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DiMartino, Piquado & Huot are excellent choices for state rep

To The Daily Sun,

The election for the New Hampshire House of Representative should be written up as a political science case study. On the one hand, we have intelligent candidates who, in the historic tradition of American politics, have demonstrated their ability to think and reason independently in arriving at voting decisions on each piece of legislation. On the other hand, we have candidates operating within a current unproven political philosophy created external to our state that has become the template for deciding how to vote. In other words, the free-thinking House Representatives can be responsive to the wishes of those they represent while the voting of those wedded to preconceived templates imposed from beyond our state support positions poorly related to the local wishes of our citizens.

Let us dig deeper into governing and political philosophy. A widely accepted principle is that government is bad, thus smaller governments are better than larger governments. This is often stated as, "We do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem" suggesting that even in times of recession when tax revenues fall severely we are left without enough money to run our state. State budgeting compounds the confusion by raiding sources such as the gasoline tax and cutting the tobacco tax, yet failing to provide for the mentally ill and the road and bridges that require major attention.

Now let us look at a better governing and political philosophy that independent thinking representatives could lead if not out-voted by those with preconceived templates imposed from beyond our state. A basic principle should be that every single penny of tax money should be used to meet the needs of our citizens, and that dedicated taxes should be used only for their intended purposes. Yes, this would give priority to the most important state government functions (education, services for the most disadvantaged such as mental health, our road infrastructure, public safety and other ways to spend money to save money in the long run); this would put a squeeze all of the way down through the less important budget items and result in dropping some entirely.

Further, the essential functions of government can be run more efficiently and perhaps enable a hold on future cost expansion. We already know that health insurance for all is less expensive that emergency rooms; a healthy population can save billions of dollars for our nation. Our public school system can become more efficient in delivering education through grasping and adopting competency based learning and the individualization of teaching; we must understand that we teach individual students, not classes. How about having a House of Representatives in which intelligent and independent thinkers can provide leadership in making government efficient where the money is spent as a way to lower taxes. First solve the problem at the roots, where the money is spent; fix that first and also fix the tax structure.

I personally do not know all candidates running for the House of Representatives. But I do know three that can think independently to serve Meredith, Gilford, and Laconia: Lisa DiMartino, Dorothy Piquado, and Judge David Huot. All three are intelligent, wise and have integrity. There also be other candidates with these qualities; look carefully at each. And there are others wed to an external, unproven, political philosophy that come short of giving our citizens what they want.
I believe that the above expressed political approach applies to all state offices and to federal elected positions. I am an independent voter supporting candidates from both parties.

I invite you to join with me in this primary election to nominate Lisa DiMartino, Dorothy Piquado and Judge David Huot.

Miller C. Lovett

Meredith

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I would be proud to work for Sheriff Bill Wright; he's the man for the job

To The Daily Sun,

As I have watched the campaigns of the two candidates for Belknap County Sheriff, I wanted to express my opinion and strongly support Bill Wright in his desire to become the next sheriff.

I have worked in law enforcement locally for many years, retiring from Laconia Police Department after nearly 30 years of service. I spent more than half of those years in management positions, including a period as interim chief. Several months after retiring I then went to work part time for the Belknap County Sheriff's Department where I have been for the last eight years, including the most recent three years in a supervisory role. I know Laconia PD and its organizational structure very well, and I know the Sheriff's Department.

I firmly believe that Bill Wright is the best choice to take over this agency. As was said about Bill in a previous letter I read, there is a difference between having management skills and leadership skills. Not all managers are leaders. As I have seen Bill Wright progress in his career, his leadership skills continue to strengthen. He has demonstrated that he has vision, the motivation, and the energy to be successful. His drive comes from self-motivation. He is an ambitious roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-the-job-done individual who I have come to respect during my time with the Sheriff's Department. I would be proud to work for him and he will strive to make Belknap County proud.

Thank you and please consider Bill Wright as your candidate for Belknap County Sheriff, at the Primary Election on Tuesday Sept. 13.

Tim Cavanaugh
Laconia

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