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This year I looked around, and I like what Johnson has to say

To The Daily Sun,

Gary Johnson is running for president. As many as half the folks reading this will say "who"? He is a Libertarian candidate on the ballot in all 50 states, critical for a candidate not running as (a) Democrat or Republican. The most concise description I can give is that he is fiscally conservative and socially moderate.

Unfortunately, the media is engrossed with the ratings-boosting battle between the major parties, give Johnson nary a mention. His campaign has risen to shy of 15 percent in the polls. The powers-that-be that run the presidential debates have a rule that any third party candidate must have 15 percent or greater of the popular vote to be included in the debates. Given that Johnson does not have deep pockets from super-PACs, etc., the only way he will be able to get his message to a broader audience is through these debates.

I am not writing this to try to convince anyone to vote for Gary Johnson. My hope is that at least everyone is aware that he is running. Having a third person in these debates would force the other two to actually talk about issues instead of doing nothing but mudslinging.

As a point of reference, I am not someone who votes on the fringe. I typically vote with the same major party every election (which one is irrelevant). But this year got me looking around, and I personally like what Johnson has to say.

Be informed. Take a minute or two to check out www.johnsonweld.com and read about him. There is a great independent website called www.isidewith.com. You answer yes/no questions on a variety of issues, mark how important each issue is to you, and it reports back what percentage you are aligned with the various candidates. The results may simply confirm your choice, or they might surprise you... only one way to find out!

Dave Peelstrom
Meredith

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Bristol Police want the town to spend first, ask questions later

To The Daily Sun,

As taxpayers of Bristol may recall, this past Town Meeting the legislative body did not approve Warrant Article 12, in the amount $15,000, to fund a wage study. The article was not amended. It was just voted down and the Select Board was instructed to conduct the wage study.

At a recent Select Board meeting the board members were provided the wage study dollar amounts for this budget year as well as the 2017 budget year. When Selectmen Manganiello and Morrison asked for more itemized detail on how the study arrived at these dollar figures, they were dismissed as not understanding the urgency of the situation.

At that time, the police chief said he had two officers that were leaving the next morning if the board did not vote in the affirmative for this wage study. Apparently, there was no time for debate, further analysis or public input; spend first and ask questions later.

We have experienced this tactic before from the Bristol Police. Remember that emergency half-million dollar boat shop we had to act quickly on? Sometimes the board needs to act quickly but taking shortcuts on performing basic due diligence should not be part of the process.

On another note, a 24-hour notice of resignation to an employer is not normal behavior among professionals. Most of us know a two-week notice is required to maintain common courtesy. This is because most people have respect for their co-workers and communities they serve, so they would not unreasonably leave others to pick up their slack on short notice or jeopardize public safety. I encourage everyone to strive to be compensated like a professional. However, I do believe behaving like a professional is a prerequisite.

Betsy Schneider
Former Selectman

Bristol

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