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I support the WOW Trail because it makes good sense for city

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to the Laconia City Council:

There has been much conversation regarding how best to invest Downtown TIF funding. I support the plan to make the city more pedestrian friendly and especially support the expansion of the WOW Trail.

The trail is a great way for people to get outside and exercise in a safe environment. I walk my dogs on part of the trail almost every day.

Even more, I believe a completed WOW Trail will be an amenity for our region, showcasing our beautiful lakes to visitors and linking them to different parts of the city in a unique way.

Revitalizing Downtown Laconia begins with bringing people here. Expanding the WOW Trail will help do that. I have committed $5,000 of my own money toward Phase 2 of the WOW Trail because I believe it makes good sense for the city. I am happy and proud to be a supporter of the trail and encourage City Council to invest Downtown TIF funding toward Phase 2 also.

Penny Pitou, President

Penny Pitou Travel, Inc.

Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:16

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Problem isn't gas tax, it's how those funds are spent

To The Daily Sun,

This is in response to Paula Trombi's letter in the December 6th Sun.

Paula, while I have to agree there are problems with properly funding the DOT and making sure our highways are properly maintained and patrolled, you are assigning blame to the wrong people.

It isn't that there isn't enough revenue flowing into the state's Highway Fund. That isn't the big problem. Instead, it's the monies being pulled out of the Highway Fund that are being used for state operations and programs that have nothing to do with our highways. What's worse is that by doing so, our government, including the state Legislature, is violating the state Constitution, specifically Part II, Article 6-a, by using those funds for purposes other than those laid out in the article. How can Health and Human Services, Family Court, and a whole host of other state agencies and programs lay claim to those funds that have nothing to do with "construction, reconstruction and maintenance of public highways within this state, including the supervision of traffic thereon and payment of the interest and principal of obligations incurred for said purposes"?

The Judicial Branch of New Hampshire's government does receive funding from the Highway Fund, or at least that part that deals with our highways, that being traffic court. But other than the DOT and the Department of Safety, how can any other state agency lay claim to money in the Highway Fund? They shouldn't be able to, but they do.

I recall seeing in an article a few years ago in the Union Leader that showed where money from the Highway Fund was going. At its worse a bit over 63 percent of the money allocated from the Highway Fund was going where it was constitutionally mandated to go. The balance went for purposes for which the fund was never intended. I even recall then-Governor John Lynch telling the Legislature that the Highway Fund "was not an ATM to be used by the Legislature" to fund non-highway related agencies or programs. Unfortunately that problem persists.

Before we look at raising gas taxes, registration fees, and other taxes and fees to generate more revenue for the DOT, maybe we should turn our attention at those raiding the Highway Fund and stop them from doing so. Otherwise all we will do is provide them with even more money to steal from the fund. Let's fix that problem first before we turn to ever increasing taxes and fees, shall we?

Dale Channing Eddy
Gilford

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:13

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Coincidence? Or was Nancy Pelosi trying to tell us something

To The Daily Sun,
Does anyone remember Nancy Pelosi saying, "You have to pass it to see what's in it" to the American people?
The other day I went to see my doctor for abdominal pain. He wanted a stool sample and told me I have to pass it so he can see what's in it.
Is this just coincidence or was Nancy trying to tell us something about Obamacare?

Greg Knytych

Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:08

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Belknap Mill's 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar is on Saturday, Dec. 14

To The Daily Sun,

Are you looking for that extra something special to fill those stockings, for a hostess gift, Yankee Swap, or to complete your holiday shopping list? You can make this happen while supporting local crafters and new vendors offering a variety of unique gifts for the holidays and beyond. I hope to see many friends and new faces at the Historic Belknap Mill for their 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia.

Here's just a sample of items offered: peanut brittle, maple syrup products, honey, zucchini salsa, homemade jam, jellies, pickles, relish, chutney, handcrafted baskets, soy candles, fragrance products, soap, pottery, painted tile coasters, jewelry, gourmet dog treats and sweaters, stenciled canvas totes, fleece clothing, baby items, quilted potholders and pillows, hot pads and coasters, towels, aprons, bird and bat houses, birch candle holders, wooden bowls, toys, pens, wine bottle stoppers, rocking horse, crocheted hats, colorful scarves, holiday decorations, ornaments, photography, greeting cards, home décor items and much more. So, there's plenty to select for everyone on your holiday list! Our bake sale and craft item raffle will benefit the Belknap Mill's historical, educational and cultural programs.

The Belknap Mill Gift Shop offers items year round, including books by local authors, toys, note cards, postcards, socks made on the Mill's vintage machines, Darn Tough socks, jewelry, aerial and matted photographs and prints, jigsaw puzzles, walking sticks and other gifts. Visitors can view the Trees for the Holidays exhibit and vote for their favorite tree decorated with different themes by local businesses, service clubs, students and individuals. The Art Gallery features artwork from NH artists for your home or business. Young and old alike will enjoy touring Riverside Gallery, power house and knitting machine room exhibit where socks are made by volunteers.

I want to thank the Mill volunteers and staff for their assistance and the crafters who are returning from last year and those new exhibitors joining us this year. These people work very hard to create an array of wonderful items. I encourage you to SHOP LOCAL this year.

Please contact the Belknap Mill with any questions at 524-8813, visit www.belknapmill.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Judi Taggart
Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:55

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Swamp (Chicago) Obama came from is a Democrat paradise

To The Daily Sun,
I've written a few letters before and asked some of the liberal writers to respond, but none have. Lets give it another try.
I looked at the state and city that Obama comes from — Illinois/Chicago. Here are some interesting facts and maybe you could explain to me what I'm missing:
— The state and national representatives are basically ALL DEMOCRATS. A true DEMOCRAT PARADISE and has been for decades. Lets see how they are doing.
— There are more people on welfare than working in Chicago.
— Chicago pays the highest wages to teachers than anywhere else in the U.S. — avg. $110,000 per year and pensions that average 80-90 percent of their income. (This not about teachers, it's about Democrat policies.)
Can't blame republicans there aren't any!
— There have been more people killed in Chicago than Iraq or Afganistan in the last six months, mostly young minorities.
— They also have some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
Can't blame republicans there aren't any!!

— Some of the Illinois chain of command: President Obama; Senator Dick Durbin; former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (He plea bargained so his wife could avoid going to prison for misuse of campaign funds.) Governor Pat Quinn, Democrat; Lisa Madigan, Attorney General, Democrat; Mike Madigan, Speaker of the House (father of Lisa), Democrat; Rohm Emanuel, Chicago mayor, you guessed it, Democrat. The leadership is all DEMOCRAT.
— Thanks for the combat zone in Chicago!
Can't blame republicans there aren't any.
— Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country.
Can't blame republicans there aren't any.
— State pension fund $78 billion in debt.
Cant blame . . . no I won't say it again.
— Cook County (Chicago) sales tax is 10.25 percent — highest in the country!
This is the political swamp that Obama comes from and he was suppose to clean up Washington? But you know what, as long as they keep electing Democrats that continue to provide handouts from the working class NOTHING WILL CHANGE! Except the state will go bankrupt before the country does.
In closing ponder this: "Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of them, better take a closer look at the American Indian!"
MERRY CHRISTMAS
Tim French
Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:49

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