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Why can't President Obama, just once, lead our country by example

To The Daily Sun,

"We the People" — that is, most Americans — consider themselves somewhat savvy, even street-wise, and possess an ample amount of common sense to know when someone is selling us a bill of goods, or the Brooklyn Bridge.

If you want to sell me Obamacare, Mr. President, then answer me this: why was there a photo shoot when you signed it into law but no photo shoot of you being the first one to sign up for it?

Here's a novel idea for you, Mr. President, for once during your administration, try leading by example. Or, as they say in Missouri, "Show Me".

Nancy ("We have to pass it so we can see what's in it") and Harry "the Veto" Reed were quick to sign it into law but adamantly refused the opportunity to sign up for the president's signature piece of legislation and closed down the government to prove their point.

To be honest, you can't blame Harry Reed and the Democrats, as they are only following the president's orders — "No Negotiations". Now, where have I heard that saying before? "I was only following orders?" Oh well, it must have been a different dictator.

Seriously though, how is it that the legislative branch of the government can implement a law yet they are exempt from following it?

If this law is so necessary and affordable then the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches of the government, including all government workers, should be signed up for it and no one should be exempt, including special interest groups and favorite unions?

I can see it now, the old and sick will not receive their entitlements, hospitals will close there will be no police or fire protection, garbage along with starving people will pile up in the streets and we'll have to push grandma over the cliff.

Quick, someone call Rom Emanuel, it's a Democrats delight, it's a crises in the making. Don't let it go to waste; let's make the most of it.

Given the fact that no one in government has signed up for Obamacare and with all the exemptions there's just not enough money coming in to make it viable.

Anyone with an ounce of common sense; that is with exception of the current administration, will tell you that you can't spend more than you make and remain solvent, unless of course you're a graduate of a school that implemented the Common Core curriculum as dictated by Obama under the United Nations Agenda 21.

Keep in mind that this is only round one. We have the debt ceiling debate looming in the shadows and if the Republicans don't blink, Obama will have two choices: go on a golfing vacation or call out Homeland Security. Don't think for one minute Obama has disregarded or dismissed the latter. Stay tuned for round two.

George Dengel

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 10:19

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Cast of many pitched in to help WOW Fest raise $22k for WOW Trail

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the WOW Trail Board, I would like to thank all involved in making the 5th Annual WOW Fest our best event yet, raising over $22K for the WOW Trail. It was a perfect day for people to get out and bike, run or walk and celebrate outdoor recreation while supporting the continued expansion of the WOW Trail.

We are grateful for our generous sponsors listed below and ask that you help us thank them through support of their businesses. In particular, we thank our Presenting Sponsor, Bank of New Hampshire, for their continued support of the WOW Trail.

FESTIVAL SPONSORS: Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, Fratello's Italian Grille, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Rowell's Sewer & Drain, T-Bones Great American Eatery, Taylor Rental, The Common Man, Tritanium Sports.

EVENT SPONSORS: Awakening Chiropractic, Amoskeag Beverages, Binnie Media, Bodycovers, Gail Beane Graphic Artist, Meadowbrook Bank of NH Pavilion, Salmon Press, Shaw's of Gilford, Subway, The Citizen of Laconia, The Laconia Daily Sun, The Weirs Times.

TRAIL SPONSORS: Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, Big Cat Coffees, Contigiani's Catering Service, Cross Insurance, Franklin Savings Bank, Gator Sign Shop, Hackleboro Orchards, H&M Towing, HEB Engineers, Lakes Region Coca Cola, Lakes Region Triathlon Club, MC Cycle & Sport, Matthew J. Lahey, Esq., MetroCast, Performance Health,Stephen J. Smith & Associates, The Home Depot, Tilton Veterinary Hospital, Tylergraphics.

A big thank you to our 90 volunteers that gave their time and worked to make this event run smoothly for the participants. We would also like to thank Kathleen Merriam, David Stamps and Lakes Region CERT, Capt. Matt Canfield and the Laconia Police Department, Laconia Public Works Department, Kevin Dunleavy and Laconia Parks & Recreation and especially the Laconia Fire Department for their help and participation to include the raising of the flag and leading the walk with their team.

We would also like to recognize Catherine Martinez of Alton for joining us to sing the National Anthem and Judi Taggart and Michael Gagnon for photographing the event.

