To The Daily Sun,
I started a petition against the three proposed roundabouts in the People's town of Meredith. I was standing in front of the Post Office in the cold for many days, plus I was at the Waste Management Center. I have met many concerned citizens and instantly developed a spiritual friendship. I did a lot of listening and to my surprise many folks were not informed about the issue and information was scarce.
Why were the good folks of Meredith uninformed? Now the meetings were held for nine months at 3 to 5 p.m., two hours per session. There was no public hearing for nine months. Why not televise the sessions for the people of Meredith? The people would be well informed about this issue. Families are busy with their children, jobs, driving their children here there and everywhere. I certainly understand the family life. Not long ago, that life belonged to me!
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) objective policy states that the public should have extensive public hearings and opportunities for comment regarding the effects of any proposals. Why didn't this happen?
I have read the minutes of the advisory meeting material, it took me four hours to absorb and then pick out the main points. There was limited readable dialogue, but here are the main points from Gene McCarthy, NHDOT.
— Police manage traffic flow and have done this for years effectively.
— Single-lane roundabouts do not perform as well as present signal configuration. Single-lane roundabouts make congestion worse.
Gene McCarthy recognizes that single lane roundy-rounds would fail during peak periods. Gene advised that a single-lane roundabout would not provide as much capacity as the current signalization and characterized performance as "poor." Failure would occur for significant periods of the year.
Gene McCarthy also said that single-lane roundabouts have insufficient capacity to handle peak demands and would create congestion. Single-lane roundabouts result in significant backup during peak periods.
Pleasant Street and Lake Street roundabouts represent new delays and associated queuing.
After reading all the material, I cannot understand a "Yes" vote for this project. I would vote "No," and would like further investigations done. There are many obstacles to consider. Safety is first and the Fire Department input is vital for the health and well-being of We the People. Actually I asked to be on the committee, but I was told they already had nine, plus Rusty McLear as an alternate. I really think Rusty McLear had a conflict of interest and he should have been excluded. He has vested interest in properties.
Gene McCarthy stated on several occasions at the Dec. 15 public hearing, that if the people of Meredith do not want this roundabout proposal, the State of New Hampshire will not force it upon them.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:48
To The Daily Sun,
In Wednesday's letters, both Henry Osmer and L.J. Siden seem worked up about conservatives continued focus on the Benghazi cover-up. No fear guys, as much as you want it to just "go away" that's not going to happen. We the people want answers and we are not going to be distracted by bogus complaints from the left.
What's more we will not be limited to just Benghazi. We want to know the details about that and about the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, and the other half dozen misdeeds committed by the Obama administration. So guys my advice is, suck it up and deal with it.
Mr. Siden is particularly exercised that some of we right-wing folks do not feel the need to prove our statements. L.J. has been critical of me personally in the past for this. It goes back a few months to when I wrote that I didn't have to prove Obama lied because the president had proved that far beyond my ability himself — which was true and reported in nearly every reputable news organization in the world. Apparently L.J. want's those of us on the right to give citations for every fact already in the public domain. Not gonna happen L.J. Want to stand there and say Obama didn't lie, be my guest, but the world already knows better.
Lastly and once again I accuse Obama and the liberal media of bias in favor of Muslims and Islam. Their refusal to identify and report that terrorism in the world today is committed by far most often by Muslims is a clear and open fact. Their excuse that it's a small minority is wrong. Bill Maher, noted liberal, said it best, "Hundreds of millions of Muslims applaud these terrorist attacks." So now Mr. Osmer and Mr./Ms. Siden can chew on those facts.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:40
To The Daily Sun,
How much space does the Town of Belmont need for a town hall? The article in today's newspapers indicates the selectmen and others wish to renovate the Belmont Mill building for use as a Town Hall? How many employees currently work in the present Town Hall? How much space is needed for so few people?
I don't disagree that the town needs to make improvements in the Town Hall, however the costs indicated in the news articles to refurbish the mill would create a huge tax increase in a town that is already one of the highest taxed towns in the entire state. The taxpayers can't afford this increase together with a possible increase from the school district for kindergarten. The taxpayers can't afford this idea.
Here is an idea. Perhaps the town should look into tearing the present Town Hall down and then consider perhaps building a new Town Hall which could also include space for a new police station which is more needed at present than the Town Hall. There is at present, or was, a building for sale across from the fire station. Would that lot be cheaper space for a new Town Hall in the form of a modular type building, etc.?
I urge the voters of Belmont to consider other options rather than this very, very costly one being proposed. It's your money. Are we paying too much in taxes already? I think so as compared to other towns. I don't often agree with George Condodemetraky, but in this instance he may have a valid point.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:36
To The Daily Sun,
It's a miracle that President Obama has been able to achieve what he has without much bipartisan cooperation. In fact the accomplishments have happened despite a Republican opposition that openly declared in advance that it would automatically oppose anything the president supported — before they knew what was going to be proposed. Clean air, education, immigration, the economy, taxes, reining in Wall Street are but a few of the issues that still need action and that were covered last night during the president's State of the Union speech.
For example, President Obama just challenged America — and Congress — to "set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline" and not to take us backward in the fight for good jobs and a bright future for our children.
"Over the past six years, we've done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That's why we've set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that's why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts."
One of the sad facts is that we pay these congressional salaries that enable their purely self-serving political behavior that has cost each one of us so much. Now you are able to see your dollars at work — or not. The State of the Union was one of the best speeches I've heard in a long time. It was a reminder of just how much good for this country President Obama has been able to do in spite of tremendous odds and non-cooperation from the GOP.
I was totally disgusted to see the "tan man" sit there as if he was glued to his seat. I was disgusted with his fellow Republicans who also sat on their pious rear ends smirking when each accomplishment, goal or achievement and success was mentioned.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:32
To The Daily Sun,
During 2014, the Gilmanton Food Pantry and Thrift Shop has been successful in our efforts to provide supplemental assistance to members of the Gilmanton community to ensure that every person's basic needs are met. We would not have been able to do so without the help and support of the greater community.
The number of persons, businesses and organizations are too numerous to list individually. However, the volunteers at the Gilmanton Food Pantry & Thrift Shop want to extend their sincere appreciation and thanks to one and all for your donations of food, money, toys, clothing and time. No donation is too small, whether it be a single can of food or extra change when purchasing clothing. Everything helps and is appreciated by those of us who help to manage the pantry and thrift shop as well as the families and children who we are able to help.
Through your support, the Gilmanton Food Pantry was able to provide generous holiday baskets to make an otherwise simple holiday meal something special, as well as school kits, gifts for children at Christmas and winter clothing for children in need. This is in addition to monthly allotments of food throughout the year. The sales from our thrift shop go to support these wonderful programs as well.
We thank you all for giving so generously and making everything we do at the food pantry possible.
Our next event to benefit the Food Pantry is coming up on Feb. 14. There will be music and many luscious desserts. Admission is free, donations are welcome. This will take place at the Gilmanton Community Church in Gilmanton Iron Works. Watch for further details and save the date.
The Gilmanton Food Pantry Committee extends wishes for a peaceful, joyful, healthful and Happy New Year.
Visit us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/GilmantonCommunityChurch.
Winter Hours: Wednesday, 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works.
Parking & Entrance: Gilmanton Community Church Parking Lot.
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N.H. 03237
Gilmanton Food Pantry Committee
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:04