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2.5% raises for town employees should be put on separate line

To The Daily Sun,

I understand that the Sanbornton selectmen have approved a recommended 2.5 percent COLA increase for town employees in 2014. How inappropriate when the elderly of Sanbornton will only get a 1.5 percent Social Security increase this year and those in the private sector may get nothing.

I would like to recommend that the 2.5 percent COLA amount for be placed on a separate budget line, if possible, so it is apparent to taxpayers when they attend the Town Meeting. As I recall, right now the COLA is buried in the salary lines of each department and some taxpayers may not be aware of this item.

Bill Whalen

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:11

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I'm forced to give up my insurance but I can help pay for others

To The Daily Sun,

When does the second revolution begin?

During the past few years, I have witnessed a dramatic and frightening shift in the "American Dream". Not that long ago as young people were growing up, most had visions of reaping the rewards of the seeds they sowed. Whether those visions were of starting a business, entering a professional career or entering into a trade. The generations before them who archived their goals were rewarded for their accomplishments and were respected.

Now we have an atmosphere created by the current president that not only scorns the people who have achieved their goals but demonizes and penalizes them. It's ironic that without these "fortunate" people, the president would not be able to carry out his lofty socialist goals.

At what point do we as Americans say enough is enough? A mis-named bill called the "Affordable Health Care Act". A bill passed solely by one political party to buy votes. A bill not read before passing it. A bill touted by the president stating that it was not a tax, although the Supreme Court ruled that it was a tax. A bill that the president stated over and over that "if you like your health insurance plan you can keep it." A bill that the president stated over and over that would lower your health insurance costs and give you better coverage. Not one of those claims made by the president has turned out to be true. In other words he has LIED to the American people. This president also modified the law without congressional approval and has granted waivers to his supporters.

The mainstream news media still refuses to call out the president on the lies. Instead they say that the president could have better presented the bill, or that the insurance plans getting cancelled were deficient. I happen to have one of those "deficient" plans. I was well aware of the limitations of the plan, but at $700 per month it was affordable. (My replacement plan for my wife and I is $1587) I have carried health insurance for over 30 years. Now I am not only being forced to give up my insurance, but I am being force to help others pay for their health insurance.

Contrary to what I have heard some people state, health insurance is not a right. Taking my hard earn money and my health insurance to redistribute it to others is not a right. It's called STEALING. (For the record, I do make "voluntary" contributions to various health organizations.)

What ever happened to a government of the people by the people and for the people? We have elected representatives that pass laws on to us that they either exempt themselves from or get subsidies from us to pay for their participation. If this isn't taxation without representation, I don't know what is.

Dennis Robitaille


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:08

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What Laconia most needs is another homeless shelter for winter

To The Daily Sun,

I'm writing about the homeless in Laconia. Where are they going this winter? They're going to be out in the cold when they are the ones who need help the most.

Help out the homeless people. Give them a chance to have a place to live so they don't have to be freezing outside. What Laconia needs the most is another shelter beside the Carey House. Think of the homeless men and women out there.

Debra Davis


Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:47

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Is Gilmanton Fire Dept. being run as business or good old boy club?

To The Daily Sun,
I was appalled when I read the article in The Laconia Daily Sun about the alleged theft of town gasoline by a respected lieutenant in the Gilmanton Fire Department. This lieutenant has been working for the Gilmanton Fire Department for many years. This theft makes me wonder how much control the fire department has of gasoline usage and how much we the taxpayers have paid for personal use. It also makes me wonder why our fire chief doesn't have documented proof of gasoline usage. Is our fire department being run like a business or like a good old boy organization? I have read articles in The Laconia Daily Sun that quoted the fire chief complaining that he was being micro-managed by the selectmen. It's time for the selectmen to do their job and get to the bottom of this. There is a lot more here than just an alleged thief steeling gas.
Congratulations and the highest respect to the firefighter who stepped up and reported this crime. It would have been a lot easier for him to say nothing. He should be treated like a hero, he did his job and didn't back down.
Douglas Isleib
Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:44

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They were courteous, efficient knowledgerable. I recommend. . .

To The Daily Sun,

Friday, I had a problem with my truck cap window. I stopped at Pemi Glass in Meredith to ask for advice to remedy the problem. They were great! The window was removed, repaired and reinstalled in an hour. They were courteous, efficient and knowledgeable.

I recommend Pemi Glass highly.

Fred Huntress


Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:34

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