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Let me explain difference between charities & service providers

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to address the recurring issue of local taxpayer money used to support "outside agencies." As Mr. Leandro stated in his letter of Jan. 25, town officials often do not feel taxpayer money should fund "charities." I would like to explain there is a difference between "charities" and "service providers."
Charities such as national organizations for various health organizations like the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Muscular Dystrophy Association and numerous other "charities" raise funds through varied solicitation methods that can be used for research as well as operations. It very well could be that local residents could receive some sort of assistance from these national organizations.

"Service providers" on the other hand are local organizations that provide various forms of direct support to local residents. In the case of my agency, Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Agency, our programs provide local residents assistance with basic life needs such as fuel, food, electricity and housing which the town, by law, is required to provide using local tax dollars. BMCAP accesses local, state and federal resources to provide these basic needs to residents, thereby saving tax dollars.

In the example Mr. Leandro uses about the house next to Mrs. Cooper being in desperate need of repair, the work being done then the bill sent to Mrs. Cooper. If that homeowner were referred to BMCAP, we would use other resources to repair and weatherize that home and return it to the tax rolls, not costing local taxpayers precious tax dollars. That is why a "service provider" actually saves taxpayer money. The funds we request to maintain the operation of our area center so there will be staff to provide this kind of assistance to local residence are far outweighed by the value of services provided to town residents.

Last year, Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Agency provided the residents of Gilford with $332,507; Laconia with $970,516, Belmont $447,345, Gilmanton $96,026, Alton $151,259, Barnstead $173,643, Meredith $679,316, Center Harbor $49,787 and New Hampton $169,245 in basic life services that the towns would otherwise have had to provide. This assistance was paid from resources other than local tax dollars. "Charities" have a totally different function in our society.

I respectfully request that each town approve the funding request in their town budgets and/or warrants to support Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Agency and understand the value of services provided to local residents by "service providers" is well worth the investment compared to the amount we request for support of the local area centers.

Judy Scothorne

Community Services Director

Belkanp-Merrimack Community Action Program
Gilford (resident)

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Do we no longer teach people how not to act when they lose?

To The Daily Sun,

Robert T. Joseph makes an impassioned plea for more tolerance by writers to The Sun. Expecting his comments to fall on fertile ground is like expecting a blizzard in July. Not impossible, but not likely either. America has only two parties. All Americans must have just one of only two opinions at voting time. The possibility of adding an official third choice would be nice. Unfortunately, that is the rare instance where both parties join forces to kill it.

It's frustrating enough to divide the spoils between two entities. A third dilutes the jackpot.
Both parties see government as a bottomless money pit to ply votes with. Voters have wised up. That's why our debt keeps setting new records. They cleverly pit the two against each other in a bidding war. Do I hear an offer of a buck? Do I hear two bucks? Do I hear a chicken in every pot? Do I hear two chickens.? Do I hear two chickens and a free car? The bigger the jackpot, the louder, vindictive, acrimonious and accusatory the letters become. Every dollar increase in the size and generosity of government increases the partisanship and division on an incremental basis.

American government is the largest gold mine on the planet. That much money assures an endless line of hucksters, smooth talkers ( like Obama) , gifted rain makers, and plain old con artists.

Democrats are now filled with outrage, hate and fury. Yes hate, not anger. There is a huge difference. They lost an election every pundit promised was theirs. It's bad enough to lose a closely contested race. Far more psychologically devastating to lose one that you are sure is " in the bag." More humiliating, they lost to a man of Trump's irritating, bragging demeanor and verbosity.

We are now witnessing a lack of unity around a newly elected president unseen in American history. Trump has been more brutally assailed and assaulted in five days by Democrats than Obama was in eight years. No matter that Obama's economy never left first gear. Democrats were silent. The only path that now satisfies and quenches Democrats loss is a tsunami of scorched earth hate and incivility toward Trump.

It is disgusting as an American to witness. Democrats made every decision that cost them the election, including Hillary, and not Bernie. They just can't accept their loss is their fault. It is exactly what every high school athletic coach in America spends a lifetime teaching athletes exactly how not to act when you lose.

Government just moved from total dysfunction under Obama's Democratic presidential leadership to full-blown hate with Democrats out of presidential leadership. The letters to The Sun will become ever more scary, even threatening. Democrats have declared all-out war on Trump, destroying 200 years of traditional ethics and political decorum in America. The same party that invented and taught "political correctness" now rants, raves and lashes out like unhinged lunatics.

It seems now one election loss is excuse and justification to become an American jefk. Looking and acting as politically incorrect as any people ever have.

Tony Boutin

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