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I run to represent Center Harbor, Meredith, Gilford & Alton on county commission

To The Daily Sun,

Please let me introduce myself and give you some of the reasons I filed for Belknap County Commissioner for District 3, serving Center Harbor, Meredith, Gilford and Alton, I am Jonathan Smolin and ask you to consider voting for me on Sept. 13 in the Republican primary.

As long term residents of Alton, my family and I have enjoyed much of what the Lakes Region has to offer. Our children have been educated in the Alton public schools and I am employed as a surgical assistant at a local hospital. As well, I have significant private business experience in administering a nursing school and running a surgical assistant business.

There have been a number of articles over the past several years which highlight county operations and problems pertaining to same: Budgetary authority, the need for an affordable addition and renovation to the County Jail, issues impacting the County Nursing Home and so forth.

I believe that my business background and job experience have provided me with a skill set that will be useful in dealing with these and other issues.

Looking forward, I think that the county should be aware of a tendency on the part of the federal and state governments to downshift spending to a local level while at the same time imposing stringent standards, To build out significant  programming to meet every perceived need and to hope that the federal government will continue funding support for them five years from now is unwise.

While we need to expand programming in some cases — for example at the County Jail — we must be cautious that
any services we add remain affordable to Belknap County.

I hope to meet many of you in the coming months with the thought that helping to serve the larger community in which I live will be a contribution to life in Belknap County, a life which my family and I embrace.

Jonathan Smolin


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Once again, these explorers didn't get warm reception they expected

To The Daily Sun,

Groundhog Day, the environmental extremism version, has reached the frozen shores of the Arctic Ocean. The global-warming dogmatists, you know, the group where ideology trumps science, have done it again. Remember when just a few short years ago, the global warming alarmists went on an expedition through the supposedly open waters of the Arctic, only to get unexpectedly and annoyingly stuck. Well, the Polar Ocean Challenge has partaken on a two-month journey to sail around the entire Arctic Ocean through the Northeast and Northwest Passages. Yes indeed, so convinced, "again" were they that the Arctic Sea ice coverage had shrunk back so far now, that in the summer months, this area must no longer be blocked up by ice.

Once again, they did not get the warm reception that was expected. They are now stuck in Murmansk because the Northeast passage is completely blocked with ice. What will the ideological and dogmatic soldiers of global warming madness say now to stem the tide, so to speak? You know, in order to keep the money flowing so that their assets do not freeze up under the hot light of reality.

Global warming begets climate change, begets climate disruption, begets global cooling caused by man-made carbon dioxide emissions. You say, get serious Wiles, they will not go so far as to say global cooling is caused by global warming. Oh yes they will, these unprincipled pirates of the frozen summer seas.

In fact, do not be surprised if they find a way to make the oil companies walk the plank. "Sue them" the "warmulists" will scream. Better to keep the money flowing while they seek the buried treasure of stolen capitalist wealth while traversing those elusive open Arctic Sea. And a necessary distraction while they await for the long predicted, but long missing category five hurricanes. If only this corrupt madness would just blow over!

Russ Wiles

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