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Proceeds from benefits have allowed us to pay bills & take cruise

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is my attempt to thank every one on behalf of me, Suzanne Taggett, my husband, Mike, and our sons Charles, Andrew, Joshua, Arron and their families for the kindness shown to me by the many people who attended a Lakes Region Ice Racing Club Race on Feb. 15, and a ham and bean dinner, silent auction and raffle hosted by the Wicwas Lake Grange on Feb. 21.

I am very grateful for the caring and support shown to me, and was just floored by the number of people who came to the benefit dinner, many of whom I had never met before.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the many individuals and businesses who willingly donated items that were auctioned or raffled during the dinner that helped raise $3,128. Thanks also goes to members of the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club, the drivers, their fans and race co-sponsor Lou's Custom Exhaust for donating all the proceeds from the race, plus presenting me a check for $2,000.

A special thanks goes out to Garden Island Cleaners who was inadvertently left out of a listing of donors that was previously recognized in a thank you letter published on behalf of the Wicwas Lake Grange 292.

In the days following the race and dinner, we received many cards and notes with more generous donations. The combined proceeds of the benefits and other donations have allowed us to pay off our bills and given Mike and me the chance to enjoy a week-long Caribbean cruise.

I just wanted to let people known that the kindness they have shown have put a smile on my face and taken a financial burden off our backs.

Suzanne Taggett & family

Meredith

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Republicans are wrong to grandstand on behalf of seniors

To The Daily Sun,

Executive Councilor Joe Kenney's recent (March 17) Letter to the Editor states the obvious: all Granite Staters are in favor of the maximal budgetary support for our seniors and nursing homes.

In the budget process, choices must be made. So far, choices at the Statehouse have favored business tax cuts over nursing homes, Department of Transportation jobs, elderly services such as home delivered meals and in-home caregivers, ServiceLink and the continuation of Medicaid expansion, which opened access to health care services to over 37,000 low-income New Hampshire residents. Other potential targets to offset these business tax cuts include the Tilton Veterans Home, the state University System and the State Police.

But as a recent Concord Monitor column pointed out, "there's no reason to believe that ... reducing business taxes will attract and retain businesses." What they go on to say deserves additional emphasis: "(t)here is, however, good reason to believe that making up for lost revenue will require even deeper cuts ... (that will) make the state less, rather than more, attractive to young, well-educated workers and the businesses seeking to hire them."

Businesses looking to relocate to our state look for great schools, safe roads, secure neighborhoods and services for extended family members such as grandparents and the developmentally disabled. These are the resources put at risk by our New Hampshire Legislature.

It's simply wrong to grandstand on behalf of seniors while supporting other budget cuts that will make that support impossible to deliver. Councilor Kenney and state Sen. Jeanie Forrester need to be honest with their constituents about the entirety of the budget package they support.

Kate Miller

Laconia

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