To The Daily Sun,
I want to send a big thank you to the man who returned to me my stolen wallet that he fished out of Alton Bay. I'm sorry that I wasn't home to meet you. I really appreciated your honesty and the fact that you went out of your way to return my wallet.
Last Updated on Sunday, 01 September 2013 09:53
To The Daily Sun,
While we are in an election mode and concentrating on who we want to represent us, I don't want to forget the end of May Seymour's two terms as mayor of Laconia.
Mayor Seymour inserted himself into the city's business long before he was elected as he wanted to come into the job, if he won, with knowledge of what the city was doing and what problems they were facing and generally how it operated from within.
He has truly been a hands on mayor and has made it a point to get out into the community and learn firsthand what the problems were and how he could possibly help to find solutions, and he did.
I recently asked him how many hours and events he had to cover each week to accomplish this aside from doing his own job. I was astounded to learn that he put in approximately 20 hours a week as mayor and that his duties were many more than I thought.
1. Conduct City Council meetings twice a month and as many budget meetings as necessary.
2. Bi-weekly meeting with the City Manager.
3. Mayor serves as Laconia Airport Authority chairman.
4. Serves as chair of Lakes Business Park Commission.
5. Serves on Laconia Human Relations Committee.
6. Attends various city commissions and board meetings.
7. Attends public functions like Annual Belknap EDC, LRGHealthcare, United Way, Lakes Region Planning, BIBA, Main Street Initiative, Ribbon cuttings.
8. School functions as necessary, i.e. graduations, etc.
9. Participates in local efforts to improve Laconia i.e. Salvation Army Turkey Plunge, Got Lunch, Multicultural day, etc.
10. Various Parades: Memorial Day, July 4th, Veteran's Day, Christmas
11. Receives many invites to several events to say a few words. Is typically out of the house at least three nights per week for city-related functions.
I had no idea nor do many others. It is something to think about. First, to give Mayor Seymour a huge vote of thanks for his service these past four years and his always pleasant and affable way of handling all matters. His input to matters before the council has been valuable and has made an impact. Second, we must be sure to have a new mayor who can devote this time and has the ability to make contributions to the matters that the come before the council. He must have the ability to represent the city as its best ambassador.
Mayor Michael Seymour will truly be missed, but he has left a model for those who come after him to follow.
There is one candidate running for mayor who has a leg up on what is required. Ed Engler covered City Council meetings for his paper for many years, knows all the players and the structure of the council and how it works. He serves on many of the city's boards. For instance, the Belknap Economic Development Council and the Rotary Club. He is deeply involved in the restoration of downtown Laconia and attends many of the Downtown Association meetings in an effort to help find the solutions to bringing new businesses downtown and kickstarting its economy which is essential to the whole city.
Experience and knowledge of the city and its challenges is uppermost.
Councilor Brenda Baer
Ward 4 - Laconia
Last Updated on Sunday, 01 September 2013 09:40
To The Daily Sun,
"Before repealing Obamacare, don't we need an alternative?" If you are having a heart attack, do you want treatment first or a demand that you lose weight and adopt an exercise program first? Democrat Senator Max Baucus, an Obamacare author, calls Obamacare a "train wreck". You, all of us, are on that imminent train wreck. Should we stop the train wreck or debate alternatives while the train crashes?
Americans were better off before Obamacare. Seventeen of every 20 Americans had health insurance and 100 percent could go to a hospital for good and continually improving treatments. The primary problem was the high cost (although it is hard to imagine something more worth our money than improving longevity and quality of life).
Before Obamacare, different states experimented with different approaches to reducing costs while maintaining quality care and encouraging investments and innovations that improve people's lives. Examples: The Indiana Health Savings Account program was wildly popular and successful. Texas efforts, including tort reform, successfully reduced costs and enticed doctors to Texas.
While Obamacare was being considered in Congress, Republicans proposed these successful approaches and others to make health care more affordable, e.g., allowing people to fully deduct (from income taxes) health insurance premiums and/or buy insurance from states offering different insurance options and lower premiums. But Democrats had enough votes in Congress to reject Republican proposals and force government controlled health care, Obamacare, on the American people.
Obamacare creates another huge and expensive government bureaucracy which will control doctors, hospitals, health insurance companies, and whether we can receive the treatments, e.g., hip replacements or expensive cancer drugs, needed to improve our lives. Obamacare will be funded with money immorally borrowed (without their consent) from subsequent generations.
