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I'll continue efforts to share resources to gain efficiences of scale

To The Daily Sun,

In past letters, I have presented in some detail my belief that we should proceed in a deliberative and thoughtful way to resolve the jail issue. We should compare the alternatives and get to the best solution we can afford.

Among the other things I'd like to accomplish to help save taxpayers money and continue the process of improving the efficiency of government, I'd like to propose the establishment of a countywide strategic planning group. While he was mayor of Laconia, Mike Seymour began a series of conversations with the other towns in Belknap County about sharing resources. He was hoping that we'd be able to use and share our resources to reduce duplication and gain the efficiencies of scale that result from such collaboration. The county commissioners also began a series of County Conversations during which they traveled to the various towns to talk to and hear from the governing entities there.

I'd like to combine these efforts, and Mike has agreed to continue working with me, if I'm elected. In addition, I'd like to add strategic capital asset planning to the conversation. If towns can be more aware of each other's building plans, we can better distribute the tax effect in a balanced and predictable way.

David Pollak
Candidate for Belknap County Commission
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:24

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Sam Cataldo pledges allegiance to Koch brothers, not to N.H.

To The Daily Sun,

Recently state Sen. "Sam" Cataldo signed a "Pledge of Allegiance" to Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a Virginia-based, Koch brothers founded and funded, right-wing, political advocacy group. This means that Senator Cataldo now cannot vote for any bill, no matter how beneficial it would be for New Hampshire citizens, that would lead to any tax or fee increase, and that he must fight against expanding health care to those desperate for it, and that he must vote for bills that would lead to lower wages for New Hampshire workers and make their work sites more dangerous.

In 2010 AFP spent $40 million, in 2012 they spent $122 million, and in 2014 they will spend a mind-blowing pile of money on reactionary candidates and causes. Apparently the health, safety, and paychecks of New Hampshire's families do not make Senator Cataldo's to-do list. What a shameful move by the senator, pledging his independence and integrity to out-of-state political operatives. Let's not send someone accountable to a Virginia political organization back to our New Hampshire Legislature.

Lew Henry

Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 05:57

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There are many ways we can continue to keep Sanbornton vibrant

To The Daily Sun,

Just a few words to say how much there was (and is) to celebrate in Sanbornton.

Thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make the day fun and informative. There are many ways we can continue to keep our town vibrant, from serving on committees to hiking our trails. One of them is to keep our roadsides clean. If you pick up trash when you walk our roads. Remember that there are free trash bags to use when you bring those cans and bottles and other "jetsam" to the recycling center. You can pick them up at either the town office or the library.

Mary Ahlgren
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 05:54

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Voters should know that Kathy Lauer Rago is closed-minded bully

To The Daily Sun,

Voters should know a little about Kathy Lauer Rago, who is challenging Andrew Hosmer for the state Senate.

Kathy has no interest in the Lakes Region. She is a rubber stamp for the Tea Party in Franklin. When she was on the school board there she tried to dismantle the school system. She would do the same if she were a senator and decimate funding and education in New Hampshire. I personally got to know Ms. Rago while I lived in Franklin and she was a closed-minded bully. We don't need more bullies in office. We need people willing to work responsibly, across the aisle, able to work with others to enable New
Hampshire to move forward, not backward. Old failed policies are inadequate for this decade. We need intelligent policy and bright ideas on how to teach our children and to help the elderly, the sick and people that need jobs.

This letter may sound like a personal attack, but she attacked my family (and all LGBT families in New Hampshire) while she ran for state representative. She is an opportunist looking for a stepping stone to advance her personal agenda, not looking out for the interests of the people of Laconia and the Lakes Region.

Where was she when Franklin had a job fair? The only candidate I saw looking to help people and to make sure that he was there to facilitate problem-solving was Andrew Hosmer. Andrew has a proven record and has worked for all New Hampshire families. He is reachable. I don't know a person that he has not helped when they needed it from him. We need world-class leaders, not minions for a narrow agenda.

A vote for Kathy Lauer Rago is a vote to dismantle New Hampshire and the progress we have made as a community. It is a vote to bring the extremist circus to Concord. I cannot in good conscience or with any concern for my state vote for
someone so lacking in vision and the qualities required of a state senator. I urge all voters of District 7 to reject a return to the bad old days.

Please vote to send Andrew Hosmer back to Concord where he will continue working for all of us.

Carlos Cardona

Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 05:51

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I do know that the heart of God is for our kids & for our families

To The Daily Sun,

I wanted to respond to the letter to the editor that was titled, "5-year-old kept from One Voice cast because parents aren't married." Grace Capital Church was mentioned, yet we do not have any leadership or oversight with the ministry called One Voice.

I do not know what took place between One Voice and this family, as there are always two sides to any story. I do know that the heart of God is for our kids and our families in the Lakes Region.

God is always about restoration. His heart is to see broken lives restored, hurting marriages renewed, and fractured families healed.

I know we live in a culture today where it very common to experience hurts and brokenness. Many times this is complicated and out of our control and many times this comes with a process to know how to move forward.

I know with confidence that Grace Capital Church is a place where people can experience love, acceptance and forgiveness as we explore how God wants us to live our lives.

All of us have experienced hurts in our lives and I am thankful that Jesus brings restoration.

BTW ... I am still a work in progress.

Mark Warren, Pastor

Grace Capital Church

Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 05:48

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