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Dave Pollak's approach to jail is good example of his strengths

To The Daily Sun,

The election for county commissioner is critical in 2014. Belknap County faces a host of issues that will affect us for years to come.

I urge the voters in Laconia, Sanbornton and New Hampton to mark their ballots for Dave Pollak. His background shows that he is a person who relies on the facts and the evidence. He investigates, studies the issues thoroughly, sees for himself, talks to others and listens to what they have to say before coming to a conclusion. He welcomes different points of view, realizing that the best answers come from listening to others with an open mind. He believes that being civil and respectful are necessary for collaboration and for effective problem-solving. Unlike some, he doesn't come with a pre-determined agenda, ignore the data, or manipulate facts and figures.

The way he has approached the matter of the county jail is a good example of the strengths he will bring to the commission. Dave looked at the problem in detail and at different proposals. Unlike many others, he actually toured the existing jail and looked at facilities throughout the state. He spoke with officials in other counties and a wide group of other people experienced in the field. He talked with architects, including one who had designed an inexpensive prison in another state. He asked questions and listened to others, while also using a sharp pencil to make sure the result is affordable for the taxpayers of Belknap County. He knows that a solution must be smart and realistic as well as focused on the bottom line. Something that sounds nice and cheap is no answer if it ignores the multiple issues involved. Putting a temporary Band-Aid on it only means that we don't solve the problem and that we will pay a lot more than if we honestly deal with it now.

A group of extremists seized control of the county delegation after the last election. They have pursued a mean-spirited, small-minded agenda. They run the convention with rules they make up as they go along, refusing to listen to and berating those who disagree with them, and attacking the dedicated employees who work hard for the county. They have pursued a vendetta against the commissioners from both parties. The result has been a dysfunctional county convention that is the laughingstock of the state. Dave is committed to working with the convention, but will not permit his staff to be belittled.

The last two years have surely alerted us to the importance of electing open-minded, civil and collaborative officials to county government. They must be willing to deal with the facts, focus on costs, and not come to the table with a narrow agenda. Given his record and his approach, Dave Pollak is the clear choice for county commissioner.

Werner Dietrich


Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 09:57

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Lots of people to acknowledge after a successful WOW Fest

To The Daily Sun,

We had a beautiful day for the sixth annual WOW Fest and, on behalf of the WOW Trail Board, we would like to thank all involved in making it another great event. Over 400 people came out to participate and support the continued expansion of the WOW Trail.

We are extremely grateful for our generous sponsors listed below and ask that you help us thank them through support of their businesses. In particular, we thank our Presenting Sponsor, Bank of New Hampshire, for their ongoing support of the WOW Trail.

Festival Sponsors: Fratello's Italian Grille, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, T-Bones Great American Eatery, Taylor Rental, The Common Man, and Tritanium Sports.

Event Sponsors: Awakening Chiropractic, Amoskeag Beverages, Binnie Media, Bodycovers Screen Printing, Gail Beane Graphic Artist, Bank of NH Pavilion Meadowbrook, Rowell's Sewer & Drain, Salmon Press, Subway, The Citizen of Laconia, The Laconia Daily Sun, and The Weirs Times.

Trail Sponsors: Big Cat Coffees, Contigiani's Catering Service, CJ Avery's, Cross Insurance, Franklin Savings Bank, Gator Sign Shop, Hackleboro Orchards, HEB Engineers, H&M Towing, Lakes Region Coca-Cola, Lakes Region Triathlon Club, MC Cycle & Sport, Matthew J. Lahey Esq., Road ID, Shaw's, and Vista Foods.

A big thank you to all of our volunteers that gave their time and worked to make this event run smoothly for the participants. We would also like to thank Kathleen Merriam and Lakes Region CERT, Lt. Richard Simmons and the Laconia Police Department, Lucas Lamos, Steve St. Pierre, Dan Camire and the Laconia Public Works Department, Kevin Dunleavy and Laconia Parks & Recreation and the Laconia Fire Department.

We would also like to recognize Catherine Martinez of Alton for joining us to sing the National Anthem and Judi Taggart and Richard Smith for photographing the event.

And, a thank you to our friends and neighbors along the 5K and 10K course, especially residents on Roundbay Road,  who were out cheering on the runners.

We think our participants would agree to join us in thanking our generous restaurant sponsors, Common Man, Fratello's, Patrick's and T-Bones, for providing a delicious lunch.

We appreciate Myles Chase, MC Cycle & Sport, coming out each year to support our cyclists on the Lake Winnipesaukee and Paugus Bay courses. And, we are especially grateful for the help of the NH Fighting Spirit Hockey Team that came out in force to help us at the event and made for a record post-event breakdown/cleanup.

Special acknowledgement goes to our Team Challenge winners: WOW What A Team! (most participants), Laconia Athletic & Swim Club WOW You Look Good! ("best dressed"), Awakening Chiropractic WOW 5K Cup (fastest 3 5K runners), Awakening Chiropractic WOW 10K Cup (fastest 3 10K runners), Laconia Athletic & Swim Club. These businesses and their clients really step it up for this event and we appreciate it.

Lastly, we would like to thank the WOW Fest Committee. This group puts in countless hours to make it all happen, demonstrating their commitment to the WOW Trail project: Tom & Lori Oakley, Festival Directors; Allan Beetle, Marketing & Sponsorship; Roy Cuddahy & Tony Limanni, Bicycle Challenge Directors; Jamie Poire, Race Director; Ann Saltmarsh, Walk Director; Jan Buitendag, Site Coordinator; Darcy Peary, Volunteer Coordinator; Jennifer Bailey, Registration Coordinator; and Suzanne Perley, Treasurer, WOW Trail.

Thank you all for making WOW Fest '14 another great day for the WOW Trail.

