To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to you today in support of Tom Sargent.
I am a certified residential appraiser in this area and have been for 27 years. I have dealt with Tom in the city of Laconia and now the town of Alton on many many occasions. Tom is extremely professional, takes the time to talk to you with his knowledge and experience, and has the personality that makes it easy to ask any questions to obtain the information to complete the job. His knowledge of the area, not only in Alton, but the Lakes Region, and his willingness to share his knowledge is top-notch.
It is my opinion that losing Tom as the full-time assessor would be a huge loss to the town of Alton. Having a part-time person to go to with less knowledge of the process and area would, in my opinion, not be in the town's best interest. The importance of the assessing process is huge in within the local government.
I urge the taxpayers and town officials to reconsider and to keep in mind by removing such an experienced and knowledgeable professional, would be a huge loss to the Town of Alton
Sheryl L. Whitney
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:39
To The Daily Sun,
Retired veterans got the ultimate insult for their military service by Washington with a cut to their pensions. All other government employees were grandfathered.
This country has a long history of politicians turning their backs on veterans. After 13 years of war, we are cutting force levels by handing out pink slips to people that have been loyally serving their country. These patriotic Americans did everything that was asked of them and are now being thrown into the unemployment line.
The reason military pensions were cut and all others were grandfathered is because of the numbers. Only one percent of Americans choose to serve their country in uniform, and even a smaller percentage stay on to retire. Establishment politicians did the math and they do not need us to win elections, but will call on us to fight their wars.
Regardless of your political affiliation, as veterans, we need to come together and support each other.
Do not allow politicians to push us aside and discount us. We can make our presence known by being politically active at the local level allowing us to meet and challenge national level politicians or candidates. Let's join together and ask our families and friends to apply pressure collectively to question their policies and phony patriotism.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:32
To The Daily Sun,
Ashland's July 4th celebration is recognized as one of the best in New England. The two-day event includes a morning pancake breakfast and Independence Day Parade and ends the next day with a fireworks display. Every year the town's population swells from just over 2,000 residents to more than 6,000. People from throughout the Lakes Region and beyond stake out their spot on the L.W. Packard Ball Field to enjoy not only fireworks, but food, entertainment and the feeling of a hometown celebration.
Many people may not realize taxpayer dollars don't pay for this celebration. Funding comes through donations and the sale of commemorative buttons and T-shirts.
The Ashland Fourth of July Committee is made up of a small group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to keep this 54-year tradition going. These people meet throughout the year planning all aspects of the two-day event.
Ashland residents will be asked to vote on the election of officers and warrant articles on Tuesday, March 11. Warrant Article 12 asks the town to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept and expend donations up to a total of $3,500 for the purpose of the Fourth of July Celebration.
Members of the Committee urge all Ashland residents to vote "yes" on this warrant to allow us to help provide for the continuation of our hometown tradition. Again, no taxpayer dollars are used for any part of this event.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:29
To The Daily Sun,
Responding to Niel Young's diatribe of January 17, I would like to point out that in my opinion and as usual Neil is only half right, half of the time. It is certainly correct to point out that, "The GOP is in shambles nation wide." But Neil's assertion that the GOP in N.H. has no identity is just not altogether correct.
The editor interpreted Niel's letter to assert that "ESTABLISHMENT GOP WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH PRINCIPLED CONSERVATIVES". But with Niel, it is clearly the case of it being the other way around. It is the so tightly principled conservatives that want nothing to do with a GOP that is not fashioned 100 percent to Neil's own dogmatic sensibilities. Niel hates the broader electorate. Niel truly believes that one day the broader electorate will have an epiphany and just swing fully right over to his always "Right" on every right wing-nut piece of ideology. They must do this because he knows he is right! If the establishment hates Christians then only Christians can be allowed to declare themselves as Republican? Clearly the recent primary indicated that more than just the Neil Young club of self appointed litmus-tested conservatives supported the same candidate he supported.
People like Niel Young are contributing to the GOP continuing with no message, identity, and cherry picking only the parts of socialism they want contained.
