To The Daily Sun,
Four members of the Sanbornton Budget Committee were interested in determining how town residents viewed town services and taxes, so we decided to fund, with our own money, a survey to determine resident opinions. It was also hoped that the survey would spark a town debate about upcoming warrant articles and possibility lead to higher participation at the March 11 Town Meeting.
The committee mailed 1,311 questionnaires. To date 228 residents returned the survey, a 17 percent response rate. An abbreviated version of the survey results is presented below. Not everyone answered every question, and some marked a question with more than one response. To compensate, resident responses are presented as a percentage based on the actual number of answers to each question.
In summary, 61 percent of town residents thought property taxes were too high. Town services were about right according to 51 percent. Forty-two percent thought the Highway Department should be favored if taxes were to remain the same. If services were to be cut 31 percent wanted recreation to take the reduction. Fifty percent thought the town has the right number of employees, and 72 percent said user fees should not be increased to boost town revenue.
The entire survey, complete with all the responses to each question, has been posted on the Concerned Citizens for Sanbornton Facebook page. "Like us" on Facebook to receive updates as more responses come in.
The above comments are not necessarily endorsed by every member of the Sanbornton Budget Committee.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 09:47
To The Daily Sun,
On Thursday evening, Feb. 19, there was a significant fire in a tire storage warehouse at Stratham Tire on Water Street in Laconia.
I would like to thank the Laconia and Gilford Fire Departments for the outstanding job they did getting that fire under control. In my best estimate, there were approximately 500 new tires stored in that building, and another 53-foot storage trailer parked within inches of the building that contains close to another 600 scrap tires. The skills of these firefighters not only got the building fire under control quickly in extremely cold weather but the trailer was absolutely untouched and they successfully removed more than 250 tires from the burning building. They contained the fire to the single structure, protecting the second warehouse situated only 20 feet away, the scrap tire storage trailer, along with the houses next door and across the street. Truly remarkable.
Although the loss of that building and the inventory is devastating to our business, the damage could have been so much worse. Fantastic job, guys!
Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson, Assistant Chief Kirk Beattie, and all the firefighters on the scene were incredible, keeping me updated on the situation and then helping load all the removed tires into pickup trucks so we could move them into our garage. They went above and beyond their duties to help us.
The City of Laconia and the residents are lucky to have such a well trained and dedicated group of responders to help keep us safe in extremely trying times. Stratham Tire, as a company, is extremely grateful.
Dave Harper, General Manager
Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 09:42
To the Daily Sun,
While the venerable Old Farmer's Almanac has a fine, above-average record of success at long-term winter weather predictions, for my money, nothing can beat "reading" our native Woolly Bear caterpillar.
For the current New England winter, Old Farmer's predicted lower than average snowfall.
Woolly Bear, however, more accurately predicted a slow winter start, followed by prolonged heavy snow and cold, and a slow advance to spring.
You can read Old Farmer by taking school reading lessons. Reading Woolly Bear requires old-ways nature teaching and learning.
Many New England elders cultivated this traditional art and skill. It involves reading the autumn Woolly's distinctive stripes and colors
Michael Harris, Ph.D.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 09:38
To The Daily Sun,
Steve Earle provides us with the Lakes Region's equivalent to Al Sharpton. He is consumed with the whole of conservative politics. It doesn't matter the issue, if liberals are for it, then Earle, despite facts and reason, is against it. He doesn't care about being factual or truthful because he doesn't need to be — "I don't have to prove a thing." His primary goal is to peddle as much misinformation to the readers of this forum as possible. His intent is to make them afraid, and so full of hate, that they'll believe practically anything. He and other conservative contributors have developed a following built by the politics of hate, driven by fear, and solidified by ignorance.
In a recent letter, he stirs up white resentment, by accusing Sharpton of "hating police", "hating whites", "hating Republicans" and "anyone who doesn't see things his way," while Earle has made it painfully clear that he hates Obama, Democrats, Muslims, homosexuals, immigrants, people on welfare — pretty much anyone who isn't a straight white Christian. In other words — "anyone who doesn't see things his way."
And most recently, he claims that "the left doesn't believe in God". His hatred and fear undermine what little integrity he may have had.
Over the years, I and others, have been confronting Earle on the fabricated stories he has submitted to this forum. When asked to refute my allegations his response was, "No L.J. I don't have to prove a thing." Based on that response, we must conclude that any information provide by Earle is not true. My suspicions were substantiate recently when Earle fabricated a story in which I inquired about Obama comments referencing the ACA, which I never made.
This is another lie in an effort to cover up for his brazen, "I don't have to prove a thing" comment. He continually justifies his lies by claiming they are his "personal views", or a "difference of opinion". While I respect his "personal views" and respect his "difference of opinion", Earle doesn't seem to understand that when voicing his "views" and "opinions" as truth, without proof, they are considered fabrications. He submits these concocted "views" and "opinions" often, not knowing whether or not they are actually true — false statements made with the intent to deceive. Earle's lame defense for his misinformation is that he relies on a "blog site he trusts," his "reliable sources," and the "accuracy" of others. It's reassuring that he now includes another comedian, Bill Maher, as a source of "facts" (since when does Maher become the "left's most respected spokesperson?)
It would be enlightening if Earle could support his contentions with facts and appropriate sources to substantiate his claims. Lacking this information, we must conclude that his statements are manufactured falsehoods.
In his frustration and lack of moral character, he falsely accuses me of statements that I never made. Apparently Earle believes "whether or not he (Siden) used those 'precise' words or not is completely beside the point." In his inevitable and arrogant way, he responds with false attacks to demean and ridicule, but never addresses issues raised.
When I point out his falsehoods, he refers to them as "character assassinations". I firmly believe that I don't have to assassinate Earle's character — he does quite well on his own.
Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:01
To The Daily Sun,
The Ashland Historical Society Board of Directors urges the voters of Ashland to approve Article 16 to establish a Heritage Commission at the town election on March 10.
The Heritage Commission will serve a role for the community's historic resources similar to that served by the Conservation Commission for its natural resources. It will seek to identify and inventory Ashland's historic resources, will work with the Ashland Historical Society, the Planning Board and other local boards and committees on matters relating to historic resources, and will help with coordinating and fund-raising for cultural events.
As proposed, the Heritage Commission will be an advisory committee. (Although some towns have given their Heritage Commissions the powers of an historic district commission, no such authority is granted by this warrant article.) The new commission will take over the duties of the existing Historic Commission, formed in 1970 to oversee the Whipple House. We feel that the commission could obtain grants and other assistance not available to private organizations like ours. The Historical Society looks forward to working with the Heritage Commission on preserving and promoting Ashland's history and historic resources. So, we hope that Ashland's citizens will vote for this article on March 10.
Bob Baker, Elisabeth Allen Cody, Katie Maher, Sandy Ray, David Ruell, Jane Sawyer, Brad Wolff
Ashland Historical Society Board
Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 12:44