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Russ, I accept you apology; we are all patriots on Patriot's Day

To the editor,
To Russ Wiles:
It takes a gentleman to apologize, especially in the print media where there may be 17,000 local readers. Your apology is "accepted" — regarding my poem. We all suffered from the disaster on Marathon Monday/Patriot's Day in Massachusetts and we are all patriots that day, in one way or another. Thank you.
Jack Polidoro

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 12:16

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N.H. voters get the picture; we'll not forget Newtown child victims

To the editor,
I heard our Sen. Kelly Ayotte on NHPR (lecturing voice) expressing her belief (out of touch) that an out-of-state entity (Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' gun-control effort) "can't tell New Hampshire voters how to think." This is Sen. Ayotte's reaction to a TV ad, sponsored by Rep. Giffords, victim of a high-powered gun assault. Sen. Ayotte — wake up. Or Sen. Ayotte — get honest. Ninety percent of Americans want gun controls, especially that reduce the number of bullets in a magazine. No one needs to tell New Hampshire voters how to think on this. We get the picture: mowing down people with machine-gun like rapidity is an insane capacity. Let us never forget the Newtown child victims. Only someone in the pocket of the NRA would cast her vote otherwise.
You should be ashamed, Ms. Ayotte, very, very ashamed.
Lynn Rudmin Chong

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 12:09

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It's up to you now Laconia, recycle or we'll have to have PAYT

To the editor,
Laconia, put on your running shoes, or should I say your recycling shoes. The race is on. You are the ones who will win or lose the race. Mandatory recycling is the challenge and you must reach the finish line of at least 30 percent recycling to win.
What do you win? You win reduction in trash costs, thereby helping the city meet their financial goals, and you win for the environment. You win by accomplishing this without paying with cash for it. You win by your participating in your city, your home. It takes everyone doing their part.
If you lose the race, we will still have a recycling mandate but it will be Pay As You Throw because we didn't reach our goal.
I want to thank everyone who responded to this issue, on both sides, as it showed you are willing to get involved.
Stay involved, get running to the goal line!
Councilor Brenda Baer
Ward 4 - Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 12:05

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Doyle & Bolduc represent South Down & Long Bay, or do they?

To the editor,
After ready all of the articles in The Laconia Daily Sun, the biggest inaccuracy is the representation of the Ward 1 and Ward 6 councilors, Ms. Ava Doyle and Mr. Armand Bolduc. These are two of the three councilors who are against PAYT.
As people may not be aware, these councilors represent the entire population of South Down and Long Bay developments consisting of nearly 700 local taxpayers. This section of real estate pays more than 10 percent of the entire City of Laconia property tax revenues per year (over $5,000,000). Yet we get absolutely no city services for any of those revenues except schooling for a few children.
We have always had PAYT for rubbish removable. The city even "salts the wound" by charging each resident an annual dump fee and a recently increased per dump charge if we use the city's facilities, which we fund through our taxes. Otherwise, we must pay for a private trash service. It's a wonder they do not charge us to use their recycling bins. (Whoops!)
Therefore councilors please include our entire population as 100 percent FOR PAYT in any of your polling numbers regarding this program. Otherwise our polling numbers might be a little different at the next election!
R.J. Robert
South Down - Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 12:02

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I felt wronged by some but have no hard feelings; I've moved on

To the editor,
As the chef manager for the J.Jill distribution center café for the last five years, I have forged many relationships with many good people. After hearing the news that my company was being dropped, it has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions leading up to my last day. I am happy and lucky to have a new job ahead of me, my employee does also, and I'm optimistic and ready. However, as I am now removed from what was my home for half a decade, I have a few things that I feel I must say.
Corporate America is a hard thing to be stuck between. While serving you all, I had to strive to not only to give all of you a great lunch experience, but also appease the financial expectations of one boss as well as the service expectations of another. In my opinion, the departure of a great HR manager and liaison to my company as well as poor communication between the powers that be are what truly ended it. Not to be overly dramatic (if I haven't done so already), but more than once I felt like a kid whose parents were getting a divorce.
I believe that after this change, things will be overall better for the associates, and for that I'm glad. My company managed from afar, and their vending and coffee services were not satisfactory to me, and I'm sorry that I couldn't fix that. That aside, it bothered me that my skills and dedication were not acknowledged by the J.Jill hierarchy and the opinion of the employees were also left out of the process. A conservative guess would be that two thirds of that building would have liked my employee and me to have stayed, even after going through a company change. Probably, a deal could have been brokered. In my opinion, corporate money wanted a new company, new upgrades and new faces. I was led to believe things which were not so, by a certain always-grinning corporate spokesman. That certainly left some desire of professionalism, of which I was once lectured on by that same individual, but I digress...
What I really wanted to say is goodbye. I believe the people who I feel wronged by know it and I believe in Karma. In the last five years I have gained some real friends. From the sports water cooler talk gang and the Facebook buddies to the friends whom I have been to birthday parties with, fishing trips and weddings. You have all been a pleasure to know and it's been an awesome period of my life which I will not forget. There are some great people in that building, and all the Hallmark and gift cards, along with more than one bouquet of flowers for my co-worker were proof that we didn't fail. It also is flattering that more than a few of you vowed to boycott the new company, thanks, but that's really not necessary! Be well.
Thomas Lemay

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 11:15

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