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KeepTrackofAgreement.org wants speedway to honor '89 deal

To The Daily Sun

In May of 1989 N.H. Motor Speedway signed an agreement with the Town of Loudon and Concerned Racetrack Neighbors. It was also signed by a Merrimack County Superior Court judge and recorded in the county's Registry of Deeds. The agreement set restrictions on many activities, including concerts, night racing and several types of racing events. As long as the property is used as a racetrack these stipulations must apply and Bruton Smith knew this when he purchased the track in 2007.

The covenant reads that it shall not permit any musical concerts of any type or description to be held on the premises currently known as "NHIS" except in conjunction with racing events. Now the track is proposing massive multi-day music festivals apart from any racing. They are asking Loudon for a special exception and a variance to use rural residential property in the back of its property, closer to neighbors, to hold the concerts and still use the commercial property for parking.

A new group of citizens, formed as KeepTrackofAgreement.org, is requesting the town enforce the 1989 agreement it signed for its citizens, abide by the current zoning and not allow 20,000 people to camp and concert for three days and nights, including a Sunday night, in our back and front yards. We are concerned about upholding the 1989 agreement and our safety in light of current events and a well-documented history of violence, crime, and even terrorism at large concerts. On June 22, NHMS will be presenting their request to the Loudon Zoning Board of Adjustment and we invite concerned citizens to attend.

Linda Cote


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Herb Vadney is now center of attention but we don't recognize him

To The Daily Sun,

There are voters that are disappointed in Republican Herb Vadney and his "No" vote to add four guards to the Belknap County Jail. Eight million dollars was expended to build an addition to the jail and now we can not staff the completed new prison.

The prisoners in the over-crowded portion of the old prison and those forced to occupy the attic and the 23 women in the 1898 portion residing in a mini-gym literally do not have a “pot to pee in." They do not have immediate access to a toilet facility. The conditions are dreadful. This is inhumane treatment. The collective consciousness of my buddies struggle with coming to terms with terrible conditions at the jail.

Americans have risen above the level of raw animal without feelings for others. Normally there is feeling for the trapped, oppressed, disenfranchised, weak, burdened and overloaded.

Mr Vadney claims he is principled and just. My breakfast buddies and I saw you as an honorable man and voted for you. You have a responsibility to honor your commitment to your constituency. Yet you ignore our pleas for reconsideration of your vote. Your efforts to hold the taxes down are noble. However, the jail holds more people in protective custody than any other jail in the state. Three quarters of prisoners are shipped out during Motorcycle Week. We pay other country jails to handle our overflow. This does not save us money. This is a cost item.

The current conditions at the prison are risk heavy and inhumane. Refugees living at Templhof Airport in Germany enjoy better living conditions until they are given more permanent residence. You were once admired as a man with incredible integrity only for us to discover you are not the warrior we expected. You have revealed your true nature. You have been transformed by nuanced political issues and complex political infighting and your public persona is altered. . What is your new popular appeal when you have no commitment to resolving the expensive foray of a new prison and horrors of the present living conditions.

My breakfast buddies wonder who you are. Our dilemma is not being able to recognize you. You are now the center of attention standing against popular appeal.

We ask you to renegotiate your relationship with the public by honoring your commitment to the public and opening the new addition with sufficient staff to operate it and get prisoners out of unendurable housing spaces.

Richard Gunnar Juve


  • Written by Mike Mortensen
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