To The Daily Sun,
On Tuesday, March 10, Gilford residents will have the opportunity to vote for two candidates (three- year term) for School Board. There are five names on the ballot. I am writing in support of Sue Allen, current board chair, and Jen McGreevy, a parent of three students, one in each school.
Sue has been a valuable member of the Gilford School Board for years and has been instrumental in helping Gilford School District become the great district it is today. Her experience is vital to the district's future.
Jen has been active on school advisory committees, volunteer groups, staff search committees, class activities and fundraisers since her children have been in the district. The School Board needs a parent who is as involved as Jen, to better understand what is going on from a current parent's perspective.
We are very fortunate to have a School Board that supports students, teachers, and administrators.
Eighty percent of Gilford graduates continue their education at either two- or four-year colleges. Recently, honor roll lists from colleges have been in the papers and most of those students are Gilford graduates.
At a recent school board meeting, a presentation was made by the Screaming Eagles, the first robotics team from Gilford, which recently placed fourth in a statewide competition. Their presentation to the School Board was great, explaining in detail what they learned from this experience. Without the continued support of the district and community, this would not be possible.
Another presentation was a community service project involving the Business class and Tech Ed class at Gilford High School. They are raising money to construct wooden flag holders for the New Hampshire Veterans home in Tilton.
This is community service and involvement at its best.
Very few high schools offer woodworking and metalworking classes, Gilford does.
In my opinion, Sue and Jen will help Gilford School District continue to provide an excellent education to the students of our town.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:05
To The Daily Sun,
Residents of Meredith, you have become complacent; you seem to be happy with the same-o, same-o thinking; everything is okay today and will be tomorrow. You often say, "I don't have time" or "it won't matter anyways". It's time to stand up and take a deep breath and look around you. Think back to your youth and what you saw back then, now look at today, now look into the future. What will it look like for you? What will it be like for your children and their children? What do you see for them? What will be different? What will be gone forever? Now think what you could have done to make things better and easier for them.
I look at the number of folks who live here and I see the number of them who take the time to get involved and to vote, and I see the low attendance at the polls and hear the complaints about the results afterward from those who didn't even vote at all.
It's time to get involved and start showing some interest in our community. Elected town officials are there to protect and guide our town in a direction that is the most beneficial for all of the people and they need to have you bring them your input. They want to hear from you with your needs and views to help them make the best decisions going forward. Often articles are placed on a ballot and voted into law or our budget by the few who supported the article and it's passes with some of the lowest voter participation.
We can no longer keep our heads buried in the sand, it's time to sit up, take of the rose colored glasses and look around you. We need to get involved now or our future will be very different from what we have had, what we could have could be gone forever and the opportunity to get involved then will be gone too.
Our time is slowly running out and the future depends on what we do now. You need to make the effort to register and to vote. You need to talk to your local town officials they need and want to hear from you so that they can guide Meredith into the future for all of the people not just a few.
Please take the time to vote on March 10 for the candidate you feel will do the best job for our community, our future will depend on it.
David Lund Bennett, Sr.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
In New Hampshire, the Town Meeting is all powerful. It orders the running of each town and its business. This has been so since colonial days and the Town Meeting form of government remains vital today in towns like Sanbornton. The Town Meeting is the ultimate in self-selected representative democracy. Those who attend decide.
Sanbornton's voters are reminded that the 2015 Town Meeting will be held in March this year. After an few years' experiment with May meetings, last year's town meeting chose to return to the traditional March date. On Tuesday, March 10, we voters will go to the polls at the Old Town Hall for the ballot voting portion of Town Meeting. We will elect town officials, decide on zoning measures and vote on school issues. Also on the ballot is the proposal to expand the Select Board from three to five members. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
The next evening, Wednesday, March 11, we will gather at 7 p.m. at the Central School for the Town Meeting when warrant questions are discussed and voted in public. The town operating budget and several warrant articles will come to the floor.
Annual Reports are available at the town office building for those who wish to read over the articles to be voted prior to the meeting. Sample ballots are also available. Citizens of Sanbornton, please take a few minutes to vote your opinion at the polls on Tuesday and donate three hours of your time on Wednesday night to give direction to your town. Come and participate.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 08:47
To The Daily Sun,
Are you happy with the level of Gilford property taxes?
There is only one practical way to take control of your property taxes, and that is to elect fiscal conservatives whenever you can do so. You will have your chance on Tuesday, March 10.
Our property taxes are determined by two components: (1) the assessed value of your property; and (2) the tax rate. There is little or nothing you can do to control the assessed value of your property, but you have a lot of control over your tax rate, if only you speak out and put your vote where your money is.
The Gilford Board of Selectmen routinely trims budget requests from the various town departments and sends their views of the budget to the Budget Committee. The School Board and the SAU send their budget requests for the schools to the Budget Committee.
The Gilford Budget Committee stands as the taxpayers' watchdog over the budgets, and its focus should be on adequately funding essential town services and trimming and cutting out non-essential expenditures.
Few, if any, taxpayers attend the Budget Committee or School Board meetings unless they have a special issue on which they want to be heard. And in the Deliberative Sessions, taxpayers, who are usually not present in great numbers, often add back to the budgets some items previously cut. But the ultimate tax rate is determined by the voters in the town election: the votes on the budget and special financial request articles and for those who are to serve on the Budget Committee, the Board of Selectmen, and the School Board, all of which have contested races next Tuesday.
If you vote to approve special warrant articles that provide for expenditures for non-profits, no matter how good they might seem to be, you are, in effect, forcing your neighbors to support with property taxes something that they may or may not actually support. The best way to support a non-profit that seeks funding is for you to send them your own contribution and encourage your neighbors to do so, rather than forcing your neighbors to pay higher property taxes for something you believe is beneficial to our town.
The simple but central economic issue is always present: We have limited resources (taxes) to allocate among numerous competing uses. I do not believe that any of our taxpayers want their property taxes raised to pay for everything that at least someone thinks would be nice to have in our town. We must live within our means, and that means making hard choices. We must concentrate on properly funding essential services, and reducing or eliminating wasteful spending.
The only practical way to take control of your property taxes is to elect fiscal conservatives to the Budget Committee, the Board of Selectmen, and the School Board next Tuesday. We need strong, fiscally conservative, leadership in all of those positions.
I am an experienced fiscal conservative who does not enjoy paying high property taxes for non-essential services, I have served you well in the past year, and I ask for your vote on Tuesday to return me to the Budget Committee to enable you to take better control of your property taxes.
Norman J. Silber
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 08:42
To The Daily Sun,
For several years (and to the great relief of both organizations) Ray Moritz's volunteer work has included running computer systems for the Friends of the Library's annual 5K race and the Great Rotary Fishing Derby. No matter how hectic the situation, Ray is always there, an oasis of calm and competence.
I am also impressed with Ray's preparation for the two "meet-the-candidate" events held at Wicwas Grange on Feb. 28 and the Meredith Community Center on March 5. Clearly, Ray knew the issues. He had reviewed town budgets and finances. He was familiar with the Capital Improvement Program and projects in process.
I believe Ray demonstrates qualities which will serve Meredith well if he is elected to the Board of Selectmen. Ray studies, he listens to what is needed, he turns up and he does all he can to enable good work to go forward.
Please vote on March 10.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 08:39