January 10, 2015
Meredith NH Roundabouts
The town of Meredith, NH, where I reside, is considering installing one or more roundabouts in the center of town.
It's my belief the town Selectmen feel the roundabouts will relieve the heavy traffic that descends on the center of town during the summer months, especially on Friday and Sunday afternoons.
This heavy traffic is created by non full-time residents. Some are tourists and some are people from down south who come to the Lakes Region of NH for the weekends.
I'm a full-time syndicated newspaper columnist and always try to look at facts when it comes to a problem. Let's consider some facts.
I moved to Meredith, NH in 2008. Prior to that I was a Councilman in Amberley Village, Ohio. A Councilman in OH is the same as a Selectman in NH.
I was chair of the Roads committee in my OH village when I was a Councilman. I've chaired meetings with traffic engineers when we were considering a roundabout at the intersection of Ridge Road and the Ronald Reagan Highway in Amberley Village, OH.
When you're in a small committee meeting like this, the engineers tend to let their hair down especially when the public rarely attends. It's in situations like this where you get the real lowdown.
The traffic engineers stated in my meetings that ALL ROADS are designed for average or slightly above-average traffic flow. ALL ROADS and intersections WILL BECOME CONGESTED in periods of heavy traffic. That's a fact.
Here's an extreme example. Interstate 93 in Concord, NH is just two lanes north and south. Most of the time, it's rarely backed up with traffic, even on Friday afternoons in rush hour.
But if you travel this road on summer weekends and in October it can become a parking lot as too many people try to use it at the SAME TIME to get north or south.
You could widen the interstate highway to five lanes in each direction to handle this heavy flow, but 99% of the time it would be a waste of real estate and paving material.
Proof of the traffic engineers' statements is right here in our own state. All you have to do is be at the enormous roundabout on the west side of Portsmouth, NH any morning or afternoon.
I've been stuck in a lane of traffic trying to get into that roundabout on the eastbound leg of Route 16 as it enters the roundabout. Once it took me 15 minutes to get into the roundabout where drivers thought they were at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
In those situations, desperate drivers tend to take chances increasing the likelihood of traffic accidents.
Let's list some of the most important facts about the proposed Meredith, NH roundabouts:
- Traffic is bad in downtown Meredith, NH on weekends from Memorial Day until Labor Day
- A vast majority of the year, there is rarely bad traffic congestion in Meredith
- Traffic can be bad on weekends during fall foliage season
- Local residents like myself know to AVOID town during peak periods of traffic
- Tourists, who do NOT PAY local real estate taxes to us, are the primary ones that suffer from the congestion
Now let's consider some facts about the local geography:
- Routes 3 and 25 through Meredith to the Mt. Washington Valley and the northern parts of Lake Winnipesaukee don't have viable alternative routes.
- People traveling these two routes have to put up with traffic delays no matter what traffic control is in place
Let's take a look at some of the financial facts about the proposed Meredith roundabouts:
- Most of the money will come from grants obtained from the Federal Government. These grants are legally binding contracts and have long strings attached to them
- The taxpaying citizens of Meredith will pay increased taxes to maintain the roundabouts
- The town of Meredith will lose real estate tax revenue by taking private land and buildings from the tax rolls to create the roundabouts
- The current intersections require routine periodic paving that's already in budgets
- Sales, food, room and hotel taxes generated by tourists rarely flow back to communities from the state of NH to fund capital projects like roundabouts
Here's the bottom line if you look at the above facts.
The traffic congestion during periods of peak flow will be the same or worse with the roundabouts.
All you have to have is one or two timid tourists who are NOT FAMILIAR with the merging and aggressive tactics you need to use in periods of HEAVY TRAFFIC to transform one or more approaches into the roundabout into GRIDLOCK.
If you've never been parked behind a person afraid to enter a roundabout, you'll forever remember it when it happens to you. It's very frustrating as they hold up ALL the traffic behind them.
Aggressive driving increases in roundabouts in periods of heavy flow as impatient drivers force their way into the roundabout.
If there's an accident in a one-lane roundabout, like the ones proposed for Meredith, the entire intersection becomes GRIDLOCKED. That does not happen in a regular cross intersection as cars can navigate around the accident.
With the current computerized traffic signals at the intersection of Route 3 and 25, traffic flow through the intersections is handled as efficiently as possible. You normally don't have to wait but a few minutes before your traffic light turns green in your favor.
