To The Daily Sun,
When in Laconia last week, my husband picked up The Laconia Daily Sun. We live in Wolfeboro, but a letter to the editor from a Mr. Wittman regarding the Workforce Housing Law contained so much mis-information that I feel I must respond to the people of Alton.
The N.H. Workforce Housing Law simply codifies settled legal case law. It protects communities from the costs of anti-discrimination suits, and provides opportunity for those who work in a community to live there. Because it promotes the economy by providing a stable employee base, it is supported by the NH Business and Industry Association.
It requires that communities do not discriminate through zoning restrictions against reasonable workforce housing construction. It only requires that a community provides opportunity. Each town develops its own plan where and how this will be done.
The amendment in Alton is not a law or vote supporting the Workforce Housing Law. It is a local zoning amendment to remove barriers and set up criteria that your Planning Board feels most appropriate for Alton.
The article has nothing to do with HUD funds. In fact, the primary source of Workforce Housing development is private equity through a tax credit program developed under President Reagan. While some HUD grants may be utilized, such as Community Development Block Grants that support a lot of types of community development activities, it is not a major or "controlling" source. Workforce Housing is not welfare housing. Those who live in it must have resources to pay the rent.
If Alton were to vote down their ordinance amendment, it would not affect the state law. Most of our area communities have already updated their ordinances. If Alton does not address potential barriers, it would keep it open to costly court challenges.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:48
To The Daily Sun,
I am supporting Joe Kenney for District 1 Executive Councilor in the Special Election on March 11. I am voting for Joe Kenney because I know that he is the most capable, experienced, and qualified to serve all of the people of District 1.
I have known Joe Kenney for over 12 years, and I can attest to Joe Kenney's superior skills and talents for effective public service.
It is not in a vacuum that I make these assertions about Joe Kenney, as I also have had the unique opportunity to serve closely for two years as a Grafton County commissioner with Joe's opponent in this Special Election. There is, in my opinion, no comparison between these two candidates.
Joe will never be a rubber stamp or a yes-man for the special interests. Joe will ask the crucial questions in a timely manner to make sure that the best decisions are made. Joe will do his homework and read requests for spending before casting his vote on the Executive Council, and Joe will protect the taxpayers and still be responsive to the most needy in our communities.
Joe Kenney is a man of the highest integrity and I urge all of the voters of District 1 to elect Joe Kenney as our next Executive Councilor on March 11.
Omer C. Ahern Jr.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:45
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to urge my fellow voters in Executive Council District 1 to mark their ballots on March 11 for Mike Cryans.
Mike is running for the seat held by his friend and former Council member, the late Ray Burton. Cryans and Burton served together on the Grafton County Commission for more than a decade, and in recognition of their close alliance Ray's brother and two sisters are publically supporting Mike in the upcoming election.
As Grafton County Commissioner, Mike Cryans has worked hard to protect taxpayers, strengthen the middle class and invest in the economy. He is also forward-thinking, having worked as commissioner to level the old jail, to create a public park, and managing to cut heating costs in county buildings by building a biomass energy facility, and had money left over to return to the taxpayers.
At a recent meeting he had with voters, Mike especially impressed me with his positive outlook on the political process, his understanding that public funds, responsibly used, are essential for the functioning of our communities, and his firm belief in the privacy of the individual. I personally find his opponent wanting in all of these categories.
Please join me in voting for Mike Cryans on March 11.
Ronald G. Lawler
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:41
To The Daily Sun,
Prepare for another potential industrial wind project, Newfound.
EDP Renewables is working to meet all the requirements to place a meteorological tower in Alexandria for their proposed Spruce Ridge industrial wind project spanning the towns of Alexandria, Hebron, and Groton. This comes on the heels of Iberdrola announcing a "pause" in their Wild Meadows project planned for Alexandria and Danbury.
Coincidence? I think not.
Any progress a corporate entity makes benefits every other corporate entity. One might think two different industrial wind companies would be in competition with one another, but it doesn't work that way. Instead, these corporate giants work together to keep pressure on the towns they come to invade. The more pressure they can maintain, the more effort it takes to hold them off. By working together, industrial wind developers are able to claim more community support for their projects.
The math is simple yet deceptive. There are more private land leases secured by multiple industrial projects within the town, so therefore the developers claim more local "support" for the project.
Newfound is not new to the deceptive ways of industrial wind companies. The project in Groton is the reason why the Wild Meadows project was put on "pause," according to the developer, Iberdrola. The "issues" with the project in Groton stem from the corporate giant making changes to their project, allegedly, without the proper approval from the proper agencies. Now they expect other Newfound towns to welcome them with open arms and believe every promise they make -- and when we don't, they say we are "misinformed."
It would seem surrounding Newfound towns have learned something from watching the town of Groton receive an industrial wind project. It seems we have learned that these corporate giants are not to be trusted. We do not want any industrial wind projects destroying our rural environment, our tourism, our property values, our peace and quiet, our watershed, our birds and bats, our wildlife, our forests, our ridgelines, our communities, our rivers and streams, Newfound Lake, or our health.
Vote "yes" for a Community Bill of Rights (RBO) on March 11 in the towns of Alexandria (Article 16), Danbury (Article 9), and Hebron (Article 4).
A Community Bill of Rights is a binding law, enforceable by the selectmen and the residents. Support our right to decide what type of energy projects we want, our right to protect our ecosystems from the harm of industrialization, our right to protect the rural character of our towns, prevent industrial pollution of our waters, and our right to govern by consent. We say "no" to industrial wind turbines.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:37
To The Daily Sun,
To Gilmanton voters:
My name is Jim Barnes and I want to be your next selectman.
I live in the Iron Works. After a 40-year career in the propane/oil business I retired in 2011 to become a full-time singer/songwriter and entertainer. I travel the state performing music in a variety of venues. It's a great living.
To run for selectman was a difficult decision. I have never done this before. I'll have a lot to learn if elected, but I'm confident that I am up to the task. With your help I can succeed.
If elected I would come to the job with no baggage. No political affiliation to speak of. Sure, I'm a registered Republican, but not a Republican activist. It's just the way I lean. I am not a member of any group or organization in town. I've kept a low profile in the 15 years that I've lived here, but it doesn't mean I'm oblivious to what goes on. I just don't have any bias to bring to the job. I'm not anti-this or pro-that.
What I am is pro-Gilmanton, and that is all. This is a great little town, and if I can do a little something to make it even better, then I will be glad to do so.
If you have questions, concerns or want to offer guidance, please call me at 364-5834. But, please, not at 7:30 in the evening, as I enjoy watching "Jeopardy." I welcome your input. After all, the selectman works for you, not the other way around.
James R. "Jim" Barnes
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 10:35