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Needs of the people will be low priority as long as party establishments are in charge

To The Daily Sun,

The New Hampshire Democrat establishment went against the wishes of Democrat voters when they used their Super Delegate votes to give Hillary Clinton, despite losing by 22 percent, as many delegates as Bernie Sanders. The Democrat Party establishments in other states also went against their voters' wishes.

Now we see that Hillary Clinton installed her cronies in the, supposedly neutral, Democrat National Committee (DNC) to actively work for her and against her opponents. In a fair election, Bernie Sanders may well have received the votes needed to become the Democrat presidential nominee.

President Obama's team participated in this fraud against Democrat voters; they reviewed the lists of donors to be rewarded with prestigious appointments, no Sanders donors were included.

At the convention, the DNC worked to silence Bernie's supporters, limit their media coverage, and even exclude them.

The leader of the DNC's corruption, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was named an "honorary chairman" of Hillary's campaign and vows to continue fighting for Hillary.

Hillary Clinton tells us that she will make Wall Street work for Main Street. But, in the few years since Hillary Clinton was secretary of state she has earned about $15 million mostly from speeches given to Wall Street which has already pledged or contributed more than $48 million to help her campaign. Since Hillary won't release the speeches she gave to Wall Street, one wonders if she tells them what she tells us, that she will make them work for Main Street.

Hillary promises to solve the same problems that Democrat politicians have been promising to solve, but not solving, for decades. Public education is still poor but expensive. Colleges are exorbitantly expensive. Many graduates have large debts but nearly worthless degrees. Good middle income jobs are vanishing. Energy costs keep rising. Health care is more, not less, expensive. Taxes keep increasing. But, while most Americans struggle despite politicians' promises, the politicians and their special interest supporters keep doing better and better.

About 75 percent of the American people feel our country is going in the wrong direction and showed that by voting, against the wishes of the political establishments, for Bernie Sanders and for non-establishment Republican candidates. But the Democrat and Republican establishments fight, and as we see even cheat, to keep the power and wealth that their positions provide.

As long as the Democrat and Republican establishments are in power, the needs of the people will be low priority, only the wishes of their special interest supporters will be high priority. The Democrat establishment cheated Bernie Sanders to ensure that their candidate, Hillary Clinton, would win the nomination and advance their interests, not the peoples' interests.

Don Ewing

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Meredith Library needs parking for at least 34 cars; it has 8 spaces

To The Daily Sun,

When I moved to Meredith in 2010, I wanted to become involved in the community. I joined the Friends of Meredith Library. Two years earlier in 2008, Erin Apostolos, our librarian in Meredith then and now, assessed the library and found it was rapidly outgrowing its utility and ability to serve the needs of the Meredith community. There were three deficiencies noted. The space was too small to provide for the growing library programs and services to patrons. It lacked handicapped access to all of the building. Also, more dedicated parking was desperately needed for patrons.

In 2011 a routine summer tour of the library building by the town's safety committee revealed safety and fire code violations. Also, rooms lacked necessary space to accommodate the number of users in the historic wing of the library which was built in 1900.

In 2012, the Library Trustees commissioned CPN architects of Meredith to produce a Historic Building Condition Assessment for the Meredith Public Library. It addressed current preservation, maintenance and space needs for the library. The projected cost of fixing these deficiencies was $300,000. to $500,000. This did not take into consideration more land to expand parking and increase building size.

The Library Trustees retained Thomas A. Ladd Company to address the larger space issues. It recommended:

— A new library building with dedicated space of 13,800-square-feet.
— Parking spaces for 34 to 69 cars (The current lot has parking for about eight cars).

The conclusions of several reports on the status of the library since 2008 and with the knowledge and opinion of the library trustees, it appears we need a new library and it will need to be in a new location because of the constraints of our present location. Meredith is a forward-looking community that is concerned about the education and supportive learning tools for its adult and children residents. The present building is providing programming for children three years to 18 years old. The programs are growing and overflowing the storage space for supplies for these programs.

The Friends of the Library use the community room in the basement for its meetings and for 3 book sales a year. This same room provides story time for 3- to 5-year-olds because current fire codes prevent use of the former children's room on the upper level.

We need a library building where our library director and staff can devote all of their wonderful talents and great energy to programing for the adults, youth and children of Meredith.

Margie Kreitler
Friends of Meredith Library

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