To The Daily Sun,
In the last number of months Andrew Timmins, bear biologist for the N.H. Dept. of Fish and Game, has put out press releases on bear feeding across the state and that it is selfish and that intentional feeding puts the bear in harms way. That it is in violation to feed bears with up to a $1,000. fine. That the citizens are "loving the animals to death." A fed bear is a dead bear has been the battle cry with F&G for the last 10 years, pointing the finger at the citizens of the state.
In 2006 Fish and Game circumvented the legislative process of our government and went to JLCAR (Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules) and regulated the people of the state with Fish and Game regulation FIS:310.01, the intentional feeding of bears.
First let me state this, F&G's responsibility is to safeguard our natural resources with hunting, fishing and trapping regulations. This doesn't give them the authority to regulate the citizens of the state, and that is exactly what the are doing. Second, JLCAR is not the fourth form of government.
Mr. Timmins wants you to clean up your act by taking down your bird feeders, put up electric fencing around chickens, put grain and garbage in secure containers and just stop luring bears with handouts. This all seems reasonable for responsible people to do and it's not much to ask. Mr. Timmins wants to see an end to mothers with cubs from being killed over all this.
What Mr. Timmins has left out in his press releases is the fact that bear baiting as sport has been going on and on and on. This is the rest of the story.
From 2005-2013, 8,878 free bait permits for bear, 3,987 free bait permits for deer (2008-2013) and 2,181 free bait permits for other species (2008-2013), that adds up to 15,046 permits issued with two sites per permit, equaling 30,092 bait sites set up in New Hampshire. in the last nine years. Habituating wildlife to bait sites is not a sport, it is not hunting, it is called shopping. Mr. Timmins is right on when he states that habituated to human environments and dependent on human-related foods has severe, and often fatal effects on the animal.
From 2005-2013 2,454 bears have been killed with baiting. Of that total number, 409 were cubs, 216 were lactating females 2005-2013 (This is a low number, a permit is not required to bait on your own land if the intent to kill the animal). Rest assured that feeding on your own is against the law if the intent is observation. The number of bears killed because of intentional feeding is non-existent in that timeframe. The Department of Fish and Game needs a name change — perhaps the Dept. of "Do As I Say Not As I Do" would be more appropriate.
Mr. Timmins, before you go on telling the citizens of the state to clean up their act, the time has come for the department to clean up theirs. The Dept. of F&G circumvented the system of government on the people. Perhaps it is time for the governor to execute an executive order to end baiting of bear and deer in this state. The governor has that power.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 11:05
To The Daily Sun,
Thank you for interest in the recent Belmont Library Heritage event. The 86th anniversary was a milestone for the current building, and earlier library locations — adding up to more than a century on Main Street in the Village.
Library trustees extend public thanks to guests Peter Michaud of the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, and Michael York, director of the New Hampshire State Library. We appreciated the greetings from Ruth Mooney, chairman of the Board of Selectmen and kind congratulations from state Sen. Andrew Hosmer and Rep. Mike Sylvia.
The restoration pledge of the 1800s clock greeting library patrons since 1928 was most generous. We are grateful to Denis Carignan of Carignan Watch Company, and the artistry of Mrs. Pauline Murphy for their generous and talented contribution.
Lastly, we recognize the Heritage Commission for its gift of the National Register plaque and helping to build awareness of the importance of the building. As Mr. Michaud pointed out, it was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 12, 1985, for architectural significance "both as one of the best small public libraries in the Lakes Region, and as one of the region's best examples of the Colonial Revival style." Our library is one of about only 40 in New Hampshire honored with this distinction.
The library serves many interests, all ages and welcomes all — during the week, several nights and Saturday mornings. Besides books and new media, we provide computer access and sponsor a newly formed Teen Advisory Group, Lego Club, Preschool Story Hour and other well-attended activities including a Summer Reading program. Be sure and visit on Old Home Day, Saturday, Aug. 9, and join us for local newspapers and coffee, and see all that's new in our historic building.
Mary Charnley, Chairman
Belmont Public Library Trustees
Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 10:58
To The Daily Sun,
A sincere thank you to a wonderful group of people.
We wish to thank a group of people who took it upon themselves to help us with our house for no other reason other than they are kind caring people who need to be recognized and publicly thanked.
Our home was in need of repair from wood decay which was accidentally found under the siding and around two doors. Paul Rees Carpentry rebuilt a 20 foot portion or four house's structural wall and replaced the doors in the fall of last year. More work was scheduled to be done this year to finish the project to literally save our home.
As medical issues have arisen, our plans to strip the vinyl and paint the house ourselves was delayed, also available funds were exhausted to hire someone to complete the project.
The Rees family to it upon themselves to contact our daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Brian Grinavic, and our son Kenny, who in turn contacted ore people to show up at our house and donate their free time to stripping the house of vinyl, installing decking, and prepping our house for paint, which is scheduled in the next few weeks.
We would like to thank the following people for giving up their time to help us: Paul Rees, Joan Rees, Tommy Rees, Kelsey Rees, Brian Grinavic, Becky Grinavic, Lauren Grinavic, Kenney Hill, Chad Giroux, Nick Thorndike, Josh Fournier, Harry Huston, Conor Kennealy, Garrett Dunlap, and Joan Walsh. We also want to thank Mike Mussen and Randy Hancock from Lavalley/Middleton Lumber.
