To The Daily Sun,
On Monday, October 21, while I was away from home, I received a call on my cell phone from the Tilton-Northfield Fire Department, telling me that my fire alarms were going off and they needed me to come home and unlock my doors.
Today, I'm very thankful for two things. The first is that my fire alarms, it turns out, were triggered not by a fire but by a dead battery in one detector, which caused all of the rest of the hard-wired alarms to sound. The second thing I'm thankful for is that someone walking by my Elm Street home heard the alarms and cared enough to make the call to the fire department. There was no emergency in this case, but there could have been, and that phone call could have saved my home and the lives of my two dear pets.
To whoever called the fire department on Monday, thank you. It is nice to know there are people out there that will help a stranger. And, to everyone else, now is a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors if you haven't in a while!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:20
To The Daily Sun,
That is a very descriptive political cartoon in today's (October 22nd) Laconia Daily Sun as it truly is our future generations who will reap the debt which has been sown. When people say that they are voting for the children, I ask them: "which generation?".
Another cartoon worth citing is Walt Kelly's Pogo, popular years ago for the wisdom uttered by a cerebral frog. Pogo said: "we have met the enemy and he is us". Politicians of both major parties are unpopular as they continually promise more than can be delivered and continually fail to fund that which has been voted.
Is the answer to promise more, spend more, partially fund more and larger programs and to grow the government in the process? About 40 percent of gross domestic product is consumed by all of the various levels of government. The fact that this is a policy problem as opposed to a political problem can be seen right here in Belknap County where two of the three commissioners are Republicans who, nonetheless, have promulgated a budget busting 43 million dollar new jail.
People should decipher what is behind the political rhetoric we see being bandied about and vote for the amount of government which they can afford. Beginning with the primaries and extending into the general election, ask the candidates where they stand on programs and taxation and then vote to hold them accountable for those stands.
Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:16
To The Daily Sun,
Despite the devastating fire on September 22 that destroyed both out warehouse and office spaces, Northeast Electrical Solutions, LLC of Laconia never missed a beat. Three service vehicles and a great many tools were lost. Fortunately, two fully equipped vehicles were off site at the time of fire.
Immediately upon being notified about the fire, management and employees of NES began to triage. Personal vehicles were set up as mobile offices, business telephone lines were forwarded to employee cell phones for 24/7 coverage. Temporary office and storage spaces were rapidly located thanks to the generosity of family and friends. Everything needed to continue Northeast Electrical Solutions operations was at hand, including manpower and a determination to continue. NES's pledge to continue their "standard", i.e. stellar customer service remained firmly in place.
The employees at Northeast Electrical Solutions will tell you that they are like a small family-sharing a camaraderie seldom found in the business world of today. Not only do they work as a team during business hours, but it is not unusual for them to assist each other on a personal level if needed. The fire was certainly a crisis, without question, but it was not a defeating crisis. Perhaps for the immediate future some things would be different, but there was nothing that could not be handled if it was dealt with as a team.
In 2009, when owner Gregg Selesky started Northeast Electrical Solutions he knew that there would be bumps in the road. He knew that the construction industry was as unpredictable as the weather, with workloads and revenue fluctuating constantly. Functioning as an employer instead of an employee was a new world for Gregg. Despite the many challenges, his Northeast Electrical Solutions not only prospered, but grew. Divisions were created to handle everything from marine electrical repairs to security systems. Solar and wind power systems were offered as well.
There were good days and bad... perks and pitfalls. Strong faith created a permanent glue while a diverse and ever growing customer base evolved. Team building was an ongoing process in the beginning and continues today. The perfect "recipe" for success is not written in any book, it is a process. (If you question the faith aspect in all of this, I have to tell you that Gregg Selesky's bible, always atop his desk, survived the September 22 fire virtually unscathed when everything else in the office was destroyed.
Northeast Electrical Solutions
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:51
To The Daily Sun,
Did you know the Federal Government was shut down? Would you have noticed if the media did not constantly tell you about it in the news?
Yes, the big problem was the closing of the National Parks. In the news every day, people on vacation were not allowed access to the roads in the National Parks or to the monuments in Washington DC. It is hard to imagine that people are fooled by this political action. Closing the roads to National Parks is like closing the roads across the N.H. White Mountains.
Park Rangers closed the gates and stopped collecting entrance fees at least until the states decided to open some of them. Yes, the federal government-run campgrounds and other housing facilities might need to stop operating along with the Disney World like tram ride in Yosemite but why did the roads through these parks need to be closed?
When the Federal Government "shuts down", parklands should remain open free of charge to allow vacationers the right to access roads and trails to view the many beautiful waterfalls, rivers, lakes, cliffs, canyons, trees, mountains, super-volcano lava flows, etc. Park Rangers are not necessary for people to see the outdoors.
How many noticed the shutdown of the unnecessary government agencies like the Department of Energy, Education and HUD. The permanent closing of these agencies would result in less spending and government controls that negatively impact jobs and the free market economy.
There was some news about how highly-paid federal employees were suffering from the 16 day shutdown, although reports now say they are being paid for not working. I wonder how the people who truly live on a paycheck to pay check basis feel about the alleged "suffering". Perhaps they missed one of their $200,000 plus conference/seminars? It is sad that the elderly were scared by the threat of not sending out retirement social security payments.
Reports that the country lost billions of dollars because of the shut down are unsubstantiated. If they did not pay federal employees for the shut down period, you would think there would be millions saved in reduced labor costs associated with these unnecessary workers.
The pro big government people sure seem to think they won the shut down exaggeration. This just confirms that there are people who benefit from big government at the expense of the many who lose. Unfortunately, those fooled by the park closures are likely going to continue to be fooled by those successfully convincing people that a centralized big government spending and borrowing trillions is necessary and good for them.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 09:59
To The Daily Sun,
In a recent Letter to the Editor, Belknap District 5 State Representative Dick Burchell stated that: "57 percent of the populace rejects the ACA" This is incorrect as polling data (Kaiser Health, CNN/ORC, and others) show that at least 40 percent of the populace favor the ACA (Obamacare) or want it expanded, while fewer than 39 percent want it ended. More importantly in New Hampshire the most recent New England College poll shows that 58 percent of our populace supports the ACA while 38 percent oppose it.
Interestingly, the latest NBC/Wall St. Journal poll shows that only 24 percent of our populace approves of Representative Burchell's Republican Party... Hmm! Clearly our populace has recognized a problem and it is not the ACA (Obamacare); a quick look in the mirror would show Representative Burchell where the problem is.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 09:56