To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to support and endorse Mr. Harry H. Bean for Gilford's Budget Committee.
Harry showed his dedication to the community when he and his family volunteered to help Faith Alive Christian Fellowship in the construction of our church, bringing his expertise to us at a critical time in our building project. His valuable insight brought cost-saving ideas to us, allowing the money saved to be reinvested into the lives of the people in the community. We are grateful to Harry and his family for not only helping us, but also caring for the people of this community.
I am confident that Harry will serve the Town of Gilford with integrity and ask that you join me and vote for Harry H. Bean on March 10.
Pastor John Sanborn
Faith Alive Christian Fellowship
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 08:46
To The Daily Sun,
When I learned that a local electrician had started a write-in campaign for Selectman Brett Currier I was thrilled, to say the least. Over the last three years Brett Currier has been able to make positive changes in our town. This is the first time in years that I can remember the Board of Selectman being able to lower the taxes in Gilmanton without cutting services.
Although the entire board makes these decisions, I believe it couldn't have been done without Brett Currier. Bret has lived in Gilmanton for 35-plus years and spent time serving this community. He didn't just move here like Scott Dunn did six months ago and want to run the show without being fully educated about our town. Brett also didn't recently move here from the Massachusetts border like Mike Jean and close down the beach in his neighborhood to the locals.
Brett has raised his family in this town, put his three kids through Gilmanton schools, and ran a small construction business in this town. Brett is the right choice for Gilmanton selectman. I encourage everyone to write him in Tuesday, March 10, at the Gilmanton School and keep taxes lower.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 08:43
To The Daily Sun,
My vote in Gilmanton's election this Tuesday will be going to Mike Jean for Selectman, and I am urging other Gilmanton voters to do the same.
We have had six years of continual decline into chaos, destruction, disruption, incompetence and opaque demagoguery in the selectmen's office in Gilmanton. Tell me, what have you bought with your tax savings recently? Me neither.
Brett Currier wants to bring the management of the whole town down to the same level as the worst year the Fire Department ever had, 2003. He held that year up as his benchmark for funding that department, a year when we could not seat a chief because of the attacks and ransacking that people like him did from the Budget Committee. So the spending that year was low by its largest salary plus all the other things that a working chief would normally do to make the department function. The result? Missed calls, trouble with holding up our mutual aid commitment, busted equipment and very low morale.
Sound familiar? It will if you have done business with the selectman's office lately.
Mike Jean is a fair and honest person who has served as a selectman before in another town. He is a volunteer fireman who gives his time for many causes in the town already. It is time for someone with a new perspective to bring leadership to that board. Please go out and vote this Tuesday, and remember Mike Jean. We really need him.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 08:39
To The Daily Sun,
On March 10, Sanbornton voters we will be asked to vote on five proposed zoning amendments submitted by the Sanbornton Planning Board. Amendment four proposes establishing a Commercial (Light Manufacturing permitted) Zoning District. This would increase the size of the current Commercial Zoning District along Route 127 beyond the Sanbornton General Store toward Franklin, and would allow light manufacturing in that area.
I have some major concerns about this proposed amendment regarding air, land, water and noise pollution.
The definition of Light Manufacturing in the Town Zoning Ordinance book — Article 3 page 3.4 item 31 — means a use involving the manufacture of a product such that all resulting dust, flash, fumes, gases, odors, refuse matter, smoke, vapor, hazardous or toxic materials, electro-magnetic interference or radio-active emission shall be completely and effectively confined within a building, or so regulated as to prevent any nuisance or hazard to the public health or safety and further provided that no vibration or other disturbance is perceptible without the use of instruments, at the boundary of the parcel involved. Provided also that noise shall be restricted to a peak level of 65 dBa between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and 45 dBa between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
That is a pretty unsettling description of what would be allowed. Do we really want to allow the possibility of polluting the air and earth and enduring noise around the clock at different dBa levels? Additionally, according to a town map prepared by the Lakes Region Planning Commission, this area is a Aquifer Conservation Zone. This would further indicate that this location is inappropriate for the new zoning recommendation.
I am voting against this proposed amendment on election day and I hope all concerned citizens will vote against it as well.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 08:35
To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Stephen Patten's letter of this date concerning U.S. ground involvement against ISIS/ISIL.
The ISIL's last letter refers to the Servant, which is accepted as wherever the eastern Mediterranean washes ashore. It's still the same group.
As a newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant from Norwich University, my first assignment was a little over a mile south of the Koran DMZA in 1967. During my tour, I had no combat experience as my job was to assure that the ammo, gasoline, and food was sent and delivered to whichever troops of my 7th Cavalry squadron went up north to do "barrier duty"; i.e., keep the North Koreans north of the DMZ; very hard to right an Asian on his home turf.
During that time a number of North Korean commanders slipped south between my 2nd Infantry Division and the Republic of (South) Korea (ROK) battle groups stationed nearby; the North Koreans were spotted by a Korea National policeman as they were converging around the Blue House, where the president resides.
Discovered, the NK's did what mayhem they could, then headed back north. Only one man, a lieutenant, did not die on the return trip; the others were found, victims of exposure. The lieutenant was a prisoner of the ROK. God help him.
I am going to re-subscribe to the Army Times so I can look up what is going on with the army, especially in ROK. Mr. Patten makes the next important point about ISIS on its home turf; "They are too well-trained and organized." Not just trained, but battle-trained.
In the early stages of our involvement in Vietnam, according to the book, "We Were Soldiers Then and Young", the communist's armies in Vietnam invited battle with U.S. forces in order to learn the U.S. tactics and develop tactics to circumvent them. My readings tell me that the VC and NVA were successful, although the Tet offences of 1968 ended the VC as a fighting force. The end of America in Vietnam illustrates my earlier point: it's hard fighting an Asian on his home turf.
The United States is ending involvement in two wars. We do not have a standing war-experienced military, especially on the ground, other than those who have had served in ground combat in our previous wars; most important is war-experienced.
Only war-experienced soldiers are most effective on the battlefield, and it's time for the U.S. and the E.U. to demand that the countries threatened by ISIS put their people in the field and learn how to fight. They'll be the combat experienced.
As for Syria, fighting ISIS as well as engaging in a Civil War, I have nothing to say except, "America, stand clear!"
As for American, French, and other anti-ISIS air strikes, I think it's a help for the defenders. However, what I read about ISIS burning alive a captured Lebanese (fellow Islamic) pilot, God help an American pilot in one falls into their hands.
It's important that I cannot even begin to suggest a non-Islamic solution to this invasion, because that's what it is: an invasion. If the people of the lands being besieged do not respond in force to the attacks they will not survive; they must learn enemy tactics and train to beat their tactics.
The one positive step that America can do is give the Kunds everything they need to fight ISIS.
America does not have enough combat-experienced ground troops to beat ISIS.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 08:31