To The Daily Sun,
The contentious Bears Nest Trail Planning Board hearing and consequences have been divisive and distracting for the residents of Moultonborough and it's various boards. The hearing was rift with mistakes and an embarrassment for all involved, myself included, as a Planning Board member. Airing our dirty laundry in public is one way to don clean cloths and let's not forget that many people have viewed the episode via video recording, with most recognizing the irregularities and wanting to see remedies implemented.
The selectboard, in my opinion, is legally correct and duty bound to call the scheduled the public hearings for some of those irregularities. That being said, it appears that the better alternative would have been for the selectmen to challenge the planning board in the Superior Court. Noting that there is no element of corruption or fraud involved, I hope that the selectboard, in their power and wisdom, do not choose to seek the removal of Ms. Ryerson and Mr. Bartlett.
There was a definite lack of guidance and significant confusion at the hearing. Was the conditional use permit hearing appropriate given the fact that the ZBA granted a slope variance? Is a tie vote a yes vote? Should the board have had their own legal counsel present? Can a member change their vote? Can a member cheat an applicant or the public by sitting for a hearing and then abstaining from a vote? Can a member vote for an approval if they have found that all of the criteria have not been met? Can members ignore state statues by not considering the application as "before the fact" rather then with an illegally built structure and clear-cut on over 35 percent slope?
Lost in the brouhaha are the initial reasons that the various boards and departments were required to become involved. I believe Bob and Cathy Williams and Sky's Carpentry share the burden of quilt for setting the stage for our embarrassing predicament. Unfortunately, the ZBA and Planning Boards rewarded the applicants and their agents for a host of illegal actions with after the fact approvals. These actions compromise our quality of life and need attention.
The public hearings considering the removal of board members can be considered a wake-up call for all of us on all of the municipal boards and can be the impetus to confront the issues in a collegial effort involving all affected boards and departments. Each of us can learn from this. Lets grasp this as a starting point for change and betterment for us as elected officials and municipal employees. I would not be pleased to see this uncomfortable and trying process conclude without a positive postscript for the record.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 11:18
To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Nancy Parson's letter in the August 29 Sun:
Nancy, I must disagree with your take on the Zimmerman case, particularly your claim that the Sanford, Florida police did a "shabby job gathering evidence, notifying the parents, interviewing witnesses, etc." Nothing could be further from the truth.
When forensic evidence and witness statements did not indicate a cold, callous shooting of an innocent teen on his way home from buying Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice by a racist "white" Hispanic vigilante, but rather a case of self-defense when Zimmerman was attacked and beaten by a paranoid drug-using gangster wannabe with a history of criminal activity, the county prosecutor declined to bring a case forward. (The Skittles and fruit juice were not purchased to provide a snack and drink for an innocent teen, but were two of the three ingredients used to make a drug concoction known as "Lean", a street drug known for enhancing paranoia and aggression with regular use. As it came out later, "Lean" was Trayvon Martin's drug of choice.) That the initial evidence showed a case of self-defense and further investigation appeared to back up that claim is why George Zimmerman was "free to walk around."
It wasn't until the outrage from the black community, fomented by the media and the unthinking statement by President Obama, that a "gunslinger" special prosecutor came forward and decided to bring the case to court. It was only then that Zimmerman was arrested and charged. Further investigation by law enforcement officials (but not the Sanford PD as they were out of the loop at that time) brought forth more evidence that did not help the prosecution's case but further indicated the George Zimmerman indeed acted in self-defense.
In court, the defense shredded the prosecution's case, discrediting a number of prosecution witnesses and using the prosecution's own evidence to prove that Zimmerman was not guilty of anything but defending himself. The jury agreed and found him not guilty. (Yes, one juror thought he was guilty of "something" because he had killed Martin, but she put aside that feeling and followed the law and voted "Not Guilty".)
Nancy, you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.
Dale C. Eddy
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 11:12
To The Daily Sun,
A recent letter to the editor by the Belknap County Commissioners contains a novel legal theory — that a properly noticed meeting must contain all of the items on the agenda. That is simply not true. There was nothing to prevent the commissioners from attending the August 12 meeting concerning a revenue anticipation note for Gunstock Mountain and nothing to prevent them from staying for any other business to come before the convention.
One of the commissioners was present for discussions concerning certain budgetary transfer requests which came before the executive committee of the convention and easily could have stayed for the properly noticed general meeting of the delegation.
The context which is unmentioned by the commissioners is that they have spent several years and three hundred thousand dollars of the public's money to produce a plan for a new prison which has very little support. A lame attempt to deflect notice from their incompetence does nothing to advance the public interest.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 11:02
To The Daily Sun,
Most everyone now understands that President Obama has presided over one of the worst two recoveries in American history. The man does not have an original thought in his head. He is completely out of ideas. He is surrounded by a tsunami of scandals, largely of his own making. Real unemployment is double digit. So, he runs around the country in perpetual campaign mode, railing against evil Republicans, spouting progressive bromides, while still trying to sell the cyclonic economic destroyer that is Obamacare. Republicans will never, ever get a better chance to make their economic case. So, just where is this inspirational GOP plan to invigorate our economy?
