To The Daily Sun,
I read with interest Peter Morrissete's letter to Warren Hutchins in regard to the property he purchased, which was the former St. Helena Church. As in all things in life, there are many issues that seem to be festering between Mr. Morrissette the Planning Board and Zoning Board that I was not aware of that appear to have political overtones, at least in Mr. Morrissete's view. But I am not involved in such.
My wife and I happen to live directly adjacent the former church. When we bought our home we did not envision a "storage area" to be built on this property and I am quite sure if there was a storage area already in existence we would not have been interested in the property.
This letter is written to Mr. Morrissette and in essence to the Zoning Board because it reflects a view that seems to be lost in all the legalities of the issue at hand. Does anyone in their heart really think a storage area etc., would not affect the surrounding residential homes? Would Mr. Morrissette and any board members really consider buying a home next to a storage area? Of course, some may say they would. Well, I have lived in a major industrial city next to factories and other businesses and I can tell you that the nature of the community will definitely change.
If you want to actually see and feel the change, then just park your car near my property and watch the activity that presently surrounds the "empty church". Here is what I see: Various trucks parking to either check their rig or just stop, RV campers who stop for the day or the moment or even a few nights, new motorcyclist learning how to operate their newly bought bikes, car drivers leaving rubber i.e., for those who don't know what that means, revving their engines at high rates of speed while holding the brake and then letting it go to leave a patch of rubber on the tar, and there were times when I thought they might lose control of their vehicles and just come flying through the adjacent trees lining the lot, fireworks being lit at late hours, and if any major work is being done in the local area, paving trucks, cement trucks, etc., always park their rigs on the lot which I can understand. But there is always accompanying noise.
I should note that if there is a couple talking at about where the church stands, I can hear them talking from my house. I'm not complaining about that, I am just pointing out how sound carries their voices.
And that is the essence of my concerns. My issue isn't with Mr. Morrissette, it's with the future of what will happen if this variance is granted. I believe Mr. Morrissette presents some valid points when he says, "The funny part about wanting to store a few motorcycles or wave runners inside the former church is that if I build inside the former church is that if I build the 20 residential units there, the resident can all use the church building for storage or a community hall, with all of them going in and out, with nose and or a community party — whatever they want. And the neighbors have no say because that's okay."
Now, this statement, Mr. Morrissette is both true and false. Yes, it is true that if you build 20 residential units and a storage building that people in that community would be able to use it. But it is false in the sense that neighbors do have a say about the noise and use of any property owned in a community and the the level of noise that goes on in such a community. We have the same rights as you, Mr. Morrissette and I don't expect you would tolerate the very issues you pose if they were taking place next to your home.
So, Mr. Morrissette, go to the meeting, as you say, "ready to battle," in this country, so far, you have a right to do so.
But I would like to point out my wife and I, do not belong to the Pendleton Beach Association. I didn't even know Mr. Hutchinson until I attended the last Zoning Board meeting. My wife and I are just a hard-working couple who have worked hard for all of our life's and moved to Laconia to enjoy the beautiful area we live in. We don't know how the board will rule on your variance application and we harbor no ill feelings toward you. We are just posing our feelings and concerns about the future long-term use of the church property. We trust the board will view all of the public's concerns as it views your application.
Someone once said, "It isn't what people think that is important, but the reason they think what they think." I look at the law with the same view; the laws are giving to us as a rule to follow, they have a purpose, they are made to protect us. But it is the judges and board members who are appointed to interpret the laws for the greater good of the public. The letter of the law says if a man goes through a red light he gets a ticket, but the spirit of the law takes into consideration that if a man has a baby in the car who is dying then that man may be the exception to the rule. That is, by going through the light rather than stopping he has saved the baby's life, but he has broken the letter of the law. Who among us would hold him to the law? So, I'll trust the Zoning Board will do what is right as they interpret what is best for all in the context of the spirit of the law.
I have noticed that attorneys have a way of presenting the 'letter of the law' to judges and board members when they are representing a client, but when they represent themselves and the law goes against them, they wish to be treated within the spirit of the law. How much better would this world be if all were treated equally in terms of the spirit of the law.
Lastly, Mr. Morrissette, you say, "... I hope the neighbors from the Pendleton Beach Association like big orange snow fences because we're going to keep all the people and illegal parking out."
Well, as I previously stated, I don't belong to the Pendleton Beach Association so I won't speak for them, but I personally think pink would be more politically correct in going with the times. It isn't the color of the fence that is the heart of the matter, Mr. Morrissette, it is rather the hearts of all the individuals associated with the issue at hand. And since I will not be able to attend the next board meeting, I took time to write this letter hoping that all the parties concerned would take time to think about how this property would be used for future uses.
