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I offer a wide array of talents & abilities to the people of Plymouth

To the editor,
My name is Omer C. Ahern, Jr., and I respectfully ask the voters of the Town of Plymouth to vote for me for the Board of Selectmen on March 12.
I am a native of Plymouth. As a local tree farmer, I am a fourth generation Ahern to have farmed the land here in Plymouth. With my many years of service on the boards of directors/trustees of a multitude of private not-for-profit organizations, my memberships with several local civic service organizations, my several years of service in public office (as a former county commissioner, former member of the N.H.State Legislature, former Town Moderator), and with my over 30 years as a lawyer engaged in the general civil practice of law in New Hampshire, I bring a wide array of experience, talents, and abilities as I offer to serve the people of Plymouth as one of their selectman.
Should any Plymouth voter wish to contact me to discuss my reasons for wanting to serve as selectman, I ask that they contact me by telephone at 536-2224, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or if they see me up street, to talk with me in person.
Omer C. Ahern, Jr.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 23:20

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I pledge to make common sense judgements for Town of Gilford

To the editor,
My name is Don Pangburn and I ask for your support in my campaign for a seat on the Gilford Town Budget Committee. I am well acquainted with the Lakes Region; our family settled in Gilford in 1926 as summer residents and through the years, have been active in the community. I am the first in the family to settle in Gilford full time, moving here permanently in 1992. Gilford is a wonderful place to raise a family with many natural resources at our fingertips and an active community. Protecting these resources, as well as the valuable services the town provides in trying economic times, will require common sense solutions.
At a time when there seems to be no limit on federal spending, and the belief that there is an unlimited amount of money we can borrow, Gilford has fared well in its ability to provide services to its community without being over burdened by long-term debt obligations. As our infrastructure and our municipal equipment ages, the challenge in the future will be to maintain them at reasonable costs to the taxpayers.
I believe all communities should engage in sound fiscal prudence with minimal reliance on State and Federal funds - why? Budget contractions at both levels are already happening and will only get worse. Being more self-reliant as a community protects the tax payer from higher rates covering broken "higher level Governmental" financial promises.
In closing I pledge to make common sense judgments for the town and simply offer to the taxpayers of Gilford my allegiance to sound economic and fiscal principles in managing Gilford's budgets.
Donald H. Pangburn

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 23:16

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I will be a good friend with a fresh view on Gilmanton School Board

To the editor,
Dear Gilmanton residents:
I would like to introduce myself to those of you who may not know me yet. My name is Kristyn Fischev and I am running for School Board in the upcoming election on March 12. I and my family have been residing in Gilmanton for 10 years now. I love this town and call it home. I choose this town to raise my family in, based on the education rating, the low crime rate, the rural setting, the people and of course the convenient location to other amenities. Since moving here I have become friends and neighbors with many good people. I am involved with several local boards in the community and have been working as the Town of Gilmanton's Assistant Deputy Clerk since May 2012. As a mom I felt it time I get more involved with my kids ongoing education and activities.
I have always been active in enhancing their education the best way I knew how, by being available to them and passing down to them what I have already learned in wisdom and knowledge. I have lived overseas for many years and learned a lot through the people, cultures and governments I lived among. I hope you find me a great listener and a good friend with a fresh view and opinion for you and the Gilmanton School Board. Help me help you to make a difference by voting for me on March 12th.
Kristyn Fischev

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 23:13

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The way Lou Kahn treated Peter Verrill in public sticks in my craw

