Howard — Reject violence, reject violence

By Elizabeth Howard

 

The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

— James Baldwin

 

Diana Wege is an artist, environmentalist and philanthropist dedicated to making the world a more peaceful place. In 2014 she founded WOVEN, We Oppose Violence Everywhere Now, a global network designed to end conflict across the globe and provide the appropriate resources, support and platform to identify peaceful resolutions to conflict. WOVEN's goal is to end violence in our lifetime. (www.woven.org)

I work with Diana on WOVEN and last Thursday, just one week ago, we hosted a luncheon at her studio in Chelsea. Gathered around the table were people who are involved with organizations who share our goal of creating a more peaceful world.

The executive director of Abby Disney's Peace is Loud was there, as well as representatives from Gloria Steinem's Donor Direct. There were people from organizations that serve the international community through the United Nations and a member of the Board of Dining for Women. Timothy Bellavia, author of We Are All The Same Inside (www.weareallthesameinside.com), brought the dolls he helps children create as part of his educational work to demonstrate that we are all the same on the inside. There was a Korean filmmaker and artist who is using the theater and film to bring people together and Jamila Raqib who collaborated in 2009 with Dr. Gene Sharp to create a curriculum titled Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression. The book provides an understanding of nonviolent struggle to individuals in order to enable them to develop effective strategies for their struggles. She has been nominated to receive the Nobel Peace prize.

When you are sitting around a table with this group of people who are committed to peace and justice, to identifying the root causes of violence – poverty, hunger, inequality, anger, religious differences, politics, governments – you cannot help but feel a sense of hope. Working together, why can't we stop some of the senseless violence that confronts us on a daily basis? Why can't we work to find solutions through dialogue and collaboration? Why does hate prevail?

For two years, Diana Wege has mounted a campaign in Manhattan to direct attention to her idea to either reject or oppose violence. She purchases advertising space on the top of taxicabs and in bus shelters to display the poster she has created that just repeats the words: REJECT VIOLENCE or OPPOSE VIOLENCE. This year the campaign will expand to the growing list of cities that have experienced violence, such as San Bernardino, Charleston, Sandy Hook and, now, Orlando.

What can we do? Fight for gun legislation so military-style assault weapons are not easily available. Insist on education within our schools to teach conflict resolution skills at all levels. Try to understand our anger and direct it in a positive way through lessons we learned from Nelson Mandela. Host a screening of Abby Disney's Armor of Light (www.armoroflightfilm.com/host). Read books in book groups that relate to understanding violence.

This week I am in Washington, D.C., attending a conference where The Institute for Economics and Peace will release the 10th edition of the Global Peace Index, the world's leading measure of country peacefulness. The Global Peace Index ranks 162 countries on their peacefulness using 23 different indicators, and has helped shift the world's conversation about peace to a positive, achievable and tangible measure of human well-being and progress.

One of the goals of WOVEN is to move the United States up on the Global Peace Index. The United States is 94th on the 2015 list. There is much work to be done.

If you have ideas about how we can create a more peaceful world please send me a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elizabeth Howard's career intersects journalism, marketing and communications. Ned O'Gorman: A Glance Back, a book she edited, was published in May, 2016. She is the author of A Day with Bonefish Joe, a children's book, published by David R. Godine. She lives in New York City and has a home in Laconia. You can send her a note at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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E. Scott Cracraft - Fer shame, fer shame, fer shame!

