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Too many people got burned for LaconiaFest to return next year

To The Daily Sun,
It's a shame that things worked out so poorly for this premier event (LaconiaFest). Looks like the city will take a bath, as well as everyone else involved. Too ambitious an event for a first-time thing.

The promoters are obviously amateurs who misread their audience and draw. I've read the promoters said up to 30,000 might attend some shows. What a laugh. Now they say the city overstaffed and cost them too much.

Poor planning, the wrong people in charge, some bad weather, competition from Meadowbrook down the road, and a generally disinterested crowd spelled disaster.

I don't see it coming back next year. Too many got burned, including advance ticket buyers (me included) who went and found out they were practically giving away tickets. Very disappointing.

Martin Legg
Belmont

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Mass. can't be allowed to ruin N.H. in the name of carbon credits

To The Daily Sun,

What if it were all true? What if everything Iberdrola Renewables says is true?

What if wind energy is all I need? What if the joys of everlasting free energy is the answer?

Have you ever stopped to wonder, "What if it's all true?" What do I mean by that? Well, I'm talking about everything that Iberdrola has said. I've heard it, I've read it, and for some time I've even thought about it. Since 2012, I've been thinking about it a lot — it's a thought that will not leave me. One could say it consumes me. I know it's "present in thought" to me and many others too, because we can't come to grips with it.

What does it really mean, if it's all true? This much I know: If it is (and it's not), then I can never doubt anything again. Everything about me is forever changed. I cannot speak out against anything ever again. Now, whoa, wait a minute, that's a pretty strong statement. That's right, it is. You see, I've come to understand that we've all spent our lives hedging our bets. What do I mean by that? Well, I want to believe that everything people say is true — but I know better and so do you.

When I look back at statements Iberdrola representatives have made (2012: Ed Cherian's "if the community does not want us here, we will leave"). I hedge my bet that they are not to be trusted because they haven't left yet, even after every town has legally voted against additional wind development. Iberdrola chose their one Captain "Ed Cherian" to launch their endeavor and even though Ed has been pushed aside, Iberdrola still needs to honor his promises to our community. After all, he was their spokesperson running around these foothills bearing gifts.

This is all about today and all of our tomorrows.

We are residents, vacationers, young, old, single, married, with or without children. Each of us has our own views. Each of us has our own life adventures. And each of us continues to live and vacation here because it's a special place. But I am hedging my bet that almost all of you are angry. Angry that this hasn't been over and done with. In the end it comes down to a choice, an individual choice, and we've all voted and done our part.

Now it's time for our elected officials to prevent any firm from bidding on new energy contracts in our community — retro'd back in time to when each town voted against them. It's only fair, right?

Massachusetts should not be allowed to ruin New Hampshire lands in the name of outsourcing their carbon credits. That's what this is about. Remember, New Hampshire has been a net exporter of electricity for decades. We don't need more electricity.

Ray Cunningham
Bridgewater

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