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The woman soon to be Rudolph Giuliani's third ex-wife is not the most sympathetic of victims. Judith Nation cavorted openly with Giuliani while the New York mayor was still living with his second wife and their two children.

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I wanted to take a moment to give a huge THANK YOU! to Laconia.  The residents spoke their mind. Others also spoke their mind. The City Council received dozens of letters, emails and phone calls. The Daily Sun printed numbers of letters from concerned citizens. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the Laconia Fire Department through all of this. It means a lot.  More importantly, it just reinforces to us that we are doing an absolute great job for our community.

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I write to you today to express my deep concern and alarm regarding the recent proposals to tear up a section of the Concord-Lincoln rail line that runs through Laconia in order to make way for an extension to the WOW Trail. This would be a grave mistake, both for the city and the state. The Concord-Lincoln line remains an active rail line, one which hosts no less than three different railroad companies: The Plymouth and Lincoln Railroad, Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train, and the New England Southern railroad, which is the sole provider of freight rail service in central New Hampshire.

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If the people who are fleeing violence, murder, rape, etc. at our borders were blond haired, blue eyed Norwegians, the racist, pretend president we are stuck with would welcome them with open arms. Their children would not be taken from them and locked up like farm animals. Do Hitler's "Aryan Race" policies ring a bell?

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Kudos to Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan for standing up to the federal government. They insisted that the funding formula used to allocate the amount of money given to states to fight the opioid crisis should be based on need — rather than on population. Through their steadfast insistence on this change, Senators Shaheen and Hassan helped secure an additional $22.9 million in funding for our state, where we have lost so many citizens to the epidemic. This comes in top of the $3.1 million our entire delegation helped secure earlier this year.

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It’s a safe assumption that most Americans have lived their life trusting our government to abide by the laws enacted to guide all the people inside and outside of government. However, in a relative flash of time that trust has gone. We have seen some government leaders “weaponize” the embedded bureaucracy for political reasons. And we have seen the embedded bureaucracy, the “deep state”, do likewise. For example:

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I'm sending this postcard message to our U.S. Senators: "an adapted question, learned from Bush's Iraq war — what is your exit strategy for holding children of asylum seekers? How will you know when it is time to stop? How will the thousands of children taken at our border with Mexico be handled "after?" Please seek the answers.

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I’d like to start by sending out a big thank you to the organizers of the 95th Annual Laconia Motorcycle Week. The amount of planning that goes into this is a huge undertaking and the dedication that these people have, the amount of time they are willing to give, the passion they have for the event and for the Lakes Region really shows.

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The woman soon to be Rudolph Giuliani's third ex-wife is not the most sympathetic of victims. Judith Nation cavorted openly with Giuliani while the New York mayor was still living with his second wife and their two children.

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I wanted to take a moment to give a huge THANK YOU! to Laconia.  The residents spoke their mind. Others also spoke their mind. The City Council received dozens of letters, emails and phone calls. The Daily Sun printed numbers of letters from concerned citizens. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the Laconia Fire Department through all of this. It means a lot.  More importantly, it just reinforces to us that we are doing an absolute great job for our community.

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I write to you today to express my deep concern and alarm regarding the recent proposals to tear up a section of the Concord-Lincoln rail line that runs through Laconia in order to make way for an extension to the WOW Trail. This would be a grave mistake, both for the city and the state. The Concord-Lincoln line remains an active rail line, one which hosts no less than three different railroad companies: The Plymouth and Lincoln Railroad, Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train, and the New England Southern railroad, which is the sole provider of freight rail service in central New Hampshire.

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If the people who are fleeing violence, murder, rape, etc. at our borders were blond haired, blue eyed Norwegians, the racist, pretend president we are stuck with would welcome them with open arms. Their children would not be taken from them and locked up like farm animals. Do Hitler's "Aryan Race" policies ring a bell?

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Kudos to Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan for standing up to the federal government. They insisted that the funding formula used to allocate the amount of money given to states to fight the opioid crisis should be based on need — rather than on population. Through their steadfast insistence on this change, Senators Shaheen and Hassan helped secure an additional $22.9 million in funding for our state, where we have lost so many citizens to the epidemic. This comes in top of the $3.1 million our entire delegation helped secure earlier this year.

