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Let's hear your story about a great local shopping experience

To The Daily Sun,

Have you had great service at a locally-owned Lakes Region Business? Do you have a story to tell?
While dropping off yet another pair of favorite tired-looking shoes to be rejuvenated at Daub's Cobbler Shop, owner, Jim Daubenspeck told me, that after 20 years of searching for the right chiropractor for his needs, he finally found one, right across the street at Healing Lakes Chiropractic. Relocating here from California, owner Valerie Lennon opened shop about two years ago in office space above Greenlaw's Music and Audio. He couldn't say enough about the quality of her service, and he should know; he once worked for a chiropractor.

Meanwhile, I recently had a wonderful experience at Infocus Eye Care located between the Belknap Mall and the Winnisquam Bridge on Rte. 3. I'd forgotten my Payflex card when I went there to place an order for new glasses. I was frustrated with myself because I knew that, though I could pay for the deposit with my debit card, it would mean extra work and time for me to then be reimbursed from my flexible spending account. The owner, Fred McDonald told me not to worry about it and said I could just pay for the entire balance when I picked them up. I didn't feel right doing that, but he insisted.

Stories like this happen every day. You might tell a friend or two, and that may encourage them to give these folks their business. But imagine if you told everyone. Word of mouth is the best advertising a business can get. An ad is biased; it's paid for by the very people who stand to benefit from it. But a testimonial from an uninvolved individual who has no skin in the game ... money can't buy that kind of endorsement.

I would like to encourage everyone reading this letter to share in a big way, any and all great experiences they've had with a locally owned Lakes Region business. Write a letter to the editor, like I've done here. Post to your favored social media network. Or maybe do both. What better way to encourage people to shop local while rewarding those who provide exemplary service and extraordinary skills. It might also encourage others to improve their customer service. That wouldn't be such a bad thing either.

On behalf of BIBA, I thank you in advance for your help in keeping the buy local movement alive and well. I look forward to reading many wonderful stories.
Debbie Bolduc

Vice President & Acting President
Belknap Independent Business Alliance (BIBA)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:00

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You're mistaken to believe TEA Party is a Republican Party group

To The Daily Sun,

Henry Osmer's April 18th letter is so far from reality that it creates a mystery. Perhaps he can't comprehend what he reads. Perhaps he is blinded by his radical leftist ideological beliefs or fake news, e.g., MSNBC. Perhaps he mistakenly believes that the TEA Party is a Republican Party group, forgetting that the TEA Party which arose in opposition to Bush's TARP program to bail out Wall Street is fought by the Washington establishments of both parties. Perhaps Osmer just lives in a fantasy world.
Far from looking down on the less fortunate as Osmer wrongfully asserts, the TEA Party wants, and fights for policies that help enable, everyone to be successful.
New Hampshire's problem isn't that we have 34,000 millionaires; our problem is that our state and national policies make it difficult for citizens to prosper and have a good chance to become a millionaire.
For citizens to prosper we need capable people willing to work and a growing economy that creates enough good jobs that people always have a better job to move to when they demonstrate their capabilities. Profitable businesses with surpluses of jobs over workers increase wages, that draws more people into the workforce, that generates more demand, and that creates more jobs, etc. A growing economy creates an increasingly prosperous people and nation.
Unfortunately, too many of our politicians have sold out to special interests which benefit from policies that reduce the opportunities for most citizens to prosper.
The TEA Party fights for school choice (primarily against Democrat politicians) and local control of education (against Democrat and Republican Progressives) so no child has to be stuck in a bad or dangerous school.
The TEA Party fights against Washington Republican and Democrat politicians who, for political support from special interests, tolerate and even encourage illegal immigration which reduces wages and available jobs for Americans, especially in today's stagnant economy that doesn't generate enough jobs.
A business environment with high taxes, oppressive regulations, bureaucratic delays, mandatory benefit costs like Obamacare, and high energy costs will not be able to pay high wages and survive against worldwide competition. In this environment businesses must cut wages and/or jobs or go bankrupt.
Therefore, the TEA Party fights for elimination of excessive regulations, excessive taxes, bureaucratic delays, elimination of energy subsidies and regulations (e.g., ethanol, solar, wind) which increase energy costs, and elimination of mandatory benefits that causes job or wage losses.
Obamacare hurts Americans in many ways including turning many full-time jobs (some with benefits) into part-time jobs without benefits. It's really hard to become prosperous on a part-time job.
Americans suffer because government fails at almost everything it tries except for protecting and growing government jobs, rewarding the special interests that keep politicians in power, and wasting money.
After spending many trillions on education, how can the results be so poor unless politicians prioritize the educational establishment above children's educations?
After spending more than $20 trillion, how can we have more people on welfare than ever before unless Democrat politicians are okay with that outcome? How can we still have welfare policies that split up families unless Democrat politicians want unmarried Mothers and their children to be poor?
Every year our federal government wastes about $200 billion (more than 5 percent of our annual budget) and no one in Washington seems to care that Americans worked, or will work, hard to provide that money. And no one seems to consider how that money could be used productively to improve our infrastructure, to help people who really can't help themselves, or to help the people who earn the money.
The TEA Party fights for government that works for all Americans. The TEA Party demands that government fix or eliminate the programs and policies that make it difficult for every American to pursue and, hopefully achieve, their American dream.
Don Ewing


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:56

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Thanks to all who brought items to Lions Club e-waste collection

To The Daily Sun,

The recent Laconia-Gilford Lions Club Electronic Waste Collection Day on April 18 was a great success, and the club is grateful to all those who participated in it. Thanks to you, we filled up almost two large trucks with recyclable electronic items.

