To The Daily Sun,
My opponent and I had been invited to visit with the residents of the Belknap County Nursing Home. I was able to spend over an hour talking with residents and staff and hearing their stories.
As I was leaving, I spotted a woman tottering down the hall leaning heavily on an LNA who was listening intently to her companion. At a table by the door, a resident was sitting with a staffer while slowly eating a piece of cake. Another resident rolled up in his wheelchair and offered me a piece. I've been carrying it around for a couple of days to remind me of the folks I'd met.
Before my visit, I hadn't realized how many people's lives are touched by the nursing home. However, once I started telling this story, my eyes were opened. Everyone, it seems, has a story about the nursing home. A parent of one of my daughter's hockey teammates told me that his mother had been in several nursing homes and found ours to be the best, by far, because of the care provided by the nursing staff. "It takes a special person to work there," he said. While eating in a downtown restaurant, I met the owner who told me that he'd spent three months in the nursing home rehabbing after surgery. He had only positive memories of the staff and agreed that the people who work there "really care." I saw that with my own eyes.
We are creating unnecessary stress and anxiety for those valuable employees by messing around with their health insurance payments. If we want them to increase the amount they pay for health insurance, we should negotiate in good faith. At the very least, the executive committee should approve the transfers requested by the county commissioners to fulfill the county's contractual obligations to our employees and let them do their jobs without worry.
If you believe contracts should be honored and you want to return civility and common sense to county government, please vote for me on Nov. 4.
Candidate for Belknap Co. Commission
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 03:14
To The Daily Sun,
I have lived in Gilford for the past 21 years. I have worked with Russ Dumais for many years, both as a small-business owner and a friend of our community.
I have found Russ Dumais to be of the highest integrity and honesty in our business. I have found his experience and common sense have made him a leader. His experience working in local government has given him an ability to do the right thing.
I believe his choice as state representative is the right choice.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 03:11
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to offer my views on the proposed recreation expansion in Moultonborough.
First off, $13 million, or even $8 million to $10 million projected by the town to be paid out over six years is outrageous. The Rec Department is out of touch with reality regarding what residents can afford to fund, or will use. Case in point: the under-used Meredith Rec Center.
The present gymnasium seems quite adequate for our dwindling birth rate and school attendance. What ever happened to the old New England philosophy of "Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without"? Our present gymnasium may not be "state of the art," but, then again, it definitely is not dangerous or unusable. In truth the school system actually has three gymnasiums already, even if one is being used as a cafeteria during the school year.
Regarding the pool idea, over 30 years ago, when Moultonborough Academy was being built, there was a philanthropic resident named Zeller who offered to pay all costs to have a pool added to that project so that it could be used as a recreation facility for the entire town.
The selectmen at that time had the good sense to turn down that generous offer because of the cost of upkeep, liability, increased insurance, personnel costs, etc. They realized that the initial cost of the pool was just the tip of the iceberg compared to the expenses the town would incur. That fact has not changed today. Trying to sell it to the townspeople by saying the pool would be for the whole community, not just the school children, doesn't address maintenance, lifeguards for use outside of school hours, extra janitorial or supervising costs to open and close the pool every day and on weekends, which would be the case if it truly is meant to be a community pool.
The YMCA in Laconia had to close for lack of use and little revenue. What makes you think a pool in Moultonborough would be used? With lakes all around us and good town beaches we can use, in the summer months it makes more sense to be outside at the beach. The argument that a pool and gym would provide places for our children year-round is ridiculous. Let them play outside. This is not a city environment with tenements and city streets, with no yards or other places for children to play safely.
In the winter, let the Rec Dept. sponsor cross country skiing, skating, and snowshoe programs. We have frozen lakes and ponds, and open areas where these activities could take place. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center would provide programs for a small fee and even provides the snowshoes, for example. Or, let the town invest in some plastic snowshoes and then see how much the kids, and the adults for that matter, use them.
When my children were in school, the Red Hill Ski Club was very active, but it later folded because parents weren't willing to put in time as volunteers to run the place. I've heard that it is going again. Why doesn't the Town Rec. Dept. join in that effort? I don't think government should pay to provide programs if people aren't interested enough to help out. We are the government. What happened to taking responsibility for our children and some of these programs ourselves?
