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Our reps let us down on vote to fund Dept. of Homeland Security

To The Daily Sun,

Tuesday (March 3) Congress passed the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. If it had not passed, 87 percent of the department's personnel would still have been working.

The Congressional Research Service, which is a non-partisan part of the Congress that does research, says funding the Department of Homeland Security and funding the president's amnesty executive action, would entitle illegal aliens who get a Social Security number to file back taxes and they would be entitled to earned income tax credit and additional child tax credit. An illegal family with three or four children could be entitled to a $35,000 check. The IRS agreed with the finding of the Congressional Research Service.

I would like a $35,000 check from the government. Instead I pay taxes. I bet you do, too. So we work and pay and they will collect.

Senator Shaheen said, "It is time to put an end to partisan politics." What a load of crap! Senator Landrieu was in a tough re-election race. Thirty-one Democrat Senators broke ranks and voted for the Keystone pipeline just before the 2014 election and then voted against it just last month. I did not hear her say anything then about partisan politics.

None of our federal representatives voted to defund the amnesty executive action. Whether you are against this or not is not in the big picture. The president said over and over again for years that he did not have the authority to do this. Yet he did it. He broke the law ... again.

Our representatives did not stand up for us or the Constitution. Little by little our inalienable rights that are part of our Constitution and that have been fought for by our citizens to preserve are being taken away and we do nothing.

The Republicans said over and over before the election that they would stand up to Obama. Well, the two Republicans from our state did not stand up. They surrendered.

I am an independent. I voted Republican because they said over and over that they would stand for us. This vote was important. Our rights are important. They took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution. As far as I can tell, they are not. Why did I vote Republican? Should I again. For the lesser of two evils.

I want a representative who represents the citizens of New Hampshire and the USA. I will not agree with everything voted on, but there are some that are more important than others. Our representatives let us down. They let the Constitution down. They let the world down as people all over the world look to the U.S. for guidance.

Shame on Senators Shaheen and Ayotte and Representative Guinta.

Linda Riley


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I'd like to see the facts to back up mayor's statement on rent

To The Daily Sun,

From an article in The Laconia Daily Sun on Feb. 14, 2015: "Mill Society looks to volunteers to raise funds for repairs & operations," by Michael Kitch. Attorney Pat Wood suggests that the Mill could save money, "by persuading the City Council to forgive the $6,000 in property taxes levied on the rented space in the building. Wood anticipated that the society might require financial assistance from the city, perhaps as much as $50,000 a year, for a limited period of time." What Pat Wood is suggesting is that the taxpayers of Laconia pay $6,000 in property taxes for the two law firms who are renting space from the Mill Society.

In another article in The Daily Sun Jan., 13, 2015: "At City Council, Mayor Addresses 'Disinformation' About Belknap Mill" In this article Mayor Ed Engler says that the two law firms renting space in the mill are not paying an "unfairly low rents". He claims that both tenants, "could relocate for comparable, if not lower rents, than what they pay at the mill." I'd like to see some facts to back up that statement. "He pointed out that until recently there were three tenants at the mill and the annual rental income was $35,000." If each unit pays a third of the $35,000 that would mean the Mill Society is getting $225 a week for each rental before the cost of property taxes. Deducting the $6,000 for property taxes the Mill is getting $186 a week for each rental. If the Mayor and City Council are having non-public sessions on the Belknap Mill, how can the public have the correct information?

What the mayor fails to mention is that the Mitchell Municipal Group rents from the Belknap Mill Society and is also Lacoina's City Solicitor, which is a conflict of interest.

If the Belknap Mill Society wants money from the Laconia taxpayers, then all the Mill's records should be public records subject to RSA 91-A Right to Know law. That would include the costs related to the rentals, including the costs for electric, heat, water and sewer if these costs are included in the rent.

David Gammon


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