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It’s a safe assumption that most Americans have lived their life trusting our government to abide by the laws enacted to guide all the people inside and outside of government. However, in a relative flash of time that trust has gone. We have seen some government leaders “weaponize” the embedded bureaucracy for political reasons. And we have seen the embedded bureaucracy, the “deep state”, do likewise. For example:

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I'm sending this postcard message to our U.S. Senators: "an adapted question, learned from Bush's Iraq war — what is your exit strategy for holding children of asylum seekers? How will you know when it is time to stop? How will the thousands of children taken at our border with Mexico be handled "after?" Please seek the answers.

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My friend Steve Earle suggests that we “fight evil” in this November’s midterm elections. This is one of the very few times I agree with Mr. Earle and I plan to follow his advice. I will vote and work for anyone who opposes Trump’s evil agenda at any level of government. I will also be supporting candidates for Congress with the guts to impeach him or find a way to remove him under the 25th Amendment. In addition I will be supporting candidates in favor of sane health care reform, sane immigration policies, and sane gun laws.

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The New England Wolves would like to wish a very special THANK YOU to Merrill Fay on this Father’s Day 2018. Merrill’s efforts have made our program and the hockey dreams of youth in our area a reality for over 40 years.

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Let’s not demonstrate support for our veterans for three days a year, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July, but for every day of the year. These men and women served at our request and the we should make sure they are housed, have access to quality health care, and are fed when they return from duty.

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"I also have a dream."

This rallying cry, handwritten on a simple white placard held up by an Asian-American mom at a protest this week against liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to radically transform New York City's public schools, says it all. A new civil rights struggle in education has exploded — yet the national media and the usual celebrity voices for equality and justice are nowhere to be found.

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On January 25, 2018, the Alton Board of Selectmen held an “emergency meeting ” under RSA 91-A:2,II and RSA 38:19 because, according to the minutes of the meeting, “ a town utility lacking a quorum of commissioners thus not being able to run the department (water) and being a public health issue/concern and safety issue/concern.”

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I have been asking around, and no one I’ve talked to believes that what Laconia needs is to grow. It came as no surprise the owner of a construction business assessed the best use for the former State School property, is development. If you want to live in a big city, Manchester and Nashua are south of here.

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The Lakeshore ReDevelopment Planning Commission (LRPC), not to be confused with the Lakes Region Planning Commission, is entering its second year of planning the further disposition of the former Laconia State School property. It is critical that area residents take every opportunity to weigh in on the work being done. The LRPC held a public hearing last week that presented a real estate market analysis of the site an three re-development scenarios. This information can be found on these web links:

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I received a phone call last week informing me that three of our incumbent state reps are not running and would I consider running. After thinking it over I decided on running. The only agenda I have is representing the people of the 2nd District, which is Meredith and Gilford — and listening to their input.

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However, there is another​​ ​addictive issue in N.H.​, ​​alcoholism,​ and its reaching​​ all age groups starting in school age children and​ in placenta. Alcohol addictions​ do not discriminate regardless of​ wealth, age, race or creed. ​Combined with substance abuse disorders, the results can be deadly, both to the one suffering from such abuse as well as the community​, ​family​, and lives​ they touch.

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It was very disappointing to see that my two local representatives, Barbara Comptois and Ray Howard, voted against the RAN (Revenue Anticipation Note) for Gunstock on June 8. That note is equivalent to a line of credit, and does not cost the taxpayers a penny. It allows Gunstock to continue its normal and necessary operations, including planned maintenance, during the summer months when revenues are low. For years, the county delegation has approved Gunstock’s RANs, in varying amounts, usually higher than this year’s request for $600,000. Last year, for example, only one member of the delegation (Rep. Silber) voted against the RAN, and two years ago, the RAN was approved unanimously following a motion by Rep. Howard.

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Taxes is not a four-letter word, literally or figuratively. Of course no one wants to give up hard-earned money. But we live in a democratic, civilized (becoming less so) society and need good roads to get to our jobs and schools, good schools to educate our children (all of them), good police, fire, and EMTs to keep us safe and well, and maybe even a little culture and recreation to keep us all engaged and learning and connected. Taxes result when everyone contributes a little to the pot that, in turn, serves the greater good of the community.

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Did anyone happen to notice the story on the front page of the June 6 "Concord Monitor," titled "New town office starts to take shape?" 

The "impoverished" town of Canterbury (2,400 population) is building a new town office. Cost you might ask? $400,000 plus $20,000 for contingencies.

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Question: If you inject a stream of raw ignorance into a vat of gaseous arrogance, then jolt the mixture with 1,000 megawatts of malevolence ... what does it produce? Answer: Donald Trump's Executive Order of April 12.

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Though I now live in Hill, I lived in Laconia for nearly 60 years and worked at LRGH for nearly 40. I have followed the debate about the possibility of taking the emergency services from the Laconia Fire Department and hiring a private service to take over these services.

