To The Daily Sun,
Regarding Briarcrest Estates, I understand why people are confused and leery of becoming a co-op. I spent some time looking into co-ops and got a better understanding of how they came about.
Some of the co-ops in our area seem to be run-down and not worth much to us. Those are people's homes -- all that they have in some cases. They purchased them many years ago and they have struggled on a fixed income like many people today.
They did not have the good fortune to have the Mooneys as their park owners. They had an owner who took their rent and did nothing to improve or maintain the park. When those people were faced with the sale of their park they only had one choice, to become a co-op in order to keep their home.
They did not cause the park deteriorate as some people might think. Instead, they purchased it in that condition in order to have a place to live. What we look at and see as a run-down park would have been purchased by someone with the sole purpose of making money. In those cases, the people would have been given 18 months to sell, (which is impossible) or to just move out so the entire park could be redeveloped for someone else's profit. But where would these people move to?
Big business would make us a number. We would have no say if they decided to redevelop any portion of this land. We would stand the chance in a few short years to be resold after they have made their profit. I do not want to be known as #642 NH!
Fortunately we are in a position to buy a beautiful park. It is affordable because there is no profit in it for us. We are buying peace of mind and security. Every one of us will own equal amounts. Every one of us will have a voice. Better financing rates and better homeowner's insurance rates.
The number of residents joining the co-op has more than doubled. Any questions you have will be answered. There is no dissension at the meetings as there was in the beginning. Many residents who were opposed, have joined because they have a better understanding after attending the meetings.
Mark Mooney himself has suggested in his letter that we all come together.
Come to the meetings. Get informed.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 09:58
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Mr. Boutin:
I wrote a letter to the editor recently countering your so-called "facts" of how you perceive why people choose to stay poor and dependent on programs offered by the state and federal government.
I asked if you would give us specific examples of what Republicans past and present have done for those who are classified as the lower class which would get them out of the vicious cycle of poverty.
Do you need a little more time? Are you still doing the research? Or are you going to chose to ignore the topic which you broached in the first place? Could it be that Republicans on both the state and national level haven't implemented many laws or programs over the years to serve this segment of our population? Could it be that many programs and laws put in place by Democrats have, in point of fact, been watered-down, defunded or just wiped out?
We are all awaiting a detailed report of facts and figures, please.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:59
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter out of concern for the Gilmanton Year-Round Library.
As a non-reader I still realize the importance of a library. I do read, but most of my reading is how to make wine and manuals to repair my equipment at the vineyard.
As a landowner and resident of Gilmanton, I am very excited to have such a well run, fully operational library that is fully committed to our community. With such a nice faculty I find it attractive to our younger families as well as our older residents. What a great way to show future residents and outsiders that our community cares by ensuring we continue to have such a great library and facility to offer our community. Knowledge is a tool that should not be wasted.
I will gladly and proudly pay my taxes and whatever else it takes to give our community the year-round library. If we, as residents, do not care enough to give our best, then how can we expect younger families to stay and mature residents to have a place to enjoy.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:56
To The Daily Sun,
It is unfortunate that some of Joe Kenney's supporters were outraged that I "viciously attacked" the candidate. I certainly did not attack him personally nor did I attack his character. I do not know him. He probably is a very nice guy. And, I do thank him for serving his country. I also apologize for misspelling his name.
My characterization of Mr. Kenney as an "extremist" had nothing to do with him personally and certainly nothing to do with his honorable military record. The word "extremist" was merely descriptive and based solely on his political record.
Politicians who would deny a woman the right to make their own reproductive decisions (and Mr. Kenney has made it clear that it what he wants) are, in my view, "extreme" in the political sense, especially since the courts have repeatedly upheld that right.
That does not mean that he is not a good man, a patriot, or a good neighbor. It is simply descriptive of the views he has expressed as a New Hampshire state senator.
E. Scott Cracraft
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:05
To The Daily Sun,
Attention all Bristol residents:
Want to see what is wrong with Bristol's leadership and why your rents and property taxes keep going up up up? Just watch the Feb. 6 Bristol Selectboard video, especially part 2. Kudos to Garlyn Manganiello for bringing to light some serious problems with the town leadership who have apparently excluded our two new selectwomen from very important issues that I will address separately, but even more outrageous to me is what follows next.
Resident Paul Simard explains his concerns about the outrageous taxes and excessive spending in Bristol. He says the town of Weare has 9,000 residents, three times the size of Bristol, yet their total budget is only about $5,100,000 (similar to Bristol's budget), indicating that Bristol just spends too much. Paul asks the Board to review the Bristol ambulance contracts that provide 24/7 service to three neighboring towns for $30,000 each, when those towns would pay $300,000 to $400,000 each if they contracted their own ambulance service directly, and that Bristol taxpayers can't afford to pay for neighboring towns' ambulance service. He says, "Let's take care of our own and let other towns do the same." Sounds like common sense, right?
He says lots of people share his wife's sentiment to get the heck out of Bristol, but selling their home would mean losing a lot of money, assuming it sold. When he says Bristol doesn't sell as much property as neighboring towns (at 49:15 Part 2 of the video) one selectman whispers to another selectman, "Let him talk and talk and talk, is that the deal?" Really? A concerned taxpayer explains that they wish they could move from the town you are supposed to represent, but can't sell their house without losing money, assuming it would sell at all, due mainly to the outrageous spending causing high taxes in Bristol, and you don't want to listen to his pleas for five minutes? Isn't that our job as elected officials?
We should never turn a deaf ear to the people we are sworn to represent when they are pleading to stop spending their money faster than they can earn it or giving it away to other towns. Bristol residents, whether you own or rent, please get involved to stop the madness. When property taxes go up, so do rents. We need to reduce spending and lower taxes ASAP.
Please check out Newfound Area Taxpayers on facebook.com, come to Select Board meetings and make your voices heard. Bring your friends, family and neighbors to Meet the Candidates on March 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Minot-Sleeper Library. Kudos to Garlyn and all the courageous folks who show up regularly to try to bring some common sense and accountability to the leaders of Bristol. But we need everyone to stand up and fight to save our town now before it is too late. Please don't consider leaving Bristol for the same reasons. Let's work together to fix things now.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:01