To The Daily Sun
Sorry to disappoint Mr. Hoyt but I'm not a carpetbagger. But did get a chuckle out of your analogy. My roots stem from Jackson, dating back to 1878 ,when real Americans lived here. I said I've moved here now permanently after 50 years of sporadic living in this great state. How about you? I also served my country with two tours in Southeast Asia and proud I did. How about you? So, I've actually come back home to the Granite State. How about you? Now, I may be all wrong about you and others who in my mind just don't get it. I'm hoping you're a home-grown guy, and if you are, you're really a moderate Democrat as I once was.
In any case, what I suspect is that you're the carpetbagger and you "spew" your liberal viewpoints over there in academic land. So, you think this president has done a fine job? Sorry Jon, you're wrong. As Russ Wiles so nicely put it, this president is filled with ideological fantasy, intellectual laziness and incompetent leadership. As much as I would like to ignore your statement, "look what he inherited" (liberals have used this weak excuse ad nauseum), I have to comment. Democrats seem to use this as an excuse for the failings of their beloved Obama. Look what Ronald Reagan inherited. Did conservatives whine for years about the peanut farmer?
So Jon, Mr. Obama has not done a fine job. What he has done is a lot of important things very poorly. Are you really that uninformed? Just know this Jon, informed Americans today are outraged because they have been paying attention — Republicans and Democrats alike.
By the way, it's Mr. Payton.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:14
To The Daily Sun,
We are tired of the growing problems in our Normandin Square/Church Street neighborhood. We are seeing more loitering than ever. Trash is being left everywhere and anywhere. The drug use is out in the open, with people driving on peoples' property, fighting and loud noises coming from the beach area along the river and the profanity is terrible. There is a constant need for concern here. There has been theft on our property and it is partly the fault of the city for not removing the homeless and the loitering in the beach area and on the bridge in our neighborhood. It's like a zoo, and you never know when someone is lurking behind a tree or a bush with a backpack who has been sleeping there or conducting a drug deal.
Don't be afraid to call our Ward 2 Counselor David Bownes to tell them that you have had enough and you want to feel safe in and out of your home. We must start speaking up so that we can see the beauty again on the riverfront and enjoy our back yards. It is definitely not enjoyable seeing people urinating in public and leaving their trash. We just want to be able to walk in our yards and on our streets and feel safe.
Here are several numbers to call to report anything unsightly or anything that makes you uncomfortable. Call all the counselors, mayor, and city manager to get your point across.
Ward 2 - David Bownes - 524-4330
Ward 1 - Ava Doyle - 393-6533
Ward 3 - Henry Lipman - 528-0191
Ward 4 - Brenda Baer - 524-6349
Ward 5 - Robert Hamel - 524-6360
Ward 6 - Armand Bolduc - 524-2514
Mayor Edward Englar - 630-4484
Local Police - 524-5252
City Manager Scott Myers - 527-1292,
Police Commissioner Warren Clement - 524-7179
Police Commissioner Armand Maheux - 524-1053,
All e-mails will be recorded and be on record so that you will be heard.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:10
To The Daily Sun,
Seems every left-wing contributor to this paper is finding fault with my letters lately.
In the Friday edition of Letters to the Editor, I was taken to task for suggesting voters for Obama voted for him because they were so enamored with the idea of the first black president. True, the Republican candidates were not "cool' or exciting. But really, now, is that a job requirement? And so, how else do we explain all those votes for a candidate with near zero experience in any of the skills necessary to be president?
Now that he has proven all his critics correct what else should I conclude?
Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:07
To The Daily Sun,
As we move toward the general election, I would like to take this opportunity to respectfully ask the citizens of Gilford and Meredith to once again give me the honor and privilege to represent you in Concord.
I decided to run two years ago because of the political climate and polarization in Concord. I wanted to put people first and make positive changes for New Hampshire and our future. Although there is much work to be done, I believe we have moved in the right direction with some positive bipartisan legislation, passing a responsible, balanced budget, investing in education and infrastructure, and expanding health care opportunities, to include mental health services for our citizens.
The past two years have been rewarding and challenging, and I have worked hard and committed myself full-time as your representative. I serve as a member and clerk of the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee, as well as the Long Term Care Committee and Suicide Prevention Council. I also serve on several statewide boards, including the Medical Care Advisory Committee, the Governor's Commission on Disability, the N.H. Caregivers Coalition, and as a member of the Disability Rights Center Board of Directors.
