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Interlakes Summer Theatre is a hidden gem in the Meredith area

To The Daily Sun,
My wife and I just saw "Dreamgirls" this past weekend, which followed the shows "Ain't Misbehavin" and "All I Ask of You", presented by the Interlakes Summer Theatre. We've seen many shows the past few years and decided to become subscribers.
Interlakes is certainly a hidden gem in the Meredith area. The performers are first rate, the venue is wonderful, and the shows are spectacular. We have attended many shows in various cities, and find the shows at Interlakes to be on an extremely high level. So go buy some tickets and enjoy the show. You won't be disappointed!
Vincent Martino
Braintree, Mass.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:08

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If $42.5M number for a new jail is wrong, give us the right one

To The Daily Sun,
Concerning the article in the July 11 edition of The Laconia Daily Sun, for the sake of clarity I wish to give an alternate explanation to
those offered by the county commissioners for the failure of the proposal for a new jail to gain consensus.
For the commissioners to state that this proposal has been on-going and to ask where the convention has been seems a little disingenuous since the convention and John Q. Public were excluded from the design process which yielded this Colossus.
Secondly, I have not heard any delegate say that nothing should be done. The observation that we have to go back and address steps
which were ignored by the commissioners has been made.
Thirdly, it is circuitous logic to state that there a lot of misinformation out there since the sources of the 42.5 million dollar price tag and for the annual personnel payroll increase of 2.6 million are the commissioners themselves and the experts whom they hired. If there are other numbers which are more accurate, I would like to review those numbers and their source.
To offer the viewpoint that the convention does not give a damn is unprofessional and unjust. The delegates have consistently tried to
walk the line between fiscal responsibility at a time of economic hardship for many and authorizing sufficient monies so that real needs
are met. I am confident that we will continue to do just that.
Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Belknap 5

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:03

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What I would argue is that racism & prejudice are alive & well in U.S.

To The Daily Sun,
Dear Mr. Russ Wiles:
I wasn't going to answer you latest letter to the editor: "You know Zimmerman but bet you've never heard of George Thomas". Oh well, so much for entertaining that thought on my part. I will admit to you that I do not personally know either individual you refer to in your letter. But I will tell you this fact, I know that they were both involved in crimes whether they be the alleged perpetrator or victim.
I will tell you very sincerely that I and many millions of others in this country have been exposed to daily reports of gun violence through reporting from the media whether it be via TV, radio, in print or online. In point of fact we have been deluged with horrors each and every day concerning violence with guns and other weapons.
You are entitled to take the opportunity (as you do quite frequently) to express your comments about current events. You are entitled to your opinions. But sir, you are not entitled to assume what I do or do not know on any particular issue(s).
While I admire Yogi Berra and his unique speaking style and of course his stellar baseball career, I addressed almost all points in your letter concerning George Zimmerman from what I watched each day on TV and read in print from the day that the murder of Trayvon Martin occurred.
I do not write or offer any opinions with "left leaning" arguments or points of view. I have and will continue to look at both sides of every issue, been doing this since my teenage years, to a fault. Because of my background dealing firsthand (I won't bore you with the details) with local, state and federal officials, the court system (right on up to the Supreme Court) and Due Process Rights, let me assure you that before I write a letter to the editor my thoughts are pondered, researched and written in logical cohesive steps.
You query, ... "why would a Maryland teacher, use a "current affairs" lesson plan which compared the killing of Trayvon to the killing a 14 year old black boy, Emmitt Till"....? Why not let the students ask questions and use their critical thinking skills? Other than parents of students, who better than a teacher who is qualified and responsible for the education our children... right?
The very young in this country are being exposed to violence real or perceived each and every day of their lives. It's not a secret discussed in "back rooms", it's "in our face" 24/7... 365 days a year.
What I would argue is that racism and prejudice are alive and well in this country. Sad to say, the color of a person's skin does matter... why? In this day and age for skin color to cloud our opinions be it positive or negative pollutes any logical decisions or outcomes in the legal arena and in our daily lives.
I don't judge you by your admitted conservative views or values. I merely read what you write, then decide whether I will be able to agree or disagree with you.
Bernadette Loesch

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:57

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Has Planning Commission become unaccountable rougue agency?

