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Statewide property tax relief available for low and moderate incomes

To The Daily Sun,

The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration's has alerted low- and moderate-income homeowners that they may receive State Education Property Tax relief by applying with Form DP-8 for such relief during the annual filing period — after May 1, 2015, but no later than June 30, 2015.

The Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief provisions were designed to lessen the economic burden of the State Education Property Tax on certain taxpayers. In 2014, more 10,200 claims were submitted and more $2.02 million of property tax relief was distributed to valid claim applicants, resulting in an average of approximately $200 of State Education Property Tax Relief per household.

New Hampshire residents may now apply for property tax relief for year 2014 during the filing period - after May 1, 2015, but no later than June 30, 2015 if they:

— Own a homestead subject to the State Education Property Tax.

— Resided in the homestead as of April 1, 2014.

— And have a total household income of $20,000 or less if a single person (or $40,000 or less if married or head of household).

Application Forms and Instructions - Low & Moderate Program — are available on the N.H. Department of Revenue Administration's web site at http://revenue.nh.gov/forms/low-moderate.htm where Form DP-8 may be filed online or copies printed.

Older versions of the Form DP-8 will not be accepted by the department. The 2014 Form DP-8 with instructions and Frequently Asked Questions brochures are also available at most local municipal offices. In addition, many New Hampshire libraries allow residents to utilize their computer Internet services to complete and print a Form DP-8 for submission by mail (Low & Moderate Income Homeowner's Property Tax Relief, PO Box 299, Concord, NH 03302-0299).

Residents who do not have access to the Internet or who cannot pick up a form at their local municipal office may request a Form DP-8 by calling the Department's Forms Line at (603) 230-5001. Other numbers listed online to call are (603) 230-5920 or (603)230-5947.

Granite State residents can find more information about the Low & Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program and check the status of their application on the department's website (www.revenue.nh.gov). One of the most common reasons an applicant may see a delay in the response is due to lack of proper attachments. Completed claim forms must be accompanied by a copy of the 2014 final tax bill from the municipality where the applicant resides along with a copy of the applicant's 2014 federal income tax return (1040-EZ, 1040A,etc). Applicants are reminded that the N.H. Department of Revenue Administration is a state taxing agency and cannot determine an individual's federal tax liability. If you are unsure whether you are required to file federally, you may contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. If you are not required to file with the IRS, you may check a box on the Form DP-8 indicating this.

Homesteads held in trust must also be verified by submission of the trust document, but may still qualify for relief.

Be kind. Print a copy for a friend.

Dorothy Duffy

Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:39

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Don't want to wait for liberal Utopia? Move to Cuba or North Korea

To The Daily Sun,

Since Ed Allard concedes my main allegation, what is the point of his letter of April 29? Perhaps he just wanted a platform for name-calling intended to intimidate people into accepting leftists' efforts to undermine the Judeo-Christian values that underlie our free, prosperous, and peaceful society.

Supporting my point about the great difficulty of being able to use the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) to justify discrimination, Allard says that courts have consistently held against anyone attempting to use an RFRA to justify discrimination. I would say a zero record of success is clear evidence of great difficulty.

Allard apparently wants to mislead readers into believing that the Indiana RFRA allows almost casual discrimination without possible legal penalty just because someone thinks his "religious freedom is likely to be violated." That is false.

Nevertheless, Allard says many of the politicians who passed the 1993 Federal RFRA support his claim. Does support from politicians really strengthen anyone's argument? What did these politicians tell us about Obamacare? Lies. And, apparently there are politicians who believe the opposite.

Quoting from the Indiana RFRA to show the intent of the law, "A person whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened, by a violation of this chapter may assert the violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding...."

The "likely to be substantially burdened" simply means that you can go to court before you are harmed. For example, if a law required that everyone, or certain people, be tattooed, and if someone felt that being tattooed was likely to substantially burden his/her religious exercise, he/she could go to court before being tattooed ... where he might or might not succeed in his attempt to avoid being tattooed.

It is ridiculous to argue that someone who hasn't been harmed by a law, but feels he might be, would be more successful in court than someone who actually has been or is being harmed by that law.

