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Stay strong City Council; there is no need to override the tax cap

To The Daily Sun,

While living on Long Island, in New York for many years, and now being here in Laconia for 20 years, I continue to be interested in the issues of the Laconia School Board.

In New York, I served on the school board for several years, as president, and then took the position in administration as the business official. I was involved in negotiating all of the district's union contracts. The most difficult and contentious was always the teachers' contract. Their position never changed ... always that other districts paid more, and we were going to lose so many good teachers if we didn't honor their requests. The children would be hurt because the teachers weren't appreciated. No matter what we offered, it was never enough.

We, too, had budget limitations. We, too, had taxpayers that would be stressed to pay those increases. Trying to be fair to all was a challenge, but in not giving in to all the drama, we still never lost any teachers, and the children were fine.

Teachers have some of the best benefits in any workforce. They also have a countrywide, strong union that manages to keep tenure in all the contracts, most without any performance clauses. Most school districts still have "steps" in their contracts, which give rewards for staying on the job. Medical and retirement benefits, even if a contribution is made by the staff, are more generous than most companies can afford. And, they work 180 a year.

Stay strong, City Council. There is no need to override the tax cap. Keep the contracts within the budget. Even if you get money from the state, it is a dangerous trade-off, as salary raises will continue to be demanded, and the state will never keep up.

Marge Linn
Laconia

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Trump has broken no less than 34 promises; look it up

To The Daily Sun,

I have literally crafted at least four letters to the editor in these past few weeks. Each time I think I've written enough valid critiques of what is coming out of the White House on a daily basis, I have to take pause and say, "He didn't just say that, did he?'"

His constant superlatives are mindboggling. One might say with great accuracy that if we continue to shake our heads (as a negative response) we just might be in grave danger of suffering severe brain damage.

Here are some of his more memorable quotes:

1. "My IQ is one of the highest — and you know it" (Yet he continues to butcher the English language).

2. "The beauty of me is that I'm very rich" (But still refuses to release his tax returns so we as Americans are able to see if it's all a great big lie).

3. "Watched the protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote?" (They did — that's why you lost the popular vote by more than three million votes).

4. "I thought that being president would be easier than my old life." (Proof yet again that Trump is unqualified and unprepared to hold the highest office in the land).

5. "I have an attention span that's as long as it has to be." (He proves to us every day that he's not capable of elaborating or expounding on his almost daily tweet storm or continue to barrage us with unsubstantiated, unprofessional, unorganized, obtrusive word pollution).

6. "We have to straighten out our country; we have to make our country great again, and we need energy and enthusiasm." (When, when, when? That's why all Trump has done in over 100 days in office is sign an inordinate amount of executive orders without having ONE single piece of legislation pass in both the House and the Senate).

Let's also remember that Trump made many promises, which he said would be implemented in his FIRST day in office. Well, let's look at this one carefully. Trump has broken no less than 34 of these promises. Don't believe me? It is exceedingly easy to do an internet search on this one. Each and every one of the "promises" not fulfilled is listed for all to view.

It's obvious and very troubling to know that the president and his staff are '"learning on the job." During this "learning period" they continue to put Americans at risk and great peril because of their ineptitude.

Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

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