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December 17, 2014



The Epsom Public Library Library will be showing Family Movies during the upcoming school vacation. On Monday, December 22nd at 2 pm “How to Train Your Dragon 2,”  and on Monday, December 29th at 6:30 pm “Dolphin Tale 2.” Both movies are rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be provided. For more information call 736-9920.



Letter To The Editor


If you’re like me, this week’s property tax payment is putting something of a damper on the holiday spirit. High property taxes are the number one complaint from our constituents, and our suggestion to get involved in school budgets is usually not a satisfying response.


I’ve put in a lottery expansion bill which would eventually reduce property taxes about 5%. It is modeled on the very successful Oregon Video Lottery. It allows bars to license up to six video slot machines. Two-thirds of the net revenue (gambling losses) collected by these machines would be applied to reducing the statewide property tax. Based on Oregon’s numbers this would bring in enough to cut the statewide property tax in half, about $180 million per year.


Unlike previous expanding gambling bills considered by the legislature, this one has a number of advantages:


- Since the machines are in the same places that collect the meals tax (restaurants and bars), and 40% of the meals tax is paid by tourists, I expect tourists to pay 40% of this tax.


- It is a net financial gain to average NH citizens because the amount they realize in property tax reduction (67% of revenue) is greater than the amount they pay in gambling losses (60%).


- Business profits go to small NH businesses, not an out-of-state casino corporation.


- Does not interfere with charitable gaming or other entertainment venues.


- Like other aspects of the lottery it is widely distributed and low key. Machines must be in rooms only accessible to adults 21 or over. No concentrations of cash or crime.


- Not a monopoly, so it’s constitutional.


The period for filing new legislation has ended, but we welcome your questions, suggestions and requests.


Rep. Dan McGuire





Epsom Food Pantry


Well everybody, we are busy here at the Pantry.   Liz and Alice are busy getting us lined up for the Christmas Baskets.  We have all our names in and will be ready on the 22nd to receive our deliveries.  The folks at Meadowbrook will receive their baskets right at their front door.  Peter Arvanitis and his group of elves will be there bright and early to receive the delivery from Concord.


Now down at the Food Pantry, Ken , Alice, Liz, and their elves will be unloading the truck from Concord.  You folks who will be coming to the Pantry must be there between 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and we will distribute in the same manner that we did at Thanksgiving.  I know the time and the day might be a problem for some,  but we do not have a choice. We will try and help everyone.


As you know, Ken tries hard to make us all happy. Some outstanding donations this past week which I shall tell you about next week.


See you on December 22nd.   Call me at 219-3025 if you have any questions.


Until next time,




Letter To The Editor


After touring the United States in the 1830’s, Alexis DeTocqueville had a premonition about Americans being subjected to “a new kind of servitude”.


One in which the government, “covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate to rise above the crowd.  The will of man is not shattered but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting.  Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrial animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”


Isn’t that the very process which has taken place in America over the past century and which continues to this very day?


The U.S. Tax Code and local Zoning Ordinances are but two examples of the government covering the surface of society with a host of small complicated rules.


But just pick a department, any department, Federal or State, and look at all the rules they have promulgated in just the past decade to see how extensive the government’s network of rules has become.


The sad part is that most Americans have been so shaped and so molded by the government, just as DeTocqueville predicted they would be, that they see nothing wrong with “cover[ing] the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate to rise above the crowd.” 


Even sadder, most Americans like having the government as their shepherd.  


Jack Kelleher




Thank You


We, the Reese family, would like to thank all who help out with the Free Thanksgiving Dinner whether you cooked food or donated funds or served with us WE THANK YOU!!! FOR YOU ARE TRULY APPRECIATED!!! We had a great turn out!!!






Karen Lee Reese

and family



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