Lawmakers need to protect out state's Renewable Energy Fund

To The Daily Sun,

The House and Senate should preserve the Renewable Energy Fund (REF). It is one of the best things going for New Hampshire. In Plymouth alone, the REF has spurred more than $500,000 of private investment installing residential solar pv panels — and that doesn't include the solar investments made by businesses or the solar thermal and wood pellet heaters installed in Plymouth homes.

I have worked on many different New Hampshire community development efforts over the last 25 years and I have never witnessed a fund that leverages this high level of private investment and is accessed by such a wide diversity of New Hampshire residents and businesses from all walks of life on both sides of the political aisle.

The incentives provided through the Renewable Energy Fund for New Hampshire residents and businesses, get paid back to New Hampshire many times over through the boost it gives to the local economy through a wide range of material purchases, the skilled and unskilled local people these projects put to work and the improved air quality that comes from such things as heating the majority of a household's water with solar thermal evacuated tube collectors instead of propane.

For these reasons, I call on the Legislature and governor to protect New Hampshire's Renewable Energy Fund, a specific to New Hampshire that helping residents and businesses keep their energy spending closer to home.

Sandra Jones, Director

Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative

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Selling contraceptives over the counter will cost poor women

To The Daily Sun,

Does Senator Kelly Ayotte really think women will support her bill to make contraceptives available over the counter? Ayotte's bill would remove such medications from the formularies covered by insurance under Obamacare, currently available at no cost for women. Insurance companies pay less to help avoid unwanted pregnancies than to cover pregnancy-related charges. But business, for some reason, doesn't like this coverage.

Without some thought, it sounds like a good idea — making contraceptives available at the corner drugstore. Yet for most women, especially middle-class and poorer women, it's a terrible idea. Sold over the counter, such meds (essential for women with specific medical conditions, not just those avoiding pregnancy) would cost around $600 each year, a hefty sum for many. But perhaps not for those who Ayotte considers her real constituents; for them $600 just isn't a big deal.

This bill is another example of the senator's poor attitude toward women. Ayotte favors restricting women's rights (e.g., to abortion and equal pay). She votes to defund Planned Parenthood, shred the safety net and repeal Obamacare. She seems cavalier toward other women, especially poor or middle-class women. Why, I wonder?

A rising star in the Republican ranks, Ayotte toes the GOP line. She supports issues favorable to big business and Wall Street, where the money is. Those are generally not issues supportive of most women. Perhaps she cynically thinks "those" women don't vote?

Voters in New Hampshire, especially women, should think twice before re-electing Ayotte next year. We deserve better.

Anne Rogers

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Isn't purposed of our system to rehabilitate people & reduce recidivism?

To the Daily Sun,

I am writing regarding news articles which have recently appeared in both daily papers that cover our area.

At least five articles naming Tammy Dunn, and a sixth inferring her situation, have recently been published, possibly more that I have not seen. Why is this person getting so much coverage? Is this a notorious murder case? A series of daring burglaries? Perhaps a hit-and-run or a drug bust? Surprisingly, none of the above. Tammy has been convicted of perjury in a landlord and tenant case.

My copy of "Black's Law Dictionary" defines perjury, in part, as "A person is guilty of perjury if in any official proceeding he makes a false statement under oath ...when the statement is material and he does not believe it to be true."

While I respect the law and our court system, I know Tammy to be an honest person, perhaps not well versed in the law. I believe that she made a mistake and is being severely punished for it. As a landlord, I have appeared in our District Court numerous times on landlord-tenant issues and have known of many tenants who did not tell the truth under oath. An example of this is tenants who owe money to the landlord and fill out paperwork for the court attesting that their income is zero and their monthly expenses are over $1,000 a month. While I do not condone this behavior, it does appear that Tammy is being singled out by both the court and the press with the intention of punishing and humiliating her beyond what her crime justifies.

I had always believed that the purpose of our system of law was to rehabilitate criminals and reduce recidivism, with punishment playing a secondary role. This does not appear to be the case in this instance.

Enough, already. It is time for the papers to cover more serious and newsworthy items and leave Tammy alone. I call Tammy Dunn my friend as I know that she would do anything that I asked of her, within reason, as I have seen her do for other people.

Susan Condodemetraky

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Thanks for your generous support of the Laconia MS Walk 2015

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, we would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous support of the Laconia MS Walk 2015:

Annie's Cafe & Catering, Laconia; Coca Cola Bottling, Belmont; Domino's Pizza, Laconia; Hannaford Supermarket, Gilford; Laconia Ice Company, Laconia; Laconia Village Bakery, Laconia; Market Basket, Tilton; Michaud Distributors, Laconia; Sal's Pizza, Belmont; Starbuck's, Tilton; The 99, Tilton; and DJ Tim.

These local businesses helped provide food and beverage items and entertainment for all participants in the Laconia MS Walk 2015.

The Laconia MS Walk 2015 hosted more than 100 walkers and raised in excess of $13,000. Thank you to all of you who walked and/or donated to this event.

Funds from this event will support research into the cause and cure of MS. The money raised will also fund community-based education, support and advocacy within Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. The NMSS Greater New England Chapter responds to the needs of the nearly 19,000 individuals and their families who are confronted every day by the many challenges of living with multiple sclerosis, empowering them with the resources to maintain independence and to live their lives as fully as possible.

Thank you for joining the movement to create a world free of MS. We appreciate all of the help that these local businesses have provided.

Colleen Akerman

Committee Member

Laconia MS Walk 2015

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Politically correct editors seem to lave their ethics at the door

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As a rule, in my experience with the editorial staff at The Laconia Daily Sun has been positive. For the years that I've been submitting letters they have done a good job in editing them. Mostly they publish them just as I send them. I am in a quandary about what to think about why the person who edited my last letter changed the meaning of a sentence in my last submission, published on Thursday June 4. I'm not sure of the motive of this person. I know that the politically correct bias has adherents who leave their ethics at the door when it comes to promoting their cause. I hope this is not the case here.

Because of this tinkering I want to be certain that I make my understanding clear concerning God and homosexuality. Homosexuality according the Scriptures is a perversion of God's designed function for human beings. The practice of which is sin. God loves the homosexual as do his people who are obedient to his word. Yet to say the practice is not sin as the world now does we cannot do. Because we will not affirm this behavior, we are slandered as haters. God gives every person an opportunity to repent of their sins and receive Him through Jesus Christ. This repentance, this turning from sin is necessary for one to walk with Jesus.

A while back, Jim Veverka recommended some websites that promote the idea that Christianity and homosexuality are compatible. I've visited some of these. They are clearly not Christian in their teaching. After reading some of these it has become clear to me that the writers do not know the love of God, which is pure. It is not tainted with perversion as these would make it.

If you want to have a relationship with God you must accept him as he is and he will accept you as you are. Only he will not leave you that way.

John Demakowski

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