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Gary Johnson for president, he's fiscally conservative & socially tolerant

To The Daily Sun,

In response to Althea Dunscombe's letter in The Sun on Aug. 26, it seems she has bought into the same pervasive belief that there are only two choices in the upcoming general election. And that belief is exactly what the two major parties (GOP and DEM) want you to continue believing. If there were ever a general election that demonstrated the sad truth that the media, largely influenced by the two aforementioned parties, want to continue with a duopoly of choice, than this is the year. And it is very sad.

We are a relatively young democratic republic and those who aren't aware, the Republican and Democratic parties were not always the only party choices. There were the Federalists, the Whigs, Jeffersonian Republicans, Anti-Masonic, and more recently the Green and Libertarian Parties. It took voters to effect change and this caused the existence of some of these well-established parties to fade into the history books.

What causes me alarm is Althea's point of taking a leap of faith. I assume she is insinuating that equates to a vote for Trump. Wow, that sort of echoes Trump's suggestion that you may as well vote for him because you have nothing to lose. Sorry, I am not buying either of those two suggestions. I don't take leaps of faith and I have a lot to lose and so does America.

I educate myself, listen to the candidates, and do my best to sift through their campaign rhetoric and compare what they promise, to what they have delivered in the past and make my choice. I will choose neither of the two major party candidates and I feel a vibe in our communities and in the national discourse that a whole lot of Americans feel the same as I do.

Unfortunately this myth of the duopoly falsely paints our citizen voters into a corner where they feel compelled to vote against the candidate they fear most. That is really a sad commentary on the choices that the major parties have offered this election cycle. This is where I invite you to learn a bit more, no make that a lot more about the other candidates that you can vote for this November.

I am particularly keen on Gary Johnson the Libertarian party candidate. I lived in New Mexico prior to, during, and after his two terms as that state's Republican governor. He did wonderful things for New Mexico, which before his terms was mired in debt and corrupt politics. He took a deficit budget and, using his background as a very successful businessman, his down-to-earth common sense, and very strong moral fiber, and within his first term had eliminated the state budget debt and began building a surplus. All the while he made very substantial infrastructure improvements, greatly improved the quality of public education, and became known as the veto governor. He was re-elected in a landslide in a largely Democratic state. Of course his successor took the surplus he left behind and quickly wasted it and created another deficit budget.

I also got to know Governor Johnson on a personal basis as I had the good fortune to spend 500 miles with him as medical support on his inaugural cross-state bicycle ride to promote his "Toss no Mas" anti-litter campaign. I rode with Governor Johnson, his former business manager Harold Field, his secretary of taxation and revenue John Chavez (whom I knew from racing and training with) and we had a blast. We camped out each night and with all that being said, I can say with no reservations that Gary Johnson is the real deal.

He is not a career politician, so for those of you that find that attractive about Trump, there you can check that off. Gary is a self-made very successful businessman that started a one-man handyman service and built it into Big J enterprises, one of the largest construction firms in New Mexico.

Governor Johnson is not a dynamic public speaker, but he is exceptional at understanding the issues, formulating a plan, and executing it fairly and efficiently. Just don't expect spit-and-polish when he speaks.

If you want to know more about him, and I hope you do, please do your own research. His mantra of fiscally conservative and socially tolerant strikes a chord with me and my being an independent he much more closely aligns with the issues that are important to me than either of the "only two choices" as Althea inaccurately put it.

Pat Furr
Laconia

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The Gilford Old Home Day fireworks were spectacular this year

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilford Board of Selectmen would like to offer a hearty congratulations to everyone who contributed to the success of this year's Old Home Day.

During the planning for this year's event, the selectmen made it very clear they were unhappy with the fireworks in recent years, fireworks that seemed to suffer from a variety of technical glitches. This year the board sent a representative to the Old Home Day Committee with a message that things needed to improve or changes would be made.

We are now pleased to report to the citizens of Gilford that our call to action was answered with resounding positivity. The weather was simply beautiful on Saturday, Aug. 27. The parade turnout was outstanding (as usual). The activities on the Village Field were well-planned, fun and safe. And the fireworks were spectacular — thank you Atlas Fireworks of Belmont.

We are truly appreciative of all the efforts by the volunteers and staff who contributed, starting with the members of the Old Home Day Committee: Angela Pouliot, Michelle Blake, Bob And Charlene Pelland, Chris Bowler, Diane Maher, Ardy Eaton, Ethie Ritson, Grace Hebert, John Hall, Helen Murphy, Kelley Parker, Sue King, Mary Chesebrough, Kathie
Merriam, Pattu Smith, Pete Bowler, Ronda Reimers and Karen Thurston.

We would also like to thank some supporting cast members to include: Dave Reimers, Jerry Maher, Jerry Murphy, Rich Parker, Bruce Thurston and Bob Blake.

Members of the Gilford High School Football team helped with set-up and clean-up. The Gilford High School Class of
2017 served as the bucket brigade. We also want to thank the folks who served as parade judges. Additional praise is
due to the members of the Thompson-Ames Historical Society, the Gunstock Nordic Association, Gilford Rotary Club, and Friends of Gilford Library for partnering with the town on this memorable day.

The Town of Gilford is fortunate to be able to count on many employees as well who contributed to the success of Old
Home Day, including Katherine Dormody, Kristin Jarvi and the members of the Police and Fire Honor Guards. Many
DPW employees gave of their spare time in preparations for the parade while police and fire employees worked to ensure the safety of the public. Thanks to Bob Pomeroy for serving as master of ceremonies. A special thanks is conveyed to Parks & Recreation Director Herb Greene who works tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things organized. We apologize in advance to anyone we may have inadvertently failed to recognize.

Lastly, we were proud that Old Home Day 2016 was honored by the presence of Merrill Fay, who served as Parade
Grand Marshal and the entire day was dedicated to Phil Merriam, a long-term member of the Old Home Day Committee
who sadly passed away in 2015. We can only hope that everyone who took part in Old Home Day came away with as
much joy and satisfaction as we did.

The Gilford Board of Selectmen:
Richard Grenier, Chair
Dale Channing Eddy, Vice-Chair
Gus Benavides, Clerk

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