Now, I know that the Heritage Foundation, the CATO Institute and others have been offering their assistance. So when will the GOP reveal a bold, breath taking economic plan that will address government overreach, crony capitalism and our endlessly stagnant economy? When, for goodness sake, will they go on offense? Not to attack the European wanderlust from our founding fathers brilliant document, that is the economic plan of the Democrats. Not to compromise with liberals yet again which has meant: America becomes less conservative, government grows larger, schools become less accountable to parent's wishes and spending is never cut. Only the increase in spending is reduced ever so slightly while our debt grows unabated into financial Armageddon.
Let me repeat the exasperated plea of other writers, "move as fast as you can toward smaller government. Bring back parent-controlled education with God speed. Revive moral constitutional values and promote freer enterprise. Proudly and unabashedly march forward in robust defense of American values".
Don't you dare move toward a more "moderate approach" as some transparent liberal letter writers have suggested. Please, please, just do conservatism and do it far better than recent power hungry, big government Republicans have done it. To quote the 1936 movie, "Swing Time": "Nothing's impossible I have found, for when my chin is on the ground, I pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again". Yes we can.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 12:04
To The Daily Sun,
Welcome to this week's edition of Bobby Jindal's Party of Stupid. This week we have the party's fearless leader himself to start things off.
Bobby just noted on Meet the Press that the RACE-BASED attacks on Obama were okay because Democrats did it to Bush, and Bobby also pontificated in a Politico op-ed that racism persists because minorities cling to their heritage. WT?
Ron Paul will be the keynote speaker at the rabidly anti-Semitic Catholic FATIMA CENTER on September 11 and Pat Robertson has claimed on his 700 Club that gays will be wearing special rings so they can infect you with HIV/AIDS when you shake hands. Not to be outdone, frothing and foaming Fundy homophobe weasel David Usher of the Council for Marriage Policy warns men that lesbians will have your children and make you slaves! Fox News Crock Keith Ablow claims that abortion and Facebook are to blame for the mindless murder of the Australian baseball star, Lane. If that isn't twisted enough how about this: consumer confidence is near a five year high, but (hiccups) John Boehner is still threatening to obstruct and crash the economy. America sold the highest amount of previously lived in houses since June 2006. It was the best July since 2005. And the Sun's right wingers seem to be oblivious of these important milestones. There is a great idea out there and its call infrastructure spending. It works. Until Obama wanted to do it, the GOP thought it was a great idea. 2014 here we come!
Texas Rep Louie Gohmert agreed with Alan Keyes on the Family Research Council's Washington Watch that it was "scary" that liberal elites would use vaccines for "culling the population" of humans. LIBERAL ELITES! AAACK! Also from Texas, the land of alternative history, medicine and science, Eagle Mountain International MegaChurch, known for its anti vaccination positions was the site of a recent measles outbreak. Virtually all of the children who were infected were home schooled and not vaccinated. Yup, some parents are brighter than a 15 watt bulb during a blackout! In North Carolina, the Republican Christian Sharia Body of Leviticus lovers passed an anti-Muslim Leviticus lovers Sharia law even though the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, (Art 6). In Doplahoma, Senator Tom Coburn seems to have harvested some of those purple mudrooms growing on cattle dung right before a town hall meeting where he said that President Obama is getting "perilously close" to meeting the "high-crimes and misdemeanors" standard the Constitution sets for impeachment charges. An Oakie gynecologist's point of view!
In the land of Faux Snooze, younger viewers age 25-54 are avoiding Fox News like the plague as their ratings hit the lowest level since 2001. Showcasing more stupidity, Fox's medical expert Dr. David Samadi argued that President Barack Obama's administration was wrong to force gender equality for health insurance rates because men "only have the prostate," while women "have the breasts, they have the ovaries.".
Finally, as we finish, I can't leave Russ Wiles out of this edition. Russ thinks the president should take advice from the Heritage Foundation and CATO while at the same time parroting right wing nonsense about "the cyclonic economic destroyer that is Obamacare". Oh, Did I forget? Romney got his initial mandate ideas from the Heritage Foundation and then Obamacare used what they thought would be useful. And the SCOTUS upheld it. George Wills joins us with his superior prefontal cortex to tell us that single, minority moms are more dangerous for minorities than a lack of rights.
In environmental news all the fracking gas companies Newfield/Hess in NE Pennsylvania ran with their tail between their legs as they finally gave up against the onslaught of negative press. Gasland 2 now at HBO will only make matters worse for the Fracking outfits. In Youngstown, Ohio, over 100 earthquakes were linked to the process used to dispose of wastewater: from hydraulic fracking. In Greenbrier, Arkansas, there weren't hundreds of small earthquakes, but THOUSANDS! A study linked their occurrence to the arrival in town of waste-water disposal wells. As soon as the Arkansas Oil and Gas commission shut down the wells, the quakes stopped. Greenbrier residents have filed five federal lawsuits against the drillers.
Last but not least as August's season of nonsense comes to a close, A Republican state senator from Arkansas who is leading a legislative committee on the subject of giving guns to school teachers accidentally shot a teacher during an "active shooter" drill earlier this year, the local paper of record has uncovered. And in an Level RED irony of ironies, Donald Rumsfeld says Obama is not making the case for bombing Syria.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:30