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Every town would have full-time assessor if it really cost less

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing in response to recent letters to the editor from Mr. McLean and Mrs. Glines, who wrote about Alton voting to eliminate positions in their town. Mr. McLean and Mrs. Glines are both residents from other towns and are trying to tell Alton taxpayers how to spend their money.

First of all, although there isn't a law yet to have a full-time assessor, towns do have a constitutional mandate to do a values anew every five years. Experts in the field have stated to me that this would cost about $40,000 a year on average for part-time assessing, which comes with no lifetime retirement and benefits costs to the taxpayers. If it was really less cost to the taxpayers for full-time assessors and planners, every town would have them.

The numbers discussed at the Alton Deliberative Session never mentioned how much of the $1.2 million a year in insurance and retirement we will save, or all the savings from eliminating all the little "bennies" such as personal cell phones, vehicle mileage and who knows what else.

Now let's look at the cost of Alton's subcontracted assessing services from 2008 to 2012. The amount of $160,332 was spent on top of the town assessor's compensation.

The fact that Mr. McLean brought up "Tom's professionalism" and Mrs. Glines commented on "his willingness to work with others is priceless." Let me tell you how he treated this taxpayer. On November 19, 2010, at the town assessing office, I questioned Tom about a substantial increase in my property value and I was met with arrogance and hostile behavior. When meeting with a DRA official, who felt Tom was being punitive and made an error in what was the acceptable standards in changing the value of a property, Tom still showed prejudice to my interest. As a result of my complaint, the state had to step in and correct deficiencies in the assessing department at an added cost to the town. (Who knows how much it cost and what department it came from. This was a well kept secret from the taxpayers) Eventually, with no help from the selectmen, I received my abatement of $470.

That aside, it's like I said at the Deliberative Session, this is nothing personal, but we the signers of the petitioned article, are just trying to find ways to save our money for our families' needs, because the selectmen and Budget Committee refuse to.

Ray Howard


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:35

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Please vote for David Strang for seat on Gilmanton School Board

To The Daily Sun,

David Strang is campaigning for the position of Gilmanton School Board member.

Dave is honest, dedicated, intelligent, and will work tirelessly if elected. He believes in local control of education, not government-run programs. He also believes in keeping a strong budget to allow for the best education for our students, and an adequate operational budget to support day-to-day operations of the school. He will not bend to the will of louder voices, but he will question whatever he does not understand.

He will also stand strong for the needs of the teachers as long as they are willing to stand for the needs of the children.

Please vote for David Strang for Gilmanton School Board on March 11 at the Town Elections.

Absentee ballots are available on line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the Town Clerk's office.

Bernadette Gallant

Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:32

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Vote 'yes' on article 21 to ban fireworks from Moultonborough

To The Daily Sun,

The use of fireworks in Moultonborough is totally out of control. Between May and September fireworks explode almost every night from multiple locations. Sometimes the explosions last two to three hours or more. It is impossible to enjoy being outside with the high decibel levels of fireworks. I feel like I am in a war zone.

The decibel level of a chain saw is 110. The decibel level of fireworks is 140. The higher the decibel level the more potential for ear damage. I am concerned about the environmental impact as well as the well being of the residents of Moultonborough.

The town of Gilford has an ordinance prohibiting fireworks. In that ordinance the stated purpose says it all as far as I am concerned. Here is the wording of the purpose in that ordinance.

"The primary intent of this ordinance is to protect people, animals (domestic and wild), buildings, tress, and undeveloped land, from the inherent dangers associated with the storage and display of incendiary materials by untrained and uncertified persons, along with preventing unwanted disturbances attributable to loud bangs and other noises associated with fireworks."

I am asking all Moultonborough residents to vote yes on Warrant Article 21 which bans fireworks in Moultonborough at the town meeting on Saturday, March 15.

Rene Blais


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:28

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Joe Kenney appears to be an experienced problem solver

To The Daily Sun,

March 11 is voting day and two men are running for the New Hampshire Executive Council, neither of whom I know. (I did, however, hold a Kenney sign once as a favor to a friend.)

