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Labeling Joe Kenney as an 'extremist' is very much unfair

To The Daily Sun,

In reading E. Scott Cracraft's recent Laconia Daily Sun letter besmirching Joe Kenney's candidacy for Executive Council, three things came quickly to mind: first, Joe Kenney's opponent sure has a strong supporter in Cracraft; secondly, Cracraft's command of English is superb and he is certainly well educated; third, I found it surprising that a man of such intellectual capacity would be as demeaning as he was to a person whose politics he doesn't agree with.
To accuse Kenney of being anti-worker, anti-education and anti-women was unfair. As I see it, Democratic and Republican legislators alike wouldn't espouse to that kind of nonsense. Though their views may vary on how to serve the general public none are counteracting on such sensitive issues.
Labeling Kenney as an "extremist conservative" was also unfair as it would be for someone to portray Kenney's opponent as a "liberal extremist". Both men are bright and accomplished in the field of politics and both have gained the trust of too many N.H. folks to be viewed as extremists.
Cracraft's denouncement of Kenney's voting record was pretty much one sided, too, when listing a scroll of things that, in his view, Kenney hasn't done well. His negative onslaught on Kenney's voting record brought to mind the 2000 National Football League draft, when the New England Patriots were weighing options on various players before selecting Quarterback Tom Brady. At the "draft table", Coach Bill Belichick listened diligently to a myriad of opinions prior to making the 6th round pick then suddenly stopped all commentary and said: "Okay, stop telling me about all the things Brady can't do. Tell me about the things he can do." Now we all know how that worked out and in my opinion it'll work out in a similar way for New Hampshire if Joe Kenney is elected Tuesday, March 11.

Roland Jutras


Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 10:13

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Is Lakemont Coop qualified to oversee a $10 million business?

To The Daily Sun,

It seems change is becoming more unpredictable in our society these days as witness the potential new ownership of some 240 Briarcrest Estates homes, which has left many residents here confused and wondering what the future holds for them.

Early polls showed that a large majority of the BC home owners favored the original $10 million purchase by Hometown America, Inc., a highly respected firm owning numerous class-home developments across the country. At the same time, a small group of BC home owners formed Lakemont Cooperative, Inc. and with the backing of ROC-NH made known their intention of purchasing the 247- acre development.

Some BC owners worried over what the future lies ahead for them, have even made plans to sell their homes if Lakemont is successful in buying the property. Perhaps, some of their fears and anguish can be abated if the following purchase concerns can be answered and documented:

1. What guarantee do we home owners have that our original leases will be honored to protect residents from paying inflated rental, taxes and property maintenance fees?

2. Is the Lakemont Coop qualified to represent the majority of Briarcrest residents and do they have the professional training and background to oversee and successfully manage what is really a $10 million business?

3. Can the morale, care, friendship and cooperation nourished by current park owners Ruth and Mark Mooney that has provided "a real home" for many Briarcrest seniors, ever be replaced in today's somewhat uncertain and political society?

Hopefully, some definitive communications here (like more Letters to the editor) among all parties including BC home owners, can help reduce the fear and immobility that now seems to exist in this beautiful Belknap Mountain community. We can only hope and see that this will happen.

Hugh & Patt Baird
Briarcrest Estates


Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 10:10

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Get rid of corruption in DC? Vote out the party responsible for it

To The Daily Sun,

Let's look at the states where President Obama has high approval ratings. The top six are Hawaii, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. Now let's look at some of the worst states for taxes. They are New York, New Jersey, California, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maryland. Do you notice a pattern: high taxes equal a strong Democrat (blue) state.

In New Hampshire, our three Democrat ladies are embracing President Obama's policies. Rep. Kuster even gave President Obama a kiss to solidify her approval. Of course, they are not subject to his policies, including Obamacare. In addition, our three ladies approved raising the minimum wage. However, Reps. Kuster and Shea-Porter have unpaid interns. Of course, 96 percent of the Democrats have unpaid interns. The Democrats practice "Do as I say, not as I do".

