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Letter: Tool for Economic Vitality in Sunapee

Tool for Economic Vitality

To the Editor:

On election day in Sunapee, we would ask your support to pass Article 34, which states: “Shall the town vote to adopt the Community Revitalization Tax Relief Incentive outlined in the RSA 79-E; and further designate the Village-Commercial zoning district as defined by the Town of Sunapee Zoning Ordinance as the Development District for such purposes.” Where RSA 79-E has been used in other New Hampshire communities, projects have ranged from minor restorations to major developments.

The qualifying property must provide a public benefit. The public benefit could be restoring a historic building, promoting downtown development, or increasing the economic vitality of a commercial area. Adopting this article would provide the Board of Selectmen with discretion to deny applications and terminate an agreement. It provides transparency by requiring a public hearing and provides opportunity to further define qualifying structures.

I encourage you to support this article by voting “Yes,” and providing the town with another tool to help improve the economic vitality and tax base of Sunapee.

Betsy and Dick Katz

Sunapee

No Extras for Lebanon Schools

To the Editor:

I urge all Lebanon voters to make your voice heard on March 11.

Vote “No” on Article 3, which asks that voters approve $163,000 to hire two elementary foreign language teachers. Recent NECAP test scores indicate that many Lebanon students lack proficiency in English. This needs to be addressed sufficiently before additional money is allocated for foreign language study. The teaching of English should be our priority.

Vote “No” on Article 4, which asks voters to approve an additional $79,000 to hire a math specialist for elementary schools. During the past decade, math instruction has been a primary focus of the Lebanon School District. New programs have been adopted and teachers have received extensive staff development in math instruction. We pay our administrators well. Isn’t it their job to ensure that teachers provide the very best math instruction?

School enrollment is declining, yet the budget continues to rise. The economy is stagnant and many of us are living on fixed incomes or without jobs. This is not the time for unjustified extras.

Jacqueline Minard

Lebanon

Cryans for Executive Councilor

To the Editor:

There’s an important vote on Tuesday. The voters of the northern half of New Hampshire will elect a new member to the state Executive Council replacing the late Ray Burton. This group of five councilors works closely with the governor in many ways as a co-equal, since she can do little without their approval. They are the eyes and ears of their constituents in watching the operations in Concord. Council approval is required for every state contract greater than $10,000 and for the appointment of every judge and commissioner. And that’s not all that they do. Although the council dates from the late 17th century, its contemporary importance for the good functioning of our state cannot be overstated.

Mike Cryans is seeking that position and needs your vote. He was born here and is a lifelong resident. As a friend, I know him to be principled, rational and honest, and (obviously) very caring about our state; an example of this attitude is his years of service as executive director of Headrest here in the Upper Valley. Significantly, Mike worked side by side with Ray Burton for 16 years — what an apprenticeship! Ray Burton worked in a balanced nonpartisan fashion for the good of the state as a whole; Mike will do the same. This election is on Tuesday. Voting is especially important to prevent a small minority with a fringe viewpoint from taking the election. As an “off-date” election, many won’t bother. Please join me in voting for Mike Cryans.

Robert Heathcote Russell

Hanover

What Do Politicians Know?

To the Editor:

I read with amusement Chuck Gregory’s attack on John McLaughry and his views on health care (Forum, Feb. 28). I know John. He is an intelligent, compassionate individual who does his research. His qualifications to speak on this issue are impressive. When an individual cannot debate the facts, that person attacks the messenger.

Having spent most of my adult life working in health care or being on hospital boards, my experience tells me John is correct. Single-payer won’t produce good health care or inexpensive health care. The fact is that you stand a better chance of surviving one of the 16 most prevalent cancers if you’re diagnosed and treated in the United States than in almost any other country in the world.

But instead of fighting over statistics, let’s just think for a minute. People get master’s degrees in hospital administration. Physicians go to school for many years and practice medicine for many more. Nurses go to school and take care of very sick people. It takes a special person to be a nurse. Plant engineers, computer specialists, finance specialists, nuclear medicine technicians and many other well educated people make up the operations of a hospital. What qualifications do politicians have to tell these people that they know better? Nothing.

The health-care system in this state has deteriorated the more government has gotten involved. The implementation of Vermont Health Connect has been a failure and facets have been delayed. There have been security breaches. The payment system was not set up correctly. Most of all, if we go to a single-payer system in 2017, we will see an approximate increase of 18 percent in our state income tax. Doctors are leaving Vermont or retiring from practice because of the changes being implemented by politicians.

Gerald Mittica

Springfield, Vt.