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Don't be misled about community center project; vote 'no' on article 2

To The Daily Sun,

It's time for Moultonborough voters to get past the propaganda and ask the real questions about the proposed community center.

— Has this project been reviewed by the town planner, land use boards and commissions, and does it meet requirements of voter approved ordinances?

— Has there been a village traffic impact study and input from the state Department of Transportation on the anticipated periodic bursts of cars and buses turning in/out from Route 25?

— Has this project been reviewed by the Village Vision Committee or Master Plan Steering Committee.

— Has consideration been paid to recent voter survey results?

The answers to those questions are all "no."

— Has this project been reviewed by the Capital Improvements Committee and vetted against other critical projects for our town?

— Have less expensive options to this $6.5 million facility (plus nearly $2 million in interest) been considered and presented to taxpayers?

— Has the resulting impact on three other town buildings (Lions Club, Taylor House, Recreation/Community Center) been studied including associated costs?

— Has funding from private sources been solicited, received, or mandated?

Again, all "no."

— Is it fair that snowbirds and taxpayers unable to attend Town Meeting are excluded from voting on this enormous expenditure and drastic change to the village?

— Is Moultonborough's population increasing and able to support a 20,000-square-foot facility, staffed 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, plus year-round maintenance costs? (A similar 25,000-square-foot facility at the Lions Club for $5.5 million was voted down in 2008. It was too big and expensive.) Is this version more appropriate?

Again, all "no."

Meredith has 1,079 students vs. 511 in Moultonborough. The Meredith facility is smaller, underutilized, and more costly to operate than was projected.

— Is our chance of success better than Meredith's?

— Has the Moultonborough school superintendent asked for another gym, in the face of declining school enrollment?

— Has a need been demonstrated that justifies an expensive new building that will increase taxes, bypass other town priorities, and require high maintenance expenses?

Again, all "no."

I ask Moultonborough voters to use common sense and not be misled about this project. Vote "no" on Warrant Article 2 at Town Meeting.

I was a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission. Today all the dots have not been connected. This project will cost over $10 million during the life of the 15-year bond. We are in times of a "new normal" declining population. This is a want and not a need.

Donald J. McGillicuddy

Moultonborough

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Ray Cunningham (3-9) WIND TURBINES

To The Daily Sun,

Are we loving Newfound Lake to death?

Newfound's natural state is a peaceful one. Carving up its beautiful wilderness surrounding it's shoreline is not the answer. Keeping it enjoyable for everyone is. Isn't the goal of the New Hampshire Tourism Board to promote our lakes, mountains and seashore? In essence — the entire state. So far it's been working, however, we are now learning that enjoyment has a different meaning for different people.

For instance, when I visit Newfound Lake, I truly enjoy the scenery from the water, from the trails and from our home. As much as I love it myself, I see others loving it for themselves. And they come back ... year after year for more of the same. It's not a bad thing. However, the problem is "our wilderness" is about to shrink. You see, the additional development of industrial wind turbine plants will lead to more restricted areas, more scenic concerns and more annoyances that vacationers typically try to avoid.

Newfound Lake is small and quaint. On a quiet day, you can almost hear someone across the lake. While we don't quite see the level of vacationers as Lake Winnipesaukee does, our waters are cleaner, our views are equal and our community is like family. Everyone knows everyone. And yes, our views are more than worth it.

So, what should our state do about our industrial wind development issue? Are we to become New Hampshire's renewable energy destination? Will new businesses form? Allowing wind turbine tours or rides? Will their grounds become zoo's, parks or destinations for buses to drive though? Is this what the "different people" want?

This is what I do know: both tourism groups and businesses alike are spending their advertising dollars to get people to visit, to have a good time and to return. This business model has been working for many years.

Residents understand and they've all officially voted against industrial wind development in the Newfound/Cardigan region! Every town opposes industrial wind development in their town. Remember, they promised they would go away if the community didn't want them. Yet they won't leave...

Ray Cunningham

Bridgewater

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