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For the benefit of those who don't follow the Moultonborough Speaks blog, the weekly Selectboard meetings, or the various other committee meetings and minutes, please be aware that there still appears to be considerable support for "community development" in the form of sidewalks, a community center, and "affordable" housing (and who knows what else). The recently established Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) appears to have been initiated to buttress the arguments that Moultonborough needs these, and other, things to attract people to move or stay here. However, it's hard to buy this argument when you need only look to Meredith, which couldn't keep it's largest employer there even though they already have a community center, sidewalks and a good school system.

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On May 5, 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5187-National Correctional Officers’ Week, in which he called upon officials of state and local governments and the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities, to recognize the contributions of correctional officers to our nation. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all of the local businesses honoring this tradition by reaching out and showing support for the Belknap County Department of Corrections staff. 

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I was overwhelmed with the response from the community. I received flowers, candy, chocolates, and cards. Gifts that were both unexpected and appreciated. I received gifts from people who chose to not be named, and some with first names only. I called my daughter, crying tears of joy, to tell her about the response. I wrote this poem a long time ago, and wanted to share it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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How far is the cartoonist Mike Luckovick going to try to stretch credibility? Here in Tuesday's Sun he has the Russian Bear manipulating an NRA hand puppet. Guess he has finally given up on the Putin manipulating Trump nonsense, but this is even more ridicules. I suppose it's a step up from his usual vile, slanderous, hate Trump garbage?

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When he wasn’t falsely claiming that he won the popular vote in New Hampshire (due to it being a “drug-infested den”), Donald Trump repeatedly asserted that the only reason he lost New Hampshire was due to voter fraud. According to him, he and Kelly Ayotte would both have won were it not for the “thousands” of “illegally cast ballots” of voters “brought in on buses” from Massachusetts. On one occasion after another, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the notorious vice chair of Trump’s so-called Election Integrity Commission, repeated these claims. And Governor Sununu, days before the November 2016 election, stated on the Howie Carr radio show that “there’s no doubt there’s election fraud here” and that “they (Democrats) have really gamed the system in their advantage.”

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In the fierce labor wars of the last century, industrial barons employed Pinkertons and other goons to bloody the heads of laborers or simply gun down those struggling for a share of economic and political power. It was brutal, but organized workers persevered and eventually gained a share of economic and political power. From their sweat and blood, America's middle class flowered.

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For the benefit of those who don't follow the Moultonborough Speaks blog, the weekly Selectboard meetings, or the various other committee meetings and minutes, please be aware that there still appears to be considerable support for "community development" in the form of sidewalks, a community center, and "affordable" housing (and who knows what else). The recently established Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) appears to have been initiated to buttress the arguments that Moultonborough needs these, and other, things to attract people to move or stay here. However, it's hard to buy this argument when you need only look to Meredith, which couldn't keep it's largest employer there even though they already have a community center, sidewalks and a good school system.

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On May 5, 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5187-National Correctional Officers’ Week, in which he called upon officials of state and local governments and the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities, to recognize the contributions of correctional officers to our nation. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all of the local businesses honoring this tradition by reaching out and showing support for the Belknap County Department of Corrections staff. 

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I was overwhelmed with the response from the community. I received flowers, candy, chocolates, and cards. Gifts that were both unexpected and appreciated. I received gifts from people who chose to not be named, and some with first names only. I called my daughter, crying tears of joy, to tell her about the response. I wrote this poem a long time ago, and wanted to share it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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How far is the cartoonist Mike Luckovick going to try to stretch credibility? Here in Tuesday's Sun he has the Russian Bear manipulating an NRA hand puppet. Guess he has finally given up on the Putin manipulating Trump nonsense, but this is even more ridicules. I suppose it's a step up from his usual vile, slanderous, hate Trump garbage?

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When he wasn’t falsely claiming that he won the popular vote in New Hampshire (due to it being a “drug-infested den”), Donald Trump repeatedly asserted that the only reason he lost New Hampshire was due to voter fraud. According to him, he and Kelly Ayotte would both have won were it not for the “thousands” of “illegally cast ballots” of voters “brought in on buses” from Massachusetts. On one occasion after another, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the notorious vice chair of Trump’s so-called Election Integrity Commission, repeated these claims. And Governor Sununu, days before the November 2016 election, stated on the Howie Carr radio show that “there’s no doubt there’s election fraud here” and that “they (Democrats) have really gamed the system in their advantage.”

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They say the Red Sox are all good, but their pitcher assaulted his wife and they benched him. Eli Manning selling bogus jerseys: a bad role model, again. State Rep. John Manning allegedly stole $13,000 in welfare benefits. People are killed and perpetrators buy boats and cars. Abuse of pets. No charges. That's why it's good to be rich.

