There's dog poop everywhere; can't Bristol do anything about it?

To The Daily Sun,

I presented an e-mail to Bristol selectmen proposing to keep Bristol healthy and presentable by posting signs around town about the dog waste on the streets and people's lawns.

I was told that if I wanted the signs, that I had to contact a certain person and perhaps even may have to present a petition for the people to sign. I am 74 years old, and cannot go around town gathering people's names.

What is wrong with these people? Don't they care that dog feces transmit disease, and contaminate drinking water?

Walk along Spring Street or downtown and see all the dog poop here and there. Some of it was on the sidewalk, where people walk, or lawns. At one place, it was actually was right where people stepped as they walked off the path to the sidewalk.

A lady from out of town told me that she went to the bank and as she stepped off the step of the bank, she stepped right into the poop on the walk.

I told them that if this was all right, could I pick up the poop and put it on their lawns? Why not, if it's not a problem? I can't believe my town is that ignorant and unsanitary.

I have not heard from any of the selectmen so, I am asking you to send e-mails in regards to this matter to keep Bristol clean and healthy.

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Jeanne Duchesneau


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If Mitt Romney says one thing, you'd better believe the opposite

To The Daily Sun,

To Mr. Earle,: Okay I get it, you refuse to accept the fact that your hero George W. Bush lied to get us into war in Iraq. So we will have to agree to disagree on this; I know, you hate doing that, but this foolishness has got to stop. Now you can obviously do what ever you want, but maybe you too can take some time off from this. Maybe go hunting polar bears in the Arctic, I hear it's lovely there this time of year. Or you could go looking for WMD in Iraq, if you do this, please let me know what you find.

Not to worry Mr. Earle, if we liberals voted for President Obama because he is an African-American, then I think I figured out why you voted for Romney. I noticed during his campaign that Mr. Romney could not part his lips without lies spewing out from between them (unless he was in a room full of rich guys, of course.)

First we have all his classmates in his prep school telling the story of Mr. Romney feloniously attacking a classmate who was "different." Mr. Romney claims he "doesn't remember" doing it. Right, doesn't sound like something you could forget doing. Then there was the story of Mr. Romney single-handedly saving the Salt Lake City Olympics. His campaign touted this story as his single-handed accomplishment, and how he could save the country, too. The reality is that he did so with the help of several millions of our tax dollars. I'm willing to bet I know people who could have done a much better job than Mr. Romney, with even fewer of our tax dollars.

But by far my favorite lie from Mr. Romney is the story I saw him tell about a factory in China. While in China to send even more jobs to that country, and profit from it to boot, he toured a facility there. Supposedly he asked about the tall chain-link fence with razor wire ringing the top of it, and was told it was to keep people from swarming in to work there. Right. I'd love to ask Mr. Romney if he saw anyone trying to climb that fence, from the outside. Again, not to worry.

I saw Mr. Romney on "Meet The Press" several weeks ago. He was asked if he would make another presidential run in 2016. He cackled nervously, and through a grimacing grin he said he would not be running. So we can look forward to another Mitt Romney run in a couple years.

Marty Valengavich


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Tom Dawson one of those quality people I look to cast votes for

To The Daily Sun,

In the upcoming election, Laconia citizens have the opportunity to vote for Tom Dawson and send him to Concord as a Representative. I have known Tom for over 40 years. He is a man of character — consistent and ethical. Although most know me as the daughter of the late Senator Carl Johnson and one who votes primarily Republican, I have been known to vote Independent and Democratic since I am more concerned about the quality of the people who serve our state than individual issues. Tom is one of those quality people. 

Tom is a man who, when presented with a solid and reasonable argument, is not too proud to change his mind. He is also eager to work with people on all sides of the political spectrum. My dad had great admiration and respect for Tom when he taught at the Tech School and Laconia and set up the Fire Science program there. Tom was also State Fire Marshall so he has a history of working hard for our state. 

In this day and age when it is difficult to find people who are true to their word, it is a privilege for me to be able to strongly recommend Tom Dawson to you to go to Concord and lend his wisdom to State government. 

Linda J. Wood


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Ban fully-automatic weapons for use by anyone but military & police

To The Daily Sun,

Re: The AP story on August 28 of the accidental shooting of a gun range instructor in Arizona by a 9-year-old. 

According to the article, the experienced instructor had neither a hand on the girl nor a hand on the barrel of the fully automatic UZI. 

In the 2008 Massachusetts tragedy, a 15-year old attendant had a hand on the 8-year-old boy and the other hand on the barrel of the fully-automatic weapon. 

Results: In Arizona, a dead middle-age instructor; in Massachusetts, a dead 8 year-old shooter. 

Cause: Recoil forcing the muzzle upward, coupled with the children's hands still engaging the triggers. 

Solution: Ban fully-automatic weapons' possession and use by anyone other than military and law-enforcement. No one else needs them for any reason. 

Caution: The Massachusetts tragedy was at a demonstration put on by, I believe, a police chief. 

Bill Carberry


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3 weeks left in Thursday Marketplace season; food demos each day

To The Daily Sun,

It has been a busy few weeks in the Savor the Season tent at the Laconia Outdoor Marketplace in downtown Laconia.

Aug. 14 brought Leslie Judice from Tavern 27 to the market as our guest chef, and she wowed market-goers with her delicious zucchini pie — a dessert pie that smelled and tasted like apple pie but was filled with zucchini instead.

Then, on Aug. 21 we had a great children's event co-ordinated by Tammy Levesque, the Wellness Coordinator for the Laconia School District/Program Director for Lakes Region HEAL. Children tasted Aunt Molly's Ground Cherries and green kale smoothies, went on a scavenger hunt to see how many veggies they could find in the market, and even fed some worms in a worm farm.

Sept. 4 brought Rachael Burklund of Laconia Village Bakery to the tent, featuring quesadillas made with local goat cheeses from Twillingate Farm, wild black trumpet mushrooms, and other fresh veggies from Minglewood Farm. The Lakes Region Food Network extends deep appreciation to Leslie, Tammy, and Rachael for sharing their time and talents with our community.

We have three weeks left in the market season this year, and there will be food demonstrations in the tent each of those weeks, so be sure to come to the Thursday market from 3:30-4:30 throughout the rest of September for some delicious culinary inspiration featuring local bounty from the farmers in the market.

For more information about the Lakes Region Food Network, please visit our website at

Karen Barker
Lakes Region Food Network

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