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It's an honor to be your representative at the Statehouse in Concord

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank my constituents for their support, efforts and votes which, helped make my campaign successful. It is an honor to be your Representative in Concord and in the Belknap County Delegation.

I look forward to working for all the people of District 8 and will listen to anyone who has concerns or ideas that will help keep New Hampshire a great state to live in.

Raymond Howard Jr.


State Rep.-elect, Belknap District 8


Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:03

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Liberals successfully expend tremendous effort changing culture

To The Daily Sun,

Okay, Republicans, time to put on your big boy pants and show the nation what real leadership looks like. You have two years and your time starts now. The mid-term elections sent forth a screaming mandate throughout the land, "We are sick and tired of Democrat politicians taking more control over our lives and diminishing the likelihood of the American dream journey being passed on to our children and grandchildren." At least that is how I have paraphrased Paul Driessen's message in his recent column.

John Ransom makes it really easy for you — jobs, jobs, jobs. Give it your laser-like focus and top priority. It should be an easy sell now that we are fully aware of President Obama's six year non-job recovery. The unemployment rate is down to 5.8 percent and isn't that just marvelous? John asked Peter Morici who said, "that has been mostly accomplished by encouraging prime working-aged adults to sit out the labor market-neither work nor look for work." Peter went on to say that 400,000 jobs per month is needed to get real unemployment numbers down to acceptable levels. Month after month, year after year, this economy has struggled to exceed much more than half that amount.

The 5.8 percent unemployment level is really 9.8 percent when you factor in all those who would like to work, but remain idle. The Democrats want to put the blame on the baby boomers, but one in six folks in the 25 to 64 age group is jobless. Over the past six years, the average family income has fallen from $57,000 to $52,000. Two-thirds of the jobs created in 2014 are just above the minimum wage. In 2013 that percentage was less than 50 percent.

Peter Morici, economist and business professor at the University of Maryland urges our government to finally confront Chinese protectionism and open up off-shore drilling. John Ransom declares that Republicans must ignore the fact that a push for job creation might help our president's legacy and march on and attack job creation in every way possible. He says, "Pass every bill that creates jobs from Keystone XL to repealing provisions of Obamacare that have screwed up the labor market badly, including repeal of the individual mandate and the company mandate."

Okay, Republicans, free market economists have given you your marching orders which align with the angry Nov. 4 voting smackdown of Democrats. Unleash the power of the private sector that will create jobs and increase tax revenues, Social Security contributions, income, GDP, wage inflation and consumer confidence. Most Democrats will fight you tooth and nail, still persisting in their delusional belief that only the government can create jobs, the past six years notwithstanding. Stay strong and do not be deterred by progressive tactics of name calling and other diversionary measures.

Mark Steyn reminds us in his recent book, "The Undocumented Mark Steyn," "that liberals expend tremendous effort changing the culture. Conservatives expend tremendous effort changing elected officials every November — and then are surprised that it doesn't make much difference."

I believe that the young, fresh faces who will make the senate 12 years younger including Tim Scott (re-elected for full term), Joni Ernst, Cory Gardiner, Tom Cotton, Shelley Moore Capito, Steven Daines and others will not fall into the distraction trap that Barack Obama and the Democrats are already setting up for the GOP. Yes, it's already happening. Young and talented faces like Mia Love, Will Hurd and Elise Stefanik in the House will bring integrity and optimism into the political process. Marilinda Garcia would have been part of this movement as well if not for some of the most disgraceful and dishonest advertising in recent memory by the Kuster campaign. Amy Holmes of the Blaze.com notes that we have hopefully entered into the "post Obama era of politics." Mark, I believe these new faces will make a difference.

Anyway, to recap: Republicans, please, please, remember your top priority: Fix the economy with jobs, jobs, jobs.

Russ Wiles


Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:56

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Is Laconia just doomed to become a throw-away community?

To The Daily Sun,

And now, Hathaway House is gone. After reading the news stories from five or six years ago, Hathaway House should, in fact, still be standing. I find it unreal that the city stands by and says "What can we do?"... That's easy — have developers stand by their word. Other cities and towns around the state and country take pride and honor in their historic buildings for what they stand for in our history.

Hathaway House is now to be replaced by a strip mall. One of Laconia's most beautiful buildings gone due promises not being kept by Dunkin' Donuts and others not doing their job. The entire Planning Board should be replaced and the planning director should be removed.

Is Laconia doomed to become a throw-away community and keep repeating its history's mistakes? A very angry and let-down resident of New Hampshire.

Donald Pintacura


Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:51

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We'll not spend county funds on appeal of Matthew Logue matter 111 NO APPEAL

To The Daily Sun,

As commissioners elect, we would like to state that Belknap County has wasted much time and money on lawsuits. We intend to execute county policy in accordance with state statutes. We do not intend to support an appeal of the Matthew Logue personnel matter to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. It is counter-productive, in our view, to spend time and the public purse on a course of action which has been repudiated by the voters,

Vanity aside, the current county commissioners should respect the wishes of the voters of Belknap County and put an end to expensive legal wrangling.

Richard Burchell & David DeVoy
Belknap County Commissioners Elect

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:48

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Raffle & Turkey Bowl to raise funds for new LHS health facilities

To The Daily Sun,

Laconia High School has two great organizations that have offered to assist in a renovation project that will result in new health and wellness facilities at LHS. These rooms will be utilized by not only the students and faculty but also be accessible to members of our community as well.

This project entails moving the existing weight room and relocating it into a revamped strength training room and aerobic/cardio room. The aerobic/cardio room will support programs such as yoga, Zumba and cardiovascular equipment as well. Our goal is to offer state of the art health/wellness opportunities for our students and the community so we can be a healthier Laconia.

Laconia Youth Football is sponsoring one of these fundraising campaigns. This is a raffle involving two packages which include a pair of tickets to the New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills on Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. These packages also include a night stay on 12/27 at the Courtyard Inn in Norwood, Mass., which is less than 10 miles from the stadium. The first-place prize also includes a $100 gift certificate to Splitsville Luxury Lanes, the newest restaurant located at Patriots Place. The third place prize is a $50 gift certificate to The Local Eatery in Laconia. All proceeds from this raffle go back into the renovation for the studio.

The other event we have is the first annual Turkey Bowl taking place at the Bank of New Hampshire Stadium behind Laconia High school on Nov. 28 and 29. This is being sponsored by Lakes Region Flag Football and will be a two-day flag football tournament. This will be a great event to bring Thanksgiving football to the Lakes Region. Proceeds from this event will go toward purchasing equipment for the health/wellness studio at Laconia High School.

To buy raffle tickets you can email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To sign up for the Turkey Bowl you must be over 18 years old and have a team of six to 12 members. Registration can be done at www.lrffl.com and click on register

Patrick O'Reilly


Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:45

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