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I've seen first hand how our county operates & I'm not impressed

To The Daily Sun,
I read the letter in the Nov. 6 Daily Sun from Rep. Bob Greenmore and his group. I have a question about the admission that our county commissioners have been remiss in their duties. As it states in his letter, state law REQUIRES that twice a year the commissioners are to inspect the correctional facilities under their jurisdiction and file a report within 30 days to the Attorney General. In the past five years this has only been done twice.
This is a blatant disregard for the duties they were elected to perform. A willful violation of state law without even having the bad excuse of not being aware. This kind of cavalier attitude toward their responsibilities puts the taxpayers of Belknap County at risk for litigation. Here's the scenario: a detainee is harmed somehow while in the custody of the Corrections Department. He gets a lawyer. The lawyer discovers that the commissioners have not done their due diligence and this is "why my client was harmed your honor".
Who holds the commissioners accountable? Apparently no one except the voters. So is the county going to be fined for breaking the law? Is someone going to jail? What is the penalty for violation of this state law?
If our current commissioners do not intend to uphold their duties then they should resign. If they don't resign I would like to register my vote of "NO CONFIDENCE" in our current administration and ask my fellow voters to join me.
I have seen first hand how our county operates and believe me I am not impressed. There are ongoing systemic problems in our nursing home and in our correctional facilities. The underlying cause of all this is simply poor leadership and bad management.
One last point to be made. You can be sure that if an employee for the county had so openly violated a requirement like this they would have been fired and crucified. Do not the standards apply for all?
It's time for the three kings to be dethroned!!

Gordon Blais

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:48

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We don't hate Obama personally, we just hate people who lie

To The Daily Sun,

Race is not the issue. Let's be honest here. When the President of the United States looks the American public straight in the eye and LIES to them time after time, scandal after scandal, the color of his skin,or his race is not the issue.Those of us who oppose Obama and everything he stands for don't hate him, WE

So, please spare us from the claims of hate and prejudice when writing your letters. Obama could sell a bottle of sand to an Arab. Lesson of the day: get the sand out of your shoes and your head out of your BLANK. We wont get fooled again.

Tom Sellew

Lochmere (Tilton)

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:41

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Yankee fans brag about titles won long before they were born

To The Daily Sun,

I am a Red Sox supporter. My son is a Red Sox fan. The difference is a fan (fanatic) knows a lot about the team and the supporter just supports his home team without all the statistics. I was a "fan" when I was a young boy. It is sad to see many grown men "adults" put so much importance on sports and less importance on family. Why is Thanksgiving more important to many for the football game than the reason for Thanksgiving?

Back to The Red Sox. I celebrate the World Series Championship for the young New England boys who dream of becoming a major league baseball player and support their Red Sox. The Red Sox is the team on the TV, radio and news here in New England. I watched The Red Sox with my dad since I was 11 ((1973) and he passed away in 2000 at 86 years old never having to celebrate with me. But my son was born just a few months after he passed away and I had a 4-year-old Red Sox fan to watch "The Curse" be broken and we recorded us watching the Red Sox beating the Yankees and The Cardinals in 2004, the year they broke the curse under a full lunar eclipse! Beating The "mighty" Yankees was more exciting than the World Series victory of 2004 as they were the only team to ever come back from first three losses to win four straight and against the "mighty" Yankees made it all the more sweeter! I had met many Red Sox haters and many are New England natives and most were former "Red Sox fans" who admitted "I was a Red Sox fan but I got sick of the losing so I became a Yankee fan". I always felt it was "poor sportsmanship" to forsake your home team to become a fan of another team that has more championships and then try to take pride in championships that occurred long before they and their parents were even born.
The Red Sox winning three times in the last decade might be an unusual stroke of luck as each team was different. The 2013, 2007 and 2004 teams had only David Ortiz as the only player on all three teams. So why do Yankee fans BRAG about being a Yankee fan or Red Sox hater of years long before they we born? It is very easy to be a fan of a team with more championships than other teams, when most championships were before they were even born, but how much more enjoying is your home town team more associated with your community or the team that is broadcast daily on your cable TV. When you live, work and school in N.E. you should be wishing your neighbors, students and co-workers happiness. Too many Red Sox haters live here in N.E. Many are born and raised as Red Sox fans and others are from N.Y. but both wish their neighbors, school children and fellow employees disappointment. Those who HATE The Red Sox will cheer for the other team as they enjoy the disappointment of their own community members. Many who live here in N.H. and N.E. would enjoy a Red Sox disappointing loss from the World Series even more than a Red Sox fan would enjoy a World Series Championship. That is a sad commentary. People enjoy other peoples misfortune than they enjoy their own fortune.