Obamacare costs and regulations are disastrous for middle income Americans, causing job losses, stifling job creation, and turning millions of good full time jobs into part-time jobs. Health insurance premiums are skyrocketing, some good insurance plans are no longer available and many people are losing their coverage.
Doctors are considering early retirement, and becoming a doctor is less enticing to our most talented students.
Obamacare only covers one more person (18 instead of 17) out of every 20 while it harms those previously insured, reduces the availability of quality medical care, and damages our economy
We can learn from Obamacare's harmful effects and from the successful approaches in Indiana, Texas, and elsewhere to improve America's great health care system. The way to start is to stop spending money on Obamacare.
Sign the petition at DONTFUNDIT.COM. Call, write, or e-mail your Congressmen and Senators and demand that they stop funding Obamacare.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 11:29
To The Daily Sun,
WOW Fest '13 is coming up quickly on Saturday, September 14th, bringing a fun and exciting event to our community. You are invited to come out and join us and participate in one of the five events. Presented by Bank of New Hampshire, WOW Fest has something for everyone and all proceeds go to help continue the expansion of the WOW Trail.
Events at WOW Fest include a 3-mile walk out on the WOW Trail, a scenic 5K and 10K road race along Lake Opechee and a 15 mile (Paugus Bay) and a 67 mile (Lake Winnipesaukee) bicycle challenge all starting and ending at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club. Following the events there is a festival with great food, live music and lots of fun activities for the whole family. Register by September 1st and receive a limited edition WOW Fest '13 event tech shirt.
Businesses and organizations are invited to participate with our team contests for most participants (Tilton Veterinary Hospital 2012 winner), most money raised (Patrick's Pub & Eatery 2012 winner) and best dressed and best times in the road races (Awakenings Chiropractic 2012 winners). Let's see some new challengers this year!
Registration and complete event information is available at www.wowtrail.org.
Celebrate outdoor recreation and the continued expansion of the WOW Trail by participating in this year's WOW Fest on Saturday, September 14th. Show your support... and get out and enjoy a walk, a run or a bicycle ride.
We hope to see you there!
Allan Beetle & the
WOW Trail Board of Directors
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 11:24
To The Daily Sun,
The contentious Bears Nest Trail Planning Board hearing and consequences have been divisive and distracting for the residents of Moultonborough and it's various boards. The hearing was rift with mistakes and an embarrassment for all involved, myself included, as a Planning Board member. Airing our dirty laundry in public is one way to don clean cloths and let's not forget that many people have viewed the episode via video recording, with most recognizing the irregularities and wanting to see remedies implemented.
The selectboard, in my opinion, is legally correct and duty bound to call the scheduled the public hearings for some of those irregularities. That being said, it appears that the better alternative would have been for the selectmen to challenge the planning board in the Superior Court. Noting that there is no element of corruption or fraud involved, I hope that the selectboard, in their power and wisdom, do not choose to seek the removal of Ms. Ryerson and Mr. Bartlett.
There was a definite lack of guidance and significant confusion at the hearing. Was the conditional use permit hearing appropriate given the fact that the ZBA granted a slope variance? Is a tie vote a yes vote? Should the board have had their own legal counsel present? Can a member change their vote? Can a member cheat an applicant or the public by sitting for a hearing and then abstaining from a vote? Can a member vote for an approval if they have found that all of the criteria have not been met? Can members ignore state statues by not considering the application as "before the fact" rather then with an illegally built structure and clear-cut on over 35 percent slope?
Lost in the brouhaha are the initial reasons that the various boards and departments were required to become involved. I believe Bob and Cathy Williams and Sky's Carpentry share the burden of quilt for setting the stage for our embarrassing predicament. Unfortunately, the ZBA and Planning Boards rewarded the applicants and their agents for a host of illegal actions with after the fact approvals. These actions compromise our quality of life and need attention.
The public hearings considering the removal of board members can be considered a wake-up call for all of us on all of the municipal boards and can be the impetus to confront the issues in a collegial effort involving all affected boards and departments. Each of us can learn from this. Lets grasp this as a starting point for change and betterment for us as elected officials and municipal employees. I would not be pleased to see this uncomfortable and trying process conclude without a positive postscript for the record.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 11:18