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When talking to Merry, you become aware of her commitment

To The Daily Sun,

In this climate of candidates running their campaigns by slamming each other and telling, or should I say shouting, what their opponents won't, or didn't do, it is refreshing to meet a candidate who talks about what they plan to do to make Laconia a better place for everyone to live.

Liz Merry is running for state representative in District 3. She has prior experience as a state representative (2010), and she is an active member of the community, working on committees at LRGH and Genesis, among others. Through her volunteer work, she is involved in seeing first-hand what Laconia needs. This is her motivation to become state representative again and be in a position where she can make a positive difference for the people of Laconia.

In talking with Liz you become aware of her honest commitment, drive, genuine concern for the community, and her awareness of the needs of all area residents. She wants to make Laconia the best city in the Lakes Region.

Some of her ideas include improving Laconia's attraction to tourism, attracting more business to the area thereby providing more jobs, having the education needed to train people for those jobs, and providing housing and health care that adapts to the growing and changing needs of the residents in the area.

Liz is well-spoken, conscientious, and forward-thinking. She is a formidable candidate capable of being heard in the Statehouse and accomplishing everything needed to make Laconia the best place in the Lakes Region. So when she comes to your door, ask her about her plan, and tell her your needs.

Kathleen Krom

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Do your homework before electing Smolin to represent you

NOTE contents from 4th graph to end -- mjm


To The Daily Sun,

As a newcomer to Belknap County I was quite surprised to see the preponderance of signs for candidates for county office. While attending the Alton Home Day festivities I could not help but notice the plethora of signs on state property for County Commissioner candidate Jonathan Smolin.

Never having heard of Mr. Smolin before, I decided to go online to learn about the candidate. The information I found was quite an eye-opener and I must say, very disturbing.

On Aug. 16, Mr. Smolin wrote an article for the local newspaper telling the voting public why he would make a great commissioner. In the article he made the following claims relative to his background:

"Administrative experience in a medical school."

"A vast amount of small business experience."

"President of a nursing health school."

"Oversight of companies with as few as six employees to as many as 350."

As a registered nurse, one of those claims caught my eye, "President of a nursing health school."

Stand-alone nursing schools have virtually gone by the wayside in this country, so I was curious to see what school he was president of. When I dug further and looked at some of his social media I quickly noticed that the information in his social media accounts did not match up with the facts as stated in his letter to the newspaper.

On Mr. Smolin's own Linkedin.com profile he lists himself as a School Director for the Slater School of Nursing and not the school president as he claimed in his letter to the editor. He lists his duties as management of admissions, financial aid and career services. Coincidentally, during Mr. Smolin's tenure at the Slater School (May 2012-April 2013), the school chain agreed to pay the Commonwealth of Massachusetts $3.75 million to settle deceptive enrollment practices.

Nowhere in Mr. Smolin's social media can I find any administrative experience at a medical school. Perhaps Mr. Smolin is confusing a school that trains practical nurses with a bona fide medical school?

I then began to check Mr. Smolin's claim to have a "vast amount of small-business experience." The surgical company and the trucking companies he mentions in his letter do not appear on any of his social media bios. What were the names of these companies and when was he affiliated with them? Why did he elect not to list them?

His fitness franchise (Fitness Zone) which he owned lasted only two years (2005-2007). Was it sold, closed or dissolved? His exotic car dealership which he operated from 2008 to 2010 is reported by the New Hampshire Secretary of State's Office as having been "Administratively Dissolved." Which one of the companies listed in his bio and his letter to the editor had 350 employees? Perhaps it was the medical school which he failed to mention in his curriculum vitae.

Additionally, in the process of researching his background, I was astonished to find a bankruptcy filing whereby it appears that Mr. Smolin left his creditors on the hook for something in excess of $434,000.

A copy of the filing can be found at http://www.nhb.uscourts.gov/sites/nhb/files/opinions/2014BNH003-Smolin.pdf

Signs do not a good candidate make. Do your homework, voters, before you send an individual with such a checkered and financially irresponsible background to Belknap County to represent your taxpayer interest.

Pamela Tyson

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