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THis monumental oak should be allowed to live out its normal life

To The Daily Sun,

The Laconia Heritage Commission would like to thank the people who have already spoken out in support of the beautiful "monumental" oak tree at 1106 Union Avenue. Once again, Greg Nolan, Cafua Management and Dunkin' Donuts are trying to destroy something historical. Unlike the Hathaway House which was to be preserved under a gentleman's agreement, the final approved site plan for this property specifically states that this tree is to be saved. We urge the Laconia Planning Board and City Council to stick to their guns and not allow this tree to be destroyed. The argument seems to be line of sight coming out of this property. Easily fixed. Make the area by the tree the entrance rather than the exit.
According to Arthur Costonis of the Environmental Defense Fund, this tree just needs some pruning to help with its preservation so it can continue to grace Union Avenue with its beautiful presence for many decades to come. Several steps were outlined by Mr. Costonis, such as removal of the asphalt over the root system and porous cement pavers put in its place. We urge the City Council, Planning Board and Public Works Department to take these steps to preserve this tree, sooner, rather than later, before it is destroyed.
Like the Perley Oak, this monumental oak tree is worth saving to allow it to live out its natural life for all of the city of Laconia to enjoy.
The Laconia Heritage Commission
Pam Clark, Chair
Dorothy Duffy
Mary Jane Hoey
Mary Ellen Boudman
Catherine Tokarz
Charlie St. Clair

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Is it too bold of me to ask that you get all the facts before you vote?

To The Daily Sun,

To my Democratic representative and senator: Whether or not you voted for Obamacare, you are stated supporters of it. If you voted for it, you never read the bill before you voted, which is a problem for me as it makes you an uninformed voter on my behalf. So whether you voted for it or you support it, here's what you have given us as part of Obamacare that kicked in January 1, 2015:

— Medicare tax went from 1.45 to 2.35 percent.
— Top income tax bracket went from 35 to 39.6 percent.
— Top income payroll tax went from 37.4 to 52.2 percent.
— Capital gains tax went from 15 to 28 percent (if you're living off your investments, this is a big deal). Dividend tax went from 15 to 39.6 percent.
— Estate tax went from 0 to 55 percent (over half, really!).
— A 35 percent real estate transaction tax was added

Now we're faced with your vote on the Iran deal and I know you do not have all the facts associated with this. Yet you are going to support it anyway; Jean Shaheen has already confirmed to me that she is. No idea all that was in Obamacare, no idea what is really in the Iran deal, but you are supporting it.

You can see the consequences of voting without all the facts to support the president and party rather than the people with Obamacare, which by the way left 26 medical facilities in this state out of the loop, and now another consequential bill is before you and, once again, not having all the facts, you do the same. Is it too bold of me to ask that you get ALL the facts and know what you're doing before you make decisions on my behalf?

Althea Dunscombe
Center Harbor

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