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Cafua Management not living up to its Hathaway House responsibilities

To The Daily Sun,

Dunkin' Donuts has failed Laconia. Dunkin' Donuts is one of the most successful businesses in town, yet they do not keep their promises to the city.

When Cafua Management built the Dunkin' Donuts next to the historic and architecturally stunning Hathaway House, they agreed to preserve the building. When the project was approved by the city, they assured the Planning Board that the house would be repainted and fitted with a fire alarm and fire suppression system.

Cafua Management and Dunkin' Donuts are responsible for a landmark building becoming an eyesore. Laconia and Dunkin' Donuts would be shamefully remiss if this treasure were to fall into further disrepair.

It took some digging to discover just who Cafua is. With more than 180 Dunkin' Donuts stores spanning seven states, Cafua Management Company is the largest privately owned Dunkin Donuts franchisee in the U.S. Cafua Management has its corporate offices in North Andover, Mass.

I suggest we all buy our coffee and doughnuts at one of the many other coffee shops in Laconia until Dunkin' Donuts lives up to its promises.

Janet Simmon

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:32

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We recognize Rep. Huot for his role in protecting & promoting health

To The Daily Sun,

The New Hampshire Public Health Association would like to publicly thank Representative David Huot who is among those in this area whose hard work this past year helped further public health in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Public Health Association (www.nhpha.org) is committed to strengthening the state's public health system to improve health, prevent disease, and reduce costs for all. Each year we recognize representatives of both parties whose votes supported sound public health policy this legislative session in Concord. Among the many pieces of legislation impacting public health each year, we select a few key bills with roll call votes to determine which legislators should be called Champions. This year our Public Health Champions worked to: ensure that more children are safe in automobiles by supporting changes to childhood restraints; that the taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products were restored in New Hampshire; that New Hampshire repeal the Stand Your Ground legislation; and that the hours for the sale of liquor in New Hampshire not being extended by an hour.

We recognize Representative Huot for taking seriously his role in protecting and promoting healthy communities.

Marie Mulroy, President

New Hampshire Public Health Association

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:26

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Obamacare will make things be more equal for all Americans

To The Daily Sun,

Just read your letter, Mr. Boutin, and all I read was the same Fox News talking points. Insurance companies, for too many years, have had the pleasure of dropping people who are very ill, denying coverage to people (even kids) with pre-existing conditions, increasing their rates every year to make more profits while cutting benefits, upping maximum annual pay outs for conditions, even cancer. You just do not seem to get it. They now cannot do this stuff so old policies which don't meet new standards under the Affordable Care Act have been discontinued. Some deductibles also went up and some benefits were cut out just so they could make a profit. See things will now be more equal for all people in the USA and people will all have access to health care.

As to an increase in rates. Give me a break. Rates increased every year in the past. That was a given. I worked with people who got raises just to see them complain because their health insurance rates went up using up their raises. And complaining because some benefits they had the year before were cut out and no longer covered. Also companies that provided health insurance for their employees, to save money, worked with the insurance companies to cut stuff out so the premiums they paid on behalf of their employees stayed low. As to people who are having their policies of last year canceled the fact is that those policies do not follow current regulations for what they offer. These people will be able to get better coverage for less premium dollars. Insurance companies are the ones canceling the policies because it is more expensive for them to do what is necessary to comply with the current regulations. They do not want to loose profits and will get rid of these rather then adjust them to meet the standards just to keep the cost down so they make money. This is an example of what power the insurance companies have had for so many years.

Might I suggest you start paying attention to what is actually being said by the doctors, hospitals and other people involved with this new insurance act.

I just had major surgery and my bills to date are over $180,000. One ambulance ride for a total of five miles cost me over $3,000. I'm lucky because I have insurance. If not I still would have gotten the care but you and others with insurance would be paying my bill. NO BILL GOES UNPAID. Hospitals,labs and doctors have to up their rates to make up for any loses due to unpaid bills so the ones with insurance doing the paying. People go to the ER all the time to get care because they have no insurance. They agree to make monthly payments problem is most times they can't. So these bills go unpaid. So if everyone has some sort of insurance hospital, lab and doctor costs will stabilize and possibly go down. How is that a bad thing.

I'll end this with one question because I have been reading your letters for years now and you certainly have a hate for President Obama. Why? Would you like him better if he were white or Republican? And yes, before you say it, race is a very important factor in all of this and has been since the day he announced he was running. People know this but they will never admit it because no one wants to admit they have racist attitudes, especially in 2013.