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Opinions are like noses — everybody has one. How much weight one's opinion carries, however, varies with the individual. You can usually tell when someone runs out of ideas when they tell you that you are stupid so shut up.

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The Lakeshore Redevelopment Planning Commission recently held a public meeting at which two documents produced by Camoin Associates were presented for public input. Members of the public participated in an exercise whereby they could identify elements of three redevelopment scenarios that they either liked or disliked. Several members of the public provided written input on specific suggestions. People were also given the opportunity to address the commission members directly with their concerns and ideas.

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This past Saturday, June 2, 10 Scavenger Hunt teams departed the Belknap Mill on a 2 1/2 hour quest to figure out and accomplish over 60 clues and challenges. Teams consisted of friends and families interested in the history of our city and the opportunity to learn in a humorous and active way. Along with Celebrate Laconia and the Laconia Historic and Museum Society, the Belknap Mill would like to thank the following people for their assistance and hard work in making the 2nd Annual Historic Laconia Scavenger Hunt a HUGE success!

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That said, this morning, as my young daughters were playing in front of me, I scanned, and was intrigued by the front page news about Bike Week. I read the article, and was extremely disheartened. The article mentions the many shirts that are sold during Bike Week, and says, “T shirts with pictures and slogans too off color to mention here, are a staple of Motorcycle Week.” That’s fine. What I don’t understand, is how the shirt that the article highlighted, was somehow, NOT too “off color” to mention.

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Late afternoon this past Saturday was busy with motorcycles beginning to roar into town. This, or simply my inattention, may or may not have contributed to my near collision with a truck on the enter ramp to Belmont Shaw’s Plaza. But the end result was that my car was shoved into the curb with enough force to gouge holes in two tires.

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That was quite a show Donald Trump put on in Canada. Insulting our closest friends and trading partners while sucking up to Russian leader Vladimir Putin — well, that got people's attention. As Guy Verhofstadt, former prime minister of Belgium, tweeted, "Just tell us what Vladimir has on you. Maybe we can help."

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I read here on Thursday how Bill Dawson is very concerned that President Trump is going to give away the farm to Kim Jung Un at there meeting in Singapore and let me say I understand. Indeed with the history of our presidents making questionable if not down right bad deals over recent history, well who shouldn't be concerned?

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I'd like to respond to Alan Vervaeke's letter in response to Alan Moon. It seems Vervaeke has appointed himself with the duty of smoking out "varmints" from our country and with "extreme prejudice" trying to insure that they don't return. If I got the analogy right?

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There was an amazing event in the Weirs this weekend. The Peter Makris Memorial Ride hosted over 200 riders for what can only be described as a picture perfect ride. Events like this raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities. This one, in its 12th year, counts the Laconia Fire Department, The Laconia Fire Department CERT team and Veteran’s Count among its’ beneficiaries. I could write many pages of thank you lists to all of the people who make this happen, but in this letter, I’ll be focusing on just a few of these volunteers.

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I am writing to respond to Hillarie Goldstein's letter.

Yes, there is an Reformers Unanimous program at Belknap County jail and all are welcome to attend. It meets on Saturday afternoons under Granite State Baptist Church affiliation, but it is used as a Bible study. It is written as an addiction program but with its multipurpose use it is a great discipleship program that keeps you in the Word and growing closer to God. It has a 91 percent success rate and it's focus is recovery without relapse.

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"Though New York City has one of the most segregated schools systems in the country," writes Elizabeth Harris of The New York Times, until now, Mayor Bill de Blasio "was all but silent on the issue." He was "reluctant even to use the word 'segregation.'"

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My friend Steve Earle suggests that we “fight evil” in this November’s midterm elections. This is one of the very few times I agree with Mr. Earle and I plan to follow his advice. I will vote and work for anyone who opposes Trump’s evil agenda at any level of government. I will also be supporting candidates for Congress with the guts to impeach him or find a way to remove him under the 25th Amendment. In addition I will be supporting candidates in favor of sane health care reform, sane immigration policies, and sane gun laws.

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The New England Wolves would like to wish a very special THANK YOU to Merrill Fay on this Father’s Day 2018. Merrill’s efforts have made our program and the hockey dreams of youth in our area a reality for over 40 years.

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Let’s not demonstrate support for our veterans for three days a year, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July, but for every day of the year. These men and women served at our request and the we should make sure they are housed, have access to quality health care, and are fed when they return from duty.