Epsom NH News

January 30, 2019


 

The movie matinee at the Epsom Library on Wednesday, February 6 is “First Man.”  Ryan Gosling stars as astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.

 

Don’t forget there are opportunities to play/learn the game of bridge on Monday’s at 2:00 and chess on Saturday’s at 10:00.

 


 

Letter

 

To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, my committee held more public hearings – we won’t be in session until January 31. HB 271, on requirements for use of a licensed land surveyor, was a mixed up bill: it was intended to protect people from trespassing and bad behavior from out of state surveyors, but as written, simply forbade professional engineers from doing some types of surveying. HB 463, on licensing pharmacist assistants, was better thought out. Right now we have pharmacy technicians (who require only a high school diploma) and registered pharmacists, who need a master’s degree; HB 463 was an attempt to create an intermediate level.

 

HB 470, on the state accepting cryptocurrencies, gave all of us a chance to learn about blockchain and bitcoin, but it was really about the state treasurer coming up with a way to accept them like the state accepts credit cards. HB 567, on going to Atlantic time, was a repeat of a bill I put in last year. Again, it was a learning experience for the committee, but it seemed to be going well.

 

HB 497, on the state paying a part of retirement contributions for teachers, police, and fire, had a full crowd of people explaining the importance of property tax relief. My husband Dan, testifying for a taxpayer group, came up with a simpler and more direct way to provide it: cut the statewide education property tax and replace it with general funds. This is faster and easier to understand, doesn’t rely on towns and school districts to filter the funding down to taxpayers, and doesn’t subsidize towns that have more or higher paid employees, at the expense of thriftier ones. We’ll have to see how it turns out.

 

Interested people can email me for my newsletter, with more information than can fit in The Sun.

 

Representative Carol McGuire

Mcguire4house@gmail.com

782-4918

 


 

“Walking It Off”

Resolutions

By Meggin Dail

 

I waited until the end of January to make those resolutions we make every year only to discard them a couple of weeks in. It sounds counterproductive at first, but I figured if I gave January some time to tell me what I needed in the new year, maybe I would be more successful.

 

My oldest son tells me resolutions are stupid and why do people put so much emphasis on a new year anyway? That the calendar year is an archaic method of distributing time and days. My first resolution is not to listen to my eldest son’s advice so much.

 

I like the calendar. I like fresh starts. I like that in the middle of winter, there’s hope. I like when hope instead becomes success. I recently was making plans with a friend of mine while I was out and about on my cell phone. I told her that I would have to get back to her as my “paper calendar” was at home and I would need to check that first. She laughed. She’s 25. I’m 47. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t even know that calendars are still printed and not just in your phone. I like to cross off days. I like to see, at a glance, how full or bare my calendar is. I like putting “I voted” stickers on it or “snow day” or the temperature or sticky notes with recurring events on it. Yes, I know I can do all this electronically. But I like doing it this way, plus it gives me time to think about making that date so that I don’t have to reschedule or put too much in a week. My second resolution is not to let others sway me into doing things differently if I like how I do it and it works for me.

 

I like to make resolutions. I like to make resolutions at which I can succeed. For instance, one year I resolved to scratch the dog’s belly more. Boom, done. Instead of saying, “I want to lose 10 pounds,” I say, “I want to eat healthier.” This way I don’t stress over the scale, instead I have 12 less fries or I use hummus on my sandwich instead of mayo. By the way, I always resolve to eat healthier. Because with all kinds of new recipes, new information and new foods you CAN always eat healthier. Couple that with scratching the dog’s tummy and I’m burning calories right there. My third resolution is to eat healthier. 

 

It seems like most New Year’s resolutions have to do with our bodies. Whether it’s our weight, our calories, our habits, it seems we’re always trying to improve our bodies. It makes sense because it’s the house we live in year round. If this house needs improvements to keep it safe, happy or healthy (those are the big ones for me), then it should definitely be a priority. But sometimes one improvement can lead to another problem. If you decide to lose 10 pounds this year and by week three you’re off the diet or can’t afford the gym or can’t make time for either, then that leads to stress. Stress is not conducive to losing weight. So, I’m not a personal trainer, but I am thinking instead to “be healthy.” That means listening to what your body needs. Whether it needs to go outside more or to drink a glass of water or to walk  just a few more steps every day. Sometimes it needs getting more rest or going to see a doctor to give your fears a name or saying “no” more often. I picked up a doo-dad that says, “I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health.” I like that. So, my fourth resolution is to be happy/healthy.

 

For my final resolution (because I like to do things in fives, I don’t know why, it’s just the way I am) I want to think about goals because I feel that’s really what resolutions are; goals. I think about what I have already accomplished, what I still want to accomplish, but more importantly, who I want to be. I know who I don’t want to be, so maybe it’s better to start there. I don’t want to be stressed. I don’t want to feel like my to-do list is more have-to’s than want-to’s. I don’t want to be in competition with everyone else. A lot of my goals have to do with “more.” I want to read more, cook at home more, be more active, do more of what makes me happy. I want to be a better person. I want to make improvements, to me, to my home, to the world around me; in my community, in my family, and in my life. I want to experience more, to live in the moment more, to appreciate all that I have and give back whatever I can. Hmmm, how to wrap that up into one final resolution? Resolution number five: I’m going to make good choices, for me, to benefit others and my environment.

 

The best part about resolutions, goals, and improvements is that they can wait or they can start right away, because the thing is, even though I love the first of the year and that brandy new calendar; I also love that you can start over anytime. Today, tomorrow, right now. I think the reason my son doesn’t like to make resolutions is he’s too young yet and maybe doesn’t feel like he needs any improvement, but I feel like no matter how awesome you already are, and I’m sure you are, maybe there’s something missing, something that can be changed or made even better because there’s always room for improvement.

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

My name is Scott Elliott; I am running for the position of Road Agent in the town of  Epsom.  I would like to touch on the subject of winter road maintenance. 

 

Our roads are currently being treated with straight rock; rock mixed with salt. Spreading rock on paved roads can cause an unsafe situation because of reduced traction.  Rocks can also cause damage to a vehicle’s windshield, paint, and rocks can become stuck in brake rotors. While plowing, these rocks are pushed onto lawns, this can be a problem during the mowing season with rocks being thrown from the lawn mower. 

 

Besides the possible hazards of using rock on our roads, the expense to the taxpayer is also a concern. The cost of rock is $16 per ton while sand is $5 per ton.  The winter season for 2017-2018, the highway department bought 1,131.99 tons of rock at a cost of $18,111.84.Sand would have cost us $5,659.95. That would be over a $12,000.00 savings.

 

The damage from using rock not only affects your vehicle, it also causes damage to the town-owned equipment as well.  In the past three years, you, the taxpayer, paid $15,000 for repairs to the town sander, the damage was a direct result of using rock.  

 

The University of NH offers Road Scholar T2 classes which I have attended. These classes are designed to teach and give information in the area of road maintenance.  In the winter maintenance class, rock is not recommended to be used on roads for the reasons above. We currently use pickup trucks for road plowing. I will use larger trucks with wing plows to plow and treat roads in a more efficient, safer and fiscally responsible manner.

 

I welcome any questions or comments. scottelliott1966@gmail.com

 

Thank you,

Scott Elliott

  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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