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We appreciate towns' investment in Community Action Program

To The Daily Sun,

We at Belknap/Merrimack Community Action Program want to express our heartfelt thanks to the residents of Gilford and Alton who voted in support of our warrant articles for the support of the operations of our area center and to the voters in towns where our funding request is part of the municipal budget which were also approved.

To those residents who did not support this request we promise to try harder to inform you about the vital assistance the staff of the area center provide to elderly, low income and disabled residents of Gilford and Alton and hope to gain your confidence in the future.

We will work closely with the town welfare director to make sure these individuals and families will not go without basic necessities such as food, shelter, utilities or fuel.

Non-profit organizations need the resources from allowable administrative costs in grants from both federal and state agencies that are required to be matched by local government. The collaboration of all three government entities provide the resources needed to operate the area center and have staff available to give residents in need the access to programs such as Fuel Assistance, Meals-On-Wheels, help to keep the electricity from being shut off, provide food from the food pantry, take applications for home repairs and weatherization, even applications for loans for extensive home renovations that increase the tax base of the town.

The citizens of the towns of Gilford, Belmont, Barnstead, Alton, Gilmanton and city of Laconia have financially supported the work of Community Action Program for more than 40 years. We are extremely appreciative of that investment, hope that we have proven worthy of that support and will continue to partner with the towns and city of Laconia to provide basic life needs to their residents.

Judy Scothorne

Community Services Director

Community Action Program

Belknap-Merrimack Counties Inc.

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No the first time Sen. Ayotte has disrespected our president

To The Daily Sun,
I think most of us here in New Hampshire are disturbed Senate Republicans are not fulfilling their constitutional responsibility to approve or deny the president's nominee for the Supreme Court. Especially since N.H. Senator Kelly Ayotte, is one of them. Democrats might not approve someone a president nominates, but they do not stand in unison and tell the president not to bother, we'll say "no" whoever it is. They maintain the respected traditions, and give the nominees hearings.

It is not the first time Senator Ayotte, has bedded down with her party and disrespected our president. Last March she included her name on a letter to the leaders of Iran from 47 Republicans stating that any deal they made with our president meant little to nothing. That seems like treason to me. Vice President Joe Biden said the letter was "beneath the dignity of the institution I revere." It was a reckless attempt to disrupt American foreign policy and it blatantly disrespected the President of the United States. N.H. deserves better, and she is up for re-election.

Audrey Goyette

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