You can count on me to protect your money and your freedom

To The Daily Sun,

My sincere thanks to the voters of Gilford and Meredith. Your show of support for my candidacy in the Sept. 9 Primary is truly appreciated.

Please know, as we move forward to the Nov. 4 general election, I look forward to meeting with you and continuing the discussion of those issues that resonate with all of us. Among these are control of government spending, promotion of job growth through reduction of business taxes and regulation, support for state veterans' rights and benefits, and of equal import, preservation of our Second Amendment rights.

Again, I thank the voters of Gilford and Meredith for your support. You can count on me to protect your money, your freedom and the economic future of your families.

George Hurt

Belknap District 2 (Gilford and Meredith)


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It was great fun serving you at the Old Home Day Taco Bar

To The Daily Sun,

The Belmont High School PTO would like to express its sincere thanks to area businesses for their support of our second annual Taco Bar fundraiser at Belmont Old Home Day. The generosity of our local businesses helps the BHS PTO to meet its goals and helps it to maintain BHS as a school of excellence. We are extremely grateful and could not have done it without you.

We would like to thank El Jimador, Belmont; Shooter's, Belmont; Applebee's, Tilton; Chili's, Tilton; Pizza Hut, Tilton; and The Lobster Connection, Winnisquam. It is always nice to know your support is there for us and we urge our friends and neighbors to visit your restaurants as a special thank you for your support of our kids.

Funds raised are being used to help support student programs, provide resources to our high school and staff, and educate parents on topics of interest. Our newest parent/student program is our It Takes a Village workshops. Workshop topics include drug and alcohol abuse, teen challenges, internet safety, anti-bullying, and other important topics. Additionally, the BHS PTO conducts parent and student community events, college workshops and other support activities.

We would also like to thank all of our local supporters who visited our Taco Bar booth at Belmont Old Home Day. Please be sure to come back and visit us again next year. It was great fun serving you.

Colleen Akerman
BHS PTO Secretary, on behalf of the BHS PTO Board


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Cut out & repair problem areas of our streets now, before winter

To The Daily Sun,

We have heard from the Public Works director about the cost of repairing our infrastructure and it is a staggering figure. As I travel North Main Street from Lexington Drive to the Central Fire Station, I have to wonder the cost of waiting for frost, rain and ice to completely destroy the travel surface.

My personal opinion would be to cut out and repair the problem areas as they did on Court Street. Surely waiting until winter hits will be more costly. We have been driving around these problem areas all summer. What do the rest of you think?

Earl Beale

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Gilford High has cheerleading team for first time in 16 years

To The Daily Sun,

As a student attending Gilford High School, I am excited to announce that we are starting a cheerleading team this year. The last time we had a cheerleading program was 16 years ago. Our hope is that this new team will be around for years to come. We have already had 23 girls express their interest in cheering, most of whom have no prior experience.

As a team, we look forward to our upcoming cheerleading season, where we will learn many new skills and strengthen any preexisting talents. We will begin by cheering for unified basketball games which include a mix of students with and without intellectual disabilities. Our goal is that we will be able to join other spirit teams at various competitions, giving us the opportunity to show our progress, as well as admire others who have a love for the same sport.

Although our passions and aspirations for cheerleading are high, we lack the funds to carry this team toward our goals. We are currently in the process of fundraising for uniforms, tumbling classes, cheerleading mats, music, and competition fees. To do so, we are taking part in Superfund to collect donations from businesses and individuals, as well as planning to run a cheer clinic for elementary and middle school aged children, participate in the Gilford Craft Fair, compile and distribute "care packages" to students before finals, and host a spaghetti dinner.

We are eager to show our dedication to the sport and to our school. We intend to work hard for what we want and make great strides throughout the winter season. The Gilford High School cheerleaders would truly appreciate the support of Gilford and surrounding communities. We hope to see you at one of our events.

Celia Weeks


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Time to elect candidates who will vote for Right-To-Work law

To The Daily Sun,

A solid first step toward improving the state's employment picture would be to replace the Democrats in the Senate, House, and governor's office with Republicans who would pass right-to-work legislation. This is not simply one man's opinion. It is fact backed up with data.

Democrats spewing mouthfuls of air about how they support working people while voting against right-to-work legislation don't know the facts. I suspect Democrats like Gov. Hassan, Sen. Hosmer, and Rep. Webb really don't care about facts, preferring instead the liberal "narrative" that right-to-work is bad for working families. Their narrative is wrong.

The National Right To Work Committee, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce Department, and a study by the non-partisan Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, recently reported that the key "breadwinner" demographic of 35- to 54-year-olds have been voting with their feet, moving with their families to right-to-work states.

New Hampshire is one of 11 states "suffering the steepest declines in their 35- to 54-year-old population" from 2003-2013. None of those 11 states losing working families had a right-to-work law. In contrast, the nine states that saw significant increases in this peak-earning-years population over the same period have longstanding right-to-work laws.

What do these working families know that our elected Democrats don't? They know that RTW states offer better economic opportunities for working families. N.H. can no longer afford to be one of the eleven losers. We need RTW.

Just as important as our ability to retain and attract this key demographic are the other positive effects of RTW laws. In Wisconsin, analysts have demonstrated that "Act 10," the state's RTW law, has saved taxpayers billions of dollars and improved state and local governments' ability to recruit and reward good public employees. Significantly, school districts in Wisconsin have been able to offer better health insurance at lower cost thanks to Right-to-Work.

What should voters believe, mouthfuls of partisan air, or the facts? It's time to elect Kathy Rago, Greg Hill, Carolyn Virtue, Jason Parent, and people like them who will enact right-to-work legislation. We need to move New Hampshire from the "Loser" to the "Winner" column in the competition to attract, retain, and reward working families.

Ken Gorrell

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