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We don't elect officials to ram personal beliefs down our throats

To The Daily Sun,

In response to Dick Burchell's letter to The Laconia Daily Sun, which was published on July 29, I would like to address a few points. From the day that the newer commissioners assumed their duties, there has been a steady buildup of disagreements among county government leadership and has resulted in a hostile, at-best, working environment. This accomplishes nothing but chaos and ends up costing us money. Quite frankly, we are sick of it.

I'm not talking about disagreements in daily business that can be worked out or decided by vote in a civil manner, but rather Mr. Burchell's apparent overly outspoken opinions on issues that do not warrant that behavior. I could care less what he thinks. He shall do what we tell you to do. His conduct would not be tolerated of any county employee or appointee and I firmly believe that he falls under the same rules, regulations and code of conduct, portions of which were cited in the oath he took.

I took an oath also in 1982 which does not expire and I demand others who take an official oath to abide by it and conduct themselves accordingly. Therefore, I would highly recommend that Mr. Burchell temper his demeanor and work with his peers if he wishes to start effectively and efficiently carrying out the duties of your office.

In closing, I want to make one thing perfectly clear to the commissioners, that we do not elect officials to ram their personal beliefs, as Mr. Burchell headlined in his previous letter, down our frustrated taxpaying voter throats. Elected officials are selected by vote to perform ethically and effectively in that capacity to do the bidding of their constituents or face removal proceedings. An intelligent person who cannot see the light in such a case would simply remove themselves from the equation should such continued conflict undermine the office to which elected.

Ken Hamel

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Thanks for effort to bring local artists to the attention of our community

To The Daily Sun,

As president of the Lakes Region Art Association, I want to thank The Laconia Daily Sun for its support and interest in our 76-year-old organization. Your recent features highlighting the association as well as our Gallery at Tanger Outlets have given us more visibility.

We appreciate all your efforts in bringing attention to local artists in our community.

Jean V. Kennedy

Lakes Region Art Association

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