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Charter amendments are all about protecting the incumbents

To The Daily Sun,

Even though the City of Laconia admitted that there was a human error in the Sept. 10, 2013, Ward 5 Primary Election, the city went forward with the court case. After the November 2013 election the newly elected Mayor Ed Engler, City Councilors Ava Doyle, David Bownes, Henry Lipman, Brenda Bear, Bob Hamel, Armand Bolduc had the opportunity to save the taxpayers $2,727.38 in legal fees. City Manager Scott Myers, supporting City Clerk Mary Reynolds through the city's attorney, Laura Spector Morgan, tried to force me to fill out an IRS W-9 Form claiming that my court fees were income, before they would return the court fees. The city said in its Superior Court filings, "The city is well within its right to require a W-9 form. Whether the city's payment to petitioner is 'income' is a determination he will have to make with his tax adviser." Yet in the city's Supreme Court reply, "It is worth noting that the City Clerk is not taking the position that costs are, in fact, taxable income which must be reported." Then why did the City of Laconia spend $2,727.38 plus $280.76 my court fees for a total of $3,008.14 in their frivolous attempt to bully me into filling out a W-9 Form?

At the Superior Court level Judge Larry Smukler did not support any of his rulings with any case history supporting the city's position requiring the completion of a W-9 Form. All the city's filings lacked any supporting case history. Their only argument was that Laconia's internal control policy which requires a W-9 Form for vendors. The "IRS W-9 Form "Purpose of Form" is to report income paid to you."

In the Supreme Court order on Oct. 10, 2014, "Regardless of whether the city's internal control policy requires that payees of court-ordered costs provide W-9 forms, nothing in Rule 45 purports to obligate a prevailing party to comply with a defendant's internal accounting policies in order to be entitled to an award of costs." "Because Rule 45 generally entitles a prevailing party to certain costs as a matter of right, we conclude that the trial court erred by conditioning its award of costs to petitioner upon his providing a W-9 form."

The City Council's response to this court case is to place a number of Charter Amendments on the ballot, one of which will make it impossible for a write-in candidate to have their name placed on the ballot. This Charter Amendment would Require 35 right-in votes before the 36th vote counted. This is all about protecting the incumbents, mayor, city councilors, school board members and police commissioners from an unwanted election challenge.

This is an unconstitutional attempt to limit your ballot access. Vote "No" on all Charter Amendments.

David Gammon

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:19

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Neglecting to vote is sure way to get wrong candidate into office

To The Daily Sun,

I'm writing this letter to support Scott Brown for U.S Senate. It's not so much a vote for Brown as it is a vote against Shaheen. That's right, I prefer someone I only partially agree with over Shaheen who doesn't do much I agree with.

Shaheen aligns with Obama most of the time. She and her supporters have run one of the most negative campaigns of this election. You may not always agree 100 percent with a candidate but "no vote" is a sure way to get the least effective candidate into office.

It is very important in our democracy to vote.

Richard Hickok


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 10:03

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Have Americans really lost their precious right to dissent?

To The Daily Sun,

We have been dropping bombs on Middle Eastern countries (as many as seven countries) for 12 years — non stop. We have the dubious record of killing more people, without regret, or justification without international laws in place (if war should ever be morally acceptable.) We have done more damage trying to instill democratic beliefs on ancient cultures that continue to war between themselves — as they have done for hundreds of years. If we defeat this gang of cut-throats, who's next? Answer this question to justify continued bombing. If it stopped tomorrow, what have we accomplished?

It is a sad commentary on our total lack of morality, fostering misplaced suspicion on the lives of other people different from ourselves. We cannot solve their constant uprisings that they themselves have created.

Have Americans lost their precious right to dissent? Has morality disappeared for the sake of military dominance whereas unabated and irrational fear give us the excuse to use greater military force. Have 4,400 men and women, in service to their country, died without just cause? God forbid!

Leon Albushies


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:59

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Important that we elect commissioners who will solve problems

To The Daily Sun,

A visit from Dave Pollak has once again assured me that he is the right candidate for county commissioner. Aware of my successful energy efficiency work, he has stopped by on several occasions to brainstorm ideas for building the new county jail, to lower not only the initial costs of construction, but also understanding the importance an efficient design plays to lower the cost of operation once it is built.

As a former construction manager, Dave Pollak has the experience to deal with the complex details involved in a project of this magnitude. As a professor at Lakes Region Community College, he understands how energy efficient buildings are just one more piece of the puzzle to save taxpayers money. He is confident that with hard work and research of the available options, we can meet the needs of the county and stay within an affordable budget that respects the spending limits of each community.

While some members of the delegation have chosen to cut funding for health insurance and other contractual obligations, and unsuccessfully micro-manage the commissioners' day-to-day county affairs, these delegates have in effect multiplied the problems at the county. It is all the more important that we elect a commissioner who is willing and able to solve problems.

I hope you will join me in voting for Dave Pollak for County Commissioner.

Ian Raymond


State Rep. for Belknap County District 4 (Tilton & Sanbornton)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:56

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With Dave Pollak, it is not just all about money and taxes

To The Daily Sun,

What a pleasure to have a candidate like Dave Pollak running for Commissioner of Belknap County. He actually listens to voters and is willing to work with other people in government to get things done for all the residents in the county.

With Dave it is not all about money and taxes. He sees good problem-solving as collaborative with input from all the stakeholders and then effective, economic evaluation of solutions. Dave's reason for running is to get Belknap County government moving in a positive, cooperative way and that resonates with me. I want an independent commissioner, not beholden to any party or ideology, able to research information on his own and think critically.

Dave has impressed me with his visitations to five county jails, talking with their superintendents, and county personnel at our local nursing home. As a candidate he has independently researched three different options for dealing with our overcrowded and inadequate jail facility. After drawing his own conclusions, he expressed them articulately in letters to the newspaper.

Reading the heartfelt letter from the spouses of nursing home residents published in the Sun, Oct. 16, it is glaringly apparent that we have to elect county commissioners and representatives who will work together to resolve contentious issues in a timely manner. Please join me in voting for Dave Pollak for Belknap County Commissioner Nov. 4 and get this county moving forward again.

Bob Swartz


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:53

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