To The Daily Sun,
Belmont, Northfield and Tilton residents need to weigh-in to protect our drinking water from expansion of the Bestway waste transfer station. The Bestway transfer site lies on top of a shallow aquifer, a fragile resource where water pools and flows underground close to the surface. Water supplies for Belmont, Northfield and Tilton are drawn from this aquifer with local people using 800,000 gallons per day.
Bestway wants to increase the transfer station's capacity from 153 tons to 600 tons of solid waste per day, bringing in trash from other areas. Potential for contaminants reaching our water supply would increase significantly with this proposed expansion of the Bestway transfer station. The transfer station is located off Route 140 in Belmont.
How can you help? Make your voice heard at a State Department of Environmental Services public hearing on March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Corner Meeting House located at 16 Sargent St. in Belmont. Or you can submit written comments by 4 p.m. on April 3 to New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH03301 or by email at swpublic.comment@des.
Here's more information go to: http:des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swmb/bdc.htm
So, what's the danger? Garbage contains heavy metals and contaminants that can seep through the sand and gravel on the surface and reach the shallow aquifer that is our water source. Transferring material from trucks or dumpsters isn't a surgical process, contaminants and toxins can be released. Bestway already had one fire and was caught storing and cleaning out portable toilets at this location previously.
Bestway was purchased by Casella Waste Systems from Rutland, Vt. Unfortunately, Casella has a record of bad-faith negotiations and poor performance with towns in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York over the last 20 years. According to a Letter to the Editor from Ginger Wells-Kay a year ago, I note that Toxic Actions Inc., a Boston environmental watch organization named Casella one of its annual Top Dirty Dozen polluters. Surely, we can learn from others and avoid the risk to our drinking water. What's more basic than that?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:17
To The Daily Sun,
Now that the votes are in and the signs are down, I want to thank the many citizens who opened their doors to me and spoke about various concerns in Meredith. I will keep your polite and helpful hints for further reference and discussion, as your voices are very important to me.
Thank you, Meredith voters, friends and neighbors, for the wonderful support and showing up to vote.
Congratulations to Ray Moritz and Bev Lapham for their first and second place wins to garner two of the four Selectboard positions.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:12
To The Daily Sun,
It is interesting how the present legislature is bent on compromising the rights of all workers in the workplace, whether in the private sector or government sector.
Current legislators are attempting not to provide the right to work, rather it is the right to freeload that is being promoted. Current employees in the government sector are paying what is called "fair share" fees in that the union bargained for their benefits and therefore "fair share" employees should assist in the finances of benefits bargained for on their behalf. It is not right that these hard-earned benefits be provided for all, while some do not pay their way. It is not a matter of choice, rather it is a responsibility that everyone pay for the benefits earned in the bargaining process.
It is also interesting, that many legislators are much more financially better off than most of the state employees, who are also represented by these legislators. In a way this is a class battle of the haves and not so fortunate. Therefore, not only does this right to work or right to freeload impact on full-fledged members, but everyone in the workforce, be it the private sector or the government sector. Wages that are held down is not the driving force of a healthy economy. Rather, by providing better wages as well as benefits, the economy is improved on a global level.
What happens is that when you increase people's wages, you increase their spending power. Not many people retain their hard-earned wages, but are spent on daily activities of life, food, shelter, heat, medical, and transportation. When these people have less to spend, there is less money entering the overall economy. In turn, with the increase of demands brought about by more spending, this means an increase in the need for more labor to help move the product of productions as well as increase the profits of either the businesses and their respective owners.
It is a proven fact, that economies are wage driven. Without people who have wages to spend, there is no economy. Today, based on rates of inflation, the minimum wage should be around $15-$16 an hour. These delays of improving our economy by increased hourly wage also impacts negatively on the work force that drives the economy. They do not have money, no one buys big companies products.
Therefore, freeloading does not help the economy, it hinders it. By forestalling increase of wages long overdue for all workers of both government and private sectors, the economy will be sluggish, if not going into a downward spiral. The unions in this state are critical to the improvement of this state's economy. Freeloading is not the answer. Rather, it is actually the detriment toward a positive direction of this state's financially picture, as well as further worsening the state's own government funding.
With improved wages, there is also decreased welfare spending, which in turn will reduces taxes of those paying into the system. In turn, people have a better perspective of themselves, their employer, and their government. It is a win-win situation for all parties, employees, employers, and the government sector. Vote "No" to the right to work.
Bob Joseph, Jr. RN, ASN, BA, EMT-I
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:09
To The Daily Sun,
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has said he was forming an "independent search committee" along with Justice Clarence Thomas to "pick a new Pope".
"I have no alternative," he continues, but to pick a Pope himself based on a "disturbing" interview with Pope Francis. It is rumored that Scalia is a member of Opus Dei, a renegade right-wing Catholic cult numbering about 100,000 worldwide. Its main tenants are that God is authoritarian and, therefore, Opus Dei adherents support dictatorial societies that women stand behind men in life, that mass should be held in Latin, and that God created a natural order of life where the rich are rich and the poor are poor. This divine order of inequality shouldn't be disrupted.
Unfortunately, these and other beliefs are basic to Scalia's rulings on the Supreme Court including his maniacal obsession with a rigid interpretation of the Constitution.
It brings to mind the writers of the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam — all of which forbid "idol" worship but over time the texts themselves become idols and many modern believers practice essentially book worship also known as bibliolatry.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:06
To The Daily Sun,
To say that I am outraged at the disrespectful and completely inappropriate comments made by state Rep. Warren Groen of Rochester last week to a group of fourth-grade students from Lincoln H. Akerman School in Hampton Falls is a gross understatement.
These young children worked hard, both in school and on their own, to create a bill which would name the red-tailed hawk as the official state raptor. What a seemingly fantastic real-world experience to understand the workings of government, from the inception of an idea for a bill to its ultimate acceptance or defeat. Did Rep. Groen spoke to the measure and to the children on a fourth-grade level? Absolutely not. He chose to shoot their bird out of the sky by treating them as adults, using as a crutch the argument that he didn't know if free speech should be limited or if the attendance in the gallery should.
Are you kidding me, Rep. Groen? Do you honestly believe that by stating your belief that the bird "would serve as a much better mascot for Planned Parenthood" due to its aggressive hunting methods was even remotely appropriate? It is quite clear from both his platform and voting record, Rep. Groen has an anti-abortion agenda. To allude to this at such a time, in front of a young audience who don't even understand the concepts of abortion or Planned Parenthood, is repugnant.
The message that he sent to these young, conscientious students was nothing short of discouraging. What child going forward would feel comfortable or have the desire to participate in politics when their hard work has been mocked and translated into an adult agenda that they didn't even understand?
As a member of the Republican Party, I must say that you do not speak for me, sir, nor do I support the callous and cruel remarks you made which were aimed at such an innocent group of children. Bullseye! You are a disgrace not only to the party, but to humanity itself. Shame on you, Rep. Warren Groen!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:58