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Replace one set-time meeting with another, more poorly attended?

To the editor,
I sort of apologize to my friend and neighbor, Bill Whalen, as I try to counter him on SB-2. Why does he think someone who can't attend Town Meeting (illness, work, vacation, business travel can — amazingly! - attend SB-2's deliberative session, a meeting at which the Budget Committee and selectmen explain their work on the upcoming costs for another year of town viability? One set-time meeting will be replaced by a lower-attendance other set-time meeting, and that would make things better? And what if SB-2's deliberative session/meeting, like Town Meeting, should last four or more hours? How could Bill get rid of a meeting's taking time? Much as I love the guy for other traits, he's a big-city magician come among us, if presto-chango he can make a serious meeting take no time.
For 12 years Sanbornton has held off adopting SB-2, thus protecting Town Meeting. Seems we can never put away the NO SB-2 signs and should continue to keep in the paint and sign-board supply. Alas.
Sanbornton, please come out to vote at Town Hall on May 14, and vote NO on question #1.
Lynn Rudmin Chong

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:21

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It would be an honor to again serve as your Sanbornton selectman

To the editor,
My name is Patsy Wells and I'm running for selectman in Sanbornton. I had the privilege of serving my community as selectman from 2004-2007. While those were turbulent times for Sanbornton, we accomplished a lot. By working together — by always trying to work for the greater good — we began improving our roads, taking care of our town buildings, increasing the efficiency of our town departments, and planning carefully for the future. There is still work to be done on all of those fronts and the economic times makes even more of a challenge.
There are three growing concerns for me. The first is to create the walking path from the Sanbornton Central School parking lot to the library. We need to get the children off the roadway — that is how they have been getting to the library for years, walking in the road. This is critical for their safety, especially in light of the recent tragedy in Laconia. Almost seven years ago we bought the land behind the three historic buildings to create this walking path and to protect the horizon view, not to put a new town office building in the field between them. If we pass the warrant article during Town Meeting on May 15th, we are going to begin planning for a new town office building in the far future — a good move. But, we need to do that keeping the preservation of our historic buildings in mind. The third concern for me is increasing communication between the selectmen, the various town committees and the public. We are all concerned about our growing tax rate. It seems like new "for sale" signs go up every week in our community as people struggle to provide for their families. Even though the town portion of our property tax bill is relatively small, we need to work with the school district, the county and the state, which make up the other portions of our tax bill, to reduce the amounts.
We have a unique and beautiful community with a strong diversity of ideas and opinions, but the one thing I think we all have in common is a desire to protect, preserve, and strengthen our town for future generations. We can do it. We can work together to meet the needs of our fellow community members today and in the future. It would be an honor to serve you once again as your selectman. Please consider giving me your support on Election Day, Tuesday, May 14th.
Patsy Wells

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:17

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Form Base Code would come at expense of private property rights

To the editor,
Laconia Planning Director Shanna Saunders calls the $50,000 grant for the "storytelling" development "our storytelling grant" — A grant awarded to the city by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority to fund the development of architectural standards for downtown and The Weirs.
The stakeholders are the Ironwood Design Group,LLC of Exeter and Sheer McCrystal Paison Architecture Inc. of New London.
FBC, meaning Form Base Code, is a departure from conventional zoning. FBC zoning defines a one block parcel and is a method to REGULATE the development of buildings, floor areas, car free movement, garden city, new urbanism, settlement growth, smart growth, and transition towns.
At a minimum, a form base code, written to enable or preserve a specific urban form, consists of a building form, and public spaces, standards keyed to a REGULATORY plan. An urban design is the intention or goal; the form base code is the regulatory tool to achieve it. FBS is a tool to provide local government the regulatory means to achieve development objectives with greater certainty, bypassing local ZBA authority and the board of selectman and elected officials.
Ironwood Design Group is all about landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental plans for someone else's property. This group is affiliated with Plan NH — Granite State Future. Stakeholders like this company profit by using this FBC, whose focus is primarily on regulating (the word of worry) urban form and less on land use. This will infringe on our personal property rights and is unconstitutional, as stated in Art. 2 — Natural Rights, in the N.H. Bill of Rights! Regulate, my worry word means, "to control or direct by a rule, principle,or method, to adjust in accordance with some standard or requirement."
Form-based-codes include: architectural standards — these are regulations controlling external architectural materials and quality; landscaping standards — regulations controlling landscape design, and plant materials on private property as they impact public spaces; regulations about parking lot screening and shading, maintaining sight lines, ensuring unobstructed pedestrian movements; signage standards — regulations controlling allowable signage sizes, materials, illumination and placement; environmental resource standards — regulations controlling issues such as storm water drainage and infiltration,development on slopes, tree protection and solar access; annotation — text and illustrations explaining the intentions of specific code provisions.
Once you lose development rights, you have essentially lost control of your property, no matter what the people or the local government proclaim. Only you are responsible for the property taxes, and your land use is regulated!
Development rights to one's property are infringed by obeying shifting regulations and enhanced "best practices mandated by the new development rights' holder.
Please research form base code and refuse this grab by people who are out to make money and could care less about the individual. I love the Weirs and its antiquity and style, do not change the view or be regulated into this ruse to control your individual rights and behavior! The city of Dover and town of Strafford, have FBS and are unhappy with the regulations! They were duped by conversations with only the input of a minority of people, and without a majority of the voting public. Beware of these "listening sessions employed by Plan NH and NH Listens, using the Delphi Technique to obtain an already written agenda, while giving the public the illusion that they created the issues!
Does the Planning Director know about this devious and unethical method of stealing the residents right to regulate their own property? The residents of Laconia need to ask and obtain the knowledge about FBC and go to the Granite State Futures web site and learn about how the Lakes Region Planning Commission is involved in our everyday behaviors, and is planning to change us and our liberties as property owners and citizens. Another point of interest is that the nine regional planning commissions are unelected people, who are trying to change our great state of N.H.
We also need to be aware of grants associated with the HUD-1044 grant instrument, and the strings attached, and any other grant that gives the illusion of "storytelling". Research the Orton Family Foundation.
Rosemary Landry