Jennifer Beetle & Gretchen Gandini

WOW Trail

WOW Fest Event Directors

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 09:53

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Labor unions stonewall and obstruct every push toward a more efficient operation

To The Daily Sun,

Jon Hoyt speaks as if he knows all there is to know about unions. He reminds me of Barack Obama, suggesting he knew all there was to know about fixing an ailing economy, and how to repair our countries poor image in the world. As we have all discovered Barack Obama knew absolutely nothing about either. Jon Hoyt's views about unions are the same uninformed, "hot air".
Union membership has been dying in this country for more than half century with good reason. Unions bring nothing to the bargaining table of "economic value". As the union founder Samuel Gompers said more than a 100 ago, "unions had to find a higher purpose other than higher wages or they would slowly disappear". Gompers was absolutely right, they have disappeared. Unions have sought nothing but higher wages and more generous benefits without regard to their impact on the employer, more importantly on the consumer who buys their product. One needs to look no further than GM to understand clearly the ultimate and tragic failure of unions. Even the largest company in America can be bankrupted by a union.
Public unions have elevated tax burdens on middle-class families that are unconscionable. Neither a recession or paucity of profits are reasons sufficient to stop unions from demanding wage hikes and benefit increases. We observed this during the deepest part of the recession. School teachers and public employees simply think if they breathe air for 12 months they deserve a wage hike, while those who pay their salary are suffering the deepest economic pain. It displays an arrogance and uncaring attitude for all those not in the union. Repeated polling suggests 75 percent of people do not like unions or support them. Lets be honest, It would be 100 percent if not for the parents, relatives and close friends of people in unions unwilling to give an honest polling answer.
Unions create an adversarial relationship with those who employ them. It pits one side against another. Explain, how over the long term how that works to the benefit of both parties. When unions demand more money for performing the same work, every penny of those higher wages are passed through to the consumer in the form of higher prices for everything they buy. The union employee may have raised his standard of living robbing his employer, but every consumer just got his pocket picked in the deal. Society was made no better by the union employee getting a raise. In fact it was harmed. Every wage increase without a corresponding increase in output hurts every consumer. This is not rocket science. The problem is that political hacks like Jon Hoyt want to turn the conversation into partisan politics from common sense.
Unions stonewall and obstruct every push toward more efficient operation every place they exist. Education is the perfect example. Americas has the highest per pupil spending in the world, yet we produce results in the middle of the pack globally. Education, with the help of teachers unions have been raping the American tax payer for decades. We are paying teachers as if they turn out Corvettes while they produce beetles, maybe. That is theft by deception, totaling hundreds of billions every year. Unions aim to keep it that way. It is about the teachers best interests, not the kids. Americas class rooms are stuffed to the very brim with teachers of the most average intelligence. That is fine, unless you want to turn out ABOVE AVERAGE intelligence students so they can compete in a global economy. This country is never, I repeat NEVER going to produce a national output of predominantly "A" and " B " students when our schools are stuffed with "C" intelligence/ability teachers backed by iron-willed teachers unions determined keep them and worse than them in front of our children teaching until they die or retire.
Tony Boutin

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 09:50

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For six years, Jeanne Shaheen has been an invisible senator

To The Daily Sun,

It's disappointing to see Sen. Jeanne Shaheen completely distort Scott Brown's record on women's issues, simply to take the attention away from her own record of supporting Obamacare.

Scott Brown is pro-choice Republican and has a proven record of supporting women's health care. That's an indisputable fact. The only reason Sen. Shaheen is trying to distort the truth is to avoid answering the tough questions about her last six years in the Senate.

Women voters are smarter than that. When you look around, Scott Brown is working hard to talk about issues that impact women and families across our state, ranging from the perils of Obamacare to soaring energy costs. On the other hand, Jeanne Shaheen is nowhere to be seen. For six years, she's been an invisible senator, and now she is emerging to simply bash Scott Brown for bringing new ideas to the table.

New Hampshire won't fall for that.

P.J. Thibodeau


Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 09:39

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I would like to help get us back to having hope in our future

To The Daily Sun,

Well, it's that time again — time we elect our representatives to represent us in Concord or Washington. To the people of Campton, I am asking for your vote. My name is Eric Johnson and I would like to be your state representative. I have knocked on most of the doors in Campton and talked to a number of people. The one issue that keeps coming up is taxes. People are concerned that taxes and fees are too high and are afraid that they will be going up. I agree with them. I believe if we don't make changes, we will soon see an income tax and sales tax in this state. This would be horrible to our economy as well as driving companies and jobs out of New Hampshire. If elected, I will do all I can to keep this from happening.

I have three over-riding principles that I would bring to every vote.

1. Lower taxes. We don't have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. We have to start making tough choices and prioritize our spending and live within a budget.

2. Personal freedoms. We need to keep government out of our lives as much as possible by encouraging independence and individual responsibility.

3. Minimize bureaucracy. Bureaucracy is a huge un-elected part of government that seems to grow larger and larger. Bureaucracy is an efficiency and economic killer. We need to minimize it as much as possible.

New Hampshire has so much going for it. It's a great place to live and raise a family. Unfortunately, we have too many young people graduating from high school, leaving for college, and never coming back. I would like to help make New Hampshire a state where businesses want to come and create jobs. I would like to help us get back to a feeling of hope in our future where we believe tomorrow will be even better then today. Where hard work and risk taking is admired and encouraged. Where, when we take that risk and work hard and succeed, we keep as much of the fruits of our labor as we can.

Of course, I can't do this alone. These are my principles and if we elect enough people that share these ideas, then I believe we can change the course we are on. If you agree, I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 4.

I am still knocking on doors. If I haven't gotten to you yet, I hope to see you very soon.

Thank you for your consideration.

Eric Johnson


Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 09:35

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