Listen to what these brave women have to say about Muslim world

To The Daily Sun,

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a question for President Obama. How come the very existence of Israel as a country is negotiable, but whether or not Iran can eventually have a nuclear bomb is non-negotiable. Many of us would like to know that Mr. President. Perhaps it is time to enlist the guidance of women who actually understand Islam.

Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian born American and human rights activist, moved to the United States in 1978 and converted to Christianity. She reports that Iran, as an Islamic theocracy, can only make deals that are sharia compliant. She goes on to say, "Permanent peace agreements with non-Muslim countries are forbidden since peace with the enemies of Islam is not a value" and "would be treason if pursued for the purpose of peace."

The Sharia manual of Islamic law, "Reliance of the Traveler" notes that a truce (Islamic fake peace) not to exceed 10 years, is permissible only during times of Muslim weakness. That is why Iran is negotiating now. Our president must understand that and yet he is considering lessening the sanctions thereby kicking the can down the road for the next administration. Nonie says that if this deal goes through in this manner, Iran's economy will improve and it's control over it's citizens will be strengthened. We can then forget about any chance for another "green revolution" while worrying about the growing threat of a nuclear explosion.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was raised as a Muslim in Somalia, suffered from genital mutilation, multiple beatings and was forced to marry a distant cousin as a young teen. Rich Lowry reported that when Ali collaborated on a film in the Netherlands in 2004 about the abuse of Muslim women, her fellow filmmaker, Theo Van Gogh was killed by an Islamist who shot him, slit his throat and stabbed him deep into his chest. Attached to the blade of that knife was a five page note identifying Hirsi Ali as the next target. But Ali would no be silenced. Well, except for Brandeis University, which found her to be "Islamophobic" and decided she was not worthy to speak there.

For her belief that all of Islam needs a revival for the way it treats women and gays, for its restrictions on basic human dignity and for its literal interpretation of the Koran, requiring death to all non-believers. She is not denigrating moderate Muslims as the left suggests. She is pleading for the world to wake up and realize that the Islamic world, be it Shiite or Sunni, needs reformation from its mission to form a new caliphate. That being a centuries old mission to rule the world by either killing all infidels or by slowly implementing sharia law as they continue to infiltrate western societies through the use of taqiyya (lying to advance the cause of Islam is permissible even honorable).

Doctor Qanta Ahmed, a devout Muslim, yet supporter of Israel and author of "In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom" says that women in many Muslim countries are treated as an inferior species by their male dominated societies. She goes on to note, "I confirm that radical Islam exists. Political scientists, including Muslim political scientists, know it as Islamism. Only part of Islamism expresses violence frequently identified as terrorism. Much of Islamism pursues non-violent ambitions devoted to a new but entirely 20th century totalitarianism." She also asserts, "Most Muslims are not Islamists. But all Islamists are incontrovertibly Muslim." Dr. Ahmed believes that "to suggest Islam and Islamists are not connected as a denial of Radical Islam is intellectually dishonest."

I and others have mentioned the work of Brigitte Gabriel and her ACT for America organization that works tirelessly to warn this country and the world about the rise of radical Islam as the existential threat of our time. We should all listen to what these incredibly brave women have to say about the Muslim world. I wish President Obama would enlist their expertise as he tries in vain to negotiate with Iran utilizing John Kerry. Even France is afraid that the mullahs will snooker Obama. Neighboring countries are considering developing nuclear bombs in the wake of our president's apparent capitulation to the largest state sponsor of terrorism on the planet. Another liberal attempt at a personal legacy may paradoxically cause a proliferation of nuclear weapons rather than a reduction. Please Mr. President, talk to these women and give Valerie Jarrett a break from bending your ear. Let her borrow your golf clubs and hit the links.

Russ Wiles


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New Beginnings is available 24 hours a day; services are free

To The Laconia Sun,

On behalf of everyone at New Beginnings, especially those we serve, I would like to thank everyone who voted "Yes" on the warrant article to provide New Beginnings with funding from the town of Gilford.

Since 1991, New Beginnings has provided free and confidential services to people in Belknap County whose lives have been affected by domestic and sexual violence and stalking. The result of this vote will help us continue providing essential, life-saving services to those in need.

Individuals and families from Gilford have benefited from New Beginnings' services. They have stayed in our shelter in order to flee violence in their homes. They have received assistance from court advocates while petitioning for a restraining order and attending related hearings. They have received support when they have arrived at the hospital after being sexually or physically assaulted. They have reached out to hotline advocates for crisis intervention, and non-judgmental support, and information about their options. After healing from the trauma they've experienced and creating positive changes in their lives, they have gone to serve as volunteers and Board of Directors members in order to create positive change in their community.

Through this demonstration of community support, you have not only granted the funds to help ensure continued services, you have also reached out to survivors to show that this is a responsive community that believes that everyone deserves safety in their homes and respect in their relationships.

If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic or sexual violence, New Beginnings is available 24 hours a day. Services are confidential and free of charge. You don't have to be in crisis to call us. Advocates are available through the state-wide hotlines: 1-866-644-3574 for Domestic Violence and 1-800-277-5570 for sexual violence. For general information about New Beginnings, education and prevention programs, or volunteer opportunities, please call the office at (603) 528-6511.

Kitty Kiefer

Education & Outreach Coordinator

New Beginnings


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We have lost jobs but not to illegal immigrant laborers

To The Daily Sun,
Who is stealing American jobs? Some letter writers keep making the incorrect claim that undocumented immigrants are stealing American jobs. It's a curious claim, since, it seems to me, these are the same letter writers who have also claimed that these same folks were overburdening our welfare system.

