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Thanks to Laconia DPW employees for addressing runoff issue

To The Daily Sun,

We at Engraving, Awards & Gifts want to thank the Department of Public Works, City of Laconia. Through their efforts, a serious water runoff/erosion problem at the intersection of Washington Street and Franklin Street has been addressed in what we feel was a cost effective and timely fashion. Kudos to all city employees involved.

Bob Powers, President
Engraving, Awards & Gifts


Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 10:57

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We GI's would sleep 110 (without fans) in that same size space

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing this letter in reference to the "Go to jail" article in the July 26 Times.

A 9 percent tax increase in the county budget and millions for a new Jail. No one in the private sector gets a 9 percent raise, People are still losing homes, businesses are still closing. Any politicians who are for this are either Democrat, RINO or represents a special interest not the taxpayers of Belknap County.

The photo on the front page of the House of Corrections reminds me of my military barracks where we had double racks in about the same space for 110 military personal; we had no A/C, no fans, you just sucked it up. So invest in military style double racks and get three times the number of inmates in the same space.

Oh, I have a few Kleenex left over for Charlie Flanagan if he has run out; great letter Charlie.

George Horne

Meredith Center

Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 10:52

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Don't pave over UNH's outdoor pool; historic charm is best asset

To The Daily Sun,
Recently I have received some troubling news from a dear friend in Durham about the fate of the University of New Hampshire's outdoor pool. It saddens and perplexes me to hear that UNH is seriously considering extending the Snively arena over the majority of the existing pool. During my four years as an undergraduate student at UNH I understood the administration to be quite reasonable and hospitable in their decision making process. However, in this particular instance I think they are making an incredibly short-sighted decision.
When I accepted UNH's offer of admission in 2009 it was not because it was the least expensive or the best in my field. I chose to attend UNH because I fell in love with its historic charm. This, in my opinion, is the most valuable asset UNH has to offer its perspective students. I am baffled at how easily UNH overlooks its greatest asset and how eager they are to swap one of its most precious treasures — the pool — for large gyms or hockey arenas — things that may bring in more revenue tomorrow, but in the long run, will dilute the desirability and beauty of the school — making it less attractive to year-round students in the competitive market.
I imagine UNH will offer to rebuild a new pool or preserve half of it, leaving merely a shaded puddle, but the current pool is spectacular in its natural and historic state — with smooth cement walls that descend into deep waters with fun paintings along the floor. It is Durham's refreshing and community-building gem.
Perhaps it would be wiser to extend the Snively arena toward the alumni center instead, or build it up? Many students often complain about the remote location of Snively — maybe it would be wiser to create another site at the other end of campus?
I've heard rumors that UNH believes it is unsafe, but from what I've read the pool passes its health and safety tests regularly. If UNH wanted to improve the cleanliness of the pool from its already satisfactory state I'm sure one of the brilliant engineers UNH educates or employs could devise a way to improve the mechanics of it while preserving and saving the current pool and its surrounding environment.
I cannot imagine a UNH summer without it and I hope future UNH students will be allowed to enjoy the pool the way I did. I am optimistic that UNH will be able to see how valuable the pool is and do what's best for the UNH Durham community — preserve and save the current pool!

Julia Rose Miller
UNH Class of 2013

Newton, New Jersey


Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 10:49

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Wasn't it the liberals who wanted to have discussion about race?

To The Daily Sun,
It's unbelievable to me how the left is hanging onto the Zimmerman case by inventing their own facts and scenarios about the events. One writer here recently stated in his letter that Zimmerman assaulted Martin. Really? Was he there to see that or is that just the way he justifies the attempt to railroad Zimmerman who broke no law and was found not guilty in court.
Let's recount: A witness saw Martin on top of Zimmerman beating him. Forensic evidence showed Zimmerman was on the bottom, Photo evidence shows Zimmerman with a swollen, bloody nose and abrasions and lacerations on the back of his head. This all supports his claim of self defense. On the other side we have no facts that contradict his claim. People, let it go, it's over.
Changing gears, the president made so many sweeping statements in his speech the other day it's hard to cover them all in the attempt to keep my letters reasonably short. So did any readers pickup his call for financing new home buyers to whom the banks have said "no" to. Sounds kind of familiar to me, isn't that the policy that led to the housing crash the first time? Why would a responsible leader try to revive a plan that led to disaster before? Answer, VOTES! That's right votes, he's courting votes again and be damned to the consequences. Why not? By the time that bubble burst he'll be out of office and set for life. It's the rest of us that will suffer for it.
Bill O'Reilly has wrinkled more then a few tail feathers with his "talking points" this past Monday. Fox News and O'Reilly haters are having fits. Wasn't it them who wanted a discussion on race? Yea it was, but it seems they only wanted a one sided discussion where they would lecture the rest of us on what was politically correct and acceptable to them. Pointing out the facts that blacks commit 10 times more murders then whites and Hispanics combined just didn't sit well I guess. Neither did Bill's revealing that something like 73 percent of black baby's are born out of wedlock. O'Reilly says that drives poverty in black communities. He had a black, liberal professor on the other night saying it was the poverty that was the cause of the break ups of black families. They argued back and forth but I don't recall ever reading or hearing about any culture in history where poverty broke up families to such a degree if at all. My impression is that poverty draws families closer making them more dependent on one another. Am I wrong? I think O'Reilly made sense and was damn courageous to say what most of us knew but are reluctant to say out loud.
Steve Earle

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:28

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Couldn't find my 'do not resuscitate' papers & this is what happened

To The Daily Sun,

To those of you who smoke and/or heat with a wood stove it's time to smarten up. I smoked for over 50 years and for the last few heated with wood in a 100 year old wood stove. My family kept after me to quit smoking but like all smokers I never listened because I was invincible. But in February of 2011, during a short heat spell, I decided to clear off the ice build-up on my roof. Around 9 or so that night I started to have problems breathing but luckily had enough strength to call 911. That began a 2-1/2 year odyssey of 911 calls, hospital stays and a nursing home.

Even though I thought I had DNR papers on file, no-one found them so I ended up incubated and spent 86 days at Speare and Concord Hospital recovering. My family rushed around making plans of what to do with me when it was all over. My sister traveled back and forth from Oregon at least three times, and luckily one niece was local. Somehow I recovered enough to be discharged, so all the ditch digging was in vain. However I ended up being admitted three more times, finally ending up in a nursing home for 16 months before talking my way out. So now I am on oxygen 24/7, not driving, taking enough pills to make Cheech & Chong jealous, but luckily qualified for Medicaid and my Social Security retirement funds to live on since I had to use all my retirement funds for bills.

So, the bottom line is this, make sure your papers are in order and your family knows your wishes. Check your wood stove for leaks and cut down or quit smoking. Take it from someone who's been there and came back.

Jon Hoyt


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:15

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