The roundabouts will NOT relieve the seasonal congestion. Roundabouts do NOT guarantee smooth and consistent traffic flow from all incoming roads in heavy-traffic periods. See above.
Pedestrians wanting to cross Route 3 and Route 25 now have safe crossing signals. It will be VERY DANGEROUS to cross a roundabout on foot and it will bring traffic in the roundabout to a screeching HALT as pedestrians have the right of way in NH - ALWAYS.
One thing is for sure. If the roundabouts are designed like the one just south of the McDonald's restaurant in Meredith, NH, it will cause even MORE congestion since the diameter of that roundabout is too small. The small diameter allows fewer cars into the roundabout at one time and those in the roundabout travel SLOWLY to navigate the roundabout.
The diameter of the current roundabout in Meredith was designed to CHOKE traffic and slow down cars and trucks. The fancy name used by planners is traffic calming.
These roundabouts are currently being thrust upon communities by those in power who subscribe to planning produced by the United Nations of all places.
Now let's consider modern technology in this discussion.
Savvy travelers use smart phone and tablet apps to MINIMIZE travel time. There are free apps like Waze and SigAlert that tell a traveler in REAL TIME the BEST alternative route.
These apps are causing major traffic jams in residential and business districts all over the USA. Don't believe me? Just go to Bing.com and search for yourself.
What do you think this means for the shortcut down Waukewan Street and Main Street in downtown Meredith? It's already gridlocked on Fridays in the summer. That gridlock will now spread to other connecting roads through town as the apps will show other secondary routes to be open.
Here's my prediction. Traffic on Route 3 passing the town docks will be gridlocked by people using the apps who are told to go through town on Main Street. The constant heavy traffic flow passing through town and into the roundabout from the west to continue on Route 25 towards Meredith Neck and points beyond will BLOCK all those people on Route 3 trying to enter the roundabout as they approach it from the south.
Once a line of cars enters the roundabout because there's no traffic coming in from their left, this flow blocks all the other entrances into the single-lane roundabout. Don't think for a minute that all the harried tourists or part-time residents are going to be courteous drivers and allow each leg of the roundabout a chance to merge.
You don't have to be a traffic engineer to understand or imagine this scenario.
Increased traffic on residential and business bypasses in downtown Meredith will lead to:
- more accidents caused by impatient motorists and travelers
- more pedestrian injuries or death
- more aggravation for business owners who's customers can't access the stores
SUMMARY: The Meredith Roundabouts are not a great idea. They'll not solve the congestion problems. They may create WORSE secondary problems. They'll cost the citizens of Meredith MORE MONEY over time. Meredith will have to sign a legally binding contract with the Federal Government and give back all sorts of things in the future to get the money for the project.
Get involved. Contact the Meredith Selectmen and Selectwomen now. Tell them to REJECT the Roundabouts.
Consider asking the Selectmen and Selectwomen these questions:
Why are roundabouts being considered for Meredith, NH?
Can you prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the roundabouts WILL SIGNIFICANTLY relieve traffic congestion? If the answer is "Yes", can you present that documentation to me?
Who will pay to maintain any landscaping or hardscape improvements in the center of the roundabout? That landscaping or hardscape currently does not exist at the current intersections.
How will pedestrians safely navigate the roundabout at Route 3 and 25 the main intersection in Meredith?
When pedestrians cross the roundabout or the legs leading out of the roundabout at Routes 3 and 25 and cars stop for them as required by law, how will that affect the traffic in the roundabout?
Can you show me the grant documents from the Federal Government that would fund the roundabouts?
Before you vote to approve the roundabouts, are you willing to go on record that you have you read and you understand ALL of the documents that would be part of a Federal grant to pay for the roundabouts? Most of the grant instruments are hundreds, if not thousands of pages of LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACTS with the Federal Government.
