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As Sheriff, Moyer has what it takes to hit the ground running

To The Daily Sun,

This Sept. 13, the residents of Belknap County will go to the polls and elect the Republican candidate for the office of High Sheriff of Belknap County for the November general election. As a 28-year veteran of the Belknap County Sheriff's Department and elected High Sheriff for 13 of those years I feel I have first-hand experience in what it takes to be a successful sheriff.

It takes an individual with proven leadership qualities that has risen through the ranks of a law enforcement agency to the top position. An individual who's shown they can successfully lead an organization and make tough personnel and budget choices as well as strategic departmental decisions and all the while maintaining a positive esprit de corps within the organization.

This person should be adept at developing and administering policies and procedures, be able to wisely delegate authority and be capable of "hitting the ground running" on day one of their administration. To have been raised in the community that you serve so you know its values and citizens is also significant.

Being the High Sheriff of a county is a critical position. It carries a great deal of responsibility, not only to the residents of the county but to department members and individuals that depend on department services. It is not the place for on-the-job training. In today's world this person needs to have a solid law enforcement educational background and have attended numerous leadership trainings. They need to have demonstrated they have what it takes to be the High Sheriff.

We have such a candidate in this election — Mike Moyer. Mike "checks" all the boxes. Born and raised right here in Belknap County, he graduated from Laconia High School. Mike studied criminal justice at Southern Wesleyan University. Hired as a patrol officer in 1985 by the Laconia Police Department, Mike rose through the ranks to be appointed as Chief of Police for the City of Laconia in 2007, a position he held for four years.

While at LPD, Mike graduated from the Command Training Institute at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and the FBI's prestigious National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, which is no small feat in itself. Mike has shown firsthand that he has what it takes to be a successful sheriff and lead the department in a very positive way. He is prepared to be the sheriff from day one.

Please join me in supporting Mike Moyer for Sheriff of Belknap County by casting your vote for him in the Sept. 13 Primary election. He will make us proud.

Stephen Hodges


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At least Forrester is trying to do something about opiod problem

To the Daily Sun;

Wow, lookee here at the letter from Eric T. Rottenecker in Friday's, Aug. 19 Laconia Sun. He sure doesn't mince words. He apparently doesn't care for Senator Jeannie Forrester's idea to curb the smuggling of illegal drugs into New Hampshire which has reached epidemic proportions.

He first equates legal medicinal drugs, i.e. those prescribed by doctors and sold legally by Rite Aid and other drug chains, with those sneaked across our borders. He then takes umbrage with the notion that utilizing the National Guard to safeguard New Hampshire citizens is "absurd and insane." Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought that was was the mission of the New Hampshire National Guard.

He ends with the statement that he "has much more realistic candidates to choose from." But, instead of him being severely critical of someone else's idea, it sounds like as if he does not really care about a problem affecting many of our New Hampshire neighbors.

Mr. Rottenecker, wouldn't it be better to offer your own well thought-out plan. Just saying that you have more "realistic candidates" to vote for, smacks of pure politics. Tell me about one of your "realistic" candidate's better plan to alleviate a serious problem. Tell me you really want to do something about the illegal drug problem, just don't tell me you just don't want to have Senator Forrester as governor. At least she is trying to do something about a very grave problem.

Elliot Finn

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