Years ago, a bumper sticker read "mean people suck." This writer wholeheartedly agrees. Increasingly, Americans are becoming meaner and less compassionate toward other humans. Not only are these people "bashing" Muslims and immigrants but they also pick on the poor.
Yes, there is poverty in New Hampshire, although we like to hide it in our beautiful Lakes Region. Is this why many want to pass laws against "panhandlers?" Is it because we are ashamed to see them?
The poor who receive welfare, "food stamps" (now SNAP), W.I.C. Medicaid, surplus agricultural commodities (actually a "welfare" program for corporate farming), and other public services are under attack from conservatives and others who lie about these programs. They perpetuate myths to shift the blame for poverty to the poor. Those of these who claim to be "Christian" are the most reprehensible. What would Jesus do?
The most common myth is that most welfare recipients do not want to work. The statistics show that many ARE working but cannot make ends meet without assistance. Many work low-paying jobs with families to support. Over 40 percent of those receiving SNAP or "food stamps" work. Some are adjunct college professors! Most of rest are the disabled, the elderly, and children. The WIC program is only for children and pregnant and nursing moms. Most people prefer a decent job to a handout.
Another myth is that people are buying alcohol and tobacco with SNAP EBT cards. The program is only for food products and seeds to grow food. The few cases of fraud are amplified by the conservative press.
Some claim that people are living lives of luxury on welfare. Don't they know that the average recipient of SNAP food assistance gets only $133 per month? Others believe that most welfare recipients sell their EBT cards to buy drugs. But, testing of recipients in some states shows that this to be untrue.
Still another myth is that illegal aliens get food stamps and other welfare. The only "benefits" illegal immigrants get in this country are emergency medical care and schooling. This seems humane but we seem to be turning into an inhumane nation.
As for other benefits for "illegals," they simply do not exist. Illegal immigrants cannot get SSI. Social Security, SNAP, W.I.C., public assistance, Medicaid or subsidized housing. Some benefits CAN go to the child of an illegal immigrant who was born here and thus a citizen. Some legal immigrants do get benefits at times but they are legal and pay taxes. Many are citizens.
Legal immigrants do not get "free rides." In the case of refugees in our area, they are helped by private organizations. Some do qualify for assistance because although they are looking for work, the government is slow in getting them their "green cards."
This writer admits that years ago, he received food stamps. He was not lazy; he was looking for a job every single day but had to take food stamps. It was the most degrading and humiliating experience he ever had. Since then, he has known people who, using an EBT card in a grocery store, heard the customer behind them say, in effect, "you're welcome I'm paying for your food." How mean! In the words of Gomer Pyle, "fer shame, fer shame, fer shame!"
Relatively few Americans seem as upset about the "welfare" for the privileged: tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. Nor, do a lot of Americans get outraged that over 50 percent of our taxes fund the military, including billions equipment that does not work. Perhaps it is easier to demonize "welfare mom" than the "big boys."
In most democratic, developed, nations, a "safety net" for the less fortunate is taken as a matter of course, as something that civilized countries just do. It was once said that a society is judged by how it treats its weakest members.
These programs are not "socialistic." They were implemented to keep the poor from getting really angry and taking more radical action. If well-funded conservative interests have their way, it will make the lot of the poor a lot worse. Still, when people get hungry, they WILL find something to eat. But, will the privileged like how they do this?
Check out the FACTS!
http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/facts-about-snap
http://billmoyers.com/2013/10/08/six-myths-about-food-stamps/
http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/09/18/hannity-omits-the-food-stamp-facts-most-recipie/189991
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/eligibility.htm

 

(Scott Cracraft is a citizen, taxpayer, veteran, former food stamp recipient, Gomer Pyle fan, and resident of Gilford.)

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Lakes Region Profiles – A profile of the lakes in NH's Lakes Region

By Frank Roche

President, Roche Realty Group, Inc.

 

With the start of our summer season, there are so many lakes to explore in NH's beautiful Lakes Region. I thought I would provide a brief profile of the major ones that comprise the area.

 

Lake Winnipesaukee


Area: 44,568 acres; Max depth: 187 feet; Shoreline: 240 miles
; Location: Alton, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro.


Info: Lake Winnipesaukee is NH's largest and most famous lake. It has 72 square miles of surface area, 274 islands and approximately 625 billion gallons of water! Its length is 22.9 miles and its width is 7.5 miles and its average depth is 62 feet. It is a very popular lake for all water sports, with many lakeside restaurants dotting its shoreline. Lake Winnipesaukee is the 6th largest natural lake completely inside US boarders. The largest island on the lake is Long Island (1,186 acres), followed by Bear Island (780 acres), Cow Island (522 acres) and Governors Island (504 acres).