We want to thank the above people who didn't hesitate to step forward and help us for no other reason than they have big hearts and they know what it means to help someone without being asked or expecting anything in return.
We will be always grateful and never forget this kindness, and hope this will inspire other people to step forward and help others in need without being asked.
Irene & Bob Hill
Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 10:54
To The Daily Sun,
I expected my opinion of the current Market Basket dispute to be a dissenting view. I'm okay with that.
I understand this is a very emotional issue. There are employees who feel that they've had an owner that actually knew them and cared about them. That's a great thing, not a bad thing. There are customers who have maybe prided themselves with shopping locally so to speak, in that Market Basket is New England-based. That also is a good thing.
My only points were that the ownership is made up of two different groups with a somewhat different vision and position on how the company should be run. These two groups are essentially 50/50 in ownership. They voted and the Arthur S. group apparently won. The current board of directors is the legitimate board. They didn't take over in the middle of the night. If they did something illegal then charge them and invalidate any moves they've made. But unless that happens, they have to run the company. The employees can't and shouldn't, no matter how passionate their reasoning.
As I said above, evidently the new board wants to go in a somewhat different direction. Unless the news reports I've read in The Daily Sun and other papers are simply false, I believe they have already said that current staffing, wages, and benefits weren't changing. Employees who haven't been doing their jobs, they want them to just come back and start doing their jobs and it's forgotten.
To take the position — just on a business level — that the board has done something wrong and that they don't have the right and obligation to lead as they see fit, is something I disagree with.
I have nothing in this dispute except my opinion as an onlooker. By the way, I've been involved in small business all my life. I'm stating my opinion and respect yours. I'm only speaking on what I see as basic business principles.
Unless reports in this paper and others are just false, I've read about employees demanding that will work for one guy and not work for anyone else.
I've read about a store manager calling the head office and telling them — presumably on duty as the store manager — to come get their trailer, that the produce would rot at the loading dock.
Employees should have the right to express their very emotional and heartfelt opinion. A good employer will listen and perhaps even reconsider. But that employee shouldn't have the right to "demand" a change, and the employer must comply or they are not going to do their job.
Of course anyone has the right to speak their mind. But they have the obligation to do their job. If they won't, the proper response of any employer is to move forward without them.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 10:41
To The Daily Sun,
On July 23, a Prospect Mountain senior, Gabe Varney, penned a useful and well-put complaint about the current state of American higher education. Gabe bemoaned the current state Republican Party and their habit of denying funding for higher education to our New Hampshire students. In response, on the 25th, Mr. Tony Boutin replied with a condescending attack on Mr. Varney, accusing Gabe of having "an entitlement attitude" for expecting "welfare" in the form of college aid. As a fellow incoming senior, myself at Kingswood Regional High School, I felt compelled and qualified to respond.
Mr. Boutin, are you aware that we live in the richest country in the world in the most culturally, economically and technologically developed time in human history? We have greater resources than any human population has ever had at its disposal, and we have 21st century needs that demand 21st century workers. These workers, whether in technology, science, mathematics, or in any number of other fields, need college education to make the wheels of our society turn. And to get that college education, most will need grants, affordable loans and aid. You bemoan that system as "entitlement" and "welfare," complaining that it means "giving you money someone else worked hard for."
In this modern age, can't we finally accept that one of the basic responsibilities of society is that the successful make some sort of contribution to assuring that the education of our youngest and least able to pay is guaranteed?
First, you define providing aid to students as "welfare." In your strictly-economic, black-and-white viewpoint, isn't it really a successful investment? Think about it. We give students the means, through economic aid, to an education, and then they repay it many times over with the increased lifetime tax contributions their greater income will bring in. What's more, they contribute on a far higher level than the strictly economic with their increased contribution to society and brighter, more experienced perspective on life they'll bring to the world.
You complain that in order for America's less-privileged students to get their education, the rich and upper class will need to pay a little bit more taxes. Really, so what? In order for the masses to get education, there must be government funding, and yeah, that means taxes.
What was the first thing to allow the masses in America a college education? The GI Bill, which was funded at a time when the top marginal tax rate was over 80 percent. Now, sure, we have lower taxes, but we can still afford as a culture to send Gabe and me and millions of other working- and middle-class teens to college. Before the government began helping students get to school, college education was only for the rich. We've got to a point where the poor and middle class can somewhat, with hardship, afford higher education. We need to move forward on this, not backward.
If you ask me, I believe America should adopt the Finnish system of education. We should fund every interested student's education, given that they're qualified to go to school, and meet their needs while they're there so that as many students as possible can graduate. But at least, we need to free ourselves of the Sam Cataldos and Jeb Bradleys who deny our youth the funding they need.
I think that education is absolutely vital to society, much more so than the preservation of the low tax rates the rich so currently enjoy. And, if you ask me, to deny my generation this "welfare," this needed infusion of financial lifeblood into the future backbone of our economy, is to starve the future of its vigor for frankly stupid ideological purposes. It's time to expand aid to students, not reduce it.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 10:36