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We've changed from 'one man one vote' to 'one dollar one vote'

To The Daily Sun,

Okay ... so we know that in one of the worst decisions, the Supreme Court said that corporations, secretive PACs, and the uber-wealthy with the deepest of pockets can contribute unlimited amounts to political campaigns.

So we know that those in Congress who have absolutely no moral compass will accept those monies from companies and individuals and that from then on they are beholden to their new masters (not to us the voters).

So we know that Eric Cantor has just confirmed our worst nightmares about cashing in on his so-called "public service" to lobby and to influence-peddle.

So we know that our democracy has been changed from "one-person, one vote" to "one dollar, one vote."

Okay, so we know. Now, what are we going to do about it?

Bernadette Loesch


Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:23

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Havenstein focusing on the economic issues facing this state

To The Daily Sun

Walt Havenstein is a proven leader. During his career and during this campaign, he has demonstrated the level of maturity that we need in our governor.

It's easy to say "no." It's far more difficult to say "how." It is easier to criticize or ignore a problem than to work to actually understand the problem, develop solutions to the problem, and communicate those solutions. We already have a president doing OJT (on-the-job-training). We cannot afford a governor doing OJT in New Hampshire. Our state is in trouble.

We need a governor who has a proven track record of leading organizations and solving complex problems with teams of experts. We need a governor who has demonstrated maturity by prioritizing and focusing on the critical issues for our state during his campaign.

As a Marine colonel and as CEO of BAE Systems, Walt successfully managed large organizations and budgets. He worked with teams of experts to solve complex problems and made the tough decisions that had to be made. During this campaign, Walt has conducted himself as he will as New Hampshire's next governor. He has focused on the real economic issues facing our state and on how to create the jobs our residents need to be able to raise their families in New Hampshire.

Jan Face Glassman
Center Barnstead

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:07

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On Tuesday, let's stand up to establishment GOP & Democrats alike

To The Daily Sun,

The GOP proudly says, they are different than the Democrats. "We promote primaries."

I realize the need for primary contests within the GOP. The problem is the elite establishment of the GOP likes incumbents. Especially those who like being there, and remain silent to Democrat leadership. Some new faces within the GOP have made it clear that the Tea Party and other principled conservative groups are to keep your mouth shut and vote Republican.

As an activist, I like to speak and write using aphorisms (a tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion). In Belknap County we have two county commissioners to replace, one is leaving, and John Thomas has a Republican challenger, who does understand the plight of the property taxpayer, Dick Burchell.

The Democrats are not having a candidate to oppose the incumbent Republican. What does that tell you? In recent GOP primaries in Tennessee and Mississippi the establishment Republicans interfered in those primaries to make sure the lousy incumbent won. If, as Republicans, we are accepting this behavior right here in Belknap County, then shame on us.

On Tuesday, Election Day, show the establishment and Democrats that real common sense principled Republicans will elect Dick Burchell, the real Republican.

From The New York Times of June 24: "With an unusual assist from African-American voters and other Democrats who feared his opponent, Sen. Thad Cochran on Tuesday beat back a spirited challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel." Mr. McDaniel, speaking in Hattiesburg, was angry, and he did not hesitate to say so: "There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that's decided by liberal Democrats."

This primary is about what have they done to us? And do we trust them anymore. And this is about them versus us in the GOP.

Belknap County voters: you need some new blood in Sanbornton and Tilton. Before you vote in the primary, remember who is for more spending than we can afford. If you oppose the Taj Mahal jail proposal, vote for Devoy and Burchell. They understand spending is the big picture for most Belknap property taxpayers.

Thanks to a letter in The Weirs Times from candidate Hatch who stated that when he decided to run (a Republican) it was to eliminate two Meredith representatives (Republicans) and bring in new leadership to the delegation. I will guess Hatch was writing about two of the best: Reps. Worsman and Greemore. Hatch wouldn't get my vote on Tuesday.

In Sanbornton Gallagher and Brothers would make a major improvement. Alton/Barnstead: Howard and Comtois can be counted on for good judgment, and no playing favorites in the administration. Disregarding Hatch, I would vote for Vadney, Dumais, Hurt, and Aldrich. When candidate Hatch attacked good Republicans, that was it for him.

