Zoning Board decisions against me were unfair & made no sense

To The Daily Sun,

In August of 2012 I went to the Laconia Planning Department to ask about a change of use for my property located at 355/357 Weirs Blvd., which is in the commercial/resort zone. This property has always been used as commercial, better known as the Boulevard Drive-In in the 1950s and then known as Ganong Real Estate and Crabby Dave's fast food during the late 1990s, and then just Ganong Real Estate.

After serious health problems, we had to close the real estate office and deal with more important things such as staying alive. Thankfully, we succeeded.

With 357 side of the building empty and unable to rent because of economic times as they are, my family decided to take a different venture called Hawaiian Shaved Ice. After two years, and for whatever reason, it was just not prosperous. The family talked and agreed we had to do something, so we contacted the city and applied for a change of use to sell used automobiles. Yes, a used car lot consisting of no more than eight automobiles at any one time. A "special exception" was required because auto sales is only permitted in commercial/resort zone by special exception.

At the first Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing on Sept. 17, 2012, I explained what I wanted to do: there would be no work on cars, no welding, no air wrenches!; there would be no mechanics work completed onsite; no compressors running all the time; no detailing of cars. . . just simply eight used cars for sale.

I explained that half the building was my residence — that is, 355 Weirs Blvd. — because of the past health issues, and I certainly would not deface the neighborhood because it is mine, too.

Yes, I was denied a special exception by the Zoning Board — three "no" votes and two "yes" votes, even though there was a used car dealership approved on January 17, 2012 on the same road — U.S. Route 3 — and in the same commercial/resort zone, by the same board. They said my request was denied because it was on the shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee and because of the view from the road. My property is not on the shoreline, it is on Rte. 3, a major road through the state. Yes, it has a view and I pay for it in my property taxes. Is that a detriment to the property?

I appealed the zoning board decision and asked that my case by heard again. Before I went to that second meeting on November 19, 2012, I did some research on uses that are permitted without special exception in the commercial/resort zone and discovered some were by far more abrasive than a couple of tasteful used cars parked around my lot. Instead of selling cars, some of the permitted uses are a car wash or a taxi cab company — imagine eight taxi cabs hanging around my parking lot waiting for a call. . . their engines running continuously during the cold winter months. Or is a dealership a better use for my property?

If I wanted to, I could also build storage units, a night club or a porn shop. . . yes a PORN SHOP right there on Rte. 3/Weirs Blvd. Or I could sell boats. What's the difference between boats and cars? I just don't get it.

The zoning board agreed (4-0) to re-hear my case.

On January 22, 2013 — here we go again — I was off to ZBA for a second hearing. I brought legal counsel with me so that maybe he could present my case better that I had  tried to do before. He made his presentation and did a great job. He presented signed documents from a number of abutters who were in favor of what I was trying to do, taking into consideration what was permitted. Because of the way I maintain my property, we all get along.

To make a long story short, I was again denied by the majority.

I think this is very unfortunate and unfair. I truly do not understand it.

John Ganong




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Sen. Shaheen knows where to go to get the N.H. opinion

To The Daily Sun,

One hundred New Hampshire military veterans gathered to show support of Sen. Shaheen, urging her re-election. Included were Gail Prince of Bedford, an Air Force veteran and former commander of the Sweeney Post in Manchester.

Prince said, "What impresses me most about Senator Shaheen is that because of her history here in New Hampshire, she knows who to reach out to in the state to get the New Hampshire position, the people's position. So when she goes back to Washington she properly represents us because she knows us."

Ken Clark of Stratham, a retired Air Force major general, and former Adjutant General of the New Hampshire National Guard said, "This is my very first time standing up at a political event and saying I'm going to be behind somebody. I spent a career making sure no one could paint me with a brush, but it is time to come out and take a stance because what is going on here is too important. We need Senator Shaheen."

