I want to say 'thank you' to the Belmont Public Works crew

To The Daily Sun,

A big "thank you!" to the Belmont DPW for all the hard work they do year round: snowplowing when everyone is asleep; keeping our roads clear of debris after a windstorm; cutting and clearing trees after they have fallen; even picking up trash that people throw on our streets, like TVs, couches or other unwanted stuff. Not nice!

So, I just wanted to say "thank you!" for your service to our town.

George Dagoumas


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It's time for us to get our land back or be paid for the use of it

To The Daily Sun,

In the world of freeloaders, a large company stands out, using land that is not theirs, yet placing burdens of the property owners of this land. A recent letter to my e-mail box shows arrogance and total impersonal response to the concerns presented. Present is a Northern Pass of the past. In either 1924 or 1912-13, Public Service purchased eminent domain from multiple land owners to promote advancement of electricity.

To this day, no landowner has received monetary benefit they are entitled to. Eversource, PSNH, and Northeast Utilities use our lands for the benefits of their customers AND their stockholders. This is NOT a government agency, but a profit-sharing big business. Many times equipment arrives to private property unannounced, ripping up land that landowners cherish.

PSNH, Eversource, or Northeast Utilities need to become more human oriented. This abuse of property right's of owners cannot continue as presented in a e-mail received by this writer: "Specifically, you bought the property with those rights already in place — and having paid for them years ago, we would not pay again for the rights we already have." Most likely none of the current landowners may not have been around in 1924. None of us ever got or get paid for those rights! Today is 2015, some 91 years later. Times have changed.

Research shows this Eversource has the highest electric rates in the country. They use land for free. Maybe they pay taxes to the towns, but is not obvious to landowners. It is unjust that landowners continue to contribute freely to a stockholder company. Our share must be received as well, either in the form of lease or purchase, reduction or elimination of electric bills to our homes. Many states researched show landowners are compensated by power companies (NY, PA, etc) and STILL have lower rates, much lower. A home in Pennsylvania with four bedrooms, library, living room and open concept dining/kitchen, with basement or roughly nearly 5,000-square-feet pays less by almost 40 percent than here in N.H.

When one is threatened by unannounced maintenance right-of way-crews, one has to stand up. We stood up to Northern Pass, who has as much at stake as Eversource; we need to stand up to Eversource. This is a stock-holding company, who has no more rights to private land than a supermarket, drug store, or other businesses; that are just as essential to our lives as electric power.

One may ask, our electric rates will go up more? Not so. If other electric power sources can pay landowners and offer lower rates, so can Eversource. Eversource also claims they are still PSNH. But our checks go to Eversource. This does not make sense. If there is a change of name, then the rights-of-way need to be re-negotiated. In the clause of several of the old deeds signed over, was that this was to be in effect for 99 years. Those 99 years are up, most likely for many. To change a name to Eversource is akin to money laundering — except now it is name laundering.

It is time for a change. It is time to get our land back or be reimbursed for its use, or the land offered for sale to this electric conglomerate, that we mutually can benefit. It is time for a change. It is time for landowners to be treated as stockholder, or receive the benefits due them for the use of their land.

Robert T Joseph Jr.
New Hampton

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Knowing what is in our food is certainly worth fighting for

To The Daily Sun,

Rep. Anne McLane Kuster is the only N.H. representative currently, to sponsor HR-913 the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), a bill that would require mandatory labeling of GMOs. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is a sponsor of S. 511, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). This is the senate version of a bill that would require mandatory labeling of GMOs.

Taking away our right to know what is in our food is not a partisan issue. It is a health care necessity. Apparently Frank Guinta and Kelly Ayotte have not yet realized that 90 percent of the American public wants the right to know if the food we buy is made with GMO products.

The country's first mandatory GMO labeling law, in Vermont, is set to take effect in July 2016. Meanwhile, across the country, legislators in 18 other states are working this year to pass laws like Vermont's. Once GMOs have to be labeled in a couple of states, it's only a matter of time before mandatory GMO labeling becomes the law in all 50 states. And that possibility has Monsanto, Pepsi and the rest of the gene and junk food giants on the defensive. The only thing Monsanto's gang can do now is to shut down the democratic process. Unless, that is, we the people let them know how we feel about keeping us in the DARK.

Fellow N.H. citizens, there is a bill before Congress, H.R. 1599, that some call the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know). Why? Because if Congress passes this bill, states will lose the right to pass GMO labeling laws, and Monsanto will win the right to keep consumers in the dark. Permanently.

