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
To The Daily Sun,
Belmont taxpayers should vote "No" on the following four warrant articles on March 10:
NO — Article 3. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $3,357,250 (to) renovate the Belmont Mill for use as town offices, and to authorize the issuance of not more than $2,957,250 of bonds or notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33) and to authorize the municipal officials to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon; the balance of funding for the project ($400,000) to come from the Municipal Facilities Capital Reserve for which the selectmen are agents to expend? A 3/5 ballot vote required
NO — Article 6. Shall the town vote to raise and appropriate $300,000 (to) purchase and equip a used ladder truck, and to fund this appropriation by authorizing of said amount from the Fire/Ambulance Equipment and Apparatus Special Revenue Fund (Comstar) previously established in accordance with RSA 31:95, c (Created 1994/Amended 1999)?
NO — Article 12. Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $125,000 to be placed in the Municipal Facilities Capital Reserve Fund previously established (2006)?
NO — Article 26. Shall the Town vote to rescind the provisions of RSA 40:13 (known as SB-2) as adopted by the Town of Belmont on March 15, 2008, so that the official ballot will no longer be used for voting on all questions, but only for the election of officers and certain other questions for which official ballot is required by State law? This article submitted by Petition. (A 3/5 majority of those voting on the question is required.)
Let’s stop the big spending.
Claude "Sonny" Patten
Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 10:34
To The Daily Sun,
I have heard some argue that the Gilmanton Year-Round Library is a private organization, not deserving of public support.
Fact: The GYRL is a non-profit organization, organized under state law as a public charity and as such granted tax-exempt status under the federal tax code. It is bound, under the law, to serve the purposes for which it was created, to benefit the entire community.
Some public libraries, like GYRL, were built by an organization that recognized the community's need for the services only a public library can provide. Some were built by the generosity of a private donor. In either case, operating costs of public libraries throughout the state are publicly supported, whether the building is owned by the town or by the charity that created it. To date, the board of GYRL has raised more than half the library's modest annual operating cost. Volunteers have filled in for tasks ranging from cleaning and landscape maintenance to organizing events and fundraising. Because it is a public charity, donations to the library are tax-deductible. But it is not feasible for private donors to fully support this vital public resource.
In the five years since the library opened it has offered what only a full-service library can provide — books, periodicals, computer access, inter-library loan, children's story times, meeting space for groups with many interests. It is indeed Gilmanton's living room.
Gilmanton voters: without your support, the library will close. Please join me on March 10, and vote to support funding for Gilmanton's public library.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:48
To The Daily Sun,
Jesus warned his apostles that they would be persecuted for his name's sake, and nearly all of them were tortured and killed. In the world today, there are more than 50 countries where the practice of Christianity is either severely restricted or illegal. Believers are often denied jobs and education, have their homes and churches destroyed, and over 1,000 are murdered every day. Fortunately, this is not happening in our country — yet. When our freedom of speech and the written word is abused and become toxic to any religious body or racial group, there is a very short distance to the inciting of hatred and fostering of divisions among us.
Mr. Veverka calls Dr. Ben Carson a "nut". The doctor was raised in poverty by a single mom yet became a world famous pediatric neurosurgeon, recipient of more than 50 honorary doctorates, and holder of the Congressional Medal of Freedom. Come to think of it, Dr. Martin Luther King — another "nut" — received the Nobel Peace prize. Of course, there was Mother Teresa. Can't we all give credit where credit is due? I recently spent an entire morning learning about Christians who were or are scientists, physicists, educators, and biologists. Many famous leaders in our country's history were African Americans who were Christians.
There are over 2.9 billion people in the world who identify as Christian. Seems to me some might say or do things that are reprehensible. Since state and federal courts have ruled that atheism and secular humanism are religions, could it be that some individuals in them are an embarrassment to other folks in those groups?
For the record, there is no biblical prohibition against inter-racial marriage. After all, Moses was married to a black woman. Also, my LGBT friends will be surprised to hear that I "hate" them, according to Mr. Veverka. Disagreement about one's lifestyle does not equate to hate. We are all equal in the eyes of God, all sinners in need of grace and salvation. Slavery 4,000 years ago was a bit different than it is in modern times. The Bible reports on many historical and cultural things that it doesn't tell believers to agree with. The treatment of blacks in this country was a horrible blight on our history, but it was Christians who put an end to it.
Finally, regarding the millions killed during the Irish "troubles," my family from Galway tells me that it was more political and economic than religious. Frankly, I'd rather believe them than believe Mr. Veverka.
Linda J. Wood
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:43
To The Daily Sun,
As a full-time Bristol resident of six years and a registered voter, I am pleased to see that Leslie Dion is running for the open seat on the Bristol Selectboard.
I have volunteered many hours at the Tapply Thompson Community Center where she is the director of recreation. Her organizational skills have impressed me greatly.
She is and has always been a very active participant in our community. Her readiness to accept new challenges is always commendable. She has a positive outlook on issues and the common sense in resolving problems that works well.
So to all Bristol residents, get out and vote and make it for Leslie Dion.
Lorraine M. Bohmiller
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:52