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Unstinted Praise For Mr. Tom Sargent Alton, NH’s Exemplary Town Assessor.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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TomSargentAs far as I know this is NOT meant to be personal and I sure hope not. Mr. Tom Sargent is a credit to Alton and to humanity in general.

As far as I know the ‘agenda’ to have this position eliminated has to do with the desire to dismantle as much of ‘regulatory government intervention’ as possible from Alton. I understand the motives, if not the rationale. All I will say is that, if what I have heard is true, Alton’s loss will be Londonderry’s ‘gain’! I hope that that comes to pass. So, couldn’t we PLEASE just leave Mr. Sargent alone and have his equivalent in Londonderry, who I don’t know, eliminated (though he/she might also be a nice guy).

Since moving to Alton in 2007 I have had various dealings with Mr. Sargent. I have found him to be approachable, cordial, FAIR, REASONABLE and professional at all times. And I say this even though my taxes have gone up steadily since moving to Alton!

Having owned houses in N.H. since 1986, in New Ipswich, New Durham, Meredith, Gilford (x2) and Alton, 66.6% of them waterfront, I have over the years dealt with a number of Town Assessors. None of them have been as ‘easy’ to deal with as Mr. Sargent. I like the fact that he answers the phone if he is in the office. Ditto if you happen to be visiting the Town Hall. If he is not in a meeting and you need to see him, he will typically come out and talk to you even if you don’t have an appointment. He knows his stuff. Given that I do do the comparative NH tax rate tables (the ‘2014’ post visited by over 3,000 folks so far) I kind of know how the land lies.

Though I felt obliged to write this, I don’t think I am that worried that this dumb warrant article will pass next month. I think basic common sense will prevail — independent of Mr. Sargent’s own personal credentials. That the Selectmen don’t recommend it alone should have some weight.

Well, I will keep you posted. This even stupider than Alton trying to ban ‘Common Core‘.


3D Printed Bikinis Made Out Of Plastic! Said To Be Comfortable. Will We See Them On Lake Winnipesaukee?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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I saw this on ‘MarketWatch’ … where it was, quite rightly, presented as a financial story. Then I had to, of course, Google. Click to access WSJ/MarketWatch coverage.

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Kind of a coincidence. Devanee came home on Friday with a (plastic) nut & bolt fabricated on a 3D printer. It has been ‘Careers Day‘ at school and some folks from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (which is actually mainly in Maine) had showed up with 3D Printers. She was all ga-ga about 3D printing. I don’t blame her. I have been ‘thinking’ about 3D printers. They are definitely ‘affordable’ now — though I KNOW that the price of the ‘ink’ (as with all printers) is what will bankrupt me (though that is unlikely to happen since I am fiscally more responsible and smarter than your common or garden Alton elected officials who appear to have made a pastime, of late, of declaring bankruptcy).

Of course the first thing I thought about, going back to the fundamental precepts of ex-Fidelity, ex-Magellan Peter Lynch, was to think about buying stock in 3D Printer companies. [Yes, I owned Magellan for about 20 years starting in 1986. The 1st Mutual Fund (as opposed to UK Unit Trusts) that I bought — thanks to a very smart guy who ‘worked’ for me. This was the 1st year I was in the U.S. (on my 2nd time around). I didn’t have any U.S. investments. This guy, David Shaffer, was a financial genius. One day he gave me a small piece of paper and said here are the first 5 mutual funds you should buy in the U.S. Magellan was at the top of that list. Thank YOU, David. Thank YOU, Peter).

Then I saw this post on MarketWatch in late January — “3-D printer stocks fall sharply led by 3D Systems“. So I haven’t done anything — not that I had any disposable money to buy any stock around that time. But now I will have to keep an eye on these stocks again. What would be perfect is if I can make enough money on the stocks to self-fund a printer and THE INK. Stay tuned.

IF I see any 3D printed bikinis around Lake Winnipesaukee I will let you know.


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