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Aso we just blew $1,000 for useless meeting & will have to hold another

To the editor,
The Belknap County Delegation was summoned to meet Wednesday April 17 to hear a plan that could save the taxpayers of the county $200,000. That sounds great, something I'd like to hear about, as I'm focused on getting the most out of hard earned tax dollars. The delegation heard an overview of a plan to fill empty beds at the county nursing home which will bring in $400,000 while only adding $200,000 in expenses. Sounds good so far, but the devil, as they say, is in the details.
When asked about the details, the delegation was told that the administration didn't want to expend the effort without getting a sense of the delegation's thoughts on the matter. Okay, well, it sounds like we should consider it, after all, it might save the taxpayers a pretty good sum of money. So, then we'll need to plan another meeting and get all the details of the plan together and invite the public. When asked when we might be able to get the detailed plan, the answer was, the administration can have it for you tomorrow!
Wait, what?
The administration can have the details Thursday that we could have used Wednesday night to make a well reasoned decision. So, my dear Belknap County taxpayer and fellow delegates the Commissioners just blew $1,000 for a useless meeting and they are going to drag the public out to a meeting where the delegation will discuss for the first time the details of this plan.
Rep. Mike Sylvia
Belknap District 6
Belmont

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:24

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Don't the poor & senior citizens ahve a right to be heard anymore?

To the editor,
It's no surprise to anyone that the people who promised to protect all of us and be there for seniors have forgotten their promises when they ran for office. A person writes to the manager at a housing project and is ignored or yelled at. Then they go over their heads and write to their senator, then are told to write to someone else, then they write to someone else and are told we don't handle that, please write to the governor. Then they tell you to write to someone else, and the pattern continues endlessly without any answers. Hoping that a some person will give up it is suggested that you write to the governor again.
Don't the poor and the seniors have a right to be heard anymore? Or is it just the rich who get what they want? Shouldn't be that way. If these seniors had not worked all their lives and paid in to Social Security, where would the people who are getting to retire now be? Seniors should be respected and taken care of, and listened to. They have feelings too! They should not be yelled at, ignored and have to live with nasty community rooms with spit and tobacco all over the table and floor. They should have have to listen to filthy language all day or not be able to take their grandchildren in the laundry or mail room because there is a person yelling and screaming nasty words. We need managers who care about the people in housing. It's not just a job, for the money you have to care about the people. And we need people who are in charge of these managers to make it easier for the tenants to make complaints and be heard. Someone needs to care!
Diana G. Caldwell
Franklin

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:18

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City should now name bridge as memorial to Lilyanna Johnson

To the editor,
My heart and prayers go out to the family's of Lillyanna Johnson and Alyssa Minor.
To my knowledge the Messer Street Bridge does not have a name other then the Messer Street Bridge. I would propose the Laconia City Council consider naming it the "Lillyanna Johnson Memorial Bridge".
Perhaps one of our local businesses would donate a plaque to put on the bridge?
Mike Beaule
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:15

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Where Senator Hosmer's children go to school is nobody's business

To the editor,
It looks like the far right in the Lakes Region has woken up again and is taking shots at Senator Hosmer for where he sends his kids to school. That is nobody's business; parents have the right to sent their kids to which ever school they wish, and the writers' charge stinks like all other red herrings. The real point here is that the government is not supposed to send taxpayers' money to organizations that teach kids narrow and biased religious points of views. The N.H. and U.S. constitutions prohibit such a practice.
So where are the defenders of the Constitution when you need them? The last legislation session did many things to harm our state and our Constitution and it's about time our representatives start doing the right thing. So thank you Senator Hosmer for trying to right a wrong. If HB-370 becomes law, $90 million that would have been taken out of the N.H. public school system will stay in our communities helping all kids become better students and giving teachers the funds they need in order to get their job done.
I have worked and volunteered in two different school systems and N.H. schools are in desperate need of funds to get our kids headed in the right direction. Many times I saw teachers getting laid off because it was the only option in order to save money for other programs, and many after school programs are left in the dark because of lack of money. Our kids should be focusing on studying, not on fundraising to get their favorite extra-curricular activity that keeps them in school.
Keep up the good work, Senator Hosmer. Thank you for keeping your pledge to put N.H. kids first and to defend our Constitution.
Carlos Cardona
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:12

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Mr. Wiles missed the boat & could use reading comprehension class

To the editor,
This past week I submitted a poem ("Boston Massacre Revisited") for publication in reaction to the Boston bombings on Marathon Monday. As a writer, it was merely a poem of grief, and not a letter to the editor. It required no rebuttal. It was placed in the "letters" section by the editor hence the inevitable rebuttal by the likes of Mr. Russ Wiles, a "frequent contributor to The Sun," who politicizes and "rebuts" everything, no matter what the subject or origin... and often weekly. For him everything written by others is politically motivated or has a hidden political agenda.
His manufactured attack analysis of me and erroneous supposition of virtually everything I wrote in the poem was wrong on all counts. Yes, the Black winner was in reference to the Marathon winner; Yes the 15th was coincidently Tax Day and Marathon Day; No it was not a slam on conservatives in any regard. All people dislike taxes! Anarchists can be national or international in origin and non-party affiliated hence at the time of the poem, the authorities had no clue who had successfully completed the acts of terror — one or more people.
Patriot's Day and Marathon Day is a special day in America, for some 100 plus years; a Boston tradition, thereby "someone evil of any origin" could seek to make a profound statement/impact on that day where patriotic Americans are gathered in celebratory fashion, en masse. I merely questioned the timing of the event and stated the hypothetical motives — clearly in the poem...at least clearly for most readers!
Basically Mr. Wiles's diatribe about the left, Chris Matthews and Rahm Emanuel and "leftists" in general were irrelevant to anything related to my composition. As is often seen in print, Mr. Wiles just "vented" without just cause — chastising me sans one compliment that reminded me of the Italian expression: "kiss on the cheek, and then slap in the face." You couldn't be further off the mark in your letter, Mr. Wiles — basically reflecting total ignorance of the poem's meaning and intentions, as well as its therapeutic value for some readers.
Thank you to all that contacted me directly with compliments on the composition. Even high school children who take reading comprehension classes identified with the meaning of the poem.
Mr. Wiles missed the boat and could benefit from a similar class, but resorted to turning "a simple poetic statement of profound remorse and anger regarding the tragedy in Boston" into unjust criticism of my heartfelt feelings and sympathetic creative prose which was cathartic for me personally (and apparently for others). You see Mr Wiles, for years I stood by the finish line, feet from where those people died or were maimed — years that were precious to me annually, when I worked in Boston/ Cambridge at Arthur D. Little. I almost went this year. Never again will I stand where I used to at the race, near the finish line. Two terrorists ruined that for me and my children, forever.
Jack Polidoro
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:08

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