A fault of our Marital Master's system is there's no place to file grievance

To The Daily Sun,

Divorce is an emotional and stressful process which can be eased by the Family Court system through the introduction of mediation, fairness and emphasis on settlements, whereby the parties can begin new lives. However, the New Hampshire Family Court system has Marital Masters who are reviewed every three years only by their peers and not by an independent review board. Marital Master positions were recently cut from the court and drop off as their contracts expire. The court then came up with marital referees to fill the void. Every Marital Master who was not renewed, and has not retired or become a judge, has been rehired as a Marital Referee. These referees are considered employees and are protected from sanction. This presents serious flaws in the system whereby Marital Masters (or referees) become powerful individuals who hold the future of emotionally damaged parties in their hands and make rulings without checks and balances and thereby destroy lives.

Take the case in Cheshire County where Thomas Ball, driven to distraction by Marital Masters and the Family Courts wrote a manifesto, and then set himself on fire on the court steps. He died to prove his point and try to prevent others from the wrath of the Family Court's injustices.


In another case in Belknap County, the Marital Master made rulings and then ruled against his own rulings which caused great confusion. For example he stated in the final decree that both parties made about equal income, yet while the divorce was pending ordered the husband to pay property taxes on all four properties. Then, when the appraiser grossly over-appraised personal items of which approximately 90 percent were items owned solely by the husband, the Marital Master said, "... if there's a debate about whether the values are fair values for all the personal property that there is to be divided, then I can't use the values in connection with the overall property distribution" yet turned around and used the values in the Final Decree.

Adding to the confusion, the Marital Master ordered the man's tools that he makes a living with sold at auction in order to determine their true value for the property distribution worksheet. The collection of tools and personal property were overvalued for an estimated $52,000 yet brought only $1,700 at auction.

The appraisal "values" were approximately six times the actual value of the items.

The man's metal lathe, for instance, was appraised for $1,200, and yet brought only $200 at the auction. The Marital Master refused to adjust the figures to accurately reflect their value after the auction results. This in turn left the man without means to make a living, ruined his 35 year successful and reputable business, and saddled him with a large amount to pay his ex-wife instead of a lower accurate amount. The court denied efforts to correct the amount although it had the power to correct the mutual mistake of the disparity in values. The man is now being forced to sell his home which includes his motorcycle repair shop/state inspection station because the amount was so large.

Belknap County had another case that turned deadly when the man shot himself over the Marital Master's rulings in his divorce.

One of the faults of the system is that grievances have no place to be filed.

State Representative, Michael Sylvia, of Belmont, stated "Our constitution (P. 1, A. 31 ) requires the Legislature to assemble for the redress of public grievances. Since 2013 the committee to hear petitions for redress has been dissolved. I find it troubling that this most important responsibility has been diminished to filing petitions away in folders without addressing and resolving public grievances. We must follow our duty spelled out in Article 31 lest the people refer back to Article 31 lest the people refer back to Article 10."

It is time for residents in this state, our elected officials and the governor to step up and support a bill that would revamp the system and insist on marital referees to be evaluated by an independent review board and to be held accountable and not escape sanctions. It may not be too late for the man in Belknap County to have his house saved through intervention of a public official. Perhaps someone will step up to the plate and put an end to the injustices happening every day.

New Hampshire's Family Courts should not be deadly. They should be part of a system that makes separation for couples and families a fair and just process that treats individuals with empathy and respect.

Those who have or are currently experiencing similar injustices by the New Hampshire Family Courts can call their local state representative.

Nancy Childress, Esq.

Bangor, Maine

(Formerly of Gilmanton)


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I'd say stick a fork in Hillary Clinton's campaign, she's done

To The Daily Sun,

My fellow townie, Henry Osmer wants to know if Russ Wiles ever served in the military like he did. Why, Henry is that relevant to any discussion about Obama, who did not, or the Clintons who did not, or any of the rest of the big-shot liberals you worship so ardently? Well just to set your mind at rest both Russ and I did serve and have our DD-214s to prove it.

As for the ridiculous comment about Obama not giving a birth certificate to The Daily Sun, Henry fails to say that Obama failed to provide one to The New York Times, Washington Post , CNN MSNBC, or, well anyone for over a year. Am I wrong about that Henry? Also we have yet to see his college transcripts, grades, travel documents or just about anything about him. Am I wrong again Henry? If not, how come? Just curious Henry, who is Barry Soetoro anyway?

Rambling along now, I hear all the the Clinton supporters telling anyone who will listen that Mrs. Clinton told the truth, never lied about her servers. Someone please provide these people with dictionaries as they obviously missed those portions of their educations. Hillary changes her stories more often then most people change their underwear.

Watching some late night talk show hosts doing their monologues much of their sharpest jokes are directed right at Hillary. Audience responses are to explode in applause and laughter. You have to believe these normally liberal-leaning shows are an indicator of how real folks view her. I'd say stick a fork in the old buzzard, she's done. But then these Clinton's keep rising like monsters from old B-movies. I do think this latest (scandal) will show if we actually have a valid criminal justice system or not, because General Petraeus was convicted of the same thing but at far lower level of seriousness. So are big shot, rich politicians above the law?

Steve Earle


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2016 election will offer one last chance to take our country back

To The Daily Sun,

Just want to know how New Hampshire is feeling about Donald Trump? He is saying everything we all feel. What he says is right on the money. Those others are only interested in the money they get from the people they will have to owe favors to their whole time in office. With Trump he needs no ones money. He is not the same old politician that we all know and do not love. I do not care what party it is; they are the same. Talk and no action.

