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Tom Dawson is broadly experienced, level-headed and kind

To The Daily Sun,

I served for several years with Tom Dawson on the Laconia School Board and know him well. He is now running for a seat in the New Hampshire State Legislature for Laconia, District 3, and it is my privilege to support his candidacy.

Tom is a very broadly experienced person, very knowledgeable, level-headed and kind. He is not an ideologue. He is thoughtful and problem solving. If I had to use one way to describe him, I would call him an advocate for the little guy, and in central New Hampshire. Almost all of us are little guys.

If you want to vote for someone whose commitment to public service and common sense and decency will give you confidence, vote for Tom Dawson.

Philip T. McLaughlin


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:22

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More than half of your property tax is being set by school spending

To The Daily Sun,

As we come into budget season for both the town and the school I urge all residents of Meredith to become actively involved in the process. This way they won't end up with surprise when their tax bill shows up.

The Meredith Selectboard meets on the first and third Monday of each month and will begin budget deliberations in November. Please see www.meredithnh.org for scheduling and agendas.

There is another, very large part of your tax rate that many seem to be unaware of. That is the Inter-Lakes Independent School District. The school district comprises well over half of the property tax rate and is decided by a body of voters independent of the town of Meredith. I, as a selectperson, have no say over this budget any more than you, the citizen. So think of that. More than half of your property taxes are being set by the school district which covers Meredith, Center Harbor, and Sandwich.

The budget work sessions begin in January. At this link you can find the schedule for all of the school board meetings. http://www.inter-


As a fellow taxpayer, I encourage all residents to get involved in both the town and the school budgeting sessions. These affect your town, your services, your school and your pocket. Calling the town manager and or the Selectboard after the budgets have been set and voted on by the small fraction of people who show up at these meetings isn't going to do any good. Let's make this a larger fraction and reduce those surprises.

Hillary Seeger


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:19

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I want a factual federal budget that doesn’t pay for frivolous items

To The Daily Sun,

I heard the other day about Jeanne Shaheen's bill to change the federal budget from one year to two years. She says it would give them more time to agree on a budget.

It does not make sense to me. The federal budget keeps getting extensions. We have not passed a federal budget since 2009. So essentially we now have a budget that goes beyond two years already.

The House has created the budgets per the Constitution and passed them to the Senate. There the budget dies. Harry Reid does not bring the budget before the Senate to discuss. He is in violation of the Constitution.

2013 Federal budget included: $385,000 to study the duck penis, $17.5 million in special tax exemptions for Nevada brothels, almost $1 million to study romance novels, $10,000 on a pole dance study, $125,000 on a documentary on superheroes, $1.9 million in lifestyle coaching for Senate staffers.

Also: $1 million for a bus stop with heated seats and wifi, $415,000 to California wine growers to promote wine sales in China, $704,000 for landscaping at residence of Brussels ambassador (Makes me wonder if money like this was spent foolishly the year Ambassador Stevens begged for more security and was denied), $3.5 million to cover solar panels at Manchester airport because the panels blinded pilots and air traffic controllers (I wonder how much green energy is in use today that was subsidized by the federal government?), $1.5 billion on government owned properties with very little or no use at all — some set for demolition but still being maintained, $9 million in advertising for the Army on recruiting while they are cutting back 80,000 troops, $437,000 for IRS employees in Las Vegas on union training (shouldn't their union pay for this?), $300,000 on administration portraits (Sen. Shaheen co-sponsored a bill that limits price of portrait to $20,000 — other than president — why do we need portraits — photograph would do)

The list goes on and on and comes to a whopping $30 billion in 2013 alone. Just think, we are borrowing money and paying interest to pay for these and other frivolous items.

Even when the Democrats were in power of both houses, they did not pass a budget. Only one budget was passed since Obama got elected. Could it be, that some politicians do not want their name to a bill that they voted for or against. It might not be helpful in elections years. It might actually hurt.

I personally have a budget. I want a federal budget. A factual federal budget where we cannot spend more than what we make. I want a budget that does not pay for frivolous items.

Linda Riley


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:16

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My sincere apology for defaming family's tribute to a loved one

To The Daily Sun,

My sincere apologies to Daylon Brock and the family of the deceased person mentioned. The letter was a defamation of the family's tribute to a loved one I had no business to comment on it. Again, I humbly ask you to forgive my thoughtlessness and stupidity.

Leon R. Albushies


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:15

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I'm wife of County Home resident & I'm voting for Democrats

To The Daily Sun,

I am the wife of a Belknap County Nursing Home resident and a resident of Gilford. I am very concerned for my husband and his fellow residents and their excellent caregivers.

The nursing home employees have just been informed that they will have to cover the cost of their health insurance till the next contract, which could mean approximately $800 per employee over several weeks. In their contract bargaining the employees sacrificed pay raises for their health insurance and it is not fair to ask them to take such a bite out of their paychecks as well. We need a county delegation and a county commissioner who will be sensitive and responsive to their needs and problems.

That is why I will be voting for Lisa DiMartino, Nancy Frost, Dorothy Piquado and Sandra Mucci for state
representatives and Andrew Hosmer for state senator, who has and will continue to advocate for them in Concord.

I cannot vote for Dave Pollak since I don't live in his district. But I urge all my friends in Laconia, Sanbornton and New Hampton to please vote for Dave Pollak for Belknap County Commissioner.

Thea Aloise

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:12

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