To The Daily Sun,
George Hurt of Gilford is running in the Sept. 9 primary for a statehouse seat representing Gilford and Meredith. George is a no-nonsense conservative who has common sense and believes that fiscal responsibility is the best avenue to pursue when managing budgetary matters at all levels of government. We need this type of leadership especially at the state and county levels.
George is the founder of Hurt and Forbes Insurance of Laconia, a well-known company throughout the Lakes Region. He successfully operated the business for 30 years. He has previous legislative experience serving Gilford from 1995 until 1998. I believe that this combination of business success and previous legislative experience will make a difference for us in Concord at this critical time of our economy.
I have personally know George for many years. When he says he is focused on improving New Hampshire government and Belknap County government for us, you can believe we will have a strong voice representing the communities of Meredith and Gilford.
We should all support George Hurt for his bid in the Republican Primary Sept. 9.
David R. Horvath, Sr.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:41
To The Daily Sun,
In response to Mr. James Veverka's malicious, hateful letter: every time you write you must be reading out of Satan's personal diary of all the people he hates, including God's people.
James, you are being used by Satan; don't be such a fool to serve him. You will be full of madness, your letters have proved that over and over again, it's time to get right with God, and give Satan a black eye. God is love he manifested his love to us by sending his son (Jesus) to be the sacrifice for all mankind's sins (1 John 4:8-12).
All the people you slandered, are the Daily Sins top letter writers and most of Laconia folks would agree, God is a good God, he saves and heals, not kill and destroy, Jesus came to give us everlasting life, (John 3:16 and Psm 103: 1-4)
I know, James, how you think and act, I was a stupid unsaved man 51 years ago, then I heard the Gospel (good news) and believed and asked Jesus into my life, I know he lives and in going to meet him soon, in Heaven, do you want to join me?
Fox News, right wing, left wing, who cares? This great nation was founded on "In God we trust"; return America to God and obey his word and believe me, our best days will be blessed by God.
"The greatest love story, James, is "Jesus dying on a cruel cross, pouring out his life's blood for all", yes even you James. (Read 1 Cor 1:18-21).
William "Liam" McCoy
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:38
To The Daily Sun,
Weird Wednesday is really here as I read the letter from Professor George Maloof. Good grief, another nutty professor from Plymouth State. His headline, "Human rights against Palestinians too numerous to count," made my stomach turn. I couldn't bring myself to read more then the first paragraph of this anti-Jewish, anti-Israel, hate rant.
This supposed educated person has apparently never in his life attended a history class not conducted by some terrorist organization or other. He can't count the violations because they are committed by Hamas against both the Jews and their own people and that doesn't fit in with his anti-Jewish, anti-Israeli mantra. Oh the poor Palestinians, you know the ones who elected, right, elected, Hamas to rule over them and cheer at every successful terrorist act committed against anyone not them. Over and over, decade after decade these Muslims terrorists have attacked Israel, Jews, Americans, British, anyone who doesn't give them a free hand at killing and terrorizing.
How this man has the nerve to write the stupid hateful things he does is arrogance, or ignorance incarnate. He has, in the past, written that any means justify the ends. So we should ask, "What are his ends here?" To eradicate the Jewish people from the face of the earth? That's what Hamas wants, it's in their charter. I believe them, why doesn't he?
Something's wrong with people like George Maloof who insist on supporting these terrorist organizations and blaming the Israelis for defending themselves against the naked aggression of religious, homicidal maniacs. Problem is these nuts don't even know they are sick.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:34
To The Daily Sun,
As candidates for election as state representatives in Belknap County House District 2, we believe strongly in telling voters the truth about issues in our state, especially those affecting our state budget.
Greg Hill's recent (Aug. 14) Letter to the Editor ("Gov. Hassan Recently Provided Great Examples of Bad Leadership") is actually a "great example" of misinforming the public. We think it is important to set the record straight.
To begin with, the grant Mr. Hill refers to was neither unanticipated nor a result of poor priorities. This grant was designed to assist individuals in signing up for health insurance through the state's exchange. Since the Legislature and the Executive Council declined to allow New Hampshire to accept federal funds for this purpose, the state's high-risk pool independent authority became the designated recipient, allowing this much-needed assistance in New Hampshire.