So we need someone who is not the same old same. As far as Hillary goes. She should be in jail for what she has done. If anyone votes for her we will have eight more years of Obama. Is that what you want to see happen? I do not think you do. Then we really can kiss the U.S.A. goodbye if Hillary gets in.

So think well before you vote. This is the last chance to take America back. It is a game of who can you trust anymore. Not Hillary or Bush. The dynasty needs to stop.

Anna DeRose

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Outpouring of support for Colonial project has been tremendous

To The Daily Sun,

Hard to believe it has already been one month since we acquired the Colonial Theater building!

I thought this would be a great time to provide a brief update as the Belknap EDC (Economic Development Council) has been very busy on a number of tracks. One of the first items we are moving quickly with is an environmental Phase II study. We have applied for grant funding and hopefully this fall you will see us removing the underground oil storage tank (UST) that lay beneath the ground in the alley on Canal Street. It is our understanding it was closed in place and we will need to remove this as one of our first priorities prior to redevelopment. We have also secured the building and introduced ourselves to our new tenants. Bayside Property Support Services has been hired to manage the property. Rob Wichland, Chris Kelly, and their team are doing a great job and have been excellent to work with.

The outpouring of public support has been tremendous and we want to provide as much communication as possible throughout the project. Over 50 people have offered their time and talent to assist with our planning/building and fundraising committee. Our board decided to create these two committees and involve not only Belknap EDC board members but community members with diverse backgrounds and experience. The building committee has met twice already and the discussions have been very productive. We are looking forward to draft plans to not only bring the theater back but to optimize its functionality for a multitude of uses. Our website will also include all pertinent activities, timelines and photos of the project as we move forward. Our project developer, Steve Horton, has begun guiding us down the planning path. Steve is leading our building committee and has over 30 years of project management experience including the renovation of the Keene Colonial Theater. RFQs (Request for Qualifications) for both project architect and construction manager have recently been advertised. Due date for these are September 8th at which time we will look to narrow the field, make a selection, and have them both join our building committee.

Our fundraising committee should start up within the next few weeks. We have made positive advances toward obtaining historic tax credits as well as new market tax credits. These efforts continue side-by-side with the planning phase under the leadership of our executive director, Justin Slattery.

We hope to include as many individuals as possible in a variety of activities going forward. If you have offered to assist in any way, and we have not reached out to you just yet, please be patient. We will be in touch!

Randy Eifert, Chair
Belknap Economic Development Council

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Absurd request to put myself in place of a miserable deserter

To The Daily Sun,

Oh, Henry, when did you start working for the Center for the Study of Absurdity? Looking at the way you worded your recent letter Mr. Osmer, one might think you have become Mr. Veverka's right hand man.

To answer your question, yes I did serve in the military, with the U.S. Army. Basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., and Advanced Individual Training as a missile repair parts specialist at Fort Lee, Va. I spent a year at Fort Hood, Texas, as a company clerk. I also spent nearly 15 months in the Republic of Vietnam from July 1970 to September 1971. I was the company clerk for the 59th Engineering Company(Land Clearing), aka the Bushwackers.

You asked me to put myself in the place of Bowe Bergdahl. You have just asked me to do the impossible. I would never have deserted my company while serving my country. I can only imagine the shame I would feel knowing that my Commander-in-Chief just released five top Taliban terrorist leaders to get my sorry butt back. And then honoring my dereliction of duty by having my parents stand in the Rose Garden while President Obama touted this embarrassing trade as some heroic achievement. Just the thought of that happening after I could have so cowardly left my company high and dry has left me feeling extremely nauseous.

Speaking of that marvelous Rose Garden ceremony. Henry, do you know what Robert Bergdahl, Bowe's father said in Arabic? Probably not, so let me enlighten you. "Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim". Translation: "In the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful." He also uttered the word, "basmallah," which is an Islamic expression of victory. Our president smiled when he heard those words. Robert Bergdahl also said, "I'm your father Bowe" after informing the world that he was speaking in Arabic because his son was having trouble understanding English. Walid Shoebat, a former radicalized Muslim and former member of the PLO, has this information in case you would like to learn just a little bit about the Bergdahls before you ask me such an asinine question.

Oh, by the way Henry, Col. Allen West also captured a Tweet by Robert Bergdahl before he deleted it. "I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen." Have you heard of the word, "Taqiyya" Henry? It refers to religious dissimulation where Muslims are allowed to deny their faith under duress. It allows them to commit illegal and blasphemous acts. It originated in the Qur'an. Of course now, radicalized Muslims use stealth jihad for just about any reason to attack, rape, behead and set on fire the infidel.

So perhaps Henry, you now have some realization about how absolutely absurd your question to me was, about putting myself in the place of a miserable deserter. Now I realize it probably doesn't seem like such a crazy question to those on the "left". Those being the ones who hate those who fight evil. I would rather die playing the role of the "sheepdog" than live in fear as the timid "sheep". But oh, Henry, "Et tu Brute"? Are you really siding with those who would betray their country? The ones who live in this country, yet despise it to the core of their being? Henry, oh please say it ain't so. Assure me you are on the side of the courageous soldier and not the the cowardly and likely traitorous Bowe.

Russ Wiles


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