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Many of us begged Sen. Ayotte to change her mind on gun control

To The Daily Sun,

I read the letter by Joanne D. Haight titled, "To us she is just Kelly & she's a strong leader for New Hampshire." Huh? Senator Ayotte a "strong leader?" Really? When, where, how?

Our junior senator was elected to go to Washington to work for all of the citizens of New Hampshire. She was elected to go to Washington to work with all of her fellow senators. Sen. Ayotte was elected to bring the concerns of all New Hampshire citizens to Washington, not just those of her Republican supporters. But she has failed time and time again.

Case in point: The massacre of young children and adults in Newtown, Conn. The vast majority of Americans cried out for stronger gun control laws. Where was Sen. Ayotte? Much to the sadness and great disappointment of those who were hoping that she would do the right thing, she stuck with those who chose to turn a blind eye.

She had a perfect opportunity to put in place stronger laws which could lessen the chance of yet another mass shooting in the U.S. while protecting everyone's rights. She could have shown the leadership we expect from a senator. She could have helped create a lasting testament for the little children who died before they even had a chance to live their lives. She had the chance to start the process of putting real money into real programs for intensive help and intervention for dangerously mentally ill individuals.

Instead, she waffled, she hedged, she procrastinated, and in the end she did not go along with the wishes of almost 90 percent of Americans, both right and left, who have had enough mass death from weapons in the hands of the disturbed and dangerous.

She stuck with those in her party who drafted a watered-down disgrace. Why didn't she support the bi-partisan draft created by both Democrats and Republicans which President Obama stated he would sign as soon as it came to his desk?

I, and many other New Hampshire citizens wrote to her begging her to change her mind. We pleaded with Kelly to finally do the right thing for all Americans, so more families wouldn't have to mourn another person killed by guns in the hands of the criminally insane or by weapons designed solely for wartime action.

I am against killing of any and all human beings, no matter the circumstance. I believe in the Commandant from God which says: "Thou Shalt Not Kill." There is no addendum on this commandment. Thou Shalt Not Kill is an absolute. Taking another human life in any shape or form should not be justified, ever.

This is an excerpt from the famous Farewell Address of President George Washington in 1796: "You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection."

Bernadette Loesch

Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:54

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What did commissioners have to do with lawsuit against delegation?

To The Daily Sun,

When local conservatives bring a lawsuit it is called wasting the court's time.
When local Democrats and one RINO bring a suit against the Belknap County Delegation/Convention, it is assumed that the action is justified.
We now learn a lessen in country government: know what you are doing, and do not waste the taxpayers' dollars! I do hope that the losers are responsible for legal fees that the INNOCENT spent defending themselves against the plaintiffs (the Democrats and one RINO). Or was this action brought only to financially hurt the members?
This was about a county budget. The taxpayers won. County reps who initiated this stupidity are Democrats Ruth Gulick, David Huot, Beth Arsenault, Ian Raymond, and Lisa DiMartino. Dennis Fields of Sanbornton was the lone Republican. So what did this cost the taxpayers of Belknap County — every community? What did the County Commissioners have to do with this? Come on now, tell the truth.

Niel Young
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:48

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Central N.H. has been inundated with upsurge of opiate availability

To The Daily Sun,

With gratitude I sincerely thank The Daily Sun for finally publishing a letter of mine. Though that letter was intended for me get a chance to talk with someone at the newspaper BEFORE I revised it and it not intended to be put in the paper in draft form, my goal was attained.
However, with that said, I need to apologize to my colleagues in other areas of treatment who provide similar, potentially lifesaving treatment for those who suffer from addiction. The larger, well established drug and alcohol treatment facilities, tasked with managing money, security and mile-long waiting lists through no fault of their own are challenged at every juncture. Without these facilities a terrible problem would be a lot worse and undoubtedly many addicts would have not lasted in their recovery.
We all will continue to lose.
The current sophistication of opioid and opiate-based narcotic distribution is far more efficient in terms of cost, expediency and potency than ever before. Virtually no one is safe from some form of negative affect that reverberates from opiate addiction. For many reasons it is the darkest addiction of them all. Existing as a cruel malady of the body mind, spirit, opiate addiction continues to transcend cultures as well as nations as it has for eons..
I would like to emphasize that I am referring to the addiction, not the substance. Opiate based medicines have been and are an invaluable godsend for those who suffer from chronic pain. If legislation was ever introduced intent on eventual illegalization of pharmaceutical pain meds, I would be one of the ones on the front lines fighting that bill! As was the case during prohibition, we threw the baby out with the bath water and subsequently ended then need to retrieve a dirty, jostled cry baby needing extra attention that should have gone toward other areas of social management such as law enforcement and treatment. Prohibition expedited the organization of crime.
Central New Hampshire has been inundated with an upsurge in opiate/oid availability over the past 20 years that has resulted in an increase in violent and non-violent crime, jammed up court systems, overwhelmed police departments, overcrowded correctional facilities, stressed out school teachers and guidance counselors, parishes, has ruined careers, devastated families, halted youthful hopes and dreams, fatal ODs, battered emergency rooms, once selfless and devoted medical practitioners who have succumbed, unsafe neighborhoods and a higher cost to virtually every area of business. It has and does continue to reap a grim toll that, because of an intrinsic grip with far reaching tentacles, surpasses all other addictive drug categories.
You, right now are expending a personal or financial resource that otherwise should be going toward the well being of your family. Whether it occurs directly or indirectly, this addiction continues to levy some type of surcharge on us all.