And, a bit of advice, Mr. Morrissette, I have learned over the years, the hard way, that when a man is angry he is seldom reasonable, but a reasonable man is seldom angry. Hopefully when you are at the next Zoning Board meeting you won't be talking about orange snow fences, but what is reasonable for both yourself and the community. I wish you well in your future endeavors.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 05:34
To The Daily Sun,
Why does the Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces and the leader of the free world seem to be of the opinion that the slaughter of four Marines and one Navy petty officer by a terrorist is not sufficient reason to fly the White House flag at half mast? John Kerry and Josh Earnest answered with a less-than-earnest "I dunno", in so many words.
Perhaps now that he has attended a Broadway play, attended a fundraiser and played a few rounds of golf since the tragedy, Mr. Obama could perhaps reflect on this needless slaughter caused by a man seemingly inspired by Allah to go kill in his name. No, it was only after the Capitol lowered the flag to half mast and the Republicans demanded that the president do the same at the White House many days later.
By now, everyone except our president and the left understand the pattern that has emerged. Here's a short trip down memory lane. The Christmas Day bomber was a "radical extremist." Four Benghazi deaths were about an unkind "Internet video". The murders at a kosher deli in Paris were "random acts of violence". Of course, who can forget Major Nidal Malik Hasan shooting 43 unarmed soldiers and killing 13 of them while shouting "Allahu Akbar". I believe the official narrative of that radical Islamic slaughter, after more than five years, remains "workplace violence". And let's not forget the Boston marathon mad bombers. The poor Tsarnaev brothers were just a couple of "lone wolves" who had lost their way. Baa, baa, baa.
I wrote a letter back in January of this year referencing Lt. Col. David Grossman, who wrote a book entitled, "On Combat". It talks about three categories of people — sheep, sheepdogs and wolves. Our brave service men and women go abroad to act like "sheepdogs" to defend us against the "wolves". Those wolves are now increasingly roaming our towns and cities, intent on devouring us and our freedoms. The Department of Defense has decreed that those sheepdogs should take off their uniforms while stateside and hide among we civilians (mostly sheep). So now we have civilians carrying legally owned firearms (sheepdogs) protecting our soldiers. Apparently, because this pacifist administration thinks our service men and women are not capable enough to defend themselves at home (they transform back into sheep).
Is this not "Alice Through the Looking Glass" madness? How does one describe a president who refuses to name the enemy that has reached our shores, repeatedly? Who refuses to address evil when it is staring him in the face? And please spare me the drivel that he is trying to defeat evil because Bin Laden was killed on his watch, because he likes to hit the drone button and sends a few pinprick air strikes over Syria, pretending he is actually trying to win the battle.
Muhammed Youssef Abdulazeez, the son of a Palestinian and an immigrant from Kuwait, had become a devout Muslim and apparently learned his Koran lessons well, especially the phrase from Qur'an 3:151: "We will put terror into the hearts of the infidels." The past 30 years of a failed immigration policy which has resulted in gangs, rapes, child molestation and drunk drivers has now caused the death of men of honor and along with upstanding civilians such as Kate Steinle.
As David S. Whitley reminds us about every Islamic, jihadist terror group, they all use Quranic texts to justify their killings. "They all do it in the name of Allah — al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, Ansaru, Al-Badr, the Taliban, Al-Nusra, Hizb'allah, Abu Sayyaf, Boko Haram, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jemaah Islamiyah, The Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestine Liberation Front, , the Abudullah, Azzam Brigades".
Ann Coulter's book, "Adios America" spells out the insanity and destruction of an immigration system that has allowed this to happen. You can count on forthcoming books by Mark Levin, "Plunder and Deceit" and Dr. Michael Savage, "Government Zero" to spell out the details of what could well be the end of America due to the marriage of "progressivism and Islamism."
Our constitutional republic, as we have known it, is almost gone. Dennis Prager says that the leftist ideology of the past 100 years has been more effective than Christianity in shaping this nation. Unfortunately, it is an ideology that far too often embraces evil (Iran and Cuba most recently) and hates those who fight evil. Due to the proliferation of the progressive, leftist mindset in our culture, we are losing our innate ability for self-preservation. Is now not the time for conservatives to rise up and start a peaceful civil war against this ideology? Mark Levin thinks so and so do I. Will we elect a president who will allow that to take place?
Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 05:30
To The Daily Sun,
I read the article in Friday's Laconia Sun paper about the so-called overlook on Route 11, in which the editor failed to mention the story was the result of a tip by me. I was hoping an article would generate some interest in an attempt to resurrect the beauty of the lake. Instead, the paper chose to interview a political hack like (state Department of Transportation spokesman) Bill Boynton, whose only job is to make excuses for the DOT.
