To The Daily Sun,
As representatives of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, we would like to announce two upcoming opportunities for our fellow community members to voice their comments and ask questions related to Motorcycle Week.
We will be broadcasting live on "Open Mic" with Pat Kelly on AM1490 WEMJ on Monday, Aug. 31, from 9:05 a.m. to 10 a.m. This show can be accessed remotely on Laconialocal.com or by downloading an app on MIXLR.com. Listeners can call in at 603-527-1490.
On Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 9:05 to 10 a.m., we will be live with Neil Young and "The Advocates" on AM1030 WEZS or streaming live at WEZS.com. Listeners can call in at 603-524-6288.
With the recent and substantial media coverage related to the rally and specifically regarding operations of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, these radio broadcasts offer the first of many future opportunities for the public to hear from us directly and to ask their questions and provide input on the rally's future.
The Laconia Motorcycle Week Association will also be hosting a public, face-to-face, forum within the next several months in an effort to continue such collaboration and transparency.
Charlie St. Clair & Jennifer Anderson
Laconia Motorcycle Week Association
Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 10:35
To The Daily Sun,
We are writing in response to a recent article concerning Motorcycle Week here in the Lakes Region. We strongly disagree with the owners of Laconia Harley-Davidson concerning lack of attendance and poor advertising benefits from the Rally News. How does she (Anne Deli) measure the success of her advertising in the Rally News? Has she offered coupons or done other advertising to track this?
When we travel, we like to know if there is a Harley dealer in the area. We have visited many across the country. The Rally News is a good way for enthusiasts to consider to visit our area, whether during the rally or at a later time.
We feel that this year was the best turnout for our business in the last 11 years — since we purchased our store and restaurant. We are happy to belong to the rally as patrons and find that it is cost effective to do so. Advertising costs are always too high, but this has been very affordable for us. We have had an increase in business with riders during the rally as well as all summer long. We are confident that the rally patronage is responsible for this.
It is unfair to measure attendance with Sturgis as it was a 75th anniversary rally. Some motorcyclists can only afford to attend one or two rallies a year as the cost of travel has risen.
Laconia has probably lost some of its attendance as, quite honestly it's always the same old thing each year. The vendors do not keep their tents open into the evening when riders and local folks are able to visit and purchase. There is a lot of talk amongst our clientele that the businesses in the area have been "gouging" during that time frame and they are tired of paying extra fees because of this. The riders also want to ride during the day. Fortunate for us here in the Newfound Lake area, we are always at maximum capacity before, during and after rally week. We do not charge higher rates during this time period and a lot of us offer many discounts to draw the riders in.
Charlie St.Clair and Jenn Anderson are the backbone of the Motorcycle Week family along with the Makris family. They have allowed our small business to strive with the innovative ideas that they bring to the rally each year. This is a full-time job that they do wholeheartedly all year, not just the few weeks leading up to the rally.
The Motorcycle Week patronage, the Rally News and the Passport program have allowed Newfound Grocery to get riders and enthusiasts to visit our establishment that we have not had in the past. Quite possibly, other local businesses should look to find ways to work together as a unit for the best of the Lakes Region and the Rally and not just for their own benefit.
The feedback that we have gotten this year was largely based on the weather and the beautiful state of New Hampshire has some of the best riding in the country. We should be proud of the state of New Hampshire and join forces to improve our tourism, as it is sadly all that we have left in this area in order to survive.
We must remember what the rally is about. The folks that started this many years ago most probably did not fight about issues and try to have control, rather worked together to put on the good time that it has always been.
We are proud to be part of the Rally Patron family.
Holly Kerouac & Craig Hall
Owners, Newfound Grocery
Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 10:32
To The Daily Sun,
A few observations on the political 'chaos' in the United States.
— If you criticize Planned Parenthood, it is a "war on women". Does Planned Parenthood have a war on babies?
— Hillary lies on a daily basis about e-mailgate. How come Democrats do not call for her resignation?
— How come Senator Shaheen and Rep. Kuster are voting to support Planned Parenthood and the Iran agreement? Do they support the harvesting of baby parts including heads and selling them to organizations?
