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Bristol spends twice as much as towns of comparable size

To The Daily Sun,

Citizens of Bristol:
Budget season is upon us once again; the Selectboard is proposing a record $6 million budget. The Budget Committee will rubber stamp this amount, as it has done for the past 15 years.
There are eight communities in the State of New Hampshire of comparable size, 3,000 population, (plus or minus 10 percent). Bristol spends twice as much as any of them, a dubious distinction. We have two departments that spend over $1 million each. Their budgets slipped right through the budget process with barely a question, except when one or two members of the committee dared to question the unquestionable budgets.
Most communities of comparable size have a police department of six or seven officers; we have 10 paid positions plus a prosecutor. Most comparable fire departments have one or two paid positions; Bristol has seven full-time paid positions.
How did Bristol get into this unaffordable situation? The Selectboard and the Budget Committee, over the past 15 years, have failed to manage the affairs of the town. They delegated this responsibility to the department heads, who did what all department heads would do if not managed, they spend our tax money.
It is imperative that, if you pay taxes in Bristol, you please attend the March town meeting. If you rent in Bristol and think this will not affect you, ask yourself, "Is my landlord so generous that he will absorb the tax increase out of his pocket?"

Paul Simard
Bristol

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Obama doesn't speak out when the gunman is a Muslim terrorist

To The Daily Sun,

Politically, every couple days there seems to be a new hot-button issue; sometimes they overlap, as is currently the case. Take for instance the attempted assassination of a cop down in Philadelphia. The shooter when captured said he did it for Islam and had pledged his allegiance to ISIS. The mayor of Philly then gets up on stage as says it had nothing to do with Islam or jihad. Well who are we to believe the shooter or a mayor? Unless the mayor claims mind-reading powers, I'm going with the terrorist.

Has any one noticed how President Obama appears on TV very shortly after any shooting by some deranged nut calling for more gun control but I can't recall him speaking out when some Muslim terrorist is the shooter saying we need to watch the mosques, tighten controls on who we let into the country or anything that will make it more difficult for terrorists or drug dealers to effect the lives of Americans. Nope, what he wants is to make it harder on legal citizens to keep and own guns.

Over a number of decades, FBI and Justice Department statistics show that less then 1 percent of legal gun owners are convicted of violent crimes here in the U.S. Can that be said for drug users and dealers like those thousands Obama is releasing from federal prisons? As a matter of fact, few segments of our culture are as historically law abiding as legal gun owners.

I read the other day, here in the paper, that someone wrote that 80-some percent of legal gun owners think we need tighter gun controls. I just have to ask, where, who and what source did that number come from? Yes, I'm skeptical because it's really difficult to get even 60 percent of Americans to agree on anything let alone 80-plus percent of legal gun owners to say anything like that. So if anyone out there can shed some light on this please do so.

You know I keep hearing Obama say we need to tighten gun controls but so far he hasn't given us any specific ideas that would stand up to legal scrutiny. Most of it is vague generalities echoed by most of the sheep following obediently, thinking what they are told what to think and saying what they are told to say.

I also see where Hillary Clinton now refuses to answer any questions about her involvement in her efforts to shield Bill from the allegations of his sexual misconduct with many women over many years. The old stud-muffin got into one scandal after another for years and Hillary went after the victim's like a weasel after a chicken. The old "I didn't do it, I didn't do it" refrain is growing pretty old after all these years. So is her assertion that she's a true feminist looking out for her "sisters."

Oh yea, but yet another chorus of the same now that the report came out that the FBI is expanding the investigation on her exploits to include political corruption. Not true, she says, though she does not speak for the FBI and that agency would not tell her if they were or were not. Makes her denial nothing but a hope. Let's be clear on this folks: this has nothing to do with any "vast right wing conspiracy;" the right wing is just not that capable; this is all Hillary's doing, all by her arrogant self. If by any chance, I hope, she ends up in jail, it will be by her own hand, none other.

Stay tuned for the perils of Hillary, new chapter every week.

Steve Earle

Hill

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