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Epsom NH News

March 25, 2015

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The Epsom Library will be having another Tuesday Movie Matinee on March 31 at 2:00 PM.  We will be showing the film “The Theory of Everything”.  Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor at the 2015 Oscars for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking. This film is rated PG-13.



Letter To The Editor


Thank you to all who came out to vote on Election Day.  I am honored to be re-elected to the position of Overseer of Public Welfare and grateful for your continued support. I look forward to serving our community again this year and will continue to work diligently on behalf of all of our residents. 


Thank you, 

Celeste Decker

Overseer of Public Welfare



Letter To The Editor


A son asks his father, “Can I use the car this weekend?”


Who owns the car?


A neighbor stops by your house and asks, “Can I use a rake?”


Who owns the rake?


A resident of Epsom goes to the Town Office and begs for permission to build a garage on property to which they have title.


Who owns the property?


You may pay the mortgage.


Your name may be on the deed.


You may pay the property taxes.


You may bear the liability should someone get hurt on a piece of property.


But if you have to ask the government for permission to use that property, you don’t own it.


You may think that you own it.  It may look like you own it on paper, but in reality, you do not.


The government does.


In this case, the local government, in the form of some local official who thinks that they, not you, know best how that property should be used.


Zoning ordinances leave you with all the costs of ownership, the responsibilities, and the liabilities of ownership . . . 


But you’re denied the benefit of ownership, of deciding how that property will be used.


If local officials don’t like what you want to do with “the” property (can’t really say its “your” property) . . .


Too bad for you.  


Change your plans.


If local officials don’t like where on “the” property your project is located . . . 


Too bad for you.  


Change the location.


To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, “He who would give up an essential freedom, like the right to own and control their own property, for the illusion of temporary security put forth by the advocates of zoning ordinances, deserves neither freedom nor security.”


And, in the end, they will get neither freedom nor security.


Jack Kelleher



Letter To The Editor


I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the people of Epsom for providing me the opportunity of serving as your Selectman for the past three years. My goal was always to do what I thought was in the best interest of the citizens of our Town and I am confident that the decisions made by the Board during my tenure were made in that regard.


I plan to continue to remain active in community affairs including the Planning Board and the Historical Association and will volunteer for other projects and activities which have the promise of improving the quality of life in our Town.


It has been an honor for me to serve. Thank you all so very much.


Betsy Bosiak



Epsom Food Pantry


Spring is just around the corner, I hope.  I have had just about enough of             this snow.  Again, to your gardens, please do not forget our Pantry when planting, as we really look forward to the fresh veggies. 


I talked with Ken this AM and he said we could use some tomato soup and some whole tomatoes in cans.  And, of course, anything we receive is so greatly appreciated.


Just this week a family was cleaning out grandmother’s home and gave us a great food donation.  I, frankly, see in the very near future, with so many cuts at the state level, we may well be a saving grace for families here in Epsom who will feel this pinch. Not to worry, we will take care of those who will be in need.


So until next time,






To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, my committee heard four Senate bills. SB16 eliminates the mandate for an on-board observer of water skiers when on a slalom course. Since these courses are marked off from other traffic, the driver can observe the skier in his rear-view mirror without having to watch out for other boats.


SB38, a commission to develop a land conservation plan, was the recommendation of a study committee from last year. There are still questions about the wording of the bill, so a subcommittee will be working on this one. SB80, creating a study committee on rail trails, generated some opposition from horse riders, who are concerned that these trails will all be paved. This bill will also be worked in subcommittee.


SB173, creating a study committee on how to arrange a club program for off road vehicles, probably similar to the snowmobile club system, had no opposition and a lot of support from the north country, where OHRV trail riding has invigorated the tourist business. A few clubs of volunteers create and maintain the trail network, so they want to get more people involved.


Dan is working overtime on the budget. The governor’s budget has a lot of tax and fee increases, as well as extremely rosy estimates of how much existing taxes will bring in over the biennium, so she could increase spending by 6.5%. The House Ways & Means revenue estimates have been extremely accurate for the last six years, but they only support about a 1% increase. Considering that the governor just approved a labor contract with 2% raises, some programs will be cut and some employees laid off. Details are still in work.


Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details than fit here.


Representative Carol McGuire

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