Letters to the Editor

> Heron Pond Road is wrong place for sports fields

To the Editor:

Heron Pond Road is the wrong place for the town of Milford to build sports fields. There would be serious negative environmental impacts to an important part of the Heron Pond Wetland Com­plex, including to rare, threatened and endangered wildlife species.

Increased traffic, noise and lights won’t exactly be welcomed by the neighbors, either.

Expansion of Keyes Park and better use of Kaley Park provide more suit­able locations for a variety of sports fields.

It’s also the wrong time to be spend­ing money on building new fields in­stead of repairing roads and bridges or fixing the costly problems with our existing municipal buildings, all true necessities.

But the selectmen are moving ahead with sports fields anyway and have actually already applied to the state for approval, all without giving the general public an opportunity to provide input beforehand.

Now after the fact, a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall to discuss the matter. But will the selectmen be listening, I wonder?

If the public’s voice really does matter, then the selectmen ought to be willing to withdraw their premature application to the state and wait to really hear what the general public has to say.

The public’s voice ought to count for some­thing, or is the town simply going to put on a show and pretend that the concerns expressed by the public matter.

Suzanne Fournier

Coordinator

Brox Environmental Citizens

Milford

Wrong time for Brox sports fields

To the Editor:

The selectmen’s deci­sion to build roadside sports fields next to Heron Pond School is a fiscally irresponsible action, in my view, that requires a public re­sponse.

It is being done (a) in the absence of a public vote, (b) under a default budget, (c) in the face of a declining town popula­tion rate, (d) while there are three other existing and underutilized sports fields and (e) causing further accumulation of deferred maintenance and upgrade of needed town facilities, products and services.

I take issue with sev­eral of the comments made by Tina Philbrick in her July 7 letter. It is inaccurate to imply that "a vast majority of the town" voted in favor of sports fields when we’ve not had a vote on the fields.

Nor is it accurate to use the "future growth of our town" as a reason for sport fields. New Hampshire Employ­ment Security census data indicate a declining trend in Milford’s popula­tion growth rate from 15 percent in 1990-99 to 11 percent in 2000-09 and a present growth rate of only 0.3 percent (www. nhes.nh.gov).

I think "current needs" can be readily satisfied by the addi­tional 5.8 acres at the town-owned 127 Elm St. property that allows expansion of facilities at Keyes Field. There is an underutilized sports field on the playground side of Heron Pond School. Might it be used for soccer by the Milford Community Athletic As­sociation?

Selectmen shouldn’t be spending a penny on Heron Pond Road sports fields without voter ap­proval.

Money would be more responsibly spent on town projects identi­fied in the 2016 Capital Improvement Plan (www. milford.nh.gov), including Town Hall renovations, highway/bridge repairs and equipment upgrades, and Wadleigh Memorial Library upkeep and im­provement.

These and other neces­sary improvements still require urgent attention and are priorities over sports playing fields dur­ing this time of a default budget.

Paul Cunningham, Ph.D.

Milford

Support Weeks for Executive Council

To the Editor:

I met Dan Weeks recently at the start of his remarkable 33-town "handshake tour" of District 5. We talked about his campaign for Executive Council and how the needs of District 5 residents – especially in the key areas of pas­senger rail, jobs, renew­able energy and access to health care for all – have been consistently under­mined and hamstrung by partisan ideology in the Executive Council.

This is the kind of backward thinking that Dan has been fighting from his earliest days at ConVal to his work with former Gov. Walter Peterson, Sen. Warren Rudman and Granny D to launch Americans for Campaign Reform and leadership with Open Democracy.

In an effort to get big money out of poli­tics, Dan and his team walked over 30,000 miles across New Hampshire. For research, he rode a Greyhound bus across 30 states on a poverty bud­get of $16 per day. Little wonder he was named one of New Hampshire’s Forty Under Forty.

