lights at the intersection of Main St (Rte 106), Court and Union Streets.
I have noticed that there is more paint being applied to other "problem areas", so I again commend the city for taking care of these problems.
One last question: where is the sign that tells you that you are on Beacon Street West? I have been looking but can't find one, other that the one that is on the business sign for Street Car Place. I have been told the city has one, but is putting off placing it — please don't wait until your next year's project to put it up — again think of your vacation people.
Two easy fixes, not a lot of money, but definitely a good "days" work for someone.
Gary Philippy

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:36

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Obama's Chicago thug-style politics has spread like a cancer

To the editor,
Last November I warned my fellow voters from Concord to Laconia to beware of Obama. How's that hope and change working out for you now?
I state again: "This is a dangerous man to have in the White House". His corrupt Chicago thug style politics has now spread like a cancer to all branches of our government. Nixon is a saint compared to this narcissistic. Obama and his Memphis Mafia cronies should be thrown in GITMO for crimes against our REPUBLIC AND FOR WHICH IT STANDS.
Tom Sellew
Lochmere (Tilton)

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:34

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