To The Daily Sun,
To Bristol voters:
I am writing this letter to ask for your support in the election to the Bristol Board of Selectmen. I am excited about the potential of getting back to work for you. After being away from the board for the last year it has humbled me and taught me to never take anything for granted. It has made me realize that serving in local government is a passion of mine as I want to do what is best for our community without any personal agenda, just like I have done in the past.
The time away has also helped me gain some clarity into what should be priorities for our community. I believe we need to focus on economic development in an effort to continue making Bristol a great place to live, work, and play. Economic development puts citizens to work, allows our community to shop locally, and continues to improve our infrastructure while also positively affecting the tax rate.
I also believe we need to continue to connect the new revitalized downtown with the surrounding neighborhoods by repairing our sidewalks through grant funding and effective budgeting. Improving our sidewalks will provide better access to downtown and the schools.
Finally, we need to assess and invest in our current operational facilities.
For years our facilities have received a Band-Aid to address the needed repairs. Some departments are out of space while other departments are making do with what they have, which may not make for best operational practices. In many instances "making do" within the departments is costing more, as it is taking more personnel time and resources to complete the task at hand. This is just a snapshot of a longer list of priorities that need to be tackled — all of which will continue to make Bristol a better community.
During my previous tenure as a selectman, I had an intricate role in the downtown revitalization project, implementing single-stream recycling, installing two new bridges, implementing town financial policies, upgrading the water and sewer system, and many other town improvements. The many projects completed were done so through significant grant funding with minimal impact to the taxpayers.
The Town of Bristol's outstanding departments are committed to making this a great town and have made these projects come to fruition with their hard work and dedication while keeping daily operations moving forward.
It is unfortunate that a small vocal group of citizens in our town have chosen to brand our community as "falling apart" and that they are the ones to fix it. I am here to say they are very wrong. Our community is in great shape and there are many positive changes happening, all of which have been in the works for many years and not due in part to any involvement of this small group. It takes teamwork and compromise to do this job and I think I bring both of these attributes to the table, which is far from what has been expressed this past year.
Under past budget recommendations of which I was a part, the Bristol voters accepted the recommended budget. Even during the recession with increasing costs that have been pushed down by the state, we were able to keep the budget level. While doing this our tax rate was and still is in the bottom third in the state. That should make every resident proud.
Let's keep things positive, conservative, and keep our community moving forward. Please consider voting for me on March 11. It would be a privilege and an honor to serve you as a selectman.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:26
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is directed to the voters of the town of Alton, and it concerns Warrant Article 43. This article is an attempt to eliminate the position of Alton Town Planner, a move that is not supported by either the Selectboard or the Budget Committee.
A town planner's duties are many and varied, including balancing the conflicting demands of housing, recreation, industrial development, and our environmental needs. All this and more must be done with consideration to both the short- and long-term effects of any action taken upon the town of Alton.
Eliminating the Town Planner's position will likely not involve any cost savings, and will result in a contractual planner who has no real involvement with the impact of decisions made upon our town. Additionally, and importantly, we have an individual currently in the Town Planner's position that is capable, courteous, honest, industrious, and adept at coordinating various town agencies and offices in their daily decision-making activities.
I have had the pleasure of serving with Ken McWilliams for the past two years on the Development Committee of the Pearson Road Community and Senior Center. His dedication, genuine concern, and follow-up are impressive. He inspires cooperation coupled with congeniality, no easy task in today's political environment.
I strongly urge a "no" vote on Article 43 in the March 11 election.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:20
To The Daily Sun,
An important special election to fill Ray Burton's former seat on the Executive Council is coming up on Tuesday, March 11. I am supporting Mike Cryans for this seat and urge readers of The Laconia Daily Sun to turn out and vote for Cryans. Here are the chief reasons for my support:
1. Cryans was raised in New Hampshire's North Country and has pledged to advocate for citizens in every corner of District 1, working in a bipartisan fashion to help grow the local economy, protect taxpayers, and strengthen the middle class. Cryans' 16 years of experience as Grafton County Commissioner (working alongside Ray Burton) is a good example of his commitment to public service.
2. Cryans has received the endorsement of Ray Burton's two sisters (Joan Day of Concord and Mary Grimes of Columbia) and brother (Steve Burton of Hanover). They recognize that Mike Cryans is the candidate best suited to continue the extraordinary public service and commitment to the North Country exemplified by Ray Burton. It should be noted that Ray Burton endorsed Cryans in the most recent election for Grafton County Commissioner and supported Cryans as Chair of the Commissioners.
3. Mike Cryans is committed to a positive approach to government and constituent service, just as Ray Burton was. The negative and divisive initial campaign mailing sent out by Cryans' opponent, Tea Party Republican Joe Kenney, is the kind of ideological attack that Ray Burton would have had no part of. This negative attack piece clearly demonstrates why it is Mike Cryans who is the rightful heir to Ray Burton on NH's Executive Council.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:17
To The Daily Sun,
After a recent event with Executive Council candidate Mike Cryans, I sat down to write a simple letter of endorsement. He had my vote when his response to the question, "What are the three most important parts of the job?" was "Constituent service, constituent service, constituent service!" The late, great Ray Burton taught him well.
But recent letters and interviews have led me to expand my endorsement to address some additional issues. Recently, state Rep. Jane Cormier wrote a Letter to the Editor in which she stated that she "likes" Joe Kenney's (the other Executive Council candidate) use of $40,000 of his own funds for his campaign. I feel completely the opposite.
Mike Cryans has raised his campaign resources from over 740 individual donors. That many individual voters believe he is the one to do the job. As Rep. Cormier went on to say, "It is the voter with a ballot that makes a difference," and Mike Cryans has voters behind him.
I was also surprised to read an interview with Joe Kenney in which he supported the concept of "crowd funding" to fund some services. Again, I couldn't disagree more. State and local services need reliable revenues sources so that citizens can be sure they will stay in place, and that does not mean being put out to bid on the internet.
A final, and critical, correction is in order as well. A recent letter stated that the late Ray Burton always supported the Republican candidate. In fact, Ray Burton endorsed Mike Cryans for Grafton County Commissioner in 2012. And, just recently, Ray Burton's siblings endorsed Mike Cryans to succeed Ray at the Executive Council. As they stated in their letter of endorsement, Ray's siblings believe Mike Cryans shares their brother's values of "service above politics."
Please join me in supporting and voting for Mike Cryans for Executive Council on March 11.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:11
To The Laconia Sun,
As a young woman and college student, I was incredibly proud when I read the article in The Laconia Daily Sun about state Sen. Andrew Hosmer, who sponsored a domestic violence bill. It is reassuring to know that Sen. Hosmer is looking out for the rights of people who have been backed into a corner, and in my opinion that's a man worth standing behind.
This piece of legislation, Senate Bill 390, allows victims of domestic abuse the ability to maintain a steady job and have peace of mind while at work. While I have never been a victim of domestic abuse, I have had some close friends who have, and I know that this legislation will be life-changing for them.
Sen. Hosmer is paving the way for domestic violence legislation in New Hampshire and has proven to me that I can still have faith in my elected officials. I just hope that other officials will follow Sen. Hosmer's leadership because domestic violence is a very real and very frightening reality for many of our fellow Granite Staters. This is a problem that we can all work together on to better New Hampshire.
Thank you Sen. Hosmer for sponsoring this bill and caring about your constituents and all people of New Hampshire.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:07