I've found Pollak to be thoughtful listener & respectful collaborator

To The Daily Sun,

Voting for David Pollak for Belknap County Commissioner is a vote to bring positive changes to our county.

I have worked with Dave for more than five years, and I have found him to be a thoughtful listener, an intelligent and diligent researcher, and a respectful collaborator. These are the qualities that we need our public office holders to have so they can make good decisions for all of us.

David Pollak would make an excellent Belknap County Commissioner.

Cynthia Davis


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I'm proud that our little town of Grafton is fielding 5 house candidates

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to the negative piece of campaign literature that I found in my mail box recently. I would like to take the time to set the record straight. In this manner voters may make an informed decision on Nov. 4.

First and foremost, I am not in any way involved with the Koch brothers, nor will I be if elected. My emphasis in my election campaign is to be positive and accentuate strengthening our communities. I want to empower our rural towns with the necessary means to combat unwanted intrusion from those who wish to change our charming New England character. This includes Northern Pass and the industrial wind farms in the Newfound-Cardigan area that would have a disastrous effect on our scenic beauty.

What is troublesome for me is the two candidates who are behind this mailing are my neighbors in Grafton. They both know me and they should know better. In my 12 years as selectman I have continually worked toward improving education, health care accessibility, and fairness in the way town government treats its citizens. I intend to continue this work in the state House.

I am proud of the fact that our little town of Grafton is fielding five candidates for the state House. Political diversity is the stuff of which our democracy is made. My door is open to all, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians or anybody with views they wish to discuss. This year, in fact, my opponent Catherine Mulholland was at my house enjoying some of my homemade borscht while discussing town issues.

What we need in Concord is someone who listens to all and works for all, not someone who operates in a Democratic Party bubble and tows the party line, as does my opponent. District 17 deserves better than that. I am the person our district needs.

That is why I am asking for your vote on Nov. 4.

Stephen Darrow

Selectman, Town of Grafton

Republican Candidate Grafton House District 17

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Beneficiaries of overspending are now howling at the consequences

To The Daily Sun,

Over the last two years, Belknap residents have witnessed the vile and vicious attacks that the beneficiaries of ever increasing government spending launch if they don't get their way. We have seen the poisonous atmosphere they create for politicians who simply try to balance all the interests of their constituents.

The Belknap County Delegation/Convention responsibly approved a budget meeting the county's needs and balancing all stakeholders' interests. The county commissioners refused to follow the approved budget and procedures, and they moved many thousands of dollars among line items so they could spend as they wanted. (Because they showed they could not be trusted, the delegation limited the commissioners' ability to move money among line items, without approval, to $300.)

With a court decision identifying the commissioners' illegal actions, everyone acknowledges a budget problem. The beneficiaries of the overspending howl at the thought of reimbursing the county for their overpayments to resolve the budget problem. Apparently they don't care if others suffer, e.g., from increased taxes or cuts in county services (e.g., nursing home, jail, sheriff, etc.) or even jobs.

No one wants the employees to incur a large reimbursement expense at holiday time, and everyone hopes that can be avoided. But, if any parties must suffer, it should be the commissioners and those who benefited from, and encouraged, the improper spending.

Over the last two years we watched as the beneficiaries of government spending tried to bully the Belknap County Delegation into approving debt for a $42-million jail with its huge operational cost increases and budgets that require large tax increases. The bullying continued with a loud and vicious campaign of name-calling and slander as they maliciously tried to bully the delegation into rubber-stamping the commissioners' illegal spending.

Nevertheless, the Republican-led delegation has held firm to the lawful budget that provides the needed county services without large tax increases and new debt. And, despite the heated false charges, they are working responsibly to minimize the impact of the commissioners' illegal actions.

Unless Belknap County citizens elect commissioners who will follow the law and a delegation that balances all the needs of all Belknap County stakeholders, out of control spending will resume, a huge debt will be incurred for a poorly planned jail, and taxes will skyrocket.

