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Land Trust is grateful for investments made through the sale of state tax credits

To The Daily Sun,

We did it! With the help of generous local businesses we sold our Portfolio Strengthening Initiative state tax credits. Thank you to all the businesses for supporting Laconia Area Community Land Trust with their New Hampshire tax credit purchases. Their investment allows us to carry out our three-year initiative to refinance and upgrade 60 units at our oldest properties.

Additionally, their support was matched by NeighborWorks America, so their purchase yielded double the impact. Thank you!

We are very grateful for their investment and publicly thank them for their corporate and community leadership:

Meredith Village Savings Bank, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Franklin Savings Bank, Gary Chicoine Construction, EPTAM Plastics, Laconia Clinic, Common Man Family, Mill Falls at the Lake, RFS Engineering, Belknap Landscape, Jeremy Hiltz Excavating, Mainstay Technologies, Robert H. Irwin Motors, Wescott, Dyer, Fitzgerald & Nichols, PA, Eckman Construction, Northway Bank, Malone, Dirrubo & Co., Boulia-Gorrell Lumber, Hunter Homes, Stewart Associates Architects, and Dr. Downing, DMD.

Jason C. Hicks, Board Chair

Laconia Area Community Land Trust

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If Donald Trump wins the presidency it will be the end of our political process

To The Daily Sun,

There is a grave threat to our safety, welfare, and right to speak by Donald Trump and his supporters. Donald Trump and his followers are a clear and present danger to our county, a real threat to our existence. Trump may have the right to speak, he and his followers do not have the right to deny others right to speak, using violence. Trump must beheld accountable. Republicans must stop his divisive speech.

Trump and his followers do not represent the ideas promoted by our Founding Fathers. The violence associated with his rallies is unacceptable. Trump maligns Bernie Sanders and others. Trump, a billionaire, is one of the forces Sanders describes. Mr. Trump condones and accepts this violence by his silence.

Trump has a right to speak, but not to the point it becomes a catalyst for violence against those who disagree with him. His statement, "Perhaps we should have had him roughed up some more" is against constitutional law, under the First Amendment. This does not mean his comments on Washington are totally incorrect, they are not.

Promoting bigotry, prejudice and violence is unacceptable. This does not give either Trump or his followers the right to attack right of protest and free speech. It is frightening that Mr. Trump and his followers are on a path to destroy the very existence of our nation. Should Mr. Trump be elected as president, our economy will be profoundly affected. Trump's speeches are divisive. Many nations as well as our neighbors are horrified that we allow Mr. Trump get as far as he has. Mr. Trump is not a Republican, and presents as a dictator in waiting. His rallies are similar to Hitler's.

Mr. Romney correctly indicated, Mr. Trump's promises are about as worthless as a degree from Trump University, and will never be fulfilled. He is involved in several lawsuits. He has created turmoil in the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This writer has seen some of these from his former birth place in Pennsylvania.

His business affairs demonstrate bigotry, taking homes away from elderly people to make parking lots and buildings. Promoting bigotry is to widen the gap, not close it. There are many more examples of his arrogance. He is a pathological liar. He is in it for Trump, not for our country, or even for his supporters.

This writer has been a Republican since voting age. Our country faces the most critical election in history. Mr. Trump is a bully, is not qualified, and is not the person to lead us in the years ahead. He blusters his thoughts, threatening not only our lives, but many countries outside our borders.

He affronts minorities, the disabled (this writer is disabled), and offends those who are different from him. He is ignorant. We can respect his right to speak, but he is required by constitutional law to respect all peoples regardless of their sexual orientation, race, color of their skin, creed and religion.

Our country is seriously divided. The 1 percent rich and wealthy vs. the declining middle class, and those without already suffer. There are peaceful ways to encourage citizen responsibility, but Mr. Trump does not do this. He foments bigotry as no one has since the Civil War. The Ku Klux Klan's endorsement of him is unacceptable, which Trump needed to refuse. There are things wrong in Washington, but not Mr. Trump's way. Mr. Trump is criticized by both Republicans and Democrats, and rightfully so.

Trump winning the nomination (hopefully not the presidency)? We must seek peaceful ways to prevent this recurring again. Education is one process. Civic classes are a rare existence that needs to be restored. Citizen responsibility includes voting and getting involved in the political process. Knowledge helps in being aware of topics. A Mr. Trump win will be the end of our political process. Trump reflects the power of a bigoted group of people reflecting his agenda.

The Republican Party must disavow his existence and remove him from the candidate list. Our country will suffer, should they not. This will force this writer, perhaps more people to consider peaceful, alternative ways. We must focus on what is good for the people, and by the people. We need to take our country back from the forces of Trump and his supporters, as well as the billionaires, large corporate companies, and Wall Street. The Republican Party needs to be responsible. Donald Trump must resign his candidacy to conserve our country.

Robert T Joseph, Jr.

New Hampton

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