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We take advice from Mayor Bloomberg because he cares for all

To The Daily Sun,
First to address Don Ewing's query: "Why Should N.H. take advice from the Mayor of NYC?" (Laconia Daily Sun, June 19). Simple Don, he is correct, been good for NYC and really cares about the lives of all people, including someone like you.
Second to Mr. Earle, in his latest diatribe "Future of 'We The People' is bleak because of wolf in our house". (Laconia Daily Sun, June 19). Where to begin with your misleading statements, inaccuracies and falsehoods concerning President Obama, his administration and federal agencies? Do you really expect us to believe what you write? President Obama was re-elected by a very, very wide margin — six million (give or take) vote difference between he and Mitt Romney. Your gloom and doom of our future is not a realistic picture of what is actually occurring in this country of ours. All valid indicators point toward a recovery of our economy. If the obstructionist on the right would get "out of the way" and stop with their lies which create so much "noise pollution" on the airwaves, this country would be better able to move forward into a future which will be much better for ALL Americans including you.
Bernadette Loesch

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:31

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Belknap County Democrats pleased with N.H. budget compromise

To The Daily Sun,
Belknap County Democrats are relieved a budget agreement has been reached in the N.H. Legislature. Much credit goes to the House Democrats' negotiating team for crafting compromises in key areas, especially Medicaid expansion.
The budget also restores critical funding to N.H.'s university system, makes a substantial commitment to the state's mental health care needs as well as investing in economic development and public safety in N.H.
Belknap County Democrats believe Medicaid expansion is critical to the health of N.H. citizens and its economy. The agreed-upon timeline will ensure that N.H. is ready to receive the federal matching funds that will begin to flow into the state in January, 2014.
Tough choices had to be made and important principles were upheld. We credit the conferees, the legislative and agency staffs and the governor's office with a willingness to work late into the night to arrive at a fiscally sound balanced budget to deliver to the House and Senate for a final vote.
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap Democratic Committee

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:29

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Human Relations Committee supports expansion of Medicaid

To The Daily Sun,
To our State Senators and Representatives:
The Laconia's Human Relations Committee is a task force of concerned individuals that works to address issues of importance to the Lakes Region community. Many people in the Lakes Region have become stigmatized because of the lack of access to necessary health care — physical and mental, preventative and on-going for the youngest to the oldest of our residents. As representatives of the Lakes Region to the state, we ask that you vote for Medicaid expansion: moral and just funding that grants access to health care as a basic human right for the neediest among us.
Here is the Human Relations Committee mission statement.
a) Cultivate a community-wide climate that does not tolerate prejudice of any kind which undermines the dignity of any person.
b) Educate ourselves and our children about the presence and dehumanizing impact of any prejudicial attitudes that are currently at work in our community.
c) Promote, in as many segments of our community life as is possible, policies and practices which encourage and demand equal opportunity and responsibility for all people.
d) Proactively resist and publicly condemn any practices or incidents in our community which either result from or might encourage prejudice, intolerance, harassment and discrimination.
In the words of Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona, "... I refuse to stand by while people suffer.... it will extend cost-effective care to Arizona's working poor, using the very tax dollars our citizens already pay to the federal government. It will help prevent our rural and safety-net hospitals from closing their doors. And it will boost our economy by creating more than 20,000 jobs at a time when Arizona needs them most.
I hope you will understand how the Laconia Human Relations Committee wishes to see the marginalized people of the Laconia area have the same access to health care others have and not be stigmatized because the state refuses to grant them this basic right.
Leonard Campbell, Interim Chair
Laconia Human Relations Committee

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:26

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Thanks for donating aluminum tabs to Shriner's Hospital/Boston

To The Daily Sun,
I want to thank the Laconia and Belmont schools, their students, and staff for making the aluminum tab recycling program so successful over the past several years: Holy Trinity, Elm Street School, Pleasant Street School, Woodland Heights School, Laconia Middle School, Laconia High School and Belmont Elementary School.
Each school has a container to deposit tabs into. When the container(s) get full, the school gives me a call and I go pick them up or they get drooped off to me. It's as easy as that. Last year these school collected more than 350 pounds of tabs during the school year!
Recently, through word of mouth, several community members have been stopping in to see me and to donate aluminum tabs. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to remove and recycle that small piece of aluminum! The tabs are the only pure aluminum part of the can, and once recycled, can help with the hospital's expenses.
The tabs I collect from the schools and community are donated to the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Boston, to help offset the cost of transportation, lodging, and/or equipment that is needed to keep this hospital available to those in need at no cost to the family.
Like Don Perrault in Somersworth, I see no personal gain from this endeavor except the knowledge that I have helped the hospital, patients, and the community with this easy-to-do program.
Please continue to collect aluminum tabs and thank you for all you do for those in need.
Mary Anne Ross

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:23

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Council can't 'contribute' $4k by transferring 'found' tax dollars

To the editor,
According to an article in The Laconia Daily Sun on May 30 by Michael Kitch, "City Council adds $4k to fund used to buy new U.S. flags for downtown".
The article states the council agreed to apply "found money" to make a contribution to dress up the downtown. Councilor Bob Hamel was correct when he, "suggested that between the assistance provided by the Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments the city had already contributed to the project and remarked that the council should have been informed of the project before the fact." But then he voted along with the rest of the council to "apply found money rather than draw from the TIF fund."
The City Charter is clear that an "appropriation" is for a specific purpose and amount, regarding an individual line item, the source of money is to be offset by comparable revenues. The sum of all the individual line items comprises the annual Grand Total Appropriation,.
The process for transfers are applicable for intra-department or inter-department but only after an encumbered appropriation is completed; unencumbered amounts are available for transfer to an existing line item.
When a "new purpose" that benefits the taxpayer funded municipal government; the charter is clear for such supplemental appropriations after the budget is adopted.
There is no specific appropriation line item listed in the FY2012/2013 annual budget regarding the Main Street Initiative, which is a private organization, for lining the streets with U.S flags and flowers. There cannot be a vote to "contribute" by transferring $4,000 to an unspecified line item "found" tax dollars. Just a month prior to the end of the fiscal year is unacceptable and is in violation of the City Charter.
"APPROPRIATIONS AFTER BUDGET IS ADOPTED. "No appropriation after the budget is adopted, shall be made for any purpose not included in the annual budget as adopted unless voted by a two-thirds majority of the council after a public hearing held to discuss said appropriation. The council shall by resolution designate the source of any money so appropriated" Emphasis added Section 5:06 (RSA 49-C:23) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)
This City Council has been in office long enough to know and understand the Laconia City Charter and New Hampshire State Laws
David Gammon

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:17

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