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Every $1 county invests in conservation district generates $12.50

To The Daily Sun,

Belknap County's economy depends on the environment for tourism and protecting property values. Our Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) helps protect the environment and economy.

Every $1 invested by the county in BCCD generates $12.50. In the past, BCCD's budget request for $92,400 resulted in $1,155,00 being brought into Belknap County businesses. A reduction in BCCD's budget could impact the county's economy.

BCCD puts best conservation practices into action on the ground and on rivers flowing into area lakes. BCCD keep the County's environment healthy and attractive for residents, area businesses and tourism. 2017 projects planned include:
— Repair of major erosion site on Gunstock Brook which helps protect a Route 11B bridge and water quality.
— Forest and Stream Habitat Planning, and restoring a Wetland Boardwalk at the Gunstock Rec. Area.
— On-going assistance to landowners and Towns with activities ranging including land and water protection, conservation easements, construction of high tunnels, technical training and workshops and pollinator gardens.

BCCD's responsibilities are outlined in state law for conservation districts (RSA 432:12)
— BCCD is charged with protecting soil and water and related resources through projects for erosion control and flood prevention and creating conservation demonstration projects, assisting landowners and government.
— BCCD and other NH Conservation Districts are set up by the state to coordinate state and federal conservation programs at the local level.
— BCCD duties are different from Cooperative Extension which focuses on education and information outreach, 4-H and Master Gardeners. BCCD and Cooperative Extension have separate and complementary roles. For example to assist the County Jail agriculture program, BCCD built and paid for a high tunnel (greenhouse) and pollinator garden and Extension is providing on-going advice and assistance.
— All New Hampshire Counties have a Conservation District and invest county funds in their district.

Donna Hepp, Chair

Belknap County Conservation District

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Leftist protestors intend to silence opponents of their agenda

To The Daily Sun,
The radical-leftist protesters, including paid participants, who rampaged through Washington, DC, attacking and injuring police and bystanders, breaking windows, destroying property, setting fires, and whose threats caused costly and extreme security measures that disrupted the plans of thousands of inaugural weekend attendees are part of the intimidation and enforcement arm of the Democrat Party. These protesters include socialists, communists, and anarchists who reject the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law, the free enterprise system, and America's Judeo-Christian heritage.
Democrat politicians like the Clintons and Barack Obama provide cover for these radicals by projecting a moderate image for the Democrat Party, but they pursue the radical leftist policies these protesters want.
The protests at the inauguration were organized by a variety of Democratic Party-supporting leftist groups. The injuries, damage, and costs caused by these protesters were deliberate, intended to silence and prevent opposition to their political agenda which is to gain power over the lives of every American, destroying the freedoms and opportunities that Americans enjoy.
It's worth noting that the number of people in these mobs seemed to be dwarfed by the number of media people who were there to propagandize these criminal activities as massive legitimate protests to the Trump inauguration and presidency.
The radical-leftist protesters during the inauguration join a long list of Democratic Party intimidation and enforcement groups, including violent union thugs, occupy Wall Street, and, historically, the early 20th Century gangs of New York and other cities, the creators and enforcers of Jim Crow laws, and, fortunately less violently, the KKK.
Most Americans reject the violence, hate, name calling, law-breaking, and un-American disrespect for others exhibited by leftist protestors. But Americans need to know that these leftist protestors and their actions are approved of and funded by the Democratic Party and Democratic Party supporters to impose Democratic Party-control of our country without consideration for the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law, free enterprise, or equal opportunity and equal justice for all.
Don Ewing

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