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Ban fully-automatic weapons for use by anyone but military & police

To The Daily Sun,

Re: The AP story on August 28 of the accidental shooting of a gun range instructor in Arizona by a 9-year-old. 

According to the article, the experienced instructor had neither a hand on the girl nor a hand on the barrel of the fully automatic UZI. 

In the 2008 Massachusetts tragedy, a 15-year old attendant had a hand on the 8-year-old boy and the other hand on the barrel of the fully-automatic weapon. 

Results: In Arizona, a dead middle-age instructor; in Massachusetts, a dead 8 year-old shooter. 

Cause: Recoil forcing the muzzle upward, coupled with the children's hands still engaging the triggers. 

Solution: Ban fully-automatic weapons' possession and use by anyone other than military and law-enforcement. No one else needs them for any reason. 

Caution: The Massachusetts tragedy was at a demonstration put on by, I believe, a police chief. 

Bill Carberry


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 10:42

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Tom Dawson one of those quality people I look to cast votes for

To The Daily Sun,

In the upcoming election, Laconia citizens have the opportunity to vote for Tom Dawson and send him to Concord as a Representative. I have known Tom for over 40 years. He is a man of character — consistent and ethical. Although most know me as the daughter of the late Senator Carl Johnson and one who votes primarily Republican, I have been known to vote Independent and Democratic since I am more concerned about the quality of the people who serve our state than individual issues. Tom is one of those quality people. 

Tom is a man who, when presented with a solid and reasonable argument, is not too proud to change his mind. He is also eager to work with people on all sides of the political spectrum. My dad had great admiration and respect for Tom when he taught at the Tech School and Laconia and set up the Fire Science program there. Tom was also State Fire Marshall so he has a history of working hard for our state. 

In this day and age when it is difficult to find people who are true to their word, it is a privilege for me to be able to strongly recommend Tom Dawson to you to go to Concord and lend his wisdom to State government. 

Linda J. Wood


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 10:38

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3 weeks left in Thursday Marketplace season; food demos each day

To The Daily Sun,

It has been a busy few weeks in the Savor the Season tent at the Laconia Outdoor Marketplace in downtown Laconia.

Aug. 14 brought Leslie Judice from Tavern 27 to the market as our guest chef, and she wowed market-goers with her delicious zucchini pie — a dessert pie that smelled and tasted like apple pie but was filled with zucchini instead.

Then, on Aug. 21 we had a great children's event co-ordinated by Tammy Levesque, the Wellness Coordinator for the Laconia School District/Program Director for Lakes Region HEAL. Children tasted Aunt Molly's Ground Cherries and green kale smoothies, went on a scavenger hunt to see how many veggies they could find in the market, and even fed some worms in a worm farm.

Sept. 4 brought Rachael Burklund of Laconia Village Bakery to the tent, featuring quesadillas made with local goat cheeses from Twillingate Farm, wild black trumpet mushrooms, and other fresh veggies from Minglewood Farm. The Lakes Region Food Network extends deep appreciation to Leslie, Tammy, and Rachael for sharing their time and talents with our community.

We have three weeks left in the market season this year, and there will be food demonstrations in the tent each of those weeks, so be sure to come to the Thursday market from 3:30-4:30 throughout the rest of September for some delicious culinary inspiration featuring local bounty from the farmers in the market.

For more information about the Lakes Region Food Network, please visit our website at www.lrfn.org.

Karen Barker
Lakes Region Food Network

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 10:34

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It’s rare we get the chance to vote for a person like Gary Lambert

To The Daily Sun,

I want to take a minute to tell you about my friend, Gary Lambert. I've known Gary since 1984. We met at Marine Corps Officer's Basic School where we were bunk mates for seven months. Living in such close proximity really gives you the ability to sense someone's character and Gary's was and is beyond reproach. His intellect, character and perseverance not only made him a top graduate, but a well respected Marine Corps officer, achieving the rank of colonel.

Gary set his sites on an office on State Street in Boston and 10 years after the Basic School, that's exactly where I found him. He was a successful patent attorney and ready to settle into family life. Through mutual friends I was able to help connect him to the former Lori Keller and, lo, and behold, she became Lori Lambert. These two amazing people have created a wonderful family that just radiates a sense of love and community everywhere they go. They are very involved in their church, where Gary is an elder/deacon.

There are a lot of anecdotal stories I could interject here, but it all comes down to this: Gary is what we need in Washington, D.C. Gary is what we need in America. What we don't need is a petulant youngster who refuses to shake hands and resorts to name calling when her transgressions are brought to light.

I urge you to go to the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators at http://nhcsl.org/95/resolution/comprehensive-immigration-reform/ before you make a judgment call as to whose metaphorical pants are on fire. This is the document which Ms. Garcia freely associated her name with and the document she is denying supports any form of amnesty.

Frankly, I feel, as do many Americans, that anyone who enters the country illegally should be deported and only have the opportunity to immigrate legally. If Garcia actually believes that this document and resolution does not support a road to amnesty, why didn't she put a link to it on her web page when she called Gary's accusations false?

Gary is a man with no guile. When asked what the candidates liked best about New Hampshire, the other candidates gave sweeping narratives about the lakes and mountains. Gary said, "deer hunting."

When asked about over-the-counter birth control, once again, there were wordy prepared statements and then Gary's simple, "Yes." He is a man of few words and a man of true words.

I ask that you seriously consider casting your primary vote for Gary Lambert. It's not often that we get the chance to elect a person of this caliber to office and I would hate to see the chance pass us by. His love for his family, community, church and country are evident in everything he does. Knowing him has made me a better person as I have been inspired by his spirit in every aspect of my life. I also know that Gary would never even think about refusing a handshake from a combat veteran, even a Democrat. Kind of makes me question her ability to work with people in D.C.

As Gary is always reminding me, primaries have notoriously low turnouts, particularly in a non-presidential election year. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Sept. 9. Every vote always counts, in this case every vote counts a lot.

Capt. David A Kutcher, USMC


Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 10:30

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Innis is best choice for voters who want to fix Washington, D.C.

To The Daily Sun,

On Sept. 9 Republican Primary voters in the 1st District have a terrific opportunity to begin to fix Washington, D.C., by voting for Dan Innis. Dan is a small-business owner and former Dean of the Business School at UNH. Unlike his opponents, Dan is focused on offering real solutions to the issues we care about.

Our district has been a revolving door of career politicians with no business experience, failed economic policies, no real solutions to our country's biggest issues, and the same old "Washington as usual" mentality.

Dan Innis's background and experience in business and education makes him the best candidate to change the direction in Washington. The stakes are too high to keep sending the same people to Washington who are more interested in running for office again and again, than providing relief from federal regulations, growing the economy, and reducing the national debt and deficit.

Dan is a strong advocate for fiscal conservatism and free-market economic policies. As a small-business owner, he sees firsthand the damaging effects of big government regulations on New Hampshire's small-business community. Dan also ran his Business School at UNH like a business, always returning an annual surplus to the university while expanding enrollment and building a $50 million building with no taxpayer money.

I voted for Frank Guinta in 2010 and 2012, but it's time we elect someone who hasn't spent their career in politics and lobbying to Washington. We need to send someone who has real business experience and a thorough understanding of the economy. The choice is clear. Join me in voting for Dan Innis in the Republican Primary this Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Let's finally send someone to represent the best interest of New Hampshire and not the best interest of themselves. It's time to elect someone with the background and experience outside of politics to provide solutions and change the tone in Washington on day one.

Tom Boucher

CEO - Owner Great NH Restaurants

T-Bones / Cactus Jack's


Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 10:16

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