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Please do some homework before next attempt to correct others

To The Daily Sun,

Here, on Wednesday, the very sensitive side of the left makes itself known. Michael Jones objects to my use of the word "stupid." Well Michael, let me say that over the years left-wingers here have called me a racist, a redneck and a knuckle-dragging neanderthal and anything else the paper allowed. So, when I say the letter written by someone was stupid, I consider that pretty mild, thank you.

The particular letter I referred to, once again as the left frequently does, accuses President Bush (43) once again of lying to Congress in order to go to war with Iraq. So let me say again, that is a lie. It has been debunked over and over. But the same writers every few weeks just cannot help pulling that up out of their bag of tricks and restating it. It's the old "tell a lie often enough and people will believe it" tactic.

Just in case you missed it Michael, every prominent Democrat in the months and year before Bush was even elected were on the 6 p.m. news every night telling America "Saddam had weapons of mass destruction." Check on Snoops. So yes, Michael, I said the letter was stupid because telling the same old worn out lie over and over is stupid. If you choose to infer I was referring to the writer of the letter that's your choice.

Maybe you might want to do some homework before your next attempt to correct others, check the facts and history around the subject you choose to take offense about. Perhaps you might even try urging writers on the left to actually use real facts instead of lies?

Steve Earle


Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:03

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We will accomplish what attracts the most right-wing venom

To The Daily Sun,

It's past time to end the constant bickering and work toward some common ground. How awful to read so many half truths and out-and-out false statements, which are often no more than opinions extrapolated as fact. Niel Young continually wages a war against our president with the outrageous claim that his "agenda is to destroy this nation" and calling him a "madman." Seriously Niel? President Obama and his advisers have a planned agenda with the sole purpose of destroying the nation? Probably best if you stick to your radio show where you can do the least harm.

It is equally troubling when some writers pigeon-hole all Democrats/liberals in the same box. Unlike many on the extreme right, we actually look for real facts to support our arguments. It seems to me that those on the right all watch the same news channels and websites because you all use the same catchphrases thinking it will convert those on the left. It doesn't. Not even close.

I read often about Obama's trillion-dollar bailout. Not often does anyone balance that with President George W. Bush's Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to bail out banks and mortgage companies and cost taxpayers $700 billion. Bush's Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson was a former CEO of Goldman Sachs, which stood to benefit from the bailout and he even hired former Goldman Sachs execs as "advisers." Then New Hampshire's U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg was the leading Republican author of the TARP program while he had a multimillion-dollar investment in the Bank of America.

So continue to call us the "liberal, lunatic fringe," or "with Democrats it is always a 'war' on someone," and as for President Obama "the political equivalent of the Second Coming of Christ." Keep it coming. We will continue to fight for what we believe, and in the end we will accomplish what seems to bring out the most venom from the far-right letter writers: getting our Democratic candidates re-elected.

God Bless America and our brave troops, and let us all pray for peaceful answers to our world problems.

Carol Stappi


Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 07:59

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Dave Pollak will focus on what's best for all Belknap County residents

To The Daily Sun,

I have known Dave Pollak for more than five years, both as a friend and fellow educator. Dave's style is to listen to other peoples' ideas, learn from those ideas then develop an opinion.

When solving problems, Dave looks for an evidence-based solution, one that is cost-effective. He has an open mind, listens well and seeks to understand others' ideas.

I believe that Dave will use these approaches when he works with the Belknap County Commission to identify, evaluate and solve issues such as the county jail. Dave will work in a civil manner to improve the relationships between the commission and delegation. I know Dave will work to move the two groups toward a more-productive working relationship, one that focuses on what is best for the residents of Belknap County. I urge voters to select Dave Pollak.

Dean Anson II


Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 07:44

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I ran for commission in first place because they weren't following law

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. Pollak, in his letter to The Laconia Daily Sun, suggests that if anyone wishes to challenge the way that the current commissioners are running Belknap County then they should become a candidate for said office. He references my name as an example for this course of action.

I do not know Mr. Pollak but he has missed an important point, viz., that I ran for the office of commissioner precisely because those currently in office were not following the law. The first order of business for anyone who offers their name as a candidate for any office is to pledge to follow the law.

We may not like a particular law, but it is of no moment that we do or do not like it. The statute giving the convention the power of the purse is an important part of the checks and balances on which our system of government is based. To suggest that our system should be based on something as ephemeral as politics strikes me as shallow and irresponsible.

Dick Burchell

Belknap 5


Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 07:40

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Councilor Hamel will vote 'no' on some proposed Charter changes

To The Daily Sun,
For those who listened to my radio program yesterday here is a brief report. My Ward 5 City Councilor Bob Hamel, a loyal listener, stopped by the WEZS studio to respond to some of my comments. Mayor Engler and city councilors are encouraged to participate when there is something changing at city hall affecting the citizens of Laconia. Following with a another 30 minute discussion in the parking lot, Bob and I were dissecting the City Charter Amendments that will be presented to the voters of Laconia at the November 4 election. I sense that city government threw seven amendments on the table and the council okayed them. Bob says there are some he will not vote for on 11/4. After explaining why my opposition to the most blatant change — where as it has been for decades, that any registered voter can write in a name on a ballot that has only person seeking a seat on the council, school board, and mayor. Once I explained what this council has done, there is a feeling that Bob understands me, especially when it might be Bob — and me!

Taxpayers of Laconia, the city with a voter-approved tax cap, might like to know where our Democrat and Republican State Representatives/candidates stand on the City Council to taking money from schools, fire, road repair to fund what started as a $43 million, then $32 million, and now a $7 MILLION loan to repair/rebuild the county jail, which is too much to keep us within the spending limits. Will the city council asks each candidate that question with an invitation to do this before the election. We are not looking for a campaign speech, just answers, please.

In the meantime, we have one candidate for our county commissioner seat who has worked diligently on following our county government for several years now, that is Dave Devoy. His challenger Mr. Pollack, unknown to me, will not offer an honest answer to what he must know by now!

Niel Young

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 07:35

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