To The Daily Sun,
My wife and I have lived in Gilmanton for 44 years. This house has been in my wife's family for around 150 years. I am a 60 percent service-connected disabled U.S.M.C Veteran. My doctor took me out of work in 1995 and I've been on SSI since and paying full taxes on this house and another since 1988.
I get no rent income from this old farm house. The Historic Commission told me I could not tear it down, but I could pay full taxes on it even with no one living in it. My daughter said she would give me the money to pay the taxes and use her own money to fix up the house. For seven years now we have been fixing up the inside of the house to make it a home for my daughter and her family and, I wish to add ,thanks to God and a very caring doctor, she is in remission now. But she has been fighting cancer for about two years.
Every time we try and make the house look nice and correct we are hit with stop work notice which could result in misdemeanor or felony persecution or a fine. We've had people coming onto our land taking pictures. We've gotten phone calls, registered letters, and when I've gone to a meeting at the Historic District Commission I'm told instead of $183 windows, I have to use custom made windows at a cost of $670 each. They will not take $3 out of their own pockets, but they have no problem taking thousands out of mine. And all the time they are using your tax money to make my life extremely difficult! One of their members (workers) told me that if I want out I must hire a lawyer! You mean to tell me I have to pay a lawyer to be able to work on my own house! I don't think so.
People this is America. We have our God given rights guaranteed and protected by our state and federal Constitution and our Bill of Rights. Who do these people think they are. And I did not like the manner in which I was treated in the last meeting I attended. I think these people need a life. I encourage others who agree with me to write letters to a newspaper of your choice. Thank you and one Nation under God.
Roland A. Hueber
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:13
To The Daily Sun,
Just like Obamacare it started out on a false premise. The library said they would be self supported but you could just feel what was going to be coming down the pike.
This is a private entity and should not be soliciting our tax dollars. To those liberals who want to shove this down our throat, I say get all your friends with the "Library Yes" signs and find a way to fund this without bothering folks on fixed incomes and the majority of us that will never walk through the door.
Libraries are not bad. People who shove them in your face are.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:10
To The Daily Sun,
On Tuesday, March 10, Gilford residents will have the opportunity to vote for two candidates (three- year term) for School Board. There are five names on the ballot. I am writing in support of Sue Allen, current board chair, and Jen McGreevy, a parent of three students, one in each school.
Sue has been a valuable member of the Gilford School Board for years and has been instrumental in helping Gilford School District become the great district it is today. Her experience is vital to the district's future.
Jen has been active on school advisory committees, volunteer groups, staff search committees, class activities and fundraisers since her children have been in the district. The School Board needs a parent who is as involved as Jen, to better understand what is going on from a current parent's perspective.
We are very fortunate to have a School Board that supports students, teachers, and administrators.
Eighty percent of Gilford graduates continue their education at either two- or four-year colleges. Recently, honor roll lists from colleges have been in the papers and most of those students are Gilford graduates.
At a recent school board meeting, a presentation was made by the Screaming Eagles, the first robotics team from Gilford, which recently placed fourth in a statewide competition. Their presentation to the School Board was great, explaining in detail what they learned from this experience. Without the continued support of the district and community, this would not be possible.
Another presentation was a community service project involving the Business class and Tech Ed class at Gilford High School. They are raising money to construct wooden flag holders for the New Hampshire Veterans home in Tilton.
This is community service and involvement at its best.
Very few high schools offer woodworking and metalworking classes, Gilford does.
In my opinion, Sue and Jen will help Gilford School District continue to provide an excellent education to the students of our town.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:05
To The Daily Sun,
Residents of Meredith, you have become complacent; you seem to be happy with the same-o, same-o thinking; everything is okay today and will be tomorrow. You often say, "I don't have time" or "it won't matter anyways". It's time to stand up and take a deep breath and look around you. Think back to your youth and what you saw back then, now look at today, now look into the future. What will it look like for you? What will it be like for your children and their children? What do you see for them? What will be different? What will be gone forever? Now think what you could have done to make things better and easier for them.
I look at the number of folks who live here and I see the number of them who take the time to get involved and to vote, and I see the low attendance at the polls and hear the complaints about the results afterward from those who didn't even vote at all.
It's time to get involved and start showing some interest in our community. Elected town officials are there to protect and guide our town in a direction that is the most beneficial for all of the people and they need to have you bring them your input. They want to hear from you with your needs and views to help them make the best decisions going forward. Often articles are placed on a ballot and voted into law or our budget by the few who supported the article and it's passes with some of the lowest voter participation.
We can no longer keep our heads buried in the sand, it's time to sit up, take of the rose colored glasses and look around you. We need to get involved now or our future will be very different from what we have had, what we could have could be gone forever and the opportunity to get involved then will be gone too.
Our time is slowly running out and the future depends on what we do now. You need to make the effort to register and to vote. You need to talk to your local town officials they need and want to hear from you so that they can guide Meredith into the future for all of the people not just a few.
Please take the time to vote on March 10 for the candidate you feel will do the best job for our community, our future will depend on it.
David Lund Bennett, Sr.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
In New Hampshire, the Town Meeting is all powerful. It orders the running of each town and its business. This has been so since colonial days and the Town Meeting form of government remains vital today in towns like Sanbornton. The Town Meeting is the ultimate in self-selected representative democracy. Those who attend decide.
Sanbornton's voters are reminded that the 2015 Town Meeting will be held in March this year. After an few years' experiment with May meetings, last year's town meeting chose to return to the traditional March date. On Tuesday, March 10, we voters will go to the polls at the Old Town Hall for the ballot voting portion of Town Meeting. We will elect town officials, decide on zoning measures and vote on school issues. Also on the ballot is the proposal to expand the Select Board from three to five members. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
The next evening, Wednesday, March 11, we will gather at 7 p.m. at the Central School for the Town Meeting when warrant questions are discussed and voted in public. The town operating budget and several warrant articles will come to the floor.
Annual Reports are available at the town office building for those who wish to read over the articles to be voted prior to the meeting. Sample ballots are also available. Citizens of Sanbornton, please take a few minutes to vote your opinion at the polls on Tuesday and donate three hours of your time on Wednesday night to give direction to your town. Come and participate.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 08:47