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If Gov. Lynch wasn't facing a 'rainy day', what would you call it

To The Daily Sun,

Does George Hurt read his own letters before submitting? His January 17th letter is void of logic.
First he recommends using N.H.'s budget surplus to replenish the Rainy Day Fund to help with "unplanned crises". In the next breath he then attacks former Governors Shaheen and Lynch for using those funds when the state was facing a fiscal crisis. The purpose of an RDF is to lessen or offset the impact of "unplanned crises". My assumption is that Hurt would be singing a different tune if Governor Benson had used those funds in the same way.

Mr. Hurt fails to mention that then Governor Shaheen tripled the RDF. Governor Lynch utilized the RDF to help contend with the biggest economic downturn of a generation and N.H. came through better than most states.

Mr. Hurt's letter is less about thoughtful, pragmatic solutions to fiscal issues and more about trying to score partisan political points against Democrats.

Kyle Middleton


Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:20

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Lakeport Association spent $16,000 restoring boxcar, not $80,000

To The Editor,

The Lakeport Community Association would like to refute the statements of Daylon Brock, made at a public hearing held by the Heritage Commission on Wednesday, January 22. Many of our present and former members of LCA are very interested in preserving the Hathaway House, especially the late Wanda Tibbetts, one of our former members and long-time president. However, our main concern is the continued progress of our museum. The boxcar purchased in 2007 is being used in conjunction with the yard sales necessary to continue the funding of our projects. It is not rusted nor have we invested $80,000 in purchase and restoration; it is more like $16,000.

As for living in the 50s, of course those were the years we became young adults and remembered what the City of Laconia was like before Urban Renewal. As for the statue that sat in front of the Goss Reading Room, that is one of the only things that survived the Great Lakeport fire of 1903, and is revered for its historical value, not it's political view.

Hopefully we will continue our four season decorations of Lakeport Square and adding to our museum. Thanks to all the people who support our efforts.

Robert Fortier, for the

Lakeport Community Association

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:08

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Ask Joe Kenney where he stands on Planned Parenthood contract

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, we marked the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision affirming the right of each woman to control her reproductive health. Roe v. Wade has become a settled matter. Yet, some would reverse this right so necessary to more than half the population. During these 41 years, women have had the chance to blossom at home and at work with the certainty of planning their families. All women deserve access to that kind of certainty.

In 2011, our N.H. Executive Council joined those who would chip away and then reverse women's reproductive freedom by denying birth control to those who use Planned Parenthood. In 2011, the Executive Council was weighted against Planned Parenthood and voted down the contract that would have funded New Hampshire Planned Parenthood.

In 2014, funding of New Hampshire Planned Parenthood is again before our Executive Council. Women who wish to plan their families and know it is important for all women to have that opportunity believe the Executive Council should restore funding to Planned Parenthood by approving its contract. This raises the question of who will be our 1st District Executive Councilor voting on that contract. Will it be Mike Cryans or Joe Kenny?

I will go to the polls on March 11 to vote for Mike Cryans to be our next Executive Councilor for the 1st District. I will do so confident that Mike Cryans will stand with those who wish to restore funding to Planned Parenthood. I ask, whom will you trust with the vote on the Planned Parenthood contract? Executive Council District 1 residents reading this letter, I suggest you ask each candidate, Joe Kenny (R) and Mike Cryans (D), where he stands on the Planned Parenthood contract, then join me at the polls on March 11 to vote for Mike Cryans.

Gail C. Morrison

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:04

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So what if we are sometimes inconvienienced by sharing roads

To The Daily Sun,

This is a response to the insensitive, inhumane, entitled letter of A. Moon, dated Jan. 16:

Driving is a privilege. In the State of N.H., one must be licensed and follow the laws governing the operation of vehicles, as defined by the states driver's manual. There is no mention of skunks, squirrels, cats, possum or bull moose or any other animal in

the state's driver's manual, because they are ... animals.

