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Let's light the Christmas tree in spirit of Laconia's renaissance

To The Daily Sun,

Laconia has made great strides in recent years. It is evident by the success of Pumpkinfest and the beautiful new firehouse.Laconia is paving the way for a new, brighter future. Alas, the Laconia city Christmas tree is stuck in the past.

As we approach the holidays, we are filled with great joy to see Laconia decorating for Christmas. We love the white lights that illuminate downtown and the festive displays that grace Lakeport Square.

Laconia showed her true colors of community, generosity, and city pride by hosting Pumpkinfest. It was a celebration worthy of this great and historic city. Businesses and community members put on a display that should make every resident proud. People came from far and wide to celebrate the event and appreciate this wonderful city.

We saw the lights going up in Veterans Square on the most majestic fir tree in all of New England. Historically the results of these Christmas decorations have been disappointing, to put it kindly. And it appears this year is no different.

We can do better. There is still time to remove the vertical LED light display and decorate the tree in a manner both it and this city deserve.

Let's carry that spirit of a downtown Laconia renaissance. Let's make Laconia a destination for holiday viewers — a festive, friendly city. Let's engage the help of local downtown businesses and residents to formulate a better plan and better result. Let's make the tree in Veterans Square a holiday centerpiece for our downtown.

The tree decorations do not reflect today's Laconia. Let's change it now.

Lauren Finn & Tom Murphy

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I wouldn't be free college, it would be taxpayer funded college

To The Daily Sun,

Okay, I'm getting a little long of tooth and grey of hair. Denial is futile; I am losing the battle with age.

Anyway, these thoughts prompted me to think of Bernie Sanders, an old guy pushing an old idea: Promise monstrous giveaways, bribe the low-information, greedy people among us to vote your way. Take from the rich give to the poor. Yep, that's the ticket! Hmmm, wait a sec; some say if you confiscated 100 percent of all rich people's assets you'd pay the nation's bills for a paltry three months or less. What then?

Where I come from, when we seek improvements we don't ready, fire, aim, but we first agree that improvements are necessary. We identify and prioritize our improvement tasks and then go and look for people or organizations that've made significant gains in these same areas. We analyze, understand, create a plan, seek approval and move forward. What are Bernie's benchmarks? Which country will he emulate? Who would we become? What are the costs?

Worse, both Hillary and Bernie are on the same path. Both want to eliminate college tuition, among other socialistic steal-from-the-rich schemes. Great ideas. Supporters, like the pundits who dominate the supposedly neutral public radio, call this the plan for free college tuition, not the plan for taxpayer-funded education. Big difference. As the federal government (according to Rand Paul) continues to borrow $1 million a minute against a gargantuan debt of over $18 trillion, who are we kidding? We can't afford any of this.

In my opinion, the reason Hillary and Bernie don't hold up another country as their perfect ideal, the one country they would find who've embraced the same siren song of socialism is Greece. Compare our national debt to our GNP, and then do the same comparison for Greece; a very similar trend line.

Nope they'll never mention this will they? The liberal media and the low-information voters will buy it, hook, line and sinker. Once swallowed there's no going back, not for at least a generation or so. Couple these plans with open borders, sanctuary cities, unchecked government growth, union-run, government-controlled public education; we don't have a prayer. Or perhaps better said: we all better start praying. Praying that the conservatives we see appealing for your support on the debate stage soon coalesce and get their act together.

Let's face it, all the bickering and battling we see on the debate stage doesn't generate the notion that someone on that stage should be handed the reins of power. Not by anyone's standards. My opinion: Take the entire group of conservative presidential candidates, put them in a secure room (octagon cage?), lock the door and give them a day to figure it out. In a perfect world, when the doors opened we would see in sequence, all marching to "Hail to the Chief" the nominee for president and vice president followed by the remaining cabinet positions. Kinda like the start of an NFL football game. Spectacular! Just the fact that the conservatives could agree on something would be a huge attention grabber.

But fielding a full bench and presenting the entire proposed leadership team; unprecedented! It's this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that would I think put this election into the hands of the adults in the room. More importantly this might prompt a win for conservatives. Conservative policies will put America back on the tracks of success; for everyone.

A free lunch is a nice to have. A good job is a must-have.

Yep, growing old isn't fun, but with age comes wisdom. Let's see more of this from the people who would lead us.

Dave Rivers

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