Despite Allard's claim to the contrary, the attitude behind the Indiana RFRA is the opposite of the attitude behind the Jim Crow laws. The attitude behind the RFRAs is to protect peoples' rights, to support their First Amendment right. The attitude behind the Jim Crow laws was the desire to take away peoples' rights, i.e., to subjugate others.

Allard approves of denial of service (discrimination) as long as he gets to determine the criteria (which apparently excludes religious freedom concerns). In Allard's world you can't deny a service because it violates your principles and firmly held beliefs that such actions support harming people and society. But, you could deny that service by claiming it is to avoid inciting violence (perhaps from the Christians that scare so many leftists, and who, in the name of their religion, apparently are constantly committing violent acts — that the media must be hiding from us).

This whole discussion began with the false charges that the Indiana RFRA allows discrimination against gays. That fantasy was created to smear Indiana's successful governor and potential presidential candidate and as an attack on America's Judeo-Christian values which are the basis for our freedoms, prosperity, and peaceful society.

Despite Allard's objection, the trumped-up attack on the Indiana RFRA is just another piece of the leftists' war to destroy the influence of our Judeo-Christian religion in our society. Leftists have fought to eliminate prayer from public schools, our military academies, and public events, to remove the Ten Commandments from public buildings, to remove religious monuments and displays from public lands, to stop private Bible reading or private Bible study groups during free time in public schools, to force hiring people whose behavior violates the religious principles of the employer, to limit the ability of military chaplains to proclaim their Christian beliefs, to force pastors to submit their sermons to government, threaten the tax-exempt status of religious colleges that oppose same-sex marriage, and on and on and on. Unfortunately, leftists have been successful in many areas.

John Adams warned, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Leftists try to destroy our Judeo-Christian values which underlie our freedom, prosperity, and peaceful society. But these values stand in the way of leftist success in instituting the government they envision where "smart", "caring", and "honest" people like themselves control our lives, let us keep the part of our earnings that they think we deserve, and make all our decisions for us because they know what is best for us.

Anyone who wants to live in such a Utopia doesn't have to wait, they already exist. Our borders are open. Cuba, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea, and similar utopian countries will surely welcome you.

Don Ewing

Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:32

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Fossil fuels are finite and horrible polluters of water and air

To The Daily Sun,

I just saw an interesting piece from the Bloomberg News website, stating that investment in renewable energy has overtaken investment in oil, gas, and coal combined. Some people with lots of money apparently consider renewable energy a good bet. Read about it at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-14/fossil-fuels-just-lost-the-race-against-renewables.

This isn't only about climate change, it's also about increasing costs of extraction, and the fact that fossil fuels are finite and horrible polluters of air and water.

Karen Barker
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:26

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Democrats are not ever going to stop sharpening their hate tool

To The Daily Sun,

One thing is for sure, Obama and the liberal media can't lay blame for the burning and looting of Baltimore on some all-white police force, or all white local government. That was the implicit explanation given by Obama's Justice Department for the race riots in Ferguson after the killing of a young black man there. Baltimore is not some city inhabited only by blacks but policed primarily by whites. Sixty-three percent of Baltimore is black and 40 percent of the police force is black. The police commissioner is black, the mayor is black, the previous mayor was black and so is the majority of the city council.

The same comparison can be made in countless, other large American cities where crime rates are in the stratosphere including Chicago, Cleveland. Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. These are all cities where black mayors are in charge, black police chiefs are in charge and black school superintendents are in charge. All cities where for decades black leaders have held sway over large black populations. Still crime, looting and murder are endemic to these cities.

No matter these basic facts Democrats will be doing their very best to lay the blame for this tragedy in Baltimore at the feet of white privilege and racism. Far left political writer Susan Estrich has already been in The Daily Sun trumpeting exactly that. Allegations, accusations and innuendo of racism (just as in Ferguson) never stop because playing the race card can win elections no matter the absence of honesty to them. How many people have been accused of racism in this paper simply because they strongly oppose the polices of Barack Obama? Allegations of racism are a conclusion of political convince for the far left having to defend Obama's dismal failure on economic issues and foreign policy. Recall, his own party would not even be seen with him in the last election.