To The Daily Sun,
On Sunday, July 7, I sent an e-mail to Jerry Coogan, an employee of the Lakes Region Planning Commission. He's the area contact person listed at the Granite State Future (GSF) website. The website says: "For additional information about our next regional plan, please contact Jerry Coogan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 279-8171."
I prefer email because it's so much easier to keep track of information and who says what.
In my e-mail request to Jerry, I asked about the times, locations, agenda, etc. for all upcoming GSF meetings because the calendar at their website was blank for the next six months.
I asked why the GSF meetings were not published in event calendars in all the local papers.
I asked why only five minutes of time is given for a public question period at the end of GSF meetings.
I asked how do citizens get answers to specific questions about GSF.
Since they list an e-mail address at the GSF website, it seems that's an acceptable method to perform communications.
On Monday July 8, I didn't get a reply email.
All during the day on Tuesday July 9, I failed to receive a reply, so I called the above number around 4 p.m. The man who answered the phone said Mr. Coogan was busy and would call me back. It didn't happen that day.
Today, July 10, I failed to get a call or email from Mr. Coogan. Around 4 p.m., I called the Lakes Region Planning Commission office and asked to speak with Mr. Coogan. Once again he was busy. The woman said he'd call me back.
At or about 4:10 p.m. July 10, he called back. I immediately asked him if he'd received my July 7 email. He said he did.
I asked why he hadn't responded, as I'm a citizen who helps pay his salary. Many might not realize that the Lakes Region Planning Commission is a taxpayer-funded entity subject to the same laws as any town, county or state office. In other words, we, the citizens, are their bosses.
Mr. Coogan said he'd be happy to answer my questions on the phone. I declined that offer because it's hard for me to write down everything he would say, and then I'd not have any proof of what he said.
Mr. Coogan was well aware of that because he asked me during the call if I was recording the call. I said no, because believe it or not, New Hampshire is one of the few states in the USA that's a two-party recording state. That means both parties in a conversation must approve of the recording.
Mr. Coogan said I could come in for a face-to-face meeting, but I made it clear that meeting would be recorded. He bristled at that and would not commit to doing it, even though the Belknap County Attorney said he has no choice.
The call ended abruptly with Mr. Coogan not telling me when or under what circumstances he'd answer my current questions and any future ones.
This type of attitude from public servants is unacceptable. Why is Mr. Coogan reluctant to offer written answers to questions? Why is Mr. Coogan reluctant to be taped when a citizen asks questions about a massive planning project? What is Mr. Coogan hiding?
Here's the rub. The only thing I can prove in all of the above is the fact that I sent an e-mail to Mr. Coogan. I'm very sure that in a few days he'll rebut this letter of mine saying I'm not telling the truth.
Guess what? I can't prove what I said because it's illegal for me to record a simple phone call to a government office. Don't you feel that's not right?
The bottom line is the Lakes Region Planning Commission has possibly become a rogue agency that feels it doesn't have to respond to questions. It treats citizens with disdain. It's possible they feel they're above the law.
If you don't believe what I'm saying, I invite you to go with me when I make a visit to their offices with my video camera rolling. That's the advice I received from the Belknap County Attorney. It's a very sad day that one has to do that to protect their rights.
Give me a call and we'll go visit Mr. Coogan.
Tim Carter

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:51

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What summer vacation? Thank you to all our dedicated teachers

To The Daily Sun,
Two posts that I received on Facebook today were ones that I wish every taxpayer and parent would have been privy to, so I hope that you will make them known. Though these were only but two with similar messages that are posted to me frequently from friends and colleagues in the school systems of Gilford and Governor Wentworth, I feel that they are worthy to share.
July 9, 2013: "Going into school to start getting some stuff together for next year. I'll take advantage of the yucky weather!"
And later that day another post read: "Feeling good that I got a lot done at school today. (I) Made 100 Weekend Journals and 25 math assessment booklets, yeah!!!"
We should all applaud the dedication of the educators in our school systems that go above and beyond... nights, weekends, vacations, and summer. Send a teacher a thank you note. It means so very much!
Thank you to all our dedicated teachers,
Paula Dickinson

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 10:23

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