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We must maintain high level of town services but better manage money

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Craig Davis and I am running for the Sanbornton Budget Committee.

In the past, I served as chairman of the Highway Study Committee. We recently submitted our final report to the Board of Selectmen. I served as a member of the Budget Committee, filling the remaining term after a resignation. I've made my home in Sanbornton since 2005. I served four years in the Air Force and am a Vietnam veteran.

Presently I volunteer in our town as follows:

— Chairman: Pay Matrix Study Committee.

— Member: Space Needs Study Committee.

— Vice Chairman: Zoning Board of Adjustment.

— Advisory Capacity: to Town Hall Steward.

The knowledge I have gained on these committees and from regularly attending the weekly Board of Selectmen's meetings position me to serve on the Budget Committee.

My Position: We must maintain our high level of town services while better managing our town tax dollars. I ask for your vote for Budget Committee member on March 10. I look forward to seeing you at the polls at the Old Town Hall from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Craig Davis


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 11:22

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Paul Perkins has demonstrated he deserves to continue as road agent

To The Daily Sun,

Dear fellow Gilmanton voters:

On Tuesday, March 10 Gilmanton voters have the chance to re-elect our Road Agent, Paul Perkins. I encourage you to vote to re-elect Paul, who has been a hard-working road agent. As an elected road agent, Paul is accountable to the voters. I can say without hesitation that anytime I have had a question or concern, Paul personally takes the call and makes sure my questions are answered or any concern is promptly addressed.

There is a small group in town who think it is better to take away our vote for our road agent and transfer more power to the Board of Selectmen by letting them appoint. And in the process they want to end the public service which has been provided by Paul Perkins to our town. He knows our town, has dedicated himself to the very challenging work and has demonstrated he deserves another term as road agent. I really don't think this power-grab by the selectmen and small group in town is in our best interests in Gilmanton.

Please keep our road agent an elected position. Please also cast your vote for Paul Perkins. He has earned our support.

Bill Donovan


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 11:18

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Ray Moritz will protect our common investment in Meredith

To The Daily Sun,

The town of Meredith is not the small village it used to be. With a municipal budget of over $14 million and a net property valuation of just under $1.75 billion in a community of a mere 6,200 residents, Meredith can be likened to a big business.

Every Meredith taxpayer owns "a share" in this business. How has your investment in Meredith been doing? What do people say of the community we call home? Is it a valued place to live and to work? If your answers make you feel good then my vote and yours is very important next Tuesday.

There are four seats to be filled on the Selectboard. Two will be decided by you and me. The remaining two will be filled by the very people we elect. This is perhaps the most important election Meredith has seen in decades. We need to elect those candidates who have had experience in the business world and are capable of making prudent business decisions. We need to elect those who have strong management skills and corporate experience.

Ray Moritz stands out among the rest. Ray has owned property in Meredith for more than 30 years and chose to retire here in 2006. He experience is in engineering, computer science and management. He was CEO of two companies including a large Information Technology Services subsidiary of Canon.

Ray has a strong sense of community service. In his retirement he is a senior consultant with Executive Service Corps, a non-profit volunteer group that assists other non-profits with strategic planning and board development. In that capacity and now as treasurer, Ray has contributed countless hours of invaluable expertise and direction to the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association (Meredith).

Ray is a common sense guy and a good listener. He has the skills and the commitment to represent you and me well and protect our investment in Meredith.

Vote Ray Moritz for Selectman.

Edward C. Touhey


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 11:14

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Year-Round Library has become constant we can count on

To The Daily Sun,
The Gilmanton Year-Round Library has become enmeshed in the lives of our residents in a way that makes it indispensable. It is not just a random collection of books — it's become, not a luxury, but an integral part of our community. Your library is a valued town partner, providing valuable free tools and resources to help residents of all ages and backgrounds.

I strongly feel that a library outranks any other service a community can do to benefit its people, and while I won't pretend to be ignorant about making hard decisions in dispersing public funds, neither should taxpayers pretend to be surprised when their library is forced to close. Financing the library is a small price to pay compared to what we'd be losing.

As our community faces the challenges and uncertainty of these times, the GYRLA has become a constant that we can count on. It is incumbent on the voters of Gilmanton to make it a priority that the library remains open and ready to be of service to all.

I encourage anyone who has not visited the library to stop in and view the historic building, what it has to offer, and speak to the wonderful staff. Don't base your vote on rumors and innuendo, but on your personnel observations and facts.

The health of our community, awareness of our history and our concern for the future, can all be tested by how well we support our library.

Jack Schaffnit

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 11:06

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Being a part of Sanbornton BudCom is my way to be involved

To The Daily Sun,

I am Craig Weisman and am running for the Sanbornton Budget Committee. My wife Cindy, my two children and I have lived in Sanbornton for more than 12 years and in New Hampshire our entire lives. I have coached soccer and basketball for the Recreation Department for many years, watching my children go through the program. We love this town and everything that small country towns stand for.

I own my own business and want to use my 30-plus years of business experience to serve my community. I am a numbers person, am very comfortable reading financial statements and know how to run a budget.

I am conservative by nature, but as a small-business owner, also recognize the importance of taking care of your employees. I also understand that when you need to take on an additional expense or purchase, you must really analyze first. Is it really needed? If the answer is yes, then negotiate the best price and get the best you can afford.

In summary, I feel all citizens have a responsibility to get involved in their town in some way. I feel being part of the Budget Committee is an excellent way for me to do my part.

Craig Weisman


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 11:02

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