To avoid out-of-control spending and an enormous debt, Belknap County needs Republicans in control of the delegation and trustworthy county commissioners. This requires voting for Republican State Representatives (in Gilford/Meredith: Herb Vadney, George Hurt, Russ Dumais, and Glen Aldrich) and Republican County Commissioners: Dave DeVoy and Dick Burchell.

Don Ewing


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What in the world has Republican Party done to earn your vote?

To The Daily Sun,

With all the negative ads being showcased in every state and the GOP licking its chops thinking they will retain the House and take over the Senate, I ask why vote for them? What have they done to earn your vote?

From the very beginning of Obama's presidency the GOP has done nothing less than try to block almost everything he has done or proposed to do. It's no secret that Mitchie has made it a main point of his boring life. He has gone so far as to filibuster his own bills. Just take a glance at Tom Colburn's Wastebook 2013 to see some of the waste in D.C. That would cover any increase in the minimum wage or any one of the number of bills waiting to be voted on. I would think there are better places to invest our tax dollars than some of the examples in Colburns Wastebook.

A perfect example of this political insanity is the election going on in Florida between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott to see who can buy this election. Spending millions for a job that only pays $130,000. Then there is Illinois where Pat Quinn is running against Bruce Rauner. Rauner has invested $23 million in this race for governor — $23 million of his own money for a job that pays just over $177,000. This is happening in many states, but more so in states that run ads paid for by the big PACs.

Why the big fight over the Keystone pipeline? Only a few permanent jobs. The oil is not staying here. Oil prices will increase, more chances for oil spills. The pipe itself is not even built here, and more addiction to oil. Until all this big money is out of politics we will never have an honest election. However, when we consider how the big money got into politics ­— the Supreme Court -— then it may never leave.

As citizens we have rights too and some of them are written into our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We do have laws and it is our country the politicians are messing with. Our tax dollars are paying them and for being paid over $200,000 per year I would expect more than a few roads being named. At least they should throw in a bridge or two.

Jon Hoyt


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Nonsensical & untrue to say our country leads world in violence

To The Daily Sun,

Once again we have been treated to the condescending remarks of Professor George "The ends justify the means" Maloof. He started off with what I believe was his attempt at humor when he claimed that he is an "Independent."

He then tells us that of the top 11 developed nations, we rank dead last in health care. Really? As one who has had occasion to be the beneficiary of more than my share of our excellent medical and surgical services, I would simply ask the professor what country would he like to go to in order to get on a six month waiting line in order to get something as available as an MRI or a CAT scan? And after he received that non-invasive test, what would his wait time be to actually see a physician?

Our neighbor to the north, Canada ranks ahead of the United States. Yet, there are actually travel agencies that specialize in arranging for Canadian citizens to travel to the United States, get booked into a hotel, and then see a pre-arranged doctor about their condition. From what I've read, Canada will pay for the out-of-country medical costs for procedures that are done promptly in this country as "emergency" treatments.

The United Kingdom is ranked first in health care. Have you ever heard of anyone going to that country for medical treatment? Rather, we often hear of dignitaries from many of those so-called top health care providing countries who come to this country for treatments.

Further, our pharmaceutical company investment in research overwhelms the rest of the world and we are ranked number one in the per capita research costs. The rest of the world benefits from the investment in research and development that is done in this country

The professor also made a nonsensical, and untrue statement that our country ranks "No. 1 in violence, having 88 guns per 100 people." Perhaps the professor could take a look at the violent deaths in this country as compared to the rest of the world. In 2012, our national murder rate was 4.7 deaths per 100,000 population. Compare that 4.7 number to the Caribbean's 15.8, or South America's 22.6. In some locations Asia has a very low murder rate, but even there, they have countries that have 5.8 murder rate. Some African nations range from 11.1 to a high of 22.6, and Europe has countries that have up to 5.9 deaths per 100,000. Not only is the United States far from being the most violent country in the world, if we were to exclude key cities around the country that have high drug, gang related murders, our numbers would drop significantly lower than 4.7.

Maybe instead of looking down his nose at people who have read "The Fountainhead," or "Atlas Shrugged," the professor might take a few minutes and get some real facts . . . or is that asking too much from an academician.

Bob Meade


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