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:12

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Most gun crimes committed in cities Dems have long controlled

To the editor,
Saturday's letters included another misinformation piece by James's Veverka, this time concerning my supposed objection to background checks on firearms purchases. For the record I am not against background checks. I am against background checks run by the the liberal, anti-gun left, who's objective is to gut our 2nd Amendment and confiscate and outlaw the private citizens' rights. James gives a clutter of statistics of which I will not endeavor to challenge because they are insignificant to the point.
The point is that we need to address the cause of the problem, criminals and crazies. It is our liberal leaders who are blocking any sound, sane, constitutionally-legal approach to the problem. They are playing politics and hiding behind their accustomed politically correct shields. These liberals refuse to even consider any ideas such as armed security guards in our schools to protect our children. They refuse to consider making mental health records available to the instant check system siting privacy concerns. No, they choose to continue to attack our law abiding gun owners and our Constitution. So James, check your own house before you throw more stones.
It's a fact that most gun crimes are committed in cites like Chicago, Detroit, L.A., New Orleans and so on. The common factor is these are cities and states where liberal Democrats have had decades of control with among the strongest gun control laws in the nation. Yet James supports these political leaders and their policy's in blind obedience regardless of the decades of failure, suffering and injustice they create.
Criminals, by the way, do not get their guns at gun shows or gun stores, they steal them or get them from family members. Only about 1.5 percent come from legal purchases.
Regarding the supposed gun running from outside states without checks, it's at best all guess work, as no hard reliable numbers are available. And remember the biggest gun running scandal since Iran Contra has been Fast and Furious run by Eric Holder. Our liberal Attorney General has also declined to prosecute all but 44 attempted illegal purchases caught by the instant check system.
No James, you and your liberal friends need to start trying to take care of our at risk children rather then taking advantage of them after it's to late.
Steve Earle

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:05

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The SB-2 deliberative session is not at all like town meeting

To the editor,
Over the last week I have had the opportunity to speak with several residents who supported SB-2. After a brief, open and honest discussion of the pros and cons of both Town Meeting and SB-2 also known as RSA 40:13, I was horrified to discover how misinformed these people were on the matters of SB-2. I was told they were voting for SB-2 because they WANTED to keep Town Meeting! They understood the "deliberative session" in the SB-2 process to be the same thing as Town Meeting. There is nothing further from the truth!
SB-2's deliberative session is more like our current budget hearing, where we can expect between 35 – 50 people (the current year's attendance in surrounding SB-2 towns) to listen to the presentation of the Budget Committee and selectmen for the budget and warrant articles. Then at this meeting by majority vote of those in attendance everything is subject to change. Any article/warrant can and will change by the vote of those few people, even fewer than at Town Meeting. This will be the undoing of the 10+ months of work by those elected officials. A month following this deliberative session the voting of all issues and elected officials will happen in the voting booth, with "no opportunity" to ask questions regarding the meaning of any item.
Please make sure you understand for yourself the consequences of your vote. Make sure you get the facts! Don't vote for it because someone tells you the "deliberative session" is Town Meeting or is like Town Meeting, because IT IS NOT!
It may be time for us as a town to look at the options available to us in regards to governing; SB-2 is not the only alternative. It would make better sense to study all the options, as they did in Hillsboro, see what would be best for Sanbornton, and not just replace what we have with something broken. (One local town's default SB-2 budget was larger than the proposed current year budget. How do taxes decrease that way!)
Please do your homework and Vote NO to article 1, regarding SB-2, RSA 40:13. At Town Meeting ask for a study committee to review all the options.
Selectman Karen Ober

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:02

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