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Gilmanton will be well served with Strang & Weeks on school board

To The Daily Sun,

March 11 is Town Election day in Gilmanton. You can vote between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Please bring a photo ID.

David Strang and Frank Weeks are campaigning for the two open School Board positions. David is a doctor at LRGH, while Frank is a retired teacher who has remained active in the school community. Both are very strong candidates because they come from a fiscally responsible position which is strongly needed for this job.

David has dedicated his life to helping people as a physician, teacher of medical students, as a member of several state committees, and has testified before our legislators many times on behalf of the rights and needs of the public. He has also kept up with town issues over the years and decided it is time to bring his talents to the town as a School Board member. To say that he is qualified is an understatement. He is strong in his commitments, true to the people, and is able to envision the needs of our school and the children now and in the future.

Frank was on our School Board a few years ago and has decided to re-commit to serving Gilmanton's School Board. He has a clear perspective on teaching and the needs therein, as well as what it takes to run a school. He has proven himself to be conscientious and committed.

There is one more person who is well known in our community and has offered his expertise for many years to Gilmanton. Stan Bean has decided to reinvest his time and talents to the Budget Committee, but his name isn't on the Town Ballot. So, would you please write in "Stan Bean" for Budget Committee. See you at the polls.

Elena Ball
Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:22

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If elected, I'll represent all Alton residents to best of my abilties

To The Daily Sun,

On March 11, Alton voters will choose new selectmen and selectwoman. I am asking Alton voters to make me one of your choices. If elected, I will represent all Alton citizens to the best of my abilities.

Alton can count on me to be unbiased and to serve our town with honesty and integrity. When a difficult decision needs to be made, be assured I will take the high road. I will strive protect the safety, health, rights and freedoms of Alton's children and voters of all ages.

If elected I will ferret out unnecessary spending and work to remove it from the budget. Should we beat our budget, I will endeavor to reduce it in the subsequent year. As large items surface I will participate as a team member of the Board of Selectmen and propose solutions to minimize unnecessary increases in our taxes and strive to find other forms of revenue.

I do not completely agree with some items in the current budget. A new roof on a new school should come out of the pocket of the contractor who put the roof on, not the citizens of Alton.

I will do my best to represent your interests and achieve the outcome the people of Alton deserve. You will not look back at a later time and question your decision to vote for me if you choose to do so. Your Goals are My Goals. I request your vote for selectman and thank you.

Lou LaCourse


Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:18

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There are Gilmanton folks who need that $20 to get to work

To The Daily Sun,

Again the GYRL is seeking Gilmanton taxpayer money to fund its "self-sufficient" non-profit organization. (Since nonprofits are tax exempt, do they pay any taxes to the town)?

Please remember that at its inception GYRL administrators did promise to be self-sufficient through fees, donations, and fund-raising. They also promised they would not seek taxpayer money to remain in operation. However, if it is not successful in obtaining tax collection money the GYRL is threatening to close its doors just hours after the town is to vote. (Sounds like a page from the federal government).

Where are the safeguards that our tax money will be properly and effectively utilized? What has the Town of Gilmanton done or what will the Town of Gilmanton do to ensure the $52,500 is properly spent? Has anyone connected to the Town of Gilmanton checked the books of the GYRL to ensure they have been prudent and not extravagant with their expenditures and payroll?

If the GYRL is successful in obtaining public funds to fill a 70 percent gap in its operating budget, will or can its employees be considered or be eligible to be town employees and be eligible for town employees salaries and benefits? New Hampshire law does allow a town to use tax collection money to fund a public library, but $52,500 could be better spent by the Town of Gilmanton for establishing programs and procedures for town property accountability, and funding much needed improvements for public safety.

GYRL administrators say the public funding will only result is a $20 increase on the average tax bill. It may be hard to believe, but there are Gilmanton residents who need this $20 for gas to get to work and oil to stay warm.

Bill Schmidlin

Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:13

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I believe Joe Kenney has the unselfish desire to help others

To The Daily Sun,

On Tuesday we will vote for Executive Councilor, District 1, to fill the term of the late Ray Burton. I will vote for Joe Kenney, whom I believe has the experience and unselfish desire to help others which will enable him to be an outstanding councilor.

Joe, a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel and was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. His military career is indicative of a tried and true leader. Moreover, his 14 years as a New Hampshire State Senator and State Representative equip him with the necessary tools to hit the ground running if he is elected.

Joe plans to devote himself full-time to the position of councilor, which is truly an asset when one considers he will be representing the residents of 108 towns. Joe, a fiscal conservative, will provide the necessary oversight to ensure that we get the greatest bang for our buck, since one of the most important duties performed by the Executive Council is to review and approve all State contracts with a value greater than $10,000.

One of the other primary functions of the Executive Council is to oversee the State's 10-year highway plan, which is the blueprint for improving the state's transportation infrastructure. Joe recognizes the disastrous condition of our secondary roads in the Lakes Region and North Country and he will fight to ensure that we get our fair share of the funds to repair these roads while sticking to a budget.

Joe, a native New Hampshire son, is appreciative of New Hampshire's natural beauty and he will use his position as a bully pulpit to speak out against the ill-conceived wind projects and the Northern Pass.

Please consider voting for Joe Kenney on Tuesday.

Lee A. Moulder

Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:10

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Joe Kenney is one politician who really cares about people

To The Daily Sun,

When you hear Michael Cryans say how much he cares about people, question who he actually cares about, whether he is able to help, and whether his "caring" helps or hurts you.

Did Cryans care about Grafton County taxpayers when he approved the gratuitous spending of their hard-earned tax dollars? Did he show caring for the taxpayers or for himself when he voted to give many thousands of taxpayer dollars to his employer? (How much did Cryans personally benefit — salary, bonuses, perks, etc.? — from obtaining money for his employer?)

Even if Cryans really cares, his ability to help people is limited, because he doesn't know how to make the state government work for people. And, if Cryans learns these things, will his political philosophy enable him to help people? After all, doesn't President Obama want to help people? Yet his policies are killing middle-class jobs, increasing taxes, increasing our cost of living, destroying our health care system, locking more and more people into poverty, stealing our constitutional protections, etc. President Obama's policies have made the rich richer and middle-income Americans much poorer.

I am tired of hearing politicians who claim to care about people but whose actions don't match their words. If these politicians really cared, why are things so bad for most Americans? Either they don't really care or they don't know how to help people.

Joe Kenney doesn't have to talk about how he cares for others, people tell how he helped them (e.g., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6iwWZ4fPfw). From his years in the Legislature, Joe knows the key government players and how to get things done to help people. He has worked with these people to bring jobs to New Hampshire.

If you want an Executive Councilor who has demonstrated his caring by actually helping people, and someone who will make sure that we get the maximum value for our tax dollars, then join me and vote for Joe Kenney for Executive Councilor.

Don Ewing

Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:07

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