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Did voters understand amendments affected all elected officials?

To The Daily Sun,

Just because the Laconia Mayor, editor/president, owner of the Laconia Daily Sun says it's so, don't make it so. All the Charter Amendments passed by an overwhelming margin. However, did the voters believe it was simple housekeeping to eliminate the non-partisan primary?

How many voters knew, in-depth, that each impacted all elected officials.

ARTICLE II consists of 11 sections. Of the 11, seven amendments were on the municipal ballot. Amendment 1 related to Section 2:03, Amendment 2 related to Section 2:07, Amendments 3 related to Section 2:06, Amendment 4 related to Section 2:06 Amendment 5 related to Section 2:06 Amendment 6 related to Section 2:06 and Amendment 7 related to Section 2:10

Clearly, Amendment 6 "ARTICLE II Section 2:06 to require a minimum number of 35 write-in votes be received to declare any write-in primary candidates as nominated for the municipal election and to declare any write-in regular election candidate as elect for all offices" was the hot topic.

It can never be ascertained that voters we misled by articles printed in The Laconia Daily Sun. As the result of passage of all seven amendments, the Police Commission and School Board are specifically affected:

"All members of the Board of Education shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the Nonpartisan election procedures set forth in Article II of this Charter. (Amended by referendum 11-4-2003, 1,324 yes, 423 no)"

"All members of the Police Commission shall be nominated and elected in accordance With the nonpartisan election procedures set forth in Article II of this Charter. (Amended by referendum 11-4-2003, 1,341 yes, 407 no)"

Even the ward officials are impacted by all of these amendments. All elected official come under Article II and are automatically impacted by the 35 vote minimum.

The amendments were not simple housekeeping. They include a long list of financial implications regarding recounts which disallow taking a picture of a ballot after they become public by the opening of all sealed ballots. The Right-to-Know protects all ballots cast and counted but fails to exempt unidentifiable ballots during a recount. Once members of the recount committee view all the ballots they are a public record.

What happen to wards that ran out of municipal ballots?

Thomas A. Tardif


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Some N.H. communities are claiming right to self government

To The Daily Sun,

I just exercised my right to vote (Tuesday) and couldn't help wondering if I had wasted my time. It is very easy to get discouraged with those that are supposed to represent us. It seems they just keep going behind our backs doing favors for corporate lobbyists that are paid to spend their time pushing for more regulations that are supposedly meant to protect you and me. I feel the only ones we need protecting from are the corporate lobbyists. Their regulations are not protecting us. Corporate crafted regulations legalize any damages to communities, people, and our local ecosystems, while at the same time take away the rights of community members to say "No" to harmful activities.

Our rights are inherent and unalienable (Articles 2 and 4 of the N.H. State Constitution) — we have them because we were born, not because a piece of paper says we have them. The state and federal constitutions were written to limit the power of government, not the power of the people. Who is supposed to decide what power is granted to the government? You and me — We the People!

Consider the first part (Bill of Rights) of our state Constitution, Article 1 says that all government of right originates from the people, and is founded in consent. The power to govern starts with our local governing structure, up to the state, and then to the federal; wherein they govern according to our constitutions, not illegitimate court rulings — at least that is how it should be.

The system has been turned upside down so that corporate power wields federal policy dictating to the states what they can and cannot do, who then in turn dictate to the local government (municipalities) what they can and cannot do, who then in turn dictate to we the people what we can and cannot do. This will not change without communities, made up of people, standing up for the rights we were born with. Exercising the right to local self-government is a first step to take back what has always been ours to begin with.

How do we exercise local self-government? We do so by reforming the old, or establishing a new government (Part first, Article 10 of our state constitution) when the current government denies rights. Alexandria, Barnstead, Barrington, Danbury, Easton, Grafton, Hebron, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sugar Hill, and Thornton are communities in New Hampshire that have begun to exercise their right to local self-government by pursuing a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance (RBO). The RBO protects the health, safety and welfare of residents and their ecosystems, elevates community rights above claimed rights of corporations, and secures the right to exercise local lawmaking free from state pre-emption when the state denies rights.

The people's right of local, community self-government is the right to a system of government within the local community that is controlled by citizens to secure and protect the civil and political rights of every person in the community, and makes real the promise of local control to deny interference by powers that would infringe upon those rights.

If you would like to learn more about your Right to Local, Community Self-Government, please contact Michelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Michelle Sanborn


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