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Mr. Gammon has already paid the fees with after tax dollars

To The Daily Sun,

The City of Laconia is spending thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to evade reimbursing Mr. Gammon's cost incurred in correcting the ballot count for WARD 5 City Council. The court ordered a recount as a result of his quest to protect all voters. However, the court is now reconsidering its order that the city pay his out of pocket expenses.

No EXPERT witness, affidavit by an accountant or finance officer has ever been introduce to the court to support the city attorney's allegation that an IRS W-9 form was mandated regarding out of pocket expenses (non-income). Why the city manager or council has not weighed in on the perpetuation of this litigation is perplexing.

The city solicitor has turned the reimbursement of "Out of Pocket Expenses" into a frivolous defense, an issue not directly related to the election recount's cost incurred. The city is demanding that Mr. Gammon, ProSe, complete and IRS W-9 form, which has no applicability, to reimbursement for do-it-yourself representation.

When the prevailing party is represented by an attorney, it's the attorney who shall declare all cost as earned income to the IRS. The client will not send the attorney a W-9 or a 1099 before the bill is paid.

ProSe representation puts the individual in harm's way. If unsuccessful, the risk of being ordered to reimburse the opposing party for legal cost is great. However, a ProSe petitioner or defendant is not allowed reimbursement for time, labor or misc. cost when prevailing. ProSe litigants may be awarded "out of Pocket expenses" only.

Mr. Gammon only requested out of pocket expenses, as allowed, for ensuring a vote cast shall be counted; a personal cost of $280.76. WHY has the city conjured up a W-9 requirement, costing thousands?

The court ordered reimbursement for out of pocket was appealed by the city. The only question put to the court was reimbursement. However, the city solicitor stated the money was available but only under the condition that Mr. Gammon complete IRS W-9 Form, a form that is used by the city to fill out IRS 1099-MISC for Vendor or Contractor, who must report it as income, REIMBURSEMENT IS NOT INCOME, he has paid all fees with after-tax dollars.

In civil cases the award of cost to the prevailing side can be in the tens of thousands and no W-9 is mandated because neither the petitioner nor respondent is a contractor or vendor.

If a business needs to issue a Form 1099-MISC to a vendor or independent contractor, the business will first need to obtain a completed Form W-9 from the vendor or contractor. That's because in order to fill out the Form 1099-MISC, the business owner will need to know the name, address and taxpayer identification number to whom the 1099-MISC will be issued.

Thomas A. Tardif
Laconia

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 January 2014 12:02

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Center for Study of Absurdity concludes: crazy is everywhere lately

To The Daily Sun,

Welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity. Let's start with Big-Religion and that means Pope Francis, today. The Center has voted Pope Francis "Delight of the Year". The nerve of him to attack trickle down economics and consider the plight of the poor! Lead by the usual suspects in talk radio and Fake News, heads have exploded all over right wing world. Marxist!

Last time around we told you that GOP lawmakers were being told that in order to reach women one had to reach them on an emotional level. Really! But that is not all, our sources have discovered that this group of Neolithic geniuses is also being coached on empathy towards the unemployed. The problem with this plan is you can't fix sociopaths, just make them better pretenders

Winning our "dead, cold, stiff, and without a pulse" award this week is Senator Rand Paul, who said unemployment benefit extensions do a disservice to workers. Yup, its got to be an awful disservice to get that check so you can feed your children and not get evicted or lose your car.

Joining the really crazy of late is the group, "America the next generation", who called for lynching President Obama and creating a national holiday. Crazy is everywhere lately. Jim Garrow who has said Obama should be shot claims had a plan to nuke 90 percent of us so George Soros could make money. Now Garrow claims Obama's plan is to take over the U.S. with the help of Canadians and extraterrestrials. Garrow also claims Obama is part of an Arab-Chinese-Communist conspiracy.

The American Taliban is now cheering Uganda's new "made in America" anti-gay law. Driven by Pastors Lou Engels, Scott Lively, and other Christian jihadists, the original law made homosexuality a capital offense. Now the max is life. Mercy Me! Lively is a man as anti-gay as Heinrich Himmler the day he created the Reich Central Office for the Combating of Homosexuality and Abortion in 1936. On health.care, America's Ayatollah, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is having fits because the LGBT community, who is disproportionately uninsured, is signing up for health.care.

In a recent lecture by "Worst in Show" Professor Stephen Baskerville at Patrick Henry College, the professor claims that the reason that the jailing of rapists, child abusers, and spouse beaters has become problematic is — wait — the feminist agenda! Baskerville claims sexual harassment is harmless flirting and bullying is freedom of expression! But wait! Have no worries about those darned feminists because the House is back in session and Republicans have started the new year with — surprise! — a bunch of new abortion restrictions. Good luck with that in 2014!

Evangelist David Barton, known for his fictional revisions of U.S. History now claims global warming is man made but not from what you think. Fossil fuels, move over! God is angry about legal abortions so God is messing with our weather. Barton isn't the only scientific illiterate it seems. BYU's Geochemistr Professor Barry Bickmore, an active Mormon and Republican recently said "Rush Limbaugh doesn't know anything about science". We knew that! It seems Rush claimed that liberals just invented the term "Polar Vortex". Heck, Rush has also said "heat index" was part of a liberal conspiracy.

Our "post racial America" prize goes to Ohio teacher Gil Voigt. He was suspended without pay for telling an ambitious young African-American student that the country does "not need another black president." Suspension without pay is the first step towards termination.

There is good news for America's saner Republicans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has set a GOP goal for 2014: "No fools on our ticket". I say good luck with that! But all is still not well with the Chamber. The Chamber is mad at Obama and thinks huge tax cuts for the rich will — presto! — lift us out of our economic troubles. Short term memory loss, anyone?

