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Move the county jail up the road to the former state prison site

To The Daily Sun,

Lately I have been following the antics of the Belknap County Commission and their conundrum over the Belknap County Jail. Since my work schedule does not allow me to attend the meetings I have been keeping quiet in your paper. But since my tax dollars are at stake and the fact that I have first hand residual experience with the facility, I feel I have a vested interest and am compelled to chime in.
First I would point out that these "elected officials" are supposed to be "grown ups!" From what I can see the bunch of them are acting like kindergartners — ones that all need a spanking and a time-out! And, Ed Philpot's ridiculous and truly ignorant comment at the Democratic picnic proves my point. Apparently it is a wast of time and energy to ask him to apologize as he is obviously not a big enough boy to admit he is out of line. Mama Kate (his party chairperson) has already done the job for him the best it is going to be. All that can be done now is for the taxpayers to remember that Mr. Philpot doesn't seem to own a pair of "Big Boy Pants" when it comes time to go back to the polls.

Let's stop attacking each other and come up with a solution to the problem at the jail. Though it is a fact that the facility is crowded and in need of repair, we need to bear in mind this is a "correctional' facility not a "rehab" center. It is "jail" — not the "inn". The superintendent can be quoted as saying, "If they can not behave on the inside, how can we expect them to behave on the outside?" A mouthful of "blah-blah" since he merely slaps them on the wrist when they grossly violate the rules and/or laws.

I have a perfect example to back up my statement:
A felon, arrested in possession of numerous stolen firearms in connection to the burglaries in several different communities is sentenced to a mere eight months in the county facility. After spending five months at the Belknap County Jail, she tests positive for drugs. What do you suppose was her consequence? No visits for 30 days with her two small children — who were totally confused and traumatized because they have been ripped from their home, lost their belongings, thrown into foster care, placed with family members, moved to a different family member, changed schools, and now have no sense of permanency. To top it off, they can't see their mama and feel that moment of familiarity for 30 days. She also loses 10 mere days of "good-time" which is restored after the 30 days that the superintendent has put her children through. So the only punishment for HER actions is to put on a six and seven year old. Yup, this is really going to teach HER a lesson. I really want to invest another $42 million into this sort of rehabilitation.

Prior to all the to-do about the county facility there was a big to-do over the former Laconia State School property. Property that the state has already invested our tax dollars into for a "prison" facility that too has now been abandoned. The question: "What to do with the property?" can be easily answered — move the county jail! In fact, at this site the jail could return to an old fashioned style "County Farm". The green house could be restored, fields could be plowed, crops could be raised with labor provided by the inmates we are paying for. They could restore the barns, raise livestock, become more self-sufficient saving the county money in the long run and actually accomplish some sort of rehabilitation. In turn the current county facility could be reserved and upgraded for the nursing home and the commissioners office.

Yes, I know the sheriff is there too. They could move as well — to the old Spear Building at the State School. Let's not stop there. Let's move the welfare office and DCYF to the rice cottage and the employment office to the Peterson Building and stop paying rent for square footage for these offices as well!
See, it seems stupid to me to let these buildings go to waste when we already own them through the state. Problem solved! Invest the $42 million wisely and address the REAL issue!

Holly Tetreault
Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Community walking & biking trails have local & global benefits

To The Daily Sun,

Last year we vacationed in Venice, Florida and were impressed with the commitment of Venice to walking and biking trails. Experiencing the trails both on foot and wheels was one of the many reasons we ended up buying a home in Venice. Personally, many benefits accrue from these low impact activities including health, physical fitness, connecting with nature, and meeting and greeting people. Locally and globally benefits include increased economic and social activity that helps business, government and individuals. Some examples are: people are healthier and therefor less medical issues; tourist friendly; bike tours and walk-a-thons that help hotels, restaurants, shopping, charities, etc. that employ people and collect/pay taxes; lowers the neighborhood crime rate; makes connections between all ages; encourages spending, investment and development; and above all supports community spirit.

We love the WOW Trail in Laconia and encourage not only its use but its expansion.

