Oak tree isn’t the problem, it’s the design of the parking lot

To the Daily Sun,

In Meredith some years ago a very large healthy Elm tree in downtown on old Route 3 was apparently an obstruction and its life was ended. Meredith was still awarded Tree City Award (which doesn't require that it save a tree).

In Laconia not long ago in 2009 the Perley Oak was determined to be too old (400 years) and a hazard, people spoke up and the tree's life was saved. Sept. 16, 2009, the Conservation Commission recommended to the City Council the tree be allowed to live out the remainder of its life.

It is reported that Cafua Management intends to remove (not allow to live) what is termed "The Monumental Oak" on Union Avenue at their new construction site next to their Dunkin Donut franchise. Despite Laconia's Planning Board's stipulation on approval of their site plan that "the large oak tree near the northeast corner of the property is a monumental shade tree, and as such shall be protected and maintain(ed) during and after construction." Now wanting to remove it, they are suggesting that it's an obstruction to the exiting of vehicles as well as damaged and an 'professional' arborist should examine it.

As to it being an obstruction to vehicles exiting from their new construction and Dairy Queen, they are the one's that created the situation, with foresight, and lack thereof by the Planning Board. That solution is quite simple: Have vehicle exit on the other side (there is plenty of room (especially if they remove the beanpole sized tree they planted there.)

It will be interesting to learn of the Conservation Commissions concern and recommendation. I found a website which speaks so well of Mr. Mark Cafua. (https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2014/09/17/the-secret-world-dunkin-donuts-franchise-kings/pb2UmxauJrZv08wcBig6CO/story.html) Perhaps it can be added that in the accumulation of his land holdings which are so dear to him he exhibited concern for more than (the) properties' commercial value and cared for and maintained the health of a tree.

One tree out of an estimated 3 trillion which now stand on Earth. With a loss of about 15 billion each year.

"Trees" by Joyce Kilmer, "I think I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree - - - . Perhaps in another 200 years, another professional arborist shall testify as did another and win, ending the "Monumental Oak" on Union Avenue.

G.W. Brooks


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Welfare for illegal immigrants takes away from citizens who need it

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Bernadette Loesch needs to take her head out of the sand. Illegal immigrants do get welfare benefits and children of illegals get public educations as well as food plan assistance. It happens all the time and takes away valuable resources that could be used to help citizens in need of assistance.

The president's own Aunt Zeituni is an illegal immigrant having overstayed her visa. She lives in public housing in Boston and collects welfare. She even has the gall to be interviewed, saying the United States owed her and she deserved more welfare benefits. Enough said.

Alan Doyon


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It’s time to end this budget stalemate created by our governor

To the Daily Sun,

I am writing to the good citizens of the Belknap County area to pledge my support to override the governor's veto on Sept. 16 of our state budget approved by both the House of Representatives and State Senate in June of this year.

A recent letter by my very knowledgeable colleague Rep. Peter J. Spanos of Laconia clearly outlines the wisdom of an over ride vote. Our governor for almost four long years continues to stand in the way of an economic recovery for the citizens of New Hampshire. Lots of talk seems to be the strategy in positioning oneself for higher office in the world of politics.

Folks, it is time to contact both your Republican and Democratic representatives statewide and let them know it is time to put a stop to this divisive stalemate created by our governor. It is hurting our citizens.

Increased funding for our citizens in social areas, and clear common sense policy for business growth are included in this budget. Our economy is beginning to show signs of relief and stabilization as state revenues begin to carefully rise.

It is time to move forward with the budget plan with bipartisan support.

State Rep. Brian Gallagher


Ways & Means Committee

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Kentucky clerk failed to fulfill her concract; she should be fired

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A clerk in Kentucky recently refused marriage licenses to people who are gay. This is wrong and illegal. The Supreme Court of the U.S. says gays have the right to be married. Religious conscience or not, this clerk broke the law, and should be fired. A Muslim airline stewardess refuses to serve alcohol, per her religion. While there was accommodation for the Muslim refusing to drink among some co-workers, one employee disagreed. One must be capable of performing the job requirements. Rightfully she was fired.

One who accepts a government agency position, or assumes the responsibility of a job, there is a contractual obligation to fulfill that job requirement. If one cannot do this, they need to seek work elsewhere. Once this person leaves work, they can then resume their personal lives, or their partner at home. Jobs should not have to accommodate workers based on religion, unless it is an employment with said religion (i.e.: rabbis, priests, ministers, etc.). One church had an excellent gay bishop, a testament to accepting all human beings.

Reasonable accommodations can be made for disabled people. Hearing impaired may not be able to manage jobs requiring audio sensitive abilities, such as transportation or security. They can do other skilled type professions with use of a captioned phone. Being physically disabled, one should not expect to do construction like activities where an incident could endanger other employees.

