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There is no bipartisan politics with these Free State candidates

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to Gilford and Meredith voters:

Have you heard of the Free State Project? If not, please go to their website: www.freestateproject.org. New Hampshire was the "winner" in their choice of states to move to. According to their website: "The FSP is an agreement among 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire for "Liberty in Our Lifetime." We are more than 80 percent of the way to our goal, after which we will "Trigger the Move." "Trigger the Move?" What does that mean? Most of us know why people would want to move to New Hampshire, but some of their top reasons may surprise you, such as: "Right to Revolution-New Hampshire's Constitution is one of only six state constitutions that expressly protect citizens' right to revolution." Here's another good one: "Secession — New Hampshire's Constitution does not specifically prohibit secession."

Is that why you live here? Not me, I live in the Lakes Region because I feel it is the best place to raise a family and I hope my children will come back and raise their families here.

My rationale for providing the above-mentioned information is to remind voters to get informed before they vote. There are currently a dozen or so "Free Staters" in office, and a large number of them are running in the 2014 election, some as Democrats and others as Republicans. We have two local Free Staters: Mike Sylvia from Belmont is a state representative running for re-election, and Glen Aldrich is a Gilford resident running for state representative. Add them to the growing number of Tea Party candidates and reps in office, the Belknap County Convention fiasco will just continue to get worse, in my opinion.

These candidates are not running as Tea Party or Free State Candidates, but as Republicans on the ballot. There is no bipartisan politics with them. It's their way, or else. I urge you to research the candidates and what they stand for before you make your decision on Nov. 4. I know I will be voting for Lisa DiMartino, Nancy Frost, Sandra Mucci, and Dorothy Piquado.

Please think of why you live here in the Lakes Region. Is it because you have "the right to a revolution & secede," or because it is a wonderful place to raise a family?

Joe Wernig


Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 02:32

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Travis Bennett will work for bipartisan solutions - like Sid Lovett

To The Daily Sun,

Travis Bennett has my vote to represent Plymouth, Holderness, and Hebron in the state House of Representatives. Travis embodies youthful energy and intellect and seeks greater political cooperation — crucial for the success of our State.

As a young man, Travis served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives where he witnessed first-hand the kind of political impasse he hopes to surmount in our state Legislature. As a political science student at PSU, Travis helped to encourage a civil society throughout the surrounding community, geared toward stimulating fruitful debate and cooperation on issues that matter. He is an experienced organizer, having helped organize international trips to academic conferences in Finland and Brazil, having assisted with the organization of the Plymouth High School Model U.N. Conference, and as a student representative to the Peace and Social Justice Studies Council.

A lifelong resident of New Hampshire, Travis spent much of his childhood exploring and enjoying the natural beauty of our lakes, rivers, and mountains. He also worked to help conserve this land as a volunteer and leader of volunteers on trail maintenance crews with the Appalachian Mountain Club and in two search and rescues in Huntington Ravine.

Travis Bennett will work on bipartisan solutions to continue Sid Lovett's legacy for the preservation and conservation of our surrounding natural environment, ensure the access of all citizens to affordable healthcare, respect the reproductive rights of women, and improve political access and representation of New Hampshire's young people, transcending party lines for common-sense policies and initiatives.

Please vote for Travis on Nov. 4.

Joyce Weston


Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 02:29

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I respect traditions of caring for environment, elderly & children

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to the voters of Meredith and Gilford:

I am a candidate for the state House of Representatives and I am writing to ask you for your vote. There are lots of important issues facing New Hampshire and Belknap County and I would like to add my voice and talents to help solve the problems and meet the challenges facing our district.

My primary qualification is the ability to work collaboratively. I think that the hyper-partisan atmosphere that has infected the County Convention is a travesty. As a member of the convention and the state House I would take the responsibilities of office seriously. I know that government programs are important in operating our county and state. To pretend otherwise is irresponsible.

The residents of Belknap County rely on their representatives to fulfill their obligations as employer and provider of services. I will take that responsibility seriously.

