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Public is welcome at Wednesday's Constitution Day at LRCC

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of Lakes Region Community College and its administration, staff, faculty, and students, I would like to invite the public to the college's celebration of Constitution Day at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 17. This event will be held in the College's Academic Commons, located at the main entrance to our new Science Building.

We will be celebrating the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia in 1789. Our guest speaker will be the Hon. James Carroll, presiding judge of the New Hampshire Circuit Court in Laconia. Come out and help us celebrate the birthday of this important and enduring document.

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Scott Cracraft

Professor, History and Social Sciences

Lakes Region Community College


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:27

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Mr. Pollak has yet to take a definitive stance on the jail debate

To The Daily Sun,

I visited the Belknap County Jail on Sept. 5. The jail was designed to hold 87 inmates, but only had 80 individuals housed that day. I toured the jail with the maintenance director and the deputy superintendent. The purpose of my visit was to see what improvements have been made since my last visit. I also wanted to see the designated location for expansion.

A former, well respected, county commissioner informed me that the current jail was designed to have an addition built if the designated capacity of 87 was no longer sufficient. The jail has a gym that was built in the late 19th century, around the same time as the current Superior Courthouse. The jail has a wing from the 1950s. The current commissioners' office and a portion of the nursing home were all built at the same time. The rest of the jail was built in the late 1970s and added to in the late 1980s.

Why is there not a movement to tear down the current courthouse, nursing home or commissioners' office? The answer is politics. The commissioners made the decision to update and maintain those other departments or buildings, but with the jail, they chose to ignore it. They practiced demolition by neglect to justify a new jail. Everything I saw can be replaced or updated, if funds were allocated.

Sullivan County had a similar dilemma. Ricci Greene had proposed a new $45 million jail, but their commissioners decided to respect the taxpayer and wisely utilize resources. Sullivan County updated their existing jail, added an expansion and utilized alternative programs. Rejecting the Ricci Greene proposal saved almost $38 million and reduced recidivism from 88 to 18 percent. The current county commissioners and my opponent, David Pollak, refuse to consider this as an option.

David Pollak is not the "sharp pencil fiscal conservative" he is trying to portray. He wrote a letter to the editor during the 2012 election for Commissioner Ed Philpot, calling him a fiscal conservative. Commissioner Philpot has been the driving force behind the new beautiful jail and it is evident he not a fiscal politician.

David Pollak has yet to take a definitive stance on the jail debate. He seems to dance around the issue. The voters deserve to know exactly where he stands. I am inclined to believe his intention is to support a new jail, if elected. Keeping his cards close to his chest, does not help the City of Laconia or the county.

I have proposed a plan that would update/expand the current jail and add programs. Doing this would reduce the inmate population and respect Laconia's tax cap. Please visit my website at www.davedevoy.com for details on my "Smart Jail Plan." There you will see that I have a definitive, thought-out plan. You will know exactly where I stand on the jail issue. I do not try to appeal to all voters, just the taxpayers who are fed up with carrying the burden of poor decisions made by out-of-touch politicians.

Please vote for me if you want a commissioner that will work for you, stay out of court, and get Belknap County moving forward again.

Dave DeVoy

Candidate for Belknap County Commissioner


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:23

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Thank you Sanbornton & Tilton for your strong support at polls

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to all the voters of both the towns of Sanbornton and Tilton to express my sincere appreciation for their strong support at the voting polls on Tuesday Sept. 9, in my candidacy for state representative.

Thank you all for the strong support. Your vote of confidence is very encouraging. Over the next eight weeks I look forward to continue to reach out to you, the voters, for consideration of your vote in the General Election on Nov. 4. The opportunity to represent you in Concord as a State Representative for District 4 comprising Sanbornton and Tilton is a very important responsibility.

Brian S. Gallagher


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:20

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I will work dilligently for you on the Belknap Co. Commission. Thanks

To The Daily Sun,

To the voters of Tilton, Belmont, Barnstead and Gilmanton, thank you for your support in the District 2 County Commissioner

I intend to work diligently on, and to consider fairly, the issues which face Belknap County.

Dick Burchell

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 11:40

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We're now in mid-Sept. & still no 5th member of Bristol Selectboard

To The Daily Sun,

Last March, the Town of Bristol had a very close race for two positions on the Board of Selectmen. The recount was Rick Alpers 338, Shaun Lagueux 325, Paul Manganiello 322, Andy O'Hara Jr. 277, and 2 write-ins. Obviously, Rick and Shaun were voted in.

On May 22, Joe Denning resigned from the board, creating another opening. One could assume that Paul Manganiello would be appointed (as been done in the past) especially in view of a three-vote difference with Shaun and a 16-vote difference with Rick. Many of us were amazed when the board asked for letters of interest and interviews soon followed.

We are now in mid-September without a new member ... a board of 4 not 5. Did the people not speak in March? Does the board have its own agenda? Are they determined to pick the "chosen one?" How disappointing for Paul and all of us who believed our vote counted.

Jan Barrett


Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 11:37

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