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Here are 8 general attributes the mayor of Laconia should have

To The Daily Sun,
With the announcement of Mayor Seymour's intent not to run for re-election, the city was faced with finding a candidate of the highest caliber to fill his giant-sized shoes. In thinking of possibilities and needing some insight as to the kind of person who should be our next mayor, I sought the advice of someone I have always respected and someone with great knowledge of the city and the people in it. I asked for names of those with the attributes necessary to do the job that is expected of a mayor.
While no names immediately jumped out, he did forward a list of the general attributes a mayor should have:
1. Must have a reasonably high degree of general intelligence.
2. Must have a reasonably high IQ when it comes to how government work and the issues that it deals with.
3. Must have basic familiarity with Laconia City government.
4. Must have basic familiarity with how City Council operates as an institution.
5. Must have ability to competently chair a meeting.(very important)
6. Able to represent the City in Concord, ceremonies, etc. in an articulate way, and be reasonably personable.
7. Must be reasonably thick-skinned, doesn't run for cover when his/her actions are criticized.
8. Must have ability to commit to the time necessary to do the job.
Further, the city does not want people serving who just happen to be the only ones to sign up.
Mayor Seymour certainly met all those requirements as he spent a year before the election attending every council meeting and committee meetings to be familiar with the operations of city government and the current budgetary problems and other issues in the city.
Ed Engler comes to the top of this list in all facets. Who knows more about what is going on in Laconia and in the state than the editor of The Daily Sun. He also takes a very personal interest in his city and is usually at most civic doings, not as a newspaper person, but as a private citizen and taxpayer of Laconia. He is the person most people request to moderate meetings and forums because of his fairness, knowledge and ability to control the meeting.
While we don't always agree on issues and frankly, I don't even know if we agree on any of them, that doesn't color his coverage. I get a most generous spot in his paper for my views even when they differ from his, as do many other writers.
I know that he will always be fair and will respect my right to be different. I would welcome him to the council if I am re-elected.
Councilor Brenda Baer
Ward 4

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 10:02

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Incessant talk of threats to our safety does not have legitimacy

To The Daily Sun,
I believe this country is being strangled and suffocated, it's economy robbed and it's citizens duped by the so-called "war on terror"! Our reputed enemies consist of foot soldiers, insurgents, and other entities that have always existed in various countries around the world. They have no armies or air power: they have no weaponry to export — potentially causing serious harm to American citizens. Since 9/11 there has not been one casualty in this country attributed to foreign terrorists (the marathon bombers were American citizens.) If the military remains in several middle-eastern countries for the next hundred years, there would always be an enemy to kill.
The "war on terror" is, in effect, an industry. In order to exist it must perpetuate it's own reasons to see the United States in peril, even if in fact, there is no credible danger whatsoever. We have a Defense Department, suggesting we are "on-the-run"! The truth is we are the strongest military force the world has ever known. Can you imagine the mouse chasing the elephant? In addition, we spend hundreds of billions on surveillance. There is nothing going on in the world that we don't know about.
Again, it is demonstrated that the incessant talk of threats to our safety do not have any legitimacy, even if it's backed by continue harassment through the news media and elsewhere. Our dedicated and honorable soldiers have no responsibility in policy decisions by the military.
We have serious problems here at home. Our commitment to protect other countries from domestic harm needs to end. We have had more violence and death here on our city streets than we can handle, let alone someone else's problems. Turn your eyes inward and work to make this country, once again, respected and admired around the world! (Not a nation to be feared!)
Leon R. Albushies

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 09:56

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Supposition that no insurance will improve medical results is scary

