To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter out of concern for the Gilmanton Year-Round Library.
As a non-reader I still realize the importance of a library. I do read, but most of my reading is how to make wine and manuals to repair my equipment at the vineyard.
As a landowner and resident of Gilmanton, I am very excited to have such a well run, fully operational library that is fully committed to our community. With such a nice faculty I find it attractive to our younger families as well as our older residents. What a great way to show future residents and outsiders that our community cares by ensuring we continue to have such a great library and facility to offer our community. Knowledge is a tool that should not be wasted.
I will gladly and proudly pay my taxes and whatever else it takes to give our community the year-round library. If we, as residents, do not care enough to give our best, then how can we expect younger families to stay and mature residents to have a place to enjoy.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:56
To The Daily Sun,
It is unfortunate that some of Joe Kenney's supporters were outraged that I "viciously attacked" the candidate. I certainly did not attack him personally nor did I attack his character. I do not know him. He probably is a very nice guy. And, I do thank him for serving his country. I also apologize for misspelling his name.
My characterization of Mr. Kenney as an "extremist" had nothing to do with him personally and certainly nothing to do with his honorable military record. The word "extremist" was merely descriptive and based solely on his political record.
Politicians who would deny a woman the right to make their own reproductive decisions (and Mr. Kenney has made it clear that it what he wants) are, in my view, "extreme" in the political sense, especially since the courts have repeatedly upheld that right.
That does not mean that he is not a good man, a patriot, or a good neighbor. It is simply descriptive of the views he has expressed as a New Hampshire state senator.
E. Scott Cracraft
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:05
To The Daily Sun,
Attention all Bristol residents:
Want to see what is wrong with Bristol's leadership and why your rents and property taxes keep going up up up? Just watch the Feb. 6 Bristol Selectboard video, especially part 2. Kudos to Garlyn Manganiello for bringing to light some serious problems with the town leadership who have apparently excluded our two new selectwomen from very important issues that I will address separately, but even more outrageous to me is what follows next.
Resident Paul Simard explains his concerns about the outrageous taxes and excessive spending in Bristol. He says the town of Weare has 9,000 residents, three times the size of Bristol, yet their total budget is only about $5,100,000 (similar to Bristol's budget), indicating that Bristol just spends too much. Paul asks the Board to review the Bristol ambulance contracts that provide 24/7 service to three neighboring towns for $30,000 each, when those towns would pay $300,000 to $400,000 each if they contracted their own ambulance service directly, and that Bristol taxpayers can't afford to pay for neighboring towns' ambulance service. He says, "Let's take care of our own and let other towns do the same." Sounds like common sense, right?
He says lots of people share his wife's sentiment to get the heck out of Bristol, but selling their home would mean losing a lot of money, assuming it sold. When he says Bristol doesn't sell as much property as neighboring towns (at 49:15 Part 2 of the video) one selectman whispers to another selectman, "Let him talk and talk and talk, is that the deal?" Really? A concerned taxpayer explains that they wish they could move from the town you are supposed to represent, but can't sell their house without losing money, assuming it would sell at all, due mainly to the outrageous spending causing high taxes in Bristol, and you don't want to listen to his pleas for five minutes? Isn't that our job as elected officials?
We should never turn a deaf ear to the people we are sworn to represent when they are pleading to stop spending their money faster than they can earn it or giving it away to other towns. Bristol residents, whether you own or rent, please get involved to stop the madness. When property taxes go up, so do rents. We need to reduce spending and lower taxes ASAP.
Please check out Newfound Area Taxpayers on facebook.com, come to Select Board meetings and make your voices heard. Bring your friends, family and neighbors to Meet the Candidates on March 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Minot-Sleeper Library. Kudos to Garlyn and all the courageous folks who show up regularly to try to bring some common sense and accountability to the leaders of Bristol. But we need everyone to stand up and fight to save our town now before it is too late. Please don't consider leaving Bristol for the same reasons. Let's work together to fix things now.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:01
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Moultonborough Town Meeting members,
Please vote for Article 15 at Town Meeting on March 15 to continue the town's support for the control of milfoil in our lakes and ponds.
We would like to thank the town for its past support to control milfoil. We live on Lees Pond and are very happy to report that real progress has been made on our pond because of the town's support and the countless hours spent by volunteers to do research, find the milfoil, contribute money, apply for grants, and try all kinds of treatments. Next summer we expect to control the milfoil in Lees Pond by finding and pulling small clumps of this invasive plant. There will be no need for herbicides.
We used to have markers for milfoil bobbing all over the pond. Now it is difficult to find any from a kayak. Knowledge gained from fighting milfoil on our pond is being used to control the weed on other lakes and ponds in New Hampshire.
Please vote for Article 15 at the Moultonborough Town Meeting, and thank you again for your past support.
Paula & Roland Young
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:58
To The Daily Sun,
Civil litigation is at a crossroad for the State of New Hampshire.
As a result of an election ballot counting error by Laconia officials, a petition, ProSe, was filed with the court in order to ensure that every vote cast shall be counted. (See Belknap County Superior Court Docket No. 211-2013-CV-00308)
The plaintiff prevailed and a recount was conducted, correcting the errors. The court order of November 19, 2013 stated, "The plaintiff's request for an award of costs is granted. The plaintiff, Pro Se, out-of-pocket expenses amounted to $280.76."
However, the City of Laconia would only reimburse the prevailing party the $280.76 conditional on completion of an IRS W-9 form, a form that is use to complete IRS 1099 form, used for income in excess of $600.
On January, 21, 2014, as a result of a rehearing, a new updated order was issued amending the order of November 19, 2013, "subject to the condition of the submission of a completed W-9 form to the defendant. If the plaintiff does not wish to submit the form, he can forego the award of costs."
This precedent, if upheld by the Supreme Court, will mandate that every award of cost will be conditional on the submission of a W-9 (Social Security number). The attorney and the client will have to submit SS# to separate income for services rendered (billable expense) from non-income (reimbursement) for expenses paid by after tax dollars.
How much of Laconia's property tax dollars will the City Council spend to keep the $280.76?
Thomas A. Tardif
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:54