To The Daily Sun,
Over the holiday period, more than 1,300 of you tried something new. You took a risk and came out in full-force to see "Aladdin," the Winnipesaukee Playhouse's traditional English panto. This is a 100-plus year old tradition from my culture, which I have been sharing with my daughter for the past 10 years and I was thrilled to bring to the Lakes Region this year.
I know that most of you had never seen a panto before, and probably never even heard of one. And yet, there you were, laughing, "squishy-squashy-ing," and clapping and singing along with us. You made our quirky English tradition the biggest-attended production at the Playhouse in 2014, and I thank you for laughing along with me.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:18
To The Daily Sun,
I will respond to letter written Mr. Earle Jan. 6 in The Daily Sun, why I don't know.
I'm looking at The Daily Sun dated Dec. 20, on Page 13 at the picture Mr. Earle feels I missed. What I see Steve, is Mr. Meade on one side, you in the middle and Mr. Wiles on the end. Both who have written letters in the past in defense of your line of BS. What a circle you all have going.
I would advise Mr. Earle to have someone read to him the letter I wrote in The Daily Sun, dated Dec. 24, describing the picture. Mr. Earle was perfectly described in a letter written by Ms. Stampi in The Daily Sun of Jan. 3.
I notice when the Tea Party members get a bone they all chew on it. Lately it's Al Sharpton. A bone chewed on I agree should be eaten.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:15
To The Daily Sun,
This is a letter to the young man who caused an accident on the Bypass in Gilford on the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 5.
First, you almost killed a dear friend of mine. Thankfully, she saw you careening down her lane and swerved to avoid you, resulting in the head-on collision striking the passenger side, not the driver's side. She is the mother of identical twin toddlers and a baby who, luckily, were not in the car with her.
Second, I am incredibly appreciative for the swift action of our public safety and law enforcement personnel that work hard daily to keep us all safe.
Third, I'm relieved for your family and friends that you and your passenger are okay. I hope you know how lucky you are, even in the face of what will most likely be tough times ahead.
Finally, it is a New Year and your book of life is filled with many empty pages. I sincerely hope that you humbly and remorsefully fill those pages with insight, reflection, and wise choices.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:12
To The Daily Sun,
We learned the Meredith roundabouts project will not solve any traffic problem. We learned the project will make the area immediately adjacent to the lake something other than what the presenter described as "just ugly." We learned the project is specifically not recommended by McFarland Johnson, the consulting engineer. We learned that no one came to the meeting prepared to say what the traffic flow capacity is now or what it will be after completion of the project.
We learned that the committee to study the project was organized by the Meredith Selectboard at the request of the N.H. Department of Transportation [NHDOT]. We learned that the NHDOT had a $4 million grant that it wanted to apply to traffic congestion in Meredith. I was told by a friend, the selectboard in Moultonborough had a similar offer for two roundabouts. We learned that there was a prior study that looked at a larger area which NHDOT determined was too large to address with the funds available.
We learned that the committee feels traffic will flow more freely in "non-summer months." This fact has been present for years because vacation time spreads its wings in July and part of August. We learned consideration was not given to the events that use the lake in non-summer months. We learned it is hoped that in the summer-months traffic will move more smoothly and continuously. We learned there was no engineering basis explained for the hope. We learned that the NHDOT solution is a roundabout with two lanes all the way around the Highway 3-25 intersection. We learned the committee deemed that proposal unacceptable in that it would cause too much damage to the adjacent businesses. What will be the damage to the businesses on Main Street with a two-year program of construction? Will they falter by losing money?
I recommend you do your homework on this project. The presenters stated the road project is scheduled to take place in 2017 and 2018. The project will not solve the congestion issue. The proposal will beautify area, and there will be in excess of $5 million spent, but it will not cost you anything. The inference: government is giving you free money which we can either take or not take. Kind of makes you wonder where they get their money, doesn't it. You are encouraged to go to the public hearing on Jan. 26 and find out what's going to happen to you. It would be better if you did a little homework, and lend an informed voice to the discussion.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:07
To The Daily Sun,
General William Eaton was appointed by President John Adams as "Consul to Tunis." He was later appointed to the position of "U.S. Naval Agent to the Barbary States". His correspondence at that time confirms that the contention was a Muslim war against a Christian America.
