Peter Spanos lost the vote but his position was courageous

To The Daily Sun,

Let's applaud and support elected representatives who take position of integrity versus simply subscribing to extremism because it's the party platform. If politicians remain in the remote corners of their polarizing platform, less gets done. We need thoughtfulness, courage and occasional compromise, not hyper-partisanship.

I applaud Peter Spanos, Republican representative from Laconia, who is pro-gun based on his voting, for having the courage to draw a line when it came to standing as the "lone member of the Belknap County Delegation to vote not to repeal the state's license requirement to carry a concealed handgun." I realize he lost the vote but his position was courageous and, I think, correct. In speaking to my local police chief about this, he said "Police chiefs approve over 99 percent of requests for concealed carry weapons. The less than 1 percent turned down should be turned down, they're crazy."

I can understand everyone having access to a weapon, but often we know who's unbalanced and sadly, there is a lot of untreated mental health situations in our workplace and community. More often we don't know. This is a minor filter to ensure public safety. I want to see this process continue to ensure some measure of public safety, and it seem to be working well. It impedes less than 1 percent of applicants seeking concealed carry, but even that was too much for my party? The governor vetoed the bill regardless, and Spanos gets lambasted by his own party. We have serious problems to combat in this state, and we need to know that our progress isn't diverted by nailing the candidate who didn't pander to well-funded, extremist views. I'm proud of Peter Spanos' courage and we need more like him.

Dennis Gaudet


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We are again asking for your support of Emergency Food Pantry

To the Daily Sun,

The Meredith Emergency Food Pantry would like to thank all the of the organizations, churches, banks, businesses, schools, charitable foundations, and all the individuals for their tremendous support.

Thanks to all we were able to get through a very long and hard winter. Winter is over, but there is still a large number of people in need. Our pantry shelves are at an all-time low and our donations have dropped off tremendously. The food is going out faster than it is coming in. We are in dire need of your support.

We are asking if once again you could support us with a nonperishable food item or monetary donation. No contribution is too small. Your support can help us to help others and would be greatly appreciated.

Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at 147 Main St., Meredith, NH 03253. Our phone number is 603-279-1115.

Thank you all so very much.

Paul Rowley Director

Meredith Food Pantry

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We are open to all mental health customers; no admission fee

To The Daily Sun,

Did you know that one out of four people will experience some kind of mental health issue within a year? Or one out of five adults are diagnosed with depression? May is Mental Health Awareness Month and is an opportunity to learn both about mental health as part of overall health and the need to be alert to symptoms of mental illness.

"During Mental Health Awareness Month, everyone should take the time to learn symptoms of mental illness," said Patt Fancy, executive director of Lakes Region Consumer Advisory Board, also known as CornerBridge, in Laconia. If you or a loved one suffers with a mental illness, you are not alone. Many people are unaware of where to turn to for support.

Lakes Region Consumer Advisory Board oversees both CornerBridge and Concord Peer Support, which are peer support centers that are consumer-directed and where consumers develop their own programs to supplement existing mental health services, address issues such as social isolation and discrimination, and enjoy opportunities for socialization, personal and educational enhancement, and peer support.

A Peer Support Center is a central place for consumer self-help, advocacy, education, and socialization. At CornerBridge and Concord Peer Support we provide a socialization service that addresses the isolation felt by many mental health consumers. We are all peers who have a lived-life experience and understand how important it is when things get rough. We offer groups in Wellness, Recovery and how to live life managing the illness.

We are open to all mental health consumers. No admission fee or membership fee is charged.

For more information, please check out our website: or call 603-528-7742.

Joy Hall, Program Director

CornerBridge House


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Don't raise the gas tax; sto wasting the money we give you now

To The Daily Sun,

"60 Minutes" did a program on the infrastructure on the bridges and roads. It said so many bridges were in disrepair and needed to be fixed. Yes they do.

But they want to raise the gas tax.

I am sick of hearing that more money is needed to fix our infrastructure.

I live in the town of Meredith. The federal government was going to spend $4 million and the state $1 million for rotaries that we do not need. After a town meeting, with many town citizens attending, the selectmen voted the project down.

More towns and cities need to vote down projects that are not needed.

Stimulus money — bridges to nowhere; why didn't we spend the billions of dollars on infrastructure then? Federal gas tax money has been used to create hiking trails and a museum.

Do not raise the gas tax? Stop wasting the money you get from us already? Gas tax money should only be used to repair or build bridges and roads. And instead of building new bridges, why don't we fix the ones we have already?

I am not a bottomless pit for the federal government to mismanage the money it collects from me to spend on other things.

"No" to a higher gas tax.

Linda Riley


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Manufacuring over an aquifer conservation zone? Let's ask why?

To The Daily Sun,

An article in the May 15 edition of The Laconia Daily Sun written by Mike Mortensen referred to a statement released by the Sanbornton Planning Board stating, "Sanbornton residents favor allowing more commercial development in town, on a selective basis, which is compatible with Sanbornton's small town rural character."

The basis for this statement is the results of what some of the 92 respondents said in a survey on Election Day. How can a statement like the one released by the Planning Board have any credibility when only 92 of the almost 2,200 registered voters took part in the survey.

Talk about jumping to conclusions about what the other 2,000 voters think about commercial development in our town. The question is, with so little support from the registered voters. So why are the town officials putting economic development on the "fast track" as reported in this article?

The Planning Board recently proposed and established a Commercial (Light Manufacturing Permitted) Zoning District which increased the size of the current Commercial Zoning District along Rte. 127 beyond the Sanbornton General Store toward Franklin, which would allow light manufacturing in that area. According to a town map prepared by the Lakes Region Planning Commission, this area is an aquifer conservation zone. Why would the Planning Board even consider proposing such an amendment to our zoning knowing that this area is an aquifer conservation zone?
Is this how our town officials plan to protect our environment and water?

Bill Whalen

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