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A story for people still pointing a finger at George Zimmerman

To The Daily Sun,
After reading letters from people who are unhappy with the verdict in the George Zimmerman Trial, it seems to me that people are, well let me give you an example from my childhood to get the feel of it.
When I was in the 6th grade we were coming home from school one December day after performing our Nativity play. We had them in public school back then. I was a shepherd in the play, wearing a chair cover for a shepherd's robe and having a mop pole for a shepherd's staff. After getting off the school bus my friend and fellow 6th grader Rick took my mop pole from me and threw it over the snowbank into the yard on the corner, which was our bus stop, and he refused to retrieve it. So I challenged Rick to a fight. Rick wanted to change cloths before the fight, so we went to his house. When he came out of his house after changing the fight proceeded. We wrestled around in the snow for a while and ended up in Rick's garage with me pinned against the wall staring at Rick's fist cocked and ready to let me have it in the kisser. A second or so goes by and Rick still hasn't punched me. At this point Ricks older brother comes out of the kitchen door, it was an attached garage, and say's,"hit em Ricky, hit em" and Rick says, "I can't, my hands are cold" (from rolling around in the snow). Well, more seconds went by and I wiggled myself free. I got Rick in a head lock. I was a fairly strong kid. Rick started crying, gave up and I won the fight. Which worked out for both of us, for we were able to become good friends and had many high adventures thereafter.

The fight was only to gain Ricks respect. But now to the point of my writing. There was a girl on the school bus, the prettiest girl on the bus. She apparently like Rick better than me. The next day she came up to me and said, "you're a dirty fighter. You cheated. You got Rick's hands cold so he couldn't fight." Her view was less then unbiased and it reminds me of those still pointing the finger at George Zimmerman. The question is, do we want our justice to be that?

John Demakowski


Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 11:38

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When are reps planning on taking tour of the Belknap County Jail?

To The Daily Sun,
I read a letter to the editor this morning from Bernadette Loesch. You make some good points Bernadette, and I am sure there are other people who are thinking the same way. A sound investment is good business.
Unfortunately, the convention has not seen the facility and obviously do not care about lawsuits. Last May, Superintendant Dan Ward and Commissioner Steve Nedeau came before the Meredith Selectboard with a presentation on a criminal justice system assessment. Mr. Ward, I would consider an expert at his job, handed out a report titled "Criminal Justice Master Plan." This 165 page report prepared by David Bennett should be read by all public officials in Belknap County. A very interesting study indeed.
Mental health and rehabilitation are two highlights in this report. Programs such as cognitive behavioral treatment, a non-clinical form of educating and "New Direction Program" designed to create marketable skills are explained in detail in this report.
On a separate note, as I have already stated the current facility is unsanitary, unsafe and unacceptable for the county employees and those incarcerated there. Anyone of a sane mind who had a tour would agree.
So I will say again to the entire convention, When are you planning on having a tour of the Belknap County Correctional facility? "Are you afraid of the answers?" I find it disappointing that the taxpayers have voted for this kind of conduct. Maybe things will be different next year.
Carla Horne


Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 11:34

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Obama's gross dishonesty is not indicative of blacks, it's just him

To The Daily Sun,

The problem (or advantage) of being black:

Some of our top leaders are black. Starting with our president, Obama, who has, used his father's race as a way to be one of the richest men in the USA, taking over the government as if he is already THE DICTATOR! Maybe many react to his excesses and gross dishonesty as if that is a problem with blacks, but, we know he is a total exception to the norm. I have known many brilliant, honest, and very helpful blacks, starting with the valedictorian of my high school class, also from a poor family. While we played after school, he worked to support his family, helped others with their school work, taught Sunday school, and excelled in sports! And like me, went to Rutgers University, where he was nice to let me ace engineering as he excelled in premedical studies!
We must first look at the history of blacks in America. Many are here as a result of the years of slavery. The blacks in Africa who were chosen for slaves were the easy going nice people. The people in the USA who wanted and could afford slaves were the educated successful ones. Thus slaves were exposed to good education, or good knowledge from observation.
I recall in grade school, as the skinny kid, I got picked on by the cowardly bullies: They were the weak-minded fools, who formed gangs to protect their weakness. I put up with a lot of that bullying, until a big, black kid, came up to me on the playground, and for no apparent reason started a "fight", in which I quickly found myself on top, the winner, with a new good friend! No one picked on me anymore! Shows exceptional kindness and brilliance about behavior!
Gangs are basically a bunch of cowards. As I've observed it, it is very dangerous to be surrounded by a gang of whites, always safe with a gang of blacks, who will protect anyone!
Blacks seem to dominate in sports, with the great combination of exceptional intelligence and strength. During WWII black pilots formed the most outstanding fighter squadron to protect bombers, with record of never losing a bomber! As a pilot since I was 13, with too many airplanes, I'm well aware how extremely difficult their record was: takes exceptional intelligence, skill, and strength! I never could have done that! I much prefer the calm and beauty of soaring, playing the thermals and slope lift from hills, much like three dimensional sailing!
I really wonder why we don't see blacks domineering in sailing. Somehow they just aren't involved. Much sailing, such as racing catamarans, would match their exceptional strength, intelligence, and intuition. Where are they? I'd love to get them into the sail training program at Fay's Boat yard, or as a start, sailing with me, at 80 years old almost a has been for racing, but would love to teach newcomers!
Jack Stephenson


Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 11:30

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Why would anyone call an elected official a 'bad' person

To The Daily Sun,

As a lifelong Republican, I am personally offended by the headline in today's Laconia Daily Sun. I think most readers would agree with me that there are few "bad people" in this world. Terrorists are bad people; no one in either our Republican delegation or Democrat delegation is a "bad person". Nor are any of our commissioners "bad people". I cannot imagine why anyone could be so unprofessional as to call any elected official a "bad person". Even if the quote is printed in an article, I cannot imagine putting it as a headline in a paper. The issue of the jail is a local issue; it's not about national politics.

