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I believed Trump was an idiot but, now, he is our president

To The Daily Sun,

Wow! Sorry to say I voted for Carol Shea-Porter because I thought of her veteran-related history and voting she was the best offer. I was thinking of veterans first because presidents and political figures are always speaking of priorities and I wanted to make sure veterans were at the top.

Now she starts off by skipping the inauguration? Why, because of Trump? Democrats lost with Clinton, who was going to win, hands down? You, congresswoman, are to represent the people in your district and as the only (I think) Independent left, you have failed me. You showed weakness, and have shown to be part of the problem in D.C.

I believed President Trump, when he was just Mr. Trump, was an idiot. Now he is president of my country and has thus far surrounded himself, or trying to, with some pretty good people. You are not helping.
I didn't vote for Hillary Clinton because I couldn't imagine the thought of a Marine having to salute her as commander-in-chief as she walked off that chopper with her husband in tow.

Anyway, back to you Shea-Porter, you have let me and I'm pretty sure others down. Rep. John Lewis didn't go because he didn't believe in Trump or direction he may take the country; and because he is black and angry.

My feeling is you are not black but maybe angry because Hillary Clinton didn't win. You have every right to be angry. If I were you, I'd be angry as hell but you must represent the people of your district or step down. If you can't be honest and shed your party influence and do the right thing on behalf of country give it up to some other Democrat who will put country first and party second. This comes from an independent and proud Vietnam veteran.

Good Luck Mr. President. I, as an American, will do everything I can to support you and the policies you and your team put forth. I pray those policies are fair, equal and faithful to all. If not, I'll work with others in a peaceful way to remove your butt from office as is the way. Until then, God bless and smooth sailing.

Bob Jones

Meredith

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Don't worry, Gilford voters will probably give Genesis what it wants

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing in response to a letter published on Jan. 21, written by Lauren Cooper of Gilford.

Mrs. Cooper lays out a passionate case for Gilford taxpayers to fund Genesis Behavioral Health to the tune of $21,000. As a longtime Budget Committee member, past chairman and current vice chairman, I have the privilege of understanding the process and logic behind our actions at a much higher level than someone who has just attended their first meeting.

I will not argue the role that Genesis Behavioral Health plays in the mental health community.
Each year when these petitioned warrant articles by third party agencies seeking funding come before the Budget Committee there are two short speeches given: One by the selectman's representative explaining that the selectmen prefer not to take a position on these issues and would rather leave it to the voters. They always unanimously vote to not recommend, only because the law requires that the ballot contain their recommendation. And I always give explain my position for voting against these funding request.

Must, if not all, of these third-party agencies do good work and are reputable organizations worthy of our individual donations. I have two issues: 1. Are we paying for services rendered and which town official authorized those services? The town does not budget for these services. 2. Is this a charitable contribution? If it is charity then it cannot be a taxpayer liability as well. We have far too many residents who are struggling to pay their property taxes to levy forced charity on them as well. Charity cannot be by force.

Mrs. Cooper seems to be taking the position the taxpayers should pay for services rendered without authorization. Suppose, hypothetically, that the house next to Mrs. Coopers was terrible disrepair and desperately in need of paint and landscaping, so much so that the home had become an eyesore and was endangering the value of Mrs. Cooper's home. The owner of the property hires a contractor to spruce the property up. Mrs. Cooper is happy. A month later the contractor sends Mrs. Cooper the bill for his work because the homeowner couldn't afford to pay. Is Mrs. Cooper still so enthusiastic about paying for services that she didn't contract for? I doubt it! Mental health services should not a taxable liability for property taxpayers.

That has long been my position. However, do not worry Mrs. Cooper, the voters of Gilford have historically been very generous and these funding request are almost always approved and I don't suspect these year will be any different.

A few corrections: The meeting that you attended was actually a budget hearing; the event on Feb. 7 is not a "public budget session," it is actually the first session of Town Meeting, otherwise know a the Deliberative Session. This is the process in which every warrant article is explained and officially placed on the ballot. Voting on these warrant articles is on March 14.

Although Mrs. Cooper and I will not agree 100 percent on every issue I do thank her for getting involved. More taxpayers should get informed and be active in the workings of town government. Thank you Mrs. Cooper.

Kevin Leandro
Gilford

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