His letter to Secretary of State Timothy Pickering stated, "Taught by revelation that war with the Christians will guarantee the salvation of their souls, and finding so great secular advantages in the observance of their religious duty, their inducements to desperate fighting are very powerful."
In one letter written by General Eaton to Secretary Pickering, he reported how one Barbary ruler was pleased when he was informed of compensation promised in one of the treaties. The ruler said, "to speak truly and candidly we must acknowledge to you that we have never received articles of the kind so excellent a quality from any Christian nation." July 4, 1800.
On Sept. 4, 1800, General Eaton wrote to Secretary John Marshall, Pickering's replacement, "It is a maxim of the Barbary States, that "The Christians who would be on good terms with them must fight well or pay well."
George Washington appointed David Humphreys as commissioner to negotiate a treaty on March 30, 1795, with the Barbary powers. The "Treaty of Peace and Friendship" was signed on Nov. 4, 1796, and certified at Algiers on Jan. 3, 1797. It was signed at Tripoli Nov. 4, 1797, and approved by Humphreys in Lisbon on Feb. 19, 1797.
The treaty was originally in Arabic and translated by the Consul-General Barlow by the United States on June 10, 1797. Article 11 was part of the original Arabic version within the treaty. John Adams did make it clear that the treaty was made between two sovereign states and not two religions. Secretary of War, James McHenry, was said to have protested the wording in Article 11. The second "Treaty of Peace and Amity was signed on July 4, 1805, it supersede the 1796 treaty. It did not contain the phrase "not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
Hunter Miller was commissioned in 1931 by the United States government to analyze United States treaties. He wrote "the Barlow translation is at best a poor attempt at paraphrase or summary of the sense of the Arabic" and Article 11 ... does not exist at all." Miller states, "the Arabic text which is between Articles 10 and 12 is in form a letter, crude and flamboyant and whithal quite unimportant, from the Dey of Algiers to the pasha of Tripoli. How that script came to be written and to be regarded, as in the Barlow translation, as Article 11 of the treaty as there written, is a mystery and seemingly must remain so, nothing in the diplomatic correspondence of the time throws any light whatever on the point."
A plaque at Harvard reads, "After God has carried us safe to new England wee had builded our houses/provided necessaries for our lively hood/reard convenient places for God's worship/and settled the civil government/one of the next things we longed for/and looked after was to advance learning/perpetuate it to posterity/dreading to leave an illiterate minister/to the churches when our present ministers/shall lie in the dust"
Harvard was founded by the Congregational Church in 1636 in Cambridge, Mass.
Yale founded Oct. 16, 1701, by Congregational ministers. Originally called "Collegiate School, its objective was "Youth may be instructed in arts and Sciences who through blessings of God may be fitted for publick employment both in church and Civil State."
Princeton was founded by Presbyterian ministers in 1746 at Princeton, N.J., to train ministers.
Brown University was founded by the Baptist in 1764.
Rutgers University by the Dutch Reformed churches in 1766 in New Brunswick, N.J.
Dartmouth was founded in 1766 at Hanover, N.H., and funded primarily by the Congregational churches.
John Winthrop, who was a leader to the Puritans wrote, Thus stands the cause between God and us, we are entered into Covenant with Him for this work ... if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and byword through the world".
The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 stated three things should be taught in schools. 1. Religion 2. Morality 3. Knowledge. Franklin wrote to Ezra Stiles, the president of Yale University, when he was 81 years of age. "Here is my creed: I believe in God, the creator of the universe. That he governs it by his providence. That he ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion."
Dr. Charles S. Hyneman and political scientist Donald S. Lutz completed an analysis of the Founders writings between 1760 and 1805. They were surprised to learn that the most quoted book was the Bible, especially the book of Deuteronomy, which defines the Covenant relationship between God and a nation.
Americas Christian Heritage is immense. It cannot be designed away.
Gene F. Danforth
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:01