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Do your homework before electing Smolin to represent you

NOTE contents from 4th graph to end -- mjm


To The Daily Sun,

As a newcomer to Belknap County I was quite surprised to see the preponderance of signs for candidates for county office. While attending the Alton Home Day festivities I could not help but notice the plethora of signs on state property for County Commissioner candidate Jonathan Smolin.

Never having heard of Mr. Smolin before, I decided to go online to learn about the candidate. The information I found was quite an eye-opener and I must say, very disturbing.

On Aug. 16, Mr. Smolin wrote an article for the local newspaper telling the voting public why he would make a great commissioner. In the article he made the following claims relative to his background:

"Administrative experience in a medical school."

"A vast amount of small business experience."

"President of a nursing health school."

"Oversight of companies with as few as six employees to as many as 350."

As a registered nurse, one of those claims caught my eye, "President of a nursing health school."

Stand-alone nursing schools have virtually gone by the wayside in this country, so I was curious to see what school he was president of. When I dug further and looked at some of his social media I quickly noticed that the information in his social media accounts did not match up with the facts as stated in his letter to the newspaper.

On Mr. Smolin's own Linkedin.com profile he lists himself as a School Director for the Slater School of Nursing and not the school president as he claimed in his letter to the editor. He lists his duties as management of admissions, financial aid and career services. Coincidentally, during Mr. Smolin's tenure at the Slater School (May 2012-April 2013), the school chain agreed to pay the Commonwealth of Massachusetts $3.75 million to settle deceptive enrollment practices.

Nowhere in Mr. Smolin's social media can I find any administrative experience at a medical school. Perhaps Mr. Smolin is confusing a school that trains practical nurses with a bona fide medical school?

I then began to check Mr. Smolin's claim to have a "vast amount of small-business experience." The surgical company and the trucking companies he mentions in his letter do not appear on any of his social media bios. What were the names of these companies and when was he affiliated with them? Why did he elect not to list them?

His fitness franchise (Fitness Zone) which he owned lasted only two years (2005-2007). Was it sold, closed or dissolved? His exotic car dealership which he operated from 2008 to 2010 is reported by the New Hampshire Secretary of State's Office as having been "Administratively Dissolved." Which one of the companies listed in his bio and his letter to the editor had 350 employees? Perhaps it was the medical school which he failed to mention in his curriculum vitae.

Additionally, in the process of researching his background, I was astonished to find a bankruptcy filing whereby it appears that Mr. Smolin left his creditors on the hook for something in excess of $434,000.

A copy of the filing can be found at http://www.nhb.uscourts.gov/sites/nhb/files/opinions/2014BNH003-Smolin.pdf

Signs do not a good candidate make. Do your homework, voters, before you send an individual with such a checkered and financially irresponsible background to Belknap County to represent your taxpayer interest.

Pamela Tyson

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Building was shaking at finale to Interlakes Theatre’s ‘Footloose’

To The Daily Sun,

The 2016 season ended on a high note this past weekend at the Interlakes Summer Theatre in Meredith with sold out performances of "Footloose." And what a show it was!

The cast was outstanding, including my two personal favorites: Mikey LoBalsamo and Emma Flynn. The music had the audience rocking and rolling, and the finale had the entire building shaking. A great night of musical theater in the heart of the Lakes Region.

The season unfortunately has come to an end, but what a spectacular year it was. From "Patsy Cline" to "The Producers," "9 to 5" to "My Fair Lady" and culminating with "Footloose," it was a season of outstanding musical theater for the entire family.

Thanks go out to the talented cast and crew of ILST for their outstanding work, to the musicians and all the background people who keep the theater running so smoothly each week, and most especially to the executive producer, usher, answer the phone, performer and do just about anything to bring these spectacular shows to Meredith, Nancy Barry. She does everything that needs to be done tirelessly and willingly on behalf of ILST, and always with a smile.

Of course, with the ending of the 2016 season, we turn the page to 2017. And what a season it looks to be. The 10th Anniversary Year of the Interlakes Summer Theatre will feature four shows, the beautiful music and serenity of "The Sound of Music," the hand clapping and foot stomping of "All Shook Up," the comedy, dancing and joy of "Mamma Mia," featuring the outstanding music of Abba, and the musical celebration of "Gypsy." An outstanding lineup of musical theater situated in what will be the newly-refurbished auditorium at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith.

You don't want to miss any of these shows. How about a season pass for next year? It makes a sensational birthday, anniversary or holiday gift, and you'll be thanked for your thoughtfulness at the time you make the gift along with thanks throughout the summer of 2017. You can't lose on that idea. Or you can do as my wife and I have done — we've already renewed our season pass. And if you purchase a season pass before Sept. 30, you'll receive free tickets — that's right, free tickets — as a thank-you. But don't listen to me. Just go to interlakestheatre.com for all the details.

Don't wait too long before you visit that site and secure your season pass. The 2017 season looks to be spectacular! Join us at Interlakes Summer Theatre in 2017. You'll be glad you did.

Vincent Martino
Braintree, Massachusetts

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