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Forrester's notion to mobilize Guard for herooin interdiction is insane

To The Daily Sun,

Wow, take a look over here. The first lady from Michigan, social conservative Senator Jeanie Forrester, gubernatorial candidate, stated in an interview with the (Concord) Monitor, that when she gets elected as governor that she will consider deploying the New Hampshire National Guard to patrol the New Hampshire borders with Canada and Massachusetts to stop the flow of drugs coming into New Hampshire.

Picture it, Friday afternoon, Checkpoint Charlie I-93 North, National Guard armored Hummer's blocking the interstate violating your Fourth Amendment rights with a car to car search looking for illegal drugs through your three-month-old's diaper bag, and while the backup extends to the Rhode Island border a big pharmacy truckload of "legal," addictive opiate painkillers and narcan drives right past on the way to your local Rite-Aid store.

The millions upon millions spent this year by the big government in Concord, just like the billions before it fighting the war on drugs, just hasn't had the effect the lunatic fringe was hoping for. So the National Guard, between deployments, will patrol our state's borders, for "free."

This notion of mobilizing the National Guard for instate heroin interdiction is absurd and insane. I'm sure that the acting commander of the New Hampshire National Guard might have something to say about this stupid harebrained idea.

This fiscal conservative Navy veteran, has much more realistic candidates to choose from in September.

Eric T. Rottenecker 

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I am asking for your vote in the Democratic Primary on Sept. 13

To The Daily Sun,,

On Sept. 13, I will be on the ballot for state representative for Laconia. In my prior time in the Legislature, I focused my efforts on improving the care and support for those dealing with mental illness as well as on bringing federal funds to expand our high-speed internet services to schools, libraries and hospitals. As a member of the House committee which examined new options for revenue, we worked hard to ensure there would be no further downshifting of state costs to local communities and towns.

My background in business has spanned over 30 years, working in the U.S. and internationally, primarily in the telecommunications sector. In my career, I have had to work with people of different values to seek fundamental change and business improvement by sharing common goals and objectives. Again I will bring this experience and skill set to the Legislature and also to the Belknap County government, where the state representatives participate in setting priorities and determining funding levels.

I have lived in Laconia since 2011 when I moved with my husband, Marty, from Sanbornton. I retired in 2015 and now work as a volunteer on the Board of the LRGHealthcare system, Genesis Behavioral Health and on the N.H. Endowment for Health's Advisory Council. In 2014, I was elected to the American Hospital Association's Committee on Governance and joined the Board of the Foundation for Healthy Communities in New Hampshire last year.

I am asking for your vote in the upcoming Primary on Sept. 13. Please save the date on your calendar. I look forward to meeting you so I can hear your views about our city and learn how I can best represent you.

Elizabeth "Liz" Merry

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