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City Council got tricked into closing downtown streets on Friday before Pumpkin Fest

To The Daily Sun,

What happened to my business, and others, on South Pleasant street and Main Street on Friday, Oct. 21 demands an apology from the Chamber of Commerce and the City Council... and maybe compensation.

What a shock to find Pleasant Street blocked off for Pumpkin Festival set-up just 30 feet from my barber shop. There were six businesses south of the municipal parking lot cut off from traffic, as well as Main Street north to the parking lot. I lost $150 to $200 because of this action. I called the city manager, mayor and Chamber of Commerce and got no one. I left messages to return my calls but got none.

Incidentally, no one was told that this blocking of the streets was to occur on Friday, so I called Councilor Brenda Baer. She said that in September the council got a request from the event sponsor, the Chamber of Commerce, to allow the same Pumpkin Festival as last year (with the same set-up, timing and details), with the set-up to occur after 6 p.m. on Friday, like last year. However, Councilor Baer didn't read the proposed temporary traffic order marked "like last year," as the council was busy that evening and just stamped approval.

The council got tricked by the Chamber of Commerce into blocking off downtown during the busy day of Friday, Oct. 21, instead of the evening, like last year. At least Councilor Baer apologized. If the Chamber of Commerce doesn't apologize it shows they don't care about businesses in downtown Laconia.

John Downs


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We need a president who understands purpose of military strength

To The Daily Sun,

Democrat presidents have a disturbing history of weakening our military while strengthening our potential enemies. Hillary will continue these suicidal policies.

Muslim wars and terrorism began with Muhammad, 15 centuries ago. However, their attacks against the U.S. were rare until President Carter abandoned the Shah of Iran, enabling Iran's takeover by radical Muslims who have fomented terrorism ever since.

Despite increasing serious Muslim terrorist attacks, this threat was mostly ignored until 9/11. Then President Bush went on offense against Muslim terrorists, driving the Taliban from Afghanistan, defeating Saddam Hussein, and stabilizing Iraq.

Ignoring requests from the Green Revolution in Iran, President Obama refused to help replace the radical Muslims controlling Iran with moderates. But Obama/Hillary sponsored/supported the overthrow of helpful governments in Egypt and Libya, turning them into terrorist and radical Muslim havens.

The early pullout of Iraq, foolish intervention in Syria, and denial led to the explosive growth of ISIS which killed, raped, enslaved, and displaced millions.

Obama's/Hillary's Iran deal give the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism $170 billion and OK'd developing ICBMs and nuclear weapons.

President Carter's other disaster, giving up U.S. control of the Panama Canal, which is now under China's control, jeopardizes our ability to quickly send ships from coast to coast.

President Clinton traded technology needed for China's failing ICBMs for campaign contributions, and allowed North Korea to develop nuclear weapons.

President Obama cozied up to America's enemies and communist dictators all around the world. Despite his and Hillary's "Russian reset" and his "Tell Vlad I'll have more flexibility after the (2012) election," our relations with Russia are worse than ever. We're close to a shooting war over Syria (guaranteed by Hillary's "no fly zone" plan), and our nations are rattling nuclear weapons at each other.

Obama's/Hillary's weakness and lack of leadership encouraged China's aggression against its neighbors and Russian aggression against the Ukraine despite President Clinton's assurances in the Budapest Memorandum. Obama befriended Chavez who drove resource-rich Venezuela into near bankruptcy and opened relations with Cuba, against most Americans' wishes, without requiring human rights improvements or return of American criminals in Cuba.

One wonders what's next from Obama or from a President Hillary who would continue to weaken our defenses, which invites aggression, as our enemies grow stronger.

We need a president who understands the purpose of military strength is to deter aggression, a president who negotiates agreements that benefit Americans, a president who loves our country, our way of life, and our fellow Americans, a president committed to keeping America strong and the American people safe and prosperous.

Donald Trump will be this kind of president.

Don Ewing

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