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If it's death that concerns the governor, she should look at cigarettes

To The Daily Sun,

The annual deaths from heroin use in New Hampshire are attracting attention so out of proportion with reality that it exhibits epidemic irrationality; we're witnessing hysteria over 70 heroin deaths in New Hampshire in 2013, and 65 through Oct. 26, 2014.

Tobacco on the other hand is 55.6 times more deadly according to state Department of Health and Human Services data.

Let's keep things in perspective and not waste time listening to Maggie Hassan's self important New Hampshire drug czar, Jack Wozmak, implying that heroin is creating a non-viable workforce in New Hampshire while tobacco, endorsed by our government for retail sales at thousands of sources, is relegated to being ignored. Nonsense!

If it is death that concerns the government (rather than a few tragic human interest stories) then the government ought to do nothing other than focus on heart disease and cancer which by themselves kill more than all other ailments combined.

Please, let's try to be rational. The addiction that is "dragging the state's economy down" is not heroin. It is perfectly legal tobacco aided by the liquor sold at state stores. Wake up, Maggie! Oops, sorry, I almost forgot. You get lots of revenue from selling these things and you don't get your cut from heroin, do you? The hypocrisy of politicians is infuriating.

David Zebuhr

Gilford

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There's more to think about when it comes to economic development

To The Daily Sun,

At the Selectboard meet-the-candidates forum on March 5 in Meredith, Mark Billings asked the candidates about economic development. The responses focused on affordable housing, the types of jobs that might be appropriate and the balancing act of managing growth.

I feel that there are a few crucial keys to economic development in Meredith and other Lakes Region communities that were not addressed.

First of all, clean waters and the natural beauty of our lakes is a crucial driver of economic vitality in all seasons. We need the highest standards for enhancing and protecting our lakes and rivers. Working in collaboration with national, state and local officials, the Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association www.winnipesaukee.org, the NH Lakes Association nhlakes.org and, for property owners in the five towns in the Lake Waukewan watershed, the Windy Waters Conservancy www.waukewan.org, are making a difference. Your support and membership can ensure continuation of their good work.

Second, a robust data and utility infrastructure is key to enabling people to stay, live and work in town. At the top of the list is building out and building up the latest, state of the art, reliable Internet system. The revolving fund for cable infrastructure was discussed at the Meredith Town Meeting. The town needs to continue to invest with vision to create and sustain a high capacity internet system.

The infrastructure for reliable electric service is also important. The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) has made significant capital and operational investments in Meredith and across its service areas to that end. NHEC is embracing member-sited renewable generation and is exploring community-based solar generation as well and has deployed the latest technology to help reliability and energy efficiency.

Telecommunications is also a crucial foundation for economic growth and sustainability. This includes land lines, mobile radio as well as cellular service.

Finally, the sewer and water infrastructure needs to be reliable, well maintained, and able to support growth. The water quality in Lake Waukewan, the town's supply is essential and that brings us back to the first point.

Chuck Braxton

Meredith

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