To The Daily Sun,
In a Laconia Daily Sun article by Michael Kitch on July 30, headlined "Ward 5 in desperate need of full house of election officials," Laconia City Clerk Mary Reynolds insinuates Thomas Tardif and David Gammon are responsible for the lack of ward officials in the upcoming election.
Is this because I had to take her to court to correct the election results for the Laconia City Council Ward 5 Primary Election on Sept. 10, 2013. The writer claims that, "the official results indicated that no one received a write-in vote that would qualify them as a candidate for the council." This is less than truthful. The Election Results Report, which is a computer printout, showed that there were three write-in votes cast for the Ward 5 City Council seat, but the Municipal Primary Election Results showed no write-in votes for the Ward 5 City Council seat. When we made the City Clerk aware of this contradiction in the results she should have called for a recount. In a lawsuit John J. Babiarz v. Town of Grafton there was a discrepancy in the election results: "the town discovered that an error had occurred, resulting in 47 ballots being counted twice. Thus, a recount was held on March 25, 2006." There was no court case. The town of Grafton ordered the recount. The attorney for the Town of Grafton was the now Laconia City Attorney Laura Spector-Morgan.
In an effort to resolve the election results mistake, I followed Mary Reynolds's advice given to me in an e-mail on 9/17/2014 which was copied to the city attorney, Laura Spector-Morgan, Walter Mitchell and City Manager Scott Myers. She said, "As previously discussed, I do not dispute that a human error could have occurred but the only way to legally remedy this possible oversight would be to request a recount; I cannot open the sealed ballot box and examine the ballots without doing so. At this time a recount can be requested by Mr. Tardif gathering five signatures of voters and presenting request no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013 or you may make a request to order a recount through the judicial process." On Sept. 20, 2013, as advised I presented the signatures of 10 voters of Ward 5 asking for a recount of the Sept. 10, 2014 Primary Results. Mary Reynolds refused to accept the "Petition for Recount."
This has cost me time and money to protect my constitutional right to have my vote counted. The City of Laconia's City Clerk backed by Mayor Ed Engler, the City Council and City Manager Scott Myers in her quest to force me to fill out an IRS W-9 Form, claiming that the court costs to correct the city's election results is income. None of the $280.76 includes income; $250 is for Court Cost to Belknap County Superior Court, $28.78 to the Belknap County Sheriff and $1.98 to the U.S. Postal Service.
Also in the article, the writer states, "Election officials insisted the error arose from an inadvertent oversight." In all the court papers filed by the City Clerk she has never admitted there was an error that "arose from an inadvertent oversight."
Another quote, "Gammon and Tardif voiced suspicions about the propriety and integrity of the election and those who conducted it." This is not true I never said that. In an e-mail to Mary Reynolds on 9/17/13 I said, "I just finished talking to Alice Ortakales one of the Ward Clerks that signed the Election Results Report. She said that Tom Tardif did receive 3 write-in votes for Ward 5 City Council. Alice said to talk to Ward Clerk Nancy Merrill. I also got a call from Sylvia Metivier she said she also wrote in Tom Tardif for Ward 5 city councilor. That gives him three votes that weren't written down on the Municipal Primary Election Write-In Sheet but matches the Election Result Report showing three write-in votes for Ward 5 councilor. This isn't a recount, This is an error and should be simple to correct. Maybe Tom's three votes for Ward Clerk should have been three votes for council. The recount proved that I was correct.
Another quote by Micheal Kitch is by an unnamed "veteran of Ward 5 politics, who remarked of the two men, we have some who are extremely civic minded in their own way." What does this mean and who said it?
The New Hampshire Constitution Bill of Rights Article 11 says, "All elections are to be free, and every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election." That election was not free for me and I had to fight to have our three votes counted as cast.
Maybe it is the $7.25 per hour that is the blame for lack of election officials?
Has the reporter questioned any of the former Ward 5 election officials as to why they don't want serve this year? I have.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:17
To The Daily Sun,
Last week, tens of thousands of union workers filled the streets of Detroit. People from electrical unions, carpenter unions, plumber unions and others from the construction trade. These members came together in mass to scream their frustration and outrage at the Obama administration for killing tens of thousands of jobs in the commercial construction trade.
These union members are outraged over Obama's new strict rules to limit carbon emissions from power plants. Unions suggest the new rules will kill as many as 150,000 high-paying full-time jobs over the next few years, that in the end will not reduce carbon emissions at all. The coal and other fossil fuels that would have been burned here are simply going to be shipped to China, India and other places to be burned. These hard-working people are outraged. They have simply had enough of the job-killing, business-bashing tactics of Barack Obama that are destroying the middle class working families in America they represent.