To the glee of the dentists nationwide, the religious right ground their teeth down to bridge-ready posts when Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson was disciplined by A&E. Several groups came to his defense — like Theodore Shoebat, an anti-gay, anti-Islam howler who cited scriptures saying homosexuals were worthy of death. Predictably, America's self-appointed Tea-constitutional scholars were the last to realize the issue had nothing to do with the First Amendment. It was business. But all is not bad for the diminished; they have a new hero, the Russian actor Ivan Okhlobystin, who, while giving a talk about spirituality, told listeners he wanted to burn all gays ALIVE in ovens.

Last but not least as we bid 2013 farewell is newly elected school board member Gregory Beck of Brookfield, Connecticut who resigned over a plan to pass out free ammo to honor Sandy Hook victims.

James Veverka

Tilton

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:52

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Where is the anguish caused by the use or users of marijuana?

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to Mr. Thomas R. Selling's letter on January 17th.
Mr. Thomas, what exact anguish are we suffering, and to what actions caused by the people using marijuana is this anguish created?

Please refresh my memory to any incident of violence, overdose, severe addiction, danger, or harmfulness of this naturally growing, unaltered plant. It seems to me that we need to focus on the dangerous issues we are facing here alone in our state like methamphetamine labs, heroin use, gun violence, hunger and the poor, mistreated youth, theft, and poverty. Why are you singling out marijuana use with "any other illegal drug"? Mr. Selling it is far far from the same as "any other drug"
So yes, let us pray for those who are ignorant.
I want to thank Republicans Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Charles Fink, and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Bob Greemore, and Herb Vadney of Meredith, and Democrat Ruth Gulick of New Hampton for supporting the legalization of marijuana.
Thank you again representatives for listening to the people.

Brandon J. Morin

Laconia

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:38

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Our U.S. voting process is on a par wiht third-world countries

To The Daily Sun,

One of the best kept 'secrets' that is allowed to exist in the entire United States is that our voting system is totally broken. If you doubt this, do a little research.
The Bipartisan Commission on Election Reform is a commission in place that was formed to simplify our national, state, city and town voting process. One of its primary recommendations — voting should not take more than one half hour to complete. Since it was created almost nothing positive has been done to improve the efficiency, or ease, or fairness of the way Americans vote for the people on any ballot.
Sounds farfetched. Well ... sad to say it's not.
What could possibly be the problem with the system of voting? One thing stands out: the way that states' rights have been misused. The same way that they were used as a justification for secession, segregation, and suppression of equal rights.
We may be an advanced country in many ways, but our voting process is on par with third world countries.
Happy about this? I'm not.
What can be done to bring about the much needed change?
Simple-call, write, and email your elected officials. Start with your representatives and senators both on the state and national levels. Let them know that you support the president's initiative to fix our voting system in a uniform manner once and for ALL of us. The vote is a fundamental right of each and every American citizen. It is not something to be controlled and manipulated by the privileged, PAC's, secret money, special interest groups or any particular party.
It's time.

Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:26

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Greg Husband needs to put welfare of children before his own ego

To The Daily Sun,

The residents of Franklin are still wearing their wool scarf around their eyes. Let's review the political year. Former coach Greg Husband starts the petition, with the mayor's blessing, to remove two elected school board members. They later changed this to hold a public hearing when it became apparent the courts would not uphold a removal of duly elected officials by the mayor's posse. This cost the taxpayers of Franklin in REAL dollars. The board had to hire an attorney to defend their legal and rightful actions.

Don't forget, Greg Husband doesn't have a job, so he has nothing to lose by time. Next, Greg Husband files an unfair labor practice claim with the N.H. Department of Labor. HE lost, even though he claims they were biased against him. He ragged on them for failing to believe his disciples but the DOL was not swayed. Let me repeat: HE LOST! He complained to the Attorney General. They ignored him. He filed a complaint with the Department of Education, yes the same department where the mayor of Franklin and the newly elected board chair of Franklin are employed. The DOE did an investigation and found nothing substantial to Greg Husband's claims. He lost again! Are you sensing a pattern here? 

He gets elected to the school board. His election platform: get Franklin schools back on track, take care of the budget, get teachers raises. Let's see: Franklin Schools have improved in all areas in the past three years, with a 20 percent teaching turnover, not 50 percent like he claims, and the budget is transparent and in the black (can the city say the same?). Get teachers raises — yes. Finally something to agree on. So Greg Husband has cost the school district about $50,000 so far in legal fees to defend against his personal vendetta against board members, NHIAA, administration. I wonder what that equals in teachers raises? Are we done? No. He continues to file suits.

His latest is against the former superintendent. Does the think that anything has changed in the past year? Has he convinced someone to lie for him? Did he share any of this at the last board meeting? Did the newly elected board chair have to leave the board table to ask her husband what to say next? Have any council members expressed a concern over Greg Husband's continued cost to the taxpayers? Yes, this one is costing the taxpayers. An estimate you say. Forty to fifty thousand dollars for this one suit would be a conservative estimate. Question: What is the the total cost to the residents of Franklin to massage on person's ego? Answer: Somewhere between seventy and a hundred thousand dollars.

The newly elected school board won't be sharing this information, but you can find it under Right to Know requests from the Department of Labor from the New Hampshire Court System, or from any honest board member that has real integrity. Check Greg Husband's history. He files suit or threatens to file suit against anyone and everyone who disagrees with him (attorney's, Executive Director of NHIAA, former spouse, school administration, board members). Maybe it is time that Greg Husband took that sage advice someone offered months ago. Put on his big boy pants and truly put the children of Franklin and their welfare before his own ego. Residents of Franklin, please take the wool from your eyes and looks at what these people are doing to our community.

K.W. Sawyer

Franklin

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:22

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