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County commissioners just seem intent on raising our taxes

To The Daily Sun,

The Belknap County Commissioners claim it may stop construction of the county prison if a supplemental budget request of $229,500 is not approved. They then state that they will spend $34,500 per month to send prisoners to other counties. If they were to do that, within seven months they will have incurred more expense than their supplemental budget request. Where are those funds suddenly available?

The delegation has authorized them to relocate funds which they apparently can find to relocate prisoners but not too open a new facility.
It would appear the current county commissioners are simply looking to raise taxes rather than manage the County reasonably. Also note that the prior budget had over a million dollars of unspent appropriations. Is there similar fluff in the current budget that the commissioners could utilize?

A final question, if the prison population hasn't increased, why are additional correctional officers need? Is the new facility built to operate less efficiently than the old prison? Are the additional officers are reducing the workloads of the current staff? Will the additional officers be performing tasks not currently performed and maybe not mandatory.

Many questions arise but stopping construction​ the new prison facility doesn't seem to be an appropriate answer. It's time for the county administrator and commissioners to put on their thinking caps and find a solution that fits the approved budget.

Alan Doyon
Meredith

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We had 8 wonderful years of an intelligent president, now this

To The Daily Sun,

The Trump Administration’s ties to Russia become more obvious — and insidious — with each passing day. When this type of collusion happens in other countries, those on the right are furious. One has to wonder — why ARE those on the right continuing to aid and abet the Trump Administration? Where is their righteous anger now? It’s sad to say, but it seems that they have retreated to their collective "bunkers" hoping against hope that they too will not be singled out as not just supporters of this very dysfunctional family, but also colluders and conspirers!

Chris Wallace, Fox News commentator said, “This really shouldn’t be a matter of liberal vs. conservative, pro-Trump vs. anti-Trump. If you’re a fair-minded citizen, you ought to be concerned about the fact that we were repeatedly misled about what this meeting concerned.”

With each passing day we are credible witness to the fact that Russia does not want what’s best for this country. The constant lies, cover-ups and amending of security forms of contact information with foreign powers is very troubling. President Trump, his cabinet, his administration and almost all of the GOP/Tea Party members of Congress are actively working against the interests of America.

We had eight wonderful years of an intelligent president willing to confront all situations, assess these situations, consult his cabinet and administration, come to a levelheaded conclusion, and then in turn inform Americans and the world at large on how he was going to address these issues. On almost all occasions of consequence he would take his concerns to Congress and in turn ask for their input and suggestions.

Now we have in President Trump a pathetic scenario where so many are still clinging to an illusion that could very well kill or harm millions of innocent people. We have the makings of a very volatile and dangerous mix. Trump’s tweets and comments continue to add more incendiary fuel to an already simmering blaze that’s ready to reignite at a moment’s notice. Trump continues to ignore or denigrate the seventeen intel agencies (and yes there are indeed seventeen) who ALL concur that Russia did in point of fact hack into our Presidential election. In the case of the Russia investigation, there is no evidence of disagreement among members of the intelligence community.

Recently Neil Cavuto, the conservative commentator is quoted as saying, “Mr. President, it’s not the "fake news media" that’s your problem. It’s not just your tweeting — it’s your scapegoating. It’s your refusal to see that sometimes you’re the one who feeding your own beast — and acting beastly with your own guys.”

Will this country be able to recover? It is incumbent on us to ask members of Congress this very important question: What did the president know and when did he know it?

Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

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