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The message: there's a lot of dissatisfaction with our high taxes

To The Daily Sun,

The tradition of the New England Town Meeting is a very powerful tool for controlling taxes. A town's Budget Committee and Selectboard can make spending recommendations, but the power of the purse rests with the town's residents. However, for a meeting to have an impact three essential ingredients are required, a cross section of the town present, ample opportunity for everyone to speak, and freedom for attendees to vote their conscience. All three were present at the recent Sanbornton Town Meeting.

The second highest town tax rate in Belknap County brought over 300 Sanbornton residents together to debate the town operating budget and warrant articles. Some items were debated more than others, but everyone who wanted was given an opportunity to speak, sometime more than once, and with two secret ballots no one had to worry that their neighbor would criticize their vote.

I would like to thank everyone who turned out for the meeting and those that stayed to the bitter end. I suspect not everyone was happy with the outcome of some of the votes, but in a democracy the majority rules. If we can get the same number of people at next year's town meeting, perhaps the selectmen and Budget Committee will get the message that there is a lot of dissatisfaction with Sanbornton town taxes and they should take that into consideration in the next town budget. If they don't then taxpayers can make adjustments themselves at next year's Town Meeting

Roger Grey

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I am seeking information about Lt. Edward Russell Larrivee

To The Daily Sun,

I am currently enrolled in a World War II class at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton. My classmates and I are conducting research on some of New Hampshire's fallen heroes from World War II. The soldier that I am researching is Lt. Edward Russell Larrivee from Laconia and I was curious if anyone could help me find any type of information, living family members and/ or artifacts related to him.

Any form of assistance for my project from anyone would be greatly appreciated.

The information that I have gathered so far is as follows: he was a second lieutenant, he was a pilot, in the 8th Air Force. He was assigned to 326th Bomber Squadron, of the 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy, He was killed in action on March 23, 1944, near a small town near Munster, Germany. He was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Purple Heart.

Lt. Edward Russell Larrivee is buried in the American War Cemetery, Margraten Netherlands plot E, Row 14, Grave 24. His immediate family members are: Alexis D. Larrivee (father), Marie J.G. (Dickson) Larrivee (mother), James R. Larrivee (brother) Kenneth Larrivee (brother) Wanda R. Larrivee (wife).

Any aid from the public and or family members would be much appreciated. I am very interested in finding out as much as I can about Lt. Larrivee. I believe that America's fallen heroes should be honored every day and I feel as if I'm honoring this man by researching him and not letting him be forgotten. If you have any information on Lt. Larrivee I would be grateful if you could send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Michael McMahon

Prospect Mountain High School


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