My election choices include, not voting, writing in the name of a person I do know as a token vote, or learning as much as possible about the two candidates and voting for the one who most closely matches my political philosophy. After choosing option #3, I spent recent snow days reading about Michael Cryans and Joe Kenney and here are some highlights.

Michael Cryans has numerous letters whose only claim to fame is that he has endorsements of past councilor, Ray Burton's siblings. I found it odd that none of those letters actually came from Ray Burton's siblings, but from Democrats who are quoting them. I would like to know if the siblings ever spoke to Joe Kenney about his views or his positive connections with Ray, and why they aren't writing the letters themselves. It seems to me that if Ray Burton wanted to anoint his successor, he would have done so.

Other articles quote both Michael Cryans and the New Hampshire Democrat leadership saying they would love to have a 4-1 Democrat majority on the Executive Council, (evidently a 3-2 majority isn't enough) but then in the next sentence, claim to be non-partisan. What?

According to their website, Headrest Inc., an addiction recovery service which employs Michael Cryans as executive director, relies heavily on state and other public money for funding. It is problematic that Cryans, as a Grafton County Commissioner, reportedly voted to fund this non-profit through Grafton County, and he has already said that he will "champion the people he thinks should be championed" if elected to the Executive Council.

In contrast, Joe Kenney's endorsement letters often mention his service to his country and state, as a Marine lieutenant colonel, state senator and representative. As a Marine, Kenney didn't get the choice of championing for only his special interest groups. He protected all of us equally. Working in the state Senate and House, he also learned the ins and outs of government and can wisely transfer that knowledge to the decisions of the Executive Council without bias.

Perhaps Kenney's biggest criticism from the Democrats is that he is conservative. For many that is a positive, and I look forward to meeting Joe Kenney at a Meet and Greet (before the I-L School District meeting at 7) on March 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Meredith Center Wicwas Lake Grange. Open to the public, it will be a great chance to learn more about Joe Kenney and decide to give him a vote on March 11.

He appears to be an experienced problem solver who appreciates life and will represent everyone fairly.

Karen Sticht


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:25

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Joe Kenney will be transpaprent to taxpayers & will represent all

To The Daily Sun,

In 2011, the Obama administration made a decision to force New Hampshire taxpayers to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business after the New Hampshire Executive Council voted to revoke $1.8 million contract. Planned Parenthood received the money in monthly disbursements from the Obama administration. Why does the Obama administration think it can ursurp the decisions from the New Hampshire elected officials to decline the renewal of the $1.8 million contract?

Joe Kenney is well aware of the Obama website. At the forum on Feb. 11, Joe spoke of the need to prevent "double dipping" in our state. We need to elect a person who is transparent to the taxpayers and has a vision for our state. Joe will represent all of the New Hampshire taxpayers.

Even though the state of New Hampshire turned down Planned Parenthood as a contractor, the Obama administration still pushed the unauthorized contract on our taxpayers. The usual suspects were involved. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a pro-abortion Democrat, announced the grant through her office after writing to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, urging her to force the state to fund the abortion business. Mr. David Wheeler, an Executive Council member in 2011, was "concerned New Hampshire Health Commissioner Nick Toumpas was conspiring with the Obama administration to go over the heads of the council to restore the funding." We should not elect senators like Jeanne Shaheen to represent our state, who usurped the New Hampshire Constitution by her stratagem intended to deceive the taxpayers of the state.

Joe Kenney knows what our sovereign state needs: Honesty, adherence to moral and ethical principles and an uncompromising adherence to the rule of law.! At the forum, Joe covered all of these important taxpayers' issues.

Michael Cryans, as a county commissioner, refused to recuse himself from voting on a county appropriation to give Headrest Inc. $143,280, a company which pays him a substantial salary as its executive director. This behavior as a commissioner of Grafton County is unethical and the voters should decline his next appointment. Mr. Cryans puts himself before the taxpayers.

Vote for Joe Kenney in the election on March 11.

Rosemary Landry


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:36

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