Special acknowledgement goes to our Team Challenge winners:
— WOW What A Team! (most participants) – Awakening Chiropractic
— WOW Green ($$$) Team! (most money raised) – Patrick's Pub & Eatery, with special recognition going to fundraisers, Debbie Herrington and Vinnie Boulanger
— WOW You Look Good! ("best dressed") – Laconia Fire Department
— WOW 5K Cup! (fastest 3 5K runners) – Awakening Chiropractic
— WOW 10K Cup! (fastest 3 10K runners) – Patrick's Pub & Eatery
These businesses and their patrons really step it up for this event and we appreciate it.

Lastly, I would like to thank the WOW Fest Committee. This group puts in countless hours to make it all happen, demonstrating their commitment to the WOW Trail project: Tom & Lori Oakley, Festival Directors; Allan Beetle, Marketing & Sponsorship; Roy Cuddahy & Tony Limanni, Bicycle Challenge Directors; Jamie Poire, Race Director; Ann Saltmarsh, Walk Director; Jennifer Bailey, Registration Coordinator; Darcy Peary, Volunteer Coordinator; Jan Buitendag, Tritanium Sports; Suzanne Perley and Gretchen Gandini.

Thank you all for making WOW Fest '13 another great day for the WOW Trail.

Jennifer Beetle
WOW Trail Board
WOW Fest Event Director

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 10:14

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Let's run the Briarcrest Estates community the way we want

To The Daily Sun,

Dear Ms. Brenda Baer:
OMG! I can't believe, you of all people, have fallen for the misinformation rhetoric ploys of the anti-co-op people at Briarcrest Estates (BcE)! Let me try to set straight some of your misconceptions.
I, too am a resident of Briarcrest Estates, now for five years and previously visiting, nearly every day, my parents since they moved here in 1997 from a condominium situation. I am quite familiar with the BcE community and have experienced the largesse of the management myself. Briarcrest is indeed a first-class place to live, as you have said, with the excellent work of the grounds crew in all seasons under the firm hand of the management. We all feel safe here and wanted a place to live that was worry-free. I have no beef with you as we see Briarcrest Estates now.
Some of the points I'd like to make are:
— First of all, the Lakemont Cooperative was not formed to "take over" the BcE community, only to determine our own destiny instead of being at the mercy of an out-of-state company that needs to make a profit for its shareholders. All profits of the Lakemont Co-operative will be plowed back into the park and after a couple of years, that amount of money is substantial. Lot rent increases will go up approximately $10 per year till up to about the 9th year, when the lot rents may be stabilized for an unknown amount of years.
— All residents of BcE were invited to join the cooperative for a $25 refundable fee (refunds are if the co-op fails to purchase the park). You have to join the cooperative in order to vote on anything the cooperative does.
— New Hampshire State Statute RSA 205 (deals with residents buying their park) allows tenants to form a co-op in order to offer a purchase and sales agreement to the seller/owner of the park and that seller/owner must "negotiate in good faith" with this purchase and sales offer. If the seller/owner fails to "negotiate in good faith" with the P&S offer, he could incur a penalty, which would be divided up among the tenants of the park. (Please look up RSA 205 online for precise wording.) That same law does not mention the number of tenants it takes to make a co-op legal, nor does it mention which tenants would get a part of the penalty money.
— That same RSA 205 mentions that the co-op, once formed, had 60 days to offer a purchase & sales agreement which they did, despite the seller/owner taking legal action against the co-op several days before the deadline.
— You are right about when the nastiness began and continued unabated until a "cease and desist" letter from the Lakemont Coopertive lawyer to the Briarcrest Estates lawyer. Tell me, do you really believe the co-op group would make up letters/notices against themselves (signed "concerned resident(s)"] then rip them down? What would be their reasoning to do this? I have copies of most of those "concerned resident(s)" notices and they are full of misinformation! As far as I know, the co-op has not knowingly made any false statements about leases, lot rents, services, management, or the other prospective buyer. You can go online yourself to find out about Hometown America headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Maple Holdings and Redevelopment is a company of Hometown America.
— If you had come to the informational meeting on September 27, held by the Lakemont Cooperative at the Gilford Community Church Youth Hall, you would have seen the "proforma" (a spreadsheet-type document) which showed that the co-op would be able to handle the $10 million purchase of Briarcrest Estates with a profit even in the first year. In fact, we were told by ROC-NH (Resident Owned Communities - New Hampshire) that at least three local banks are vying for our business! That means all monies would be handled locally for years and years. And, as soon as the park owner complies with the laws of New Hampshire and negotiates in good faith with the Lakemont Cooperative and the other prospective buyer, the co-op will be able to provide all tenants with the co-op "proforma" (spreadsheet), with all the necessary and correct income and expense figures if the co-op buys the park. But then again, maybe you didn't see the meeting notice because it was torn down several times.
— The Lakemont Coopertive's purchase and sales agreement offer was almost exactly like the one from Maple Holdings and Redevelopment including keeping the Mooneys on the payroll for the similar two years.
— The Lakemont Coopertive Board of Directors are all volunteers and will not get paid for their service, nor will any subsequent board of directors. The co-op will contract out with local companies for any and all services that may be needed, including a financial management firm to collect rents and do tax reports.
— As for the "poll" that was taken up at the Community Center, it has no legal standing. Some residents were told lies and harassed to scare them into "voting" for the sale of BcE to Maple Holdings. And certainly, it was not the co-op members doing anything untowards.
I hope I have given you and other residents of Briarcrest Estates enough information to dispel the "misinformation" that is out there and get you thinking about joining the Lakemont Cooperative to run this community of ours the way we want without interference from an out-of-state entity.
Louise Rosand
Briarcrest Estates Resident

