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Don't vote for my master; I'd like to keep the good life I have now

To The Daily Sun,

Dear humans:

My master is a good man. But he's done something I do not agree with at all. He is running for some political office from Moultonborough, Sandwich (I love that town!) and another town that sounds like a small bird. I can't remember the name.

If he were to win — which I am hoping he won't since he is doing about as well as I did at dog obedience school — then I will hardly ever get a chance to have walks! That's terrible! I have worries, which a dog shouldn't have to put up with. Um, is that bad English?

My master, Brent Anderson, walks me almost every day. Today we went to the Loon Center. Yesterday, we walked around the neighborhood where he picked up my poop in a little baggie. And the day before was awesome. A hike in Sandwich at the Mead Base! I met wonderful people and furiously barked at another dog, who scared me since he was even bigger than my 106 pounds.

So if you vote for Brent Anderson, then my life will be ruined. He'll go to Concord, wearing his fancy clothes from his boarding school teacher days, coming home with no time for me. The five cats and the Shih Tzu who also live here aren't enough. My master's four children are often too busy reading, playing video games, having sleep-overs, or doing extracurricular activities. (I had "Daisy," one of the cats, help me with that spelling.)

There's more to life than stealing butter from the counter, "accidentally" stepping on my master's wife's feet, and sleeping. A dog does not live on butter alone. I need my walks, doggoneit!

Oops ... sorry for the strong language. But please remember, I need him. There are plenty of other humans to vote for as far as I can tell, even if they may not be as conservative as he is. I have a good life, and I'd like to keep it that way.

P.S. He doesn't know I've written this. Let's keep this just between you and me, okay?

"Sawyer" Anderson
3-year-old black Lab/golden retriever mix.


09 08 Sawyer Anderson

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Compared to his opponent, Glen Waring will be far more effective

To The Daily Sun,

I'm writing to support Glen Waring for Belknap County commissioner. I have experience working with Glen in my role as county sheriff and know him to be honest, fair, and of the highest integrity. It will be a significant advantage to have someone with professional knowledge of government finance and county operations as a member of the governing body.

This kind of knowledge will dramatically decrease the learning curve and enable Glen to jump right in assessing the organization, the management, and the quality of services provided by the county. He already understands the policies and procedures, the organizational structure, and most importantly, the finance and tax structure.

Glen understands the political process of working with state representatives when they're assembled as the County Convention, yet has no personal or political agenda. Glen will be a team player, but will also speak up loudly and clearly should he disagree or have what he perceives to be a better idea or position.

I am confident that Glen knows the importance of being engaged in the most important duties of a commissioner; examining and approving weekly expenditures, addressing resident concerns, preparing a recommended budget for the Convention, ensuring that every taxpayer dollar is put toward its most effective and efficient use, and to do all of this in an open and transparent forum.

When compared to his opponent, Glen will be a far more effective commissioner for the county. Mr. Burchell's many efforts to abuse his political position or to work behind the scene to accomplish his personal agenda have not helped the county in any way — not the taxpayers and not the organization. There is no place at the county for the kind of "good ole boy" strategies that Mr. Burchell has employed since his days in the state Legislature.

His promotion of Mr. Smolin is just another example of his desire to undermine the efficient operation of the county. Regardless of whether he knew and chose to ignore available information, or didn't bother to do any research, Mr. Burchell has shown a serious lack of judgment. One prone to such lapses in judgment has no business making the decisions required of a county commissioner.

For the voters in Belmont, Tilton, Gilmanton, and Barnstead, the clear choice is Glen Waring for county commissioner. For my neighbors in in Meredith and those in Center Harbor, Gilford, and Alton, please support Hunter Taylor, who has also performed admirably since being appointed to the position and who also deserves to be elected as our county commissioner. Let's help our county be a source of pride once again. Make sure to cast your vote in the primary next Tuesday.

Craig Wiggin

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