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Cut out & repair problem areas of our streets now, before winter

To The Daily Sun,

We have heard from the Public Works director about the cost of repairing our infrastructure and it is a staggering figure. As I travel North Main Street from Lexington Drive to the Central Fire Station, I have to wonder the cost of waiting for frost, rain and ice to completely destroy the travel surface.

My personal opinion would be to cut out and repair the problem areas as they did on Court Street. Surely waiting until winter hits will be more costly. We have been driving around these problem areas all summer. What do the rest of you think?

Earl Beale

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 09:05

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Time to elect candidates who will vote for Right-To-Work law

To The Daily Sun,

A solid first step toward improving the state's employment picture would be to replace the Democrats in the Senate, House, and governor's office with Republicans who would pass right-to-work legislation. This is not simply one man's opinion. It is fact backed up with data.

Democrats spewing mouthfuls of air about how they support working people while voting against right-to-work legislation don't know the facts. I suspect Democrats like Gov. Hassan, Sen. Hosmer, and Rep. Webb really don't care about facts, preferring instead the liberal "narrative" that right-to-work is bad for working families. Their narrative is wrong.

The National Right To Work Committee, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce Department, and a study by the non-partisan Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, recently reported that the key "breadwinner" demographic of 35- to 54-year-olds have been voting with their feet, moving with their families to right-to-work states.

New Hampshire is one of 11 states "suffering the steepest declines in their 35- to 54-year-old population" from 2003-2013. None of those 11 states losing working families had a right-to-work law. In contrast, the nine states that saw significant increases in this peak-earning-years population over the same period have longstanding right-to-work laws.

What do these working families know that our elected Democrats don't? They know that RTW states offer better economic opportunities for working families. N.H. can no longer afford to be one of the eleven losers. We need RTW.

Just as important as our ability to retain and attract this key demographic are the other positive effects of RTW laws. In Wisconsin, analysts have demonstrated that "Act 10," the state's RTW law, has saved taxpayers billions of dollars and improved state and local governments' ability to recruit and reward good public employees. Significantly, school districts in Wisconsin have been able to offer better health insurance at lower cost thanks to Right-to-Work.

What should voters believe, mouthfuls of partisan air, or the facts? It's time to elect Kathy Rago, Greg Hill, Carolyn Virtue, Jason Parent, and people like them who will enact right-to-work legislation. We need to move New Hampshire from the "Loser" to the "Winner" column in the competition to attract, retain, and reward working families.

Ken Gorrell

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 09:01

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Unlike our delegation, we truly care for residents of County Home

To The Daily Sun,

I'm very happy to have such wonderful coworkers at the Belknap County Nursing Home who are stepping up and working overtime to sustain sufficient staff at the county home. We are sacrificing sleep and time spent with our families to do so.

It truly shows how we care for our residents — unlike our delegation.

Kelly Brennan


Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 08:58

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I need your help in identifying our region's true 'local legends'

To the Editor:

I have been pleased and encouraged in recent works as people from around the area have contacted me about people who could be considered for our new book Legendary Locals of the Lakes Region.

But I've also been surprised that there are some towns and communities that I not reached out to me yet - and I'm only weeks away from submitted my manuscript. We're looking to for people - artists, athletes, government officials, business owners, community leaders, etc. – who have had (or who are now having) a significant impact on the Lakes Region, or on a particular town or community. We're especially interested the heartwarming, the tragic and the quirky – both well-known people as well as "unsung." (It's important that photo images of the people are amiable, i.e., the rights can be readily obtains.)

As I move towards the final draft, I'm excited about who we have - well-known "local legends" and a good count of unusual people that even may locals may have known.

So - especially if you live in Holderness, Tilton, Northfield, Wolfeboro, Ossipee - please contact me immediately if you think you know of someone who could be considered a "legendary local". My email address is raycarbone@metrocastl, and the phone number is (603) 520--6964.

Thank you for your consideration.

Ray Carbone

Carbone Productions

P.O. Box 1681


Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 08:55

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Lives & livelihoods are at stake; this is just reprehensible

To The Daily Sun,

Whose interests is the Executive Committee of the Belknap County Delegation representing? Certainly not those of the Belknap County nursing home residents.

Belknap County has an obligation, and honor, to provide its nursing home residents with the best care possible. The county also must facilitate the nursing home staff's capacity to do the best job they can.

When the Executive Committee of the Belknap County Delegation — Reps. Burchell, Comtois, Flanders, Greenmore, Tilton, Vadney, and Worsman — obstructs the county and the nursing home's ability to perform this job they are acting out of petty self-importance. They are not looking out for the best interests of the Belknap County Nursing home residents.

This latest skirmish between the Executive Committee and the commissioners is reprehensible. When the commissioners and the county administrator inform the Executive Committee that they are not available on a planned meeting date, the Executive Committee holds it anyway. When one of the commissioners speaks out about the impending crisis affecting both the nursing home and the jail, Chairman Tilton simply shrugs.

Lives and livelihoods are at stake. This is not the way to run county government, by personal agenda and intimidation. This kind of hijinks has characterized the interaction between the majority on the Belknap County Delegation and the commissioners for far too long. Two of those Representatives, Greenmore and Worsman, are not running for re-election but one of them, Burchell, is seeking to be elevated to county commissioner status. It is time to change the membership and attitude of those responsible for running our county government.

Lew Henry

Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 08:51

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