Here are the Meredith Selectmen and Selectwomen that will make the decision:
September 23, 2014
Lisa DiMartino NH Rep 2013 Voting Record
Here's a summary of Lisa DiMartino's 2013 voting record as a state representative for the state of New Hampshire:
DiMartino, Lisa - Democrat - Laconia HRA: 14.1% Committee: Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs
Voted for ObamaCare:
HB271 Voted to expand ObamaCare in New Hampshire
SB194 Voted to direct tax dollars to facilitate abortion
SB129 Voted to market the health insurance provisions in ObamaCare
Voted for higher utility costs:
HB630 Voted against home insulation assistance for low income families
HB306 Voted in favor of higher electricity costs
Voted for higher taxes/fees:
HB185 Voted to increase taxes on home heating oil
CACR1 Voted against protections from income and sales taxes in New Hampshire
HB354 Voted against decreasing business taxes during difficult economic times
HB434 Voted to include loans made to NH businesses as taxable income
HB617 Am. 0696H. Voted to allow diverting money from the Highway Fund
HB617 Voted to allow diverting money from the Highway Fund
HB659 Voted to increase cigarette taxes
HB617 Voted to allow diverting money from the Highway Fund
HB185 Voted to increase taxes on home heating oil
HB295 Voted to increase the fee on youth camps
HB411 Voted to increase the fee for a boat license
HB2 Am. 1193H. Voted to downshift nursing home expenses to county taxpayers
HB2 Am. 1194H. Voted for increases in business taxes
HB2 Am. 1195H. Voted to increase cigarette taxes
HB2 Am. 1219H. Voted to increase fishing license fees
SB122 Voted to increase fees and license requirements for fishermen
HB295 Voted to increase the fee on youth camps
Voted against small businesses:
HB501 Voted to create a NH minimum wage
HB357 Voted to conceal applicant credit from potential employers
HB530 Voted against reducing paperwork required of small businesses
Voted against self-defense:
HB388 Voted to allow lawsuits against victims of gun theft
HB135 Voted to restrict the natural right of self-defense
HB451 Voted to restrict law abiding citizens carrying concealed firearms
Voted against liberty and freedom:
HB323 Voted to force non-union employees to pay union dues
HB146 Voted against raising the highway speed limit by 5 mph in the North Country
HB289 Voted against raising the interstate highway speed limit by 5-10 mph
HB291 Voted against raising the interstate highway speed limit by 5-10 mph
HB458 Voted in support of the crime of resisting an invalid arrest
HB242 Voted to expand required use of seat belts
HCR2 Voted to ask Congress to restrict freedom of speech
Voted against good government:
HB117 Voted against decreasing bureaucratic regulation of driveway permits
HB387 Voted to protect malicious and grossly negligent Guardians ad litem from being sued
HB325 Voted against rewarding state employees for cost saving suggestions
HB119 Voted to enable residents of other states to vote in NH
HB648 Voted to extend marital master appointments for a lifetime
HB595 Voted to accept expired student IDs as proof of NH voter eligibility
HB2 Am. 1177H. Voted to allow raiding of dedicated funds
HB2 Am. 1178H. Voted to allow raiding of dedicated funds
SB164 Voted to eliminate hazard analysis from coastal management plans
HB124 Voted for 45 year old minimum retirement age for state employees
HB595 Voted to weaken voter identification requirements
Voted against better schools:
HB370 Voted against business funded non-profit scholarship programs
HB2 Am. 1196H. Voted against funding the school building aid program
HB2 Am. 1200H. Voted to require more paperwork from charter schools
HB2 Am. 1201H. Voted for a moratorium on charter schools
HB2 Am. 1202H. Voted for changes to charter schools
HB2 Am. 1203H. Voted to repeal the education tax credit
HB2 Am. 1204H. Voted against funding charter schools
SB48 Voted to force federal educational initiatives on local school districts
SB48 Voted to change labels on bad schools to sound betterBad votes 2013
other bad votes
HB106 Voted against reimbursement of service fees in landlord/tenant disputes
HB144 Voted to enable town officials to enter into agreements with foreign powers
HB423 Voted against prohibiting manipulation of warrant articles by amendment
HB483 Voted against providing women with medical information about abortions
HB448 Voted for an unconstitutional redistricting of some towns
HB467 Voted against reducing health care costs through economies of scale
HB264 Voted for excessive punishment for unwanted touching
HB2 Am. 1186H. Voted against more funds for economic development
SB43 Voted for property tax exceptions for buildings in historic districts
SB124 Voted to add two more positions to the developer permitting bureaucracy
SB170 Voted against clarification of "end of life" declaration documents
SB152 Voted to use a private casino gambling monopoly revenue to expand state government
SB20 Voted to enable collection of GPS data of friends & family of those convicted of DWI
HB472 Voted to broaden the reach of landlord/tenant regulation to temporary housing
September 11, 2014
The Ruling Class and the US Constitution
Are you a student of World History? You should be. It gives you a great perspective on what's going on today.
