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Then why won't he send his own children to public schools?

To the editor,
I would like to respectfully ask Sen. Hosmer where he sends his children to school. If not the public school system why? Next I would like to ask, what constituency he is representing? It is in the state's interest to produce upstanding young people and solid citizens? If he is choosing private schooling to accomplish this for his children, I think that that is confirmation that he understands that that is the best option for accomplishing this, for we best take care of things that are our own. In his supporting HB-370 a bill that would repeal the education tax credit program, he cites what he says is a constitutional problem with the education tax credit program. This seems to be but a foil to me, with the intent to confuse the reader as to what is the real issue. As I understand it, money in this program is donated by local corporations to the family of the student so they can send there child to the school of their choice. The corporation then gets a tax credit. Even if the family chooses a "religious" school; its a stretch to call this state-funded religious education.
More aptly put, the public school system is losing some money because they are not getting the job done. But if Sen. Hosmer can get you to think that there is a constitution conflict, he is off the hook for the obvious hypocrisy between his personal choices and his vote against the public good. For unless you can afford to send your children to a private school or perhaps home school, he wants you to have but one option, a school system to which he will not send his own children. If he believes in the public school system then why won't he send his children there?
Neither is more money for the public school system the answer to our states educational woes. Let them compete. The better schools will get the the more students. When the problem is the educational system's philosophy and they can't compete, the answer is simple; eliminate or minimize the competition. Again respectfully, whose interest is Sen. Hosmer serving?
John Demakowski

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 11:56

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Those same 4 Democrats voted to downshift $241k to county

To the editor,
In the Thursday edition of The Daily Sun, Kate Miller praises the contributions of area Democratic representatives to our political process. She stops short, though, of crediting them for voting lockstep to increase government spending at a rate greater than four times the projected growth rate of our economy and also neglected to mention their unanimous vote to downshift costs from the state to the county for elderly care.
This downshift will cost the county $241,348 for fiscal year 2014 and that plus an additional $272,834 in fiscal year 2015. Let us give credit where creit is due, Ms. Miller. After all, in the immortal words of your area Democrats, it only translates to a few dollars.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Belknap 5

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 11:48

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I assume Polidoro was not referring to winner of the marathon

To the editor,
On the afternoon of April 17, as I read Jack Polidoro's poem, I actually quite liked it, sorrowfully empathizing with his sentiments about this latest Boston Massacre. That is, until I got to the next to last stanza, where Jack revealed his true agenda. And I quote, "You selfish, simplistic, bastard of evil — Was it the taxes, anarchy, hatred for the black winner, America — What?
So Jack, as I sit this afternoon watching news reporters contradicting themselves about whether a suspect has or has not been arrested, let me make one likely assumption. While we don't know this person's evil agenda yet, I'm betting he hated this country rather than this country's president, as you suggest. I'm assuming you weren't referring to the marathon winner. Can I also assume by "anarchist", you were not referring to a "left wing" anarchist. Like the ones who tried to blow up the 2008 GOP convention in Minnesota. Or the violent elements of the Occupy Wall Street movement where an activist affiliated party tried to blow up a bridge in Cleveland and others where arrested for possessing high explosives.
I wonder if Jack made the "taxes" reference after hearing presidential senior advisor, David Axelrod and Democratic representative William Keating. The two liberal types who made the insinuation that since this occurred on "Tax Day", that may be the logical motivation for this atrocity.
The Heritage Foundation reported that there have been 40 foiled terrorist plots in the United States since 2001. Even though most of them were would-be Islamist backed terrorist groups, the liberal media and politicians impulsively jumped to specious conclusions about some right wing extremist group as the evil conspirators, which almost always ended up being completely spurious in nature.
Undaunted by facts and history, Chis Matthews, famed MSNBC news anchor, falsely blurted out the following, "Normally, domestic terrorists, people tend to be on the far right". We know that far right bloggers say off the wall stuff about the left, but I would hope that Fox News, reliable conservative websites and Republicans have refrained from making false claims against the left after a terrorist attack or murdering spree. Something that the mainstream media and some Democrats have no compunction with making against the right, time and time again.
Sad to say Jack, you really blew your chance at lyrical splendor. You wrote a poem of some import that appeared to be heart felt and I have no doubt that it was. But then you opted for the Rahm Emanuel, "never let a serious crisis go to waste" mantra by slipping in your tasteless slam against conservatives. I suppose it may be hard to avoid falling into this sort of liberal trap when you have such rotten role models. I suppose you could blame it on them. That would be the progressive way.
Russ Wiles

