To The Daily Sun,
I have yet to see some type of justification on the behalf of the county commission. Maybe I have missed it, I have been wrong before. I have also learned to keep my mouth closed in those situations. . . Hmmmm?? There could be a perfectly good reason for for needing huge sums of money or else the county will "shutdown." If there is, I would love to hear the explanation of such events.
To take roughly $230,000 from 100 line items doesn't sound right at all. I would like to hear a simple explanation and there is one. Instead we are getting a "dog and pony show."
I can provide a simple explanation with a few simple definitions.
1. Tax — Charge against a citizens person or property of activity for the support of government.
2. Budget — A sum of money allocated for a particular purpose.
3. Dereliction — Willful negligence.
4. Duty — Work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons.
You can piece them together how you see fit. The commission is railroading through a budget and transfers that please them as they see fit. It is not "their" budget to spend as they please. It is the county's and the commission had been given the time and resources to create a budget that would meet the needs of the nursing home and the jail. This is just a fiasco and blaming the people who are putting their reputations on the line to keep them honest is not going to end it.
Ridiculous analogies about vacations and clothes dryers have no bearing on what goes on in most households. Some people have to choose between heat OR food because getting both isn't an option. That being said, I could care less if inmates don't get TVs or cable paid for by the government. You can bet that there is money budgeted for that in the $25 million price tag.
Make a budget and stick to it. Moving a few thousand dollars to make it work is one thing. Misleading transfers for hundreds of thousands is absurd and inexcusable.
Andrew J. Weeks
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:39
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in support of Lisa Scott who is running for Register of Deeds in Carroll County.
Lisa is a mature and very experienced person in the world of deeds and real estate transactions. She has worked as a paralegal in an attorney's office in Meredith, and has followed up by doing endless work on her own for individuals in this same field. She has vast knowledge of how various registries in the area operate, and would bring her expertise to Carroll County. One of her goals is to bring Carroll County up to date by placing all of the deeds and related information online, making it accessible to all the real estate offices and attorneys in the area who would appreciate this effort tremendously.
Lisa is intelligent, sensible and very outgoing. As a Realtor, I have worked with her on numerous occasions, and therefore I urge one and all to support her in the Nov. 4 election.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:32
To The Daily Sun,
As a lifelong educator and parent of two boys currently in the public school system, I will be voting to re-elect state Sen. Andrew Hosmer.
Sen. Hosmer is a strong, committed advocate for teachers, parents and students. My children have thrived in the public school system here in Gilford. As I look to the future and the astronomical cost of sending them to college, it's good to have Andrew Hosmer fighting for education. He's worked to freeze tuition at New Hampshire's University System and lower the tuition at Lakes Region Community College.
I believe a strong economy depends on a quality education. If we want young people to stay in New Hampshire, let's not drive them away with limited educational opportunities and prohibitively expensive tuition costs. Andrew Hosmer understands this and is focused on quality education that's accessible and affordable. If you believe a strong economy needs strong schools and a well-educated workforce, please join me in supporting Andrew Hosmer.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:28
To The Daily Sun,
For a typical married couple with two children, the combined cost of child care, housing, health care, and savings for college and retirement jumped 32 percent from 2000 to 2012 — and that's after adjusting for inflation. This, while wages stagnate and the median net worth of families in the middle 20 percent of incomes fell 17 percent from 2010 to 2013.
I bring this up in light of Massachusetts National Grid announcing electricity rates will soar 37 percent. That's an average of $33 per month for each household based on 500 kWh. It should be galling to learn that just this past June National Grid reported their chief executive, Steve Holliday, earned $7.8 million in the last fiscal year, up 56 percent from about $5 million the previous year. Do you know anyone who received a 56 percent raise last year? The National Grid announcement represents but one swing of the pickax that is chipping away at the American middle class.
Combine an electric rate increase, food price increase, child care increase, student tuition increase with stagnant wages and you arrive at the 17 percent decrease in middle class net worth over several years.
How much can the American people take? We are living in an age of "trickle-up economics" where wealth flows to the upper earners of our society.
And New Hampshire residents will be hit harder than Massachusetts.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:20
To The Daily Sun,
The unemployment rate is now 5.9 percent. Sounds good. But what about the people who stopped received unemployment or just have part-time jobs because they cannot find a full-time job with the same pay rate as the job they lost? They are no longer counted in the unemployment rate. What about the people that did find a job, but are getting paid less than the last job they had?
Just after the Primary, I heard Maggie Hassan talk about all the jobs she created.
I got a job under Maggie Hassan. I also lost that same job. I was hired by a company with a big project. When the project was finished there was not another to take its place, so over 100 people were laid off. I wonder how many people who got a job created under Maggie Hassan are still employed in that job.
I am looking and it does not look good. I do not want to collect unemployment. I want a job — a good job with benefits, a full-time job — and so do a lot of people in this state.
New Hampshire is 50th in corporate taxes. Yep... last (highest) in the country. That really is enticing companies to come here.
New Hampshire needs full-time year round jobs. Maggie Hassan is doing nothing to bring businesses to New Hampshire. Some are leaving. New Hampshire needs jobs with benefits.
TIdo not think Maggie helped the people in our state. She did not help me, and I am sure she did not help others.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:16