To The Daily Sun,
For the past four years I've had the opportunity to work with the Belknap County Correctional Facility under the leadership of Superintendent Dan Ward and under the supervision of C.O. Lemay, and this facility doesn't get the credit it deserves.
While underfunded and lacking resources, the jail is in pretty rough shape. These two individuals work to a standard worth recognizing and admiring. People of Belknap county, it's not just them two but the whole workforce that do a great job. We should continue to support them as a community so they can help people rehabilitate and to learn how to be upstanding citizens.
While I might not agree with every reason as to why people go to jail, one thing I do know is these correctional officers treat incarcerated individuals with respect. So, I ask Laconia and surrounding towns belonging to the county to support them by at least offering a solution to their needs. They deserve to work in a better atmosphere, so the inmates (someones neighbors, brothers, sisters, etc.) can at least have their needs met.
Let's not wait until a lawsuit because someone gets hurt, or incurs a health crisis to act.
As Fernando Flores once said, "Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:02
To The Daily Sun,
Marty Valengavich's Daily Sun letter of Sept. 10 triggered a phenomena of mine as to why certain intellectually-gifted people spend such precious time on triviality.
Awhile back, Mitt Romney publicly made known he would not make another run for the presidency. Valengavich thinks otherwise and wrote to The Daily Sun predicting he would. His letter conveyed that elemental "I told you so" card, which he appears anxious to raise soon for all to see. Why a person with such academic acumen would be so concentrated on such a small matter is puzzling.
Not long ago Hillary Clinton stated emphatically she would not be a candidate in the next presidential election. A change of heart now appears to be on her horizon. Since shifting points of view is common place in most people's lives, what should it matter if Hillary does change her mind? Wouldn't life be better for everyone if people got out of the way of others whose day-to-day dynamics might allow for personal and family decision reversals?
Whether in the work place, the political field or in domestic living, change is seldom easy. And this I've seen first hand: the toughest decision a person will ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.
As I see it, talented people like Valengavich ought to pursue a culture of trying to clear up the darkness in today's world with something new and visionary and leave the anxiety of who or who may not seek re-election in 2016 for someone else to worry about.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:38
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of Lakes Region Community College and its administration, staff, faculty, and students, I would like to invite the public to the college's celebration of Constitution Day at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 17. This event will be held in the College's Academic Commons, located at the main entrance to our new Science Building.
We will be celebrating the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia in 1789. Our guest speaker will be the Hon. James Carroll, presiding judge of the New Hampshire Circuit Court in Laconia. Come out and help us celebrate the birthday of this important and enduring document.
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
Professor, History and Social Sciences
Lakes Region Community College
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:27
To The Daily Sun,
I visited the Belknap County Jail on Sept. 5. The jail was designed to hold 87 inmates, but only had 80 individuals housed that day. I toured the jail with the maintenance director and the deputy superintendent. The purpose of my visit was to see what improvements have been made since my last visit. I also wanted to see the designated location for expansion.
A former, well respected, county commissioner informed me that the current jail was designed to have an addition built if the designated capacity of 87 was no longer sufficient. The jail has a gym that was built in the late 19th century, around the same time as the current Superior Courthouse. The jail has a wing from the 1950s. The current commissioners' office and a portion of the nursing home were all built at the same time. The rest of the jail was built in the late 1970s and added to in the late 1980s.
Why is there not a movement to tear down the current courthouse, nursing home or commissioners' office? The answer is politics. The commissioners made the decision to update and maintain those other departments or buildings, but with the jail, they chose to ignore it. They practiced demolition by neglect to justify a new jail. Everything I saw can be replaced or updated, if funds were allocated.
Sullivan County had a similar dilemma. Ricci Greene had proposed a new $45 million jail, but their commissioners decided to respect the taxpayer and wisely utilize resources. Sullivan County updated their existing jail, added an expansion and utilized alternative programs. Rejecting the Ricci Greene proposal saved almost $38 million and reduced recidivism from 88 to 18 percent. The current county commissioners and my opponent, David Pollak, refuse to consider this as an option.
David Pollak is not the "sharp pencil fiscal conservative" he is trying to portray. He wrote a letter to the editor during the 2012 election for Commissioner Ed Philpot, calling him a fiscal conservative. Commissioner Philpot has been the driving force behind the new beautiful jail and it is evident he not a fiscal politician.
David Pollak has yet to take a definitive stance on the jail debate. He seems to dance around the issue. The voters deserve to know exactly where he stands. I am inclined to believe his intention is to support a new jail, if elected. Keeping his cards close to his chest, does not help the City of Laconia or the county.
I have proposed a plan that would update/expand the current jail and add programs. Doing this would reduce the inmate population and respect Laconia's tax cap. Please visit my website at www.davedevoy.com for details on my "Smart Jail Plan." There you will see that I have a definitive, thought-out plan. You will know exactly where I stand on the jail issue. I do not try to appeal to all voters, just the taxpayers who are fed up with carrying the burden of poor decisions made by out-of-touch politicians.
Please vote for me if you want a commissioner that will work for you, stay out of court, and get Belknap County moving forward again.
Candidate for Belknap County Commissioner
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:23
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to all the voters of both the towns of Sanbornton and Tilton to express my sincere appreciation for their strong support at the voting polls on Tuesday Sept. 9, in my candidacy for state representative.
Thank you all for the strong support. Your vote of confidence is very encouraging. Over the next eight weeks I look forward to continue to reach out to you, the voters, for consideration of your vote in the General Election on Nov. 4. The opportunity to represent you in Concord as a State Representative for District 4 comprising Sanbornton and Tilton is a very important responsibility.
Brian S. Gallagher
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:20