Over the past two years, I reviewed and studied a broad range of issues affecting our state and worked on bills dealing with the growing problem with the synthetic drug "spice", veterans' issues, public safety problems and public health concerns. I also support the N.H. Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), which provided grants for projects in both Meredith and Gilford, as well as other towns in Belknap County.
I support and promote local businesses, and the Innovate N.H. Jobs Plan which focuses on workforce development, support for innovative businesses, building a diverse, modern energy future, and promoting innovation, efficiency and fiscal responsibility in state government. I also supported maintaining and developing our infrastructure, to include our roads and bridges, which is key to attracting new business and tourism to our state.
On the county level, we must all move forward with a better working relationship and tackle the looming jail issue. I have attended the jail information and planning meetings, toured the facility and reviewed the studies. It is obvious that we have serious problems that need to be remedied ASAP. We need to take a comprehensive approach and ensure that safety and security standards and protocols for correctional facility construction and programs are met, while keeping costs at an affordable level. Like many, I was never on board with a $42 million price tag, and was confident that the cost could be reduced. Also, I'm open to all options for the jail that are proven to be viable and that will meet all of our objectives. We all need to come together to get this done right.
Over the next several weeks leading up to the elections, I will be knocking on doors, attending meetings and engaging in discussions about issues facing New Hampshire. Most importantly, I will be listening to your concerns and what issues are important to you and your family. Also, you can be assured that I will continue to be available to help with problems or issues, provide opportunities and be your advocate.
I know you have many choices on Nov. 4 and respectfully ask once again for your support and vote. It is important that you have a committed and sensible representative that puts people first before politics and ideology. If afforded the opportunity, I will continue to work tirelessly and passionately on your behalf. You deserve no less.
Thank you for your consideration.
For more information, assistance, or if you would like to support my re-election, please visit www.lisadimartino4rep.com
N.H. State Representative
Belknap County Dist. 2, Gilford and Meredith
Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 11:33
To The Daily Sun,
When I saw the invitation to the estate planning seminar, I didn't see any need for me to go. It seemed that you need an estate and to die. Without much of the former and planning to not participate in the latter, it seemed a waste of time.
Then I was reminded that I've been expecting a visit from the Publishers' Clearing House, and very rudely reminded that occasionally things don't go as I plan.
The seminar was interesting. Estate planning is about more than just the things I assumed. The seminar identified the planning needed to ensure that your wishes are carried out in a variety of circumstances, and that doing so will help your loved ones.
For me, and perhaps for many people, it seems that the most difficult part of estate planning is facing and making the decisions that need to be made ... that many of us would rather not think about. Below is my limited understanding of the key things to consider.
If you can't make your own health care decisions, who do you trust to make them for you? Have you given them guidance on what measures you want taken to keep your body alive if it is unlikely that you will ever recover what you feel is a meaningful life? If someone has to make these decisions for you without knowing your wishes, it could make a difficult situation even worse. People need a health care power of attorney, and perhaps a living will.
Because of privacy laws, you may need to provide a HIPAA Release so that the people with your health care power of attorney, or the people they consult with, can access your medical records. You can probably get this form from your doctor's office.
Who do you want (and trust) to control your assets, pay your bills, and make financial decisions for you, if you can't do these things yourself, e.g., you are in a coma or suffering from Alzheimer's. For this you need a financial power of attorney.
How do you want your assets handled and divided after death? Who do you want to be the executor for your estate or do you want a costly lawyer assigned to do this job? For this you need a will and perhaps a trust.
Most of us won't pay federal estate taxes, since the deduction is over $5 million per person and $10 million for a couple, and New Hampshire doesn't have an estate tax. However, New Hampshire residents who own property in other states might owe estate taxes to those states.
I think that anyone, not just senior citizens, who hasn't already addressed all these questions would benefit from attending an estate planning seminar. Anyone with a spouse and/or children or other dependents have even more decisions to make, e.g., how will your spouse/children/dependents be cared for if you can't do it? Anyone who has addressed these questions needs to reconsider them periodically to address changes.
An estate plan identifies your wishes, so you must make the key decisions and document them. You may find that forms, available on the Internet (do a Google search), point out many of the decisions you need to make. You probably need to see a lawyer to make sure you have done everything correctly to achieve your wishes. But my guess is that any decision-making and forms you complete before seeing attorney will save you money.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 11:32