To The Daily Sun,
The following letter is in response to a letter by Lou LaCourse which was published on March 5:
In your letter to The Daily Sun, you asked how we are going to lose our property rights and stated that no one ever tells us how that will happen. There were two meetings held in Alton this past September to discuss workforce housing. One was held by your town planner supporting workforce housing and the other by those in opposition. The opposition spelled out in detail how the private property rights of Alton taxpayers would be affected. It is imperative for Alton residents to attend such meetings in order to be informed as to the positions of both sides of an issue. Apparently, you were unable to attend those meetings.
Mr. Wittmann and those who agree with him are not supporting removal of private property rights, but are in support of maintaining local control of those rights. The workforce housing supported by your town planner authorizes the federal and state governments to usurp the rights of the taxpayers of Alton in deciding how private property owners can use and develop their land. They accepted funding from the state which was provided by the federal government and such money doesn't come to the State without some cost.
I suggest that you research the federal property development plan which they are attempting to impose on the State called the Granite State Future sustainable communities program. You can go to granitestatefutures.org. for detailed information. On page 15 of the HUD document (HUD-1044) which is part of this program, they discuss "Strategy to Address Barriers..... "to the successful implementation of their plan. They state that in New Hampshire "Anticipated barriers include NH's strong tradition of individual property rights and resultant resistance to planning and zoning."
Workforce housing is just another federal and state government overreach.
Some will tell you that the federal government's role is merely that of an adviser even though millions of fed dollars are provided. Under a similar plan, Westchester County, N.Y., agreed to build 700-plus units of affordable housing. During that program the feds came back to them and told them that they had to build in excess of 10,000 units. Westchester is now embroiled in litigation with the feds. This is costing millions of dollars in legal fees and the additional building that they are being asked to do will cost tens of millions without any fed money.
Do you want that for Alton?
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:23
To The Daily Sun,
Bristol Election Day is March 11. Voting this year will take place at the Marian Center at the foot of Newfound Lake. Many people don't know this because voting has traditionally been held at the Bristol Old Town Hall on Summer Street. In addition to the new venue, there are a number of new candidates running for town offices.
One for example is Andy O'Hara, a long-time Bristol resident and owner of APT Plumbing. Andy is running for Bristol selectperson for a three-year term. Another new candidate is Paul Manganiello, of Bristol's Basic Ingredients on Route 3A, who is likewise running for a three-year term. Both of these candidates are fiscally responsible and care about bringing viable businesses into the beautiful, newly renovated downtown Central Square.
Of course there are other candidates as well so check them out at "Meet the Candidates" on Saturday, March 8, at the Minot Sleeper Library on Pleasant Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Voters can make a better informed decision afterward.
So please attend this friendly, social, informational gathering. You will be glad you did.
The Bristol Budget Committee is also a hotly contested race. Dave Carr is running for re-election, and John Thouin is hoping to be newly elected to the Budget Committee. Hoping to hold onto his current seat on the Budget Committee is Kevin MacCaffrie.
Whatever your choice of candidates it is important that you vote on March 11 at the Marian Center on West Shore Road between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:20
To The Daily Sun,
I'd like to thank Rosemary Landry for her March 5 letter in your paper. I have read this letter over and over and over again, just trying to wrap my head around the information she provided. You see, I have always been a die-hard member of the "Herb Vadney Fan Club," and now I find my bubble has been burst. I am sorely disappointed in his conduct regarding his choice to not seek another term as a Meredith selectman.
The way I interpret Rosemary's letter, Mr. Vadney deliberately delayed publicly announcing his intention to not run for the open seat until the day of the filing deadline. In my simple way of thinking, this was an effort to deter possible candidates from filing because, according to Mr. Vadney, the other members of the board "wanted" Hillary Seegar. Well excuse me, but, since when did the Meredith Selectboard decide who would sit in its seats? Isn't it still an elected position? When did it become an elite club that the members decided who was "in"?
Like Rosemary, maybe I would have liked to run ... I have before ... and, surprisingly, I did quite well considering I was running against Nate Torr who is probably the most-loved man in town.
In my simple, backwoods, redneck way of thinking, Mr. Vadney's actions were an effort to slant the election in Hillary Seegar's direction because that's the way the Meredith "Fab Five" wants it. Well, news flash to the Selectboard (as well as the town manager) ... we the people still decide who the next member of your elite club is going to be ... not you. Furthermore, if you are willing to go to these lengths to ensure a seat for one of your "sweethearts" then she is probably not the person we need on the board ... just sayin'.
I agree with Rosemary Landry when she says David Sticht is the man for the job. He is a constant face at budget meeting, Selectboard meetings, school board meetings, town meetings. He always has his facts and figures in a straight line and does his utmost to hold these officials accountable for every penny of our hard-earned tax dollars and every action the board makes on behalf of our community as a whole. I hope the voters of Meredith join Rosemary and me on March 11 as we write in David Sticht for Meredith selectman. Thank you Rosemary for your effort to look out for your community.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:17
To The Daily Sun,
Jim Barnes is my choice for selectman. He has worked hard all of his life. He is conservative, thrifty and a dedicated family man, and is as honest as the day is long. I have faith that he will be an asset to the people and the selectmen and that he will support the selectmen in their efforts to lower taxes and run the town cost-effectively.
Mr. McCormack is a union man who for 26 years sat at his desk and was supported by union dues. In dealing with union representatives for most of my 35-year career, I didn't find any of them to be honest or trustworthy. I can't imagine what qualities Mr. McCormack could bring to our town.
Please vote for Jim Barnes on March 11.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:13
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to urge voters to elect Peter Fogg as selectman for the Town of Tilton. Mr. Fogg is a wonderful high school mathematics teacher at Winnisquam Regional High School. He is always taking time to help support his students in any way possible.
Peter Fogg is very involved in the community, always supporting the youth of today. Mr. Fogg has been a great supporter of the Friends of Winnisquam Football, doing anything he can to accommodate the program. He has also been an active supporter of Cal-Ripken Baseball and Little League Baseball.
Fogg has been the vice-chair of Tilton's Parks and Recreation Department, making sure that the football field is in good playing condition as well as the outdoor skating rink in the winter months.
I am voting for Peter Fogg as selectman, and I am urging all of you, too, as well.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:09