To The Daily Sun,
I took to heart the articles that were published this year on the local economy that focused on the precipitous drop of average household income. There perhaps are some families that have not been impacted, but that only means that others were hit harder.
I also take to heart what we have seen on a statewide level. New Hampshire is one of the worst states now in its treatment of existing businesses or in attracting new ones. Massachusetts even ranks above New Hampshire. I'll spare you my observations, for now, of the national scene.
Then I don't know whether to laugh or cry when every Democrat comes marching home pretending to be the most conservative Reagan Republican that you have ever seen. Don't be fooled. Don't listen to the hype. Do your own homework. Get involved. All elected officials voting records are available for scrutiny if you do a little research.
A good for instance is in our local Meredith-Gilford Belknap County District 2 representative to the state House of Representatives.
Rep. DiMartino tells us she was never for the $42 million expenditure for a new county jail. Her record belies this. She has also been part of the group that has sued the Belknap Convention that would allow the commissioners to continue their free wheeling with taxpayer money. Her record on the state level is no better. Some of the issues where she has voted to raise taxes include, gasoline and home heating oil. New Hampshire utility and heating costs are already among the worst in the nation. She continues to vote for every entitlement expansion. Our health care costs are rising faster than ever, and entitlement fraud/abuse is epidemic. This type of reckless spending has caused the states bond rating to go down.
Representative DiMartino is just one example of the causes and effects that this type of governance has had on us locally and statewide.
I will continue to support strong, proven, fiscally responsible candidates for office. Locally in the Meredith-Gilford District 2 race, George Hurt is one such person. We can depend on him to represent us objectively and fairly. He has proven himself in the past. Now more than ever all citizens need representation that will recognize the limits of government and the need to control spending and right size our governments and its programs. Do your homework, then join me in voting for George Hurt.
David R. Horvath
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:10
To The Daily Sun,
It is a known fact by the fire service that smoke detectors save lives and reduce fire damage. However, according to recent research by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) almost two thirds of all home fire deaths in this country resulted from fires with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Roughly half of all home fire deaths resulted from fires that occurred at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. It is very disconcerting to read the statistics. Fires in residential properties are down from 30 and 40 years ago; primarily due to early detection. Unfortunately just last year the number of fire deaths in one and two family homes increased by 21 percent. If you study fire deaths and home fires the death rate per 1,000 homes has stayed the same for the past 40 years. There are less fires but the death rate has remained the same. One concern is smoke alarms that are no longer effective. Another concern is the rapid fire growth rate caused by modern fire environment. This article will focus on smoke alarms.
It is recommended that any smoke alarm more than 10 years old should be replaced. If you are unsure when you placed the smoke alarm in your home then I recommend replacing it. I write the date inside the alarm and on the battery with a marker to remind myself. It is also extremely important to sleep with the bedroom doors closed. A closed bedroom door can hold back smoke and toxic gases from a fire in another room or lower level.
The fire department suggests you install smoke alarms and follow these instructions:
— Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Preferably mount them on the ceiling about 16 inches away from a wall.
— If possible, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
— Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
— Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don't respond properly.
— Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it and practice with your family how to react to a smoke alarm.
— Finally, we recommend at least one carbon monoxide detector preferably near the bedrooms
I'll write about carbon monoxide alarms and the modern fire environment at a later date.
Chief Ken Erickson
Laconia Fire Department
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:06
To The Daily Sun,
We all know that a good education is essential for the future of New Hampshire's kids as well as for the vitality and the economic future of the state itself. Unfortunately our students graduate from the state's college system with the highest average debt in the country. This means that many of our young people cannot afford the education they need and deserve. More of them are having to go out of state for their learning and for their career. We are losing our younger generation and New Hampshire is left poorer.
One of Laconia's candidates for state representative has seen how vital education is to making our state strong. Tom Dawson has a lifelong record that shows when it comes to our students and schools he walks the walk and doesn't just talk the talk.
Tom Dawson's mother was a lifelong teacher and his father was a teacher and then a school principal. His sister was also a teacher and a principal. Tom knows the value of education from his own life. He worked hard and achieved a doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University. He created a college curriculum in Fire Technology in Delaware and designed and set up the Fire Protection Program at Lakes Region Community College. He taught at LRCC, retiring as a professor. And Tom was elected and served for nine years on the Laconia School Board as well as serving as a substitute teacher in grades 1 through 12 in central New Hampshire public schools.
He also knows budgets and the need to be a steward of taxpayer money. Tom acted as the chief financial officer for the Houston Fire Department and built and oversaw a budget of over $130 million.
Dr. Dawson supports public education and the need to make it top quality, available, and affordable. He knows that for our children it is the first step that can help them build a better life for themselves and their families. He has seen things close-up from the 1st grade to graduate school. He will advocate and work for state support of education at all levels. And he has shown in his career that he is able to do diligent research and then work with others of all viewpoints to come up with real solutions.
Better education benefits all New Hampshire residents: Children, parents, workers, business owners, taxpayers, and retirees. We need representatives in Concord who understand the importance of education and have the background and experience that prove it. That is why I urge Laconia voters to mark their ballots for Thomas William Dawson for state representative.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:04
To The Daily Sun,
I want to go on record as endorsing Lisa Scott for the office of Carroll County Register of Deeds.
Lisa worked effectively for clients as a real estate paralegal in my law firm for more than 30 years, primarily searching real estate titles. She knows why it is important to keep accurate land records and make them accessible to the public. She understands the importance of dealing congenially with the public and is honest, reliable, and willing to work the long hours needed for the position.
Lisa Scott will bring these excellent credentials to the office and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont as well as many years' experience as a small-business owner in Sandwich.
I believe Lisa Scott is the person best qualified to be the next Carroll County Register of Deeds.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:01
To The Daily Sun,
I became acquainted with state Sen. Jeanie Forrester when I first learned of the ill-conceived project, Northern Pass, and contacted her with my concerns. She has fought tirelessly over these past four years for the protection of our property values and the beauty of our state. She has never wavered in her resolve to ensure that the proposed 1,500 steel towers do not litter our beautiful state.
However, her constituent service only begins at protecting the citizens of New Hampshire against the conscience-lacking Northern Pass executives who have tried to buy their way through our state.
Senator Forrester is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and as such, she has tried to keep a watchful eye out for our interests, specifically, a governor who refused to provide records of the spending of her departments until the law required that she turn them over. While projections of revenue were right on target, it was the governor who let us down by overspending upward of $22 million. Because of Sen. Forrester's perseverance, Gov. Hassan has finally admitted she needs to find ways to cut the spending of the departments under her control.
Please join me in voting for Sen. Forrester so she can continue to bring common sense to Concord.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:59