Saying that the town must or needs to provide all these programs isn't realistic. We are the town, and our pocketbooks are not overflowing. As a Moultonborough resident and senior citizen, my income is limited. When I was younger, I was a Girl Scout leader, a Red Hill Ski Club volunteer, and a church fellowship leader, etc., and I worked two part-time jobs before my husband and I started our own business. It is now time for today's parents to take responsibility for providing leadership for youth activities so we don't force many of our elderly residents out of their homes because of high property and school taxes.
We have an aging population in Moultonborough, with the exception of summer residents. So why are we increasing school programs and facilities for a dwindling school population?
"It's in the Master Plan" is not a legitimate argument or reason, in my opinion, for doing things. There is no plan that can't be revised, especially when circumstances change or costs become excessive. If your personal or business plan or budget becomes financially prohibitive, you change that plan and cut back.
As a parent, I explained to my children that we had to live within our means, which meant that we couldn't always do everything that we wanted, or even had planned, to do. Are we now raising children with no sense of reality or responsibility, who feel they are entitled to have everything they want, no matter what the cost? It's nice to want the best for our children, but they and their parents have to learn to take some responsibility to earn those goods and services. But that gets me into an entirely different societal problem, so I'll stop right here.
Bottom line: I am against adding more recreation facilities and programs funded by town tax money.
Sydney B. Stewart
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 03:08
To The Daily Sun,
Kathy Rago is running for the position of New Hampshire State Senator in District 7. She has previously served as a state representative for District 7 where she gained a strong reputation for clarity and accuracy dealing with people of both parties.
Her campaign has been clear and to the point. Kathy's mail-outs are tasteful and accurate.
Senator Hosmer is currently serving his first term in the office in District 7. He has also built a reputation of taking good care of his supporters.
The concern is that Sen. Hosmer indicated that he has approximately $130,000 for his second campaign. This is a very, very significant amount of money for a New Hampshire State Senator seat in District 7 that provides no income for the state senator. You have to wonder why a small number of companies have invested so much in trying to ensure Senator Hosmer remains in office.
Both candidates have released expensive, color endorsements. I live in District 7 and have received 16 full-color mailed endorsements from the Hosmer group. I have received two color endorsements for Kathy Rago. The ratio of money being spent between the two candidates is very significant. Why is that the case? What is going on?
One of the Hosmer mailings I received featured a color picture of a woman who looks like she had been beaten. It is beyond pale that Kathy would be considered responsible for this because she voted against a bill regarding domestic violence. The notion that Kathy is responsible for this situation in any way is beyond belief.
The position of a New Hampshire State Senator is very important. I hope it does not even appear to be for sale.
My vote: Kathy Rago.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 03:02
To The Daily Sun,
Although they hide their records, Senator Shaheen and Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter fully back President Obama no matter how radical far-left-wing, destructive, and unpopular his policies, how false his claims, how incompetent his administration, how he weakens our military and economy, and how little he cares that his policies hurt most Americans.
President Obama's policies make the rich richer but most Americans poorer. His policies kill millions of good, middle-income jobs. The number of poor Americans has almost doubled. His enormous budget deficits will reduce the opportunities, prosperity, and perhaps freedom of our children, grandchildren, and future generations.
Obamacare has thrown the lives of Americans with life-threatening diseases into turmoil because of increased costs and/or loss of insurance, doctors, and hospitals. Obamacare helps some Americans, but hurts many others. Most Americans that Obamacare hurts don't know it yet. President Obama postponed the Obamacare requirements that will hurt most Americans until after the November election.
President Obama's open borders policy hurts Americans economically (especially poorer Americans), creates more crime victims, and exposes Americans to rare diseases, especially threatening children. He even released thousands of illegal-alien convicted felons to roam our country. President Obama's handling of the Ebola threat has been incompetent, enormously costly, and has inconvenienced and threatened the lives of thousands of Americans.
President Obama's foreign policy has alienated our allies, emboldened our enemies, reduced worldwide respect for our country, and made the world a more dangerous place for all people, including Americans. And, despite ISIS threats against Americans at home, President Obama is cutting our military strength.
President Obama uses government agencies to harass and stymie his political opponents who have committed no crime, fights removing dead people from voter rolls, and wants to take guns from law-abiding Americans. President Obama tries to divide Americans in every way possible, e.g., race, sex, nationality, etc., not unite us.
If re-elected, Senator Shaheen and Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter will continue supporting President Obama's far-left radical policies and actions no matter how much they harm our country and the American people.
In November, vote Republican to oppose President Obama's assault on our jobs, our health, our liberties, and the unity of the American people. Vote Republican to show you want to return to proven policies that make our country strong and the American people free and prosperous.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 02:59