We need to vote out Rep.Kuster, period.
We need to vote out Rep. Shea-Porter, period.
We need to vote out Sen. Shaheen, period.

A leading Democrat in New Hampshire asks, "How do we get rid of the corruption in Washington? My answer is vote out the party responsible for the corruption: IRS scandal, Benghazi and Obamacare. What difference will it make, a lot.

Jim Mayotte

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 10:04

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We need an Executive Councilor to take over where Ray left off

To The Daily Sun,

The voters in Executive Council District #1 will soon have the opportunity to fill the seat long held by Ray Burton. I hope you will join me in supporting Mike Cryans for Executive Council on March 11.

Mike represents the best of New Hampshire values. A native of Littleton and longtime resident of Hanover, Mike offers experience as a public-school educator, as a senior executive in the financial services industry, and as a small businessman running a non-profit social services organization. In addition, Mike has served for 16 years on the Grafton County Commission and worked alongside Ray Burton through all that time.

Mike's work in education, finance, human services and public service makes him the best choice to succeed Ray Burton on the Executive Council. Ray's three surviving siblings — two Republicans and a Democrat — unanimously endorsed Mike Cryans last week, in recognition of Mike's abilities to represent the best interests of District #1.

With 126 separate municipalities and locations covering more than two-thirds of the land mass of our state, District #1 reflects a sweeping diversity of cultural, political and economic circumstances. Ray's great talent was in representing this diversity in his decision-making. Never a strident partisan or a dogmatic ideologue, Ray was the master of the productive compromise. The only thing Ray never compromised on was his love and respect for the North Country.

We need an Executive Councilor to pick up where Ray Burton left off. Mike Cryans will bring the breadth of experience and the depth of good judgment that the Executive Council requires. Please mark your calendars and cast your vote for Mike Cryans on March 11.

Paul Phillips

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 09:51

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Let's at least give Kimball Castle the respect to die of old age

To The Daily Sun,

Many of these thoughts of Kimball Castle are from childhood stories from Mrs. Lorraine Royce (resident since 1937), who was Town Clerk starting in the 60s. She took and kept all the minutes of the selectmen's meetings and countless Town Meetings. She told of a beautiful building with tapestries and wood carvings and her tours through it with other town officials as they sought to preserve it. It was originally given to a trust to manage and a groundskeeper/watchman was hired to maintain it. He was unsupervised and paid by the trust. He allegedly drank the money and maintained nothing but the building he lived in. And, to be fair, he did not have knowledge or training in masonry. The roof leaked, the wood and tapestries rotted, the grounds were ignored and trees and weeds destroyed the beautiful English tea gardens, the steps to the lake were overgrown, and decay set in. When the money ran out, the castle was returned to the town. Other groundskeepers were hired, but they mainly kept trespassers out.

I never had a chance to visit/tour the castle, but my children and many others sneaked in and described how beautiful it was. Back in the 70s - 80s I was a reporter for the Laconia Citizen and sat in on the selectmen's meetings. I remember when a master mason offered to have his class completely restore the castle labor-free if the Ttwn would buy the materials. Others offered to work on the gardens. Time and again people would come in with ideas of how to save or use or run the castle such as restaurant, bed and breakfast, inn, lodge, bar, lounge, etc. but each time the town attorney, Arthur Nighswander, would find a reason that it could not be done and the selectmen followed his advice. Tours were cancelled and refused. It has always been my own private opinion that Mr. Nighswander did not want anything done with the castle out of fear that it would become a "problem", such as exists with the King's Grant Inn, i.e. late night music, noise, traffic, illegal activities, gambling, drunkenness, etc. Mr. Nighswander lived on the access road to the castle.

I was there when the grounds were divided by court decree to preserve 300 acres for hiking trails and keep only a small portion around the castle.

This will be the saddest moment in the history of this town if that castle is destroyed. Let's at least give it the respect to die of old age and let it crumble to dust on its own.

Joanne Royce McNulty
Gilford resident since 1945

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 09:45

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