To The Daily Sun,
I would like to respond to the letter by the Belknap County Commissioners which appeared on Feb. 21.
Commissioners, in your letter you state, "We are constantly mindful of the tax burden on county citizens..." and further on request a county tax increase of 5 cents, implying that this is a tiny amount to pay for your stringent financial oversight.
However, it has been charged that even though Belknap is rated seventh out of a total of 10 counties in New Hampshire with a population of 47,567, our county Register of Deeds, Sheriff, and Human Resource Director are higher paid than their counterparts in any of the other counties in the state, including Hillsborough (pop. 402,922) and Rockingham (pop. 297,820).
It is further charged that Belknap County pays the second highest for County Attorney and Financial Officer, fourth highest for Nursing Home Director, and fifth-highest for County Administrator. Our Nursing Home Administrator and Corrections Superintendent are the seventh-highest paid in New Hampshire compared to their peers.
If these charges are true, it would indicate that you are not as mindful of the citizens' tax burden as you would have us believe. Debra Shackett, the county administrator, suggests interested citizens can check out the county budget at www.belknapcounty.org. I have done so, but found it an exercise of futility since there is no breakdown of department administrative expenses only totals.
I would suggest you address the above charges before you tell us how frugal you are.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:07
To The Daily Sun,
I attended the debate in Meredith between Joe Kenney and Mike Cryans. I learned something very important that separates the two candidates for the District 1 Governors Council seat that all voters need to know. This one issue will significantly affect New Hampshire's scenic beauty and the tourist economy.
Joe Kenney wants to halt windmill construction in New Hampshire. Mike Cryans stated that he disagrees and wants it to be a local issue. Mike Cryan's answer may sound prudent, but it is actually a deadly one for New Hampshire. Currently, small rural communities challenging windmill development are having a difficult time fighting off lawyers representing corporations with deep pockets.
I travel to Plymouth State University quite frequently because my daughter is a competitive figure skater and she uses their new ice arena to train. It is very disheartening to see all the windmills towering in the background. Instead of seeing a beautiful community nestled in the mountains, you are now distracted by large metal structures. If you travel west on Route 25 the view gets worse, with windmills on every hilltop as far as the eye can see, with most of them not turning. This is the future of the Lakes Region if we elect Mike Cryans. This will destroy our tourist economy and tax base because people do not want to travel to New Hampshire to see windmills.
Mike Cryans is not naive or stupid. He knows communities cannot fight off multinational corporations that want a windmill on every hilltop to maximize their profits. He has taken this stance of local control to hide his support for windmills no matter the costs. Joe Kenney is right to support a moratorium. We need a leader in District 1 that will represent the people who live here and not large corporations from overseas.
Please vote for retired Marine Corps Colonel Joe Kenney on March 11 and protect New Hampshire's scenic beauty, its economy and our quality of life.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:04
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to voice my support for Mike Cryans who is running for the open District 1 Executive Council seat.
Mike has admirably served the residents of Grafton County for many years. He is an intelligent and capable person who has demonstrated that he is not driven by any ideology but by what is best for all which is clearly shown by the broad bi-partisan support he is receiving.
Not only does he have the support of Ray Burton's three siblings — two are Republicans — he has also gained the endorsements of many prominent Republicans in the state. To receive such bi-partisan support is impressive and speaks to the fact that Mike is someone that will represent the needs of us all.
Please join me in voting for Mike Cryans on March 11.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:58
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to Meredith voters:
I am Hillary Seeger and I am running for Selectboard in Meredith. Meredith is a unique and amazing town that has gone through quite a metamorphosis in the past 30 years. I would like to be part of the process to sustain it.
I have no political experience, but don't think that experience is really key in this position. The willingness to listen and be accessible to the people of Meredith and to be able to work collaboratively with the other Selectboard members, town employees, businesses, non-profits and all who have a stake in our beautiful town is what I can bring to this position.
I am fiscally conservative and have a strong interest in keeping taxes reasonable, all within the framework of retaining excellent services. I also support the conservation of our natural resources and am a big fan of the Village Pathways.
Meredith is special. I'd really like to keep it that way. I may have a lot to learn, but with your help, I will do it with a thoughtful and caring ear.
I would appreciate your support.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:54
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