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Need to go back to recognizing bicycle riders as pedestrians

To The Daily Sun,
Back during WWII, gas rationing led to many people riding bikes, and too many accidents. The quick cure was to recognize that bikes are more like pedestrians than cars, so should ride on left side of the road facing auto traffic, so they can see and avoid danger from cars and trucks. That worked excellently.
Sometime later, the insanity of treating bike riders as cars got established, resulting in many deaths and injuries.
The path of a bike is highly unpredictable, since steering is also a part of balancing. The slower they go the more unpredictable the path.
Let's all spread the word and get government to correct the rules to make bike riding Safe!
Jack Stephenson
Gilford

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:33

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With emphasis on school sports, we will slip further behind

To The Daily Sun,
Laconia High School students continues to fail at math. Their proficiency level is stalled at about 22 percent. The same level prevails across the state. This dismal average has continued year after year with no discernible effort made to improve our students ability to compete! (None that has had any record of success!) This seeming indifference is over-shadowed by the school's emphasis on games and sports. (Look at the trophies in the lobby.) Plainly put, this constitutes a grievous misconception that this prevailing inequity can continue even as we struggle to gain employment in a world market-place!
We have a fatal attraction to games that puts academic achievement in near limbo status! Scholastic success doesn't have anywhere near the acclaim, attention and euphoria generated on the playing fields and courts .Do we ever have a banquet or parade for classroom achievement? Most of the young boys playing football on the new state-of-the-art field cannot pass mathematics or science exams! Does that make any sense whatsoever?
We are not competitive with Asians, they will garner the high-tech jobs, and unless we make a drastic changes in our evaluation, we will slip further behind most industrial nations as we become a service-oriented country on a much lower wage scale!
Unless we bite-the-bullet and admit we are haphazard and indifferent to meaningful change in education, we may, in future years, be dominated by elitist-military corporations that further divide people into two classes: the poor and ignorant and the wealthy!
Leon R. Albushies
Gilford

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:19

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Plan presented for a new county jail is simply not affordable

To The Daily Sun,
It will be interesting to see what the candidates for mayor of Laconia will have to say if they are asked about support for a new county prison. After being a part of a slug-fest over a mere 1.3 million dollar increase in the 2013 budget, it should be interesting to see how an increase of over five million dollars a year, every year into the foreseeable future, will play out.
One of the presenters Monday night, Laura Maiello, is quoted as citing a 'high rate of recidivism" as one reason to support the proposed new prison. What was glossed over was that most new incarcerations are not because of the commission of a new crime but because of violations of parole or probation. As the commissioners noted, the county rate of recidivism as actually on the decline. In other jurisdictions, community based parole and probation is supervised by a district attorney, which has led to successful outcomes. Perhaps we should consider the abilities of our own capable county attorney and examine this approach.
It is troubling that the new state prison for women has a cost authorization of thirty-eight million dollars for 224 beds, or less than $169,000 a bed, while the proposed new county prison would have a cost of at least $236,000 per bed.
Perhaps there is a need to expand and renovate the existing prison but the plan which was presented is unaffordable. We need to have an unbiased assessment of the existing physical plant before we proceed any further and the process to accommodate that evaluation needs to be fair, honest and open.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Belmont District 5
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:11

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Post Office food drive netted almost 5,000 pounds for pantries

To The Daily Sun,
The Laconia Post Office collected 4,950 pounds of food for local pantries during the Mother's Day Weekend Food Drive.
We would like to thank our customers, local food pantries, radio stations, newspapers and the United Way. And a special thanks to Kevin Bobolia for all the help!
U.S. Post Office
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:06

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What difference does it make when we have American Idol to watch?

To The Daily Sun,
Much ado about nothing or something? You be the judge.
Two middle fingers up is what the community organizer received from Russia and China as he vacations on Ssafari in the land of his birth while Edward Snowden thumbed his nose at that empty suite Secretary of State John Kerry.
Snowden is making the rounds of all Obama's friends: Hong Kong, China, Moscow, Russia, Havana, Cuba, Caracas, Venezuela and finally, Quito, Ecuador. By the time we get him back he'll resemble a wrung out sponge as Obama's friends will squeeze all the information they can out of the traitor.
Six months from now our idiot populist (Mainstream Democrats) won't even remember or want to remember who Edward Snowden is but they'll remember what Lady Gaga wore to the music awards.
Think I'm kidding? Test your neighbor. Ask him if he can tell you who the following people are, (Brian A. Terry, Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, John Hammer, Sean Smith, and Chris Stevens.)
I'll give you a hint: one was killed as a result of Eric Holder's debacle and four were killed as a result of team Obama and Clinton failing to send back-up and you can Google the one who's left.
But after all "what difference does it make," as long as we have American Idol the Bachlorettd and Dancing with the Stars?
Add to it that ignorance is bliss when it comes to "U.N. Agenda 21". But, as Alfred E. Neuman said, "What, Me Worry?"
Groton New Hampshire got in step with the Obamanation and Agenda 21. Check out the spinning abominations on their mountains. Nice going Groton, real picturesque, they should be a real tourist draw.
If you see a windmill from your property, petition your town to remove your view tax and then the surrounding towns can sue Groton for the lost revenue.
As Clint Eastwood once said, "We Americans are so tired of being thought of as dumb asses by the rest of the world that we went to the polls this past November and removed all doubt." It's just a thought dummies. . .
George Dengel
Hebron

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:19

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