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Mistake is who they appoint to the Fish & Game Commission

To The Daily Sun,

To all who care about our state cat:

On the bobcat issue, writing a letter to your local paper and or representatives or even to the House Fish Game and Marine Resource Committees, although admirable, is futile.The F&G Commission will not listen to the outpouring of the public or hunters that go against the grain. The department did not wish for the bobcat to be put back on the list but why should the commission listen to them ether. The commission is on its own page. The House and Senate could care less of what is happening to our wildlife, as long as they are getting re-elected and they are ignorant to what goes on at the F&G Commission meetings anyway.

The F&G and Marine House Legislative Committees are stacked with special interest groups and always has been. So who are you going to call? The Executive Council and governor appoints the commission, therefore it's their responsibility to correct the mistake in who they appoint. The Senate Finance Committee approved state funds to the tune of $1.2 million to be taken from the general fund for the F&G department but the commission refused to allow any representative to the non-hunting public to sit on the commission. Taxation without representation. How does it feel knowing that non-hunting money is going to support activities that we have absolutely no say in or control of?

If you want to shake the cage, I suggest you call your councilman and tell them to intervene. Don't waist your time with the governor's office, they will just give you the politically correct answer, "we will pass on your concern" and that will be the end of that. I also suggest you call day and night, one of the five F&G commissioners who voted in favor of the Bobcat season: in Strafford County, Barry Carr 755-1175, in Grafton County, Todd Baldwin 726-3446, in Hillsboro County, Walter Morse 464-3797, in Carroll County, David L. Patch 387-3771 and in Cheshire County, Robert Phillipson 352-8336. Ask them all, who do they think they are to ignore the will of the majority over the special interest of a minority who will only line their pockets with what the cats pelts bring in. New Hampshire, this is your natural resource we are talking about, not the commissioners private wildlife reserve.
If you do not get any response from the Executive Council or corner office then maybe it's about time we go shopping for someone new that will listen to the majority for a change in November. We need council members who will listen to the department and not some outside commission, which doesn't give a dam of what the majority of the people think.

Eric T. Rottenecker

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Tax cap does nothing to keep unrestrained corporate greed in check

To The Daily Sun,

It is no accident that Laconia's roads are in terrible shape. Public Works has been steadily falling behind despite their best efforts. This is a direct result of the tax cap. It sounds simple. keep tax increases below an artificially set amount and everything will fine — except it isn't fine. The longer real repairs are deferred the greater the long term cost of repairs.

Likewise, the city is proposing slashing school spending to stay under the artificially set tax cap. Likewise, the city and state have significantly reduced support of human service organizations.

How are these all connected? Children are dying from lack of oversight by DHHS. Young and old are dying from epidemic levels of opioids. Water pollution is growing. Our lakes are becoming more and more poisoned from
run-off and other factors.

We are told that tax caps serve to keep unrestrained government in check; instead, we have unrestrained corporate greed while our children are dying from neglect. The solution to drug overdoses is not more drugs, nor is it
just treatment. For one thing the state has a history of allocating resources to solve one problem by taking them from other areas, creating more problems downstream.

The opioid crisis and road crisis and school crisis will be solved by long-term investment and support of the institutions that provide youth with the resiliency to cope, families who can get the treatment to cope and jobs to
give people a sense of self-worth. These institutions include Genesis Behavioral Health, Community Services, Family Services, full-time certified child care, kindergarten, schools, community health care, parks and recreation, as
well as good roads and jobs. Throwing a few million at Narcan and other drugs and treatment centers will just be good money after bad.

Today's attitude today towards taxes and governments derive from the notion that government is bad. What if fully-funded government is the only thing standing between corporate greed and political cowardice and people dying in
the streets. Isn't it time to put people first and ideology last?

David Stamps


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