Who causes me the most sorrow and deepest despair? The poor and the black. The Democratic party has been their supposed advocate, champion and protector since FDR's sure-fire recipe for equality he called The New Deal in the 1930s and '40s. Followed by LBJ's Great New Society of the '60s with even louder screams they would solve the problems of the poor and blacks.

Let Democrats admit the horrendous and total failure of those two great men and their policies if Hillary Clinton runs on another can't miss campaign with sure-fire remedies to cure inequality and turn the tide of pain and suffering for blacks. Are the poor and the blacks gullible enough to swallow the hook, line and sinker of another Trojan horse from the Democratic Party once again echoing the failed promises of FDR, LBJ and JFK? The truth is those men only worsened the lives of the poor and the blacks over the past 70 years. If their policies worked why are blacks burning down Baltimore, and why is "inequality" the only word in Hillary's election dictionary?

That the poor and blacks must hate, dislike and distrust those more well off, no matter what year in history is critical to a thriving and successful Democratic Party. Why would anyone think Democrats are ever going to stop sharpening their most effective political tool, hate, envy and division for political advantage? If I am wrong, how is it after 70 years of promising to deliver the poor and blacks they are now worse off than at any point in history? The poor are not going to decrease in numbers, and the challenges of the blacks is never going to vanish. If poverty, racism, envy and the seeds of division sown by Democrats stopped the Democratic Party would disappear with them.

Tony Boutin

Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:22

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Froma Harrop - Let the states make drug law

WASHINGTON — Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission — trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana.

Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted. "The war on drugs," he tells them, "has been the most immoral policy since slavery and Jim Crow."

Conservatives hear a different argument, but one that Wooldridge holds every bit as dear: "Give it back to the states."

This is a case for states' rights, a doctrine to which conservatives habitually declare their loyalty. It is based on the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says that powers not delegated to the federal government are given to the states or to the people. In fact, states had jurisdiction over marijuana until 1937.

Co-founder of a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Wooldridge leaves no doubt where he stands on the war on drugs. End it all. That means no more U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. No more federal SWAT teams invading suburban backyards. No more DEA agents shooting from helicopters.

Today the war on drugs costs taxpayers $12 billion a year just for the enforcement part. Meanwhile, the loss of income for the millions of ordinary Americans made nearly unemployable after being caught with a joint can't be counted. "You could close half the prisons in the country if you ended prohibition," Wooldridge says. He now focuses only on marijuana, which he dismisses as "little green plants." And he doesn't use the L-word — that is, legalization.

If Washington state and Colorado legalize marijuana for recreational use (and they have), that's fine with him. If 21 other states, from Maine to Hawaii, choose to allow marijuana only for medicinal use, that's also okay. And if Alabama and South Dakota want all marijuana kept illegal, again, fine.
"For sure, Utah is smokeless," he added, "and I say God bless."

Liberals have traditionally shunned states'-rights arguments because of their association with the evils of slavery and segregation. So it is notable that the NAACP has endorsed a bill just submitted by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., requiring the federal government to respect state laws on marijuana.

African-Americans do not like the 10th Amendment, Wooldridge notes, "but the racism involved in the prohibition is a billion times worse for black people."

Republicans once presented a united front in supporting the war on drugs. That wall began to crumble with the rise of the Ron Paul libertarians. When the House voted 219 to 189 last year to stop the federal ban on medical marijuana in states making it legal, 10 Republicans joined the "yes" side.

Pushing the "no" votes were police employed by the war and private businesses running prisons. They have an economic interest in keeping prohibition in place. It's about "money and money", Wooldridge says.

But also about "emotion." Nearly every police officer had a colleague killed in the drug war. They don't want to think their friends died for nothing.

Example: In the fall of 2012, two deputies flying over southeast Colorado to locate the marijuana harvest died when their light plane crashed. Two months later, Colorado legalized recreational pot.

The war on drugs, especially marijuana, is clearly entering its twilight phase. The question now is, How many million more American lives are going to be ruined and how many billion more dollars will be poured down the drain before we recognize its futility and move on?

(A member of the Providence Journal editorial board, Froma Harrop writes a nationally syndicated column from that city. She has written for such diverse publications as The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Institutional Investor.)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:12

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