Part 18 of the State of NH driver's manual, page 92 – 100, addresses the topic of sharing the road with a variety of motorists and pedestrians, the human kind, your friends, family, co- workers, community members. Like it or not, walkers, joggers, bicyclists, motor vehicle operators, we all have the privilege and responsibility to share the road.

The letter makes reference to a tragic accident that took place one morning some years ago when a jogger wearing headphones was killed on North Main St. by a driver on his way to work. It states that the driver suffered from distress for a long time after that but no charges were filed because the jogger had placed himself in harm's way by being in the middle of the road. A. Moon advises that if the reader happens to know one of these "critters" have them take a lesson from their "road kill" cousins.

This reference sounds like a distorted version of what happened to our beloved family member one morning many years ago. Marie had recently retired and moved back to Laconia to live with and care for her elderly mom. She was a 67-year-old woman who regularly walked the city streets before breakfast, never jogged, yet wore a jogging suit, the fashion of the time, listening to her inspirational tapes. In early September, while crossing North Main Strett, almost across, but not quite, she was struck and killed by a man on his way to work.

When found, Marie was not quite within the cross walk. The wrong place, the wrong time, the wrong choice, a tragic accident. Marie was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, mother in law, auntie, grandmom, great grandmom, and friend. She was no one's "road kill cousin". For anyone to callously refer to her as "road kill cousin" should give us all concern. No one deserves to be referred to in this way. Whether A. Moon's letter refers to our loved one, or another community member, we need to take heed of such ignorance.

I myself and a good friend drive part of the same route described in this letter for over 15 years now, between the 6 and 7 a.m. hour. NEVER have either of us witnessed a jogger down the middle of the road. Were we sometimes inconvenienced by having to share the road? Yes. So what. We slow down. We practice patience. We accept life on life's terms. We all learn in the state driver's manual that sharing the road is an important part of the experience.

What A. Moon describes in his letter to the editor is a tragic accident with significantly painful consequences for many people. To trivialize, blame, and then imply threats through ownership of a big truck is most definitively not a reason for us to "sleep in until spring".

Quite the contrary, in Marie's memory I suggest we all increase our practice of loving kindness and the golden rule of treating others the way we want to be treated, immediately. Winter, spring, summer, fall ... especially when it comes to sharing the road!

Henry & Patricia Weatherbee


Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:59

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Mike Cryans will serve us well on the N.H. Executive Council

To The Editor,

We the undersigned encourage you to VOTE FOR MIKE CRYANS ON MARCH 11. As former and current Statehouse Representatives, we understand the important role of the Executive Council. Executive Councilors vote to approve or reject all significant state contracts, judicial nominations, and appointments of leaders of all state agencies. Mike Cryans' commitment to constituent services and rejection of partisan politics makes him the right person to work with the governor and the four other Executive Council members and represent District 1.

Mike Cryans is a 17-year Grafton County Commissioner, consultant to small business, former teacher, hospital board member, and is currently employed at Headrest, a non-profit organization that deals with substance abuse recovery with residential care. Mike is a native of New Hampshire, coming from Littleton and currently residing in Hanover. Mike has worked extensively in central and northern New Hampshire

Mike's priorities of building the economy, his work ethic and dedication to constituent services make him the best person to continue the public service of Ray Burton, who tirelessly reminded us all of the value of our citizens and resources north of Concord.

Please vote on March 11 for Mike Cryans for Executive Council. He will serve us all well.

Hon. Beth Arsenault

Hon. Mo Baxley

Hon. Lisa DiMartino

Hon. Ruth Gulick

Hon. David Huot

Hon. Elizabeth Merry

Hon. Kate Miller

Hon. Gail Morrison

Hon. Ian Raymond

Hon. Judie Reever

Hon. Richard Stuart

Hon. Jane Wood

Hon. Barbara Zeckhausen

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:43

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