Big Squam Lake


Area: 6,765 acres; Max depth: 98 feet; Shoreline: 60.5 miles; 
Location: Holderness, Center Harbor, Sandwich, Moultonborough.


Info: Squam Lake is New Hampshire's second largest lake with 67 islands to explore. The movie "On Golden Pond" was filmed on this scenic lake. It has a length of 3.7 miles and a width of 3.4 miles.


Lake Winnisquam


Area: 4,264 acres; Max Depth: 154 feet; Shoreline: 28.2 miles; 
Location: Sanbornton, Tilton, Laconia, Meredith, Belmont.


Info: Lake Winnisquam is NH's third largest lake and offers pristine waters, a length of 5.4 miles, a width of 1.7 miles and average depth of 52 feet.


Newfound Lake


Area: 4,105 acres Max depth: 168 feet; Shoreline: 19.8 miles; 
Location: Bristol, Hebron, Alexandria, Bridgewater.


Info: Newfound has a length of 5.7 miles and a width of 2.7 miles, with an average depth of 65 feet. Newfound is one of the cleanest lakes in the United States.


Ossipee Lake


Area: 3,091 acres; Max depth: 73 feet; Shoreline: 10.6 miles; 
Location: Ossipee, Freedom.


Info: Ossipee is moderately developed and many any of the waterfronts have sandy beaches.


Lake Wentworth


Area: 3,018 acres; Max depth: 49 feet; Shoreline: 14 miles; 
Location: Wentworth, Wolfeboro


Info: There are many summer cottages and homes along the shores of Wentworth in the scenic resort town of Wolfeboro, the oldest summer resort in America.


Merrymeeting Lake


Area: 1,111 acres; Max depth: 122 feet; Shoreline: 10.8 miles
Location: New Durham


Info: Merrymeeting Lake feeds into Lake Winnipesaukee and is a very popular destination.


Lake Waukewan 


Area: 912 acres; Max depth: 68 feet; Shoreline: 8.1 miles
; Location: Meredith, New Hampton


Info: Lake Waukewan is 2.1 miles long and has a width of .9 miles. It is Meredith's water supply, featuring clean water and an average depth of 22 feet. Waukewan flows into Meredith Bay of Lake Winnipesaukee through the Inn at Mills Falls.


Webster Lake


Area: 612 acres; Max depth: 40 feet; Shoreline: 4.3 miles
; Location: Franklin.


Info: Webster Lake is a popular quiet lake in Franklin dotted with second and primary homes.


Crystal Lake


Area: 440 acres; Max depth: 51 feet; 
Location: Gilmanton


Info: Crystal Lake flows via the Suncook River into the Merrimack River. This peaceful lake is located in the historic town of Gilmanton and includes a number of vacation properties.


Lake Opechee


Area: 426 acres; Max depth: 65 feet; Shoreline: 5.9 miles
; Location: Laconia


Info: Lake Opechee is 1.9 miles long and is .7 miles wide. Paugus Bay flows into Lake Opechee at the Lakeport Dam and Opechee flows into Lake Winnisquam in downtown Laconia.


Mirror Lake
Area: 377 acres; Max depth: 44 feet; Shoreline: 3.5 miles
; Location: Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro.


Info: Mirror Lake is moderately developed and is heavily wooded.


Lake Kanasatka


Area: 371 acres; Max depth: 30 feet; Shoreline: 5.2 miles; 
Location: Moultonborough


Info: Kanasatka is a peaceful lake with scenic views of Red Hill.

 

Some of the smaller lakes include: Stinson Lake, Lake Wicwas, White Oak Pond, Pemigewasset Lake, Silver Lake, Rust Pond, Crescent Lake, Hermit Lake, Lake Winona, Shellcamp Lake, Forest Pond, Loon Pond, Duncan Lake, Hawkins Pond, Wakonda Pond and Sawyer Lake.
Whether you love to kayak, windsurf, waterski, or enjoy boating to numerous port towns, our lakes offer a multitude of water sports and recreation to enjoy. Get out and explore the lakes this summer!

