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Another newspaper editor (and E.J.) served as mayor in 1930s

To The Daily Sun,

Congratulations are in order for Edward J. Engler, a great newspaperman, upon his election as Mayor of Laconia. He follows in the footsteps of another civic-minded publisher, who shared his first name and middle initial, the late Edward J. Gallagher (1890-1978), who founded what was then the Laconia Evening Citizen in 1925.
Mr. Gallagher, a Democrat when the city held partisan elections, was mayor of Laconia from 1937 to 1939.
Although a New Deal Democrat who served his party as state vice chairman (1939) as a delegate to its national convention (1944), and as a delegate to two state constitutional conventions (1912, 1956), Mr. Gallagher nevertheless took pains to be a fair reporter of the news and to cultivate a thoughtful but low key editorial policy — a reflection of his philosophy that it's not a good idea for a newspaper to, in his words, "keep a community all stirred up."
Like Mr. Engler, "E.J.," as Gallagher was commonly known around and about, was a transplant, who also like Mr. Engler, had published a newspaper in another city, before laying roots in Laconia. Born in Concord, Gallagher first published the Concord Daily Patriot before its offices burned in a spectacular fire that completely destroyed the White's Opera House Block on Park Street near the State House in 1920, which Gallagher also owned.
But Gallagher would not be stopped. After suffering a loss of over $150,000, a huge amount in 1920, within five years he was up and running his presses in Laconia, publishing a daily newspaper begun from scratch that became successful throughout his lifetime and beyond.
And like E.J. Gallagher, Mr. Engler must be made of similar stuff to even contemplate, let alone attempt to pioneer a daily newspaper at a time when most such animals were, and are, on life support, and in a city that long had one, to boot.
But The Laconia Daily Sun is prospering. Read in nearly every waiting room, diner, barbershop and breakfast table in the Lakes Region, the paper not only efficiently presents the news of the day in an attractive format, but generously provides a lively public forum for its readers as none other.
And darned if it isn't free of charge. And, that's one thing old E.J. Gallagher did not do.
Now, Mr. Engler, who among many other accomplishments has held elective office before, as did his late counterpart, will soon be sworn in as Mayor of Laconia.
So, congratulations and best wishes are indeed the order of the day, "Your Honor!" Or should we now be calling you "E.J."?
Guess maybe both would work.

Dean Dexter


Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 11:17

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Republican temper tantrums will keep these fights going & going

To The Daily Sun,

Like many of my neighbors, I was relieved when the government shutdown ended. Yet the truth is that unless Republicans in Congress stop throwing temper tantrums to get what they want, these fights will not be going away. They aren't cheap: this 15-day shutdown cost our government $24 billion dollars, and that doesn't include the cost to New Hampshire's economy. Navy Yard contractors and Portsmouth businesses took a huge hit.

It is ridiculous that Senator Ayotte harps on the value of fiscal responsibility but does nothing to reign in Tea Party excesses. Her Tea Party leaders nearly destroyed America's credit rating while wasting billions of dollars. When she was sworn into office she promised to represent the interests of New Hampshire families, yet under her watch her own party has enacted policies that have cost New Hampshire families jobs and income. She has done nothing to stop them. She is, in fact, doing the opposite by putting forward so-called solutions that will perpetuate the Tea Party's job killing agenda.

Senator Ayotte's priorities are backwards, New Hampshire's familiies should come before her Washington buddies.

Lew Henry
Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:54

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Thanks for all the generous support of the Meredith Food Pantry

To The Daily Sun,
The Meredith Emergency Food Pantry and all of our volunteers would like to thank the very generous support that everyone has given us. It is all of you that help us to help others. A thank you to, Kiwanis, Forest View, Rotary, Hannaford, Inter-Lake's Schools, and all of the other people in our community As well as all the others that have supported us.

Once again thank you all. A special thank you sent out to the children Sunday school of the Congregational Church in Meredith. Also a thank you to St. Charles Church, The Lions Club, Trinity Church, Heath's in Center Harbor, and the Congregational Church in Center Harbor.

Thank you once again,
Paul Rowley

Meredith Emergency Food Pantry

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:50

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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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