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How many would have died if nobody had been vaccinated

To The Daily Sun,

Gene Danforth's letter to the editor in Tuesday's edition of The Sun about the fallacies of vaccinations apparently required a lot of research and consumed a lot of time.

I just have one question for him which he probably won't be able to find the answer to through research but I think is important to the discussion. How many people would have died if nobody had been vaccinated for these diseases?

Dave Schwotzer

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:33

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There's difference between legal immigrants and illegal aliens

To The Daily Sun,

I continue to believe that my displeasure with how folks who hold elective office just undermines our nation, our state, and my hometown is not being challenged. There is a difference between a LEGAL immigrant, and ILLEGAL aliens who break our laws by breaking into our country, with encouragement of Barack Obama and Eric Holder. Then, WE reward them by giving the lawbreakers the same benefits as an American citizen, and we call it helping OUR economy? Sounds more like Obama's "Re-distribution of wealth" to me!

I am inviting Laconia Mayor Ed Engler to join me on the radio at 8:30 am this Saturday.

A new member/panelist to The Advocates radio program also has a great guest for 9-10. Mark promises "a guest with knowledge and experience to speak on the topic . . .  a naturalized U.S. citizen, from Ethiopia, who has multiple degrees, works full-time, plus works as a translator. He is involved in the immigrant community. His story is actually quite interesting."
This gentleman is a great American, and I expect to learn from a valued member of the immigrant community who did it the right way.

Niel Young


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:29

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Believe in mission of the Land Trust; consider purchasing tax credits

To The Daily Sun,

Would you like to pay your N.H. business taxes while helping Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) help others?

LACLT is over halfway to its goal of raising $500,000 through the sale of New Hampshire Tax Credits. Once sold, these credits will be matched by a 2:1 grant from NeighborWorks America. The proceeds from both the credits and grant will be used to upgrade 60 units of rental housing owned by the Trust.

More than 20 years ago, LACLT began creating permanently affordable rental housing for working families by investing in buildings scattered throughout Laconia. After two decades of use, these early units need work beyond routine maintenance and replacement. Since inception, LACLT has reserved a portion of all monthly rents in an account for improvements, but the capital needs of these early units now exceed the amount in the reserves.

I invite you to join the list of local tax credit donors helping to fund capital improvements to these older properties including Belknap Landscaping, Boulia-Gorrell Lumber, Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan, EPTAM Plastics, Franklin Savings Bank, Hunter Homes, Laconia Clinic, Mainstay Technologies, Malone, Dirrubo & Company, Melcher & Prescott, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Northway Bank, RFS Engineering, and Stewart Associates.

The New Hampshire Tax Credit Program allows a business to make a donation to LACLT in exchange for state tax credits that can be applied against New Hampshire business profits, business enterprise, or insurance premium taxes. The amount of the tax credit is equal to 75 percent of the contribution. For example, a business making a $10,000 donation to LACLT through this program will receive a state tax credit in the amount of $7,500.

In addition, the contribution may be treated as a charitable contribution to the extent the federal and state law allows. These state tax credits may be used at any time during a period of five consecutive years. The actual out-of-pocket cost to a donor/purchaser is generally less than 11 percent. In addition, the donation to LACLT will be matched 2:1.

A purchase of tax credits can be in any amount; the program was designed so that small businesses could put their donations to work in their communities.

The process is easy. There's no complicated paperwork for this program. The business signs a pledge agreement indicating the amount of the donation and when they would like to be invoiced (quarterly, semi-annually or just once). CDFA sends all the documentation to the Department of Revenue Administration. Later, the business simply fills in the tax credit purchase amount on the appropriate line on the state tax form.

LACLT has until June 30 to sell the remaining tax credits.

Because I believe in the mission of the Land Trust, I volunteered to help raise these funds by meeting with businesses to explain the program and process. I recognize there are many community-based projects and campaigns seeking support. However, quality housing that is affordable benefits the region by making a difference for our employees and their families and reduces the demand of other programs and services. LACLT's tenants are employees of area businesses working in manufacturing, service, healthcare and hospitality industries.

For more information about purchasing tax credits to support LACLT's Portfolio Strengthening Initiative, I can be reached through Linda Harvey at 603- 524-0747 ext. 107 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For 20 years, LACLT has made a difference in the lives of so many.

