To The Daily Sun,
It has been my pleasure to serve the Town of Meredith as one of the three trustees of the Meredith Trust Funds over the last nine years. The roles of the trustees are to create and administer an investment policy and manage town capital reserve, expendable and common trust funds with a value of in excess of $2.5 million.
Trustees issue payments of these funds and receive oversight from the office of the New Hampshire Attorney General.
I have decided not to run for re-election to a fourth term and am very happy to learn that Bob Davis has filed to run for this position. In addition to his MBA and Master's in Public Administration, Bob has a strong financial and management background with experience in small and larger organizations.
Perhaps most importantly, he has demonstrated his dedication to our community through his membership on the Meredith Conservation Commission as well as in Rotary and the Winona Forest Association. He has also served as treasurer and vice chairman of the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association.
Please join me in voting for Bob Davis as one of your Trustees of the Trust Funds on March 10.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 11:45
To The Daily Sun,
Where to begin. So much is happening on the national front it's sometimes very difficult to keep track. President Obama is facing many issues concerning ISIL. The killing of innocents continues to make news. Some very concrete discussions have to take place in Congress concerning their particular obligation on what they should be doing in order to deal with these ongoing issues. Congress must work with President Obama on this and other very crucial issues. Will it happen, that is yet to be seen, right?
Is trying to push through the Keystone Pipeline more of a priority for the new majority in Congress than making some decisions about ISIL? Sure looks that way. The oil industry lobbyists are throwing tons of money at our politicians to make sure that Keystone IS the priority.
John Boehner invited Bebe Netanyahu to speak before Congress. President Obama will not meet with Bebe while he is in this country in order to stay out of the fray. Many Democrats in Congress are seriously considering not attending this session. I say, good for them, since Boehner has broken with all protocol in extending an invitation to Bebe.
In addition, we have people sorta kinda declaring a possible run for the office of president of the United States. I say sorta kinda because they might be in the arena, but have yet to officially throw in their "collective hats." They make sure that they throw out brickbats, barbs and critiques when it comes to the concrete accomplishments of President Obama and his administration. But oh, and there is of course always a but, they sometimes or most times distort the facts and figures especially when it comes to the increase in jobs numbers and a stronger economy.
The fact that the Affordable Care Act has been a great success, with over 10 million people signed up for medical coverage who've not had it before. And certainly we cannot forget that congressional Republicans have tried over 50 times to repeal the ACA without any comprehensive substitute or viable and constructive additions and deletions. What a total waste of money that could have been put to much better use. Oh well, that's nothing new, right?
Now let's take a look at two of the possible, maybe, sorta kinda GOP possible candidates for President: Christie and Paul (one a governor, the other a medical doctor, libertarian and senator) who continue to muddy the waters of the measles outbreak. Oh, then Paul back-tracked and said he didn't say what he actually said. One has to wonder just how they can make statements which are counter-intuitive to long-held medical research and hard-core evidence to the contrary. In my opinion I don't believe that they are ready for "prime time." Many of their statements are the ones where we tend to shake our heads and say, did they really just say that...?
Jeb Bush (former governor of Florida) is or might be considering a run for the president of the U.S. How in the world is he going to run when many in his party don't want to pass any comprehensive immigration reform (an important issue that he has talked about addressing)? In addition, when it comes to public education in Florida there is a long history of underpaying their teachers. Florida's students do not score well on standardized tests. One has to ask if he can possibly explain or rationalize these truths to voters? Why didn't things improve while he had his tenure in the governor's mansion in Tallahassee?
Brian Williams, NBC National News commentator has been put on a six month leave without pay for exaggerating the truth about a helicopter ride in the war zone. Yet there are many other commentators on TV and radio who continue to bend the truth and outright lie to us each and every day without sanctions or reprimand. Huh?
Case in point, Rush Limbaugh who is losing sponsors as a result of his constant and ongoing daily vitriol. I would guess that his distortions and misleading statements have finally made his sponsors think twice about supporting this very negative individual. And that's a good thing.
Then on the local level we have the likes of the Earle, Wiles, Boutin, Meade, Young, Riley, et al trying to convince us that other letter writers are outright or borderline liars. Could it be that only those naysayers know the truth of each matter discussed in this forum? Of course not. But as the ole saying goes we are all entitled to our opinion, but we cannot change the facts, isn't that right my fellow writers?
Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 11:42
To The Daily Sun,
Just when we thought we had too many managers in New Hampshire state government the governor now wants a new position created. It's called Chief Operating Officer.
I thought that was the governor's job. Where will she get the money to compensate this proposed new state employee. Only she knows.
I guess it's the governors way of helping to reduce the unemployment percentage rate in New Hampshire.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 11:37
To The Daily Sun,
I have had several residents inquire as to the process of electing and or appointing the Selectboard members for the town elections. There seems to be confusion given the unusual circumstances of having two resignations after the town ballot had been assembled.
The town elections are Tuesday, March, 10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Center. At the town elections voting will take place for the two seats currently held by Carla Horne and Peter Brothers. Voters will fill those two seats only.
Pursuant to RSA 669:63, the two vacancies created by recent resignations will be filled by appointment by the remaining Selectboard members. There is no provision to include these seats on the ballot, as the resignations occurred after the ballot was assembled, and candidates signed up for offices. The current Selectboard has chosen to defer the filling of these vacancies until after the election. At that time the board will decide how it wants to fill the two remaining vacancies.
I hope this clarifies what the procedure will be.
Carla Horne, Chair
Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 11:34
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Leslie Thompson and I have been a resident of Alexandria for just two years but almost immediately after we moved here the specter of an industrial wind project in our backyard loomed large.
We moved here because we found the perfect house in the perfect spot where we could enjoy endless acres of woods, wildlife galore, and even a babbling brook just below the bluff where our home sits.
All of a sudden we are confronted with both a huge, industrial wind project that will change the landscape and the realization that in the current legal/political climate, we have little to say about Alexandria's environmental future. That means there are two parts to this fight: 1. to protect the rural and environmental health of Alexandria, and 2. to assert our right to shape our town's character. Both points are important and both issues are worth the fight.
Last year a majority of us voted in the first Community Bill of Rights (BOR). Awesome! In the ensuing year however, we have learned a lot about the powers of corporate industry and realize that we need to close up some gaps not foreseen in the first BOR . We have all been scratching our heads for the past year as to why in the world an Iberdrola or an EDP would spend the enormous amounts of money necessary to build a MET tower, collect a year's worth of data, just to be told they are not permitted to go forward. We have to stop them before they even start and more importantly, we have to assert our right to shape our town today and forever.
On March 10, the town of Alexandria will vote on an additional BOR that would prohibit Wind Resource Extraction activities and further define our position on industrial wind projects in our community. Let's all stand together again.
Vote "Yes" on Warrant Article 16.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 11:28