N.H. citizens have a long history of fighting to protect our inalienable rights. Knowing what is in our food is one worth fighting for. Join many of our families, neighbors and friends on Saturday, May 23 at the N.H. Statehouse in Concord for a demonstration beginning at 11.
Nancy Sheridan


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College Christians had to be protected from 'safe places' advocates

To The Editor,

Megyn Kelly recently wondered if our academic institutions were creating a "cupcake nation" with respect to students attending some of our institutions of higher learning. Those would be the hallowed halls that have been historically known as the centers for unfettered free speech. Places where our youth can experience the heated, fiery, fierce, furious, passionate and lively give and take of "stormy debates". The open discourse of diverse thoughts and opinions that allow for the development of the critical thinking skills that prepare them for the competitive world they will soon embrace.

That challenging journey of social, cultural and economic yearning apparently is no longer available to the students of Georgetown University and Oberlin College. Christina Hoff Sommers, "factual feminist" and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has been found to be "threatening to the safety of the students". She has spoken out forcefully about the issues of "anti-victimhood" and "anti-censorship". That has resulted in her being described as an "internalized misogynist" and a promoter of hate speech by some Oberlin College students.

At Georgetown University, students were afraid of being "traumatized" by what she had to say. Safe places had to be created to avoid emotional trauma. Seems she should be silenced for not going along with the feminist groupthink. Silencing speakers who do not adhere to the liberal, progressive mantra continues to become more commonplace. Remember what happened to Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Brandeis University last year.

Texas University students have petitioned to stop Governor Greg Abbott from speaking there because his views aren't considered diverse enough. At the University of Maryland, students are protesting the movie "American Sniper" because they are apparently convinced it is racist and perpetuates hate. While MIT has invited a rapper to talk about police brutality and race relations. That would be Killer Mike who has a rap song that urges black people to kill cops. It also mentions queers, drugs, hating bitches, evil white people, and dick tattoos among other lovely race unifying lyrics. Mike of course likens Louis Farrakhan to Jesus. He recently attended the White House correspondents dinner after being invited by the Huffington Post's Ariana Huffington. Hat tip to Colin Flaherty's American Thinker column for this good news about Killer Mike.

Yet our children's, oh so delicate psyche, must be protected from any speech that doesn't fit liberal academic doctrine. So conservative speech may be considered to be "micro-aggression". "Trigger warnings" must be issued to protect our vulnerable children from such scary types as Ann Coulter and Pamela Geller. Free Speech zones must be created so that students who aren't of stout mind and strong heart can stay clear of difficult conversations and opposing opinions. And now, safe places have to be created. Places of refuge for students who have had or may potentially have their emotions shaken by opposing thoughts and ideas. Brown University has one of those places, complete with Play-Do and other accouterments of mind and body decompressing.

So now in 21st century academia, it appears we have the "Cavalcade of Perceived Slights". One of the most egregious of those slights is apparently to have ones beliefs challenged. The natural result is of course to silence speakers one does not agree with. The irony is not lost on me. How about you readers? Speaking of irony, Oberlin College had to request police protection for Christina, to protect her from the advocates of safe places.

Russ Wiles

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State senators should all take a ride with Meals on Wheels

To The Daily Sun,

I am extremely disappointed with the recent budget passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In particular, I want to highlight the impact it will have on crucial senior services.

This year's budget calls for a 50 percent cut to the Meals on Wheels program, congregate meals at senior centers, transportation services for seniors, as well as the elimination of ServiceLink, which connects seniors to services available to them.

Over the years I have attended many congregate meals at numerous senior centers throughout northern New Hampshire. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the social atmosphere these dinners provide, as well as seeing the seniors appreciate a nutritious, delicious meal. After the meal, many of them remain at the center to relax, socialize, play various games, listen to entertainment, etc. I have seen firsthand the value of this wonderful program.

I had never actually participated in the Meals on Wheels program until last week, when I was able to join a Meals on Wheels driver during his rounds. It was an eye-opening experience.

In addition to having meals delivered to them, for many housebound seniors the deliverer is the only person they see all day. The driver I rode with explained to me the importance of checking in on these seniors to make sure they are safe. While many of them are experiencing difficult living situations, they are very appreciative just to see a smiling face. And, it is equally gratifying for the deliverer to visit with them.

I encourage all state senators as they prepare their budget to do as I did — take a ride with someone who delivers for the Meals on Wheels program. If they see firsthand what I saw, I doubt they will cut this valuable program along with the services being impacted by the house budget.

Indeed, all of the above programs help many seniors stay in their own homes/apartments at a much lower cost than their being in nursing homes.

My final thought. Can you imagine these vital services being cut by a staggering 50 percent? I can't.

Michael J. Cryans
Grafton County Commissioner - District One

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