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My bankruptcy was rooted in severe medical problems

To The Daily Sun,

Reading the newspapers today, I came across an unflattering account of my business and professional life. That's politics.

The writer may even have been guided by concern for the voters of Belknap County and not, as I suspect, a political plant.

Let me set the record straight. I have not cheated anyone. My bankruptcy was rooted in severe medical problems affecting my father and my wife. My interest and knowledge of the health delivery system is not only professional, but deeply personal as well. From a comfortable life to a mountain of debt, there are many who have experienced the upside-down effect which severe illness can cause.

My wife and I go to work every day to support our family and to continue to pay down what we owe.

As to businesses with which I have been involved, the inaccuracies in the letter to the editor about me are many. The problems with a subsidiary company of a parent company with which I helped to run are but one example of bias on the part of the writer.

As to my signs being on state property, I wish that the writer would take a look at all political signs before pointing a finger at me. Temporary signs on state rights-of-way are a six-week fact of life and half of them should be removed within a few days of the primary election.

Please vote on Sept. 13.

Jonathan Smolin
Candidate for Belknap County Commissioner


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When talking to Merry, you become aware of her commitment

To The Daily Sun,

In this climate of candidates running their campaigns by slamming each other and telling, or should I say shouting, what their opponents won't, or didn't do, it is refreshing to meet a candidate who talks about what they plan to do to make Laconia a better place for everyone to live.

Liz Merry is running for state representative in District 3. She has prior experience as a state representative (2010), and she is an active member of the community, working on committees at LRGH and Genesis, among others. Through her volunteer work, she is involved in seeing first-hand what Laconia needs. This is her motivation to become state representative again and be in a position where she can make a positive difference for the people of Laconia.

In talking with Liz you become aware of her honest commitment, drive, genuine concern for the community, and her awareness of the needs of all area residents. She wants to make Laconia the best city in the Lakes Region.

Some of her ideas include improving Laconia's attraction to tourism, attracting more business to the area thereby providing more jobs, having the education needed to train people for those jobs, and providing housing and health care that adapts to the growing and changing needs of the residents in the area.

Liz is well-spoken, conscientious, and forward-thinking. She is a formidable candidate capable of being heard in the Statehouse and accomplishing everything needed to make Laconia the best place in the Lakes Region. So when she comes to your door, ask her about her plan, and tell her your needs.

Kathleen Krom

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