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If we don't stand up for this man, what are we really defending?

To The Daily Sun,

People of Gilford, even though I may be from Moultonborough, I was disheartened to hear that a father was arrested for speaking out against a book at a school board meeting. After watching the video, I was shocked.

Have we gotten to the point here in this great state that parents get arrested for speaking their concerns at public meetings ,especially when it concerns their children's well-being?

To your school board, you had no right. That man is protected by his First Amendment rights, and his natural right to watch out for the content of his child's readings. He was not threatening, he was not hostile. I have said it before, and I will say it again, if we do not stand up for this man than what land are we really defending? I saw progressive intolerance at play, and it was not good policy.

To the police officer, you broke your oath to defend the New Hampshire, and U.S Constitutions. I am ashamed that this happened here, miles from my home.

To Moultonborough, you better not even think about these kind of tactics, I will not tolerate them.

To the father, sir, you have my support. An apology is in order. You had every right.

David R.Oliver

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 10:05

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Johnny Van Tassel will be positive influence on our selectboard

To The Daily Sun,

I have know Johnny Van Tassel for about 10 years and seen first hand the qualities he possesses which will make him a great choice for Selectman. He has lived in Sanbornton for 20-plus years, is a year round-resident, great listener, compassionate, supportive, has worked for the town and is a team player.

Over the years I have seen Johnny go through some difficult times and come out a stronger person for it. He will be a positive influence on the board, working for the good of the town and the taxpayers, with the other selectmen.

Please join me in voting for Johnny VanTassel on Tuesday May 13, 7a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Steve Ober


Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 10:01

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Take a moment and speak to Ralph before you vote on Tuesday

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is to support my husband, Ralph Rathjen, for Budget Committee in the town of Sanbornton. Ralph has more than 30 years of experience in finance and has worked on numerous school and church committees as treasurer. Ralph is a man of integrity. He has taken the time to analyze the town budgets over the past 10 years.

Yes, the budgets have increased, but not because of unfettered operational increases. On average the operating budget has increased less than 2.5 percent over 10 years. The bump comes when you add in the warrant articles that Sanbornton has implemented to fix its roads.

The Selectmen of Sanbornton should be commended for the work they have done to balance the needs of the town and minimizing tax increases. Ralph will bring his experience of research and planning to help keep Sanbornton on the right track. Ralph believes that operating budget matters should be largely resolved before town meeting. Town Meeting should be a time to discuss important Warrant Articles, not for each department to struggle to get money returned to their budget to work effectively for the residents of Sanbornton.

Ralph and I have resided in Sanbornton four years and find the people in this community to be friendly and helpful. Sanbornton has been a great place to call our home. Please take a moment and speak to Ralph at the polls on Election Day and cast your vote for Ralph Rathjen.

Kris Rathjen

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 09:58

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Ralph Rathjen will bring some new ideas to Sanbornton BudCom

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing this letter to urge the voters of Sanbornton to take time to vote at the Town Hall on Tuesday next. There are lots of candidates to choose from, but two in particular stand out in my mind.

Johnny Van Tassel, running for selectman, knows the town, the roads, and the people of our town, lives here year-round, and will attend our weekly meetings in person. I think he is an outstanding candidate for the position.

Ralph Rathjen would bring to our Budget Committee some new ideas about how to work through budgets and years of experience with number crunching.

Both these candidates are also personable, approachable, and willing to listen to the people they serve.
Mary Ahlgren


Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 09:52

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Show support for our trail by buying ticket to the WOW Ball

To The Daily Sun,

On Saturday, May 17, we will be hosting the 11th WOW Sweepstakes Ball at the Lake Opechee Inn, Spa and Conference Center. This event, presented by Meredith Village Savings Bank, is our most important fundraising event, helping to fund the on-going expansion and maintenance of the trail. The WOW Sweepstakes Ball has raised almost $300,000 to date to help fund this exciting project.

What is the WOW Sweepstakes Ball? Well, it's not a ball in the "wear fancy clothes" sort of way. It's a ball in that it is super fun, has great food and entertainment, and you will be supporting a great cause: The WOW Trail. In addition, the WOW Ball offers you a 1 in 300 chance of winning $10,000.

Casual attire is cool. Shorts and flip-flops are fine with us. Your $100 ticket includes admission, buffet dinner for two, entertainment with Paul Warnick & Phil 'N the Blanks, and one entry into the sweepstakes. Only 300 tickets will be sold. You do not need to be present to win.

Please show your support of the WOW Trail by purchasing a ticket. Tickets are available at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, or on-line at www.banknhpavilion.com.

For more information about the WOW Trail go to www.wowtrail.org or become a friend of the WOW Trail's Facebook page.

Hope to see you at the Ball and out on the trail!

Darcy Peary

WOW Ball Chair

& the WOW Trail Board of Directors


Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 09:48

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