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 10:10

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Is Wall Street conglomerate going to be caring & concerned landlord?

To The Daily Sun,

Abraham Lincoln once said "You can fool some of the people all of the time; and you can fool all the people some of the time." That statement best describes the story of Briarcrest Estates regarding the sale of the park to Maple Holding Company, an affiliate of Home Town America (HTA).

Last Tuesday, one of the residents, Brenda Baer, wrote a letter to your newspaper alleging certain information — some substantiated and some unsubstantiated. This letter is written to report the facts of the matter as discovered in the "due diligence" investigation by Lakemont Cooperative, a legally formed not-for-profit corporation, regarding the sale of the property.

First of all, the board agrees with Ms. Baer that the park owners have done a fine job in building Briarcrest into the beautiful park it is today. Further, the maintenance and ground crews do a very good job in keeping the park in the pristine condition it is in. A lot of the contentious differences she alleges are mostly due to the propaganda campaign and misinformation that has been spread around the community. Bottom line change is coming, no matter what, and most of us, especially senior citizens, are not comfortable with change. The Lakemont Cooperative feels duty bound to the members and residents of Briarcrest to provide vital information that will be affecting all of our lives and homes for many years to come. Calling our efforts a "power grab" is ludicrous and a patently false and unsubstantiated claim. The facts we will now present are true and factually reported:

— Home Town America is a multi-billion dollar, Chicago based, private equity fund created for the purpose of earning huge profits for its shareholders. These shareholders come from everywhere on the planet. The management consists of exceptionally astute financial experts coupled with a large legal department whose singular motivation is profitability.
— As mentioned by Ms. Baer, the current Briarcrest manager is a caring and concerned individual when it comes to the residents. Can the same virtues be ascribed to the managers of a huge Wall Street conglomerate? We think not. Information uncovered by the Lakemont Board regarding HTA's purchase of manufactured home park in southeast Mass. reveals that the owners/sellers were promised to be kept on and manage the park for several years. However, they were fired almost instantaneously after the sale closed, along with the entire maintenance and grounds crews and replaced by HTA's own staff and managers. Leisure Woods in Rockland, Mass. has had three different HTA managers in the last three years. One resident reported that the managers do not respond to requests for repairs or other maintenance that the park is responsible to perform. It is our sincere hope that the Briarcrest owners are not being set up for a similar bait and switch tactic by HTA because that would have a severe impact on all the homeowners in our park.
— As reported in a previous article in The Laconia Daily Sun, the ability of the CO-OP to buy the park is a very attractive deal for local banks, who are lining up to support it. That means that local earnings will stay in our community as well as being returned to Briarcrest for improvements and leveling off of annual rent increases.
— All Briarcrest residents are encouraged to do your own "due diligence" investigation, via the Internet, and look up the complaints that have mounted up against the potential buyer, Home Town America. It is not a pretty picture in the opinion of the Lakemont Board of Directors.

So, in closing, remember the words of Lincoln and ask yourself are you in the group of people who can be fooled all the time or do you want to find the truth about the sale of your park and your future and be in the group that is only fooled some of the time — but not this time ?

Interim Board of Directors
Lakemont CO-OP, Inc.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 10:02

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Our contracts with Briarcrest are grandfathered, just as written

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing in regards to the Briarcrest Estates sale, as I can't figure out for the life of me why 50 people want a coop and 179 residents don't — including myself! That in America the most votes get whatever they want or whomever they vote for.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mooney have been very fair with us residents, making the best deal to honor our contracts — they'll be grandfathered, just as they were written when we moved here.

We couldn't have asked for better landlords than the Mooneys, now it's just their turn to retire and enjoy life as they see fit.

Why can't ROC go bother someone else?

Betty Fortier


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:58

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