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This is an outrageous abuse of authority by Bristol postmaster

To The Daily Sun,
The following letter, which went to the Bristol Board of Selectmen, the N.H. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Consumer Advocate, the U.S. Postal Service Safety Office, Congressman Ann Kuster, and Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, is submitted for publication:
We previously contacted you about the dangerous decision by the new Bristol postmaster, James Howell, who on March 14 — without any advance notice — halted the home delivery of mail on Summer Street until residents moved their mailboxes from the buildings where they were mounted to the end of their driveways. His ill-considered excuse was that "delivery of mail on Summer St poses a grave threat to the safety of our Letter Carrier".
The problem here is that we have a retaining wall in front of our house. We previously had a mailbox in front of our house but, because of the retaining wall, the box was too close to the road for safety. The carrier had no place to pull off the heavily traveled road. Summer Street (Route 104) is a major east-west highway, and we were in danger, too, when we went to retrieve the mail. Additionally, during the winter, the snowplow constantly buried the mailbox because there is no other place to push the snow. Again, because it is a major highway, we found that, as soon as we shoveled out the mailbox, it would be plowed in again.
The place where Mr. Howell is asking us to place the mailbox — at the end of the driveway we share with our neighbor — is the only spot the town has to pile the snow from the sidewalk that leads up to our home. The far end of that shared driveway is where the town piles the snow when plowing the sidewalk, and it is the location where Mr. Howell would have us place the mailbox.
After we sent the initial letters out and other residents of Summer Street also had bombarded the post office with complaints, the postmaster reconsidered his decision and resumed mail delivery, so those of you who had responded to us were notified that the problem had been resolved.
This week, as part of an obviously personal vendetta in retaliation for our having contacted his superiors and other public officials, Mr. Howell ordered the letter carrier to stop delivering mail to 125 Summer Street — again without any notification to us. We know it was a vendetta because we simply stopped receiving mail, while other Summer Street residents are continuing to receive their mail without having to place mailboxes on the street.
When we stopped at the post office to find out what was going on, Mr. Howell again refused to listen to reason and said our choices are to place the mailbox at the end of our driveway, or to put it a quarter-mile away, out of sight of the house, at the end of Winter Street Extension, the dirt road that leads to our back driveway. He said if we failed to agree to one of those options, he would simply return our mail to the senders as undeliverable.
This outrageous abuse of authority from a man who clearly has no idea what safety is must be addressed. He is putting us and the carrier in danger, as well as creating a problem for the town highway crew that clears the sidewalk and the the state highway crew that maintains the roadway. The traffic on Summer Street is a problem this time of year, but it is even worse during the winter.
The purpose of the U.S. Postal Service is to see that the mail gets through, not to leave delivery to the whims of a tyrant of Mr. Howell's ilk.
Thomas P. & Lee Caldwell
Bristol

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 08:25

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Supreme Court has celebrated families in largest sense of word

The The Daily Sun,
Belknap County Democrats applaud Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings that affect so many families in our state. With these rulings, couples in all legally sanctioned relationships in N.H., and many states throughout our nation, will finally enjoy the same rights and benefits regardless of whom they marry. This is a huge step forward in the recognition of the world as we know it today and a huge step toward equality in benefits that has been sorely lacking for too many families in N.H.
We celebrate with those that have fought so hard for this day and we say our prayers for those who are not with us today to experience this celebration. As we celebrate, we must express our disappointment with our Republican colleagues from State Senator Jeb Bradley to U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, who continue to disavow the rights accorded today to all married couples by the Supreme Court of our nation. The Court has celebrated families in the largest sense of the word. We in Belknap County welcome and join that celebration.
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap County Democratic Committee
Meredith

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 08:21

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Get to know me & consider me for the office of Laconia mayor

To The Daily Sun,
Councilor Baer in a recent letter did a great job addressing issues voters will face in the upcoming election. She outlined several great attributes to look for in our next mayor and I agree whole-heartedly that Mayor Seymour did a wonderful and visible job for this community.
I have been serving my local community in many ways for years. As a child I earned the Arrow of Light as a Cub Scout and Boy Scouts' rank of Eagle Scout. I have been active in scouting as an adult scoutmaster for two troops, most recently for Pack 68. I spent several years working professionally as an optician. During that time I spent four years sitting on the N.H. Board of Opticians, first as the vice president and then the president. At this time I was elected Ward 5 Selectman and after only one term I stepped forward, finishing out the previous Ward 5 Moderator's term, an office I still hold today. I also served briefly on the Conservation Commission for Laconia. In the wake of 9/11, I enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves, where I now hold the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E7).
In 2007 I was hired by the N.H. Department of Corrections, where I was assigned to the Lakes Region Facility. The following winter military obligation took me away from family and community. I resigned my positions with both the scouts and the Conservation Commission. I traveled back for almost every election throughout my mobilization. After returning home the local facility was closed and I was transferred to Concord. Seeking job opportunities closer to home I resigned later that year. This choice eventually led me to Spaulding Youth Center where I work in the school as an academic aid.
I grew up locally and attended Woodland Heights and Holy Trinity in Laconia, later graduating from Bishop Brady High School. After high school I attended Maine Maritime Academy, where I also played football. I left college after a year to raise my daughter and support my then wife through her own schooling. I have a degree in Avionics and Aviation Electrical Mechanical Technologies from Coast Line Community College and am currently pursuing a degree in Community Sociology from SNHU.
I respect and appreciate Councilor Baer's decision to endorse Mr. Engler. I'm sure all three candidates for mayor have two things in common, a love for the community we all call home, and a sense of civic responsibility. It is my sincere hope that people will take the time to get to know me, ask the tough questions, and consider me for the office of mayor.
Kaileif Mitchell
Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 08:06

