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Republican should be appointed to fill out Burton's commission term

To The Daily sun,

The Grafton County Delegation, which is currently controlled by Democrats, will soon vote on selecting someone to serve out the remainder of Ray Burton's term as a Grafton County Commissioner.

Ray Burton was elected as a Republican and died in office while carrying that party designation. It seems to me that the right thing would be to allow a Republican to complete his unexpired term.

Furthermore, it seems that members of the delegation, who do not represent constituents in Ray Burton's old district, should recuse themselves from choosing his replacement. After all, they already have a county commissioner representing their districts.

If the accolades that many of the Democrats in the delegation have lavished on Ray Burton are anything but lip service, they will honor him by choosing a member of his own party to complete his unexpired term.

Russell T. Cumbee


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:33

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As an 'old fart', I have appointed myself as a restaurant critic

To The Daily Sun,

This is not a political letter. I am writing in a snowstorm where the flakes are huge.

This brings up the question, how will we know when Spring has arrived? When the Dairy Queen (DQ) in Tilton opens. As we drive by the DQ, we hope for an early Spring.

With no DQ in Tilton, there is a great restaurant to visit. There is a restaurant called "Onions' located in the Tilton Hilton. Stop in and visit Sarah, Kathy and Allen. Highly recommend the brushetta and the daily specials.

One of our favorite places to dine is the Homestead in Bristol. The chefs Nick and Tim are the best. To my surprise, venison started to be on the menu as a special. I consider myself an expert on venison. Being born in Vermont and being an "old fart", I have appointed myself as a restaurant critic.

The venison at the Homestead is the best I have ever eaten. The reason for this is it is cooked correctly. Love it

Snow is letting up and the DQ could be opening soon. See you!

Jim Mayotte

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:30

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Urge state lawmakers to move quickly to accept Mediciad funds

To The Daily Sun,
If you've ever been in a situation where you struggled to pay a medical bill or wondered whether you could afford to see a doctor, you know how stressful it can be. The rest of us can only imagine.
That's why I'm asking our state Legislature to help Lakes Region families and many other New Hampshire families by utilizing the federal funds available to our state to extend health coverage to more Granite Staters.
The federal government will pay 100 percent of the costs for the first three years and gradually phase down to 90 percent over seven years. If the federal contribution ever changes after that, New Hampshire can withdraw — we have that in writing from federal officials.
Many of our day care teachers, store clerks, landscapers and home health aides cannot afford health insurance. We now have the opportunity to provide them with affordable care so they can stay healthy without bankrupting their families.
In addition, the state will benefit from the estimated $2.4 billion in federal funds over the next seven years that would flow to clinics and hospitals — and lead to new jobs and more family dollars to spend at local businesses. Improved access to critically needed services like mental health and substance abuse treatment will create new savings for state and local budgets.
Please join me urging our lawmakers in Concord to move quickly to accept the federal funds and get more people covered now.

Susan E Smith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:26

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Old ways of doing things at county not working for taxpayers

To The Daily Sun,

Every taxpayer in Belknap County should be aware that the 2014 budget proposed by the County Commissioners contains an 8 percent increase over last year. During the January 7 Belknap County Delegation meeting, Representative Colette Worsman did an excellent job explaining to the county commissioners and the general public how health insurance, salaries, and administration costs are unsustainable and spiraling higher. For all her efforts she was immediately accused of trying to "micro-manage" the county budget process.

What utter nonsense. She and her conservative partners are merely attempting to "oversee" a process that is clearly out of control. Belknap is rated 7th out of a total of 10 counties in N.H. with a population 47,567. Yet our Register of Deeds, Sheriff, and Human Resource Director are higher paid than in any of the other counties in the state, including Hillsborough (pop 402,922) and Rockingham (pop 297,820).

Furthermore, Belknap County pays the second highest for County Attorney and Financial Officer, fourth highest for Nursing Home Director, and fifth highest for County Administrator. Our Nursing Home Administrator and Corrections Superintendent are the seventh highest paid in N.H., compared to their peers. Obviously something has to be done.

Rep. Worsman's opponents say the solution to skyrocketing costs is to negotiate "as we have done in the past" or to put it another way "rubber stamp" what the County Commissioners propose. Plainly, the old way isn't working, at least for the taxpayer. Oversight is what's needed. Fortunately, Rep. Worsman and her supporters on the County Delegation are up to the task and right on track.

Roger Grey

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:22

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Rep. Fields has tried to bring convention into established practices

To The Daily Sun

I can appreciate the fact that you print letters with grammatical and factual errors, so letter writers can speak in their own voices.

Despite my wish not to join the letter-writing hysteria, I must correct a couple of points made by Ms. Landry of Meredith: I clearly said, "Every penny matters." I do not trivialize tax money and never have. My friend, Representative Fields, has tried his hardest to bring the Belknap County Convention into established practices, instead of the take-no-prisoners rush to undercut our county workers involved in some of the most difficult work imaginable. Had Representative Fields' advice been heeded, we (county taxpayers) would not be expending thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Unfortunately, our convention's belief that we can make up the rules as we go along suggests that legal fees will likely not stop in the near future.

Rep. Ruth Gulick

New Hampton

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:19

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