To The Daily Sun,
I have only one political sign on my yard this year unlike other election years when I have had up to 10. This year, I could have chosen signs for other candidates, but have decided to put up only one to introduce a new worthwhile individual, Tom Dawson, who is running for the State House of Representative.
It is hard to get your voice over the cacophony of an election period, but that is what we need to do to bring an introduction of Tom Dawson to voters in Laconia. Tom's history in public service is well documented, but what may not be apparent is his commitment to action and solving problems. Once he decided to run for office, he sprung into action and has organized a strong grass roots campaign, knocking on doors, listening to constituents — when involved, he gets active and does the work needed to get the job done. This is the type of "community representative" we need in the Statehouse.
There are lots of candidates running for state representatives in this year's campaign, but don't miss Tom because he is new. We all can benefit from new approaches, new energies, new skill sets and a new way of working with others. Tom's past experience on the School Board, as the State Fire Marshal, and as a professor at our local Lakes Region Community College make him well qualified to represent us in Concord.
Elizabeth "Liz" Merry
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
Sometimes newspaper reporting isn't always accurate or is incomplete.
Three weeks ago at a City Council meeting, the discussion was on a resolution for the Planning Board to examine zoning laws regarding a decision to deny a merchant a change in his business use. In an exchange with Councilor Bownes, who made the statement that the council does not serve for one individual and the resolution shouldn't be considered, I countered with the remark that he was wrong. We are there for each and every resident. We get phone calls and letters weekly asking for help or information for many different problems they are faced with, and we do our best to take care of them. I did not ask the council to change the decision of the Zoning Board. I asked that the Planning Board hold a public meeting on the matter and whatever their decision, to get back to the council.
In covering the original story, reporter Michael Kitch didn't mention Councilor Bownes' statement, only that I said we are here for one person.
Today, in a related story on the council sending a resolution to the Planning Board to review the entire zoning code for the Weirs section, he again pointed out that I said we are here for one person. That was never said in this meeting. I wonder why it was necessary to slant the story this way?
We all love and read The Daily Sun every day. Moreover, most of us have a tendency to believe what is printed, so when something that is not correct, it does harm.
City Councilor, Ward 4
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:56
To The Daily Sun,
The residents of Carroll County need a highly experienced Register of Deeds to decisively lead and develop an essential online registry of records to fully serve the County. Lisa Scott, the Republican candidate, has the know-how and big-picture perspective as a skilled real estate and probate paralegal to get the job done.
For 30 years she has problem-solved issues for clients by thoroughly researching real estate documents utilizing various systems in all 10 counties of New Hampshire. And as a small-business owner for 25 years, she provided excellent customer service, managed staff and prepared budgets.
I've known Lisa Scott for over 40 years and she consistently works hard, is an active community member, and is a proactive leader. Indeed, she carefully studies situations, listens to different perspectives, is technically savvy and security conscious, and is overall detail-oriented.
As a librarian, I am confident that she would efficiently design an online registry system that would greatly enhance services for the residents of Carroll County and other end-users.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:18
To The Daily Sun,
Both Scott Brown and Frank Guinta talk about repeal and replace. Assuming they have good ideas about health care, what chance do they have of getting them through Congress?
What will happen if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed but not replaced? The negative consequences on many people could be huge. Please consider seniors, young adults, people with documented illnesses, and the millions of people who are now insured because of the ACA.
The ACA, also called Obamacare, has language that protects guaranteed benefits. Nancy Lea Mond, an officer of AARP, has reported "the good news for Medicare recipients is new protections and benefits in the health law that strengthens Medicare and give more coverage." Note that the Part A trust fund is solvent until 2029 instead of 2016. What will repeal mean to seniors?
Consider people who have muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer or heart conditions. If the law is repealed are they insurable or are we back to pre-existing conditions?
The Affordable Care Act can be improved if Congress wants to make it better. Repeal is not the answer. I hope you join me in voting Democratic. I am a senior, a parent, and a grandparent and I am voting the best interests of my family.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:15
To The Daily Sun,
President Obama's pitiful response to the Ebola outbreak supports his ideological objectives but may sacrifice thousands of American lives.
A president who cared about American lives would have quickly acted to stop Ebola from being brought here. Travelers from the regions with Ebola outbreaks wouldn't be allowed into our country.
Homeland Security reports that nearly 500 people from the three countries with the greatest Ebola outbreaks were captured in 2013. Many more probably escaped capture. A caring president would have stopped all illegal border crossings.
The world knows about our open borders. Thousands more people from Ebola stricken regions are certainly coming here. These travelers will likely infect thousands more people along the way, and all will flood our border wanting treatment.
Now some nearly useless, costly, but face-saving screening has begun. Passenger statements are used for screening even though Thomas Duncan, who died, lied about contact with Ebola. Passengers' temperatures are being checked although Thomas Duncan apparently didn't have a raised temperature and common drugs can reduce one's temperature. But screening won't even be done at all U.S. airports that receive international, or even African, passengers.
Illegal alien border-crossers often carry rare (in the U.S.) illnesses. President Obama has moved thousands of illegals around the country without adequate health screenings or notifying the targeted host communities. Illegals create a burden on our schools, hospitals, welfare services, etc., and pose a health threat to our communities.
American children are dying of the enterovirus D68 shortly after the Obama administration distributed inadequately screened illegal aliens around our country. This seems an unlikely co-incidence.
President Obama won't close the border because he sees poor and uneducated people as Democrat voters. President Obama won't take effective steps to stop Ebola because an Ebola crisis will provide an opportunity to spend more money and increase presidential power.
President Obama's actions show that his ideological objectives are a higher priority than protecting Americans.
President Obama is protected by a fawning media. But Americans aren't protected from the diseases this uncaring president lets into our country.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:11