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Com. Taylor's response was to launch a despicable personal attack

To The Daily Sun,

The contest for Belknap County commissioner in the towns of Alton, Gilford, Meredith and Center Harbor has certainly produced a torrent of words. Let's investigate the issues.

We have a sitting, appointed commissioner, Mr. Smolin's opponent, who has said "let the young people pay" when it comes to financing a correctional center. He has advocated for the expansion of programs, but has not stated what the costs will be. He has backed a federal waiver program that will change the way, that our county nursing home is funded. Likely a costly venture and more than likely less control and more from Washington.

To my knowledge this commissioner has shown no willingness to discuss the issues with those who may disagree with him. Instead, he has joined with the commissioner from district one, that includes Laconia, in stating that Mr. Smolin was guilty of an attempt to smear him. When this was disproven, there was no apology from this sitting commissioner. Instead he launched a despicable personal attach on Mr. Smolin.

Is there any wonder that no sitting state representative has rallied to the side of this sitting commissioner. I am voting for an experienced individual that will protect our elderly in the county nursing home, and work with the representatives to keep control of the funding at local and state level and that is Jonathan Smolin.

Rosemary Landry

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For endorsers of Mr. Smolin, shame on you for not doing homework

To The Daily Sun,

In announcing his candidacy for Belknap County commissioner, Mr. Smolin touted his extensive business background and expertise as the reason he would make a good county commissioner. There is no doubt that his background is extensive, but at best it can be said that it was very checkered.

The below link is Mr. Smolin's own Linkedin account:
Mr. Smolin claimed he was president of a nursing school. Not true. He was an admission director.

Mr. Smolin claimed that he started and subsequently sold a trucking company yet there is no reference to any such trucking company.

Mr. Smolin claimed that he oversaw a company with 350 employees, however, by his own social media accounts, there is no company that is large enough to employee 350 employees.

He claimed that he had administrative experience at a medical school and again his Linkedin account makes no mention of it.

The fitness gym in West Swanzey which he owned and operated for two years was abruptly closed, leaving members and vendors on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

His automotive care company which he operated out of Alton was administratively dissolved and subsequently ended up in bankruptcy with millions of dollars in outstanding debt.

In his letter announcing his candidacy Mr. Smolin emphasizes his "morals, honesty and ethics." While a resident of Maine, Mr. Smolin, by false representation(s) induced Mrs. Smolin's elderly and blind grandfather to deed his property over to him. When the grandfather passed, the estate brought a successful suit against Mr. Smolin which resulted in a judgment against him in the amount of $291,000. In a further bankruptcy filing, Mr. Smolin attempted to get this judgement dismissed. The judge ruled against him asserting that Mr. Smolin committed an act of fraud when he caused the property to be deeded over.

In his three bankruptcy filings, Mr. Smolin left his secured and unsecured creditors on the hook for over $5 million.

For the skeptical reader, all of the actual legal documents may be found on his opponent's web site:

One need only click on the Smolin tab on the left hand side to access all of the legal documents.
Attention to detail is an integral part of the county commissioner's job. In this regard Mr. Smolin has also proven himself lacking. The N.H. Secretary of State office requires all candidates to file disclosure forms in August indicating the source of funds raised for their campaign. As of the date of this writing, Mr. Smolin neglected to file the required disclosure forms.

For those who have publicly endorsed Mr. Smolin I say shame on you for not doing your homework beforehand. To those folks I say, "Be careful what you wish for. Your wish might just come true."

Pamela Tyson, RN

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