To The Daily Sun,
I was saddened by the recent events at the Meredith Selectboard workshop. In a democracy, there will always be honest differences of opinion. Sometimes one finds oneself in the majority on an issue. At other times, one's heartfelt beliefs are not shared by a majority of citizens. In that case, you have the right to speak out, to publish your opinions, and to attempt to sway your neighbors. Honest political differences should never descend to personal attacks, as was the case in the recent Route 3-25 discussion.
A majority of citizens did not favor the roundabout recommendations. The Selectboard heard their opinions courteously and yielded to the will of the majority. That was democracy in action. There was absolutely no call for personal attacks. The board should have been diligent in keeping the discussion civil. They also should have stood up for one of their own who had given tirelessly of his time and expertise, whether they supported the recommendations of the committee or not. To do otherwise was a disservice to that member and to all the citizens who were then deprived of his efforts on our behalf.
It is worth reminding ourselves that we could not have the wonderful town we love without the hard work of those who volunteer their time and knowledge to make this town work. Town officials who receive a small stipend are certainly not compensated for the myriad hours they contribute to our quality of life.
Let us never allow anyone to turn neighbors into enemies because of a political difference of opinion. I, for one, would like to thank Lou Kahn for all he has done for Meredith, in official capacities such as service on the Planning Board and Selectboard, and in unofficial ways, such as his volunteer hard work with the Conservation Commission. Lou can often be found with a saw in the town parks clearing trails for all of us who love to hike, snowshoe, or just discover nature. Thank you, Lou.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:37
To The Daily Sun,
We want to invite the entire community to our next StandUp Laconia coalition meeting this Thursday at the Laconia Middle School Cafeteria beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Thank you to the many people who responded and are now a part of this positive force. We have many community leaders involved who are guiding us in the right direction. Please join us, we need everyone to commit to this worthwhile endeavor.
Please visit our website for more information: www.standuplaconia.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:32
To The Daily Sun,
I was recently called by someone who has started a write-in campaign for me to be elected to the Alton School Board. I think in light of all the recent manipulations, unethical, and perhaps illegal actions by Steve Miller and Bill Landers, and supported by votes from Sandy Wyatt and Marilyn St. Cyr, this person is so fed up they wanted to try to give the voters more choice.
I was asked, if elected, would I serve on the School Board. I agreed. I have been outspoken about school issues for some time. Some would say I am too outspoken. I say read what I have written over the years. I speak out for the children, the teachers having the right to run their own classrooms, and transparency of the School Board. I do not like lies by omission, untruths or half-truths.
I believe that parents are the rightful partners in education and should be a huge part of what goes on in the school. I like honesty and integrity at all levels. I am not a fan of one grand educational experiment after another, at the expense of the children.
I think of every taxpayer when thinking of how their money should be spent and not just the perceived wealthy lakefront taxpayers.
If you agree with my ideals, which I believe would help create a better School Board and educational system for the children, then feel free to write me in. If elected, I will try my hardest to help improve education in Alton.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:28
To The Daily Sun
As some of you are aware, the Lakeport Opera House block is up for auction. This piece of real estate holds many enjoyable memories for residents of Lakeport and Laconia. As most of us can recall, Henry's Five & Dime was an instrumental part of many locals' childhood memories including myself, as were the regular visits to the Lakeport Post Office with my grandmother.
I recall both my grandparents sharing memories with me about the long abandoned theater that once existed upstairs. It was not till years later, I was able to view this unique hidden gem for myself, and gaze in wonder at its unused potential.
Years have passed, and after many intermittent tenants, and lack of esthetic care the block has fallen on hard times. As a former resident of Laconia, I see the value in preserving this structure, and it is nice to know I am not alone in this important cause. This structure would make an ideal venue for concerts, theater productions, and there is plenty of opportunity to utilize the existing lower level for retail space.
I read recently the curtain from the Moulton Opera House was discovered in a barn in Laconia. We no longer have that structure due to Urban Renewal, and yes, esthetically the Lakeport Opera House needs a little TLC, but it still exists today. What better way to honor the memory of this lost landmark, then to showcase it within its Lakeport counterpart.
We need to remember there are federal historic preservation grants available to secure these types of structures for the future. It will sadden many residents, including former ones like myself, if this iconic structure is lost.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:23
To the Daily Sun,
My name is Harry H. Bean and I am running for a seat on the Gilford Budget Committee.
I am one of four family members that share the name Harry Bean currently residing in Gilford. Our family has been in Gilford since 1855, living on Saltmarsh Pond Road. I am a 60-year-old self-employed businessman (35 years). I feel that I am at a place in my life that can give back to this community that has treated me so well my entire life.
It is this sense of community service that lead me to assemble a small team (consisting of four generations of Beans) to donate the skill and labor that was required to finally complete the restoration of the warming hut at the now defunct outing club on Route 11-A.
Please support my candidacy so I can do my part in keeping Gilford great well into the future. I would appreciate your vote on March 10.
Harry H. Bean
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 12:15