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I developed & implemented N.H.'s first State Fire Code

To The Daily Sun,

As a candidate for state representative from Laconia I have many life experiences that can help me do a good job for the people of Laconia. One of these experiences is that of New Hampshire State Fire Marshal.

In 1984 Gov. John Sununu was in need of appointing the state's top fire official. I happen to be visiting friends in New Hampshire when I heard of this opening. I immediately went to the Statehouse and asked to see Governor Sununu, knowing he was the person who would be making the decision.

I was working in the Houston Fire Department as the assistant to the fire chief in charge of budget and controlling expenditures with a staff of nine accountants and account clerks. The budget at the time was $130 million. I was responsible for the budget building process, passage through our City Council, and controlling expenditures as final signature for all purchases in the name of the fire chief. The chief happened to be a political appointee and had no interest in the financial workings in the department.

During my visit with Governor Sununu I sat with him in his office and was interviewed. We connected well and he offered me the job. I later asked if the position had a job description and was told: Yes, it is in the state statutes.

The Governor and Council appointed me state fire marshal in 1984. One month later, after resigning my Houston position, my family and I moved "back" to New Hampshire. Previously, from 1972 to 1978 I worked at the New Hampshire Vocational/Technical College in Laconia where I had developed the state's Fire Protection Technology program statewide.

One of my biggest accomplishments as state fire marshal was the development and implementing of New Hampshire's first State Fire Code. It seems that the state Legislature had passed a law mandating that a State Fire Code be developed for use statewide. I was loaned a legal intern, and with advice from the fire service, I wrote the New Hampshire State Fire Code. The focus of the code was the adoption of nationally developed and recognized Codes and Standards such as the Life Safety (from fire) Code and the Flammable Liquids Code. The State Fire Code is still in use today as far as I know.

After working as state fire marshal it became obvious that I could do more in the area of life and fire safety as a private consultant. I left in 1986 to become a full-time fire protection consultant working in the northeastern states. This I did for nearly seven years with great success and gaining wonderful experience for my next assignment.

Dr. Thomas W Dawson

Candidate for State Representative from Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:27

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Hassan knows government must do things private industry can't do

To The Daily Sun,

I support Gov. Maggie Hassan for re-election. She is a governor who knows the people of the state and the issues that confront them. She is a governor who recognizes the right of women to make their own health choices. She is a governor who spends time listening to her constituents, not just donors. She supports education, and knows that children can and do thrive in our public schools.

I want a governor who understands that regulation is necessary for good governance. Who knows that government does things that private industry won't or can't do — care for the sick, the elderly, impoverished, imprisoned, and handicapped. For these reasons, Maggie has my vote. I hope you'll join with me on Nov. 4 to re-elect our Governor Maggie Hassan for another two-year term.

Fran Taylor


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:13

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Our president has done fine job, considering what he inherited

To The Daily Sun,

First a carpetbagger named Scott Brown, and inside that carpetbag pops out somebody named Terry Payton. Again our porous southern borders have let in immigrants trying to change our way of thinking because they don't agree with our views. Forgetting about the freedoms of speech we enjoy, they are "surprised and disappointed at the amount of liberal politics being spewed out here" They go on to say "what a shame" Well, I say, if you don't like it then since you were able to find your way here you can sure find your way out.

Accordingly, I guess I should be ecstatic that this new arrival would be so kind to "correctly redirect misguided Democrats". Calling us self-serving and then going on to call himself "a well educated conservative professional tired of liberals blabbing their progressive big mouths off" shows his structured GOPness. Personally, in these trying times I feel our president has done a fine job considering what he inherited, especially with the lack of co­operation from the GOPers. Starting with stopping an economic disaster, ending two wars, killing bin Laden and Gadhafi and helping thousands of people get some form of health care is pretty good. So I am not hanging my head at all. While the GOP on the other side spends most of the time investigating numerous non­-scandals from every possible angle, closing down the government because they didn't get their own way, making idle threats of lawsuits or the I-word, spending massive amounts of taxpayer funds investigating miniscule voter fraud (Okay, Iowa found 117 illegal votes, 27 arrested and six convicted at a cost of $250,000), filibustering their own bills even after voting for them, installing new voting ID rules and regulations to remind us of the 1960s. So now we have this "war" with ISSL (or ISIS if you want) and will it unite the country again like 9/11 did for a while anyway. But this is a chess game whereas each move has to be thought out and each move done carefully.

The bottom line here is, once we get in we may never get back out and are we ready for that? So, to Ms., Mrs. or Mr. Terry Payton: was your last paragraph some sort of threat, a warning or just a self-serving announcement?

Jon Hoyt


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:11

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Mr. Osmer's writing room is so dark, glasses would be of no help

To The Daily Sun,

How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb? Mr. Osmer says it is none. They just sit in the dark and blame President Obama. I would like to correct Mr. Osmer. The reason they sit in the dark is it will be more unlikely they have to see him.

Speaking of the dark, I have always thought you were In the dark since I started reading your letters. It is so bad I don't think they have glasses that would work for you.

L. Michael Hatch


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:06

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Jail is in pretty rough shape; let's not wait for lawsuit before we act

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."

Carlos Cardona


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:02

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