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Record says Rep. DiMartino can't tell us she was never for $42M jail

To The Daily Sun,

I took to heart the articles that were published this year on the local economy that focused on the precipitous drop of average household income. There perhaps are some families that have not been impacted, but that only means that others were hit harder.

I also take to heart what we have seen on a statewide level. New Hampshire is one of the worst states now in its treatment of existing businesses or in attracting new ones. Massachusetts even ranks above New Hampshire. I'll spare you my observations, for now, of the national scene.

Then I don't know whether to laugh or cry when every Democrat comes marching home pretending to be the most conservative Reagan Republican that you have ever seen. Don't be fooled. Don't listen to the hype. Do your own homework. Get involved. All elected officials voting records are available for scrutiny if you do a little research.

A good for instance is in our local Meredith-Gilford Belknap County District 2 representative to the state House of Representatives.

Rep. DiMartino tells us she was never for the $42 million expenditure for a new county jail.  Her record belies this. She has also been part of the group that has sued the Belknap Convention that would allow the commissioners to continue their free wheeling with taxpayer money. Her record on the state level is no better. Some of the issues where she has voted to raise taxes include, gasoline and home heating oil. New Hampshire utility and heating costs are already among the worst in the nation. She continues to vote for every entitlement expansion. Our health care costs are rising faster than ever, and entitlement fraud/abuse is epidemic. This type of reckless spending has caused the states bond rating to go down.

Representative DiMartino is just one example of the causes and effects that this type of governance has had on us locally and statewide.

I will continue to support strong, proven, fiscally responsible candidates for office. Locally in the Meredith-Gilford District 2 race,  George Hurt is one such person. We can depend on him to represent us objectively and fairly. He has proven himself in the past. Now more than ever all citizens need representation that will recognize the limits of government and the need to control spending and right size our governments and its programs. Do your homework, then join me in voting for George Hurt.

David R. Horvath

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It's recommended that any smoke alarm 10 years old be replaced

To The Daily Sun,

It is a known fact by the fire service that smoke detectors save lives and reduce fire damage. However, according to recent research by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) almost two thirds of all home fire deaths in this country resulted from fires with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Roughly half of all home fire deaths resulted from fires that occurred at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. It is very disconcerting to read the statistics. Fires in residential properties are down from 30 and 40 years ago; primarily due to early detection. Unfortunately just last year the number of fire deaths in one and two family homes increased by 21 percent. If you study fire deaths and home fires the death rate per 1,000 homes has stayed the same for the past 40 years. There are less fires but the death rate has remained the same. One concern is smoke alarms that are no longer effective. Another concern is the rapid fire growth rate caused by modern fire environment. This article will focus on smoke alarms.
It is recommended that any smoke alarm more than 10 years old should be replaced. If you are unsure when you placed the smoke alarm in your home then I recommend replacing it. I write the date inside the alarm and on the battery with a marker to remind myself. It is also extremely important to sleep with the bedroom doors closed. A closed bedroom door can hold back smoke and toxic gases from a fire in another room or lower level.
The fire department suggests you install smoke alarms and follow these instructions:
— Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Preferably mount them on the ceiling about 16 inches away from a wall.
— If possible, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
— Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
— Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don't respond properly.
— Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it and practice with your family how to react to a smoke alarm.
— Finally, we recommend at least one carbon monoxide detector preferably near the bedrooms

I'll write about carbon monoxide alarms and the modern fire environment at a later date.

Chief Ken Erickson

Laconia Fire Department

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