George Hurt will bring leadership and fresh ideas to legislature

To The Daily Sun,

In this time of economic hardship. The November election is a critical time for both the county and state. Because of the redistricting two years ago Gilford is now combined with Meredith.

This leads me to the real point of this letter. As a citizen and voter of Gilford, I am pleased there is a credible candidate from Gilford who is running for one of the four seats to represent us in Concord and at the county level as well. George Hurt, a resident of Gilford for over 30 years and a local business man, is the candidate whom I believe will represent all of us when it comes to budget matters and protecting our constitutional freedoms.

I have known George for 15 years and I have known him to be a very honest man that cares about not just our town, but also the future of our state and nation. He enlightens me on some issues that I may not have known about. I cannot think of a time when we did not discuss politics and current events. I always come away from these discussions feeling like we need more people like George in our government. He really cares and he has great ideas.

I know for certain, he is opposed to any broad-base tax and any attempt to abridge our Second Amendment rights. I also know, because of his strong business background. He is focused on legislation that will start the process of creating jobs through a less regulated business environment and a tax-friendly climate.

I find his thinking well-grounded and reasonable, which I cannot say for our current Democrat representative from Gilford.

George will bring leadership and fresh ideas to the legislative process and I am looking forward to Nov. 4 when I can cast my vote for a hard-working and honest individual that will protect the economic future of our families and communities.

Jean M. Ferreira


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Seeking publicc's help in making WRHS's 75th Anniversary special

To The Daily Sun,

The Winnisquam Regional High School History Club is a place where you can spread your patriotic excitement and contribute ideas freely within the school community. History Club is where important projects are created to better the school community through the use of educational activities. This year is one of the most important as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Winnisquam Regional High School.

The school was dedicated on Jan. 24, 1940, so our club is focusing on this anniversary over the current school year. Students and advisers generated the idea to take a videoed tour of the school and interview community members who were former students or teachers to get their reflections on what the school used to be like and demonstrate how it has changed. The club plans to do other related projects throughout the year related to this anniversary celebration.

We are seeking the public's help in making this project come alive through the voices of our alumni. Stories, memories, artifacts, photographs and memorabilia are being sought to help show our evolution as a school. Anyone who is willing and able to participate is encouraged to contact Denise Lessard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 286-4531 x305. We would love to have a diverse collection to share with the public; items will also be accepted on loan for the duration of the 2014-2015 school year.

Aine Foley & Sydni Chapman

Class of 2017 & WRHS History Club members
Denise Lessard

Social Studies Teacher/History Club Advisor

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In Havenstein, I see a leader that can bring us to a better future

To The Daily Sun,

Now it's election time. If you care enough to vote (and you really should vote... your future depends on it) you have probably looked at the candidates and are thinking about who to support. Who will help the economy the most? Who will help our state the most?

I want to know who will best represent the values and hopes and dreams that I have for my family and those who will come after me? Who will work on providing an environment that will encourage people to try ... to use the education that society pays for and will help the state recoup that investment. Who will instill in our young people the understanding that this great nation is worth fighting for and worth working for. Who will instill the drive to generate a society that is primarily self-sufficient, but never forgets those who need support and assistance? Which leaders will focus on the key issues (economy, business, energy, heath, independence, drive, education, and self-sufficiency) and who will help us move towards a future that, at last, is better than the past?

I look at Walt Havenstein and see that leader. He was a great leader at BAE, successfully transitioned the Sanders incorporation, kept jobs in New Hampshire, worked with UNH to get the technical training in place that businesses here need, led FIRST, and understands technology.

He knows that we are bleeding jobs into Massachusetts, and has plans to stanch that bleeding. He has demonstrated that he can lead a large company, knows how to deal with bureaucracies, can get things done, and is ready to lead our state. He understands politics, government, security, and more. He is what we need. Walt gets my vote. I hope you join me.

Janet Cramer


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The people of Dist. 4 need a friend who speaks for them in Concord

To The Daily Sun,

Before starting this campaign, I asked people, what issues were on their minds. Actually, the question was phrased in very personal terms, "If someone could speak for you in Concord, what would that include?" I got back various answers. One woman thought we should raise the $3.25 minimum wage for waitresses. Many wanted better roads. One man wanted to rebuild the Old Man of the Mountain and another wanted to get rid of all politicians.

In our district, many people felt their state reps weren't working for them and were out of touch with the needs of the average citizen. Many said they were being hurt by the high cost of living while their income had stayed the same or been reduced. My response: the people of this district need a friend who really speaks for them in Concord, not a rep who comes up with some political justification for selfishness and opposition to economic and social progress.

To accomplish this goal, I shall bring a successful business background to the state House. For over 25 years, I founded and was C.E.O. of one of the nation's first educational software companies. Under the names of Orange Cherry Software and New Media Schoolhouse, we created and distributed over 400 science, social studies and early childhood programs that sold in nearly every school district in the United States. I had to meet a sizable payroll, every week, for our full- and part-time employees, in a high-tech, high-growth business environment.

As an entrepreneur, I believe state government can be a catalyst in raising our standard of living and helping people and businesses succeed. I support freedom, equal rights for all Americans and income equality that closes the gap between men and women, the ultra rich and the middle class.

Nick Vazzana


Democratic Candidate, District 4: Moultonborough, Sandwich & Tuftonboro

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Please allow funds to be transferred for this year's health insurance

To The Daily Sun,

I want to speak on behalf of the Belknap County Nursing Home employee who works full-time at the nursing home during the day and then part-time at night elsewhere just to make ends meet. I also want to speak on behalf of the countless employees who live paycheck to paycheck who have to scrimp and save all year to have enough money for Christmas presents. These are the people who are now looking at the possibility of having to come up with over $800 in the next eight weeks to cover the shortfall for the health insurance.

The County Delegation can blame the county commissioners and the commissioners can blame the delegation while incurring more and more legal costs to the taxpayers. The employees do not care who is to blame. What we want is to go to work to take care of our residents and then go home to take care of our families. We cannot bear the burden or the added stress of unexpected health care costs and the uncertainty of if our jobs are going to be cut. We don't care who wins in this power struggle. We just ask that we are no longer used as pawns.

I want to ask the delegation to please allow money to be transferred to cover the cost of the health insurance for this year. The money is there, just not in the correct budget line. Let the commissioners renegotiate contracts with the unions to include talks on increases in healthcare costs. Allow the elected officials and their hired staff to do their jobs with your oversight. Let's stop working against each other and work toward a reasonable agreement for all parties; which include the taxpayers.

I will be supporting Dave Pollak for Belknap County Commissioner. Dave has common sense, listens with no prejudgments and has experience with budgets.

Carolee Sliker


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