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No nation can prosper with albatrosss of debt hanging about its neck

To The Daily Sun,

America used to be a place where no agent of government could take your property, narrow your dreams or stand between you and your destiny. The American dream was born from the principles laid out by the founders of this nation. Those original Americans struggled and died so that they and their descendants could have a place where all men are created equal; not the same... equal. They put their lives, their fortunes and their honor at risk to establish a nation where they could enjoy the unalienable rights with which our creator endows all men; the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What makes America different from every other nation on earth is the proposition upon which the nation is founded. The rights of the people come from their creator: God almighty. In America the rights of the people do not come from government. They do not come from the monarch. In America government exists by the consent of the governed. Our sovereignty comes from "We the People." The American Constitution serves as "chains to bind the mischief of government," according to Thomas Jefferson.

America gives each of us the opportunity to achieve our dreams. To the extent that it is the People... not the government... that know best... we have had and will retain and utilize the greatest engine of opportunity the world has ever known. People from around the world have flocked to America's shores, not for guaranteed success but for the opportunity and the freedom to try to achieve.

The fusion of political and economic freedom has given America a unique place in the world. We have become the leader of the Free World ... not because we impose our model on others, but because we are the nation who sets the example the rest of the world emulates ... each in their own way. What is different — what is exceptional here — is that America sets her people free and harnesses their aspirations so that we can achieve and through those achievements; we can make a better economic reality thereby raising everyone with the creation of bounty. This prosperity allows for all to enjoy some of the fruits to which none are entitled but all can earn.

We have been blessed with gifts. We know the system we have inherited has worked better than any other ever tried, anywhere else in the world, at any time. This does not mean the system is perfect. It does not mean it is permanent. It means we must study and understand what has made us an exceptional nation. It means we owe it to posterity to do the work necessary to defend what we have been given so our children's, children's, children can also share in the benefits. We have not been doing our duty for decades.

To restore the promise of America we must bring back jobs, growth and opportunity. No nation can prosper with the albatross of debt hung about its neck. We will not grow without capital available to do so. There is a clear cause and effect between jobs and growth. We need regulatory, spending and tax reform. We need to protect our constitutional rights. Separation of powers is necessary, limiting the authority of the federal government must be mandated, and guaranteeing the freedom to speak, pray and protect our families is required. We need to restore American leadership in the world. We do not need to dominate the world to be the example for others to follow.

Marc Abear


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Statutory power of the Laconia Police Commission is very limited

To The Daily Sun,

Laconia has four volunteers for the office of Police Commissioner.

The City Charter, Article X Sect. 10:01 governs who, how, and for how long a commissioner's term is. Clearly, it a good time to refresh candidate and voters exactly what the duties and powers the Police Commission has.

Historically, Police Commissions, over time. have mistakenly expanded the commission's roll to one of department head, above the Chief of Police i.e., assuming the authority to create the annual budget encompassing all of the Police Department's individual line items. In addition, commissions' have been involved with law enforcement procedure and policy.

First, the budget organizational chart (Page 80) lists the commission as head of the department, which it is not. Section 10:02 clearly states the: "It shall be the duties of said police commissioners to appoint such police officers, constables and superior officer, as they may in their judgement deem necessary, and to fix their compensation."

(Neither) the commission nor a commissioner may order, direct, suggest or advise the police chief regarding enforcement powers granted by the New Hampshire Legislature nor related enforcement policy. In fact; other than appoint, discipline, terminate and set compensation, the power to appropriate money for building, vehicle, guns, ammunition, radios, phone, computer electronic equipment and such devices, administrative clerks, janitorial services, department revenues, grants and other sources of income are under control of the city manager and City Council.

Second, Section 10:05 clearly states, "The Police Commissioners shall have full authority to remove any officer at any time for just cause and after due hearing, which cause shall be specified in the order or removal." Note: this is also embraced by RSA 91-A, the Right-to-Know law.

All contracts executed by the Police Commission shall contain a signature line for each commissioner and should be followed by a provision reading substantially as follows, "approved by vote of the Police Commission on (date)." The city manager and council have no veto powers regarding personnel policy, rules compensation or labor agreements. The feel good PR authentication vote is a violation of Section 10:02, interference. The council's power rests with its appropriation or supplemental appropriations powers. The manager and or council must approve all line item inter or intra-departmental transfers of unencumbered funds.

The City Council is under no legal mandate to fund Police Department compensation line items in the budget. The line items of department employees appointed by the commission contractually or otherwise, utilized by the chief of police in the creation of a proposed budget, to wit proposed by the city manager, is not a mandated amount based on number of officers or administrative positions but in fact the number of employee is based on the appropriation amount established by the City Council.

Therefore, why have commission meetings, over the years, become what some may interpret as exceeding its authority by discussing law enforcement areas of criminal activities, traffic or ordinances? Hopefully, when the two newly elected commissioners will read the law and Charter; understand the limited authority of the office as empowered by the legislature is over personnel. They have no control over law enforcement or equipment. As a commissioner they only appoint, set policy and compensation regarding appointed employees. Personnel issue(s) shall be non-public unless the employee requests a public meeting.

Thomas A. Tardif

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