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Let me tell you why I will make a great county commissioner

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. DeVoy, don't throw stones in glass houses.

Mr DeVoy, you seem to have nothing better to do then write about conspiracies and secret meetings. What do you think is going on. Your behavior is almost comical. You make these accusations yet, you are doing everything possible to help your associates. You are working extra hard to get Hunter Taylor and your other associate to join you as commissioners. You have reserved political ad space in the Laconia paper, yet you are not up for re-election, Why?

The greatest thing is all the whining you have done is just discrediting you and your associates, so good luck. Hopefully in time you will see morals and ethics are more important and we will be able to work together to show the rest of the state how to make a great county even better.

Now let me tell you why I will make a great commissioner. I let morals, honesty and ethics rule my decisions. I have a surgical background and a understanding of medical codes and billing. I have administrative experience in a hospital and medical school. I cannot only help secure our nursing home for now and the future, but also create a nursing home for the future that continues to be prosperous as our elderly are a valuable part of this county and state.

I have a vast amount of small-business experience. I have started, expanded and sold a vast variety of businesses. A surgical company. A trucking company. A fitness franchise. An exotic car dealership/repair shop. I was the president of a nursing/allied health school. I have overseen companies with as few as six employees to as many as 350 employees.

I am a longtime Alton resident, married, with two teenage boys who were raised and schooled right here in Alton. I have helped with many activities in our community like baseball, soccer, fishing and basketball. I also believe we should help the inmates in our correction center so they can become a productive part of our community and society. We can do this by embracing the programs available and find a responsible way to pay for them without taxing the people of Belknap County.

Jonathan Smolin
Candidate for Belknap County Commissioner


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We are celebrating taking another step in growth of Gunstock

To The Daily Sun,

I was privileged to give an address at the grand opening of Gunstock's new Mountain Coaster. Gunstock is owned by Belknap County and is managed for the county by the Gunstock Commission. I would like to share my address with the citizens of the county:

"Ten years ago it became evident to the commission that we needed to have income that is not snow-dependent in order to survive the years of little snow (like this last one). Then, we had just had such a year. Money was short. We had long since ceased taking a subsidy from county tax funds, we did not want to start that again; we didn't and we do not take such a subsidy now.

To bring in more revenue, the commission examined ways to enhance the Gunstock recreation area, make it a true summer tourist attraction as well as a summer recreation area for the citizens of the county. We also wanted to make it a still more powerful economic engine for the county. What you see here with the Mountain Coaster is another step in the process of achieving these goals.

The process started with the ZIP line and the Adventure Park, both of which met their objectives. Many other smaller-scale attractions were added and two years ago, we embarked on planning for the Mountain Coaster. And now it is here and I can tell you, having ridden it twice, it is spectacular .... and a lot of fun.

We want to thank the (Belnap) County Delegation. They supported us throughout the project. But most of the credit and thanks are due to Gunstock's employees, the senior management team and the leadership of the general manager, Greg Goddard. Not only did Gunstock personnel oversee the contractors, a lot of the work was done by Gunstock employees. And the contractors did an excellent job of producing and installing a superior product. The teamwork of all the participants was outstanding.

We are celebrating taking another step in the growth of Gunstock into an outstanding multiseason recreation area. We are not only helping the economy with jobs, we are also enhancing the tourist economy on which the county depends. Gunstock is both a recreation area for its citizens, and also an economic engine for the area. We intend to keep it that way and to continue enhancing it."

John C. Morgenstern, Chairman

Gunstock Area Commission

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