Letter To The Editor
Hampshire residents are feeling some relief with one of the best
economies since the 60’s. Citizens need time to enjoy this
economic boom and recover from the job killing regulations and
anti-business atmosphere created by Obama and Democrats for eight
Unfortunately, on the heels of an improving economy comes an
increase in property taxes. On the Barnstead website the
assessors noted that 1/3 of valuations went down, 1/3 remained the
same and 1/3 went up.
bill valuation was $16,000 higher than Zillow which is generally 20%
higher than actual home values. I have heard similar stories
broad-based tax is not the answer as tax revenue would not reach the
intended need; education. When Democrats were in power during
the Shaheen and Lynch years, they squandered millions on “feel-good”
programs. Tax dollars collected through an income tax have
never reduced property taxes long term wherever it has been
instituted; depending who was in power our legislators would spend
like drunken sailors.
Barnstead residents were aware that the reassessments would result
in a high valuation, they might have thought twice about
constructing a new police station or purchasing of a new pumper
truck for the fire department. Not that those are not desired
improvements, but, they also increased the tax rate.
Barnstead has a great school, the road agent maintains our roads
well and the police are responsive. The staff at Town Hall is
efficient and friendly. I question the assessors; their
logic, accuracy and fairness and will do my own evaluation;
hopefully our elected leaders and public servants realized the same
sharp increase in property taxes, we shall see. I am doing an
evaluation of my own and will reveal those results in my next letter
to this newspaper.
there, Stoneman Dan: I like your idea about getting back to where we
used to be. I clearly remember when neighborhood folks took care of
each other. Local communities really mattered. I’m only 78˝, so that
wasn’t that long ago.
you think of intentional communities (communes) for old people where
young people help take care of business? That’s what gray Panthers
did years ago.
Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Nancy Tea Party!
Saturday, November 17th at 11:00am the library will be hosting a
“Fancy Nancy Tea Party”! Everyone should bring their favorite teacup
and of course dressing-up in your ‘Fancy Nancy finest’ is always the
best part. Food and beverages will be provided by the library, as
well as some other fabulous fun and surprises! Our seating is
limited, so please call 269-3900 or register online at
oscarfoss.org to reserve your place today.
Ellen Shannon, RYT offers two yoga classes at the library every
Tuesday afternoon, Simply Yoga at 4:15pm for beginners and an All
Levels Class at 5:30pm. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a
yoga mat. If you have blocks and straps, please bring those also.
Classes are by donation and all are welcome and encouraged to
attend, regardless of ability to donate. Mary Ellen has been a
resident of Barnstead for 18 years and a yoga practitioner for even
longer. If you have further questions, please contact Mary Ellen at
library will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November
23 for Thanksgiving.
call the library (269-3900) or visit our website (oscarfoss.org)
for more information about our programs or events. There is always
something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library
hours are; Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am-6pm, Thursday and Friday:
12pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm, Sunday and Monday: closed.
Events Happening At Center Barnstead Christian Church
Barnstead Christian Church has exciting events lined up for this
holiday season. We will be hosting a Dessert Social on
November 20th at 6:30pm. This is your opportunity to try some
delicious Thanksgiving Day desserts and family favorites 2 days
early! Stop in for a sweet treat and even sweeter company as
we give thanks together during this special season. This event is
for the whole family, young and old.
Following this we will be having a Ladies Christmas Tea on December
1st at 6pm. The Christmas Season should be filled with joy,
peace and celebrations of the generous gift of God to man. Too
often it is filled with hustle and bustle, noise and anxiety.
Come join us for a peaceful night with delicious food. This
will be a time of worship and reflection on the birth of our
Messiah, Jesus Christ. All adult women are invited to attend
this celebration of the wonder that is the Christmas season.
information on these events, or our Sunday worship and Kids for
Christ Program, please visit our website at
call us at (603) 269-8831. We are located next door to the
Town Hall on Rt. 126.
Exciting New Christmas Show Coming Soon
Barnstead Christian Church is hosting a brand new Christmas Show
called “All Is Bright”, at Prospect Mountain High School on December
7th at 7pm. This show is a fun-filled Christmas celebration
for the whole family created and performed by Word of Life Bible
Institute. Join us for a night of festive worship as we sing
your favorite Christmas songs, tickle your funny bone and present
the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets are free but must be
reserved. Visit www.centerbarnsteadcc.org
for the link to reserve tickets or call us at (603) 269-8831 for
help in reserving your tickets.