What to do? Voice this sentiment in government. Be active and keep watch on laws related that may be implemented, revised or eliminated. Every little bit of effort helps. It will eventually benefit everyone, everywhere from multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies to our loved ones whom we worry about until they are home safe. Otherwise we will all continue to lose.
Michael Tensel

A&D Recovery Counseling

Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:43

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Don Ewing (4-16) 429 SCHOOL CHOICE

To The Daily Sun,

I believe most Americans want other Americans to be happy and successful. However, despite claims to the contrary, progressive politicians fight for the special interests that reward them, even if helping the special interests hurts most Americans.

Let's consider something of vital importance to children, public education.

Over the last 40 years progressive politicians have taken increasing control over public education resulting in increasingly bad results, especially for the children of poor families.

Progressive politicians keep telling us that we must spend more money, and education costs, like health care costs, have tripled (in constant dollars). But unlike health care spending which greatly enhanced life quality and longevity, education quality has declined. The problem is not insufficient money, but the education establishment's monopoly over public education.

The education establishment, like all monopolies, dislikes competition and change, and it wants to protect its 19th century, horse and buggy, model of education. Just putting computers in the classroom or generating top-down programs like Common Core is not exploiting the 21st century possibilities, such as individualized education, which are already revolutionizing education where it is embraced. Unfortunately, the education establishment has been successful using campaign support to essentially bribe progressive politicians for protection from change and competition.

Students in bad schools are condemned to poor preparation for adulthood unless their parents are rich or unless parents can choose their child's school. Often at much less cost than public schools, Charter and private schools demonstrate significant educational results for the same children that were failing in, and dropping out of, public schools.

Yet, instead of embracing the tremendous benefits to children from school choice, progressive politicians, in support of the education establishment, fight against school choice.

Some of the first actions of President Obama, New York's new Mayor de Blasio, and Governor Hassan have been to close down, or stop creation of, charter schools and/or stop school choice programs, despite their extraordinary results.

Progressive politicians have become masters at offering privileges in exchange for campaign support. What is best for most Americans, in this case what is best for children, is sacrificed to benefit the special interest groups and the politicians themselves.

Conservatives believe that the purpose of public education is not to support the education establishment, but to provide an education that prepares students for a successful adulthood. Therefore, conservatives encourage school choice and competition to develop continually improving techniques, tools, and educational results.

Conservatives want everyone to be successful. The fight for changes that improve public school results is just one area where conservatives have been fighting to improve Americans' lives.

Don Ewing

Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:37

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Thanks to all who made this such a special day of Faith, Hope & Love

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the Faith, Hope, and Love Foundation we would like to send our sincere thank you to all of our amazing community members that made the eighth annual Gowns for Girls event a raving success.

It started with you all rallying your friends and collecting your old prom and bridesmaids dresses and dropping them off at one of our fabulous dress drop-off locations. Thank you to the Pemi Youth Center, Divine Inspirations, Sunday's Salon and Spa, the Dressbarn in the Tilton Tanger Outlets, the Barn Doggie Daycare and the Nashua/Merrimack YMCAs for allowing us to take over parts of your businesses over the last five weeks.

Next, the local media outlets offered to help spread the word. Thank you to WEZS 1350 for interviewing us about the event, thank you to Bob Martin of the Laconia Citizen for interviewing us and thank you to Mix 94.1 FM, The Citizen, the Concord Monitor, and The Daily Sun for mentioning our event.

A huge thank you goes out to the local schools, guidance counselors and social workers that brought the girls.

We have been blessed to have been given the use of the Meredith Bay Colony Club. Thank you to all of their staff, especially Joey their maintenance man, for helping us set up for the day and clean up. A huge thank you to all those that live at Meredith Bay Colony Club for allowing us to take over there home for 10 hours.

Then came the outpouring of volunteers. We had dozens of emails requesting to volunteer at this years event. Thank you to our amazing FHL volunteers. A special thank you to our Gowns for Girls Committee Chairs Lara Gruner and Aimee Lee

We had to feed our volunteers, so thank you to Hannaford for the gift card and board member Mandy Nartiff for donating food to feed everyone.

This year we were short a few clothes racks, but have no fear, once again our amazing community pulled through without skipping a beat. TJ Maxx of Gilford donated five clothes racks and steamer for our use, and the Ecetera Shop in Meredith offered us two racks. We are so appreciative.

Thank you to Sherri Collis who came to alter the dresses, Megann Sanborn who took the girls' photos, Lea from Sunday's Salon and Spa for doing the girls' makeup and Naomi Hastings for taking a day out to do up-dos for the girls. Thank you to Tammy Giroux for the beautiful donation of corsages.

Thank you to the girls for making it such a special day of faith, hope, and love.

Co-Founder Jessica Dutille kick-started the event with a motivational speech about inner beauty and the importance of being one's self and the epidemic of bullying in our society. She read, "You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are." — by Melissa Etheridge. Jessica's speech certainly did resonate with the girls. An overwhelming majority of girls in their exit survey expressed that this was one of the best days of their lives, and they have never felt so beautiful and accepted for who they are.

So in closing, for whatever role you played in our eighth annual Gowns for Girls Event we thank you. You never know how your actions will benefit a future generation. Thank you for your positive actions for paying it forward and for just being you.

As Margaret Meade once said, "Never underestimate that a small group of individuals can change the world. It's the only thing that ever has."

Thank you and in sincere appreciation the FHL Co-Founders, Advisers and Board of Directors

Laura L. Brusseau
Co-Founder Faith Hope and Love Foundation
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:22

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