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Most heroin is coming from across the border – build the fence!

To The Daily Sun,

Heroin deaths have been on the increase in the state as well as the country.

There is pressure to increase addiction treatment centers.

This is a Band-Aid for a problem. We should prevent people from being addicted to heroin. Why is the answer to fix a problem instead of trying to prevent a problem?

Heroin addiction has increased exponentially in the past 10 years all over our country. States now have to spend money to fix the problem.

Where is the heroin coming from? Most of it comes from our southern border. Drugs are easily coming over the border.

Why don't we stop the drugs from coming over the border? Yes, we have to help the people with addictions, but that will be increasing if we do not stop the influx of heroin.

How do we stop the influx of heroin? Build a fence. Stop the illegals who are bringing it over. Some are arrested and put in jails, which then increases the need for prison budgets.

So we are spending more money for prisons and drug rehabilitation, when we could at least start to plug the hole which lets the drugs into this country.

Where are our federal representatives in having the fence built? Why has it not been built already? They say they vote for security, but what are they actually doing? Are they creating legislation that just says build a fence on southern border? Simple. Then they need to meet with fellow representatives to get the bill passed. The majority of citizens in the U.S. want the border secured.

Our representatives keep saying they want a secure country and we keep electing them to do the job they promised. But they don't do it. Why do we not have a fence yet? It is really not that hard ... well. We are talking federal government and so everything is drawn out so people can keep their jobs.

I want someone to say they will have a fence built in two years and if it is not built, then they will not run again and time to get someone to do the job. Our reps will never say that. That is not job security.

We must demand results from our representatives!

Poll questions can be misdirected. If you ask, do you want the southern border secured and walls built, there will be a resounding yes.

But the polls say do you want people who through no fault of their own sent back..... Then it gets murky because we cannot imagine how to send that many people back to their own countries. We let them loose and then 90 percent never show up to their immigration hearings.

What are the presidential candidates saying about this?

Bush, in Spanish, promised illegals amnesty. Why not in English? Would he think the American citizen would be upset?

He said 11 million illegals. Why does the media keep saying 11 million illegals? It has been 11 million illegals for over 10 years. More are coming, and no one is going back to their home countries, so the number is going up.

I do not understand why he is so high in the polls in New Hampshire. Is the media not reporting what he is saying?

I bet many of you do not think we have an illegal problem. Maybe not as bad as other states yet, but it is coming.

The Welcome to New Hampshire signs also say, "Bienvenue." That is the only place I know of that has a French translation. Every place else, it is Spanish. Look at signs in stores. I know that home improvement signs have Spanish translations. Make a call and you have to press 1 for English.

If you saw the Spanish translation of "Welcome" on the Welcome to New Hampshire signs, would you then realize there is a problem? What are you waiting for? By then, it will be too late.

So, instead of spending more state money, let's plug the hole. Yes help those already addicted. But stop the heroin from coming in.

Build the damn fence now!

Linda Riley

Meredith

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Volunteers, barbers and sponsors made St. Baldrick’s a success

To The Daily Sun,

The Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the many local businesses that were part of making our event this year a huge success. Our annual head shaving event raises money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The money raised is utilized to help fund research in an effort to find a cure for all childhood cancers. St. Baldrick's is the largest volunteer-driven charity focused on this effort. Our community has supported this organization for more than 10 years and has been relentless in raising money and shaving heads.

The following businesses were actively involved in our event this year and went above and beyond our expectations. We cannot thank them enough for their involvement, ideas, and generosity. Thank you to: Aavid Thermalloy, Gilford Youth Center, Lakeside, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Gator Sign Shop, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, Matt Langley and Axis, Body Covers Screen Printing, Taylor Rental of Belmont, Jason Drouin Custom Homes, Ossipee Mountain Electronics, Sugar Maple Carpentry, Young's Auto, Shaw's of Gilford, Vista Foods and Hannafords of Gilford.

In addition to thanking the local business community, we would like to thank the volunteers, barbers, shavees, and supporters of our event. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year for more fun, head-shaving, and money-raising for this very worthy cause.

With appreciation, and until there is a cure ...

The Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee

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