To The Daily Sun,
On March 10 Sanbornton voters we will be asked to vote on five proposed zoning amendments submitted by the Sanbornton Planning Board. Amendment four proposes establishing a Commercial (Light Manufacturing permitted) Zoning District. This would increase the size of the current Commercial Zoning District along Route 127 beyond the Sanbornton General Store toward Franklin, and would allow light manufacturing in that area.
I have some major concerns about this proposed amendment regarding air, land, water and noise pollution.
The definition of Light Manufacturing in the Town Zoning Ordinance book — Article 3 page 3.4 item 31, means a use involving the manufacture of a product such that all resulting dust, flash, fumes, gases, odors, refuse matter, smoke, vapor, hazardous or toxic materials, electro-magnetic interference or radio-active emission shall be completely and effectively confined within a building, or so regulated as to prevent any nuisance or hazard to the public health or safety and further provided that no vibration or other disturbance is perceptible without the use of instruments, at the boundary of the parcel involved. Provided also that noise shall be restricted to a peak level of 65 dBa between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and 45 dBa between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
That is a pretty unsettling description of what would be allowed. Do we really want to allow the possibility of polluting the air and earth and enduring noise around the clock at different dBa levels? Additionally, according to a town map prepared by the Lakes Region Planning Commission, this area is a Aquifer Conservation Zone. This would further indicate that this location is inappropriate for the new zoning recommendation.
I am voting against this proposed amendment on election day and I hope all concerned citizens will vote against it as well.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 09:37
To The Daily Sun,
I always enjoy John Demakowski's letters. I saw the column from Scott Cracraft on "What Would Jesus Do?," and I thought of writing an answer to it. Then I said to myself, "Let John Demakowski do it. He can say it better than you can. "I am always heartened by his stance for God and biblical truths.
I will add my two cents, however. On the subject of abortion, one thing that has always galled me is that even people who are pro-abortion have come up with this concocted idea that if abortion is going to be curtailed at all, the time to do that is when the child could live outside the womb. This basically says that if the child can measure up to an adult standard — that of existing independently from the mother — that affords him some right to exist. Who is anyone to say to another human being, 'If you can meet my standards, you can live? Who is any adult to say that a younger life form is worth less? Where do you get off? What gives you that right? A fetus is at his stage of life, just as a child is at his and a grown-up is at his. No one has the right to say one of them is less worthy than the other.
The other thing I want to say is that I knew a woman a long time ago who was a liberal left-wing feminist with all the attitudes and opinions that go along with it. And one day when she talked about her abortion she cried for a good five minutes and kept saying, "I can't take it back. I can't change it. If I could I would, but I can't." So yes, women do often have deep regrets and this is one thing the lucrative abortion industry would like to keep from them.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 11:23
To The Daily Sun,
John Demakowski says Jesus is God. Really? Who says so? An ancient text? Bishop Athanasius? The Council of Nicaea? The Council of Chalcedon? But is there really a God? Mr. Demakowski acts as if he knows there is. But he doesn't know anything about any God. He has a god-concept and that is all.
Nobody knows if there is an intelligent first cause and anyone who says they do is a liar or a fool, possibly both. Mr. Demakowski has no evidence for any personal God nor does he have any logical reason why we should believe without evidence. He pretends well and doesn't even know he pretends. He may say he relies on faith, but faith is a "God of the gaps" cop-out, a relic of ignorance both ancient and medieval. As someone who debates politics, science and religion online, I can tell you that once you make a theist answer for his beliefs, point by point, he has no logical argument for his beliefs. It's 100 percent baloney. It's so easy a caveman can point out the cognitive dissonance that believers live with.
Back to Mr. Demakowski's Jesus is God. Who was Jesus anyway? You might be interested in the fact that there is not one contemporary historical writing about this Jesus. Not one primary historical source, and that is why scholars are increasingly stepping out and saying that maybe Jesus never existed. The same is true of historians and archaeologists that make it clear there isn't any body of evidence supporting the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. No flood. No Jewish captivity. No Exodus or Ten Commandments event. No conquest of the promised land. If folks want to believe folklore is fact, they have that right, but keep it in your homes and churches and away from our government and schools.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 11:19
To The Daily Sun,
I was in the Meredith Municipal Building Wednesday. While there I found out there were two open positions for selectman. Only one person had signed up. After going home, I called a couple of friends and they said I should go for it.
At this time I am announcing, I will be a candidate for the position of selectman. Come May I will have been a resident of Meredith for 73 years, as we like to say, a native. Please don't use that against me.
I served during Vietnam as a Navy hospital corpsman from 1960-1964. I hope I spelled it better than our president said. Ask a Marine. I know they know how to pronounce it.
After coming home from the Navy I started getting involved. The first thing I got involved with was the local American Legion. I was on the honor guard rifle party, and than I became the post commander. In all I served four times. Other involvements were Parks and Playgrounds Commission and the Community Center Committee. I was involved two times when we brought the Vietnam Moving Wall to Meredith.
Most recently I served on the Route 3-25 Committee. Any one that attended the hearing can tell you that even though I was on the committee I urged the selectmen to listen to the taxpayers. There were almost 400 people there, and only two or three spoke in favor. The selectmen did the right thing by turning it down.
I know if I should be elected I will have a lot to learn, but with the help of present and past selectmen I am confident I can do the job. I do not consider myself a big spender and try as hard as I can to be open to all the taxpayers of Meredith.
If I can't give you the answer you are looking for I will try to point out the person that does. I can promise I will work to the best of my ability.
L. Michael Hatch
Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 11:12
To The Daily Sun,
Readers of The Daily Sun have doubtless become inured to the strident letters regularly published from correspondents on the political left and right. By now, the familiarity of their arguments makes for less than compelling reading, and no useful purpose would be served by commenting on them. But Thursday's letters page produced a missive from one Tom Dawson of Laconia so dismal in thought that an exception must be made.
The villain of the Dawson letter is Fox News, described as "a propaganda machine supporting a Republican, right-wing agenda" that "lies and continually slants its reporting to achieve some [nefarious] end." The sentiment has a familiar ring to Daily Sun readers — except sometimes the descriptives are altered and it is MSNBC being denounced in such terms. What distinguishes the Dawson letter from the standard editorial page fare is its assertion that the reportage/commentary of Fox News is not merely deplorable. According to Dawson, it is criminal in nature. This is because Fox broadcasts threaten to "cause commotion, confusion, and anger among the American citizenry" and/or are "aimed at disrupting the American government," and therefore constitute sedition on its way to treason. Making this all the more sinister is the fact that Fox News is owned by Rupert Murdoch, admittedly an American citizen, but one of non-native origin (having been born in Australia).
Sadly, there were times in American history when criticism of the government was a crime, and many of those whose speech discomforted government office holders ended up in handcuffs. Ironically (given Dawson's apparent sympathies), sedition statutes and other anti-free speech enactments were most often used to suppress the voice of the political left. But thankfully, such laws have been off the books for nearly 100 years, and today anyone, from the John Birch Society to Mother Jones, can express views critical of government without jeopardizing their liberty.
Finally should letter writer Tom Dawson prove to be the Thomas Dawson who stood as candidate for state office in the November election but lost, it would appear that New Hampshire residents dodged a bullet. The specter of someone with so shallow an understanding of history and such disdain of the First Amendment (with latent nativist tendencies, to boot) holding political power is a far more scary thought than anything uttered by the talking heads on TV.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 11:09