Troubling that City Council trimmed LRPA-TV budget by $10,000

To The Daily Sun,

I am glad I was not the only community member concerned about the possible loss of the valuable service provided by Lakes Region Public Access TV on Channel 25.

No offense to print journalism in the area or WMUR-TV coverage, but all that reporting has to be edited due to time, space, and cost constraints. Lakes Region Public Access television offers the only truly unedited version of town meetings, convention and commission public hearings, sporting events, etc., where every grimace, sneer, smile, smirk and other body language nuance remains on tape unedited and available for the public to access by simple request in their studio adjacent to Laconia High School.

In these difficult times of political unrest I find it very troubling to think the City Council trimmed the budget appropriation for LRPA from $39,500 to $29,500 to reduce the increase in the property tax rate. In a city the size of Laconia with hundreds, maybe thousands of taxable properties, is $10,000 going to make a significant reduction in the property tax rate? Is it significant enough to outweigh the loss of a valuable and much needed public resource?

Kay M. Anderson

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Meredith & Gilford will be well served by George Hurt in Concord

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to, once again, voice my support for George Hurt's election to the New Hampshire House of Representative.

I have known George, both personally and professionally, for many years and I know him to be a man of integrity and a man of his word. When George says that as a legislator he will "protect our freedoms, our money and the economic future of our families," we can count on him to do exactly that. George believes that you know better than the government, federal, state or local, how to spend your money, insure your family's health and educate your children.

As a Gilford representative in the late 1990s, George built a long record of insistence on fiscal responsibility, limited government, low taxation, individual liberty and personal responsibility. Government in this state has, in recent years, wandered far from these basic principles. History has shown us that Rep. George Hurt will work tirelessly to return New Hampshire to the business-friendly, family-friendly state that we once knew it to be.

The upcoming election is crucial at all levels of government. I urge all residents of Gilford and Meredith to get out on Nov. 4 and vote for George Hurt for state representative. You will be well served.

Karen L. Tardif, Director

Lakeland School


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Andrew Hosmer works for solutions that are in all our best interests

To The Daily Sun,

Having spent most of my career working with elected officials, my voting decisions reflect these interactions. The skills to serve effectively in office go far beyond a candidate's political party, a single issue or a campaign slogan. A good elected official can be found in a person's willingness and ability to work with their peers, their constituents, their community and with other levels of government. An effective senator is a skilled leader and one who is willing to listen to all sides to develop compromises that address the problem at hand.

Working in the Statehouse has given me the opportunity to see Andrew Hosmer's work first-hand. The district voters were wise to trust their interests to Senator Hosmer. He is respected for his ability to forge compromises, his knowledge of the issues and his willingness to work with all members, regardless of party affiliation. Sen. Hosmer is able to develop solutions that consider the well-being of his constituents and the state as a whole.

Whether the issue is education, health care, business or the environment, he is prepared to work toward a solution that is in all of our best interests. It is my hope that the voters once again elect Sen. Hosmer as their senator. It benefits both the district and the state as a whole.

Kathy Sgambati

Former State Senator, District 4


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Lisa Scott is a true public servant; she will not let any of us down

To The Daily Sun,

Lisa M. Scott is far and away the best candidate for Register of Deeds in Carroll County. First, she is smart and extremely well organized, gets along well with people, and has energy, integrity and a strong work ethic.

I first met Lisa when she was the owner/manger of a small business, Wayside Farm, a plant nursery in North Sandwich. Diligent and knowledgeable, she was a pleasure to deal with and went out of her way to help her customers. All the while (1982-2014), she was a paralegal working for a law office during the week.

As a member of the Samuel H. Wentworth Library Board of Trustees, (unpaid) she worked closely with The Friends of the Library when I was its chairperson, communicating between the entities in a professional and collegial way.

My husband and I were so impressed by her integrity and intelligence that we have relied on her for several years for bookkeeping help and tax preparation. She has performed flawlessly, promptly and with total understanding of our needs.

Whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, I urge you to vote for Lisa M. Scott, a true public servant. She will not let us down.

Rebecca Sinkler



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The Belknap County Delegation is once again causing chaos

To The Daily Sun,

As an employee of Belknap County Nursing Home, I have one question for the members of the Belknap County Delegation: what in the world are you thinking?
Your recent actions and inactions have done a great disservice to the staff of Belknap County as well as to the taxpayers. An excessive amount of money is being spent in legal fees simply because the members of the delegation continue to step on the toes of the county commissioners.

First you held our payroll hostage by not allowing the transfer of funds from one payroll line to another causing great distress. No one was requesting additional funding, simply transferring funds that were already in the budget. This would have cost the taxpayers nothing. However, now we are incurring legal fees just because you chose t take the proper step only when you were ready to do so.

Then the county commissioners made a decision to terminate the nursing home administrator for several valid reasons. In his place they appointed an interim administrator who has already worn more than one hat at the nursing home and has proven herself to be qualified, capable and dedicated. Even with the amount of evidence brought forward at an appeal hearing, the three members of the delegation's personnel committee chose to reinstate an employee who failed to do his job. Is this what you honestly believe is in the best interest of the nursing home or just another power play?

So here we go again, incurring yet more legal fees in a battle to make sure that the quality of life of our cherished
nursing home residents is being overseen by someone who is capable and qualified.

And now there is another battle brewing. The delegation is yet again causing chaos by not allowing another transfer of funds. This action will hurt any employee currently receiving health care benefits by forcing them to pay the full cost of their health insurance plan for the rest of the year. This is not only unreasonable but also illegal because they have a contract in place that has already determined the amount that the employees must pay.

Again, no one is requesting additional funding. The money is already there. It only needs to be transferred. So what does that mean to the taxpayers? More legal fees incurred. Shame on you!

I want to thank my co-workers in every department at Belknap County Nursing Home for stepping up during this stressful time and putting the welfare of our residents first and foremost.

I would also like to thank Charlotte Flanagan, our interim administrator for stepping into an uncertain position and doing so in such a caring, professional and dignified manner.

I would like to ask the voters of Belknap County to join me in voting for more responsible representation on our County Commission by voting for Dave Pollak.

Nancy Dow

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