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Rep. Fields worked against his own party & behaved childlisly

To The Daily Sun,

As we are now entering into the "crazy season" of political elections, I wanted to write this letter to endorse some folks who I believe will be honest public servants to Belknap County, should they win their elections.

Rep. Richard Burchell is running against John Thomas for the seat of County Commissioner. Having had personal experience serving with both of these men, Rep. Burchell would definitely have my vote. Not only has Commissioner Thomas demonstrated unprofessional behavior time and again (I will never forget his infamous "You want to take this on lady?" threat at a delegation meeting early in 2013), he has proven he stands for unaccountable governance. This is totally unacceptable. Commissioner Richard Burchell sounds just great to me.

Ray Howard is running for Belknap District 8 in the New Hampshire House. I have full confidence Mr. Howard will vote to stop the over-taxation of our residents in Belknap. He will stand against new taxes and bloated government. And as this was my seat in Belknap, I cannot imagine a better legislator sitting in it.

Rep. Dennis Fields not only worked against his own party during my time as a delegation member in Belknap, he demonstrated childish and truculent behavior at virtually every delegation meeting. He voted with the Democrats again and again, many times against Belknap taxpayers. My endorsement goes to Republican Brian Gallagher. Sanbornton deserves a true Republican in that seat and Brian is the man for the job. Time to make a change, Sanbornton.

So, that is my take on some upcoming primary elections in Belknap County. It is Live Free or Die time here in New Hampshire. Let's support our conservative candidates throughout New Hampshire.

Jane Cormier

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 09:49

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America has led the world in advancing health care innovation

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to Ms. Martha Richards letter in the Wednesday, Aug. 6, edition of The Laconia Daily Sun titled, "If re-elected, I will continue to oppose wind projects and Northern Pass."
Ms. Martha Richards fails to remind us of not just her support for Obamacare, but her advocacy for a single-payer health care system here in America. In a letter published in the Sept. 17, 2009, edition of the Plymouth Record Enterprise Ms. Richards did just that.
Ms. Richards writes, "... for decades this issue (health care) has plagued America while more enlightened countries have cradle-to-grave coverage." Ms. Richards could not be more wrong. Prior to Obamacare, the vast majority of American citizens had employer based coverage, and were happy with their plans.
Ms. Richards writes, "... America does not have the best health care in the world — look at our infant mortality rate and almost 50 million uninsured Americans."

During the health care debacle, recall that supporters of the president often said there was 20 million Americans without health care, others said 30 or 40 million, and in Ms. Richards case she chose 50 million. Which one was it? But this figure is not the correct measure of America's health care system. In terms of health care, America has led the world. Innovation in new medicines, procedures, equipment, more times than not, come from America. Liberals and "progressives" like to cite sources such as the "social progress index" which advocates for cradle to grave entitlements and a socialist society.

Ms. Richards touts the Obamacare lies within her letter. "Perhaps your happy with your current plan-keep it." As we know millions of Americans have had their policies canceled. More will come in time as the now imperial delay by President Obama of the employer mandate takes effect. Anthem here in New Hampshire canceled more than 29,000 policies, many of which are people of Grafton county, who Ms. Richards represents. Many folks, particularly in the North Country, now have to travel far distances to hospitals that are part of the new network covered by Anthem.

Ms. Richards writes that "health care is a right for all in a democratic society." Again she is incorrect. As a citizen of our nation no one owes anyone health care. Why is someone entitled to the services, knowledge, and care provider by a doctor? A doctor attends medical school, spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to become a doctor. Person A comes along. Person A has no means to pay this doctor. In Ms. Richards utopia, Person A has a right to the doctor's labor. What is fair compensation for Person A to pay the doctor?

Another Obamacare lie was that upon passage people's yearly premiums would go down by $2,500. For many they have gone up by that much.

Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 million between 2013 and 2022. Ms. Richards how do you explain this cut to the elderly of Grafton County you so often claim to represent?

Have you seen the bureaucratic chaos within the Veterans Administration? Bogus wait lists created to make things look better than they really are. Veterans dying before they are able to get the care they need. The VA is essentially socialized medicine for 8 million veterans, with their record just imagine the utopia of socialized medicine for 350 million Americans! And countless illegal aliens.

Obamacare is as un-American as any law ever passed. It takes from Person A and redistributes their wealth through a subsidy to Person B. Socialistic, if you will. Every poll since its passage has consistently shown 52-58 percent of Americans want the law repealed (Forbes.com). Why is the Senate and president ignoring the will of the majority of Americans? When voting in November, please remember Ms. Richards is a supporter of not only Obamacare, but a single-payer system here in America.

Patrick Wetmore

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 09:41

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I agree with Mr. Albushies, N.H. shouldn't have run up the score

To The Daily Sun,

In Saturday's paper, Leon Albushies wrote a strong condemnation of the New Hampshire team running up the score on Vermont in the Shrine game. Good call Leon.
Now, I can't ever remember agreeing with Leon before, but this time he's right. Good job Leon.

