To The Daily Sun,
Last weekend I traveled through beautiful parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. These nearby beautiful states do all the things that New Hampshire progressives/liberals/socialists complain that New Hampshire doesn't do. It's a shame that we have so many unhappy citizens when these progressive paradises are so close.
Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York have huge governments with many thousands of employees providing almost every imaginable service including helping the truly needy and pretty much anyone else with their hands out.
They spend lots of money on public education and their universities so all their young people must get great jobs after school.
Their gas taxes are higher than N.H.'s so they must have perfect roads and bridges.
These states all jumped on board with Obamacare and Medicaid expansion so all their citizens must get outstanding medical care at no or almost no cost.
These states have strict gun control laws. Recent laws make it even harder for law-abiding citizens to get guns, thus these states are probably crime free.
These states all have income and sales taxes so government revenues are raised fairly, i.e., mostly from other people.
Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York either have or soon will have casinos.
The death penalty has been eliminated for all offenses even for cop-killers and mass murderers (all offenses except for being inconveniently in the womb).
These states are on board with about every progressive idea, e.g., climate change, Agenda 21, common core, affirmative action.
Perhaps most important, there are few Republicans, let alone conservatives, to quibble about old ideas like freedom, faith, personal responsibility, school choice, self-defense, rule of law, equal treatment by government, small and efficient government, the Constitution, etc.
Paradise for progressives/liberals/socialists does exist on this earth just a few short miles away. There are no barriers to relocation in Massachusetts, Connecticut, or New York where progressives/liberals/socialists can find everything they complain is missing in New Hampshire. Why be unhappy and complain in New Hampshire when paradise is so close?
Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:36
To The Daily Sun,
As a Laconia taxpayer and a responsible pet owner, I am extremely disappointed by the decision to make the Woodland Heights Elementary School fenced-in ball park inaccessible for dogs. My husband and I were grateful for the privilege of using the field on a regular basis to exercise our Great Dane and picked up after him, as well as, other dogs.
We need a place for our dogs and we need it now more than ever! For those who may not be aware, there is an off-leash dog park in the planning stages for Laconia. The Happy Tails Dog Park (www.htdpnh.org) committee needs to hear from the dog lovers in our community! There is an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 20 at the Laconia Community Center (306 Union Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. Please show up and offer your help to make our dog park a reality.
Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:32
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank everyone who attended the services for my husband,Bill Edney, and gave me the support that was needed following his sudden death. Due to the outpouring of support, it would be impossible to reach everyone individually so I chose to use this means to attempt to acknowledge as many as possible.
Thank you to the Meredith Police Department., the Fire Department and everyone in town government. They were all great in helping everything go smoothly. The Mayhew Funeral Home was very understanding in helping me see that Bill's wishes were carried out. Our children and some of our friends who banded together to keep the house functioning and preparing it for the celebration of his life. All of the people, many not known to me, who stopped by to offer their condolences and drop off food and other items that were greatly appreciated. All of the many people who attended his wake for their compassion and consideration. Rusty McClear for his generosity. The gentleman who stopped and offered to process the pile of logs in the driveway. He didn't know Bill or I but said he drove by often and knew something tragic had happened. Unbelievable!
Lastly, his decades long friend, Skip Laughy, who helped ease the pain during this time of sorrow. None of you will be forgotten.
Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:30
To The Daily Sun,
It's unusual that a $500 million investment in the Newfound Lake community is being greeted with such community concern. After all, when was the last time anyone invested that much money here?
Make no mistake about it, Newfound Lake is under attack, and it's coming in the form of 500-foot industrial wind turbines on our ridge lines with all electricity being routed to southern states.
Newfound Lake and Cardigan residents are overwhelmingly united in their opposition to newly proposed industrial wind plants. And Concord is very well aware of our community stance against additional wind development through our direct testimonies and detailed objections. Residents have officially voted twice against additional development and have also voted-in a new "Rights Based Ordinances" laws. And yes, for much of this past winter our voices have been raised and our tempers have flared at these town hall meetings.
Remember there is no shortage of electricity in N.H. N.H. has been exporting excess electricity to southern states for decades. It's a very successful model — and many residents are questioning why we would consider hurting that model. But the million dollar question that remains is: "Why are we paying for any of this?"
Our story is very different. These turbines are threatening our watersheds, threatening our tourism, threatening our local economy and is threatening our "Natural Rights" and our "Quality of Place".
We are not going down without a fight and we want your support. Summer residents and visitors alike should voice their concerns. Educate yourself this Sunday, May 25th at The Inn on Newfound Lake from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. It's a critical information update meeting. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge to attend this event.
I hope to see you all there! Bring a friend...
Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:24
To The Daily Sun,
I am saddened by the closing of the Senior Center in Meredith and I have a lot of respect for Robert Franks for leading the way to solve the problem of the Senior Center closing. I have been attending the Senior Center on various visits for several years and those people who might think that the problem may be leadership are very wrong; we have had very capable leaders in the Senior Center and we still do have a good leader; the problem is not the leadership at this end of CAP; the problem is many things combined.
First and foremost, we seniors are at fault. We are quick to complain about the leaders in town but they have an obligation to the rest of the town to keep cost within a budget. Another problem is that some of the people whom are up at arms over this never darken the doorway of the Senior Center. It seems like seniors who go to senior centers carry a stigma and it is a place for them and not ourselves. What we should all do is look in the mirror and discover that we all are getting older and may want a little fellowship. Some old duffer can be a good source of comfort if you lose a spouse or a close friend. If we seniors do not stick together and support Mr. Franks in any way we can, then no organization will be willing to take us in because they cannot put the burden of lights heat and liability on to their organization for the few who show up for sit down meals. I realize that there are other functions that are available at the centers and these people, at times, should support the sit down meal program.
I hope we can come to a solution for all seniors, without anger, in the near future. We in this town have some very intelligent people. I am sure someone will step up to the plate and be a hero to the old duffers.
Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:20