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My husband's experience & knowledge will benefit local politics

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing in regards to multiple negative letters published against my husband, Jonathan Smolin, who is running for the Belknap County commissioner position. As a mother, a registered voter, an active registered nurse, and a taxpayer of Belknap County, I am equally concerned with the future of local politics. I encouraged and supported my husband's decision to run for the county commissioner position in Belknap County.

I recognize that the court documents mentioned in past press publications make my husband's decisions appear questionable. I am also aware that these documents are missing a lot of the details.

— They do not explain why my grandfather was living with me, my husband, and two infants when he had six living adult children with homes of their own and no dependent children to take care of.

— They do not explain why my grandfather put his land in my husband's name.

— They do not explain why my husband and I had to file bankruptcy.
— They do not mention the $225,000 stolen from us.

— They do not acknowledge the consequence of helping the elderly out and then having to deal with entitled adult children.

— They do not mention the daily sacrifice to our family for taking care of an elderly loved one.

I was taught to always be there for my family and friends in need, to always be honest, to have integrity and to stand by my word. In today's world these qualities are lacking, and unfortunately my extended family has proven that to me. However, I'm not deterred by one batch of bad apples and my boys are being taught that these things are what matter as well as the Ten Commandments of the Bible and that they are not entitled to anything they haven't worked for.

I believe my husband's experience and knowledge will benefit the local politics. He is not a trained politician. He has not been educated to tell you one thing to your face to gain your vote and then do the opposite of what he has promised. If anyone has a question or concern about his past situation, ask him. He is an open book and anyone who knows him is well aware of anything that has been printed in the press the past few weeks.

Lawyers are masters of manipulation. Don't let yourself be manipulated by the retired lawyers who are trying to bring dirty politics to our small communities within Belknap County.
Dianna Smolin



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I do have a womb & I consider abortion to be an act of murder

To The Daily Sun,

I have often resisted the temptation to engage in the back and forth verbal battles which transpire so regularly within the pages of The Laconia Sun. But when someone aims a particularly mean-spirited vitriolic barrage at an individual who totally does not deserve it, I have to speak.
I have known Harry Mitchell for almost 18 years. When I tell you he is a kind, thoughtful, compassionate man, I am only bearing witness to facts that anyone who knows him can easily verify. He is and always has been a dedicated, engaged and nurturing father and grandfather. And last but not least a faithful friend.
As a voice for the unborn, he has been one of the most well-spoken, educated and eloquent defenders of those who can not speak for themselves. In plain English, he makes the case for the pro-life cause in the most intelligent and winsome way, never resorting to the kind of hostile, angry character assassination recently aimed at him by the disgruntled attack dog whom I won't even dignify by naming. You know who you are. And although I doubt it will be forthcoming, you owe Harry Mitchell an apology.

Now it is my turn. The above half of this letter was composed by my husband of 35 years. We have six children and 16 grandchildren and, may I add, were all considered children, human beings and life, at conception. Not one considered just a throw away "fetus."
Harry Mitchell is neither "a fool or a liar", he is a wonderful person who deeply cares about others, including those who aren't old enough yet to have a voice. Unlike Harry and my husband, I do not hold the same talent for writing without offending people. I am much rougher around the edges, as anyone who knows me will attest to. I tend to call it as I see it which is the very reason I seldom respond to the constant, ridiculous bantering I find on the editorial pages of this paper. Instead I choose to stop reading most of it, which helps to keep my blood pressure down. Therefore, unlike my husband, I choose to mention the name of this "attack dog."
Mr. Alan Vervaeke, unlike you, I DO HAVE A WOMB and I consider abortion an act of murder of an innocent life, as do many others. You certainly are entitled to your opinion, and we all know you think your research is accurate and therefore everyone's who doesn't agree with yours is wrong.

As far as Hillary Clinton goes, her stance on this issue, as well as many others, changes as often as most of us blink our eyes. And as an intelligent person (debatable at best), you must realize that if "the mother is the person that's already alive" that everything or every one who resides within her body is also "already alive." But, regardless, you really need to start acting like an adult and stop attacking others constantly in this paper. Perhaps you should just "get a life" and you won't feel the need to bash others in hopes of making yourself feel smarter and better.
There really is no need for you to respond to our letter because you will be sorely disappointed when we don't engage further in your childish behavior.

H. & M. Perkins

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