— Hillary is representing hard working Americans. Did any of you hard working Americans in New Hampshire stay at the cape at a rental for $50,000 a week?
— How come we haven't seen any presidential candidates at Pauli's in Tilton? Best breakfast in the area.
— All you young voters (18-30), here are the ages of the Democrat Party leaders: Hillary Clinton, 67; Bernie Sanders, 73; Joe Biden, 72; Nancy Pelosi, 75; Steny Hoyer, 76.
You can bet this bunch knows what is best for young voters. They are the leaders for the future of the Democrat Party. Most of them are old enough to be your grandparents.
— Did you know that Hillary has applied for a "job" on the Geek Squad at Best Buys? She is a technical expert on wiping servers clean.
— Is Governor Hassan going to run against Senator Ayotte? She should resolve the budget by next November.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:14
To The Daily Sun,
The Aug. 21 issue has several letters deserving comment.
To Bernadette Loesch: We get it; you don't like Donald Trump or Republicans. But where's your useful comment related to the drug or the illegal immigration problems? Drug kingpins already are major targets in the war on drugs. You start getting evidence against the kingpins by arresting users and pushers. You must deal with the users because they harm innocent people to get money for drugs, and, of course, without users there would be no illegal drug problem.
If you open immigration to everyone wanting to escape "horrendous living conditions", billions of people will come here; all of them will consider you part of the 1 percent.
No one claimed a border wall/fence solves the illegal immigration problem. Yet a wall/fence, promised by Congress, would help address about 60 percent of the problem. About 40 percent of the problem is from visa violators.
A good wall/fence coupled with good interior enforcement of our immigration laws would discourage illegal immigration which would reduce the number of families separated by illegal immigration, deaths and sexual assaults during illegal border crossings, and the number of Americans harmed by illegal aliens.
To James Veverka: Just because you said there is a consensus on man-made-global-warming doesn't make it true or relevant since facts aren't determined by consensus. Michael Crichton wondered why so many critics of man-made global warming were retired scientists and professors. Following that thought, I will concede: There appears to be a consensus among "scientists" who want future government funding that their "research" needs to support the "solutions" to the man-made-global-warming hoax that benefits the politicians and bureaucrats.
For Mike Dowal: Since the 1950s America has been driving jobs out of our country due to excessive government policies, taxes, requirements (e.g., Obamacare), bureaucratic delays and costs (adding 15 percent to average business costs); hostile union practices; increasing energy costs; and bad management.
Adding threats and more government controls won't encourage employers to keep or grow jobs here, investors to create new jobs here, or for good jobs to return here. If we stop driving jobs away and make the U.S. the best place to conduct business, then businesses will invest and create good jobs here.
Unfortunately President Obama either doesn't know how to, or doesn't care to make the U.S. the best place to create and grow businesses. Hopefully our next president has the knowledge and cares enough about the American people to create a strongly growing economy so that every American can get a good job.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:10
To The Daily Sun,
The editorial cartoon on Aug. 27 suggested that a border wall that would really protect America would be built surrounding the NRA. As a life member, I could actually see some potential for that idea. The purpose of the wall would be to let people decide which kind of a country they would really like to live in.
One side still cherishes our God, our families, our jobs, our independence. One that still promotes self-reliance, integrity and personal responsibility. Where, as Dr. King asked, people are judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Where all people had equal economic opportunities and the law applied equally to every individual. I seem to remember a place like that.
On the other side of the wall, anything goes. The law is really just a polite request to behave yourself. Depending on who you are, you might be able to get away with taxing and regulating your political opponents away, or controlling the people's very lives by controlling what kind of care they might receive when they get sick. Where you are constantly flooded with new unknown people bringing in equally unknown agendas, substances, diseases. Where you are not allowed to protect yourself from the criminals who want to take your stuff. Where your kids leave school without learning critical skills they will need to keep a job. That is, if they could find a job after the government has taxed and regulated many companies to death and the rest have been burned to the ground. And when you get robbed, raped or killed by one of your fellow citizens, they police might show up to help, or not.
But of course there are both kinds of places here in the United States already, existing side by side with ever increasing conflict. What if there was a great big wall to separate us from each other like the Berlin Wall in Germany. Which side would you want to live on?
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:01