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Stupid, Now I have to drive to Conn. to spend my gambling allowance

To The Daily Sun,
Looks like the slots operation has been shut down for good at the Lakes Region Casino. I wonder why this has happened? It looked like an agreement was reached six or seven weeks ago and all of a sudden it's down the drain. Now, rather than spending my gambling allowance in N.H. and keeping local people working, its off to Connecticut or Rhode Island. Stupid!
Leo Paradis
Canterbury

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 06:33

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Why do liberals cling so tenaciously to their deck of race cards?

To the editor,
The concept of this country moving into a post racial society will be in the news again with the onset of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial. There was great hope that our president would bring about the reality of this hope for a post racial society. Barack Obama got off to a rocky start when he accused Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley of "acting stupidly" in arresting professor Henry "Skip" Gates Jr. Our president uttered this indictment before he knew any of the facts.
President Obama proclaimed to the world that if he had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin. The facts were not known then and will finally come out during the trial. The rationale for making this statement was because it brought up deep emotions for him. Perhaps, but how would such a statement bring this country closer to the hope for racial unity as so eloquently stated by Martin Luther King Jr on June 23, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan during the "Walk to Freedom March". That was when he first spoke of judging someone by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, two months before his "I Have a Dream" speech. How sad that as we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of his inspiring words, it is the army of progressives who are holding this country back from having this dream come to full fruition.
Rather than having that same hope for a post racial society, it would appear the left would prefer keeping that same racist bogeyman around to provide an endless supply of fuel for their progressive agenda. Ridiculous some would say. Then how to explain the bodacious, jumping to conclusions remark by Representative Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.). Soon after Trayvon was killed she shouted, "Trayvon was hunted down like a rabid dog, shot in the street and racially profiled". She knew none of the facts.
How else to explain the mainstream media's unconscionable behavior in misleading the public in the immediate aftermath of this awful tragedy. ABC asserted that Zimmerman didn't appear to show signs of a struggle, which was totally false. NBC edited the audiotape which the Today show breathlessly played again and again on their morning show — "He looks black". Deliberately editing out the fact that the dispatcher had asked Zimmerman — "Is he black, white or Hispanic?"
How else to explain the media misrepresentation's of Martin and Zimmerman. They repeatedly showed pictures of a 12 year old Trayvon rather than the 17 year old, six foot Martin. Zimmerman was portrayed as a cop "wannabe" by reporting that he made 46 911 calls within a year when it was actually over a period of 8 years. In March, CNN told the world that it seemed Zimmerman had uttered the disgusting racial slur "coon". When the reconstruction was completed, CNN had to retract their shameless assertion. Seems that Zimmerman had uttered "(expletive) punks" rather than "(expletive) coon". Oops.
The malicious, stupid, bigoted media even attempted to portray Zimmerman as a "white person". When that didn't fly, they came up with a new ethnic designation, "white Hispanic", since his mother is a Peruvian immigrant. The media did a marvelous job of burying the fact that Zimmerman has African American friends and relatives and has spent time tutoring black kids. When a police officer's son beat up a black, homeless man and was not charged, Zimmerman circulated a petition asking that justice be done. I'm betting few readers know this about Zimmerman.
Between these examples of editorial malpractice, the Dept. of Justices' racial agenda as exposed in J. Christian Adams book, "Injustice" and the actions of this administration, there can be only one outcome in this month long trial that will satisfy the left. George Zimmerman better be found guilty of killing Trayvon Martin because he wanted to and not because his own life was in danger. President Obama's minions and the complicit media have all but assured this nation that if the verdict is "not guilty", riots in the streets will likely occur. Those of us who genuinely desire a post racial society want the truth found out and justice to be served. If Zimmerman is guilty, then put him away for life. If innocent, he deserves to have his life and reputation returned to him without storefront windows being broken and cars set on fire.
I asked these questions over three years ago when I first started writing letters and I'll ask them again. Why do modern day liberals cling so tenaciously to their deck of race cards? What would Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks say to them? When can we truly begin to treat everyone by the content of their character and not the color of their skin? When will the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus be willing to forgo their outdated agendas and help bring about Reverend King's dream? I am 64 years old and would so love to see that happen in my lifetime so I can celebrate this momentous new phase in racial equality with my children and grandchildren.
Russ Wiles
Tilton

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 06:27

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