Our friend Jane Cormier is under attack in Senate District 16 because the establishment wants to keep their guy in office. The elite/establishment/RINO party is doomed. It will take Tea Party, common sense principled leaders, and America-loving people to fix things. Begin this Tuesday by voting out the Establishment, and voting for those you trust in the Republican Primary.

My ballot will be Smith, Hemingway, Guinta, Kathy Rago, and Frank Tilton. I'm just not good at taking orders from anyone that pretends we are a political party while protecting incumbents, no matter how bad the incumbent is.

Jefferson to Madison: "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing."

Niel Young


Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:02

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Bob Smith a man of principal & will represent us well in Senate

To The Daily Sun,

Bob Smith has promised to reduce taxes and the size of government. He also understands the main role of the federal government as set forth in the U.S. Constitution is to protect the national security of the United States and its borders.

How do I know Bob Smith will keep his word? He has been there before. He served three terms in Congress and two terms as a United States Senator. He cast over 5,000 votes in the U.S. Senate. He supported the Reagan Revolution wholeheartedly, whose policies unleashed an amazing economic boom. Bob received a 100 percent rating on his votes from Right to Life organizations and the National Rifle Association. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, he supports the members of our military and our veterans 100 percent. He will not forget them.

Bob Smith is a man of principle. He will keep his word. The safety and security of the United States may depend on sending Senator Smith back to Washington, D.C.

Vote Bob Smith on Tuesday, Sept. 9, for the sake of your children and grandchildren.

Marie Bradley


Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:50

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We're still accepting donations to pay for Up With People visit

To The Daily Sun,

Up With People has arrived in the Lakes Region! It is wonderful to have them here again after 17 years, and there are SO many people in our community that have helped to make this dream a reality. Thank you all! For those of you who want to be a part of this event but have not yet done so, we still need your help.
The people of the Lakes Region never cease to amaze me with their generosity of spirit! So many people have opened their homes, all cast members were set up in host families ahead of schedule. Our local restaurants stepped up to the plate and generously agreed to provide full cast meals as needed! The Laconia School District has been an incredible support throughout, donating space for the shows to be held Friday and Saturday, Sept 5th and 6th at LMS. Principals and teachers with a busy first week of school warmly opened their classrooms to volunteers. The LPD escorted the Up With People buses into town on Monday and officers are donating time to be present at the shows. The Laconia Daily Sun and WLNH have provided wonderful media coverage both before and during this weekly event. A heartfelt thank you also goes to the following financial donors: Bank of New Hampshire $5,000; AAVID Thermalloy $2,500; Meredith Village Savings Bank $1,000; Stand Up Laconia $1,000; Laconia Police Relief Association, Santa Fund, Penny Pitou Foundation, Better Together, Meadowbrook, Taylor Community, Putnam Fund, and Granite United Way each contributed at the $500 level. Donors at $250 level include Lakes Region General Healthcare; Autoserv; TD Bank and Melcher & Prescott. In addition, we want to thank the many anonymous donors who have generously given.
We have collectively raised almost $17,000 ... unfortunately we are still $8,000 away from reaching the total cost of the Up With People week here in Laconia. If we receive no more monetary donations, then the money we receive from the ticket sales will go to the cost of bringing Up With People here rather than to Got Lunch!, Gilford Got Lunch, and Stand Up Laconia, which was one of our sincere hope when we decided to bring Up With People to the Lakes Region. If we have missed reaching out to our local businesses or if there are individuals within our community that can give to this great cause ... please do so now!! For further information please contact Misa Grenier This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send donations directly to Up With People, 6830 Broadway, Unit A Denver, Co 80221. In the memo please indicate Stand Up Laconia.
Watching the smiles and friendships formed with host families as well as with students in our schools and seniors in our community it quickly becomes evident that Up With People is truly much more than a wonderful 2-night concert of song and dance. The positive energy and 1000 hours of volunteerism they bring to our community is IMPACTFUL and will reverberate long after their buses leave town!! We also have the ability to make this not just a great experience for our community, but a way to provide needed funds to Got Lunch!, Gilford Got Lunch and Stand Up Laconia, and your help would be much appreciated.
With sincere thanks,
Clare Persson, Chair

Stand Up Laconia

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:46

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