Now Dan wants to bring that bipartisan energy and fresh lead­ership to the Execu­tive Council, where he will advocate for the interests of the 300,000 people of District 5 and serve as an experienced, responsible watchdog for district taxpayers. His familiarity with complex budgets and contracts at the state and institution­al level, his concern with gender equality, public education, opioid treat­ment and prevention all make Dan a superb candidate for Executive Council.

I urge voters to seize this opportunity to bring intelligent, bipartisan leadership to this impor­tant post by voting for Dan Weeks for Executive Council, District 5, in November.

George Duncan

Peterborough

Thanks for help on Family Fun Day

To the Editor:

On Monday, July 4, the Milford Recreation De­partment held its eighth annual July Fourth Fami­ly Fun Day and its second annual Star Spangled 5K at Keyes Memorial Park.

We had great participa­tion for our field games and activities hosted by Dave Alcox. We had over 280 people join our free day pass at the pool and another 1,000 spectators for the fireworks between Keyes Memorial Park and MCAA fields.

The Recreation Depart­ment wants to give a big thank you to Dave Alcox, our band of the night Rob Oxford and Familiar Echo’s, Recreation Com­mission and volunteers. Thank you.

Our second annual Star Spangled 5K, 3K and 1K is continuing to grow, with 84 participants in this year’s race.

We want to give a special thank you to all of our sponsors Rite Aid, Anytime Fitness, North­east Promotion & Appar­el, Family Dental Care of Milford, Physical Ther­apy Center of Milford, Lefty Lanes, Cirtronics, Fleet Feet and North­east Delta Dental. This race couldn’t have been possible without our sponsors and volunteers. Thank you.

We would also like to thank the Milford Department of Public Works, Milford Police Department, Milford Fire Department, Recreation Commission, Keyes Pool staff, along with all the volunteers who came out to lend a hand with this community event.

Photos of the event will be posted on Facebook. "Friend" Milford Recre­ation today!

John Kohlmorgen

Recreation program coordinator

Milford

NH Wounded Heroes raises funds

To the Editor:

My name is Chuck Sira­gusa and I’m represent­ing the New Hampshire Wounded Heroes Inc., a 501 (c) (3) organization.

This year at the Am­herst Fourth of July celebration on the Vil­lage Common, the New Hampshire Wounded had a tent to spread the word about the good work we do on behalf of all our military heroes.

The mission of the New Hampshire Wounded He­roes Inc. is to raise funds for the benefit of nonprof­it organizations who have proven to be cost efficient and whose services best meet the needs of our Wounded Heroes. We seek to involve our local, church, state, private and public communities to raise funds, procure and secure donations, both monetary as well as in-kind, and to offer oppor­tunities for volunteerism.

We do this because it is the right thing to do and we consider it our privilege to be able to serve those who serve our country.

Chuck Siragusa

Public relations director

New Hampshire Wounded Heroes

Help for high-risk pregnancy sought

To the Editor:

I am writing to request that you print the below story to help raise money for my friend.

Hillary and Paul Paro of Milford had an angel baby Desmond who only blessed us with his pres­ence for 10 days. For Des­mond’s second birthday this year, he gave his par­ents another sibling. Paro 2.0 is due in November.

While this "Rainbow Baby" is the blessing and prayer answered, it is a high-risk pregnancy. Hill­ary is currently ordered on her side for 20 hours a day. Her doctors are not allowing her to work. The lack of work is causing financial stress, which is not good for 2.0 or Hill­ary. Paul is trying to get a second job.

They have waited so long and are so deserv­ing, they shouldn’t worry about how the bills are going to get paid.

To help try to relieve some stress and get the bills paid, I have set up a Go Fund Me page. Here is the link: gofund. me/22t4zdpc. We need to make sure that Paro 2.0 stays in a zen womb until October.

On behalf of myself, Hillary, Paul, Desmond and 2.0, thank you for your donation! Your act of kindness will not go un­noticed; you will always be a part of 2.0’s life.

Jennifer Heinrich

Milford