Check your history books; gun control was important in Wild West

To The Daily Sun,

Most people are familiar with Johnny Cash's popular song and what happened to Bill when he took his guns to town ... everyone except the Tea Party (adherents) who obviously have checked their brains with the local sheriff's office instead of their guns.

In the 1800s places like Deadwood, Tombstone, and Dodge actually had the most restrictive gun laws in the Wild West.

All one has to do is scan the newspapers in Wichita, Kans., 1873 and others like it to know what western leaders thought about guns: "Leave your revolvers at police headquarters and get a check," "senseless custom," "as a protection it is terribly useless."

Moderate, common sense measures for gun control were prevalent in the Wild West era. One checked their firearms at the city limits just like you would check your coat at a local restaurant. Our image of the Wild West is so wrong. Gun control laws were so important in attracting business and "civilized" folk. The gunfight at the OK Corral was rare. Most towns and cities reported only two gun incidents per year.

Thanks to the NRA, the Hollywood version of how the West was won, is alive and well thank you.

You can see a re-enactment of the gunfight at the OK Corral several times a day. Pick up a souvenir on your way out. Gun companies along with their stooge, the NRA, have succeeded in making guns legal in schools, churches, bars and public offices. They have also made it very easy for terrorists to acquire deadly weapons to use against us. Yes, that's right, people on the watch list, according to the NRA, have a perfect right to buy anything they want.

If Republicans, aka Tea Party, want to take us back to the "good old days." Perhaps they should read a book once in a while. The practice would be a good counterbalance to the misinformation they see on Fox News.

George Maloof


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If elected to Sanbornton BudCom I'll serve in manner I have in past

To The Daily Sun,

I am again running for a position on the Budget Committee and I hope the citizens of Sanbornton will consider voting for me.

In the time I have served I worked to minimize spending by though limiting growth of departments and voting for, in my view, what the town needs and not what is wanted.

We have a town with a population of about 3,000 with about 1,800 properties, a large percent of the town is in current use, somewhere in the 60-plus percent, which means any spending can have a noticeable impact on your tax bill. I have supported most of the road expenditures because I believe we have let them go and now we have to bring them up to standards. With improved roads we can extend the life of our police cruisers our highway trucks and improve response times of emergency services as well as lower maintenance costs and extend the life of yours and my vehicles.

I have spent my own personal money to try to inform you of positions of the Budget Committee through mailers in past years as well as participated in funding the survey the Budget Committee did recently to try to get your perspective of how you view the operation of our town.

Ralph Rathjen, in his letter to the editor, was very critical of the survey. He wrote in regards to citizens and taxpayers of Sanbornton responding to the survey, "the electorate which would ordinarily be without the detailed knowledge necessary to vote intelligent on certain budgetary problems," and he further cited some words out of a letter from the town attorney which was written upon request of the selectman when they had concerns that it would illegal for the Budget Committee to send out a survey.

I would like to quote the letter's first paragraph, to put these words Ralph took out of context in perspective: "While it may be inartfully worded, have a typo or two and yield unscientific results, I don't believe that there is anything illegal about the survey. The BC is striving to gain public input: and ultimately, it is the BC's recommendations that help create the budget for the town voters to all approve in May."

The lawyer made one error in that paragraph our town meeting this year is in March, but from my perspective I read the letter as a positive endorsement to our efforts.

The survey had about 220 responses which is at least as many that attend town meeting. In the end it is only a barometer to help the members of the Budget Committee get some perspective of the wishes of the voters and is not binding, but if it creates some discussion and causes more citizens of Sanbornton to take notice of the operation of their town and perhaps get involved we all win. So in that light I want to thank Ralph for staking out is positions and opinions.

If elected I will serve in the manner I have in the past and am always willing to listen to criticism as well I am always happy to explain the positions I take. My greatest wish is to provide the information for you to make an informed decision.

Earl L. Leighton


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Bev Lapham will bring solid record of service to Selectboard

To The Daily Sun,

With the pending retirement of two current members and the resignation of two more, the Meredith Selectboard will be left with only one incumbent. After the election, the two newly elected members plus the incumbent will appoint the other two to fill out the unexpired terms.

As a candidate, Bev Lapham brings a very solid record in service to the town. He retired from an executive banking position, moved to Meredith, and successfully operated a small business (now owned by his son). He is a past president of the Meredith Rotary Club and a director for the Greater Meredith Program. His civic projects have included the Community Center Garden, the walkway between Hesky and Scenic Parks, and most recently, the Meredith Sculpture Walk for which he was a prime mover and is now chairman.

He has demonstrated time and again, a devotion to the Town of Meredith, but done so in a very modest way with a minimum of fanfare but a maximum of accomplishment.
With his knowledge of the business world and his ability to bring people together for the good of the community, he will be an excellent selectman.

Jack Carty


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Bev Lapham brings to any situation the ability to listen

To The Daily Sun,

Bev Lapham is running for one of the vacant seats for selectmen in the town of Meredith. He is an excellent candidate to carry on the business for our community.

Having a banking and business background, he certainly has the credentials to lead our community into the future.

Of all the qualities we respect most about Bev, the first is that he comes to any meeting or discussion, not with a pre-form agenda but with the ability and willingness to listen to any and all points of view before making a decision.

We recommend that you consider giving Bev Lapham your vote for selectmen. You will not be disappointed.

Don & Bobbie Trudeau


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I remain a fiscal conservative with an eye on taxpayer impact

To The Daily Sun,

I am requesting the support of my fellow Tilton citizens in my attempt to be elected as a member of the Selectboard of our outstanding community. I would concurrently would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that voted during the last election cycle. Last year's election process was impressive in that it showed that community members know who they want to lead their community and who are willing to reach above the marketing ploys used in such processes.

I have not changed my views in the last year and staunchly remain a fiscal conservative who reviews all operating monetary requests at the municipal and school district level, utilizing the question of what is the impact on the taxpayer.

Our town is growing and facing problems that go hand in hand with growth, whether it be of an aging infrastructure, increasing health and retirement costs for municipal employees, less state and federal money and requests for additional services.

We, as a community, need to expand our search for revenue streams while keeping in check or reducing expenditures.

I strongly believe that I can fulfill this mission with your help and support in the upcoming election.

Wayne Brock


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