I thank Niel and his sponsors for putting on his very excellent weekly radio show where even the RINOs he hates are invited at least once to be guests. They come on knowing that they are going to get "O'Reillyed", talked over with a louder voice before they can finish their remarks. Niel gets many call-in hangups on his show each week. Niel is in fact intimidating and most of those hangups are the not pure that would point out a perceived fact or two not supporting Niel's ideology, but then lose their nerve before they are put on the air. Niel also blocks e-mails from many listeners who are also not up to the pureness in ideology he requires. Niel does not come out to Republican functions so he did not get to see Rep. Cormier recently lambast Jennifer Horne at one. Niell dislikes Kelly Ayotte but seems now to be quite enamored with Karen Testerman.
Testerman the fiscal conservative by her declarations that on defense spending, the 20 percent increases annually proposed by Romney in her mind are woefully short of what the nation needs to spend on that allocation. Ayotte of "The Establishment" going to the VFW to pander for the COLA increases to second career military pensioners that are to be restored anyway when they reach normal retirement age. COLAs just eliminated when the "conservative" Republicans bargained away entitlement cuts for eliminating cuts on what else... DEFENSE SPENDING. This completely destroying the SEQUESTER spending cuts and insuring the national debt in 15 years will be closer to $100 Trillion. The last NH legislature under Bill O'Brien eliminated COLAs in NHRS pensions as unsustainable against pernicious "COLA CREEP" and gross underfunding of liabilities. But Neil is not mad at Kelly for that advocacy of free spending. Kelly wants to print more money to keep those COLAs going for the 20 to +25 yr service military retirees with good paying management jobs at J&J and Raytheon. No Neil is not mad with Kelly on that one, as Karen Testerman also supports such free spending.
So Niel is just not willing to embrace any strategy either for broadening the appeal of the GOP brand or to actually win any elections. And that is how it has to be if the electorate mostly rejects the 100 percent ideology of Niel Young, and would only like a couple slices. We in the GOP must not be allowed to contemplate winning any elections until the broader electorate is made to believe what he believes!
How sad that based on the earful Jennifer Horne got the last time she was in Belknap County that Neil could not see that the establishment, principled conservatives of Belknap County feel essentially the same way he does about Frank Guinta. We are just disgusted that Horne, the GOP CCC, and SCC are not finding the alternative YOUNG candidates to the political hacks that they keep sponsoring because like Romney it is reasoned "they can" beat a Democratic rival.
Neil is half right. If Republicans do not convince Generation WTFers that $100 trillion in national debt in 15 more years is not in their best interest and the establishment Republicans do not stop voting the pocket books of their largest contributors then the nation wide shambles the GOP is in will just worsen. Frank is not going to win in November. He went to Washington and voted for debt ceiling increases WITHOUT spending cuts. He is now pandering for more socialism campaigning AGAINST shared sacrifice on entitlements. Shaheen and Kuster could be defeated but where is the money to come from and the support in the broad electorate to elect a couple of old saw folks like Testerman and Lambert? Ron Paul proved that the Generation WTFers are a natural GOP constituency, but not if the GOP has to be 100 percent Neil Young's vision and for sale to the highest bidders.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:25
To The Daily Sun,
In a recent letter to the editor, Russ Cumbee from Franconia sought to influence your/our vote by providing misinformation about the county budget process and Executive Council candidate Mike Cryans, and suggested impropriety.
To set the record straight, here is how the county budget is set and approved.
First, the department heads develop a requested budget, which then goes to the county commissioners. The commissioners meet with the department heads, go over the budget line-by-line and come up with their joint final budget recommendation. The commissioners present their recommendations to the county Executive Committee — nine Grafton County Representatives, usually three per district.
The Executive Committee then meets with the department heads and the budget is again gone over line-by-line. The final step of the process comes when the full County Delegation — every State Rep. from Grafton County; this term there were 27 — votes on the budget.
The bottom line is, the county commissioners (of which Mike Cryans is one) do not approve the budget — they only make recommendations. The County Delegation, after review and analysis by the Executive Committee, has final approval.
The April 23, 2012, vote referenced by Mr. Cumbee was not a vote to approve a budget line. It was a vote to recommend a budget line to the Executive Committee and the state reps who actually control and approve the final budget. To suggest that Mr. Cryans needs to recuse himself from participating in a recommendation process in the context of the myriad checks and balances involved smacks of innuendo and uncalled for speculation.
Mike Cryans, as one of the county commissioners, participates in making recommendations. Our state representatives have final approval of the budget.
As a point of information, contrary to Mr. Cumbee's assertion, Mr Cryans is no longer executive Director of headrest. He resigned effective, Jan. 1, 2014, in order to be able to give more time to his constituents.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:17