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We're lucky to have this level of fire service in our communities

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to take a small portion of the newspaper to acknowledge the Laconia Fire Department, as well as departments in other local towns that share in our mutual aid network.

On Monday, Jan. 5, the DeForge family on Elm Street here in Lakeport was displaced by a fire at their home. The quality and quantity of the response was nothing less than magnificent. We picture a firefighter as a yellow jacket that holds a hose and points out the flames, then goes back to the station to wait for the next call. Well, let me tell you I've learned. There is a lot of emotion during all the action. The emotion runs from "where are my kids?" to "where are my pets?" to "is everybody out safely?" to "I've lost everything, what do I do now?" — as well as a million other thoughts.

Chief Erickson and his team, as well as the surrounding town firefighters, are nothing less than lifesavers. This group of do-gooders still find the time during all the action to be compassionate, informative and just plain NICE during and after the fire. I could go on for several more pages about specifics and the professionalism of several individuals but they work as a team and should be recognized as such. We are a lucky bunch to have this level of municipal service in our area. It is very important to also recognize the great work by the Laconia Police, as well as the Marine Patrol, for keeping traffic and gawkers moving during all the commotion. These separate entities operated seamlessly to accomplish the task at hand. Thanks to all who participated.

Additionally, there will be a fund set up for the DeForge family, as they lost just about everything. The outpouring of support from our community has been nothing less than awesome. Please help the cause if you are in a position to do so.

Dave Byer


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No evidence that background checks will stop mass shootings

To The Daily Sun,

The measures President Obama announced Tuesday will face challenges in the courts, but more importantly, they won't be effective in accomplishing what he says they will do. The main executive action raises legal questions about defining who must register as a licensed gun dealer. Given that the president will not enforce the immigration laws on the books which have been shown to be effective if enforced, why does he advocate enforcing laws not on the books? Why is that a good idea, Mr. President? What's consistent and logical in your approach, sir?

The president's desired goal of "closing gun show loopholes," by requiring more of those selling guns at such venues to become licensed, will not do what he claims, which is to decrease the number of crimes committed with guns. There is no evidence that expanding background checks will do anything to stop mass shootings or other criminal activities involving guns. The president's action would not have prevented tragedies like San Bernardino. The problem there was Islamic terrorism, not gun laws.

The president is unwilling to take on that issue. Instead he moves to limit all access to guns by the victims. My question is: how do more background checks prevent people intent on doing evil things from carrying out their evil deeds?

No thanks Washington. I don't need any more laws that are all show and no results. I'm with Ted Cruz. It's time to vote for someone who is proud of America. It is time to vote for someone who went to the District of Columbia and did what the voters elected him to do. It is time to vote for someone who has integrity and American values. It is time to vote for someone who will enforce all the laws not just the ones he prefers. We need someone who has read the U.S. Constitution, who understands the U.S. Constitution ... and will actually follow it.

Marc Abear


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