To The Daily Sun,
My opponent's letter published in the Oct. 7 edition of The Daily Sun demonstrates the sharp contrast between myself and him for Belknap County Commissioner.
I will end the acrimony and he will continue it. He is already throwing arrows at the delegation and criticizing the court's decision on the role of the delegation. My opponent will not heal the wounds in the county, but will allow them to stay open.
If elected, I will be the deciding vote to bring good governance back to the county. I will work hard to build trust with my fellow commissioners, county employees, and the delegation. I will cast the deciding vote to end all lawsuits. Employees will not be fired for having a different view point. If elected, I will ensure the jail plan will respect Laconia's tax cap, thus protecting city employees from layoffs. My opponent's jail plan is more expensive than the City of Laconia, or towns, can afford.
I know many Belknap County employees. My mother was a county employee for 30 years in another county. People are important and I will protect jobs, while ensuring the best quality healthcare for all.
I admire how the City of Laconia worked with their unions to get employees to change health plans to avoid future taxes with the Affordable Care Act. This tax will cost the county $600,000 every year if we do not change the way we do business.
Please consider voting for me so I may serve as your County Commissioner and end the toxic climate that currently interferes with good government in our county.
Candidate for Belknap County Commissioner
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
I have only one political sign on my yard this year unlike other election years when I have had up to 10. This year, I could have chosen signs for other candidates, but have decided to put up only one to introduce a new worthwhile individual, Tom Dawson, who is running for the State House of Representative.
It is hard to get your voice over the cacophony of an election period, but that is what we need to do to bring an introduction of Tom Dawson to voters in Laconia. Tom's history in public service is well documented, but what may not be apparent is his commitment to action and solving problems. Once he decided to run for office, he sprung into action and has organized a strong grass roots campaign, knocking on doors, listening to constituents — when involved, he gets active and does the work needed to get the job done. This is the type of "community representative" we need in the Statehouse.
There are lots of candidates running for state representatives in this year's campaign, but don't miss Tom because he is new. We all can benefit from new approaches, new energies, new skill sets and a new way of working with others. Tom's past experience on the School Board, as the State Fire Marshal, and as a professor at our local Lakes Region Community College make him well qualified to represent us in Concord.
Elizabeth "Liz" Merry
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
Sometimes newspaper reporting isn't always accurate or is incomplete.
Three weeks ago at a City Council meeting, the discussion was on a resolution for the Planning Board to examine zoning laws regarding a decision to deny a merchant a change in his business use. In an exchange with Councilor Bownes, who made the statement that the council does not serve for one individual and the resolution shouldn't be considered, I countered with the remark that he was wrong. We are there for each and every resident. We get phone calls and letters weekly asking for help or information for many different problems they are faced with, and we do our best to take care of them. I did not ask the council to change the decision of the Zoning Board. I asked that the Planning Board hold a public meeting on the matter and whatever their decision, to get back to the council.
In covering the original story, reporter Michael Kitch didn't mention Councilor Bownes' statement, only that I said we are here for one person.
Today, in a related story on the council sending a resolution to the Planning Board to review the entire zoning code for the Weirs section, he again pointed out that I said we are here for one person. That was never said in this meeting. I wonder why it was necessary to slant the story this way?
We all love and read The Daily Sun every day. Moreover, most of us have a tendency to believe what is printed, so when something that is not correct, it does harm.
City Councilor, Ward 4
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:56
To The Daily Sun,
The residents of Carroll County need a highly experienced Register of Deeds to decisively lead and develop an essential online registry of records to fully serve the County. Lisa Scott, the Republican candidate, has the know-how and big-picture perspective as a skilled real estate and probate paralegal to get the job done.
For 30 years she has problem-solved issues for clients by thoroughly researching real estate documents utilizing various systems in all 10 counties of New Hampshire. And as a small-business owner for 25 years, she provided excellent customer service, managed staff and prepared budgets.
I've known Lisa Scott for over 40 years and she consistently works hard, is an active community member, and is a proactive leader. Indeed, she carefully studies situations, listens to different perspectives, is technically savvy and security conscious, and is overall detail-oriented.
As a librarian, I am confident that she would efficiently design an online registry system that would greatly enhance services for the residents of Carroll County and other end-users.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:18
To The Daily Sun,
Both Scott Brown and Frank Guinta talk about repeal and replace. Assuming they have good ideas about health care, what chance do they have of getting them through Congress?
What will happen if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed but not replaced? The negative consequences on many people could be huge. Please consider seniors, young adults, people with documented illnesses, and the millions of people who are now insured because of the ACA.
The ACA, also called Obamacare, has language that protects guaranteed benefits. Nancy Lea Mond, an officer of AARP, has reported "the good news for Medicare recipients is new protections and benefits in the health law that strengthens Medicare and give more coverage." Note that the Part A trust fund is solvent until 2029 instead of 2016. What will repeal mean to seniors?
Consider people who have muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer or heart conditions. If the law is repealed are they insurable or are we back to pre-existing conditions?
The Affordable Care Act can be improved if Congress wants to make it better. Repeal is not the answer. I hope you join me in voting Democratic. I am a senior, a parent, and a grandparent and I am voting the best interests of my family.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:15