To The Daily Sun,
In response to the recent article and letter in the paper concerning the Gilmanton Fire Department,I would like to make the following observations:
Why are the selectmen relying on a warrant article from 2004 — a 10 year-old article? If the voters are important, why are selectmen preventing them from speaking out now?
Why are the Selectmen violating RSA 154:5, which gives the authority to the fire chief to manage the department?
Why has a $10K reduction in budget now become a $20K reduction?
Of course such a reduction cuts services. Of course such a change in policy is a way to micromanage the Fire Department. Of course this is personal attack on the fire chief. Of course personnel will feel undervalued and move on. Of course the fire chief's comments in his letter explain why the new policy is flawed.
I disagree that the selectmen are "acting in the best financial and public service interest of the town". I believe that the new policy is detrimental and dangerous. What if the Fire Department is not there when you need them?
If there are any complaints about the Fire Department, I have never heard them. In fact my personal experience is that the department is very efficient and professional and responds quickly to calls for service.
The selectmen should reconsider this policy adjustment, comply with the law, restore funding to the department, and allow the fire chief to do the job that he was hired to do.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:09
To The Daily Sun,
Electricity. It's everywhere. Where you live, where you work, where you shop, where you eat, where you play and where you pray. We depend on it to see, we depend on it to eat and we depend on it to heat.
Raising prices on electricity is like raising prices on gasoline or health care. I view electricity as an on/off switch but some view it as a necessity to live.
So, when I hear that electricity costs are about to rise year over year — as our government suggests. I expect things to be a lot worse.
Over the past year, you've heard me talk about how our electricity cost will rise — due to the development of wind turbines in this state.
(Remember, they'll be placed "in our state" to pass electricity to southern states at our expense.) I've told you how this is bad for our monthly bill. But what about everything else...like: mom and pop stores, schools, municipalities, churches, ice rinks, sporting events, concerts, hotels, restaurants, non-profits groups?
Utilities are a big share of expenses at these small places, and it's what makes the little business owners cry at the end of each month.
Businesses pass those expenses down to the consumer and municipalities, non-profits and churches suffer directly as a result. It's a struggle — a struggle that can alter our community.
So, ask yourself these questions: Would you mind paying more in taxes? Will you donate more money to churches or non-profits? Will you consistently donate school supplies? Will you start volunteering at non-profits? What will you do to help alter the costs?
I ask these questions because this is what southern states already do. Massachusetts towns have enacted a "pay to play" policy in schools for sports, music, arts, etc. Is that the model N.H. residents want to follow?
Are we ready to jump in their boat? Many of you moved up here to get away from that rat race... right? Or you make fun of it while watching the nightly news...right?
I look at wind turbines as having tentacles that reach deep into so many facets of our rural life: municipal, recreational but also economic.
It's not only about non-profits, it's also about business profits, jobs and a way of life. Remember an electricity bill hardly misses it's monthly destination and someone has to pay it...or the lights go out.
This is a lot bigger than just your monthly electrical bill.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:00
To The Daily Sun,
Belatedly, please allow me to thank the private motorists who stopped to render assistance at my December 9 accident on Route 3, just south of Plymouth.
In particular, my thanks goes out to the young man who tried to tow me out and lost his trailer hitch in the process. He refused to offer my reimbursement. The offer still goes if he has changed his mind.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:42
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to alert all parents and concerned citizens about the use and the availability of a dangerous product commonly called "incense", or "fakin'"
Also known as "Spice" or "K2". It is a synthetic marijuana product. It has serious addictive and side effects that case serious health and emotional consequences.
It has become a popular replacement of marijuana for several reasons.
It is not currently illegal to purchase or to consume/smoke. It can be purchased without consequence at certain convenience stores located right here in our community. It usually will not show up in blood work or urine samples for those who are monitored by their employers or under parole/probation requirements. But it isn't long before results of use show in personal behavior and appearance — obvious warning signs of drug use.
Now some details: incense is typically sold in shiny plastic pouches in a variety of colors and flavors, that contain about 4 grams of a herbal product which is sprayed with synthetic THC. It causes a high similar to marijuana, but often with much more serious side effects. Side effects that are common are seizures, tremors, stupor, vomiting, increased blood pressure/heart rate.
It is also very addictive which results in serious behavior changes that often lead to a person to be so addicted that daily living disintegrates. Because the addiction becomes the focus and all else becomes secondary. The results are often loss of employment, housing, criminal behavior and hospitalization.
Our local police departments are frustrated and concerned. It is difficult to stop the legal sale of this product. Once a particular formula is banned the ingredients are adjusted or changed just enough to avoid typical law enforcement efforts.
I speak from personal experience. I know three young people in their 20s who lives have been seriously affected. Loss of employment, hospitalization, and an arrest due to sealing money to pay for the incense. I have spoken to the Chief Chris Adams (Laconia Police), Chief Robert Cormier (Tilton Police) and Detective Raechel Moulton (Belmont Police). They are all deeply concerned and doing their best to find ways to stop the sale and use of incense. Again the problem is that it can be legally sold as the formulation is adjusted each time a particular formula becomes banned or becomes illegal to sell.
Therefore, I believe that this is a public health issue and a moral issue.
It's a public health concern because of the addictive qualities of incense and the serious health and emotional side effects. It is a moral issue because local store owners and proprietors are selling this product with the knowledge of its negative side effects and the desire of our local police departments to stop altered Incense from being sold. The sale of incense is real income booster for the stores because of the very high markup potential. Profits and staying in business are strong motivators in selling any product no matter its consequences.
If you are also concerned or have your own personal experience regarding incense, please consider taking some action to help our communities become free of this dangerous and addictive product. I know that the police officials I spoke to, all will welcome hearing from concerned citizens and family members. Also call your local clergy or state representatives and share your concern. If you know of a store that is selling incense for consumption/smoking. Please consider expressing your concern and that you may shop elsewhere.
For additional information, Google synthetic marijuana. Or go to: www.drugfreeaz.org Look up Synthetic Marijuana "Parent Alert".
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:38
To The Daily Sun,
First of all, Happy New Year everyone. After reading Steve Earle's December 31 letter on progressives and more power, it reminded me of a quote from the late great Jimi Hendrix: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will all know peace."
Words we should all live by.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:35