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Bankruptcy actions show inability to manage financial affairs

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. (Jonathan) Smolin's words say one thing. His actual history says the opposite.

On the issue of "morals, honesty and ethics," he has chosen not to share with the voters the following: a $210,000 judgment against him was entered on June 20, 2007, by the Cumberland County Maine Probate Court. The bases underlying the judgment included misappropriating from the bank account of an elderly and ailing man and defrauding the same man into transferring title to certain real estate to Mr. Smolin.

It needs to be emphasized that Mr. Smolin accepted all the allegations made in the case against him and agreed to have judgment entered against him on the basis of those allegations. In other words, he admitted liability, rather than defending the case at trial.

Sometime between that June 2007 Consent Judgment and today, Mr. Smolin apparently chose to bring his "morals, honesty and ethics" to Belknap County (where he now running for county commissioner).

On the issue of Mr. Smolin's claim of having a "vast amount of small business experience," which presumably will equip him to serve as a county commissioner, it should be noted that Mr. Smolin has instituted three different personal bankruptcy actions in the last eight years. Even putting aside issues of dishonesty and bad faith, these multiple bankruptcy actions show a total inability to manage his own financial affairs in a responsible manner.

Should this inability and irresponsibility be brought to county government, where a commissioner is charged with the planning and management of the Belknap County budget?

To put it mildly, Mr. Smolin has some explaining to do.

Hunter Taylor

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My bankruptcy was rooted in severe medical problems

To The Daily Sun,

Reading the newspapers today, I came across an unflattering account of my business and professional life. That's politics.

The writer may even have been guided by concern for the voters of Belknap County and not, as I suspect, a political plant.

Let me set the record straight. I have not cheated anyone. My bankruptcy was rooted in severe medical problems affecting my father and my wife. My interest and knowledge of the health delivery system is not only professional, but deeply personal as well. From a comfortable life to a mountain of debt, there are many who have experienced the upside-down effect which severe illness can cause.

My wife and I go to work every day to support our family and to continue to pay down what we owe.

As to businesses with which I have been involved, the inaccuracies in the letter to the editor about me are many. The problems with a subsidiary company of a parent company with which I helped to run are but one example of bias on the part of the writer.

As to my signs being on state property, I wish that the writer would take a look at all political signs before pointing a finger at me. Temporary signs on state rights-of-way are a six-week fact of life and half of them should be removed within a few days of the primary election.

Please vote on Sept. 13.

Jonathan Smolin
Candidate for Belknap County Commissioner


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