Negative impact on public health and safety from gays does not exist. Any couple or person should be able to enjoy their private moments at home, be they homosexual or heterosexual. Gay folks are just as human as any heterosexual folks. They just enjoy the same sex partner as their significant other. Homosexuality is not a sin, but a natural process. There appears to be some scientific evidence that gays and lesbians actually genetically composed.

Homophobic Ms. Davis has been married four times (!!!) and divorced three times, yet she denies this commitment to others? One might wonder what their God thinks of that! She's a fanatical hypocrite with inconsistent beliefs that don't have much to do with Christianity, let alone loving or accepting another human being. In addition, one might add that Ms. Davis' stance could be compared to a pacifist (Quaker, perhaps) who had accepted a position with the Draft Board but refused to induct people in time of war because it's against his or her belief system. Could Ms. Davis be performing a serial form of polygamy? Perhaps one could consider that marriage should be religious based and not government controlled. Religion must remain separate from the government. All citizens must be treated equally, regardless, of their marital status.

Discrimination and chastising violates the very core of the Christian faith, and is a serious waste of energy and emotions. More serious issues face this planet today. Climate change, ISIS, gun issues, diseases, the economy and many more; these issues impact seriously on our way of life than two people who are gay, or people who enjoy their cocktail responsibly. A blood donor's race, creed, and sexual orientation may be not known when one receives blood, or a life-saving transplant. All of us are a heart beat closer to our lives coming to an end. Gays have the rights to enjoy the benefits of our Constitution, as per the U.S. Supreme Court, to the pursuit of life, liberty, health, and property, as well as the amendments that make up this wonderful document.

There is a golden rule, love one another as you would have them love you. This applies to everyone.

Robert T. Joseph Jr.

New Hampton

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Possible Biden run screams of panic mode for Democratic Party

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The biggest surprise in politics today isn't Trump's triumphs or Sanders' screaming crowds. It is the possibility, getting ever brighter, (that) Joe Biden might announce his candidacy soon. The air has been leaking slowly out of the Hillary bandwagon for several weeks. Concerns about her private email server have grown ever more intense. The FBI now has her under investigation, while her stories and answers get ever more contrived. But don't be surprised to see her rise from the dead. Hillary (and Bill) have had more death-defying escapes from sure death than Harry Houdini. She has been seen leaving countless crime scenes, but no finger prints or DNA, yet. But that's the current fear, DNA will be found.

That Joe Biden is seriously considering jumping in to the presidential race at this late point with literally no election apparatus and few committed donors suggests something has grown rotten in the bowels of the Democratic Party. One thing is certain. Joe's candidacy can't been spun even by magicians as any plus for the Democratic Party. It signals a high degree of sheer panic. The about-to-be-anointed queen's armor has been discovered to have a e-mail hole in it.

Some thoughts on Joe.

Hillary and Joe are paper thin in their policy differences within the Obama administration. The only way Joe Biden can cut into Hillary's lead is to attack her personally which neither Sanders or O'Malley has been willing to do. Why? If Hillary prevails they will both be express-shuttled to the Siberian waste land of the Democratic Party, never to be heard from again. Attacking Hillary where she is "soft belly weak" is like attacking a grizzly where they might be weak. It's dangerous work. The Clintons are as powerful people as exist in politics today. They make Trump look like an altar boy. They know who their friends are, more importantly, who their enemies are. They don't forget either.

Biden will be risking his reputation and political future. Should he lose, that makes him a three-time loser. The game will turn dirty and quickly if he really has any hope to win. Everything about a Joe Biden run helps the Republicans politically. For him to prevail he will need to be ruthless and vicious in his attacks on the Democrats' brightest star. If he isn't wiling to do that, he might as well head to the "Shady Rest" retirement home.

Even better, it puts Obama between a rock and a hard place having his two lieutenants running. Who will he support? He already gave Hillary a back hander in the chops. Obama said, "picking Joe Biden was the best political decision he ever made." That means Hillary can't be anything better than his "second best decision," but he didn't say that either.

Joe Biden has run for president twice. Once in 1988 and again in 2008. Both runs were truly unforgettable. Not because he won many votes. In 1988 Biden dropped out after it was discovered he had appropriated British Labor leader Neil Kinnock's life story as his own during a speech at the Iowa State Fair. That discovery led to other admissions and misappropriations, including plagiarism. Joe said he had graduated in the top 50 percent of his law school class. That too was found to be another untruth. In 2008 Biden dropped out of the race after failing to win less than 1 percent of the vote in Iowa caucuses. Talk about going to your "A" team, Biden isn't it. No question, Joe hopes Elizabeth Warren would brighten his ticket. Without her, Joe Biden will be a laughingstock. The only real debate would be whether he or Rick Perry have the closest IQ to a 60 watt light bulb. Open mouth, insert foot. Joe has that instruction down well.

To put Joe's potential candidacy in perspective. Republican Rick Santorum, who didn't even make the GOP top 10 cut for the debate in early August, has won more primaries than old Joe. If that doesn't scream panic for Democrats, nothing does.

Tony Boutin

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