To the editor,
I'd like to address this opinion to the voters of Meredith and the Inter-Lakes School District. After reading letters from former state Rep. Kate Miller and former selectman Peter Miller I feel compelled to chime in with my own opinion in regard to the upcoming local election. Normally I try not to publicly endorse a particular candidate (or candidates) in this fashion. Kate and Peter can both vouch for that fact that I am not the sort of person who votes "the Party"... I vote "the Person". Character and accountability is everything to me, since I have been dubbed "quite the character" and have all my life been held accountable for my actions. Therefore I do my feeble best to chose the candidate who, in my opinion, holds the best character as they will be representing my community and our tax dollars as a whole.
I too ran for the office of selectman... as a first timer who didn't pollute the landscape with campaign signage, I am proud of the fact that I took 20 percent of the vote since I was running against Nate Torr, who even I voted for. The Pope couldn't have beaten Nate! What I feel I truly accomplished was sending a clear message that Meredith was tired of the "Good Ole Boy" politics and was ready for a change.
At that time, Chris Mega was also running for the school board seat against the incumbent Jack Carty, whom I clearly supported. As I sat through the "Meet the Candidate" interrogation process, I was blind sided by Mr. Mega, as he underhandedly dragged myself and my son (a former student of Diane's) into his campaign by pointing out his wife's educational triumph as if it were his own. This was only topped by his campaigns personal video attack on Jack's good character, which proved to the district he could not be trusted as he had a vested interest as the spouse of an I-LHS teacher. I feel it was a strong, yet foul, example of his computer engineering skills that sent a poor message to the student body. I truly hope I am not the ONLY voter in the district that remembers this fiasco... I'm pretty sure the Carty' swon't forget it!
Mark Billings, however, has proven himself a champion to our hard earned tax dollars. As a financial consultant and economist, his knowledge of facts and figures has already proven to be an asset to our district as he has stayed on top of the budget and publicly questioned the wasteful spending at every turn. His belief that EVERY student has their own different and unique learning style will serve as an asset to our children and ensure a positive and productive future for each of them. And after all isn't it suppose to be for THEM! they are the ones who are going to be carrying the tax burdens we put in place now... like an increase to pay for the teachers and support staffs "ObamaCare"... why do they need "Obama Care", we already pay for their insurance?... AND... Whose gonna pay for OUR "ObamaCare"?
Now, though it appears that former selectman Peter Miller and I agree on the school board seat... we completely DISAGREE on the selectman's seat. Although I agree Lou Kahn is an upstanding member of our community, I find him to be the most pompously unapproachable candidate to run for the Selectboard in my entire lifetime! (AND, like selectperson Horne, my lifetime has been right here in Meredith).
Mr. Miller mentioned the generous "gifts" Mr Kahn has given our town... again my mind rolls back and I find myself questioning the sincerity of these "gifts". However generous his land "gift" may seem, in reality, it relieved him of a property tax burden which in turn amounted to a personal gain. His "CONDITIONAL gift" to Childs Park is also questionable to me. It is my personal opinion that this was actually a gift from his AMAZING wife, Bobbi, who was taken from us too soon, as she had fallen in love with our little corner of the world known as Meredith Center.
Either way, actions speak louder than words, and the way Lou, as town moderator, treated Peter Verrill in a public forum regarding "the Boynton Road Project" has stuck in my craw and left a very bad taste in my mouth toward him. I left feeling Lou was extremely disrespectful of Peter and Jackie's efforts, their pride in their home, or how hard they work ... he looked down his nose at them because they lived on Boynton Rd and their tax dollars weren't green enough for him. Again this is only my opinion.
Jane Greenmore is, as well, an extremely upstanding member of our community. She and her husband have been small business owners in our town for many years which to me means she knows how hard those tax dollars are to come by and how important it is to protect them. Her warm and welcoming personality encourages approach ability. She doesn't judge a person on were they live or what type of "hat" they are wearing, her money is no greener than anyone else's. She doesn't sit on the hill in her Ivory Tower and look down her nose at the common folk... SHE IS COMMON FOLK! One who works for a living just like we do and want what we all want... for our community to prosper and flourish without choking our wallets.
Therefore, I encourage the voters in Meredith and the I-L School District to vote for Mark Billings to the school board and Jane Greenmore to the Selectboard since they are both strong pillars of our community and champions of our hard earned dollars.
Holly Tetreault

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 23:08

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Here arethe real facts about the N.H. education tax credit program

To the editor,
Cathy Merwin's endorsement in Tuesday's paper described the new education tax credit program as badly as any letter I've yet seen. As one of the bills drafters, I am confident in reporting:
— The program has been ruled constitutional in at least eight state courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. It is NOT a voucher program, as some misguided have claimed.
— the program actually increases the amount spent on a per-pupil basis in the public school districts.
— It only serves low to moderate income families whose children aren't doing well in their assigned public schools. To repeal it now would harm only low-income people.
— It allows a student to attend any school in N.H. which fits their learning style including public, private or home schools.
— It contains a financial safety net for the school district if too many students leave one school district (shouldn't that be a red flag?).
— The money that creates the scholarships is voluntarily donated by businesses who receive a tax credit in an amount similar to five other tax credit programs in this state.
— It was designed to save the state money.
— It increases parental involvement in their child's education, which studies show improve the outcome for the child. That is, they do better!
— It has been successful in every state it's been tried.
Here in N.H., so far 500 lower-income families have applied for scholarships. These families average five persons and an average family income of approximately $42,000. They applied while understanding this is not a "free ride". They must contribute to the new school their child attends and still, they want to leave their assigned public school. We should not deny these thoughtful, caring parents this opportunity to better their children's lives. The wealthy have school choice. So should the rest of us.
Gregory Hill

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 23:02

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