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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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"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'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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It was John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, who is responsible for the first quote that comes to mind this week. The baron died more than a hundred years ago, but one person will come to many minds as you read his words:

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority."

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It is with bittersweet emotions, that we inform you that we are moving to Venice, Florida around the end of this month. The “sweet” is that we have the opportunity late in life to start another adventure. No bon-bons and soap operas yet. We’ll see where this adventure goes.

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I'm laughing so hard, really, Alan Moon and Steve Earl, you're too much!

Seriously, all your insufferable dribble, pontificating about the dumpster, is just too pathetic! At least Alan Vervaeke and Mr. Cracraft have a brain, and understand the devastating effects of Donald Dump.

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Oh, how we pine for the "good ole days." A spate of letters in the past few weeks waxed nostalgic about 19th and 20th Century European immigration to the U.S. The writers correctly credit this influx with the building of our great country. They reminisce about the downtrodden Irish or Poles or Italians who rose to the challenges of discrimination to achieve better lives for all.

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Last month Dave Rubin, a Democrat, was attempted to be shouted down at UNH while giving a speech on civil discourse, free speech, and tolerance of ideas. Wow. Even when a Democrat tries to bring unity to our college and university students, they are not afforded their 1st Amendment rights. If you are a parent of a student at UNH, you need to know that the protestors included a UNH professor and other faculty members. Not only did they try to shout him down, they managed to block his address at the original venue, requiring it to be moved "for security reasons." And as a parent, you should be concerned that the N.H. idea of living free will soon end if faculty members are permitted not only to brainwash your children with propaganda on the merits of socialism, but also instruct them that any difference of opinion cannot and must not be tolerated. 
 
 

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New Hampshire is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, but there is always more that can be done to help those who are struggling. This morning, I will join patient advocacy groups, doctors, hospital officials, members of law enforcement, lawmakers and patients in Laconia to sign two important pieces of legislation that are critical to the future of our state’s health care system. The first, HB-1791, will help substantively lower the cost of prescription drugs. The other, SB-376, seeks to proactively address the growing threat of methamphetamines in New Hampshire.

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First and foremost, this letter is not in any way an indictment of the Elm Street School staff and educators. They are all top-notch and do an amazing job. They are underpaid and overworked and yet they always have a smile on and they have done an outstanding job educating my daughter for the last five years.

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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.