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Best interest of all of Meredith to direct tourists to Main Street

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing in response to Karen Sticht's letter complaining about the "favoritism" shown by Meredith's selectmen who approved additional signage at the docks for Meredith's Main Street businesses. It is remarkable how selective people can be in their outrage.

About 30 years ago, two sitting Meredith selectmen (one named Sticht) set out to develop the Old Province Commons shopping Center on Route 104. There were seemingly insurmountable zoning problems, as well as a lack of direct access to the sewer line (a town requirement). Miraculously, the Town Fathers found ways to permit the selectmen's project to proceed, while a competing proposal, also lacking direct sewer access, was shot down.

This outcome was not unique. Certain Meredith businessmen can get virtually whatever relief they need from the town, while others cannot. In this, Meredith is no different from any other municipality. Absent actual corruption (which I don't think is a problem in Meredith), it is more useful to focus on the merits of a proposal, rather than the motives of the officials voting on it.

Regarding the merits, it is well established that a vibrant downtown core is an essential element of an economically successful municipality. We in Meredith don't have to drive far to see examples of failed downtown business cores. Main Street businesses have struggled in the shadow of Mill Falls Marketplace for years. Anything the selectmen do to help direct tourists to Main Street is in the best interest of the entire town.

Stanley Wallerstein
Meredith

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All GOP candidates for governor want to defund Planned Parenthood

To The Daily Sun,

When Jeb Bush had just begun flirting with a campaign for president, he said a candidate had to be willing to "lose the primary to win the general" — meaning that, if he wants to win the general election, a primary candidate could not take positions so far to the right that he ended up alienating mainstream voters.

Jeb Bush saw what had happened to Mitt Romney, whose "self-deportation" line and self-identification as a "severe conservative" put him firmly out-of-touch with the everyday voters in the 2012 campaign. He tried to stick to his moderate ideals.

Unfortunately for Jeb, that strategy is not working — in this primary, it's the most extreme candidates who are gaining.

As the 2016 New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial field grows, the risk of falling into this very same trap is increasingly likely.

For example, each of the Republican candidates for governor — Chris Sununu, Ted Gatsas, and Frank Edelblut — wants to defund Planned Parenthood. Sununu already has, casting the deciding vote to defund the women's health organization.

You'd think they'd want to keep this quiet, given that 71 percent of Granite State voters support a woman's right to choose, and many woman need this organization for general health services. But as they seek to distinguish themselves from one another, they rush to champion their far-right positions. The race to the right has begun, and, as Mitt Romney showed us in 2012, the Republicans may be left with only losers.

Joyce Weston

Plymouth

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