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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 11:02
To The Daily Sun,
Last November conservative and Tea Party voters went to the polls with the objective of tossing out the Democrats who believed in Obama's agenda.
It seems that Republicans cannot stand victory. John Boehner begins by alienating Congress members whom I agree with. And it did not take long for the Speaker of the House to bow down to Obama. Harry Reid still thinks he is Majority Leader of the Senate, even though he is not. Since McConnell does not like confrontation, he is allowing Reid and Obama to set the agenda. Obama is angry at Netanyahu for reminding us of what a real leader does. And I snicker at the thought of B. Hussein being put in his place.
There is another opportunity for something good for the residents of Belknap County. The voters said they wanted a County Commission that would protect us from a new county jail addition, members who would listen to the public, and be transparent (not BHO's idea of transparency). I did do what I could to help candidates (Dick) Burchell and (Dave) DeVoy win, and the appointment of Hunter was a good move.
Now for some reason, my hope was that the three commissioners would be the answer, they are giving the detractors an opening to attack their every decision.
Commissioner Burchell, as a supporter, I ask you to remain at the table, not as the chairman, but as the man who wanted to represent me.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
I have found that most people I speak with feel that, for a variety of reasons, our elected representatives don't fully reflect our beliefs and desires, and that we are limited in our responses to that problem. We can complain to the representative, and we can vote for their opponent. Neither path gives us as much say as if we were that representative ourselves. The one and only place where we had that power was at Town Meeting. We are the representatives of our town government by virtue of citizenship alone — no fund-raising or unseemly compromises needed for the position.
Once a year for five hours we came together and set the future course for our town. SB-2 took that right away from us along with the social bonds of community governing. Like it or not, politics runs everything and being a spectator gets you nothing. Please vote for Article 2 which will return us to our roots in participatory democracy and end the failed SB-2 experiment.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:52
To The Daily Sun,
Belknap County's Commission is a three-member board (as mandated by N.H, Statute RSA 28) comprised of part-time elected officials responsible for overall supervision, custody and care of all county departments, buildings and land, and have budgetary oversight of all county expenditures with approval of the Executive Committee of the Belknap County Convention.
Unlike the Convention/Delegation or its Executive Committee, no provision for a commission vice chair exists, nor does the law describe the duties of the vice chair.
Following the November General Election of a majority (2 of 3) of Belknap County Commission and the subsequent resignation of Commissioner Nedeau, at the commissions' first meeting of 2015, as mandated by law they chose "from their number a chairman and a clerk". Absent a resignation or removal by the court for misconduct of a member, no changes in the legally organized commission shall take place until the next election.
However, what took place was the election of Richard Burchell, chair of the commission and David DeVoy as "vice chair". The position of clerk, held by Mr. Nedeau, was not addressed.
What is problematic is that unlike the Convention/Delegation or its Executive Committee, no provisions for a "commission vice chair" exists, nor does the law describe the duties of the vice chair. Therefore, by default David DeVoy summarily is the clerk.
With the appointment of Hunter Taylor no election is allowed, as the makeup of the county is complete — chair, clerk and the third commissioner.
Until such time as a new member(s) of the County Convention is or are elected at a statewide election, no election shall take place amongst the three commissioners. The Legislature made no provision for conducting re-election regarding the makeup of the county commission for any non-election reason. If the courts would implement a free-for-all every time a two-out-of-three majority vote changed as to who was the chairperson and who is the clerk, based on personalities, political ideology or dislike, there would be no consistent administration structure of county government.
Accordingly, the county brouhaha is another black eye for Belknap County. Clearly the court will find that the composition of the commission, subject to a death, resignation or Superior Court removal for official misconduct, Richard Burchell is the chairman, David DeVoy is the default clerk and Hunter Taylor is simply commissioner.
Furthermore, the implementation of an all-day meeting of a public body regarding its annual budget, clearly results in a circumvention of the public's right to observe the actions of government.
Thomas A. Tardif
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:40
To The Daily Sun,
This past Sunday was the annual Take a Kid Fishing tournament hosted by the Belknap County Sportsmen's Club on Lily Pond in Gilford. This continues to be a great event as I witnessed many children with smiles catching fish.
However, this past Sunday I was quite dismayed by the actions of some members of the club. I am part of a group of people that rides our motorcycles on the ice. We spend many hours and a good amount of money to plow tracks as well as access to the pond and for the last couple of years we have plowed the "parking area" on Airport Road which is used by many as it is neither town or state maintained. We plow two tracks both encompassing a total of less than 20 percent of the farthest end of the pond.
On Sunday morning I showed up at 9:15 a.m. only to find our access routes to either track completely blocked by the Sportsmen's Club trailer and registration booth. We plowed plenty of room for them to set up without having to block anything. I unloaded my ATV to go scrape off the tracks and as I passed the club's trailer I noticed I was getting some, shall we say, "unwelcoming looks" I proceeded to the first track only to find multiple holes drilled into it. I was quite shocked as the tracks were well away from where most people were fishing. One of the holes had water bubbling up out of it leaving that area unusable. Sadly, this was the track the kids ride on to keep them away from the faster moving adults. I approached the club's trailer and calmly asked who drilled the holes in the track and got a blank stare from five men. Finally one responded saying, "They were here when we showed up." I knew this wasn't true as it was wet all around the holes and the temp was 10 degrees.
As the day went on some parents expressed interest in the bikes and studded tires and approached me at my trailer. Two different parents said the men at the Sportsmen's Club trailer "don't like you very much" and "had nothing nice to say about you." These parents expressed disappointment in the club's attitude and they said, "They probably wouldn't return." Funny thing is some of the guys I ride with and me have always been a supporters of the club. by buying raffle tickets, etc.
At noon they packed everything up and left. No one from the club policed the area for trash. I took it upon myself to collect trash that was left scattered around and brought home a bag full. The damage had been done. We couldn't let our kids on that track for fear they would hit the holes that were now frozen piles of ice and get hurt.
So with the lack of communication and frankly respect for others that we received from the club I have to say I was highly disappointed with the Unsportsman like conduct shown by the Belknap County Sportsmen's Club. As a result a number of people, as well as me, will no longer support anything that has to do with this club.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:36