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Prof. Lessig will speak about N.H. Rebellion at LRCC on Sunday

To The Daily Sun,

On Sunday, Jan. 18, LRCC SPEEKS, a student organization at, is sponsoring a presentation and discussion by Professor Lawrence Lessig at 4:30 p.m. in the Academic Commons building. All are invited.

Professor Lessig is participating in a 300-mile walk to educate the public and political candidates on the subject of reforming money in politics. The walkers will be coming through Laconia on Sunday the 18th.

Professor Lessig and other marchers are seeking to continue the work of the late New Hampshire reformer Doris "Granny D" Haddock, whose historic cross-country walk for campaign finance reform at the age of 90 helped spark a citizens movement to pass the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.

"The New Hampshire Rebellion cuts across party lines to champion fundamental reforms that are needed to save our state and our country," said former Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway, a member of the N.H. Rebellion.

Hope to see you there.

Dave Pollak
LRCC Faculty Sponsor

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:45

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Our paper currency did not include 'In God We Trust' until 1954

To The Daily Sun,

I have been following the letters to the editor concerning whether the United States is or is not a Christian nation. Lately, this discussion has turned to our coinage and the motto "In God We Trust." As a numismat, rather than a civil libertarian, I felt a need to add an objective, non-partisan opinion.

In truth, both Mr. Veverka and Mr. Cacciatore are wrong. With the exception of the Indian Head cent (1863-1908) and the Buffalo Nickel (1913-1938) every coin minted for general circulation in the twentieth century bore that motto as do coins minted today, not just commemorative coins.

Going further back, the Barber series of coins, minted from 1892 to 1916, had the same motto on all coins except the dime. It's thought that space limitation prevented the inclusion of the motto on that coin. Morgan dollars, minted from 1878 to 1904 (and reissued for one year in 1921) also bore the motto. It is also important to note that those same coins had our Latin motto, "E Pluribus Unum" as well.

I believe this confusion may be caused by the fact that paper currency did not have "In God We Trust" printed on the reverse until around 1954.

Just for a historical note, the 1792 five-cent piece referred to in one of his letters was actually spelled "half disme" rather than "half dime." However, it was pronounced "dime." Ah, those crazy Founding Fathers and their spelling....

Should either gentleman wish confirmation of my claims, simply contact me and I will be happy to show you samples of U.S. coins from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Daylon Brock


Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:41

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Wish we could mention all the people who supported I-L Christmas Fund

To The Daily Sun,

The tree is down, the decorations are put away for another year. But before we move on the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund needs to thank all the wonderful businesses and people who made this a very successful year. The 237 children in 117 families from Meredith and Center Harbor who were the recipients of the 121 pairs of boots, 166 jackets and snow pants will not soon forget this holiday. These children also received loads of toys and other clothing items, and let's not forget the 35 bikes that were distributed.

The elderly in our community were not forgotten with 35 receiving gift cards from local businesses. We also received trees from Altrusa after their Festival of Trees so that 25 families could light up the eyes of their children with a beautiful tree. Yes, the season is coming to an end but our sincere gratitude will continue.

We wish we could mention by name all of the people that we have to thank for what they did: The anonymous person who purchased our boots, the one who allowed us use of his building, the hard-working people who adopted children, the churches who made their angels and came through with gifts that were needed, and last, but certainly not least, the wonderful businesses that helped us with funds to supplement what was needed, and many who put up Angel trees.

We also could not have accomplished our successful results without our volunteers who helped make it all work. Thank you, Thank you. It is our hope that we will all come together next year and do it all again.

The Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund

Nancy Howe, Sandy Ambrose, Wendy Bagley, Jan Joslin, Alesia Parks, Bart Merrill, Teresa McCormack, Jodi Pendexter, Charleen Hughes, Lori Harding-Chiefe, and Bronwen Donnelly.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:49

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We are in grave danger of being overrun by barbarians

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On Feb. 18 the White House will host a summit on countering violent extremism — to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from recruiting and radicalizing individuals to commit violent acts like the ones that recently occurred in Ottawa, Sydney and Paris. The man who refuses to admit that this terrorism is cause by radical Islam and further asserts that terrorist atrocities committed in the name of Islam are but a few and not connected to true Islam, is going to host this conference.

Biden and Kerry were not present Sunday as millions gathered to support France and freedom worldwide. Eric Holder was nearby, but apparently had other more important commitments. Whither President Obama? The man who decided it would create a distraction for him to attend this historic rally of solidarity in Paris, while other world leaders made it a top priority, is going to host a rally to combat violent acts of extremism. How absurd and ironic is that?

Jonah Goldberg attempts to bring our dear leader down from his fantasy delusions of proclaiming workplace violence at Fort Hood and denying the existence of the growing radical Islamic threat. "These acts were done by specific people with a specific ideology and this White House is still incredibly gun shy, no pun intended, about calling any attention to the fact that the people we're at war with aren't just generic extremists off the shelf, but they're a specific ideology with a specific religious orientation. And President Obama won't even call ISIS Islamic."

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the free world says that the deadly group that calls itself the Islamic State in Iraq while shouting "allahu ackbar" is not really Islamic.

Vermont Democrat Howard Dean told an MSNBC host that calling these violent extremists Muslim terrorists is wrong because they are not really Muslims since Islam is the religion of peace. He also claimed that ISIS is just a cult. Yes, we all know that most Muslims, probably 99 percent, are peaceful. But 1 or 2 per cent of 1.6 billion people is still a whole lot of evil rapidly spreading around the world, consuming more and more countries. And why are so many moderate Muslims silent while these killers are co-opting their religion?

Dr. Zudhi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, himself a Muslim, has been asking this question for a long time while imploring Muslims to speak out. For that he has death threats made against him while radical Imams try and shut him up.

Back in the good ole USA, the leaders of this country refuse to name our enemy. Praising Allah is being taught in our schools while hints of Sharia Law in some states rise menacingly (already happening in some communities in France).

We are in grave danger of being overrun by barbarians at our gates, especially since the Muslim Brotherhood, progressive Democrats and assorted Marxist types are already creating chaos from within. France is under siege now with little chance of long term survival. It could happen here as well if we don't wake up and crush the secular, progressive evil that is spreading its tentacles far and wide within this great nation.

Let's not wait until radical Islamic terrorists infiltrate one of our schools and murder 132 children and burn teachers alive while continuing the practice of beheading. Let's also not wait until they become ever more adept at cyber warfare. Yes, let's not have a 21st century rebirth of Genghis Kahn and the 13th century Mongolian reign of terror shall we?

Russ Wiles


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:46

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Why can't our representatives spend only the money we have?

To The Daily Sun,

Gas prices are going down... and already a senator has asked for a federal increase on the gas tax. Six percent for each of the next two years making it a 12 percent increase.

The president was in Tennessee to promote his free community college for those who keep their grades up.

Governor Hassan wants to build a commuter rail from Manchester to Boston.

More spending. Spending money we do not have. The federal government is trillions in debt. The governor will not let us know how much she has gone over the budget.

Why cannot our representatives spend only the money we actually have? Why are they not talking about cutting the deficits? How about saving money and putting in rainy day funds?

I don't know about you, but I pay plenty of taxes. More than enough. How about cutting taxes? Or maybe a fair tax. Why are our representatives not talking about that?

Linda Riley


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:41

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