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$135,000 is more than just .005%, it's a lot of money to make up

To The Daily Sun,

In last Saturday’s edition of The Laconia Daily Sun, Rep. Mike Sylvia claims that the $135,000 deficiency in the county budget for the county’s share of the cost of private nursing home residents doesn’t merit any action. After all, he claims, it’s only .005 percent of the total budget and finding it in the huge budget of the county shouldn’t be any harder than finding the cost of replacing a blown tire in your personal budget.

Well, maybe .005 percent doesn’t sound like much to Rep. Sylvia, but where I come from $135,000 is a lot of money! That’s particularly true when it’s $135,000 you’re required to pay by law! Rep. Sylvia and the other self-appointed experts on government financing then claim that the county commissioners can just move the money from somewhere else. Not so fast. The selfsame individuals who make that claim are the ones who limited transfers to between items in the same budget subdivision. That’s going to be hard in this case because the ONLY item in this budget subdivision, 014441, is the one that’s $135,000 short!

This nonsense is getting out of hand. The citizens of Belknap County deserve better.

Rep. David O. Huot
Belknap District 3

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Families that care about animals will turn backs on Kelly Miller

To The Daily Sun,

Your July 7 article about the Kelly Miller Circus left readers with an erroneous impression about what this outfit is all about. The Kelly Miller Circus is notorious for failing animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has repeatedly cited the circus and the exhibitors it contracts with for violating federal animal protection regulations. Exhibitor Carolyn Rice was caught using an electric prod on zebras and camels at a Kelly Miller show in 2015. Just months ago, local officials ordered Kelly Miller to stop giving rides on a pony who had painfully overgrown hooves.

Elephants in circuses are repeatedly hit with bullhooks—heavy batons that resemble a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end. Calling these ugly weapons a “guide” is akin to calling a rifle a “noisemaker.”

The circus’s elephant trainer, Joey Frisco, was caught on video hooking and yanking elephants, and his uncle Tim Frisco was filmed repeatedly striking elephants with bullhooks and shocking them with electric prods until they screamed in pain. Instead of spending time with their family, socializing, playing, foraging, and swimming, captive elephants live in fear of being whacked with bullhooks. By the time an elephant steps into a ring, she’s already been broken mentally and emotionally.

Families that care about animals will continue to turn their backs on Kelly Miller and other circuses still exploiting animals.

Jennifer O'Connor

PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Virginia

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