To The Daily Sun,
When I decided to run for commissioner in Belknap County, it was because of frustration with the prior commissioners' blatant disregard for the public purse. A mutual friend asked the then-retired Dave Russell why he was choosing to run for state representative again. He received this answer: "To support our commissioners."
These were the same commissioners, two of whom were registered Republicans, but who always followed the lead of their Democratic colleague who proposed a $42 million jail. As you may know, the state representatives of this biennium have signed on to an $8 million Community Corrections Center. Until now, it seemed rather pointless to raise this issue which was settled in favor of the taxpayer and also in favor of an anti-recidivism model.
Mr. Russell's letter in the March 1 Laconia Daily Sun makes the politics of the last two years current. He was in favor of bigger government then and he is in favor of bigger government now. Residents of Gilmanton, if you choose to back the candidates suggested by Mr. Russell you will be asking for bigger government and more of the fiscal irresponsibility which we have seen with Ms. Hatch and Mr. Jean leading the way on the Selectboard.
I know that Brett Currier and Don Guarino would never saddle us with another 13 percent tax increase.
Commissioner, Belknap 2
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