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We ought to be able to disagree with one another without name calling

To The Daily Sun,

A letter writer last week scornfully referred to the facilities manager for Belknap County as the "head janitor." The facilities manager does, in fact, sometimes have a broom or a shovel in his hands. He also wields a screwdriver or plunger as needed. That's the kind of person he is; he will do whatever is necessary to help the county. However, that is not his job.

The facilities manager is a professional manager of buildings and grounds and he is very well qualified for his job. He has a BA from the Whittemore School of Business at UNH. He was the purchasing agent in Laconia for five years and the Operations Manager of DPW in Gilford for eight years. He's been working for Belknap County for three years developing preventive maintenance schedules, managing the the 6 1/2-person maintenance staff, planning projects, supervising contractors, helping with capital project planning, handling purchasing, etc. He has also used the last three years to catch up on a huge backlog of broken and malfunctioning equipment and fixtures.

And, after meeting with him I can say that he is a really nice fellow with the commitment and energy that we need in our staff. He doesn't deserve to have to hide the paper so his kids don't read gratuitous insults about him.

Everyone I have spoken to about this feels the same way. We ought to be able to disagree with one another without name calling, rudeness, and personal attacks. I've expressed this sentiment to the commissioners and am calling publicly for a moratorium on this behavior. We can disagree without being nasty or personal. Let's be civil and work together for the good of the county. If we do this we will accomplish more, come up with better solutions, and take care of more problems.

David Pollak

Candidate for County Commission


Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:19

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This summer, literacy material was slipped into each Got Lunch bag

To The Daily Sun,

We would like to express our appreciation to the greater Laconia community for helping to make our first year of "Got Literacy" a success.

In the summer of 2013, we three retired teachers volunteered for the first time in the outstanding, "Got Lunch, Laconia," program delivering lunches to deserving families. As we observed the widespread impact this program provided our Laconia children, we began a conversation about adding a literacy component to the weekly lunch deliveries. Throughout the winter we crafted a plan, and with the help of so many supporters in the community, we began to put in place our vision of "feeding the mind," in addition to feeding the belly.

Each week the Got Lunch volunteer packers slipped literacy materials into every bag. Included were various word searches, crossword puzzles, mazes, etc. We also provided information to parents to advocate reading to their children 20 minutes a day provided by Family Resource Center. One week we included two new books with each delivery. In addition, two new books were distributed to each child attending a storytelling event in mid-July sponsored jointly by Got Literacy, the Lakes Region Boys and Girls Club, and the Children's Literacy Foundation.

We would like to thank the many people who supported us in our efforts, whether through monetary donations or their gift of time in coordinating the distributions. Thank you to Laconia Altrusa and the Kiwanis Club for their generous book donations. A special thanks goes to the Laconia Library, particularly library Director Randy Brough and their dynamic children's librarian, Gail Drucker, for providing and funding all copy materials.

Got Literacy is already in the planning stages for next summer. We hope to expand the program by adding more stimulating materials and distributing additional books to combat the, "Summer Slide," that often occurs academically during the summer vacation months. We welcome your ideas and offers of book donations or financial help. Please feel free to contact us at 527-3744.

Kay Anderson, Laconia

Jane Hewitt, Laconia

Jan Streifer, Sanbornton

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:15

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A lot of seniors don't drive; need to keep KFC in Laconia

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to help save our Laconia KFC Restaurant. Many seniors get nice hot meals there that won't be able to eat at Taco Bell. Why can't they combine the stores like the have in Lebanon, N.H. into one restaurant?

I know there's one in Tilton, but a lot of people don't drive, plus Laconia needs to keep the KFC here — Best Fried Chicken around!

Betty Fortier


Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:12

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We need to put some energy back into Grafton Co.; vote Simard

To The Daily Sun,

The county commissioners' responsibility is to control county spending. We are spending money like it is going out of style. We demand all of these services and hardly ever use them. I'll ask people, are you using the amount of services that you pay in taxes on your property every year? The answer is all ways the same. No, they wouldn't use that amount of services in a lifetime.

We need to tighten the belt. The state's retirement system is hurting, and the more it hurts we will all end up hurting, by paying for it. We need someone in county who is reasonable and responsible enough who will take us there. We need to get our county taxes down. We need to send Paul Simard up to Grafton County for our next commissioner on Nov. 4. We need to put some "Red" back into the county. We need to put some energy back into Grafton County.

Eric T. Rottenecker

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:08

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You ruined my joke; the point is there are no bears in Antarctica

To The Daily Sun,

On Sept. 10, you published a letter I wrote, but darn it, you ruined one of my better jokes. The whole idea was that there are no polar bears in the Antarctic, just as there never were WMD in Iraq. You changed my words, so it seems like I condone polar bear hunting, which I do not. I neither condone nor discourage hunting of any kind, if you want to legally hunt that is your choice, have at it.
My main point is that Mr. Earle seems to like to seek out things that don’t exist. His fake “scandals” letters prove that for themselves. In fact in the very issue you printed my letter, he claims the IRS “scandal” was somehow a way of “shutting off the rights of non-liberals.” I wonder if Mr. Earle is interested in knowing the truth about what the results of that “scandal” were? Of all the groups, both conservative and liberal being investigated for fund raising, only two were found to be unworthy of the tax-free status they sought, both were liberal.
I know Mr. Earle will never accept the whole truth on any issue he doesn’t happen to agree with, hence my suggestion to him to go hunting polar bears in the Antarctic. Not the Arctic, where there actually are polar bears.
Marty Valengavich


Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:05

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