Personal testimony shared at election time makes people take notice. Good. Maybe we will next witness 100 New Hampshire farmers for Shaheen and 100 beekeepers beside them. This would show she's hearing their issues and taking what action she can. If I were a New Hampshire farmer or beekeeper I'd want to know that she's working to curb Monsanto for its GMO seed products and poisons and anti-food labeling moves (Monsanto is taking neighboring Vermont to court on this). Then I'd be a farmer or beekeeper testifying for her and watching to see her cut Monsanto's legs out from under them. Sorry for the bloody graphic here. Politics can be about needed change.

Lynn Rudmin Chong


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Marshmallow Man Sprint Thiathlon to benefit Child Advocacy Center

To The Daily Sun,

The second annual Marshmallow Man Sprint Triathlon will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Opechee Park in Laconia. Pre-registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at Laconia Middle School and the race will begin at 8 a.m.

The 0.25 mile swim will take racers into Opechee Lake through Opechee Point and back. A 14 mile bike ride north on Route 106 into Meredith and back. And a 5k run along beautiful Shore Drive in Laconia. Have you been wanting to try a triathlon, but been too scared? This is the perfect sprint triathlon for "newbies," to the advanced.

During and following the race there will be free children's activities hosted by students from Gilford High School, balloon animals and face painting, and a barbecue for all to enjoy. Generous sponsors of the event include the Laconia Altrusa Club, the Laconia Police Department, the Gilford Police Department and Explorers, the Meredith Police Department, the Belmont Police Department and Explorers, the Tilton Police Department and Explorers, the Alton Police Department and Explorers, Laconia Restorative Justice, Gilford High School, Laconia Middle School, Body Covers, Lakes Region Triathlon Club, Bank of NH, Meredith Village Savings Bank, MC Cycle, MetroCast, Awakening Chiropractic, Crystal Rock Water, Hart's Slush, T&A Gunnery, Art Escape and Vista Foods.

All proceeds will benefit the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center. A local non-profit serving children between the ages of 2-18 living in Belknap County who have been suspected victims of child abuse. The center provides a safe, neutral environment for children, coordinates child abuse investigations, and offers community outreach and trainings and community referrals for children and families.

Registration is $50 per person or $60 on race day/ team of three is $100, or $120 on race day. To register visit our website www.marshmallowman.org or call 524-5497 for more information.

Hope to see you there.

Meghan Noyes

Program Director, Greater Lakes CAC


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I, for one, am sick of doing without & paying more & more in taxes

To The Daily Sun,

President Obama signed an executive order in 2012 that he would grant a two-year deferral to those under the age of 30 if they came to the U.S. under the age of 16. He would allow them to get work permits. He changed our immigration policy.

As a result, I can bet that is the reason why so many underage illegals are flooding the borders. Their parents are following. A plane with the illegals landed in Boston. I wonder if they will come over the border to New Hampshire. Will that add to the budget problem of New Hampshire?

Because he changed the law without going to Congress, we have a greater number of younger illegal immigrants entering our southern border. A border, that he said was secure.

Mr. President, maybe you should stay at the White House or Camp David and save the U.S. taxpayers some money to pay for the influx of younger illegal immigrants, as it is a result of you not following the laws. It won't cover all the cost, but it is a start.

Not to get off subject but Sgt. Tahmooressi is still in Mexican jail. Is the president doing anything about that? Our veterans are still waiting to see doctors at the VA. Is the president even talking about the veterans? He wants money to take care of the illegal children. But what about our veterans.

I think it will be cheaper to get judges to the holding zones for the children, hold court, and as they are illegal deport them by putting them on military transport planes and send them home. How about stopping funding. Maybe the money he wants to take care of the children could actually take care of our veterans.

The illegal unaccompanied children are suing the U.S. government for taxpayer funded representation and the treatment they are getting.

Let's change the law now. They do not need representation. The need to go home. We, as a country, cannot afford this. The ACLU is really taking court cases that are costing the American taxpayer billions for silly lawsuits.

