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Majority of folks don't bother with the sand-box politics of Moultonborough

To The Daily Sun,

Here's another response which insinuates the Moultonborough version of the "democratic process." Is this the whine, expressed by the junta at the 2016 Town meeting?

Ahhh! Yes, another "whine and cheese" cry, in the town that wants to "market itself." Still in search of what it is trying to peddle! The whine is familiar, but cheese does smell, however!

What other town allows a member of the governing body (selectboard) to have a personal "soapbox" to bleat personal opinion, as though it was dogma? There's the MoBoSpeaks Bog (sic) to sell the cheese:

Regarding some Bog rants regarding the petition for a Sspecial Town Meeting:

— "Please say no thanks when asked to sign.

— "The public does have a right to know: A quick note on a few recent comments about possible petitions for special town meetings. I don't support what I have been told may be coming, but just as citizens have the right to petition for a special town meeting, the public also has the right to know who signs these petitions. If there is a proper petition, it will be posted here on the blog."

— "Asking who signed this petition is a legitimate question. I want to know who is responsible for again causing dis-sensation in this town. I am certain it is the same list of usual suspects that complain constantly and do nothing to help. Special meeting will cost MY tax dollars and all because this small group thinks that the selectmen aren't doing a good job. I think they are and I am sure many more do as well."

Translated ... Hunt them down and punish the heretics!

Oddly, the MoBoSpeaks Bog comments are usually "Anonymous." The Bog doesn't allow any contrary opinion. It is censored, by not posting dissent. So much for the "democratic whine." Why don't these brave souls use their real names? See below!

You must use your name for a simple letter to the editor! It must be the Bog's firm convictions of fair play, truth, justice, and the MoBo way.

The frequent use of the word "I" (sounds like eye) is more than a common phenomenon, in the Bog. The MoBo version of the Illuminati, lean toward the conspiracy theorist philosophy: if you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffled them with you know what.

Don't know if it'll help, but I'm (oops, an "I") not part of any group. No relation to the renowned MoBo version of the "Hatfields and the McCoys," nor any other town inbreeding specimen. Just an independent resident who bought town property back in the 70s, became a resident in 1996, and enjoys the Lakes Region, notwithstanding the "screams of the wounded banshees" now and then, in the MoBo village square (circle).

There just might be something to getting out of town for a few months a year. Beats watching town hysterics.

The town, one of the more property-rich, with all that lakefront, does have one of the lowest tax rates in the state. The majority of folks don't bother with the sand-box politics. For a town of around 4,000 with around 3,700-3,900 registered to vote, it's a good place to call home. That number of registered voters seems high, especially when 250-350 voters show up at Town Meeting.

Although a couple hundred folks rule the town, a big thank you to those non-resident MoBo taxpayers who pay taxes, but cannot vote.

Joe Cormier

Moultonborough

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LRGH nursing staff hasn't seen increase in pay in about 5 years

To The Daily Sun,

"Nothing is as good or bad as it seems."

Confidence is the most important behavior to carry in the face of big decisions needing to be made.

"While total revenues slipped by less than a million to $217.8 million, expenses rose by $11 million, salaries and benefits grew by $7 million, an increase of 5.7 percent, to $129.9 million, or 56 percent of operating expenses, which is in keeping with industry standards."

This paragraph in the story of the LRGHealthcare's annual meeting which appeared in The Daily Sun on April 29 stood out to me in Micheal Kitch's article. It was said that it is a thorough and accurate report.

What caught my eye was: "Salaries and benefits grew by $7 million."  This is outstanding news. However, nursing staff have not have an increase in pay or benefits in about five years. In fact, this year's benefits don't seem to be as good as last year's. So the question still stands. Where did that money come from and who got it?

Did it come from the last two sets of layoffs within a year of each other? Was some of it from the email (the) staff received from our CEO asking for donations to the hospital around the Christmas holiday? Or does the continued daily staff call-offs help contribute to this $7 million salary increase? That's a lot of money.

Confidence is hard for the "front line" to experience when you read about the growth in salaries and benefits. It leaves questionable doubt to the reasoning behind the layoffs and staff call-offs.

Many staff members are moving on from LRGH and seeking work elsewhere, or working a second job because we can't afford not to. If positions need to be filled, hiring will cost us money.

I'm clearly not a politician, nor could I ever be one. We are not in your shoes and you're not in ours.

For the front-line (workers), things seem bad, not good.

Another personal note to those on the front lines: Standing still never got anyone anywhere. Making the wrong decision is better than not making one at all. The mental strength you need on a daily basis to accomplish a day's health care work is a work of art of its own. We don't need others' confidence. We have our self-confidence and know our self-worth. With that comes with great beauty and strength. This leaving you capable of bigger and better things.

Elizabeth Lacroix
Gilford

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