Please feel free to visit www.rocherealty.com to learn more about the Lakes Region and its real estate market. Frank Roche is president of Roche Realty Group in Meredith and Laconia and can be reached at 603-279-7046.

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Michael Barone - Bernie forced Democrats to lurch to the left

Bernie Sanders is not going gently into that good night, at least not yet.

After hearing Monday from the Associated Press that Hillary Clinton had clinched the nomination, after absorbing Tuesday night a solid defeat in the California primary and losses in three other states, Sanders was still pledging to go on campaigning for the District of Columbia's 20 delegates in its primary next Tuesday and to fight on until the Democratic National Convention opens in Philadelphia July 25.

It's possible to ridicule Sanders' protests that he can still win the nomination of a party of which he's never been a member. But give him credit. He won 42 percent of the popular vote in primaries against Hillary Clinton and a whopping 62 percent of the votes cast in caucuses.

He carried 23 states, from Maine to Hawaii, and came within 2 percent of carrying five others. He carried or came close to carrying white Democrats nationally.

More importantly, he moved Hillary Clinton — and the Democratic Party — well to the left.

Clinton reversed previous positions and came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and against the Keystone XL pipeline. She promised that she would effectively end fracking, which has sharply reduced oil and natural gas prices, and would discourage the mining of coal.

She came close to matching Sanders' promise of free college. She repudiated her husband's 1994 crime bill and his support of financial deregulation. Yes, a second President Clinton could and probably would welch on some of these promises.

But she's not going back to the first President Clinton's policies.

Sanders can claim credit for moving the Democratic Party closer to his own political creed, socialism, than any Democrat has cared or dared to do before. He did so with the critical help of young voters, the millennial generation, who voted about 80 percent for him against Clinton — and for whom, multiple polls suggest, his self-proclaimed socialism is not a bug but a feature.

A YouGov survey in January, for example, found that 43 percent of under-30s were favorable toward socialism and only 26 percent unfavorable. A 2015 Reason-Rupe poll in 2015 found 48 percent of under-35s positive toward socialism. A 2010 Pew Research poll found 43 percent of under-30s positive toward socialism, nearly twice the 23 percent favorable among those over 30.

The promise of what Mitt Romney infelicitously called "free stuff" may account for some of the attractiveness of socialism to Americans too young to have any living memory of the collapse of communism and to have been taught a history that emphasizes the iniquities of oppressive Western societies. Hey, free college and free health care don't sound so bad.

Those who have actually had experience with government-run economies feel differently, as one can see from recent political results in Latin America.

In Venezuela, the socialism of the late President Hugo Chavez and his chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro, has destroyed the oil-rich nation's economy, to the point that toilet paper, groceries and medicines are simply unavailable, crime has soared to world-high rates and pro-government thugs crack down on protesters. Voters elected an opposition legislature, but Maduro is defying the law to stay in power.

In Argentina, voters in December repudiated leftist President Cristina Kirchner and elected businessman Mauricio Macri. In Brazil, leftist President Dilma Rousseff was impeached last month and removed from office pending trial in the Senate amid record unemployment and revelation of multimillion-dollar bribery conspiracies.

Peru has just had a close presidential election between two candidates both described by Reuters as "business friendly."

Or look at Sanders' favorite example, Scandinavia, where governments have, as Emily Elkins and Joy Pullman write in The Federalist, "opened their economies to free market forces in the 1990s, sold off state-owned companies, eased restrictions on business start-ups, reduced barriers to trade and business regulation and introduced more competition into health care and public services."

You didn't hear much about these developments in the Democratic primaries and caucuses. Nor did you hear much about the dismal performance of government here in everything from veterans' hospitals to Washington's Metrorail. You just heard bland assurances that an expanded government could provide free goodies without perceptible costs or glitches.

