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State has never empowered city to require minimum level of write-ins

To The Daily Sun,

Laconia voters may have no idea what is involved with the seven Charter Amendments consisting of seven long-running sentences, a selected summarization of each question:

"The first presentation "Option #2 - With AG Changes" consisted of 10 page: Article II, Elections and Election Officers, Sections 2:01 – 2:11, Article IX Board of Education and Article X Police Commission. The word "Question" did not appear nor did the number of Amendments / Questions exists.

Of the seven Ballot Questions/Amendments, not one regarding Article IX or Article X are on the ballot. However, each will be impacted if Question 3 Section 2:06, Question/Amendment 4 Section 2:06 more importantly Amendment 6 pertaining to Section 2:06. which will "requires a minimum number of 35 write-in votes be received to declare any write-in primary candidate as nominated for the municipal election and to declare any write-in regular election candidate as elected for all offices" ALL OFFICES." (EMPHASIS ADDED)

Plagiarism has no place in charter amendments or charter revision without citing the RSA. No New Hampshire law empowers the city, to govern the number of write-in votes and nomination. The city is attempting to invoke a state primary election procedure,

RSA 659:88 Write-in Votes and Nomination, I. (a), A person whose name was not printed on the official state primary election ballot or a political party shall not be entitled to the nomination of that party for any office unless the person received at least 35 write-in votes.

This is not applicable considering the number of voters of a city's ward or mayoral election, in comparison to a statewide election. Moreover, the New Hampshire Legislature has never empowered a provision for a city minimum write-ins. The New Hampshire Constitution Part One Bill of Rights Article 11 Elections and Elective Franchises ''all elections are to be free," "Every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualifications, has equal right to be elected into office."

As for Question / Amendment 7, Section 2:10 is the inclusion of RSA 669:31, II, which consist of four subsections dealing with recount fees and 669:31, III and IV. Also, no cell phones may be used because they have a camera and the public recount cannot be recorded or photographed.

If you don't know what your truly voting for, vote "No."

Thomas A. Tardif


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:25

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Charter amendments are all about protecting the incumbents

To The Daily Sun,

Even though the City of Laconia admitted that there was a human error in the Sept. 10, 2013, Ward 5 Primary Election, the city went forward with the court case. After the November 2013 election the newly elected Mayor Ed Engler, City Councilors Ava Doyle, David Bownes, Henry Lipman, Brenda Bear, Bob Hamel, Armand Bolduc had the opportunity to save the taxpayers $2,727.38 in legal fees. City Manager Scott Myers, supporting City Clerk Mary Reynolds through the city's attorney, Laura Spector Morgan, tried to force me to fill out an IRS W-9 Form claiming that my court fees were income, before they would return the court fees. The city said in its Superior Court filings, "The city is well within its right to require a W-9 form. Whether the city's payment to petitioner is 'income' is a determination he will have to make with his tax adviser." Yet in the city's Supreme Court reply, "It is worth noting that the City Clerk is not taking the position that costs are, in fact, taxable income which must be reported." Then why did the City of Laconia spend $2,727.38 plus $280.76 my court fees for a total of $3,008.14 in their frivolous attempt to bully me into filling out a W-9 Form?

At the Superior Court level Judge Larry Smukler did not support any of his rulings with any case history supporting the city's position requiring the completion of a W-9 Form. All the city's filings lacked any supporting case history. Their only argument was that Laconia's internal control policy which requires a W-9 Form for vendors. The "IRS W-9 Form "Purpose of Form" is to report income paid to you."

In the Supreme Court order on Oct. 10, 2014, "Regardless of whether the city's internal control policy requires that payees of court-ordered costs provide W-9 forms, nothing in Rule 45 purports to obligate a prevailing party to comply with a defendant's internal accounting policies in order to be entitled to an award of costs." "Because Rule 45 generally entitles a prevailing party to certain costs as a matter of right, we conclude that the trial court erred by conditioning its award of costs to petitioner upon his providing a W-9 form."

The City Council's response to this court case is to place a number of Charter Amendments on the ballot, one of which will make it impossible for a write-in candidate to have their name placed on the ballot. This Charter Amendment would Require 35 right-in votes before the 36th vote counted. This is all about protecting the incumbents, mayor, city councilors, school board members and police commissioners from an unwanted election challenge.

This is an unconstitutional attempt to limit your ballot access. Vote "No" on all Charter Amendments.

David Gammon

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:19

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Neglecting to vote is sure way to get wrong candidate into office

To The Daily Sun,

I'm writing this letter to support Scott Brown for U.S Senate. It's not so much a vote for Brown as it is a vote against Shaheen. That's right, I prefer someone I only partially agree with over Shaheen who doesn't do much I agree with.

Shaheen aligns with Obama most of the time. She and her supporters have run one of the most negative campaigns of this election. You may not always agree 100 percent with a candidate but "no vote" is a sure way to get the least effective candidate into office.

It is very important in our democracy to vote.

Richard Hickok


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 10:03

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Have Americans really lost their precious right to dissent?

To The Daily Sun,

We have been dropping bombs on Middle Eastern countries (as many as seven countries) for 12 years — non stop. We have the dubious record of killing more people, without regret, or justification without international laws in place (if war should ever be morally acceptable.) We have done more damage trying to instill democratic beliefs on ancient cultures that continue to war between themselves — as they have done for hundreds of years. If we defeat this gang of cut-throats, who's next? Answer this question to justify continued bombing. If it stopped tomorrow, what have we accomplished?

It is a sad commentary on our total lack of morality, fostering misplaced suspicion on the lives of other people different from ourselves. We cannot solve their constant uprisings that they themselves have created.

Have Americans lost their precious right to dissent? Has morality disappeared for the sake of military dominance whereas unabated and irrational fear give us the excuse to use greater military force. Have 4,400 men and women, in service to their country, died without just cause? God forbid!

Leon Albushies


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:59

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Important that we elect commissioners who will solve problems

To The Daily Sun,

A visit from Dave Pollak has once again assured me that he is the right candidate for county commissioner. Aware of my successful energy efficiency work, he has stopped by on several occasions to brainstorm ideas for building the new county jail, to lower not only the initial costs of construction, but also understanding the importance an efficient design plays to lower the cost of operation once it is built.

As a former construction manager, Dave Pollak has the experience to deal with the complex details involved in a project of this magnitude. As a professor at Lakes Region Community College, he understands how energy efficient buildings are just one more piece of the puzzle to save taxpayers money. He is confident that with hard work and research of the available options, we can meet the needs of the county and stay within an affordable budget that respects the spending limits of each community.

While some members of the delegation have chosen to cut funding for health insurance and other contractual obligations, and unsuccessfully micro-manage the commissioners' day-to-day county affairs, these delegates have in effect multiplied the problems at the county. It is all the more important that we elect a commissioner who is willing and able to solve problems.

I hope you will join me in voting for Dave Pollak for County Commissioner.

Ian Raymond


State Rep. for Belknap County District 4 (Tilton & Sanbornton)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:56

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