To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to Meredith residents:
After much consideration I have decided not to seek re-election to a fourth term as a member of the Meredith Selectboard in the upcoming 2015 Town Elections. With nearly 30 years of service to the residents of Meredith and Inter-Lakes School District it is time to turn "the reins over" to other interested Meredith residents committed to public service and guidance of the future of our wonderful town.
My stewardship as your selectman has been challenging at times but totally overwhelmed by the many opportunities to have served with the most capable administrative team headed by Town Manager Phil Warren and our department leaders team, and of course with the continuous support of all our town employees! Meredith is also very fortunate to have so many capable and dedicated volunteers carrying out the duties of the many boards, committees and positions lending support and guidance to ensuring that Meredith remains such a wonderful place to call home.
I what to thank the Meredith residents for having placed their faith and support in me and to ensure them that it has been an honor and a privilege to have served the Town of Meredith. Without the support of my wife, Laurie, and my family this experience would have not been possible.
Peter F. Brothers
Meredith Board of Selectmen
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:13
To The Daily Sun,
I recently read state Sen. Forrester's newsletter about the upcoming budget cycle. Certainly the last budget was a great improvement over the one before that. Sen. Forrester rightly touts its support for higher education, for example. (Yet she must realize constituents do remember her party was in power when all the cuts were made!) The bi-partisan budget corrected some of the worst effects of the prior one and it will likely close in balance. That is all good.
This spring the Legislature must create a new budget to meet the needs of New Hampshire's citizens and businesses. Sen. Forrester, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, has a big role to play. Over the past 14 years our population has grown by 7 percent while revenues have decreased 5 percent.
But New Hampshire's needs have not decreased. Over a third of our roads are in poor condition, as are our bridges. Waits are longer than ever in the courts and state offices. More and more state costs have been transferred to the town or county level, increasing our property taxes tremendously. The future requires investing now!
Sen. Forrester disagreed with my concern expressed at the Meredith forum last fall that New Hampshire has a structural deficit, that there's not enough revenue to meet New Hampshire's needs. She says no, we have a spending problem. Lately she stated lawmakers should not raid the designated funds, fees collected from citizens and set aside for specific purposes. I agree. She must know, however, that so many past legislatures raided them because otherwise there simply was not enough revenue to balance the budget. So where will Sen. Forrester and the Legislature find the revenue to close the gap this time?
Rep. Ames and Sen. Feltes have proposed that the Legislature close some inadvertent tax loopholes. Businesses are converting from corporations to limited liability companies because LLC profits are not currently taxed. Wealthy citizens are creating trusts whose interest and dividends are not subject to tax.
Closing those two loopholes would bring our revenues up without imposing new taxes.
Senator Forrester, please support this proposal.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:10
To The Daily Sun,
Poor James Veverka.
"In God We Trust" was put first on the two-cent piece in 1864.
The only coins in the 1950s with "In God We Trust" were commemorative coins.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:07
To The Daily Sun,
In roundabouts, vehicles travel counterclockwise around a raised center island, with entering traffic yielding the right-of-way to circulating traffic. In urban settings, entering vehicles negotiate a curve sharp enough to slow speeds. The McFarland Johnson presenter at the Meredith Selectboard workshop specified that speed to be 15-18 mph in the Meredith application. Within the roundabout and as vehicles exit, slow speeds are maintained by the deflection of traffic around the center island and the relatively tight radius of the roundabout and exit lanes.
Modern roundabouts are much smaller than older traffic circles or rotaries and require vehicles to negotiate a sharper curve to enter than their older counterparts did. These two differences are what make travel speeds in roundabouts slower than speeds in traffic circles. The lower speeds mean reduced severity of accidents when they occur.
Roundabouts promote safety in several ways. The most common types of intersection crashes are right-angle, left-turn, and head-on collisions. The severity of collisions increases with vehicle speed. These types of crashes are mitigated in roundabouts because vehicles travel in the same direction at speeds less than 20 mph. Replacement of traffic signals with roundabouts can reduce the likelihood of rear-end crashes and their severity by removing the incentive for drivers to speed up as they approach traffic signals and by reducing abrupt stops at red lights. Do we have issues with the number of crashes in downtown or their severity?
Relative to other age groups, senior drivers are over-involved in intersection crashes. Older drivers' intersection crashes often are due to their failure to yield the right-of-way. Traffic flow at roundabouts is both slower and uni-directional, making the consequence for failing to yield is less severe. Particular problems for older drivers at traditional intersections include left turns and entering busy thoroughfares from cross streets. Roundabouts eliminate these situations entirely.
With that said, roundabouts themselves can be confusing. Extra signage and street marking is recommended as part of their use. When multiple roundabouts are placed in close proximity it amplifies driver uncertainty. Uncertainty is not an aid to traffic safety. Making combination two lane- one lane-roundabouts has very limited data available for review. Placing a combination two lane- one lane-roundabout sandwiched between two smaller single-lane roundabouts is likewise a lightly studied application.
To the extent that you agree with lowering the speed limit on Interstate 93 down to 55 mph you probably agree that roundabouts are a safety aid. With that said there is very limited information available on the effect of placing multiple roundabouts in a relatively concentrated area as is being proposed in Meredith. There is a reason why McFarland Johnson and NHDOT do not want to own the recommendation for placing three roundabouts in downtown Meredith. Sometimes balance between safety and other considerations is struck ... that's one reason the speed limit on Interstate 93 is 70 not 55.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:02
To The Daily Sun,
When ever I see Pat Buchanan's column I move right to the computer and load my google search engines. I know what he says will be a mixture of truth and lies. The lies will mostly be something anti-Democratic. In Friday's column for instance he talks about the riots of the 1960s to infer they were caused by the Democrats and the protests from Ferguson and New York to include and blame Sharpton, Holder and Obama. But some fact checking always helps in cases like this.
The riots of Watts started from a DUI and both Newark and Detroit were based on poverty and basic living conditions. The Newark riot was because, well, what do you expect from Jersey. The Detroit riot started at an after-hours bar while a group of people were celebrating the return of two GIs home from Vietnam. The governor of Michigan was Romney's father, so he should shoulder some of the blame. The riots after the assassination of MLK were the last of them and were terrible as I remember them. Buchanan refers to the election of LBJ before these riots occurred. So, I assume that because LBJ was a Democrat he was to blame.
Regarding the protest marches in NYC, Buchanan goes out on a limb saying the marchers were associating the police with the KKK while they were calling for "dead cops". Again, it never happened. The dead cop comment was something FOX News spliced together from previous broadcasts. Just ask Clayton Morris. But Buchanan only wants to divide and incite. The social revolution of the 1960s brought a lot of changes and made our country better.
Since then the GOP has done nothing outside of trying to bring us back to the 1950s. That we can't let happen but in order to stop it you have to vote and hope it's not too late. This column by Buchanan who, did win the New Hampshire GOP primary back in 1996 but has been a consistent loser ever since, I give little credence to.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:57