Please consider a purchase of tax credit, so as a community we can continue to make that difference.

Eliza Leadbeater

New Hampton


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:26

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Good governance does not mean making cuts just for cuts sake

To The Daily Sun,

I have never started a letter with a postscript, but I attended the Belknap County Convention meeting on Monday night, March 9, and I forgot to make one more point.

A motion to cut 5 percent to all outside agencies by Representative Herb Vadney passed by a vote of 12-5. I find it ironic that the majority of these representatives voted this way when a letter sent by the whole delegation and the three county commissioners to Governor Hassan that same day stated: "We are writing to you with a combined voice, in all hope that you receive our message as urgently as we intend it."

The following are two other paragraphs from that letter:

"Since the news of the proposed reduction in funding of county nursing homes, we have been contemplating the impacts to the taxpayers of Belknap County. These include either significantly increased operating costs at the nursing home or a reduced ability to provide quality services. Neither of these situations is acceptable."

"We cannot stand by in silence and watch while these changes are made. On behalf of our taxpayers and the 94 residents of the Belknap County Nursing Home, we urge you to consider these impacts as the state budget is finalized and to ensure that the county nursing homes are not devastated by impending managed care environment."


Belknap County Delegation and Belknap County Board of Commissioners."

I have two questions: Why then, did these representatives do the exact same thing and, what is the cost effect and the impact of this cut on the average taxpayer?

The cost effect is a savings of $0.553 based on the average home valued at $250,000.

The question for the taxpayers is: "Is it worth it to us to cut the budget by 5 percent to save us 55 cents? I think not. I'd like to encourage all interested residents to look on the websites of the following seven agencies to see the good works and deeds that, we, in Belknap County are getting for so little money.

They are as follows: UNH CO-OP Extension, Belknap Conservations District, Belknap Economic Development, Lakes Mutual Fire Aid, Genesis Counseling Group, Community Action Program, and the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy.

The accomplishments of each of these agencies have continued to bring Belknap County many benefits that costs very little overall to Belknap County. Each of these agencies provide great service from health and welfare and safety of the residents from Genesis Counseling Group, the Community Action Program, the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy and the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid, as well as saving and keeping our environment clean, by the works from the UNH Coop Extension and the Belknap County Conservation District to the positive economic impact to businesses that are generated, survive and thrive because of the Belknap Economic Development Council (BEDC).

There was no compassion or thought as to what these additional cuts would do. It is my opinion that the motion made by Rep. Vadney and voted in by the 11 other representatives was, "Let's cut something by some amount."

Questions in the public comment section of the agenda do not allow the representatives/delegates to answers questions posed to them by the public at the county meeting. I would like to ask Chairman Tilton to ask Rep. Vadney or any one of those who voted with him: "Is saving 55 cents a year really worth it? If so, why?" I am sure that all of your constituents would appreciate hearing that answer at the March 23 Delegation meeting.

One other point: The other cut and passed by nine representatives was to cut $100,000 from of the admiration's budget. Again, I feel it was just cut for cut sake. I'd like to see good governance from our elected officials. I ask that you know when you vote that you are aware of the true costs of the cuts you propose not just the cents you are saving. Take into account the impact the cuts will have both socially and economically on all residents in Belknap County.

Paula Trombi



Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:21

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Let's now engage in conversation about curriculum, not politics

To The Daily Sun,

I want to thank all of those people in Alton who voted "for" stuff and "for" showing those voters who are "against" stuff that we have still have our priorities focused on what really matters, our kids. I will not let you down. We will work to put technology in the hands of every one of our kids K-12.

We will improve our math, science, writing and English competencies. Somehow we will get rid of the lottery for pre-K.

Beginning with the next meeting I plan on starting the conversation with math competencies and civics. We will be busy this year, but we will not be busy with those few obstructionists who are just looking to feed their narcissistic self-inflated egos through the media. We will be busy doing what you have charged us to do: working for our kids and their future.

So at the next meeting I look forward to seeing the same large crowd of concerned parents this time engaging in a conversation about our kid's curriculum instead of our politics. I am looking forward to doing something positive for our kids each and every week and by the looks of the election results so are most of you. Thank you all again. I do not take your vote for granted.

Steve Miller


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:16

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