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Field Q&A session will be hald at Weeks Woods on Saturday, Oct. 22

To The Daily Sun,

Questions and concerns about the recent timber harvest in the Weeks Woods in Gilford will be discussed during a field session on Saturday, Oct. 22. Recent letters to the editor on this project suggests, in hindsight, that this session should have been held prior to the timber cutting. A post harvest tour is better late than never, however, the change to the landscape is usually very dramatic indeed. I think it is the surprise factor that really upsets the frequent visitor. They need to know why.

Change in the forest is very slow. One often enjoys a walk through the woods not knowing a previous timber harvest may have been conducted some 30-plus years ago. The logging road of yesteryear is the beautiful hiking trail of today. Take a closer look at a stand of spectacular trees and you'll no doubt find some old stumps scattered throughout.

Cutting trees is a deliberate action to achieve a particular result for timber production, wildlife habitat development, scenic views and income to help defray the costs of ownership and management.

Contact the Forest Society for additional information on this event.

Sumner Dole

Belknap County Forester, retired

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Low cost energy for New Hampshire needs to be our rallying cry

To The Daily Sun,

Don Welch is the president of New Hampshire's Globe Manufacturing Co., and in my opinion he is our version of Paul Revere.

Recently Mr. Welch broadcast the message loud and clear: "Electric prices in New Hampshire are 55.6 percent higher than the national average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. I already know the electric bill I am paying at my facility in Oklahoma is half what I pay in New Hampshire."

In other words: "New Hampshire's in trouble!"

Fellow citizens: If you were Mr. Welch and needed to expand your business which facility would you choose? New Hampshire is in dire straits. Current businesses are reluctant to expand here, new businesses are reluctant to move here. Some businesses leave here.

While Rome burns we endlessly debate how to move megawatts of Canadian power through our state out to Massachusetts and Connecticut while we receive little to none of it. Little to none for us. Really! What we do get with the current Northern Pass plan is major disruption to our roads, cities, towns and businesses during transmission line burial.

Worse, in those New Hampshire communities unlucky enough to host the elevated power lines, we get permanent blight and reduced property values. Imagine, miles of DC power lines draped over huge ugly transmission towers marring the scenic beauty of New Hampshire for our lifetime and likely our grandchildren's lifetime. Wake up New Hampshire. Take the energy.

Develop a friendly relationship with Hydro Quebec, or a hostile relationship. Either way take the energy. Do something to help New Hampshire ratepayers.

Build a New Hampshire-owned DC to AC converter terminal in the North Country where our economy suffers. Put permanent jobs where they're needed. Might we then send this less invasive AC power back down from the North Country through the state over existing AC power lines, (with) businesses and communities tapping in wherever they wanted, no burial, no new towers, and affordable energy?

Once we have satisfied our energy needs let us then, and only then, consider selling some of our surplus electricity into the New England grid ... at competitive rates. At a minimum make Hydro Quebec use state-designated power corridors (Interstate 93 for example), bury the lines, charge a hefty usage fee. Good grief, get something for our troubles.

Too draconian for you? Government overreach? So what. This is our state, Quebec is our neighbor, not Massachusetts' or Connecticut's. Which of our candidates for governor has the courage to propose such a radical New Hampshire-friendly plan, and the grit to make it happen?

Now is the time fellow citizens: No matter who you support — Chris Sununu or Colin Van Ostern — tell them that instead of exporting New Hampshire residents via an expensive commuter rail service out of New Hampshire that they should instead concentrate on attracting business into New Hampshire. Tell them your vote will go to the candidate who has the daring to stand up and fight for our future.

Make "Low cost energy for New Hampshire now!" our rallying cry this election.

Dave Rivers

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