To The Daily Sun,
I have been following the ongoing saga of Belknap County seemingly forever. Thankfully it will be over soon when the new commissioners take over. Judging by the outcome of the November elections, I believe that the overwhelming majority of the the residents of Belknap County feel the same way. There are some who believe the current commissioners are completely innocent of any wrongdoing and that the members of the convention are just mean-spirited people who trample anybody who disagrees with them. I, personally, disagree with the people who think that way and with good reason.
Let me begin with Mathew Logue, the nursing home administrator. I have personal reasons for disliking the man and apparently so do some employees of the facility and its residents. I am suspicious of the residents signing on to the circulated petition without some pressure from the staff as an administrator has very little, if any, contact with the residents. As far as the staff is concerned, I don't know about any of you readers, but the only way I have ever been able to choose my boss was by quitting a job and moving on.
One of the reasons the commissioners used for his termination was that he gave a staff member a chance to change her ways without suspending her. When you hire an administrator don't you hire him/her to make this type of decision without second-guessing him? How many of you could work under these conditions?
I'm going to go back a little to point out the hypocrisy of that particular reason for his termination. I believe it was a couple of years ago when a staff member tested positive during a random drug test. The protocol at the time was immediate termination which the person in charge of the nursing staff proceeded to do until her decision was overturned by either the commissioners office or human resources.
As far as the nursing home's budget is concerned, I don't know how anybody can come into that type of facility cold and come up with a budget of his own making until he/she has had time to witness how that particular facility functions. I would suggest that the new commission sits down with everybody who has a stake in the way the nursing home functions on a day-to-day basis and then draw their own conclusion on whether he stays or goes. In the end it might be better to make a fresh start with someone else and if that's what you decide let them do the job they're hired to do without continuous nitpicking.
The commissioners seem to have an ego problem. Although they were found to be breaking the law, which was determined by a judge in a court of law, they refused to accept the finding and have kept up their fight against the judges ruling all the time increasing the bill from their attorney(s) that we the taxpayers will probably end up paying sooner or later even though none of them will be in office by the end of next month if not sooner. I have to think that if the half million-plus dollars that they spent on upgrading their offices, which included new leather furniture, a new gymnasium for their use and new signage at the front of the complex, a couple of years ago, when, by the way, the roof in the nursing home was leaking and the jail was falling apart, maybe the budget wouldn't be so strained. I know that's history but it tells you a lot about the current administration's priorities.
I read recently where the commissioners project a 10 percent jump in the county tax bill to the city/towns. I also read where they were proud of the fact that the increase in the county tax was close to flat for the last few years. First of all I don't believe it's very good stewardship when you keep the budget funded at a rate that in a way hides the truth and then all of a sudden say you need a large increase to keep the county running. Being a suspicious person I've always considered that job security.
I'm not going to address the jail issue as that would consume too much newsprint but I do believe that was the beginning of the end for the present commission.
One last note, I have to say to Commissioner Nedeau, I haven't seen a case of someone taking their bat and ball and going home when they didn't get their own way since I was a kid at the playground.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:04
To The Daily Sun,
The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region was established in 1973 to provide charitable assistance to the Lakes Region children during the holiday season and throughout the year. This year we began our winter outerwear distribution in October. We have partnered with Salvation Army, St. Vincent Children's Foundation and local schools and police departments to assist families in the Lakes Region with their holiday needs. We were overwhelmed with requests for outerwear.
We have been able to help more than 550 children this season. The need this year appeared to us to be much greater than in past years and with the cold weather on the way we were anxious to get this done. We rely on cash donations to purchase these items and do most of our shopping in the off season in order to get the best deals possible for our money.
We would like to thank the following people for their donations to help keep the children of the Lakes Region warm this winter: John and Teresa Larrere, Greek Ladies Philoptochos Society of Laconia, Brian Winslow, Laconia Youth Soccer League, Philip and Claire Bragg, The Citizen of Laconia, Thomas Dooley and Michele Angers, Linda Keith, Ready for Service Women's Group, Christine Gingerella, Jane Marett, Leon Smith, Christopher and Janelle McCarthy, The Insurance Outlet, The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation proceeds from Lakes Region Dancing with the Stars Hali Dearborn, and Jamie Caldwell.
