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Marketplaces function best when consumers have choices, and that includes the marketplace of ideas embodied by our elections and the campaigns leading up to them. When voters have choices, candidates are more likely to voice ideas that have to compete for approval at the ballot box.

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It's no secret that Andrew Hosmer is a Democrat. He was active in party politics long before he was elected mayor of Laconia, and his position gives him standing to comment on a variety of public policy matters. But an offer we received this week went too far.“I wanted to quickly reach out a…

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According to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, the criminal justice division prosecutes, among other things, “cases of crimes committed by state, county, and local government officials, including law enforcement officers. The cases involve a variety of criminal conduct, including …

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We feel bad for the members of the Lakeshore Redevelopment Commission who have worked for the past few years – at the behest of the Legislature – to come up with a plan to redevelop the former Laconia State School property.

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We'd like to think that our local law enforcement agencies are above reproach. We want to believe that the men and women on the police forces that keep us safe are professional, truthful and bastions of integrity.

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We would like to know a lot more about the dispute in the Belknap County Sheriff's Department that has resulted in the suspension of Chief Deputy David Perkins, who has been on paid administrative leave for more than four months.

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The decision by LRGHealthcare to furlough as many as 600 workers — including doctors, nurses, technicians, receptionists, custodians and other employees throughout the facility — sent shock waves through the Lakes Region.

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LACONIA — City departments ran up more than $200,000 in COVID-related expenses between when the pandemic first hit in mid-March and the end of the year, according to a report released by City Manager Scott Myers on Monday.

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For one person who registered on Friday for a COVID-19 vaccine, the shot means that she can stop worrying about the virus making her seriously ill. For another, it’s hope that life will return to normal. For a third, the vaccine means that he might be able to see his beloved again.

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LACONIA — The majority of the city’s public school students will continue to attend school under a hybrid schedule. But because some school staff members or students have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, there are “some pockets” within the scho…

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MEREDITH — On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Hermit Woods Winery & Deli decided to temporarily close due to an employee reporting to have tested positive for COVID-19. The employee had not been present in the winery since Jan. 8. Immediately upon learning of the infection, to ensure the maximum deg…