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Get to know me & consider me for the office of Laconia mayor

To The Daily Sun,
Councilor Baer in a recent letter did a great job addressing issues voters will face in the upcoming election. She outlined several great attributes to look for in our next mayor and I agree whole-heartedly that Mayor Seymour did a wonderful and visible job for this community.
I have been serving my local community in many ways for years. As a child I earned the Arrow of Light as a Cub Scout and Boy Scouts' rank of Eagle Scout. I have been active in scouting as an adult scoutmaster for two troops, most recently for Pack 68. I spent several years working professionally as an optician. During that time I spent four years sitting on the N.H. Board of Opticians, first as the vice president and then the president. At this time I was elected Ward 5 Selectman and after only one term I stepped forward, finishing out the previous Ward 5 Moderator's term, an office I still hold today. I also served briefly on the Conservation Commission for Laconia. In the wake of 9/11, I enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves, where I now hold the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E7).
In 2007 I was hired by the N.H. Department of Corrections, where I was assigned to the Lakes Region Facility. The following winter military obligation took me away from family and community. I resigned my positions with both the scouts and the Conservation Commission. I traveled back for almost every election throughout my mobilization. After returning home the local facility was closed and I was transferred to Concord. Seeking job opportunities closer to home I resigned later that year. This choice eventually led me to Spaulding Youth Center where I work in the school as an academic aid.
I grew up locally and attended Woodland Heights and Holy Trinity in Laconia, later graduating from Bishop Brady High School. After high school I attended Maine Maritime Academy, where I also played football. I left college after a year to raise my daughter and support my then wife through her own schooling. I have a degree in Avionics and Aviation Electrical Mechanical Technologies from Coast Line Community College and am currently pursuing a degree in Community Sociology from SNHU.
I respect and appreciate Councilor Baer's decision to endorse Mr. Engler. I'm sure all three candidates for mayor have two things in common, a love for the community we all call home, and a sense of civic responsibility. It is my sincere hope that people will take the time to get to know me, ask the tough questions, and consider me for the office of mayor.
Kaileif Mitchell

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 08:06

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Stupid, Now I have to drive to Conn. to spend my gambling allowance

To The Daily Sun,
Looks like the slots operation has been shut down for good at the Lakes Region Casino. I wonder why this has happened? It looked like an agreement was reached six or seven weeks ago and all of a sudden it's down the drain. Now, rather than spending my gambling allowance in N.H. and keeping local people working, its off to Connecticut or Rhode Island. Stupid!
Leo Paradis

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 06:33

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Why do liberals cling so tenaciously to their deck of race cards?

To the editor,
The concept of this country moving into a post racial society will be in the news again with the onset of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial. There was great hope that our president would bring about the reality of this hope for a post racial society. Barack Obama got off to a rocky start when he accused Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley of "acting stupidly" in arresting professor Henry "Skip" Gates Jr. Our president uttered this indictment before he knew any of the facts.
President Obama proclaimed to the world that if he had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin. The facts were not known then and will finally come out during the trial. The rationale for making this statement was because it brought up deep emotions for him. Perhaps, but how would such a statement bring this country closer to the hope for racial unity as so eloquently stated by Martin Luther King Jr on June 23, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan during the "Walk to Freedom March". That was when he first spoke of judging someone by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, two months before his "I Have a Dream" speech. How sad that as we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of his inspiring words, it is the army of progressives who are holding this country back from having this dream come to full fruition.
Rather than having that same hope for a post racial society, it would appear the left would prefer keeping that same racist bogeyman around to provide an endless supply of fuel for their progressive agenda. Ridiculous some would say. Then how to explain the bodacious, jumping to conclusions remark by Representative Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.). Soon after Trayvon was killed she shouted, "Trayvon was hunted down like a rabid dog, shot in the street and racially profiled". She knew none of the facts.
How else to explain the mainstream media's unconscionable behavior in misleading the public in the immediate aftermath of this awful tragedy. ABC asserted that Zimmerman didn't appear to show signs of a struggle, which was totally false. NBC edited the audiotape which the Today show breathlessly played again and again on their morning show — "He looks black". Deliberately editing out the fact that the dispatcher had asked Zimmerman — "Is he black, white or Hispanic?"
How else to explain the media misrepresentation's of Martin and Zimmerman. They repeatedly showed pictures of a 12 year old Trayvon rather than the 17 year old, six foot Martin. Zimmerman was portrayed as a cop "wannabe" by reporting that he made 46 911 calls within a year when it was actually over a period of 8 years. In March, CNN told the world that it seemed Zimmerman had uttered the disgusting racial slur "coon". When the reconstruction was completed, CNN had to retract their shameless assertion. Seems that Zimmerman had uttered "(expletive) punks" rather than "(expletive) coon". Oops.
The malicious, stupid, bigoted media even attempted to portray Zimmerman as a "white person". When that didn't fly, they came up with a new ethnic designation, "white Hispanic", since his mother is a Peruvian immigrant. The media did a marvelous job of burying the fact that Zimmerman has African American friends and relatives and has spent time tutoring black kids. When a police officer's son beat up a black, homeless man and was not charged, Zimmerman circulated a petition asking that justice be done. I'm betting few readers know this about Zimmerman.
Between these examples of editorial malpractice, the Dept. of Justices' racial agenda as exposed in J. Christian Adams book, "Injustice" and the actions of this administration, there can be only one outcome in this month long trial that will satisfy the left. George Zimmerman better be found guilty of killing Trayvon Martin because he wanted to and not because his own life was in danger. President Obama's minions and the complicit media have all but assured this nation that if the verdict is "not guilty", riots in the streets will likely occur. Those of us who genuinely desire a post racial society want the truth found out and justice to be served. If Zimmerman is guilty, then put him away for life. If innocent, he deserves to have his life and reputation returned to him without storefront windows being broken and cars set on fire.
I asked these questions over three years ago when I first started writing letters and I'll ask them again. Why do modern day liberals cling so tenaciously to their deck of race cards? What would Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks say to them? When can we truly begin to treat everyone by the content of their character and not the color of their skin? When will the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus be willing to forgo their outdated agendas and help bring about Reverend King's dream? I am 64 years old and would so love to see that happen in my lifetime so I can celebrate this momentous new phase in racial equality with my children and grandchildren.
Russ Wiles

