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Thank you Sanbornton & Tilton for your strong support at polls

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to all the voters of both the towns of Sanbornton and Tilton to express my sincere appreciation for their strong support at the voting polls on Tuesday Sept. 9, in my candidacy for state representative.

Thank you all for the strong support. Your vote of confidence is very encouraging. Over the next eight weeks I look forward to continue to reach out to you, the voters, for consideration of your vote in the General Election on Nov. 4. The opportunity to represent you in Concord as a State Representative for District 4 comprising Sanbornton and Tilton is a very important responsibility.

Brian S. Gallagher


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:20

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I will work dilligently for you on the Belknap Co. Commission. Thanks

To The Daily Sun,

To the voters of Tilton, Belmont, Barnstead and Gilmanton, thank you for your support in the District 2 County Commissioner

I intend to work diligently on, and to consider fairly, the issues which face Belknap County.

Dick Burchell

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 11:40

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We're now in mid-Sept. & still no 5th member of Bristol Selectboard

To The Daily Sun,

Last March, the Town of Bristol had a very close race for two positions on the Board of Selectmen. The recount was Rick Alpers 338, Shaun Lagueux 325, Paul Manganiello 322, Andy O'Hara Jr. 277, and 2 write-ins. Obviously, Rick and Shaun were voted in.

On May 22, Joe Denning resigned from the board, creating another opening. One could assume that Paul Manganiello would be appointed (as been done in the past) especially in view of a three-vote difference with Shaun and a 16-vote difference with Rick. Many of us were amazed when the board asked for letters of interest and interviews soon followed.

We are now in mid-September without a new member ... a board of 4 not 5. Did the people not speak in March? Does the board have its own agenda? Are they determined to pick the "chosen one?" How disappointing for Paul and all of us who believed our vote counted.

Jan Barrett


Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 11:37

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Commissioners felt themselves above the law & spent the money

To The Daily Sun,

The caption for the photo on Page 1 of Wednesday's (Sept. 10) Laconia Daily Sun describes the Thomas-Burchell race for County Commissioner as "symbolic of ... the poison relationship between the Belknap County commissioners and the controlling majority of the Belknap County Convention."

The "poison" was created by the Belknap County Commissioners and their special interest supporters in response to the county convention lawfully and constitutionally exercising their duties to control the Belknap County appropriations to meet the needs of the county and to reflect the wishes of the voters of Belknap County who object to continually increasing county spending and an outrageously expensive five-star jail proposal.

The county commissioners frequently shifted money in the approved county budget. They have reportedly overspent by over $200,000 in some areas by shorting funds in other areas. This shift has been contrary to the lawful budget and without the approval (required for shifting funds) of the county convention. The recent court decision indicated that these actions by the county commissioners were illegal.

The impact of the illegal actions and unlawful spending by the county commissioners may cause layoffs of 10 to 30-plus county employees.

The county commissioners' actions don't seem to have been good-faith mistakes. The commissioners were repeatedly told that they were violating the law and the budget. Yet they defiantly and arrogantly continued to illegally spend money, harming the taxpayers of Belknap County.

I don't know why the commissioners illegally spent the money. Did they do it because they felt themselves above the rule of law and the will of the people? Or did the illegal spending benefit the commissioners in some way: Financially, politically, or for some job-related benefit?

Whatever the reason, there is no reason why either the county employees or the taxpayers should have to pay the price for the illegal actions of the county commissioners.

Therefore I reluctantly suggest that Belknap County citizens and the Belknap County Convention consider requiring the Belknap County Commissioners to personally reimburse the county for the money they illegally spent.

Unless there are consequences for their willful, illegal actions, what prevents commissioners from future illegal actions in defiance of the law, the county convention, and the will of the people?

Don Ewing


Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 11:34

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We now have 3 county jail plan alternatives to thoroughly explore

To The Daily Sun,

At Wednesday's meeting of the Jail Planning Committee, Ken Ricci acknowledged that his conceptual plan was too grand for what we can afford for Belknap County, and he offered several alternatives that we should explore.

1. Build fewer beds but build modularly so we can easily and inexpensively expand if that becomes necessary down the road.
2. Renovate the existing jail and add a Community Corrections Facility.
3. Reduce the size and cost of the original plan as architect Gary Goudreau has already begun to do (you can view his work on my website — davepollak.com).

We should compare these plans side by side and consider them each with the guidance of our professional corrections staff and experts so that we can be sure our needs are met and we solve this problem as soon as possible while interest rates are low and to avoid potential inmate civil rights lawsuits.

Ricci also argued that to reduce our needs for additional jail space in the future, we should be working with law enforcement and the judiciary to reduce the number of jail admissions and the length of stay, as I have already proposed. And, we should be studying programs like drug court in Grafton County and the mental health court in Merrimack County that they are using effectively to keep their jail populations under control. You can find links to these programs on my website.

By the way, I have discovered that I made an error when I said that the release of inmates in pre-trial confinement to work release was strictly a judicial decision. According to Chapter 30-B Section 18 of NH RSA Title II, "Any prisoner confined to a county correctional facility while awaiting trial in the superior court or for any other cause, who is not likely to flee or commit an act of violence, and who wishes to work, may do so voluntarily upon approval of the superintendent, subject to rules and regulations of the correctional facility."

Please let me know what you think. I appreciate your feedback. Contact me through my website.

David Pollak
Candidate for Belknap County Commission

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 11:31

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