The employed, working American has been voting Republican for the past several years by majority. It is no wonder. Republicans may not represent all they believe in, but these people have figured out their best chance at getting a really good job and working 40 hours a week with benefits is with Republicans who support policies that product growth, jobs and economic expansion.
Forget the unemployment rate. That is a manufactured, government illusion of the highest order. The only important number is what percentage of the population is working vs. not working. That number today is at a 30-year low, after six Obama years. So many people have simply stopped looking for work they are not counted as unemployed.
Further, Obama has become the king of part-time job creation, especially in the hospitality industry where wages are notoriously at the low end of the pay scale. The slide to part-time jobs has been caused by the unintended consequences of Obama care that defined full-time as 30 hours. When in hell did America ever see 30 hours as full time? Not until Obama pontificated from the king's chair that it was. Now look at the damage.
Similar demonstrations by workers both union and non union have been held in the energy sector as well. The Obama administration's foot-dragging on every requested energy project, including requests for expanded drilling on public land, and the building of seven LNG terminals has prevented hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs from being created. The intentional Obama, political stone-walling of the Keystone pipeline, placating green freaks in order to improve Democrats' election results in three key swing states has workers in the energy sector incensed with outrage. Obama sees potential political gains to be more important than these workers finding good, full-time high-paying jobs to feed their families.
The energy sector offers some of the highest paying jobs in America, many for people without formal college degrees. Obama would rather increase welfare another $500 billion than provide good jobs that free people from their dependence on him and government. I hope the electorate sees through this political, high-wire charade that has, and is intentionally preventing job creation, holding back the economy for six long years.
Obama has produced the worst recovery from any recession since the 1940s. Why? Democrats version of "Slime ball politics" at the expense of Main Street America.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:09
To The Daily Sun,
The Laconia High School Alumni Reunion Committee is beginning to plan for the fourth annual LHS Alumni Reunion scheduled for Sept. 19, 2014. This is the homecoming celebration and we are looking for classes from the past to participate in the festivities.
Each year we continue to increase the participation from LHS alumni, and last year this event was quite a success and raised enough money for Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation to award two Laconia High School students, Nicole Bogert and Scott Compton, scholarships for continuing education.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:04
To The Daily Sun,
(U.S. Rep. Nancy) Pelosi and (CNN news anchor Sandy) Crowley are not the fools here. But in the game plan of misquoting the facts, you win this round.
It is the country of Qatar — whose residents are Qataris — that is calling Hamas a humanitarian organization and that's how the subject came in the interview with Pelosi. They are also sponsors of Hamas. So, since they are also the richest country per capita, Hamas should never have a shortage of cash. But they do have a problem since they are bordered by the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis are backing the Israeli's which would leave Qatar with a lack of allies in the area. Not a good position to be in even if you've got hour truce has been called because the outcome so far wasn't exactly going to well for them.
Let us hope this truce lasts for a long time, and maybe the Hamas will disappear into the wind.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:01
To The Daily Sun,
Friday, Aug. 8, about 10:15 p.m. four of us were enjoying a beautiful moonlight evening on our Crystal Lake, Gilmanton Iron Works lakefront deck and were watching local fireworks displays when we witnessed an impressive natural phenomenon the likes of which that none of us had ever witnessed before.
The moon was shining bright in a near-cloudless sky. It was so bright we were immersed in moon shadows and only a few stars were visible. Then as we watched a slow moving plane overhead about two fingers below the moon a huge "shooting star" appeared moving from south to north at about a 195 degree angle (horizon being 180 degrees). The shooting star was as bright as the moon and had a blueish tint and appeared to be about 1/15th or 1/20th the relative size of the moon. We were amazed to watch what I assume was a meteorite travel across the sky for at least three or four seconds, and then break up into at least three pieces as it disappeared directly north of us in the direction of Mount Major, Lake Winnipesaukee and beyond. We were all nearly dumbstruck by the experience.
The phenomenon did look like a shooting star, but I never saw one remotely as big as this one. I would guess appearing maybe 15 to 20 times bigger than the usual shooting star and lasting two to three times longer than what we usually see during the Pleades or other meteor showers this time of year.
We wondered if any of your followers reported this event or if any of you had an explanation for it or could conjecture a guess as to what it was. Thanks for any info you could report to us.
Ned W. Downing
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 08:57