We see nothing "sad" about Granite Staters signing up for affordable health insurance, especially when it is through a program approved in a bipartisan fashion by the Legislature and paid for 100 percent by the federal government until 2016. In fact, our program is designed so that, should federal support drop below 100 percent for any reason, New Hampshire can opt out of expanded Medicaid altogether. We consider affordable health insurance a top priority and applaud protecting New Hampshire from unanticipated expense with the opt-out provision.
Granite Staters are signing up because they want health insurance they can afford. With the new eligibility standard that measures income through modified adjusted gross income, affordable health insurance has become available to many. All of us will benefit from shorter waits in emergency rooms and lower premiums all around in the long run.
We hope to be elected in November to represent Gilford and Meredith so we can keep telling voters the truth that they need to know.
Dorothy Piquado & Nancy Frost
Candidates for State Rep, Belknap 2
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:31
To The Daily Sun,
I have been reluctant to weigh in on the Market Basket (MB) fiasco because I have a son who works at one of the stores. Some at the store who have read my strong opinions on other subjects have wondered why I have been reticent on this subject, so I have decided to give it a shot. I don't need to speak about the negative consequence of a buyout by the Hannaford chain since Tony Boutin has laid out that scenario very well.
The long-running feud between Arthur T. and Arthur S. has been well documented, including fisticuffs at one point. I am sure there is blame on both sides for what has transpired prior to the removal of Arthur T. What seems so suspicious recently, is just why the family member from the Arthur S. side who had been voting for Arthur T and thus giving him the controlling share, decided to flip her vote this year in order to oust Arthur T.
Now I can only speak to the current situation as I understand it. Arthur T. has developed a fine-tuned business model which has handsomely rewarded the shareholders while turning a profit and providing the 25,000 employees with pay and benefits unmatched by other grocery chains. This is an amazing accomplishment all by itself. Yet, he has also provided the customers with lower prices than are offered by the other grocery chains. Finally, he has developed and nurtured a culture that has made every employee (associate) feel like they are part of a family rather than just a faceless name on a paycheck. This in turn has engendered the kind of customer service that has produced the type of customer loyalty rarely seen in the 21st century business world.
That is why we are witnessing a Haley's comet-type rare occurrence. Management, employees (associates) and customers have joined together, throwing caution to the wind, in a no-holes-barred effort to get the person who created this business model back into his role as their leader. One college professor commented that, regardless of the outcome, this Market Basket battle will be one for the ages and will be studied in future business and economic classes.
So we know what the Arthur T. business model has been and could continue to be. What has Arthur S. showed us thus far? He hired two CEOs — Felicia Thornton and James Gooch — who were most recently in charge of failed businesses. Why were those two individuals chosen to take over a thriving business model? James Gooch was recently voted worst CEO of the year by Wealthwire.com. One of the vendors who had been in business with MB for 10 years, Boston Sword and Tuna, has washed its hands of this new MB management after it overpaid them with two checks, $83,000 and $415,000. Boston Sword and Tuna's CEO Tim Malley said the two new CEOs have made one strategic blunder after another. Tim wonders if that is because they are in over their heads or perhaps purposely trying sabotage MB. The associates and we, the customers, wonder as well.
And let's not forget that about a year ago, the board distributed $300 million in funds to its shareholders (nine Demoulas family members). Certainly legal to do, but the timing is rather curious given the subsequent removal of Arthur T. and arrival of Felicia and Jim. It would appear that this new management did not anticipate the backlash that has occurred and have had no plan of action as evidenced by the ensuing public relations disaster. One Boston newspaper columnist commented that their desperate use of intimidation has only resulted in the kind of anger and solidarity not seen since the Boston Tea Party.
In recent years there have been far too many examples of companies being milked for short term profits and then sold off to the highest bidders, loyal employees be damned. All along the parking lots and grassy knolls adjacent to the 71 MB stores, we have witnessed the faces of so many associates displaying the grit, determination and resolve of all the MB associates who are steadfastly telling the new management — "uh, uh, sorry, not gonna happen here."
Way back in 1964, Dionne Warwick sang a song, "Anyone Who Had a Heart." She lamented, "anyone who had a heart would love me too." Well, let me tell you right here and now, no one has more heart than the nearly 25,000 MB associates who are standing together so that quality, fair prices and fierce loyalty can remain alive and well as part of the marvelous Market Basket legacy under Arthur T. Demoulas.
I think I speak for most of your customers when I say we love you all and truly believe that you may actually win this war against the slow, steady erosion of the MB family values structure by this seemingly greedy and callous new management. In any event, I salute you all.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:18