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Thankful for heroic actions of all involved in fighting Davis Place fire

To The Daily Sun,

It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving or any other holiday of the year, but we are particularly thankful at this time for the Laconia Fire Department and the other towns that were involved in fighting the fire on Feb. 25 at 64-70 Davis Place.

It means a lot to us that we could depend on the quick and knowledgeable thinking of Fire Chief Kenneth Erickson and his crew to be organized and brave during a horrific blaze.

Thank you to Kevin Pierce who suffered second-degree burns trying to save Paul Blakely, a longtime special tenant.

Our praise and thanks goes out to everyone involved, from the police, firefighters and all who tried to save the life of Paul and to get all the tenants out safely. The heroic actions of all will not be forgotten. It continues to remind us to have faith in others.

The support of the city is immeasurable and needs to be praised, as well as all the people who are helping us cope with the tragedy. The Laconia Fire Department has proven to be the best in the state. God willing you won't need them, but in any case, you can depend on them.

We are fortunate to have the support of many family and friends and the community. The caring and loving thoughts will not go unnoticed. Thank you for making this experience more bearable.

Lloyd "Red" Wylie and family

Marge DeSisto

Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:45

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Please write in Mary Kim Lavery for Gilford Checklist Supervisor

To The Daily Sun,

This is to support Mary Kim Lavery to be written in for Supervisor of the Checklist in Gilford. There is no candidate on the ballot for this position in March 11 Town Election.

Mary Kim is well qualified and willing. Having worked previously in the state-supported department established by the Help America Vote Act, Mary is already familiar with the New Hampshire statewide voter registration system (SVRS) used to record voter registration. She will make a fine addition to Gilford's Supervisors to fill my vacancy.

Connie Moses

Outgoing Supervisor of the Checklist

Gilford

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:41

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Selectboard is asking you to support GFD staffing as it is now

To The Daily Sun,

Article 30 was amended by the fire chief at the Gilmanton deliberative session. The change he made is describing how the department is staffed. Specifically, with four full-time employees.

The Board of Selectmen is asking you to support the staffing as it is now. No one has been let go. Presently we have the chief, two full-time firefighters, and a group of dedicated part-time firefighter/EMT/Is. This will save the town $34,000 without compromising safety.

Your safety has always been a concern of selectmen. We spent months trying to convince the chief to staff all of Sunday's positions with a minimum of a firefighter/EMT/I, to no avail. In May we passed a policy that all staffing on Sunday would have to meet the minimum standard of Firefighter/EMT/I.

I want anyone to tell me how replacing a full-time position with part-time Firefighter/EMT's is compromising safety. I also want you to know that the county placed the Mutual Aid fire dispatch funding on the member towns. The approximately $32,000 is in your town taxes.

Vote "no" on Article 30.

Selectman Don Guarino

Gilmanton

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:38

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We won't find more cost-effective solution for police station

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing today in support of the renovation and expansion of the police station in Gilford.

Anyone who has toured the station knows it is cramped, crowded, poorly laid out, and in no way compliant with national police standards. Its original design was seriously flawed, and since then the changes made to accommodate present-day police operations have made it more so. Both officer safety and the safety of the public within the present station have been compromised due to the need to cram more people and more equipment into a space never designed to handle it.

I was a member of the Facilities Planning Committee that generated the proposal and plans for the renovation and addition to the station presented to the people of Gilford in 2009. I know the problems with the present station intimately (they've only gotten worse since 2009). I and the other members of the committee dealt with the planning and design details of the station renovation/addition back then, which met the present and future needs of the Police Department.

The design put forth for 2014 is a modified version of the original one from 2009, with some changes to the layout and workflow within the station that make it work even better than the 2009 design. The modifications also include the use of a traditional heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.

With a price tag even lower than the one we presented in 2009, I doubt we'll find a more cost-effective solution to solve the problem that is our present-day Gilford Police Station. So that begs the question: If not now, when?

Will we wait until an event occurs that causes harm to our police officers or to the members of the public before we do something about the deplorable condition of our police station? Or will we vote to fix the problem once and for all?

Dale Channing Eddy

Gilford

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:35

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It was unethical for Cryans to not recuse himself from that vote

To The Daily Sun,

I guess I need to respond to the letter from Paula Trombi from Meredith, which was printed in The Laconia Daily Sun on March 4.

Did I mention the word budget in my letter? No. Did I mention county appropriation in my letter? Yes, I did, and here is my paragraph: "Michael Cryans, as a county commissioner, refused to recuse himself from voting on a county appropriation to give Headrest Inc. $143,280, a company which pays him a substantial salary as its executive director."

Here is a synopsis of what happens at the county commissioner level, in regards to the county budget. The department heads develop a requested budget. The budget goes to the county commissioners for approval. The commissioners meet with the department heads, go over the budget line-by-line and come up with a joint final budget recommendations. All the commissioners vote in agreement with the line-to-line appropriations (the definition is anything appropriated for a special purpose, especially money authorized to be paid from a public treasury). The final appropriations are presented to the delegation of elected representatives for that county.

People read articles and they sometimes need to re-read to get the full context of the different words. I really feel that it was unethical and a real conflict of interest for Michael Cryans not to recuse himself from this situation. I certainly would not be voting for him. The Rule of Law should always prevail.

Vote for Joe Kenney in the election on March 11.

Rosemary Landry

Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:32

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