Our next jury outreach is Tuesday November 13 at 9:00. Note this is the day after Veteran’s Day and a later start time.
Then we will be out on November 26 at 9:00.
We had a pretty normal day for the first time out for the jury pool, about 70 flyers were distributed.
We received a nice contribution to the flyer fund though a Bitcoin (Cash) donation. We appreciate the funds and good thoughts that come with it. Thank you!
Here are the dates for the upcoming month:
We received two boxes of freshly printed flyers in time for our last assembly of the last jury pool. If you’d like to participate you can join us, or if time is an issue, make a contribution to the printing of flyers.
Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support.
August 6, 2018
We received two boxes of freshly printed flyers in time for our last assembly of the current jury pool. We handed out about 40, which is higher than usual for the last meeting of a pool. I’ll dig up the dates for the next Belknap Superior Court jury pool and post it here.
If you’d like to participate you can join us, or if time is an issue, make a contribution to the printing of flyers.
Paypal to email@example.com
Thank you for your support.
Those who think there is never enough government have been sharing their low grade propaganda in the letters section of the Laconia Daily Sun. This time they target the Honorable Raymond Howard for a vote in 2016.
Those on the attack say “It is hard for me to understand why someone would object to having our students learn about the US and state governments and constitutions and be tested on the subject.” Now if I wanted to be deceptive, I might not have used the full quotation and left off the last six words. You see the bill was not about teaching the material; that was already the law. SB-157 did not add any new material to the curriculum, it added a testing requirement.
So the real issue with this bill is about testing not teaching. As one who voted against this bill I can tell you why. I listen to my constituents and often hear how much stress is put on our students. They have busy days in school and plenty of homework to take care of. So I had to stop and think; where will the time come from to add another test to their day. Sure it is just one more test, but the legislature wasn’t adding time to the day. Let’s also remember that much of the stress felt by young people surrounds testing. I didn’t think jamming one more test into their school year was helpful at all. One thing I remember about school and testing is that you focus so much on the test that once it is done, it is only a short time before the material studied is lost to the studies for the next exam.
I’m grateful to have served three terms with Rep. Howard. He takes the time to study the bills and more importantly consider the possible poor consequences of passing a well intended but faulty bill.
Like dogs barking in the night; they all need to chime in.
Fun fact for LRP readers: our Commissioner of Education was in the legislature at the time and also voted no to testing for civics. He knows it doesn’t help retention of the information.
And one final point for my opposition to the bill. I took the time to consider the make up of our government school system, and had to wonder what exactly will they be teaching and how will they be grading the exams.
My reply was printed August 2, 2018 which happened to coincide with a bit of support from an unlikely source.
The Laconia Daily Sun reports on February 24, 2018:
State Rep. David Huot, D-Laconia, who was a judge for 33 years, said that, if re-elected, he will introduce a bill that would ban the sale or transfer of AR-15 rifles.
“My view about these things is you deal with the immediate issue,” he said. “All the mass murders that you have are with AR-15s, so I guess that’s what you try to attack.
“The objective would be to tamp this thing down a bit. I don’t want to take anybody’s gun away.”
Rep. Hout doesn’t want to ‘take’ anybody’s gun, but he does want to keep you from buying or selling an AR-15. Having been a judge Rep. Hout should be familiar with the term ‘taking’.
Many types of government action infringe on private property rights. Accordingly, the Fifth Amendment’s compensation requirement is not limited to government seizures of real property. Instead, it extends to all kinds of tangible and intangible property, including but not limited to easements, personal property, contract rights, and trade secrets.
To put it very simply, if you can not sell your AR-15, its value has been greatly diminished. Rep. Hout swore an oath to the Constitution and his proposal is a direct violation of his oath.
Perhaps the people of Laconia will make sure that Rep. Hout is not re-elected so they can be certain that he will not be coming for their guns.
We will be handing out juror rights flyers to potential jurors in March and April. Dates for the March 2018 jury pool; March 19, April 2, and April 16. We will start at 8:30 and likely cross the street for a coffee at 9:00.
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It’s nothing new;
I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors.
The Laconia Daily Sun reported on the county budget meeting. If one takes the time to read the source documents they will find that the Sun seriously lacks credibility, their spin on the facts could provide material for The Onion.
Here are the real details:
Representative Sylvia’s proposed budget appropriates approximately $400,000 for spending in 2018 over the actual spending of 2017. The reader should observe that the year end spending spree, approaching $150,000, reduced funds available to be returned to surplus. Much of that spending paid for items included in the commissioners’ 2018 budget.
Sylvia’s budget trims $23,211 from the corrections department from their 2017 spending level.
The bloated nursing home budget was reduced by $399,817 from the 2017 spending level.
The sheriff’s department has an increase over 2017 spending by $55,374.
The county attorney receives and increase of $31,854.
The Sun rounded up the cut to county maintenance from $38,954 to $40,000, but who can blame them, we all like round numbers.
Speaking of round numbers, not reported by the Sun, Sylvia rounded up UNH Cooperative Extension to $153,000, B.C. Conservation District to $62,000 and Community Action Program to $48,000.
More fun to come next Monday Jan. 29 at the county complex in Laconia.
The Belknap County delegation met on Monday Jan. 22 to work on the county budget for 2018. The county operates on a calendar year, so beginning on January 1, the county has no appropriations. While the county has long practiced a policy of continuing spending until a budget is finally set (generally in March), there is no authority in the statues which allow such a practice. In fact, the statutes are very clear, with no appropriation the county commissioners can spend no funds from the county treasury.
At the meeting a vote was taken which unanimously rejected the commissioners’ $29 million budget proposal. Another budget proposal, which would have set the budget level with 2017 spending, was also scrapped.
Rep. Sylvia had prepared a budget proposal to offer as a reasonable compromise. His budget kept the property tax increase down to 11%, and allowed for a 1.5% increase in spending for county operations.
Rather than taking a serious look at a well formed budget, Rep. Hout of Laconia, preferred to deploy a stalling tactic, and moved to adjourn the meeting. This irresponsible motion passed, and the delegation departed with no consideration of the lack of appropriations necessary to fund county operations.
This stalling adds another unnecessary meeting for which the taxpayers will shell out $600. Further, the taxpayers face a serious possibility of being forced to pay the legal costs of defending the county commissioners for misappropriating county funds.
The Belknap County board of commissioners have proposed a budget for 2018 which will have a whopping 33% increase on your property taxes payable to the county. Fortunately, the commissioners don’t have the power to make the appropriation. The county delegation has that authority, and they will meet on Monday January 22, 2018 to discuss and possibly vote on the appropriation.
You can find your delegation member/s (your state representatives) at the delegation page on the county web site. You can call or email to let them know how much more you would like to pay in your property tax bill. If you rent, you still pay property tax through your landlord, so feel free to voice your opinion.
I’m sure the delegation would be happy to see you watching over them as they decide how much to raise your taxes. The meeting is held at the county complex (next to the nursing home) at 34 County Drive, Laconia. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. so get there early to get a seat before the county employees fill the room.