Look back in time to before the 1770-1780's. Prior to that time, regular people had few rights. Land was controlled by pharaohs, emperors, kings, queens, dukes and dictators.
You lived on their land at their pleasure. You did what they said or you paid the price. Some of them were kind, some were despots.
These rulers all had one thing in common. They had a ruling class of people under them that allowed them to stay in power. It was impossible for a ruler to rule thousands by him / herself.
To keep the ruling class happy, the ruler would shower gifts and benefits onto them. This is simple reciprocity. If you were lucky enough to be in the ruling class, you got all sorts of goodies.
Land grants were one of these things. Look back at the late 1600's and early 1700's here in the USA. The king of England, to reward those that kept him in power, gave away large tracts of land to his buddies.
These members of the ruling class would then sell off tracts of the massive land grants to cash in.
How does this relate to what's happening today? I maintain that ALL of the US Presidents are guilty of feathering the nests of their buddies that got them into office.
It's the same mechanics that have happened all along. It's all about reciprocity.
The campaign donors get guaranteed loans. Look at the Solyndra scandal. Look at all the *green energy* projects. Do you REALLY think that all those horrific windmills you see are for our benefit? No way. Those are payoffs to the people that put the leaders in power.
My point is that none of this is new and that the only difference now is that the wealthy ruling class here in the USA are actively trying to turn back the hands of time.
They don't like all the rights we were granted in the US Constitution. They're working hard each day to dismantle the US Constitution because they want you and I to have to ask their permission to do anything and everything.
Don't believe me?
Then explain this. When was the last time you read a story about thousands of laws being repealed? You don't because it doesn't happen.
EACH TIME A LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL LEGISLATOR PASSES A LAW MORE OF YOUR RIGHTS ARE TAKEN AWAY.
Each time a new law is passed, you lose more of your freedom. That's a fact.
Each time a new regulation is written by an invisible unelected bureaucrat, you lose MORE of your freedom. That's a fact.
When will you finally throw a brick through a government office window during a protest?
My guess is when you finally have NOTHING ELSE to lose.
You need to get up off the couch and do something before you lose another one of your rights.
You need to become a true activist.
Posting things on Facebook doesn't count. Attending a local tea party meeting doesn't make you an activist.
You need to go out and engage other people. You need to go out and spread the facts. You need to get ACTIVE.
If you don't, I guarantee you that you or your children will become a REPEAT of history. The US Constitution will lie shredded under the rotunda of the US Capital while the Ruling Class dances on top of it.
Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
February 1, 2014
Official Granite State Future Website Missing Details
On Thursday, January 30, 2014 Gerald Coogan, an unelected official who's on the payroll of the Lakes Region Planning Commission, wrote a letter to another newspaper in the area. He wanted to inform the public about the *official* website for the massive Federal top-down planning program called the Granite State Future.
January 16, 2014
Christopher Boothby Same Old Same Old
Christopher Boothby is a politician running for NH Executive Council. I've got evidence he's just more of the same old s * * * . Don't believe me? Continue reading
December 8, 2013
Granite State Future - Taxpayers May Be On Hook to Repay Federal Government
When you enter into a contract with someone, it's a good idea to fulfill the terms of the contract. If you don't believe me, take a look at what's going on in Cincinnati, OH.
December 6, 2013
NH GOP Ignores Tea Party
For nearly three years I've been the poster boy for the Lakes Region Tea Party in central New Hampshire. We developed a reputation for being one of the most active Tea Parties in New Hampshire.
The issue in New Hampshire, and I believe other states, is the Republican Elite have drifted far to the left of their platform and true died-in-the-wool conservative principals. If you don't believe me, do a little research on President John F. Kennedy. You'll discover he would be considered a moderate Republican today. He was a Democrat back in the early 1960's.
The New Hampshire Republican Party won't give the Tea Party the time of day, much less a seat at the table with respect to forming policy or decisions.
You know why? Because they feel they don't need to listen to us. They feel we'll vote for their candidate come election time. I'd say it's time for a wake up call.
