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Kelly Ayotte has had her chance in U.S. Senate & she has wasted it

To The Daily Sun,

I just watched another political ad by Kelly Ayotte, where she claimed once again that she is an "independent" senator, who constantly works the "other side of the aisle." It gets very tiring hearing her say this, because it makes her look weak and ineffectual. If she had been either independent or worked across aisles, she would not have to be telling us now, it would be understood.

The real truth is, Kelly Ayotte and the word, "independent" are opposites, and her voting record clearly points that out. Please take the time to look it up — it's very easy to do — and will show Kelly Ayotte's voting record to be very bland, not one hint of independence, nor even a small step across the aisle. In fact, her record would suggest she would need her GPS system to find the other side of the aisle.

The United States Senate, with its 100 elected members, is one of the most powerful bodies in the world, and Kelly Ayotte has had her chance to make her mark, six years to show us she really cares about New Hampshire, and all Americans. She has done practically nothing of note on the positive side, just gone dutifully along with the old Republican Party every time.

And all those ads that depict Kelly Ayotte as caring about seniors — just more campaign bull; her voting tells a much different story. Why, she would not even cast a vote for the Supreme Court nominee, a task we elected her for, not some Republican ploy to hopefully hold out for, for Donald Trump, whom she recently said was a great role model for children? And what kind of American, especially a U.S. senator, writes a letter to an enemy nation, telling them you do not support your own leadership?

We live in arguably the best state this nation has to offer, by any number of measures. Our schools are highly rated, unemployment is half of what the rest lives with, great business atmosphere, and much more. Maggie Hassan deserves some of the credit as our leader. Kelly Ayotte had her chance, and wasted it. It's Maggie Hassan's turn. Vote Maggie Hassan for U.S. senator on Nov. 8.

Jim Babcock

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Laconia MS Walk hosted 75 participants and raised over $10,000

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, we would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous support of the Laconia MS Walk 2016: Annie's Cafe & Catering, Laconia; Domino's Pizza, Laconia; Hannaford's Supermarket, Gilford; Market Basket, Tilton; Snyder's Lance, Laconia; Sal's Pizza, Laconia; and The 99, Tilton.

These local businesses helped provide food and beverage items for all participants in the Laconia MS Walk 2016.

The Laconia MS Walk 2016 hosted about 75 walkers and raised over $10,000. Thank you to all of you who walked and/or donated to this event.

Funds from this event will support research into the cause and cure of multiple sclerosis. The money raised will also fund community-based education, support and advocacy within Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. The NMSS Greater New England Chapter responds to the needs of the nearly 19,000 individuals and their families who are confronted every day by the many challenges of living with multiple sclerosis, empowering them with the resources to maintain independence and to live their lives as fully as possible.

Thank you for joining the movement to create a world free of MS. We appreciate all of the help that these local businesses have provided.

Colleen Akerman
Laconia MS Walk 2016 Committee Member


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