Steve Earle

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:23

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Pathetic that our laws permit using explosives for entertainment

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams:

After nearly suffering cardiac arrest just now, from these morons next door setting off a round of about six to 12 rapid succession fireworks, hence explosives without any warning, I was shocked and now suffering the aftermath of an anxiety attack.

I called police headquarters for a car to respond, but what's the point? The courteous dispatcher informed me New Hampshire has no set rules or laws regarding setting off explosives within limited bounds or measurements within a resident's living room window. I find it pathetic that the law permits and endorses potential bodily harm or even death from using explosives for entertainment. It's no wonder hillbillies are so infamous for their ignorance and America's joke.

This town and state never ceases to amaze me with their primitive and uneducated sets of rules and laws. Literally I find it an amazing learning experience.
I relish the day I get to move far away from this town. God help its residents and future. Especially the next generation.

Lucci Calabrese


Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:20

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Maybe it's $7.25hr. that's to blame for lack of election officials

To The Daily Sun,

In a Laconia Daily Sun article by Michael Kitch on July 30, headlined "Ward 5 in desperate need of full house of election officials," Laconia City Clerk Mary Reynolds insinuates Thomas Tardif and David Gammon are responsible for the lack of ward officials in the upcoming election.

Is this because I had to take her to court to correct the election results for the Laconia City Council Ward 5 Primary Election on Sept. 10, 2013. The writer claims that, "the official results indicated that no one received a write-in vote that would qualify them as a candidate for the council." This is less than truthful. The Election Results Report, which is a computer printout, showed that there were three write-in votes cast for the Ward 5 City Council seat, but the Municipal Primary Election Results showed no write-in votes for the Ward 5 City Council seat. When we made the City Clerk aware of this contradiction in the results she should have called for a recount. In a lawsuit John J. Babiarz v. Town of Grafton there was a discrepancy in the election results: "the town discovered that an error had occurred, resulting in 47 ballots being counted twice. Thus, a recount was held on March 25, 2006." There was no court case. The town of Grafton ordered the recount. The attorney for the Town of Grafton was the now Laconia City Attorney Laura Spector-Morgan.

In an effort to resolve the election results mistake, I followed Mary Reynolds's advice given to me in an e-mail on 9/17/2014 which was copied to the city attorney, Laura Spector-Morgan, Walter Mitchell and City Manager Scott Myers. She said, "As previously discussed, I do not dispute that a human error could have occurred but the only way to legally remedy this possible oversight would be to request a recount; I cannot open the sealed ballot box and examine the ballots without doing so. At this time a recount can be requested by Mr. Tardif gathering five signatures of voters and presenting request no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013 or you may make a request to order a recount through the judicial process." On Sept. 20, 2013, as advised I presented the signatures of 10 voters of Ward 5 asking for a recount of the Sept. 10, 2014 Primary Results. Mary Reynolds refused to accept the "Petition for Recount."

This has cost me time and money to protect my constitutional right to have my vote counted. The City of Laconia's City Clerk backed by Mayor Ed Engler, the City Council and City Manager Scott Myers in her quest to force me to fill out an IRS W-9 Form, claiming that the court costs to correct the city's election results is income. None of the $280.76 includes income; $250 is for Court Cost to Belknap County Superior Court, $28.78 to the Belknap County Sheriff and $1.98 to the U.S. Postal Service.

Also in the article, the writer states, "Election officials insisted the error arose from an inadvertent oversight." In all the court papers filed by the City Clerk she has never admitted there was an error that "arose from an inadvertent oversight."
Another quote, "Gammon and Tardif voiced suspicions about the propriety and integrity of the election and those who conducted it." This is not true I never said that. In an e-mail to Mary Reynolds on 9/17/13 I said, "I just finished talking to Alice Ortakales one of the Ward Clerks that signed the Election Results Report. She said that Tom Tardif did receive 3 write-in votes for Ward 5 City Council. Alice said to talk to Ward Clerk Nancy Merrill. I also got a call from Sylvia Metivier she said she also wrote in Tom Tardif for Ward 5 city councilor. That gives him three votes that weren't written down on the Municipal Primary Election Write-In Sheet but matches the Election Result Report showing three write-in votes for Ward 5 councilor. This isn't a recount, This is an error and should be simple to correct. Maybe Tom's three votes for Ward Clerk should have been three votes for council. The recount proved that I was correct.

Another quote by Micheal Kitch is by an unnamed "veteran of Ward 5 politics, who remarked of the two men, we have some who are extremely civic minded in their own way." What does this mean and who said it?

The New Hampshire Constitution Bill of Rights Article 11 says, "All elections are to be free, and every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election." That election was not free for me and I had to fight to have our three votes counted as cast.

Maybe it is the $7.25 per hour that is the blame for lack of election officials?
Has the reporter questioned any of the former Ward 5 election officials as to why they don't want serve this year? I have.

David Gammon

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:17

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