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Pleae join me in support of carbon fee and dividend legislation

To The Daily Sun,

The Lakes Region is an area rich in tradition based on diverse outdoor activities, which is one of the reasons my husband and I choose to live and raise our two children here. A peek into Saturday's Laconia Daily Sun highlights just a few of the many local events celebrating our region's natural resources: the Winni Derby (the largest landlocked salmon and trout tournament in the Northeast), the Franklin Outing Club's Winter Carnival (featuring kayaking on snow-covered slopes), and New Hampshire Maple Weekend (my favorite!).

Sadly, local events like these have faltered in the past several years, in part due to global climate change. The Winni Derby was suspended in 2010 to ease pressure on the hard-pressed salmon population. Last year the Webster Fishing Lake Derby was canceled from the Winter Carnival due to warm weather. This year they had to scramble to prepare the slopes for the kayaking event. And maple syrup production in New Hampshire is seeing a dramatic drop in quantity and quality due to warming temperatures.

In addition to reporting on these events, Saturday's paper noted that the United States had the second-warmest February in the 123-year period of records. Across the U.S., many regions had near-record warm temperatures. And the letters section of Saturday's paper featured lineworkers' observation that winter storm Stella was the worst storm in nearly 20 years. Increased frequency of extreme storms is another visible effect of climate change here in the Lakes Region.

I believe climate change is the biggest issue facing mankind today. Disruption to local outdoor events is just the beginning. However, I am delighted to have recently discovered the Citizens' Climate Lobby's Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal, which climate scientists and economists agree is the best first step to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic climate change from global warming. Their proposal places a fee on carbon and returns the revenue equally to residents via monthly dividends. This proposal is good for the economy and even better for the climate. Please join me in urging Senator Hassan, Senator Shaheen, Congresswoman Shea-Porter, and Congresswoman Kuster to support carbon fee and dividend legislation. (Learn more at http://citizensclimatelobby.org/.)

It's time to take action to protect the Lake Region's local outdoor traditions for generations to come.

Aimee Ruiter


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Deadly force was justified? What if a child had been in that car?

To The Daily Sun,

Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen must immediately be removed from office for endangering the lives of every New Hampshire citizen.

This is true because Guldbrandsen just determined that Alton police officer Michael Beauchamp was justified in the use of "deadly force" when he fired his weapon at a moving vehicle which did not yield to him while he was standing in the middle of the road, dressed in blue/black, at night, while holding a flashlight.

The very idea that a police officer is justified in the use deadly force against an individual operating a motor vehicle because the driver failed to yield to them while they are standing in the middle of a road at night and holding a flashlight is repulsive. Drunk driver or not, this type of action is not justified!

Even if police killing of drunk drivers were legal, there was no way for officer Beauchamp to have known, prior to firing his weapon, if the operator of the vehicle had experienced a medical emergency or if children were in the car. These facts alone justified the county attorney in determining the use of force was not justified.

Had the individual operating the vehicle been a 16-year-old female texting or talking on her cell phone, or someone who had just experienced a diabetic medical emergency, I can guarantee Guldbrandsen would have reached a different conclusion.

I simply cannot understand why, with two emergency vehicles at the scene, both with emergency lights flashing, why would officer Beauchamp find it necessary to place his life in danger by entering into the middle of a road, at night, wearing dark clothes with a flashlight? Is this type of action standard police practice? If so, this practice is absurd.

Going forward, until this terrible and unjustified determination by Belknap County Attorney, Melissa Guldbrandsen is corrected, and officer Beauchamp's actions condemned, every New Hampshire citizen who fails to notice, for whatever reason, a police officer standing in the middle of a road at night holding a flashlight is at risk of being shot and killed by the police — and the killing will be justified.

Jeffrey Clay


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