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County’s dysfunctional reputation won’t draw new businesses

To The Daily Sun,

As I drive around Laconia and see the red and white signs suggesting the same cast of three characters should represent Laconia in Concord for two more years, one thing comes to mind. Obstructionist, extremist, non-collaborative governance that I witnessed repeatedly at the Belknap County Convention meetings in which these three individuals participated.

Fortunately, two of the most flagrant perpetrators of arrogant "my way or not at all" governance are not running again, but two hand picked clones are. They claim to be independent thinkers, but behave more like people living in fear of being challenged or what is now being called "primaried" by their own party for not being "conservative enough" to be approved by the extremist right-wing voters. That is what happened to a moderate candidate, unfortunately, in the election last March.

The large red and white signs tell us, "Elect all 5," hoping these three will slide in on the coattails of the new candidates. I believe if they have not been part of the solution the past two years, it is because they have been part of the problem by not being collaborative and participating in reasonable consensus decision-making and problem-solving. Further, I believe by not challenging the autocratic leadership of the BCC they did nothing but rubberstamp the arrogant, demeaning behaviors I witnessed.

I hope the voters in Laconia take the time to go online and see how many times these three reps voted with Bill O'Brien in support of his Tea Party/ALEC driven agenda over the last few years. How well has that worked for Laconia and New Hampshire? Belknap County now has the reputation of having the most dysfunctional county government in New Hampshire. Is this an environment that attracts new businesses?

For Bill O'Brien's voting record go to:

For our Laconia reps or any other state rep now serving go to:

Compare for yourself. Then go to the polls November 4th and make an informed vote. We deserve transparent government, not strict adherence to an extremist ideology that serves no one but the fear mongers and believers of the ideology.

Kay M. Anderson

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:17

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Take advantage of opportunity to send a genuine person to Statehouse

To The Daily Sun,

Nov. 4 will provide for a great opportunity for voters of Senate District 7 (the communities of Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Franklin, Northfield, Andover, Salisbury, Boscawen, Webster, Canterbury) to send a genuine person, Representative Rago, to the Statehouse as Senator Rago.

I served on the House Education Committee with Rep. Rago and found she was a dedicated mom, a careful and meticulous processor of tremendous amounts of information, with a perspective to make any of her constituents proud. The House Education Committee tends to be less partisan, because the welfare and the learning by children are at stake. Rep. Rago offered valuable input to our discussions and her critical examination of the final bill gave a no-nonsense, bipartisan product for the full House to consider and debate.

I strongly endorse Rep. Kathy Rago as the next state senator of Senate District 7.

State Rep. Joe Pitre


Strafford County, District 2

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:15

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No tax increases? Should we solicit donations to fix the roadways?

To The Daily Sun,

I almost laughed out loud when I read Tim Carter's letter concerning Lisa DiMartino's voting record. I commend Lisa for all of her efforts as our State Representative. I know Lisa personally and have witnessed her giving 101 percent to her constituents. How does Tim Carter propose to get our pot holes fixed anyway?

He is against tax increases. Who isn't. But what other method do we have to get our roadways paved? Does he think people in the community will just donate money to get the roads repaired; that's an LOL! Before you listen to Tim's ridiculous banter, ask yourself why any person would subject themselves to this type of abuse. It's clearly not for the $100 a year a state rep is paid.

Lisa is a strong woman who not only works on behalf of all of her constituents in the towns of Meredith and Gilford, but she also juggles the responsibility of caring for her family. She helps those with disabilities because she knows from her own personal experience how challenging it is. I urge all of the voters in Meredith and Gilford to vote for Lisa DiMartino, a strong capable woman who looks out for her constituents' best interests.

Lisa Merrill

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:12

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Would local businesses hire illegals over citizens to save on wages?

To The Daily Sun,

I just read that there is an order for millions of blank work permits from the Obama administration.

The plan is to sign the executive order after the elections. There are not enough federal employees to do background checks. Some could be criminals.

I read an article or an illegal arrested again after being deported two times already. It is not unusual. Some have been arrested more and deported and come back. Are these people you want moving to New Hampshire?

Amnesty would hurt New Hampshire citizens. Can you imagine millions of illegals having work permits? How would this effect seasonal workers? Would businesses hire illegals over citizens for a lower pay?

Remember illegals do not need to be a part of Obamacare, so businesses could save and not have to pay for health insurance.

Recently in a debate, Senator Shaheen was asked about border security and she joked that the southern New Hampshire border was not secure. So what if Scott Brown is in New Hampshire. At least he is a U.S. citizen and he has owned his Rye home for many years. Her joke told us how much she cares about securing U.S. borders.

When you go to vote next week, just think of which candidate will help New Hampshire citizens keep or get jobs, which candidate will keep you safer?

Linda Riley


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:10

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Electing Kathy Rago will ensure a vote against new taxes and fees

To The Daily Sun,

Kathy Lauer Rago would be a great state senator for District 7. As a state representative, she had an outstanding record for small accountable government. Kathy knows what difficulties middle-class families are facing. Kathy is middle class. Her representation in Concord will ensure you a vote against new taxes and fees and will keep the New Hampshire Advantage alive and well in our Granite State.

I know Kathy will be a great asset to our state senate and heartily endorse her candidacy. Go Kathy!
Jane Cormier

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:07

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