During my professional career and family life, I have faced discrimination numerous times. In none of those cases, have I ever been called a "bad person"; nor have I ever even thought of calling those who were discriminating against me "bad people". It would be unprofessional, polarizing, and eliminate any possibility of joint problem solving.

Professionally, I was a systems designer and project manager in information technology working in major insurance corporations starting in the early '70s. When I married, my parking space was eliminated along with my health insurance because "my husband had them". I was given a lower raise because "it was not right that I made more than my husband". I was fired due to "illness of pregnancy". In all cases, I was discriminated against merely because I was a woman.

I lived with discrimination against our daughter due to her physical disability. She was not allowed to participate in public school activities because of her seizures caused by a vaccine when she was 11. We were openly told that she was not welcome in friends' homes because their parents were afraid "she was contagious". Her math teacher told her in front of the class that "her brain was not properly developed". Our daughter attended a private high school so that she could participate in all school activities. By understanding her disability, her classmates worked with her as a team to anticipate and solve issues before they arose. They developed solutions together so that she became captain of her swim team and traveled to Hawaii on a school trip. Likewise, in college, her professors and friends worked with her to solve problems for transportation to internships and study abroad.

In all the situations where I experienced discrimination, I analyzed the situation as I would any problem as an analyst and project manager. In my career, I worked within the system to make changes by prototyping and implementing remote work and flexible work weeks so that I could balance my daughter's needs with my job requirements. As a mother, I worked with my daughter to be open about her disability and to work for solutions to lead a normal life. In every case, above all, I demonstrated professionalism by example.

I have been an active Republican for 45 years volunteering in several states over that time. In all those years, I have never seen the personal nature of attacks that I have seen recently, especially here in New Hampshire. This is the first time that I truly feel that I, along with all Republicans, am being discriminated against because I am a Republican.
Fifty years ago, I worked with my dad to build our house in Barnstead. From the time I dug the first hole and mixed cement for support; my heart was in New Hampshire and always will be. Politically, I have defended the 1st in the nation primary and touted the New Hampshire model in many other states explaining the active participation in primaries and the volunteer legislature. If we read the media carefully, their intent is a one party system. I doubt anyone in New Hampshire desires us to lose not only the checks and balances of two parties, but the creativity of different perspectives.

I believe in our elective process. In primaries, I actively support candidates who align most closely with my stance on issues. However, even if "my" candidates do not prevail in the primary, in the general election, I actively support those Republican candidates who do prevail in the primary. While I may not have supported some members of the Republican Belknap delegation during the primary, I did support all of them during the general election. To call any of them a "bad person" is to call everyone who supported them a "bad person". Right now, they are attempting to do their job representing the citizens of Belknap County. In business, my project team may have had differences of opinion, but we discussed them and worked to a common solution which we then presented to our customers. I believe in the 80/20 rule; it is idealistic to believe that we will agree 100 percnet with anyone on all issues. Above all, I strongly believe in being fiscally conservative.

The current issue of the jail has to do with the ability to live within our means as every family in Belknap County must do. It is an insult to the taxpayers of Belknap County to divert attention from the real problem of the jail to a political play in the media for the next election cycle. When I worked with customers on systems solutions, my team's first step was to understand what they already had and then work with them to define the requirements for what they needed. Working with the customer, we then ranked those requirements into needs vs. nice-to-haves. In developing solutions for those requirements, we presented well-defined options along with a well-defined cost-benefit analysis and pros and cons for each option. We then worked with the customers to understand each option and to select the one that most closely fit their needs and their pocketbook. During implementation, we tracked closely to the budget defined from the cost-benefit analysis. This is common problem solving methodology. As a taxpayer, I would like to see all options for the jail with thoroughly defined cost/benefit and pros/cons for each. I believe that there was a range in cost initially presented of about $23 million. Rather than unprofessional name-calling, it's time for the commissioners to go back and present a professional set of options to the taxpayers of Belknap County, who are the customers.

Jan Face Glassman
Center Barnstead


Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 11:20

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Painting people you don't agree with a 'bad' is politics at its worst

To The Daily Sun,

As an elected official, I am totally dismayed to read Commissioner Philpot's latest diatribe against the majority in the Belknap County Delegation. "These are bad people looking to do bad things...".

Wow. What a value judgement! Speaking for myself, I can tell you I DO NOT "want to kill government, want government to go away." Rather, I want government to be accountable to the people, open and transparent, and not the bloated abomination it has turned into. Whether it is about government spying, IRS scandals, birthing hopeless deficits which take away the future of our youth, then yes, I am not about BIG CORRUPT government. I believe in small, accountable government. Does this make me "bad"? I don't think so.

What is "bad" (for lack of a better word) is power-mongering in the extreme. Arrogance is pretty "bad" as well. Divisiveness is "bad" on my list, too. And all three of these words are what I think of when I read Commissioner Philpot's "bad" statement.

The Belknap County Delegation majority level funded our current budget. No jobs were cut. The majority is seeking definition of what NH RSA 24:14 really means so future delegations know how to proceed with the budget process. The majority in this delegation seeks to support the taxpayers of Belknap County whenever spending seems inappropriate, especially in these difficult times. Everyone may not agree with these ideals, and that is fine. But, trying to paint people who do not agree as "bad" is politics of the worse sort. One only has to wonder why Commissioner Philpot would resort to it.

Rep. Jane Cormier
Belknap District 8
Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton


Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 11:10

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