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 06:27

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Wind turbines not synchronized, they can 'thump' together or not

To The Daily Sun,
People from other wind farm communities continue to tell us "you don't want wind turbines in your community" They do not create local jobs, they will encroach on existing biomass and hydro plants, property values will decline, turbines will deter tourists, turbines are noisy and will be seen — day and night — for miles in every direction.
People live here, retire here, vacation here because of the natural beauty. I come here to breathe the fresh air and see the natural landscape from our family home. These proposed wind farms will forever ruin the beautiful views of the mountains I love.
Make no mistake about it — Mount Cardigan State Park is basically the only tourism draw for Alexandria. Your new neighbors (454-ft. - 500-ft. turbines) will significantly reduce your tourism levels and your property values. Four reasons why: noise, visual, safety, and essential character.
Wind turbines are not synchronized, they can "thump" together or separately, creating an unpredictable or chaotic acoustic pattern. Turbines will line your mountaintops and destroy the natural views. Turbines will be established on trails leading in and out of the park. Visitors that hike here will think twice about returning to this "industrial overlay".
This is pristine property — most of us bought property here for the peace and quiet and unobstructed views. These wind farms will change everything.
I am shocked that the State of New Hampshire is not fighting to protect the Lakes Regions — at all costs. Everything man does has an impact on the land. Blasting away mountaintops will have a direct effect on our waters below — and the waters below are our watershed.
Ray Cunningham

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 06:23

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Say prayer for those who can only find the negative about U.S.

To The Daily Sun,
1776 was a really great year, starting out with the people of New Hampshire declaring its independence from the British Crown and its oppressive government. A government denying its people their rights under common law and the Magna Carta denying the representation in governing. Not all of the British subjects in the colonies were so brave and clear minded as to realize that loosing their lives physically would be better than living them as slaves to the crown. It has been pointed out that for some it was a terrible year, but then that is speech come 230+years late. To say that, however we may read the history, is to say the idea that freedom from an oppressive ruler was a sad and lousy turn of events. To guess the mind of Washington! Thinking that it was the British which chased him and not he leading them to where he wanted them. To imagine only one Benedict Arnold, or that all of his officers gleefully submitted to Washington isn't a good read of history. To suggest that troops deserted "taking their weapons with them" as if they were expected to leave them, further shows a lack of understanding of the reality.
Washington managed to concentrate the majority of the British forces to the NY/NJ area and convinced Gen. Howe he "destroyed the continental army". Howe sent a lesser General Cornwallis, who was on Christmas holiday, to "chase" Washington after the "guns for hire" Hessians were defeated. As a later general said, "War is Hell", he might have added, "and it knows no holiday". Washington was not a narrow minded, clueless individual who gave orders and stood back; he learned and listened, kept his own consul, he knew that men fighting for their freedom were to be led and he stood with them.
As far as Washington's Army being ill-clothed and sick, it was the continental government that didn't hold up to its promises, (nothing has really changed since).
Be thankful we still can celebrate the birth of "our" nation; and say a prayer for those billions in the world who don't have such freedoms and a prayer for those in this nation who can only find the negative and want the rest of us to accept it as truth.
G.W. Brooks

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 06:19

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