To The Daily Sun,
I write this note to endorse Harry Bean for Gilford Budget Committee. I've known Harry and the Bean family for over 50 years. Harry is a local, successful businessman and has developed the skills and the temperament to review and evaluate budget requests on behalf of Gilford residents.
I urge Gilford to vote for Harry Bean as a member of Gilford's Budget Committee.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:34
To The Daily Sun,
This year's Meredith Selectboard election is shaping up to be a watershed event for the direction of the town. Two incumbents are not running for re-election to the five-member board. Eight candidates have stepped forward to run for the two available vacancies. March 10 will provide Meredith voters an opportunity to reconnect with election process. Please make use of the opportunity.
The existing Selectboard recently held several contentious meetings culminating in a vote on the three roundabout road construction proposal brought forward by the Route 3/25 advisory committee. The quality and content of proposal left many residents concerned about the board. Proper evaluation of matters of judgment brought forward to the board appears to be an area where the new select board members can make an immediate impact.
The current board has done its best. We all appreciate the work they have done for the community. Moving forward we need to choose from among the candidates, those people who will best respond to the voters and tax payers of the town. The best candidates are the ones who are positive, fiscally conservative, action oriented and able to listen to, as well as to connect with, the people of the town.
Rosemary Landry gathered over 500 petition signatures to raise the visibility level of the roundabout proposal for the community. She had a belief that the proposal was not well thought through and translated that understanding to a result. The last time there was a petition drive in Meredith that got that kind of support was ... well it has probably never happened before. It is the kind of effective work on behalf of the best interest of Meredith that should be appreciated.
Rosemary Landry has been attending the meetings of various boards and committees for a long time. She goes to gather information and acquire knowledge. Her willingness and perseverance cannot be questioned. She stands up for her principles. She does her homework. She is available and energetic. She communicates effectively with the community. She can bring a change in perspective to town hall. Please vote for Rosemary Landry for Selectboard.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:31
To The Daily Sun,
Alton needs a new water commissioner. We have three water commissioners, one superintendent, one full-time laborer, one part-time secretary, and one pickup truck. The payroll and benefits are almost half of the total Alton water budget. Why does a superintendent need three bosses, and why does a single laborer need four bosses? They don't.
Why shouldn't Alton's Building & Grounds Department and Highway Department with all of their excavators, trucks, and a myriad of equipment manage the water utility functions? Why are we outsourcing heavy duty equipment when we have everything right in town already paid for with taxpayer money? Who really cares more about providing adequate water services to the residents of Alton — the water commissioners or the selectmen? Who has more resources? Who has more management and organizational expertise?
Who has more money in case of an emergency? Who has more resources to take care of emergency situations such as fire hydrants that do not work, lack of water available to local businesses, or our most needy senior citizens? Who has open televised meetings to publicize lack of service efficiencies, daily operations, or just plain lack of services? Who can handle most infrastructure breakdowns themselves and quite frankly can do it better? Who does not need to get paid additional tax dollars for just doing their job? Who has more skin in the game?
If you said the selectmen then you have an easy decision. I am running for water commissioner to get rid of the water commissioners and turn the water department over to the town of Alton where it belongs. I am running to get fired. The Water Department is currently unregulated and not responsible to any government agency for doing the right thing, which is just to provide adequate water services to its customers. Businesses are hurting today and will again. Alton Central School is in harm's way because the water department chooses not to fix any of the surrounding hydrants. Our neighbors are at risk because "the hydrants were never expected to be able to be used to put out a fire."
I am running for water commissioner to get myself fired, cut the budget in half, turn the responsibility over to the Town of Alton, provide working fire hydrants to everyone in town including our children, deliver life sustaining water to all residents, make sure we can all flush our toilets, and ensure that our local businesses are both vibrant and successful. If you vote in the same "ole boy network" you have no right to expect any change or improvement. If you vote for me at least you have a chance.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
As a candidate for the Meredith Selectboard, I've learned how hard it can be to get your ideas and message across to our voters.
I want to thank the members of the Wicwas Lake Grange and the League of Women Voters, especially Steve Durand, Chris Kelly, and Liz Tentarelli, for sponsoring candidate forums in support of the election process and giving us the opportunity to speak directly to the voters of Meredith.
Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't thank our local newspapers for providing us with fair and even-handed coverage of the election race.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:23
To The Daily Sun,
Gilmanton taxpayers, I am writing this letter to ask you to write in Brett Currier for selectman. I have known Brett for many years and while not always agreeing with him I feel he has done a good job as selectman. Sometimes in order to do what you feel is right you may anger a few people, but it doesn't mean that our are picking on anyone, but you see a potential problem or way to run something more efficiently, which will save all taxpayers money. Isn't this what we elect a selectman to do, watch over the rules we have and to watch over our money to see that it is spent wisely?
So I am asking all residents to think about what you feel a selectman or woman should do for the citizens of our town and not just listen to all the small town gossip and if you have any questions take the time and find out why certain positions were taken and please vote for the person you feel will best serve you regardless of the potential to upset certain people in town. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:20