My other qualifications include a background in business, education and non-profit organizations. I have lived and worked in the Lakes Region for more than 50 years. I know and love this area and respect the traditions of caring for the environment, the elderly, and children. Selfishness and greed are not New Hampshire values and never have been. Respect for tradition, education and individualism are the New Hampshire values I know. We take responsibility for our obligations.

Thank you for your consideration and thank you for voting on Nov. 4. Our democracy depends on you.

Sandra J. Mucci


Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 02:22

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Political issues putting all that is good about county home at risk

To The Daily Sun,

As the Interim Administrator of the Belknap County Nursing Home, I need to make sure everyone in the Belknap County community knows how grateful I am for each and every employee on our team. In my eight-plus years in management at the nursing home, it has been an honor to be a part of a team of highly professional, caring and dedicated group of individuals. And despite the recent challenges we have faced, these employees have continued to remain just as professional, caring and dedicated to the residents who need them. I have the highest level of respect for them; beyond what anyone outside the nursing home could ever imagine.

Even through political unrest, part of which will determine whether or not they will lose their health insurance, they continue to maximize quality of life for the residents we serve. When line-item transfers necessary to continue operations in the nursing home were delayed, they all pulled together and placed their own lives on hold. I am astounded by their level of commitment to the success of the nursing home. Despite all of the political turmoil, which has recently escalated to the point of dysfunction, we all achieved a successful health care deficiency free survey two weeks ago. This magnificent team achieved this.

Anyone who comes into the nursing home sees happy residents and families who are well cared for and know what our team is all about. Our community needs this nursing home. We have a lengthy waiting list of Belknap County residents who need our help and want to come to Belknap County Nursing Home because of its reputation. There are many people in the community who want to be a part of our team due to our reputation.

But the political issues place all of this at risk and it saddens me to know that if this continues, in time it will. As a dedicated team, we have persevered and brought this nursing home to where it is today. It is my hope that for many more years to come, we can continue with our mission, "To care for our residents as ourselves, with compassion, dignity and respect."

Thank you to the employees of Belknap County Nursing Home for all you do.

Charlotte Flanagan

New Hampton

Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 02:19

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Nursing home staff is truly appreciated for all they do for us

To The Daily Sun,

Speaking as residents from Belknap County Nursing Home. There a few of us that meet on Friday afternoons, we call ourselves the Pot Holes because life is full of pot holes. We have been meeting for about a year now and talk about many different things. We shared about our past experiences, how we are doing now living in a nursing home. Lately, we have been talking about the "politics" that surround us in our community.

It seems like the county commissioners and the county delegation are acting like children in the sand box. This back-and-forth has been an upsetting to some of us. Not sure if we need to pack our bags, or is the nursing home going to shut itself down. Even the changes that have happened with the administrator's position, it's just one more thing. It starts from the top and works its way down to us, the residents.

Think for a minute and put yourself in our shoes. You get older and have to give up all that you have living in the community because you need help taking care of yourself. So now you're here in a home.

Dave Pollak came in this past week to speak to us. He was so nice and understanding, he listened to our concerns and gave us hope for tomorrow. No one else has done that. We have a voice and we plan on using it when the polls open.

We do know one thing, the staff at Belknap County Nursing Home has been so amazing to us. They are kind, giving, loving and caring. The staff lets us make our own decisions about our day, and does what it can to keep us happy. This is our home. We just want people to know we care about the staff and want to make sure staff members are taken care of as well. They shouldn't have to worry about their jobs, and if they can make enough to feed their families, never mind health care costs.

We know a couple of weeks ago they all worked hard together so we wouldn't be without. The staff always reassures us that they will take care of us and what they need to do. We have been talking about this and feel they deserve a raise and insurance they can afford. We have all gone through many changes in our life time so we know how this thing works. But their dedication is so great, we just want to say, "You are appreciated in all that you do for us and we are extremely grateful ... Thank you Belknap County staff, you're wonderful."

The Pot Hole Group

Marjorie Morin

Arvilla Chapman

Althea Kelly

Judy Holland


Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 02:16

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