To The Daily Sun,
Late 60s early 70s, the rebirth of downtown Laconia — Urban Renewal — a "Free" Money Government Project. Late 80s, City Council has the Rebirth of Downtown II. Remove at least four buildings for a parking lot; this will be downtown "Revitalization II.a". Then came revitalization IV in '92-'93: the removal of concrete for the new (again) Main Street ($400,000) between Sawyer's and THE parking garage. This will solve the problem of folks not being able to find downtown Laconia. Keep in mind in the early 70s, Dan's Star Market and WT Grant built a shopping plaza where Loew's is today, over the Gilford line. Oh yes, the '92-'93 council decided to build the Lakes Business Park in partnership with Gilford. And how has that worked re: new jobs and property values? Allen Rogers left us, and Freudenberg came in, and LEFT. In the meantime, in my opinion, we gave up on O'Shea Industrial Park for new occupants.
After all of the boondoggles costing us millions with little or no return, we are going to do it again! Didn't we already remove a large section of the parking garage facade so visitors could find a parking space? No sweat, just a few hundred thousand dollars. Are the taxpayers expected to finance another hopeless act by changing the first look at downtown through rose-colored glasses? Oh heck, in the beginning, it's only another $450,000.
Laconia is my hometown and I plan on staying, though my children left for a better financial life, and it worked. My fear is that once again unknowing visitors to downtown will not be encouraged by another Potemkin's Village, and the natives know until more shops and reasons to be in downtown Laconia, more of OUR money will be wasted.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:05
To The Daily Sun,
My, my, my, On Friday I read the letter from Bernadette Loesch and found it sounded very reassuring that she says she studies all sides ever issue she writes about. I can certainly respect anyone who does that but I do have just a small problem with Ms. Loesch. It was just a few short weeks ago that she lectured readers to research issues on her list of 27, I believe it was, magazines, networks and movies, from Michael Moore to MSNBC, to gather their information. In fact every one was a far left source that makes no attempt to present anything like fair and balanced reporting. So my problem is how do I reconcile her letter of Friday with her proven history of left wing zealotry?
Saying racism is alive and well in the U.S. is true but what she leaves out is that it is alive and well world wide. It is not limited to any one group, nation, race, religion, agenda or ethnicity. Just the other day 16 year old Malala Yousafzai, of Pakistan, celebrated her birthday giving a speech at the U.N. Malala was shot in the head two years ago by the Taliban for promoting education for girls. In our national news we see Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton beating the racial drums over the Travon Martin killing and local progressives stirring the anti Christian hate agenda. I know these may not be exactly racial but prejudice and bigotry are all part of the hate stew simmering on the fire. So I suggest you look into the dark corners of your own side of the street Bernie.
About guns and crimes it may be of interest to readers that the national rates have been steadily declining every year since 1990. We are indeed inundated by the media with gun killing stories though the anti-gun media tends to sensationalize only the most egregious or ones with racial implications. They ignore the FACT that the greatest number of shootings and killings are by criminal gangs in our major cities almost always those controleed, long term, by Democrats. These same Democrats choose to play the false fix it game proposing gun laws that target legal gun owners rather then the criminals. Face it Ms. Loesch your party needs chaos, crime and poverty to exist or they wouldn't so there is zero chance anything gets better with progressives in charge.
P.S. Happy birthday to the bravest girl in the world, Malala Yousafzai.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:02
To The Daily Sun,
Having been, for so long and so recently, the recipient of misinformation from the Belknap County Commissioners which has been directed at the Belknap Convention, forgive me if my reaction to their concessions (in Thursday's edition of The Daily Sun) to the realities attendant to building a new jail is one of disgust.
The delegation in general and the chairman in particular have been the recipient of many slings and arrows, some as recently as last week.
Review what has been written over the past seven months and you will discover an unbroken record of deceit and manipulation by the
Representatives Tilton and Greemore, in particular, made sensible observations at the June meeting with the commissioners and their
experts, Ricci Greene. The response was a campaign to paint an unflattering picture of the delegation. Having been left out of the
evaluation and design process for the proposed prison we were asked "where have we been?". Most of us were working on coming to grips with
the problems extant while not subscribing to the inevitability of a forty plus million dollar new building and an additional 2.7 million dollars
in personnel costs.
Having squandered large amounts of time and money and failed at reasonable governance, all three commissioners should consider the
commonweal and resign their seats forthwith.
Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:57
To the editor:
On Wednesday, you printed a letter from a person called Brenda Sens of Gilmanton. In that letter she makes a couple of statements that I would like to address.
First, she accuses George Zimmerman of committing a "murder" when he shot Trayvon Martin. Excuse me but the man was acquitted of a 2nd degree murder charge and we have yet to be told by any juror that they acquitted Zimmerman despite the evidence. I distinctly recall some members of the O.J. jury publicly stating that they had, in fact voted to acquit despite the evidence (jury nullification). If memory serves me correctly it was a case of trying to make a statement against the LAPD at the time. So, Zimmerman is not a murderer, at least not in the eyes of the law.
Second, Sens claims that Zimmerman used Florida's "stand your ground law" to "get away with it". Really? That law was never at issue in this case and Zimmerman's defense team did not use it as a justification. The claim was that Zimmerman used deadly force to stop an attack when he felt his life was in danger. The fact is that Zimmerman decided to follow Martin. During that time Martin assaulted Zimmerman and at some point Zimmerman felt his life was threatened and he took the action he did. How many times are we allowed to smash someone's head on the ground and how many times can our noses be broken before we are allowed to take action? We can disagree about what action Zimmerman took to end the assault but in the real world what he did is called "self-defense".
Now, of course, if the goal is to restart a fight over the 2nd Amendment then you might make a claim that someone "used" a stand your ground law to "get away with it".
What I believe is this: People see this unfortunate local crime as an opportunity to reignite a battle over the 2nd Amendment after a recent setback. They are cynically using the tragic death of a young man to further the agenda that they refuse to drop. Does anyone really believe that men such as Eric Holder or Al Sharpton give a hoot about Trayvon Martin? George Zimmerman? Believe that if you like but I think you're mistaken. These young men are nothing but props to be used to forward a leftist agenda. It's an evil and cynical game that many in these pages seem ready to play unfortunately.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:53
To The Daily Sun,
This reply is to address Dave Schwotzer's query as to whether I know the difference between a Prison and a County Jail:
I will share with you a bit of information of my in-depth knowledge of the difference between a prison and a county jail. Although you do not need to know about my life history or background, as I wish to keep it out of public arena, I am willing to share this much with you and the readers of this newspaper. One of my family members wore two separate uniforms for many, many years. One uniform was worn during service in the U.S. Military, the other was worn as a law enforcement officer for a large police department. Enough said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 09:54