Nancy Parsons

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:22

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We are meeting to catalogue possible solutions to jail issues

To The Daily Sun,

We are a group of concerned citizens consisting of three Belknap County representatives and two private citizens that has been meeting in an effort to catalogue possible solutions to the issues surrounding the county jail. We are Bob Greemore, Mike Sylvia and Dick Burchell, delegates to the Convention, and two local businessmen, Dave DeVoy of Sanbornton and George Hurt of Gilford, who are private citizens who are knowledgeable about the jail. All of us are concerned that overcrowding be eased, that substandard mechanical systems be improved and that the beneficial programming now in place be expanded as room to do so is made available.

Each of the ad hoc members of this committee has his own favored solution but this letter is not meant to advocate one position over another. The members are concerned that time has passed since deficiencies at the jail were identified and that, despite the investment of several hundred thousand dollars in analysis and planning, the Belknap Commission seems stymied by the almost universal disapproval of the plan presented by Ricci Greene. That plan, at an estimated cost
of $42.5 million, is simply unaffordable and has won almost no support. Should we languish with the current situation because we are not able to afford everything that may be desirable? We think that the most evident shortcomings of the jail may be mitigated by one or more of the following options. We hope that this is the beginning of a public forum where all are encouraged to present their opinions and concerns. Each option will have strengths and weaknesses and these, together with associated costs, will need to be weighed.

We would be remiss if we did not mention that Chapter 30 of State law, section B:12, specifies that twice a year the commissioners are to inspect the prison and to then file a report with the Attorney General within 30 days. This has been done only twice in recent years, once in 2009 when conditions were described as satisfactory and once in 2013 when conditions were described as dire. Commissioner Philpot was central to both reports since he was vice chair in each case. It seems a fair question to ask him "what happened?" and we look forward to his answer.

Option 1: A free standing pod which likely would be a temporary answer to resolve the issue of substandard accommodations for women;

2: A plan previously presented for expansion to the rear of the existing jail in the area near where the sheds now stand. This plan should be located and examined as to its practicability;

3: A women's wing which would be contiguous with, but not attached to, the existing facility. Presumably, a fenced exercise yard could be located between the current facility and the new wing;

4: Relocation of existing executive and administrative office space to rental space until a less expensive wood frame building can be erected to house
the commissioners and county staff. The women's quarters and program rooms could fit within this very expensive space;

5: Temporary relocation of the women to a building which, at least prospectively, could be leased from the state and located at the site of the former state school.

The county needs to evaluate the growth in its jail population as well as the various possible means of contending with that growth. We hope that this document
can serve as a springboard that assists in that evaluation.

Rep. Bob Greemore, Meredith

Rep. Mike Sylvia, Belmont

Rep. Dick Burchell, Gilmanton

Dave DeVoy, Sanbornton

George Hurt, Gilford


Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Voters need to keep Bob Hamel & Armand Bolduc working for them

To The Daily Sun,

Municipal elections are never about just one issue. There are many factors that come in to play and they are as diverse as the residents that populate those communities. As taxpayers, our job is to select the most competent representatives possible. In the City of Laconia, we know that two seats will see new representation; Ward 2 Councilor and the office of Mayor. In Wards 1, 3 and 4, the incumbents are running unopposed, while the incumbents in Wards 5 and 6 are being challenged.
Over the past eight years, Ward 5 Councilor Bob Hamel has committed himself to making Laconia a better place to live, work and play. He has displayed a strong sense of fiscal responsibility, while continuing to look for ways for the city to keep moving forward. He is a constant watchdog, ensuring that we are not frivolously spending our community's hard earned dollars. On the same token, he has been diligent in maintaining proper funding for much needed infrastructure improvements and worked extremely hard to provide economic opportunities for our local residents and businesses by championing the Huot Technical Center project. I am a resident of Ward 5 and my vote will go to the individual who will carry on our commitment to growing and prospering. That individual is Councilor Bob Hamel.
If you looked up the definition of "public servant" in the dictionary, you would probably see a picture of Ward 6 Councilor Armand Bolduc. His lengthy service to the city is legendary, having dedicated over 30 years of his life to our fine community. As incredible as that may seem, that is not what impresses me most about Councilor Bolduc. His commitment to his community through events such as Christmas Village, the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Race, the Lakeport Freighthouse Museum, the Lakeport Community Association, the annual Leavitt Park carnival or any one of the countless events he has a direct hand in, is equally impressive. As chair of the Council's Public Works Committee, Councilor Bolduc has worked tirelessly to insure that the city's infrastructure is being maintained at the highest level possible. He is the genuine article — honest, hard-working and selfless. For decades, Councilor Bolduc has always been there, ready to serve his constituents in any way possible. A vote for Councilor Bolduc is a vote for stable and reliable representation.
On Tuesday, November 5th, please honor those men and women who fight for our freedoms every day by exercising your right to vote.

Michael Seymour


Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 10:56

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