Joe Laurendeau


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:37

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On a number of levels, mule was perfect choice for a symbol

To The Daily Sun,

I woke up in a cold sweat the other night, the result of a frightening nightmare. An elitist professor (whom I shall call Dr. Edsel) had been elected as head of the EPA by President Hillary Clinton. Our economy, having been decimated by eight years under "Obamacare", had put citizens in desperate, financial straits. Meanwhile, China, Brazil and India had become economic powers. Strangely, a ghostly visage of the Lakes Region Community College campus repeatedly rose from my terrified unconscious state. While a haunting voice kept repeating a familiar refrain, "man made global warming is settled science".

Hillary was the keynote speaker at the 2017 climate conference in Cairo, Egypt. With Barack Obama having stolen her magnificent health care brain storm, her signature accomplishment was to be a combined magical environmental life saver and Muslim outreach world peace maker. She promised the world that the United States would do it's utmost to counter the increased CO2 pollutants by the emerging industrialized countries. This despite the fact that the earth had entered a cooling period for the past couple of decades, while CO2 emissions continued to rise. Madame President's response when queried about this fact replied, "at this point, what difference does it make". The NY Times was reporting that this plant killing, global cooling period was a direct result of anthropogenic global warming.

Al Gore was awarded the position of Transportation Czar by Hillary and he had a grand scheme with which to secure his second Nobel Peace Prize while accommodating the EPA. Dr. Edsel and the EPA had mandated that this country decrease CO2 automobile emissions by 100% by the end of Hillary's first term. A mind numbing and "inconvenient" conundrum even for the magnificent intellect of Mr. Gore.

With the expensive Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt and Smart Cars financially out of reach of most consumers and now environmentally verboten by the Clinton regime, Al Gore went to work. After inventing the Internet and saving the polar bears, this would have to be really something. He had an epiphany and from his fertile mind emerged the fuel efficient, low maintenance, "Smart-Ass car". As part of his brilliant scheme, any old clunker car would do (the failed Cash for Clunkers program mercifully hadn't crushed all of them) and it didn't even need an engine or an intact front grill. It would be pulled by a mule.

During the winter months, heat would be provided by the mere cost of a can of "burro beans". Whenever the temperature reached the freezing level, the driver would need only feed the faithful steed a can, and soon a steady stream of heat producing flatulence would flood the front of ones' special designer vehicle. To entice sales, Al Gore even promised a sleek and lightweight "pooper scooper" with every new purchase. Inside the glove compartment would reside an airtight nose cover. It would be used to deflect any unwanted odors in the event of an assault on the driver's olfactory glands.

All the mules would be purchased from Muslim countries as part of the "Outreach for Muslim Peace Clinton Global Initiative". The mule was the perfect choice on religious, historical, environmental and pacifist levels. The Hebrews viewed the ass as something for peaceful use, the very emblem of peace, while the horse was the symbol of war. And we now know the camel is the symbol for Geico. Dr. Edsel had cross referenced the methane gas emissions from the motoring critter and found that the effect on global warming would be minor in comparison to the aforementioned 21st century hybrid cars. Mr Gore would track these mule-borne methane emissions by virtue of his super sensitive, algorithm decoder device which would be attached to his private jet fleet.

Mercifully, I awoke from this night terror after imagining that our economy went into total collapse and everyone tried to sell their mule after remembering a biblical passage. During a severe famine in Samaria, one distraught owner sold the head of his ass for 120 pieces of silver. Now, tell me if you find this odd. Every time I hear the word donkey or Democrat mentioned, I start humming the song, "Jim's Windy Mule". A local farmer told me that tune is an actual song. In fact, a 1935 classic by the Prairie Ramblers. Spooky huh?

The following night, I had another unnerving dream. Dr. Edsel had been relieved of his duties at the EPA and was now teaching our children at Lakes Region Community College. Now that would be just plain creepy if it were true. Even Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney and Bela Lugosi would have declined a starring role in a movie that chillingly unbelievable. I called Plymouth State University looking for some help to resolve my disarming dream state intrusions. Sadly, I was informed that Professor Leo Sandy was no longer heading the psychology department. Just thinking about Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and a million or so asses running around the country has caused some insomnia. Oh good, the 1931 version of "Frankenstein" starring Boris Karloff and Colin Clive is playing on MeTV. That should help bring about some restorative slumber for one greatly fatigued curmudgeon. Oh wait, Barack Obama is playing the part of the Invisible Man, hovering above it all, creating "exceptional" havoc, while no one seems to be noticing. Now that is really weird.

Russ Wiles

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:34

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2.5% raises for town employees should be put on separate line

To The Daily Sun,

I understand that the Sanbornton selectmen have approved a recommended 2.5 percent COLA increase for town employees in 2014. How inappropriate when the elderly of Sanbornton will only get a 1.5 percent Social Security increase this year and those in the private sector may get nothing.

I would like to recommend that the 2.5 percent COLA amount for be placed on a separate budget line, if possible, so it is apparent to taxpayers when they attend the Town Meeting. As I recall, right now the COLA is buried in the salary lines of each department and some taxpayers may not be aware of this item.

Bill Whalen

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:11

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