I propose conservatives stage a vote strike. If there's no true conservative candidate on the ballot, then we decide NOT TO VOTE for the RINO the NH GOP has in place on the ballot.
To prove to you the NH GOP is ignoring the Tea Party, I submit to you the following graphics. I reached out to Ms. Jennifer Horn, the leader of the NH GOP earlier this week. I just asked her to call me. After all, we're on the same team trying to beat back the liberal tsunami.
I filled out the contact form at the NH GOP website just after 7 a.m. on December 3, 2013. Since I don't want haters calling me and stopping by my house, I blocked out my address and phone number. Check out what I sent to Ms. Horn :
You may wonder if she received the request for the phone call. The answer is a big YES.
Look at what I saw as soon as I clicked the Submit button. They thanked me for my comment / suggestion:
I didn't get a call all that day from anyone. Late the next day, December 4, 2013, I sent an email to their published email address: email@example.com
Here it is, Friday, December 6, 2013 and I've not received a call nor email reply from the NH GOP.
If that's how they treat their friends, who needs enemies?
Shame on you Jennifer Horn. I'll leave you with this great saying my father-in-law taught me. Jennifer, are you still listening? I hope you are, because this is aimed at you and all other elite politicians that ignore the masses:
Indeed they do. All you have to do is study history and see what happens when enough people feel pain. We're very very close to that now here in the USA.
December 5, 2013
Peter M Sullivan NH House Rep Has an Attitude
Just before Thanksgiving I submitted a letter to the editor to all the New Hampshire newspapers about the bad behavior of Peter M. Sullivan, a NH House Representative.
A New Hampshire woman, Barbara Howard, did the correct thing and sent Mr. Sullivan an email on December 4, 2013 about his comments concerning Representative Garcia.
Here's what she sent:
"Dear Mr. Sullivan,
Thank you for showing all the world how small you are both intellectually and morally. Thank you for being the poster boy for what is wrong in today's world. Your supporters will most likely think twice about you next vote.
Remember, what goes around comes around - brace yourself because, my guess is, being the little man you are, your over inflated ego can't handle people pointing at you in pity and disgust.
You are a disgrace!
The next day Mr. Sullivan sent this response to Barbara:
I haven't received a single complaint from a constituent. On the contrary, several have contacted me to say that they know this is a partisan witch hunt.
My neighbors know me better than Howie Carr or any Washington DC talking head.
Note that he didn't walk back his comments and he didn't apologize for his sexist remarks. If you voted for Mr. Sullivan and are a woman, are you still happy with your choice?
If so, that tingling feeling on your back is a vacuum cleaner.
Peter M Sullivan NH Rep Attack on Women
Here's a letter to the editor I sent to all New Hampshire newspapers about two weeks ago.
Imagine this if you will. I'm a woman and you're a man. We're supposed to be working together to make New Hampshire a better place. We're supposed to co-operate. We may disagree from time to time, but that's how it goes in the real world.
But one day you become green with envy. You let your true feelings flow through your fingertips out to the whole world on Twitter by posting this about me:
"She's Al Baldasarro in stiletto heels, a lightweight and O'Brien clone."
What kind of man would do that? If you were married to this man, would you be happy with him? How many nights would you make him sleep on the couch?
If you were this man's daughter, would you be proud of your daddy? Would you want him to walk you down the aisle arm in arm surrounded by other women?
If you were this man's pastor, would you mention him in a sermon holding him up as a great moral example others should follow?
Democratic State Representative Peter Sullivan said those disparaging comments about Republican State Representative Marilinda Garcia just after she announced she's running for US Congress. The best thing you can say about Peter Sullivan is he's a cad.
I don't know about you, but I'm sick of politicians who have no class and are sexist. I'm not a trained psychologist, but Representative Sullivan's tweet drips of professional envy.
How many women out there are going to rise up and demand an apology from Representative Sullivan? Or don't you care? Are you going to let him get away with this? If you remain quiet, then don't get upset when men treat you like a throw rug and walk all over you.
I'll make it easy for you to chew Peter out. I'd suggest you give Peter a call and give him a piece of your mind, but he's cancelled the service on his 603-647-5453 phone number. My guess is lots of upset women have already called. You may just want to email him: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 21, 2013
Clearing Obamacare Train Wreck From the Tracks
I've built websites since 1995. You know the Obamacare website is nothing more than a shopping cart, right?