Also, James Carroll, Lori Hale, Al Miltner and Bootleggers, Sanitary Dry Cleaners, Eddie Baeur Outlet (Tilton), Brooks Brothers Outlet (Tilton), Laconia Middle School Junior Honor Society, William Moore, Dawn and Michael Phelps, LRGH Nursery Guild, Diane Michelena, Norman and Gloria Lacasse, Lakes Region Rotary Club, Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Co., Lisa Cornish, Barbara Harris, Victoria O'Hara, Lisa Green-Barber, Fusion NH, Taylor Community Employees, Theresa Mahoney, Phyllis Harding, Mix 94.1 Cash 'n Cans, Kim Lacasse, CJ Avery Cruise Nights, NH1 Children's Auction, Laconia Congregational Church Knitting Group, and Greg and Lauren Lemay.
If you would like to help keep our children warm this winter please send your donation to: Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region, P.O. Box 7454, Laconia, NH, 03247. No amount is too small and together we can make sure the children of the Lakes Region are taken care of. The Board of the Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region thanks you for your thoughtfulness.
Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region Board of Directors: Janet Brough, Jamie Caldwell, Jim Carroll, Paul Charlton, Andrea Condodemetraky, Courtney Coppi, Lisa Cornish, Cathy Crane, Chris Guilmett, Kim Lacasse, Chris McCarthy, Dennis Phelps, and Brian Winslow.
Kim Lacasse & Janet Brough, Co-Chairs
Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 09:56
To The Daily Sun,
Gene Danforth seems to think there is either ignorance at the root of it or possibly a conspiracy. In regards to what? God? Natural law?
Anyone can put together a collection of founder quotes to make their case and folks on the right try exceedingly hard to use such quotes to establish a case for religion in government. The problem with that agenda is the foundation on which our laws are built, the United States Constitution, is godless and secular. There is no mention of God, Christianity, Jesus, or Moses, yet the folks on the right put much energy into using quotes, some spurious and many without citations, to advance a religious political agenda. But Article Six of the constitution bans religious tests for oaths of office. This clause makes one's religion irrelevant for the functions and purposes of the state. The Constitution also puts a barrier between the free exercise of religion and lawmaking with the first amendment's establishment clause. The state can not promote any religion in any official manner, thus making religion not only irrelevant in matters of governance but actually saying your free exercise ends at a specific point. Furthermore, in a blow to those who would specify Christianity as the religion the founders based their ideas on, the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli stated unequivocally in Article. "as the Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion". The treaty was crafted and negotiated by Joel Barlow during the Washington administration and signed into law by President John Adams after it was ratified unanimously in the U.S. Senate. But who were these men? They were prestigious men who did not see their nation or its founding in any way similar to the view held by today's religious right.
At one time or another, 17 of the 23 Senators were delegates to the Continental Congress (Congress of the Confederation). Three of them attended the Philadelphia Convention of which two signed the Constitution. One signed the Declaration of Independence and most of them served in some important way in the Revolutionary War. Nearly all of them served in their state legislatures. Five of them helped frame their own state's Constitution and four of those supported the ratification of the federal Constitution at their state's convention. Blount signed the U.S. Constitution, framed his state's Constitution and was a driving force behind his state's ratification of the federal Constitution. In the ratification convention, Livermore urged New Hampshire to affirm the federal Constitution and was later a framer of the second and third New Hampshire Constitutions.
Most were attorneys educated at either Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, or the College of William and Mary. All of these school were bastions of liberal thinking during the American Enlightenment. One was a physician and some were wealthy shipping merchants or planters. Most had "Ivy League" education steeped in enlightenment thought and in the writings of classical antiquity. Universities were also strongholds of Deism, the religion of the enlightenment. Six of the senators were judges of which five became the chief justices of their state supreme courts. Two of these judges also served as U.S. District Court judges. One was also a probate judge and another a naval admiralty judge. One of them served as chief justice of their state's highest court and then as justice of the U.S. Circuit Court. One was part of his state's war council, one was deputy governor and six became governors of their states.
"As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion..." You can view the Treaty that was voted on at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/TreatyofTripoli.gif
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 09:50
To The Daily Sun,
Another "unarmed" black man shot and killed out in Pennsylvania. That's how the left will frame the story, I have no doubt. But even though he had no gun he did have a deadly weapon, his car, with which he tried to run over police who were trying to arrest him.
He had posted on line that he was going to kill police and FBI agents and thus a warrant was obtained but when police tried to enforce the warrant this man decided to try to kill them instead. Bad idea. Wonder where that idea came from? Right from the folks on the extreme left like Al Sharpton. That's right Obama's "Go to guy on race relations".
Nothing new here, Sharpton has fomented hate police, hate whites, hate Republicans, hate anyone who doesn't see things his way. He has been responsible for riots, deaths and mayhem for decades. I'd also put a tag of assists on all those who pushed the false narrative that the police are racist, this is a racist nation, and anyone who doesn't conform to that ideology are racist.