What are our elected federal representatives going to do now to stop this? I do not want someone to say they are going to vote for or against something. I want them to write a bill that will expedite their deportation hearings and their deportation. We cannot afford this.

I for one am getting sick of doing without and paying more in taxes and not getting anything from my representatives. I get promises but nothing. No more excuses.

In our state, Gov. Hassan put a freeze on spending, part of which is travel, yet she traveled to Turkey for business for New Hampshire. (Governor Lynch put a freeze on spending inn 2008 which Hassan stopped when she was elected). Why did the present governor stop the freeze? Governors in southern states are traveling to New York to try to get businesses that are leaving New York to go to their states. Hassan could have saved some money going to New York instead of Turkey, but then she would have had to cut taxes for businesses so that they would want to come to New Hampshire.

Apparently the governor was given a budget, but she told the fiscal committee that it is very unlikely that the state will come close to meeting the budget target.

Why can't our elected officials spend just what the budget dictates? I have a budget. I do not spend more than my budget. I cannot afford to spend more. The interest would be impossible for me to pay back. I bet most New Hampshire citizens spend within their budget. Why can't our government officials?

Linda Riley


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Muslim threat: Do you still believe we've nothing to worry about?

To The Daily Sun,

It may seem like a long way away, but new things are happening in the Middle East which will have an impact on the whole world. The Middle East includes the Levant, which is all the land in the eastern Mediterranean area, including Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and part of southern Turkey. Egypt and the Sinai can be part of the Levant.

The United States is very special, in that we are able to keep a democracy, which many countries cannot do. The role of a dictator, though usually oppressive, is to keep order in a country that otherwise would fold to tribal disarray, as is apparent in so many Muslim countries.

In 2006, a group of active Sunni jihadist militants in Iraq and Syria, used the Syrian civil war to expand their control against Shi'a Muslims and Christians and to further the name of Allah and restore Islam to glory and to eliminate all modern borders between Islamic Middle Eastern countries. Presently, they are a force to be reckoned with, as they have now formed a state which they call the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - ISIL, or Iraq and Syria- ISIS).

In June this year, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was elected caliph or Islamic leader of the Ummah, by the Sunni leadership of the group. A Caliphate claims religious authority over all Muslims and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control, beginning in the war-torn Middle East. Muslims around the world are now required to pledge allegiance to the new caliph, though Muslim scholars do not agree.

According to the Koran, Muslims must exact jizra, or a tax on all non-Muslims under their control, which is what ISIS is doing now, in order to provide funds for all their military. They seized funds from Mosul's central bank when they took over that city, they routinely practice extortion, by demanding money from truck drivers and threatening to blow up businesses, and by robbing banks and gold shops. They also have private donors in Gulf states. They have commandeered oil fields and smuggled out raw materials, and sold electric power in northern Syria. They have assets worth $2 billion, making it the richest jihadist group in the world.

ISIS has captured and currently uses American weapons, vehicles, and uniforms. They have over 20,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria, and now, rather than being seen as a terrorist organization, they are being seen as an army on the move, taking terrain. On July 2, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said that Muslims should unite to capture Rome in order to "own the world."

Do you still believe there is nothing to worry about in America? Think about it, and do your own research. This is not something that's "over there." There are many Muslims in America. If they are required to pledge allegiance to the Caliph, where is their allegiance to America? True, not all Muslims in America will cater to the Caliph, but when the time comes, and they are called to action, they will have to act, or be considered apostates which are the first to be killed.

People, we need to hold firmly onto our republic, pray for our leaders, and keep out the forces that would overthrow our culture. Check out what's happening in Marseilles, France, and what Holland is doing about multiculturalism, or the changes occurring in Great Britain. No, we do not want to be like Europe right now. The United States is special, it is good, and free. Let's keep it that way.

Peggy Graham


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