Gail will be missed by all of us; our family thanks you for support

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank all the friends and family of my daughter, Gail M. Harbour, for attending her services.

I would like to especially thank all of you who took time out from your work day and for the many other friends and relatives that I didn't get a chance to speak to. It was overwhelming the friends Gail had in her short lifetime. She would have been so happy to see so many of her friends all gathered to say good-bye to her.

My family and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Gail will be missed by all of us. God bless each and everyone whose lives Gail touched.

Sally A. Abbott & Family



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To get the really big money, candidates must appeal to PACs

To The Daily Sun,

As I write this letter, I couldn't help remembering that movie Mel Gibson was in a few years ago. Many of you may not remember it. The basic plot was based on the idea that most men don't have any idea what women want. It was a clever comedy having nothing to do with reality. It was called "What Women Want."

So, who cares about light comedy? However, there is a fine line between comedy and tragedy. The current electoral season is a case in point. The question as to what citizens want is seldom asked by the candidates. They are too busy trashing each other. Sometimes, late in the campaign, after all the tragic ads are history, we get them face to face. Even then, there is a lot of sniping and stump-speech delivering. It seems that, even then, the voter comes away from the debates with a bad feeling that they are electing candidates who will not compromise.

What universal needs and wants do the majority of the voters (adult citizens that are registered to vote) have or could list, if asked, by those who insist on asking them at mealtime after a day at work and commuting? One thing most voters want is respect. Polling them at mealtime doesn't rise to that level.

I think they want to feel that the candidate is truly listening, as opposed to pandering. Is the candidate just seeking to stay in office regardless of the service he or she might render to the electorate? I would submit that integrity ranks high with most of the people who live in our democracy. How the person seeking the office acts now and in his or her community in the past. It is rare that a person seeking office is perfect in every way. How they have handled setbacks and challenges in the past gives us a good way to judge what actions or approaches might be taken to solve national problems as they occur.

Unfortunately, the candidates must finance their campaign by appealing for funds. Many times, this is the point that the link between the voters and the candidate is broken, or at least strained severely. To get the really big money that today's campaigns require most candidates appeal to PACs. Those entities have very focused agendas that, many times, are counter to the general population's needs or wants. As a condition for their support, promises of action post election are extracted from the candidate.

Many of the big problems at the national lever and, to some extent at the state level, require compromise. If the candidates and later, legislators, become intransigent and form opposing camps that are unwilling to do what is necessary to address problems, a crisis of governance occurs. I submit that that is what has been occurring for the last four or five years. Time for a change, I think.

As this electoral season draws to a close, we the citizens, must communicate to the political parties that conduct displayed during the last few legislative sessions is not good enough. We should ask for and get more cooperation, now! We can't afford to wait another two, four or six years for sensible legislation drafted as a result of cooperation and putting the country before party.

Bill Dawson


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I don't want my representatives blindly following party platforms

To The Daily Sun,

In your Tuesday, Oct. 7, edition, you published a letter from Raymond Howard, Jr., who is running as a Republican to represent Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton in the New Hampshire Legislature. His letter specifically stated, "As your representative in Concord, I will follow our Republican Party platform and the New Hampshire Constitution when voting for what is the right legislation for all citizens of New Hampshire."

What I believe all persons holding public office should be doing when voting for what is right for all the citizens of New Hampshire, is follow the state's Constitution. Absolutely. No question there. But to take one's marching orders from one party's platform is the wrong way to go in voting for the good of all citizens. I want my elected representative to do his or her own homework and base their vote on what they determine to be in the best interests of their constituents. In other words, I am looking for my elected representative to be independent, not a party stooge.

Indeed, it should not be that radical to vote one's conscience.

Bob Longabaugh
Alton Bay

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MetroCast probably collects $30,000 a year just in late fees

To The Daily Sun,

I read in yesterday's Sun how MetroCast withheld its annual $30,000 grant to LRPA which may in effect cause the station to shut down. This bothers me because of ethics.

When customers sign up with MetroCast there are expectations and commitments on both parties to be honored. I urge you to go look at your cable bill. Notice the late fee? Everyone gets a flat fee of $5. It used to be the late fee was 1.5 percent of the portion of your bill that was actually late. I noticed this increase in August and began to question it. I found a flat fee in some states is unlawful because of the extra revenue created above the actual cost of collections. How can a standard fee of 1.5 percent skyrocket to as much as 7 percent without regulations? There were no notice sent to customers explaining the rate increase.

In the fine print of their customer service policy it states they can charge a late fee "up to $5," but from what I see, everyone is being charged $5. I figured they were overcharging me about $3 or $4 every month. There are no refunds of the 3.5 percent overcharged. However, if you complain they will remove only one $5 charge, but they don't figure your late fee with a percentage any longer.

How many customers does MetroCast have in Belknap County? Thousands. How many are paying the $5 flat fee each month? Do the math and see how they have found another way to hike their revenue. There's a lot of money being generated and I wonder what it's been appropriated for since the actual cost of collecting past due amounts really couldn't have increased that much.

This is why it concerns me when I see MetroCast withheld their annual $30,000 grant to LRPA. They probably make that amount each month in their new way to overcharge late fees. See, that's the point. As a community, we pay what they say we should pay in order to keep getting services from them and this keeps them in business. When it comes right down to it, how many people are going to get mad enough to change their service over it? If we all dropped the extras and stuck with just the basics, it could send a message. Of course, the message they are sending us is to just pay your bill on time. Most people don't have a zero balance each month, most people get the fee. Since the late fees being collected are generated by the public, MetroCast should give back and fund our public access television. They should begin by honoring their grant to LRPA.

MetroCast should give back and fund our public access television. They should begin by honoring their grant to LRPA.

Just like the quality of service MetroCast provides, their lips move but the voice doesn't match.

Katherine Brisendine


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