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Howe's should consider a negotiated compromise with neighbors

To The Daily Sun,

As I reflected on the June 1 article reporting the latest developments regarding the dispute between Timber Hill/Beans & Greens owners Andrew and Martina Howe and their besieged abutters, I came closer to fully understanding the real meaning of an empty and meaningless gesture.

It would seem that, upset over the fact that their abutters on Gunstock Hill Road are causing them serious headaches, the Howes, through their attorney, have served their neighbors with a no-trespass notice.

"That's the spirit," I thought. You destroy someone's property values and quality of life, in an otherwise quiet rural residential area, with an amplified, rowdy commercial wedding reception venue, which by all accounts is illegal in its zoning and should have never been allowed under the terms-of-easement with the conservation trust in the first place, and then turn around and tell them that they can no longer buy their corn at your farm stand. Ouch ... that must really hurt. I'm sure by now, Timber Hill's abutters are really regretting they ever said anything.

Where exactly the Howes' lawyer found the sub-clause/loop-hole in the conservation trust easement agreement that states: "you may give access to the public — on all, none, or partially — of your property under easement, with the exception of those individuals you dislike," is beyond me. Either it's open to the public, or it isn't. What nonsense is this?

It's only my opinion, but it would seem, in law school, their lawyers must have slept through the class entitled, "How to prevent your clients from looking downright foolish."

But since, for the time being anyway, if the Howes' neighbors cannot set foot on the Timber Hill/Beans & Greens properties, then neither will I. Nor would I suggest that anyone who even marginally cares about the rights inherent in zoning ordinances, designed to protect us all, set foot on their properties either. And I would suggest to the Howes that instead of throwing more lawyers at the problem, that they might consider a negotiated compromise with their neighbors and steer clear of more absurdities such as this one.

Al Blake

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Abandoning the Meredith Library is a terrible idea

To The Daily Sun,

I opened the paper (Thursday) and found a letter from Mr. Richard Juve, and I was thrilled. It has been a long time since I've seen correspondence to the paper from him, and I didn't know how much I missed him until I saw his latest missive.

Mr. Juve wrote about the situation surrounding the Meredith Public Library, and as usual, I agreed with him 100 percent. I'm not sure just how much "extra space" is needed at the library, but I do know that moving it from its current location would be a huge mistake.

The library is part of our downtown. It's easily accessible to everyone. The building is beautiful and it's on the National Historic Register. Why would anyone want to abandon that beautiful building for some one-story, sterile, cement box, located miles from downtown? That's totally ridiculous.

I would really like to see truthful, accurate details, explaining the "need" for expansion of the library. If it truly does need to be expanded, then why not add on to the current building, as was done the last time additional space was needed?

There are several options to consider in order to keep our library where it is and more importantly, what it is. Mr. Juve was correct when he stated that there have been many, many changes to the town of Meredith in recent years. And not all of them have been good. I've been a resident of Meredith for my entire life, and it saddens me to see the changes made, and how they've affected the town. I think abandoning our library is a terrible idea and I hope like heck it doesn't happen.

And by the way, welcome back Mr. Juve!

Pam Finer

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