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LRCS can't be successful without partnerships in the community

To The Daily Sun,

I want to thank the members of Temple B'nai Israel for again sponsoring a musical night to remember and one to benefit Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS). On Saturday, Oct. 18, the Freese Brothers Big Band, a 19-piece orchestra, will be performing the timeless music of swing and jazz legends and contemporary sounds at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

Members of Temple B'nai Israel found a connection with LRCS and our mission to support independence for the individuals we serve who experience disabilities. Members of the Temple's WE CARE program committee discovered a natural affinity to supporting an organization that gives people the tools, resources, and skills they need to promote independence, whatever that may look like for the person.

As the leader of LRCS, I know we could not be successful without partnerships like this in the community. The following quote by Helen Keller seems to sum it up: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." I hope that you will join us to dance the night away, listen to wonderful music, come together with family and friends and enjoy.

For tickets please go to www.tbinh.org. Thank you.

Christine L. Santaniello

Executive Director, LRCS

Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:45

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Pres. Obama impressed me from the first time I heard him speak

To The Daily Sun,

I voted for President Obama because he was and still is the better person and candidate. I did vote for McCain against Bush in that primary but after McCain gave up I went with Gore and then Kerry.

Obama impressed me the first time I heard him speak, and so I stuck with him. It was an easy choice especially against the McCain­-Palin and Romney­-Ryan ticket. The only people I could understand voting for Romney would be those who really didn't care at all about any social issue and were out for themselves only. Romney is a Vulture Capitalist who makes some of his money by picking the pockets of those he puts out of work or helps put out of business.

Yes, sometimes he does help companies thrive, but just ask those workers whose companies Romney and Bain couldn't help and have failed. What happens to them when they are out of work. Romney and Bain walked away with all the company assets, including the pensions of the workers.

So after eight years of Bush-Cheney, I enjoyed the optimistic attitude of Obama more than taking a chance at the Romney roulette wheel. Also, for eight years the majority of the American voters did too. The sad part was his election brought out the worse side of a lot of people. But what was really depressing was the uniting of the GOP against him from day one trying to make him a one-term president. It didn't work out that way, but I guess the Congress can say they did do something the past seven years.

Jon Hoyt

Plymouth

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:42

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To suggest Sen. Odell will fairly represent public interest is crazy

To The Daily Sun,

When SB-99 mandated a full review of the makeup of the State Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) which is responsible for siting large energy projects, including wind farms, I was skeptical that any meaningful changes would occur. I was pleasantly surprised with the proposed revisions to the SEC, which included revising the committee makeup, funding the committee, adding a staff administrator and requiring that siting guidelines be developed.

When SB-245 added the requirement that two members of the public, appointed by the governor, be added to the SEC so that there would be greater "public involvement" of those who ultimately will live with the decisions of the SEC, I was hopeful that New Hampshire was actually going to put in place a fair evaluation process.

Now I find out that the first "public member" of the SEC that Gov. Hassan has recommended to the Executive Council is state Sen. Bob Odell, formerly of Lempster. Lempster is the home of the first major wind farm in New Hampshire and Odell, who was a major promoter of the project, was openly dismissive of scenic concerns raised by homeowners.

To suggest that Senator Odell will fairly represent the public interest in the siting of wind farms is ludicrous.

So now we know that the SEC revision process was really a charade. We put lipstick on the pig but it's still a pig. Only now when the SEC approves a wind farm on New Hampshire's mountain ridges, destroying their scenic beauty and driving tourists to Maine and Vermont, so that Connecticut and Massachusetts can benefit from New Hampshire's excess electrical power, they can say we got "public input" before we approved the project.

Art Cote

Plymouth

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:40

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Let me explain why Senator Andrew Hosmer will get my vote

To The Daily Sun,

I'm a lifelong Republican and I support state Sen. Andrew Hosmer. I know this is considered traitorous within the New Hampshire GOP, but Andrew is the best suited candidate to represent District 7 and the people who live here.

I've known Andrew for almost 20 years. We've had many spirited debates over the years, and it's fair to say there are a number of issues we don't agree on. What I've come to appreciate about Andrew is he's willing to listen to my opinions, challenge them and offer a thoughtful response to them. His demeanor and willingness to listen are traits I value in elected leaders.

As a new father, my wife and I are concerned about education, affordable health care and New Hampshire's economy. These issues are important to Andrew as well. Unfortunately these issues often fall victim to partisan politics. Andrew has earned a reputation for working with Republicans and Democrats in crafting solutions to complex problems. If we want to preserve our New Hampshire Advantage we must support people who are reasonable and committed to problem-solving through collaboration. That's why Andrew Hosmer gets my vote.

Jason Robinson

Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:37

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Top 1% 'boats' have been rising just fine. What about the rest of us?

To The Daily Sun,

In Carroll County District 4 (Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Sandwich) we have a choice for State Representative.

Glenn Cordelli, running for State Representative, is against Common Core _ standards for our schools developed by the states, not the federal government, as falsely repeated by Glenn Cordelli — to prepare our students for the future job market.

Mr. Cordelli voted against Medicaid expansion — denying our poorest citizens health care. He voted against the buffer zone for women's clinics. Mr. Cordelli is against raising the minimum wage. Mr. Cordelli did not vote for the Fair Pay Act — equal pay for equal work.

During a forum in Sandwich, he used the phrase "a rising tide lifts all boats" in talking against the minimum wage. During the last 20 years, the top 1 percent of the "boats" has been raised significantly, but for the middle class and working people wages have stagnated.

Glenn Cordelli's experience is as an information technology person working for 30 years in county government in New York. As in the Documentary on the Roosevelts — both progressives, one Republican, one Democrat, government can be an agent for change and a help to the middle class and working people. We seem to be sliding to oligarchy in the same way the robber baron's controlled the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

If you want representatives in the Legislature who will fight for you and your economic well being, who will work to raise the standards for our schools, who will make sure we have a healthy population, who will protect women's health, who will raise the minimum wage, and who believe in equal pay for equal work — vote for Nick Vazzana and Ken Hill for State Representative in District 4.

John Morrissey
Moultonborough

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:35

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