The real story is this: This is a location on Route 11 about a mile from Ellacoya State Park, which has a parking area where people could stop and look at the beautiful view of the lake. About six or seven years ago, a few members of Brookside Condos, paid to have the trees trimmed. Over the years, the trees have grown again and block the view of the lake.
Last fall, I wrote a letter to the governor's office, hoping that something could be done. A call from some coat holder produced, "nothing can be done", "it's private property" and more. I thought that being an election year, the governor might want to "do something". No dice.
The Gilford Selectmen bailed out (nothing they could do). I did think with their concern about the tourists (the fireworks repeal), they would at least write a letter.
The state takes millions of dollars in revenue out of the Lakes Region in room and meals and business profits taxes, Motorcycle Week, the Timberman event, and a large number of tourists, and gives little or nothing back. (Drive the state roads in the area and see.)
Mr. Boynton is parroting the company line "nothing can be done", no money", and "it's not a priority," all well worn words in the great public sector.
I can't believe that in a state budget in the billions, money can't be found. As Lyndon Johnson once said, "That dog won't hunt." I guess he is more concerned about protecting his fat pension (which we are paying for). I am from the dreaded private sector; those words were not allowed.
Maybe Mr. Boynton should take a ride up here and take a first-hand look. Maybe it's time for the selectmen to expend a little political capital and take an interest, maybe somebody other than me cares.
I certainly hope so.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 05:23
To The Daily Sun,
It is with great concern that I write regarding two recent cover photos featuring trespassing on the active railroad in Laconia.
As the New Hampshire State Coordinator for Operation Lifesaver (http://oli.org/), a national organization whose mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on rail property, I am frustrated with the undermining effect of your (and other media outlets') depiction that railroad tracks are open to any and all public use.
Earlier this year a photo of a gentleman fishing from atop the Winnipesaukee River railroad bridge (near Messer Street) appeared on your front page cover and so confident that he was doing no wrong he volunteered his name for the publication. Admittedly train traffic over this particular bridge is seasonal and very rare, but the fact is the entire line from Concord to Lincoln is in service, available and subject to train passage at any time.
The scene in the movie "Stand By Me" is one that happens all too often in real life — caught on a railroad bridge with no room to step aside to safety. This photo troubled me but not nearly to the level of the one, again prominently featured on the July 16 front page cover, titled "The simplest of things are often the foundation of the most fun." A more appropriate title would be "The misperception of harmless fun is often the foundation for tragedy." Unlike the bridge location above, the section of track on which the two young girls were photographed (may I presume by the mother of one of the young girls?) is part of the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad's daily operation, with as many as eight trains passing this very location.
Nationally, a person or vehicle is struck by a train every three hours. Our volunteers work hard to change people's behavior around railroad tracks and crossings with a particular focus on educating children. Romanticizing or condoning this trespass further perpetuates the hazard. How many children in the Lakes Region and beyond saw this photo and were compelled to mimic the balance beam "game"?
I find it ironic that every year, prior to commencement of operations and in the interest of public safety, the railroad posts a public service announcement in your publication alerting the public to the dangers of being on or around an active railroad only to have that advisory trivialized by published photographs of irresponsible acts and questionable subject matter.
For the safety of everyone, I would implore your paper and your readers, to recognize that railroads are not playgrounds, fishing access points, or shortcuts home. They are active and operational transportation corridors and as such we must all remain vigilant and keep in mind that safety is paramount.
New Hampshire Operation Lifesaver
Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 05:18
To The Daily Sun,
l have serious concerns about the governance of the Town of Gilmanton under the current Board of Selectmen. Review of board minutes reveals extensive non-public sessions, with minutes duly sealed, so the public can never find out what goes on behind those closed doors.
In particular, the retirement of the police chief, and the appointment of his replacement, was considered so secretive that one of the selectmen was forced to resign because he "let the cat of the bag". Why is an officer's planned retirement, and his proposed replacement, a matter so confidential that the public is not to know of it until a replacement is named? Indeed, given recent incidents where police officers' judgment was seriously flawed, it is essential that the selectmen conduct an advertised search and look for an experienced chief who can bring assurance of integrity and maturity to the Gilmanton Police Department.
Elevation of an existing officer, closely related to a former selectman and applicant for appointment to the present board, inevitably raises questions of conflict of interest and nepotism. That it is being done without any public process, and in non-public session, raises further questions. If the present applicant is seriously interested in a career in law enforcement, there are 233 other municipalities in New Hampshire where the issues apparent in Gilmanton would not arise.
I urge the selectmen to go back to the drawing board, open up the process, and hire the best qualified applicant for the police chief position.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 05:15