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 12:11

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Pay-As-You Throw will force us to pay $1.75 for a bag that's worth 13¢

To the editor,
The Laconia City Council is considering a new tax under the guise of a user fee called Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT). PAYT is nothing but a scam — double taxation which claims the program will save taxpayers money by increasing revenues.
This is how the recyclable program works according to an article by Shira Schoenberg in the Concord Monitor on June 27, 2009, when the City of Concord was considering the same PAYT program: "The way the program works is the city has a contract with the South Carolina Company called Waste Zero. Waste Zero manufactures the bags and recruits stores to sell them. Consumers then pay $1 for a 15-gallon trash bag and $2 for a 30-gallon bag. The stores get none of that money. Instead, the stores must send all the money they collect from the bags to Waste Zero, which takes a cut and gives the rest of the money to the city. Mark Dancy, president of Waste Zero, said his company typically keeps 20 to 25 cents for each large bag."
Lets look at some of the propaganda put out by those in Laconia city government — City Manager Scott Myers, Mayor Michael Seymour, Councilors Henry Lipman, Matt Lahey and Bob Hamel — who are in favor of this trash scam.
In an article by John Koziol in the Laconia Citizen on March 9, City Manager Scott Myers, "calculated that Laconia could reduce the cost of curbside trash pickup by $567,000. He assumes that 378,000 PAYT bags would need to be sold at $1.75 each, which would generate $661,500 in revenue. The revenue would cover the cost of the city buying the bags and their disposal." Lets assume the cost to buy the bags from Waste Zero is 25 cents a bag X 378,000 bags = $94,500 that would = $567,000 in revenue.
In an article in the Laconia Daily Sun by Michael Kitch on February 12 — "Lipman Irate over Bestway's Recycling Proposals" — Archie St. Hillaire of Bestway Disposal Services who has the trash pickup contract with the city says that, "PAYT generally boost recycling to near 40-percent of the total volume of solid waste in order to reach rate recyclables would have to be collected weekly, increasing the annual cost of collection from $125,000 to $215,000." That's an increase in cost per year of $90,000, taking the assumed revenue of $567,000 minus $90.000 = $477,000 real revenue. What is the cost of disposing of 378,000 trash bags? What is the cost to administrate this program? Remember all revenues come from the taxpayers.
Let's look at the supposed savings. In an article in The Daily Sun by Michael Kitch on March 8, "PAYT is projected to save $286,000 by diverting recyclables from the solid waste stream and spare $156,000 in funding from property taxes." This $156,000 is what the taxpayers are going to save after they pay $661,500 for Trash Bags. Which means this Pay-As-You-Throw Scam is going to cost the taxpayers $505,500 a year.
Even if this proposed enterprise fund were true, the saving on your property tax bill would only be Pennies per $100,000 on your tax bill.
Renters will be hurt the most from this scheme; they pay property taxes through their rent. The city doesn't receive any money from the collected recyclables.
The next step in this scam is trash metering. The City of Laconia runs two enterprise funds, Water and Sewer which offer the residents the best quality at the lowest prices. PAYT will force us to pay $1.75 a bag for a product only worth 13 cents a bag.
The answer is to run the recycling truck every week and the recycling numbers will increase.
David Gammon

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:59

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Those weren't 'barbs', they were judicious observations

To the editor,
In reading the article on the April 17 Belknap County Convention meeting, I noted the rather puzzling headline which stated that the commissioners and delegates traded barbs. Not so much, actually, as the head of the convention and the head of the executive committee acted very professionally despite the base ad hominem attacks sent in their direction by the commissioners.
Now, if they had made an observation that there has not been so much huffing and puffing by the commissioners, all in vain, since the little pigs upgraded from straw to brick — that would be a barb.
This example may clarify the difference between a barb and the judicious observations made by Representatives Worsman and Tilton.
Rep. Dick Burchell

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:55

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