Sharpton has made himself rich and important to those people while he throws his own people under the bus. What a vulture. Another extremist, Professor Lamont-Hill, during a debate (read shouting match) made the false charge that an unarmed black man is killed by police every 28 hours. Guess where he got that? It was from the Malcolm X Grass Roots Research Movement (or something like that). The researcher was a non-academic who took considerable leeway with facts and numbers to arrive at that solution. And let's not kid ourselves anyone associated with the organization in question can hardly be regarded as objective or professional. Face it he had an ax to grind.
So to all the "Hands Up — Don't Shoot" crowd, are you proud of yourselves now?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 09:41
To The Daily Sun,
I read Rosemary Landry's letter in the Dec. 30 Laconia Daily Sun with great interest. As as a member of Meredith's 3/25 Advisory Committee, I believe some clarification and additional information might be helpful. In particular, it is incorrect to say that "no one is claiming the change will positively impact traffic congestion." It might not totally solve the "problem", but it certainly will improve things. But first, let's ask:
What exactly is causing the problem?
At first, most committee members thought that the 3/25 intersection itself was the problem. However, many of us spent hours at the intersection watching traffic on heavy traffic days and also on some not-so-heavy days. We saw traffic stopped in the intersection, even when the light was green. In other words, we realized that if the traffic is blocked beyond the intersection it does not matter what we do with the intersection itself. Traffic will not flow. A bit of observation made us realize that the real problem was caused by pedestrians, cars making left turns, and cars trying to regain speed after stopping at the light.
In other words, we learned that we had to deal not just with the main intersection, but with the entire corridor as a system of interacting roads and pedestrians.
We all know that traffic signals deal with these issues very inefficiently. First, by their very nature they stop traffic. This means that traffic needs to restart and some cars (and giant logging trucks) take a long time to get restarted. They deal with left turns very inefficiently. And finally, they are terribly inefficient in dealing with pedestrians.
Roundabouts deal with all of these issues. Their goal is to keep cars moving at a steady 15-18 mph. There is minimal stopping. Vehicles can easily make left turns without blocking the entire intersection. And most importantly, they deal efficiently with pedestrians.
With a single-lane roundabout, pedestrians can cross one lane at a time with minimal impact to traffic flow. Remember that this traffic is traveling at about 15 mph, which means that often cars can let pedestrians cross that single lane with little if any delay. Contrast this with the present situation which requires two traffic officers to stop up to five lanes of traffic before a single pedestrian can even start to cross.
It is true that this will not completely solve the summer peak traffic problem. However, the three roundabout solution will improve things for residents, cars driving through town, and pedestrians. Here's how:
1. The proposed two right turn lanes onto Route 25 will largely reduce congestion which now ties up Route 3 and Main Street on summer Friday nights and Saturday mornings.
2. The proposed roundabout at Pleasant Street will reduce or eliminate congestion from left-turn traffic from Route 25 into the Hannaford shopping center. The roundabout will provide a new entrance and exit to and from the shopping center and bank.
3. Delays caused by pedestrian crossings on Route 3 will be reduced by the proposed central safety zone and single lane crosswalks at Dover Street. At Main Street and Lake Street, roundabouts will include single lane pedestrian crosswalks at every approach.
Why not just do whatever it takes to "solve" the problem completely? Early in our investigations, DOT presented a two-lane roundabout "solution" at this intersection as the way to move the most traffic through town. Nobody on the committee liked it. It would be too large to fit the character of the town. It would also require taking a lot of land — and probably a building or two. In addition, it would have the effect of preventing traffic on Main Street from easily reaching Route 25. Route 25 would have to be widened to four lanes, taking a large part of Scenic Park. Further, a two-lane roundabout would be dangerous for pedestrians having to cross two lanes at a time at the intersection.
The committee therefore concluded that the best solution available is a system of three, single-lane roundabouts. It will deal best with pedestrians, left turns and slow steady traffic flow. It offers the best possibility for improvement over the existing traffic signal.
I agree with Rosemary that we should all "do our homework". The committee certainly did. Please learn as much as you can from those of your fellow citizens who served on this committee. Remember that we spent many hours observing traffic flow and discussing alternatives. Several of us had been on a previous committee and have therefor been studying this for eight years or more. At the end, we came to a unanimous recommendation.
I am not asking anyone to blindly accept this recommendation, but I am asking everyone to take seriously the work this committee has done, to study our recommendation carefully, and to make sure you have correct information before coming to a conclusion.
Warren Clark, Member
Meredith 3/25 Advisory Committee
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 09:34