Anyway, this tale has been refuted by think tanks on the right like the American Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute and on the left like the Brookings Institute, among others. They actually looked at the facts and concluded that these immigrants neither drive down wages nor reduce jobs.

Let's suppose it's true, however, that these folks are taking American jobs. Those jobs would be lower-wage jobs that require little education and where workers have no protections or ability to protect any of their rights — farm work, housekeeping, and cleaning Walmarts at night, etc. If I understand the argument correctly, American employers are choosing to illegally hire people and face potential criminal and civil penalties rather than hire Americans that want those jobs? Does that make any sense to you?

We have lost jobs, but not to illegal immigrant labor. The loss of many good American jobs is due to American companies shipping their jobs out of the country. Good American jobs have been lost in the manufacturing sector in steel, automobile, textile, electronics, and more. These are the jobs that Americans want and whose loss we have lamented for a generation, now. They paid well, had benefits, and provided job security. Let's focus on what's really going on.

Dave Pollak


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Why are these Obama mistakes so invisible to all you liberals?

To The Daily Sun,

Here on Wednesday, the 25th, Jon Hoyt answers my letter challenging his clairvoyance as to Obama's openness? I see very little to enlighten us.

First Jon brings up the Bush plan of "Wide Receiver". Yes, Bush tried to trace guns meant for the cartels, but after the cartel's discovered the tracking devices implanted in those weapons Bush ordered the plan stopped. Obama or Holder or whoever set up a similar plan under Obama, (we still do not know who), omitted the trackers, and then ordered the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to allow these guns to cross the boarder unencumbered. So what was the plan there Jon? Who devised it, who supervised, who approved it? Most of all, Jon, where is the results of the Obama-promised investigation and who did he hold accountable as he promised?

Benghazi may never be solved, Jon? Really Jon, is that what you think? No one knows why Ambassador Stevens was sent there in the first place? No one in the Obama administration knows why or who ordered it? Know one planned the mission or knew that the British, French, Dutch or whoever the other western nations with presence there had been attacked there and that they had removed there personal from there? Well guess your right after all at least as long as Hillary Clinton stonewalls Congress ("What does it really matter after all this time?") And by the way Jon, who invented that cock and bull story about a YouTube video being responsible? Who ordered this BS story to be presented to the American people for weeks just before the election by every administration spokesperson and excuse-rs during that time?

To answer your question to me Jon, yes I was concerned about those embassy attacks during the Bush years and the Clinton years and every years, but it was Obama who ran a cover-up, lied to the American people, the media, the world. Why Jon, did he think that was necessary? Bush didn't cover attacks up with lies, Bill Clinton didn't either as I recall. So with your clear insight into Obama and his plan's and policy's explain that to us please.

Jon, I see nothing wrong with your facts, just the spin you try to apply to them. You want to hold Bush and Republicans accountable for all their many mistakes, all the while excusing those of Obama and Hillary Clinton. Excuse the unending list of lies covering Obama's adult life, the deceit and cover-ups, over and over and over. The harm he has done the suffering and hardships his mismanagement has resulted in. These are the wrongs I see Jon. So even though pointed to by a conservative why are these things invisible to you Jon?

Steve Earle


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Saturday matinees at Opera House were bedlam & we loved it

To The Daily Sun,

The discovery of the drape used at the Lakeport Opera House unleashed many memories for me. I have jotted down a few thinking some of your readers might find them of interest.

My first memory of the Opera House was when I was 5 or 6 years old. I was on a sled pulled by a neighborhood boy when he slipped on ice and fell jerking the sled around and into the snowbank. An icicle, hidden in the snow, punctured my face and slashed from my upper nose to upper lip. The doctor decided not to sew the pieces together as that would leave a bad scar so he taped the edges together (and also most of my face) gave me a dime to go to the Saturday matinee at the Opera House and told me not to laugh or smile. The movie was a comedy and even today at age 96 I have the faint remains of that old scar and lots of good memories of an afternoon at the Opera House.

Every Saturday after that my father gave me 10 or 15 cents for the matinee and 5 cents for candy. The movies were silent and Mrs. Tefft played the piano. She had no music, but improvised for each change of scene on the screen. The movies may have been silent, but the kids were not. We booed the villains, cheered the hero, and giggled at the love scenes. It was bedlam and we kids loved it. The regular fare was westerns, comedies, and serials. One serial about pirates lasted for several weeks and caused me to have terrible nightmares. However, the Tom Mix westerns gave us lots of material for "cowboy and Indian" games all week.

The Mechanic Street School children frequently put on plays and musicals there. I remember being a Russian dancer in one and a police officer in another. Organized groups put on a variety of programs. I vividly remember my older sister dressed as a Dutch girl, complete with wooden shoes, dancing across the stage while singing. "Tiptoe Through the Tulips." Another group put on a play with a Mexican theme. I was asked to advertise it by riding my Welsh Pony through the streets of Lakeport, dressed as a Mexican boy carrying ads about the production.

In the 1950s the theater reopened for a short time. My husband, Dexter Royce a professional projectionist, recovering from surgery decided to visit the new theater. Talking to the owner we found the man very low on funds, actually living in the theater and running the equipment himself. Dexter volunteered to help him for a short time and I volunteered to sell tickets. The theater closed after Dexter returned to his full-time employment at the Laconia Colonial Theater.

I'll always remember climbing that long steep stairway to the theater, hearing the noisy children, and anticipating the excitement and joy that was to come at the Saturday matinee.

Lorraine T. Royce


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