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Majority of Americans favor stricter gun regulations, not less; SB-12 is a very bad idea

To The Daily Sun,

Last November, New Hampshire voters identified the opioid crisis as the No. 1 issue facing the state. Yet, the state Senate spent part of their first week of the 2017 session on a bill (SB-12) that repeals the licensing requirement for carrying a concealed handgun. The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police opposed an identical bill in 2015, vetoed by Governor Hassan.

New Hampshire is an "open-carry" state, meaning no permit is required to own, register, or carry an unconcealed firearm. Under current law, individuals must, however, apply for a permit to carry a concealed gun. A town's law officer, who issues the permit, has some discretion in reviewing the justification for a permit and the applicant's background, such as mental illness or drug addiction. The proposed legislation removes this safeguard and extends the time for which the permit is valid from four to five years.

Application fees ($10 for a resident; $100, for non-resident) have generated nearly $1 million for the general fund in each of the last three fiscal years. This revenue would be lost with passage of this legislation, championed by Wolfeboro Senator Jeb Bradley, both this year and in 2015.

Public opinion polls show that the majority of Americans favor stricter gun regulation — not less. Among the least restrictive on firearms purchase and licensing in the nation, our state should remain one of the 42 states requiring a concealed-carry permit. I urge readers to demand that Senator Bradley and his Senate colleagues reject SB-12.

Margaret Merritt

Center Sandwich

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No styrofoam or plastic bags can be accepted in Laconia's Zero Sort recycling program

To The Daily Sun,

Do not put plastic bags in the Laconia recycling bins! It costs all of us money when you do. Plastic bags (garbage bags, shopping bags) are not recycled and interrupt the electronic scanners used to sort items that are recycled. The entire dumpster-sized bin of recycling is no longer considered suitable for recycling, it is handled like regular trash and the city is charged to dispose of it, and the city pays its bills through taxes.

I use the dumpster sized recycling bins provided in several locations by the city of Laconia. I have seen recyclables contained in trash bags, and other types of plastic bags, deposited in these bins every time. For a long time now both the city and Casella Waste Systems have been displaying signs to help inform those using the dumpster-sized recycling bins that plastic bags are not accepted in Laconia's Zero Sort recycling program. Zero Sort does not mean that everything is recyclable.

The City of Laconia Public Works Department lists on the city's website www.cityoflaconia.org that the items they accept in the Zero Sort program are plastics Nos. 1-7, glass (with some exceptions), metals, paper, and paperboard; "no styrofoam or plastic bags" appears in bold print. The city encourages you to take plastic shopping bags back to the grocery store to be managed by them.

To get a list of what is accepted in Casella's Zero Sort recycling program adopted by the city please visit either the websites for the City of Laconia-Department of Public Works or for Casella at www.casella.com/what-we-do/recycling/zerosort-recycling

Lisa Morin

Laconia

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