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I want to talk again about the school shootings our country has been experiencing. Some want to use these as an opportunity to advance gun control legislation, some want to make our schools harder targets. Of the two of these, the making the schools harder targets is the least objectionable. It can be fairly easily done. But neither will solve the problem.

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A recent letter criticized citizens' "obsession" with guns for horrific incidents occurring with regularity in the U.S. Was the criticism justified? Not when you consider the numerous politically-correct laws requiring schools to protect the privacy of children with known behavior and/or mental disorders that contribute directly to these mass shootings. In almost every case, the warning signs were there, but those signs were ignored.

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Another school shooting! God help those kids and their parents. I am so sorry for their loss and for the nightmares that many will live with for the rest of their lives. When does it stop? How many more innocents must die?

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Okay, here we go again, another try at the job of running the Veterans Administration. Having read as much as I could and talked to a couple of folks who know, there is Nothing in Robert Loen Wilkie, Jr.'s background that jumps out and says, "This is the guy for the V.A. In fact, it's just that he’s been around so let’s give him a shot, what the hell.

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This is the 43rd of my periodic reports on the Legislature in Concord. I’m a little late with this report mainly because the end of the legislative session gets confusing. We dealt with all of the bills by voting them up or down, however the real sausage making begins now. The Senate begins attaching amendments or legislation (bills that failed in the House) to bills of a similar nature. Then, each body can agree or not with the changes, or the bill can be sent to a Committee of Conference. The C of C is comprised of an equal number of each house to come to a unanimous compromise. Did you know these meeting are on the Calendar and open to the public? The lobbyists attend and offer comments when asked. You could too. The modified bill then returns to both houses for another vote. The importance of the C of C cannot be overstressed. Let’s look at a few of these modified bills.

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How do you feel about scavenger hunts? They are fun, aren't they? Well, imagine spending a day with your family or with a group of co-workers or friends scouring the city of Laconia finding clues, earning points and fun prizes while you learn some history at the same time! The Second Annual Historic Laconia Scavenger Hunt will be held on Saturday June 2 from 1-3:30 p.m., rain or shine. The cost to pre-register, by May 25th, is $30 per team. If you register after May 25 or on the day of the event it will be $35. All teams must register by visiting the Belknap Mill or through the Belknap Mill website.

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To the taxpayers, residents, business owners, and visitors of the City of Laconia:

The time is now. The fire chief will be presenting the proposed Fire Department budget to the City Council this coming Monday, May 2t. As you all have probably recently read about in several articles and letters to the editor, this budget proposal is very important. Also, there is a decision to be made as to whether the ambulance service that the Fire Department provides will remain municipal or be contracted out to a private ambulance vendor.

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How apropos and so very ironic. As the old adage goes, “Timing is everything”. A picture (I am purposely NOT referring to it as a cartoon) appeared on the editorial page in the May 15 edition of The Daily Sun. When first seen, it gives us pause and a very deep intake of breath. It is a very somber and serious reminder of what’s been happening over this past couple of weeks. It depicts Senator John McCain (R-AZ) dressed in a suit with a troubled expression on his face. On the front of his suit are the medals he was awarded during his long and honorable military service to the United States of America. The picture shows him saying these very poignant words, “OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE…” We also are very shocked to see a huge knife in his back. On the hasp of that knife it says the following words: “IT DOESN’T MATTER HE’S DYING ANYWAY” — an unconscionable quote from a low life White House staffer.

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It's the craziest thing. Factory towns that bled both jobs and people still have a fine housing stock, cheap for lack of demand. Booming tech centers, meanwhile, attract battalions of newcomers despite their soaring housing costs and growing congestion.

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There are times when there is so much important news happening at the same time that it’s hard to decide what story most people would be interested in. For example, while the progress towards negotiation with North Korea has been going well, today we heard that the North just tossed in a monkey wrench, demanding that the scheduled military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea not take place.

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I would like to take this opportunity to commend The Laconia Daily Sun, and Keith Murray for the addition the local sports reporting recently instituted in the paper. This his been a void in the local area and Keith is doing a fantastic job. I know I speak for many players, parents, coaches, grandparents as well as local fans near and far.

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Isn’t it great when the clowns to the left claim to be “stuck in the middle with you”? They use words like “common sense” and “reasonable” as if there’s no doubt they are. The best part is when they claim they are pro Second Amendment because they own a gun and say that the Second Amendment is about protecting your house, like it’s true.

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The farm bill under consideration in Congress eliminates a requirement that requires the EPA under the Endangered Species Act to consult with expert federal wildlife agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, when approving chemicals that can harm threatened and endangered species.

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I'd like to thank Stephanie Chandler for her response to my letter. It's nice to know someone reads what you write.