To the editor,
I haven't written a letter to the editor in awhile but I had to respond to a letter I read Saturday from Don Ewing entitled "Medicaid hikes health care usage and costs without better results". I won't argue with his mathematics or his contention that nothing in life is free, especially when it comes from the federal government. Where I have a disagreement is the statement that "Medicaid increases costs and health care usage, but patient health care results overall are no better than mixed compared to no insurance." He bases this comment on two study's, one in Oregon and the other in Virginia. I am familiar with the Oregon study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The methodology and conclusions do not produce the slam dunk as described by Mr. Ewing. The study was not a true measure of overall health status and the changes that can occur over a long period of time. It included only a few measures, all "self reported" by participants such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels after only two years. In addition, according to economist Austin Frakt, the sample sizes were as much as 23 times too small. The biggest flaw was that the study didn't have enough people in bad health to measure any thing that is clinically significant.
No question that the cost of health care is too high no matter how it is accessed. Subsidized care is flawed and expensive, again no argument there. Making long term policy, though, without completely thinking through or completely understanding the problem can be catastrophic. If you do not have any health care insurance, you will in all likelihood not receive basic preventive care and will probably head to your nearest emergency room (the most expensive place to receive primary care) when you are ill. Diseases won't be detected early enough to prevent more serious and costly treatment or dire outcomes. At that point, the Medicaid debate is moot. If they can't pay, well guess what? The hospital eats the cost and we all end up paying for it. The end result is a continuing upward cost spiral that is clearly unsustainable.
So yes Mr, Ewing, subsidized care is expensive, but the alternative, which is to do nothing and live under the false assumption that no insurance will "improve medical results" is downright scary and I would argue much more expensive in the long run.
Paul Punturieri

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 09:51

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Career Partnership Program provided 38 internships this year

To The Daily Sun,
The Career Partnership Program (CPP) is an integral part of the Greater Meredith Program (GMP) and its function is to help the students of Inter-Lakes High School experience individual education through local business connections. The CPP is a collaborative effort between the GMP and the Inter-Lakes School District. The CPP is funded through the GMP who relies on its Lead Investment Partners for funding.
The program focuses on a five-prong approach: Job Shadows; Internships; Guest Speakers' Bureau; Volunteer and Community Service and a one-day Job Fair as a courtesy to high schoolers. Internships are for those students looking to better his/her high school experience and are passing all classes. A student must interview with the director of the CPP to become accepted into the program. Once accepted, the director, student and business work together for a positive experience. The student must log their hours throughout the internship and write a culminating paper at the end. The student is responsible to provide the director with updates during the internship. The student must also be responsible and abide by the CPP guidelines.
We are proud to announce that the program was able to provide 43 job shadows and 38 internships this year with the help of supporting local businesses. These numbers surpass years past. Our program ends on June 21, when Inter-Lakes leaves for summer vacation and will start back up again on Tuesday, August 27, the first day of the new school year.
The Greater Meredith's Career Partnership Program wishes to thank all of the businesses that helped support this program this year and in years past. Please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. To learn more about GMP call 279-9015. Visit www.greatermeredithprogram.org or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
Rhonda M. Hanaway
Executive Director
Career Partnership Program

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 09:46

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Where were Reynolds & Miller when Lynch raided highway fund?

To The Daily Sun,
A letter in The Laconia Sun by two former Democrat Legislators, Deb Reynolds of Plymouth and Kate Miller of Meredith, claim roads and bridges in N.H. are deficient because the Senate Republicans refuse to pass new taxes. Conveniently, the former legislators did not mention, as stated by State Senator Andy Sanborn (Granite Status, May 26): "The state is spending $600 Million a year on roads and bridges, 20 percent more than 2008" In 2008 both Reynolds and Miller held office.
Additional facts:
1. In 2009, Governor John Lynch, raided the Highway Fund of $8 million in an effort to balance a bloated budget created by the Democratic Legislature. This is the same fund that uses revenue to repair roads and bridges. Where were Reynolds and Miller when the raid was taking place? They were silent!
2. State Constitution - Article 6-a ( in part) "All revenue accruing to the state from road tolls, gasoline etc, shall be exclusively for maintenance of public highways. No part of revenue shall be diverted to any other purpose".
In my opinion: not only is it disingenuous it is hypocritical to criticize the Senate Republicans for refusing to pass new taxes when it was Reynolds, Miller and others who gave tacit approval to Governor Lynch to raid the Highway Fund of $8 Million. Money that could have been used for bridges and roads.
George Hurt

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 12:45

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