Special thanks to Lowe's in Gilford for allowing us to use their parking lot for this fundraiser.

The money that the Lions raised will allow the club to meet pressing needs in our community including eye exams, eye glasses, hearing aids, scholarships to graduating seniors, Community Health & Hospice, and assistance to food pantries among other local charities. The club greatly appreciates all of your support and looks forward to seeing you on October 24, 2015 for our fall Electronic Waste fundraiser.
Marylin Brown
Laconia-Gilford Lions Club

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:51

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Shaker culture survey should not be filtered through SAU office

To The Daily Sun,

Dear Shaker Regional School Board members:

I was happy to see the notice about a special meeting being held with regards to the Culture Survey requested by the community at our most recent school district meeting. I am pleased that the school board is taking action on this right away.

I would like to ask you to please consider the following while you are looking at options for this process:

— Use a third-party vendor.
— Ensure anonymity of respondents to obtain the best data results.
— Include all past employees who have left the district within the last 2-3 years.
— Create a small survey committee, as recommended, that would include staff members, parents, community members and school board members. As requested, please include Roy Roberts as one of these committee members. This committee should help with decisions about the vendor being used, the data to be obtained through the survey, review and analyze the response data when received, and potentially make recommendations to the school board for future actions.
— Include parent, student and community member surveys.
— This culture survey process should not be filtered through the SAU office. All communications with regards to the vendor, survey questions, data, etc. should be communicated with the survey overview committee/school board directly
— Plan and publicize a meeting when the survey data and analysis will be made available to the public and what action the school board may take with regards to the data obtained

I hope that this process will help to create the transparency that community members are striving for, and that we can help to rebuild the trust and confidence that has always been a huge cornerstone of the Shaker Regional School District.

Thank you for your consideration.

Colleen Akerman

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:56

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Democrats don't believe women are victims of their gender

To The Daily Sun,
I'm so pleased that my latest letter "amused" Mr. Ewing with all my "false assertions". If I may, I'd like to discuss a few of Mr. Ewing's assertions.
He states that: "We (the Tea Party) believe that our federal government today is bought (with political support) by special interest groups which have no concern for most Americans, or for the security and prosperity of our nation." This is a bit odd, given the fact that the Tea Party was founded and funded by the Koch brothers. They have pledged to spend just shy of a billion dollars on the 2016 elections. Rupert Murdoch is also a huge contributor. Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote a great article — "The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party." He states: "Their (the Koch brothers) program opposes a federal deficit, but has no objection to running up trillions in red ink in tax cuts to corporations and the super rich; opposes the extension of unemployment benefits; and calls for a freeze on federal regulations in an era when abuses in the oil, financial, mining, pharmaceutical ... industries ... have been outrageous. The Koch brothers must be laughing all the way to the bank knowing that working Americans are aiding and abetting their selfish interests."

Mr. Ewing also states that Ted Cruz's shutting down the government, "is ridiculous since only the president has the power to shut down the government". Now the Republican House has tried to repeal the Affordable Care act over 50 times. They just simply don't have the votes to override a presidential veto. In 2013, led by Senator Cruz, the House attached an amendment to defund Obamacare to the federal budget (sound familiar?) I actually think that the Affordable Care Act needs some tweaking. You cannot, however, simply discard health care for millions of Americans. Nothing was in place to replace this coverage. Ted Cruz gave a nifty 21 hour speech during which he read "Green Eggs and Ham". We had a 16 day shutdown, which cost the government $24 billion.

Mr. Ewing then quotes Rev. Huckabee's "actual words". Not exactly. He neglected to quote the beginning of the statement. The reverend states, "I think it's time for Republicans to no longer accept listening to Democrats talk about a war on women. Because the fact is, the Republicans don't have a war on women. They have a war FOR women. For them to be empowered, to be something other than victims of their gender." Really? Actually it was the Democrats that that passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act. It was the Democrats that passed the Federal Medical Leave Act. This entitles eligible employees to a 12 week unpaid, job-protected leave with a continuation of group health coverage. It includes the birth of a child or the adoption of a child among other specific situations. The Democrats also support raising the minimum wage. They also are strong advocates of women controlling their medical choices. Democrats don't believe that women are victims of their gender. Rev. Huckabee's statements are disgusting and completely untrue.

June M. Huot

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:52

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