Moritz, Lapham & Jones lap the field in Meredith Selectboard race

To The Daily Sun,

Three skills summarize what is needed in the choice of a selectman: (1) creation and management of a multimillion-dollar budget, (2) balancing public and private interests in all issues coming before the Selectboard, and (3) ability to be a team member of the Selectboard, listening with an open mind to the views of the other members and then, with critical thinking, take positions and being able kindly to explain one's position. The town budget is clearly the most important but the success of the board requires the other two!

Eight candidates are running for two openings on the Meredith ballot, three of whom meet or show high promise of meeting these criteria: Ray Moritz, Bev Lapham and Jonathan James.

Ray's business experience and success depended on team leadership and financial skills and he is valued in bringing those skills to our community.

Bev Lapham is also highly qualified by his many years as a top bank manager, enabler to small-business people by granting of loans, and his financial management skill evident in his ownership of a local business.

Jonathan James managed the $2-million property operation budget of Tilton School, and shows promise of a short learning curve in municipal fund accounting required on the Selectboard. These three are "heads and shoulders" above all the other candidates in the basic requirement of being a Selectboard member.

Listen carefully to what each of the eight candidates say about themselves and their qualities. They have already sorted themselves out in terms of financial management skills, and only Ray, Bev and Jonathan prevailed. They have also in public given clues as to their stance in terms of public and private rights, ability and experience in team building, and skill in critical thinking. Again, Ray, Bev and Jonathan rise to the top on these qualities.

In conclusion, consider the skill of critical thinking that is central to what is required of a selectman. Critical thinking requires that a person look at every issue with an open mind. This means that we must each be aware of our own biases and not allow them to pre-determine what our conclusions will be. It requires that we refrain completely from thinking how stupid are people who differ from us; and, conversely, to listen to and learn from those with ideas different from our own. In this way, better ideas emerge, we grow in understanding that there are intelligent views beyond our own, and this mutual respect heightens the team work that leads to better results for the community.

Political life in our country, and world, is characterized by a lack of critical thinking, and the use of code words that reflect distrust of the open discussion required in a democracy. People with a lack of critical thinking tend to foster "anti-team work", and polarity in our society. Ray, Bev, and Jonathan give great evidence of thinking critically.

In Meredith, there are only two openings on the ballot. I have decided who gets my votes. I ask each citizen to vote with critical thinking and then to use their influence to get the third "musketeer" appointed by the new Selectboard for one of the two remaining openings.

Miller C. Lovett


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I am supporting Merek Weisenesee for T-N Fire Commissioner

To The Daily Sun,

As a recent fire commissioner and retired call captain of the Tilton-Northfield Fire District, I would like to express my support for Merek Weisensee for the open position of T-N Fire Commissioner for this upcoming election on March 10.

Weisensee has always been a contributing member to the community, serving with the Navy, as a police officer in the town of Tilton and working for local business. His family is growing in the district and he has expressed his eagerness to assist with the Fire District's safety and financial responsibility as way to continue to give back.

I wish you would join me in supporting Merek Weisensee for fire commissioner. It is clear his knowledge and experiences will be beneficial to the residents of the Tilton-Northfield Fire District.

Bob Watson

Retired Captain, past T-N Fire Commissioner


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I would like to represent Belmont on the Shaker Regional Board

To The Daily Sun,

Shaker Regional School District's Annual Meeting is on Friday, March 6, at the Belmont High School from 6 to 7 p.m. The Annual Meeting will take place immediately after voting at 7 p.m. I am asking you to please go and vote for me, Patty Brace, to represent our community as a Shaker Regional School District School Board member. Please come out and let your voice be heard by voting for me and supporting my efforts to help bring about transparency between our School Board, the schools and the community. Your vote does matter, and it does count. Thank you very much for all your support.

If you can't make it to the polls on Friday night, you still have time to complete an absentee ballot. Please stop by the Belmont Middle School's main office, and see Stacy Kruger. Absentee ballots can be completed right there at the Middle School every day this week until 3:30 p.m. and until 5 p.m. on Friday only. The Belmont Middle School is located at 58 School St.

Patty Brace


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Here are reason I'm supporting Paul Manganiello for selectman

To The Daily Sun,

The Selectboard race in Bristol is heating up with signs and folks supporting candidates visible in print and at locations around town! How nice it is to have such great people interested in serving our town.

As Election Day draws nearer, I would like you to take a closer look at Paul Manganiello and I share why I believe he is the best choice that makes sense for Bristol.

I have served many years on Bristol's Budget Committee and with Paul these past three years. Paul exercised professionalism and candor as a member of the Budget Committee and will bring these strengths to the Selectboard if elected.

He will stand strong for Bristol residents with fiscal pragmatism, transparency of process, due diligence with all decisions, honest and respectful deliberations.

These are just a few qualities that Paul offers the voters of Bristol. These reasons are why I am supporting Paul and why I feel you should do the same. Please vote Paul Manganiello for Selectboard on March 10.

David Carr

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Vote Rosemary Landry in Meredith & Barbara Howard in Alton

To The Daily Sun,

We are writing in support of two fine candidates running for local office in the Lakes Region.

Rosemary Landry, who is running for Selectboard in Meredith, has been a tireless fighter for the citizens of Meredith and the state. She's attended countless meetings statewide and locally and filmed many of them in an effort to bring to light the problems facing her town and state. Rosemary was instrumental in getting out important information regarding proposed rotaries in Meredith and the problems they would have caused. Rosemary will always keep the best interests of her town and its citizens at the forefront. We encourage the citizens of Meredith to cast their votes for Rosemary Landry for Selectboard on March 10th.

In our hometown of Alton, we're supporting Barbara Howard for the three-year term on the School Board. Barbara is another fine example of someone who has spent countless hours fighting for what is right for our town. She's a compassionate person who devotes much of her time to the disabled and was an outstanding member of Alton's Budget Committee.

Recent developments brought on by three school board members in Alton show we need change on the board. We will be writing in Barbara Howard on March 10 to help bring about that change and we encourage others to do the same.

Phil & Chris Wittmann


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