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I am a conservative Republican but this is one case where extra funding was necessary

To The Daily Sun,

As members of the Christian Motorcycle Association, my wife and I sometimes volunteer at the Belknap County Jail to put on Bible studies. In the past, we did this in a small room with many interruptions and distractions. It was difficult to keep the attention of the inmates with people walking through our study.

With the new addition to the jail, things are much better. I see a positive change in the attitude of the inmates. We have a classroom for our Bible study. There are inmates who are excited and hopeful of their chances of staying clean and sober. They are going to AA and NA meetings, Bible studies and attending the CORE program. There are people from Navigating Recovery who help them when they leave. There are volunteers teaching the Twelve Steps and there are inmates who are working with their fellow inmates to carry the message. I believe we will see a big improvement in the recidivism rate. This was not possible without the improvements to the jail and the addition of necessary personnel to staff it.

As a conservative Republican, I believe in lower taxes and smaller government. This is one case where the extra funding was necessary. Lives are being and changed and saved. There is hope. Taxes will go down in the long run as a result of these improvements.

I would like to express my thanks to The Belknap County Commissioners, David DeVoy, Glen Waring and Hunter Taylor, and Corrections Superintendent Keith Gray for their continued efforts to get the necessary funding for the new jail when it appeared that the funding was going to be denied.

George Feeney

 Alton Bay

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Ashland Community Meal is dropping to once on month starting in February

To The Daily Sun,

Over the past several months, the participation at Food For All, the weekly community meal at the Booster Club in Ashland has declined significantly compared to what it had been in previous years. In fact, for the last two weeks, there almost seemed to be more volunteers in the kitchen than there were guests in the dining room. After giving it a fair amount of consideration and discussion, the staff and volunteers have discerned that perhaps our efforts are no longer meeting any particular need or desire in the greater community. As a result, we have decided to reduce the frequency of the community meal to once a month, to be held on the first Tuesday of each month, starting in February. We will continue to serve a meal on Tuesdays through January and will start the once-a month on the first Tuesday of February. The decision will be revisited in a few months to see if participation increases before considering discontinuing Food For All altogether.

On behalf of the staff and volunteers, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all those who have made this effort a success over the past 25 years. It had been a joy to be able to meet and serve so many people through our efforts. We look forward to seeing more guests on the first Tuesdays of the months ahead!

Elena Worrall

Food For All
New Hampton

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