Peg & Bob Powers

Gilford

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:07

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I actually felt I was standing next to Javert on the bridge

To The Daily Sun,

After waiting a full year to attend "Les Miserables" at the Interlakes Summer Theatre, my wife and I had the pleasure of attending on August 27th. We have seen "Les Mis" several times in various venues, and both agreed this was one of the top performances we had seen! The cast was outstanding. The set was dazzling. The music was mesmerizing. This was a captivating Broadway performance of one of the most beloved musicals of our generation. I actually felt during the show I was standing at the barricades along side the revolutionists. I felt I was standing next to Javert on the bridge. Prisoner 24601 was singing directly to me. Bravo!

A special note of thanks should go out to Nancy Barry, producing director, and Brittany Bara, general manager, for their determination and courage in bringing this wonderful musical to the Meredith stage. "Les Mis" is a complicated and demanding musical. It calls for multiple complex scene and costume changes. The production requires great direction. All of this was accomplished to the highest order. It took a lot of guts to bring this musical to the Meredith stage. Bravo!

How fortunate we are to have this theater group in Meredith. Head over to their website and check out upcoming shows — "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "The Full Monty", a tribiute to Sammy Davis Jr., and other shows occurring during the rest of the year. Bring your children and introduce them to live performances on stage. It is an experience they will never forget. My thanks to the Interlakes Summer Theatre for an evening of great joy.

Vincent Martino
Laconia

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:03

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We have been boondoggled by war profiteers & politicians

To The Daily Sun,

What has been our biggest endeavor — our one single achievement in the last 10 years? To be specific: What has taken our time, revenue, our sacred lives — and has been our sole occupation consuming our conscience and psyche? And most importantly, our sense of well-being and security? Simply put: Killing people in midden-eastern countries that we have been told, hundreds of times over, are a danger to our safety and security. Acts of foreign terrorism here in this country, have never existed, but thwarted by alert authorities in a few well publicized cases. Not one American has been killed in a decade! Yet ...
The fight against terrorism is one of the largest industries the military has ever undertaken. It has resulted in multi-billion contracts for our legislators eager to bring business to their home states (regardless of the legitimacy of the cause.) It has resulted in the largest expenditure of money in the last decade for any other single item. By allowing this warfare to continue, we permit the military to further drain our resources and way-of life to point of no-return. We are broke: But we will put another $85 billions in Afghanistan, a country which means nothing to us, in any way.
I am convinced that we have been boondoggled by war-profiteers and politicians who have made this struggle the juggernaut it is!
Where is the money for health care, for disabled vets, for education, rebuilding roads and bridges, for homelessness, cities devastated by storms and tornadoes, and many more urgent needs. We'd spent it all on endless wars based on exaggerated and worn-out claims of physical danger to our nation. it has not happened!
Work for peace in out time!

Leon R. Albushies
Gilford

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:00

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We can't afford to have Shaheen vote to renew the Patriot Act

To The Daily Sun,

Who's reading your e-mail? NSA pressured your e-mail provider to give them your passwords. (See CNET July 25, 2013). Don't count on Senator Shaheen to stop this. She's the same one who set the IRS dogs on you and your friends.

This is all happening under the Patriot Act that has been bastardized by Shaheen's cherished leader, Barack Obama. The Patriot Act expires in 2015. We can't afford to have Shaheen vote for it's renewal.

President Bush only used the Patriot Act to monitor U.S. citizens in touch with suspected overseas terrorists and we had no repeats of 9/11. When Obama and Shaheen took control of the Patriot Act and NSA in 2009 they took direct aim at you and your family's privacy. Since then, terrorists killed our citizens at Ft Hood, Benghazi, Boston. We lost Seal Team 6 after the Obama administration identified their role in the killing of Osama Ben Laden. Do you feel safer?

Some parts of the Patriot Act are necessary, others sacrifice our freedoms and need to be repealed to stop regimes like the Democrats using it against you. Can you afford to let Shaheen vote to reauthorize in 2015? No!

Karen Testerman

Franklin

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:58

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