I knew in writing that letter that it was perhaps an idea "before its time," particularly because the disintegration of the "Old Man" happened so recently. It is somewhat like when many people thought a trip to the moon was impossible, yet look where we have come to today.

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Need more evidence that there are two Americas? Here: Left-wing hatred of Melania Trump is inversely proportional to flyover admiration for the first lady.

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Get ready, America — here we go ... to war! This kind of war is an affront to the values that most of us hold dear, and this war is truly nasty and evil: a war on the poor.

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We need to save our bees! Have you noticed that our bee and monarch population is declining? This is of great concern to ​me. Many species of bees have been listed on the endangered species list. We need bees! Our food supply and environment is being compromised. We need monarchs too. Many of us are concerned that the use of ​the pesticide called ​glysophate which has been determined by the World Health Organization as a possible carcinogen.

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For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it has been a week of triumph.

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Everywhere I read, the doom and gloom of the Left and the paranoia of the Right are evident. One percent of the Left wants confiscation of guns that terrify them and fifty percent of the Right believes the entire Left wants to take away all their guns.

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The annual election for New Hampshire Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors is underway. This year’s election has four director positions up for election and only one incumbent director running. Three other directors have reached their term limits, meaning that there will be at least three new members joining the board this year. I encourage you to review the candidate statements that accompanied your ballot, reach out to the candidates if you have any questions and VOTE.

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The Town of Bristol is perched on “a precipice of change.” For years now Bristol has been facing a declining population, declining average income, and declining property values; all while the average age of Bristol’s town’s population is increasing and crime has been rising all during the same time frame! FACTS: from the US Census Data; Bristol’s 2016 population was 3,050, and in 2010 the population was 3,054. Quoting from the 2016 "Space Needs Committee" Report: Presentations from Lakes Region Planning Commission, Newfound area Superintendent of Schools and US Census Bureau. "The input suggests that Bristol will experience no substantial residential growth in the next 25 years and may even decline in population. At the same time, demographic studies show that the State of New Hampshire has the second oldest population of any state in the country. Bristol already has a population which is older than the state average. There is general agreement that the average age of the population of Bristol will be even older in 25 years." "The average household income in the State of New Hampshire is approximately $64,000. The average household income in the Town of Bristol is approximately $ 38,000. Bristol is not an affluent community. There is no evidence to show that Bristol's relative financial ability will substantially change in 25 years."

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I am writing to endorse the candidacy of Ed French of Raymond, who is running for a position on the New Hampshire Electric Coop Board of Directors. Having had the pleasure of working with Ed in his capacity on the NHEC Nominating Committee for several years, and most recently working together on the NHEC Foundation he has my complete confidence and unreserved endorsement.

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I am appalled to see that Ms. Fay is getting a slap on the wrist.

A MONTH? Dear God she should do YEARS! What she did to those poor dogs is on par with Charles Manson in my book. Dogs can't defend themselves, can't speak to say I'm hungry or I don't feel good. Oh some would say she could tell by the way they were acting would alert her. BULL, not with that many dogs.

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This is to invite everyone from the community to a StorySlam on Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia to benefit Camp Resilience and the great work they do in helping our veterans bounce back in mind, body and spirit.

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Is it Trump time yet? President Donald Trump’s been running full throttle for almost 16 months now. He keeps delivering on campaign promises like no other president has — foreign policy, immigration, reforms, tax cuts and jobs, to mention a few. His choice of using Twitter was brilliant.

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There is more to Memorial Day Weekend than barbecues, beverages and boats . . . 

What better way to spend Saturday evening of Memorial Day weekend than by having a great time and raising funds for a local group who helps wounded veterans. The Temple B'Nai Israel We Care team has a great night planned with tremendous entertainment, terrific food, and a deserving beneficiary. All the details are below and more information as well as purchasing of tickets can be found at www.tbinh.org.

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They say the Red Sox are all good, but their pitcher assaulted his wife and they benched him. Eli Manning selling bogus jerseys: a bad role model, again. State Rep. John Manning allegedly stole $13,000 in welfare benefits. People are killed and perpetrators buy boats and cars. Abuse of pets. No charges. That's why it's good to be rich.

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I want to talk again about the school shootings our country has been experiencing. Some want to use these as an opportunity to advance gun control legislation, some want to make our schools harder targets. Of the two of these, the making the schools harder targets is the least objectionable. It can be fairly easily done. But neither will solve the problem.

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A recent letter criticized citizens' "obsession" with guns for horrific incidents occurring with regularity in the U.S. Was the criticism justified? Not when you consider the numerous politically-correct laws requiring schools to protect the privacy of children with known behavior and/or mental disorders that contribute directly to these mass shootings. In almost every case, the warning signs were there, but those signs were ignored.