Hillary Clinton's leftward lurch in response to Sanders may not prevent her from beating Donald Trump. But it may not serve America or the Democratic Party well in the long run.

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REAL ESTATE - Winni Waterfront Report - May 2016

By ROY SANBORN, Contributing Writer

There were 15 waterfront transactions on Lake Winnipesaukee in May of 2016. The average sales price came in at $983,962 and the median sales price stood at $766,000. This brings us to a total of 52 sales on the big lake this year so far at an average price of $1,136,896. That compares to 34 sales at an average of $1,015,456 for the same period last year. The biggest jump was in the under $1 million category with 37 sales so far this year compared to 24 last year.

The entry-level sale last month was, not surprisingly, on Rattlesnake Island in Alton, #330 to be exact. This is a 1961 vintage two-room cottage... or perhaps more like one big one with 480 feet of space within 20 feet of the water. You've got a Vermont Castings woodstove to stay warm and an "alternative septic system" which from the pictures appears to be an outhouse. But who cares! This is island living and you are on a nice level 0.7 acre lot with 102 feet of frontage and a dock. This is a great starter cabin and an affordable way to get on the lake. This property was first listed in August of 2013 for $295,000 and has been on the market the past few summers since. It was brought on the market this year at $240,000 and sold for $230,000. The total time on market was 567 days and it is currently assessed at $247,900.

The middle of the road sale price wise was at 346 Sewall Road and this is a pretty nice Wolfeboro road to be on. This property was previously offered as part of a larger $2.2 million package but consists of a 1920s 1,300-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bath year round cottage on a 0.13 acre level lot with 58 feet of frontage, waterside deck and two docks. The home was refurbished in the 1990s and is literally within steps to the water and a short walk to downtown to get ice cream. Pretty cute! It was listed at $798,000 and sold for $766,000 after 102 days on the market. It is currently assessed at $882,600.

The highest sale for the month was at 217 Damon Drive in Alton. This 5,968-square-foot Adirondack was built in 2008 and has five bedrooms, two full baths, two three-quarter baths and two half baths, ensuring that no one will have to stand in line. But there's more, a lot more! A grand foyer, a two-story great room with stone fireplace, beautiful woodwork and floors, gourmet kitchen and pantry, first-floor master suite, office, lower-level family room, screened porch, three-car garage and lots of glass to bring in the views. The house is perched on a beautifully landscaped 1.26 acre lot with 174 feet of frontage providing great views of the Broads. A breakwater and covered dock provides the new owner's boat with plenty of protection from the weather. This property was listed in October of 2014 at $2.749 million, in April of 2015 at the same number, and again this year at the same number. It went under agreement for $2.6 million after 298 days on the market.

Over on Winnisquam there was but one lonely sale at 15 Lakeside Drive in Sanbornton. This 2,668-square-foot contemporary has three bedrooms, two full baths and an open-concept floor plan with cathedral ceilings and great views of the lake. There's a bonus room that could be converted to another bedroom and a lower-level walkout with a family room perfect for rainy day activities. The house sits on a 0.14 acre lot with 50 feet of frontage. I bet someone is going to have a great summer season there! This property was listed back in July of 2014 for $575,000, again in April 2015 for $524,900, and then again in June 2015 for $524,900 with reductions down to $494,000. It attracted a buyer at $490,000 after a total of 555 days on the market. It is currently assessed at $473,300 and is literally within steps to the water and a short walk to downtown to get ice cream. Pretty cute! It was listed at $798,000 and sold for $766,000 after 102 days on the market. It is currently assessed at $882,600.524,900 with reductions down to $494,000. It attracted a buyer at $490,000 after a total of 555 days on the market. It is currently assessed at $473,300.

P​lease feel free to visit www.lakesregionhome.com to learn more about the Lakes Region real estate market and comment on this article and others. Data compiled using the NNEREN MLS system as of 6/8/16. ​Roy Sanborn is a sales associate at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at 603-677-7012.

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