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Fairpoint now determines when they raise rates & my how much

To The Daily Sun,

Since May 2013 the FairPoint monthly measured service rate has increased by 30 percent and the unlimited local service rate has increased by 70 percent. Wow! What a great piece of legislation the Senate passed in 2013, taking the control of rate increases out of the hands of the Public Utilities Commission (amendment to HB-542 regarding the deregulation of telephone rates and service). FairPoint now determines when, and how much they will raise rates for their customers.

How can these rate increases be justified when seniors only received a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in monthly Social Security benefits and many others in the private sector received no COLA increase at all?

How did your legislators (House and Senate) vote on this unfair legislation allowing these unfair rate increases?

Bill Whalen
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:15

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Where's evidence of Republicans concern over folks at bottom

To The Daily Sun,

I wrote a letter a while ago responding to letter writer Tony Boutin's so-called facts that he used to claim that people choose to stay poor and dependent on programs offered by state and federal government.

I asked for specific examples of what Republicans have done for those who are classified as the lower class. How has the GOP proposed to get this segment of our population out of the vicious cycle of poverty? Actual proposals, instead of the usual vague platitudes, would be greatly appreciated.

Since Mr. Boutin never responded I wonder: Does he need more time? Is he still doing research? Or did has he decided to ignore the topic which you broached in the first place and just move on to another talking point?

Could it be that Republicans on any level haven't implemented many laws or programs to serve this segment of our population? Could it be that many programs and laws enacted by Democrats have, in point of fact, been watered down by the GOP, or just blindly opposed and obstructed because they were Democratic ideas? Could it be that through the actions (or inaction) of the GOP programs and laws have been defunded or just wiped out?

I won't hold my breath waiting for a detailed report of facts and figures. This winter's snow banks will be long gone before we see evidence of Republican concern for those on the bottom rungs, or of any attempts to help them climb up the ladder to a much better standard of living, right?.

Bernadette Loesch

Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:13

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Car title loan guys enjoy loophole you can drive 300% through

To The Daily Sun,

I was shocked to learn that New Hampshire's 36 percent annual interest rate cap on small loans contains an exception you could drive a car through — an exception that allows so-called "car title lenders" to charge interest up to 300 percent per year on loans secured by the borrower's vehicle.

The car title loan industry says it serves people who have "nowhere else to go" in an emergency. What these loans really do is delay the emergency, leaving people worse off than they were in the first place. Some borrowers will end up in our town welfare offices, seeking assistance funded by our property tax dollars. The Local Welfare Administrator's Association supports reducing the maximum interest rate on these loans. The borrower may sign the contract for 300 percent interest, but we all will end up paying.

HB-562, recently passed by the New Hampshire House with broad bipartisan support, would restore a reasonable rate cap on car title loans.

I ask our state Senators to pass this common-sense bill. I also ask that we all contact our state Senators to let them know we want them to vote in favor of this bill. You can find your senator at the following link: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/members/senate_roster.aspx

Kim Norwood
Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:10

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Sure Sen. Shaheen wants a pledge, she's already raised millions

To The Daily Sun,

I do not know if Senator Shaheen thinks I am stupid or what. She wants Senator Brown to sign a pledge to limit outside money in the race for the Senate.

She is the incumbent and has been collecting money for a long time. He is not even in the race yet, so has to start collecting money. She already has a lot of outside money.

Please Senator Shaheen, do not take me for a fool, nor Senator Brown.

Linda Riley

Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:07

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Next Interlakes Caregivers volunteer training is set for April 9

To The Daily Sun,

Interlakes Community Caregivers needs your help.

You hear about the graying of America, you know of people who are coping with an aging parent, and you read about the demographics of the region. But maybe the reality hasn't ever really struck you. If not, it probably will, as we all need some help at some point in our lives.

Interlakes Community Caregivers Inc. provides non-medical supportive services and information for our neighbors to assist them in their daily lives. Our organization is involved in helping people remain independent in their own homes. We refer to those we serve as "neighbors" as we work from the premise of "neighbors helping neighbors." Although our services are available to those of any age in the communities of Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough and Sandwich, nearly half our neighbors are 80 years of age or older. The number of neighbors is more than three times the number of current volunteers, and the demand for services is increasing.

That's where you come in. We need volunteers in many areas, and particularly need help with the following:

— Drivers to take our neighbors to medical appointments, shopping, etc.

— Coordinators to match service requests with available volunteers.

— Volunteers to run errands or pick-up items to deliver to our neighbors.

— Volunteers to provide friendly visits and check-in calls.

— Office volunteers to help with administrative tasks.

If you have time and are committed to making a difference in the community, please visit our website at www.interlakescommunitycargivers.org, e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 253-9275, ext. 4. Our next Volunteer Education Training session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9. If you are interested, please contact me today so we can provide you the training materials in advance.

Any assistance you can give us will be greatly appreciated: please, don't hesitate to respond because you think you don't have enough time as you may volunteer when it fits your schedule.

Anne W. Sprague, Executive Director

Interlakes Community Caregivers

Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:03

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