LHS students & fans guilty of poor sportsmanship at Newfound

To The Daily Sun,

I would first like to congratulate the Laconia High School girls basketball team on their win in quarterfinals match-up against Newfound. They were two evenly matched teams and it was sure to be a good game.

I am writing this letter, however, to express my disappointment with the Laconia fans. There is a large banner hung predominantly in the NRHS gym that says "BE LOUD... BE PROUD... BE POSITIVE" and it was announced prior to the start of the game that there be positive cheering only.

So imagine the surprise of the Newfound team and fans when during Newfound's very first foul shot when the entire section of Laconia HS students began stomping their feet on the bleachers and yelling in order to distract the shooter. My disappointment turned to disgust when I saw that some of the adult fans were egging the kids on and even joining in. This continued for every foul shot throughout the entire game.

There were several other inappropriate, and obviously well rehearsed, cheers as well, but I was pushed over the edge when at the end of the game the group began pointing at the benches shouting "Winners... LOSERS!!" over and over again. We could all see the scoreboard, and everyone knew who won, there was no need to taunt the Newfound players with this kind of cheer.

It is disappointing to know that the Laconia students are not only allowed, but encouraged, to act in such an unsportsman-like manner. This great game would have been even greater had the Newfound players been given the same respect and courtesy that was given to the Laconia players.

Susan Colby


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I hope Lakes Region Newsday will return to the air soon

To The Daily Sun,

A big thanks to listeners and sponsors for your patience and support as I recover from some medical issues. I am hoping to return soon with local news sports, and weather.

Allan Harrison

Lakes Region Newsday

1350 WEZS


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We have to switch from fossil fuel to renewable energy to survive

To The Daily Sun,
Last year at about this time I wrote a letter that said, "Seven or eight million motor vehicles emit fumes every day, especially while idling." This is wrong. It's about 700 million or 800 million vehicles that are doing this every day. This is one of the things heating up the planet.

What are we doing about this unsustainable state of affairs? Gayle McLaughlin, mayor of Richmond, Calif., said, "One party is moving us into a brick wall at 100 mph. The other is moving us there at 50 mph."

I don't know about this brick wall, but I think that if "Business As Usual" persists, life will keep getting harder and harder for us. We have to switch from fossil fuel to renewable energy to survive, and it seems to me that we're not capable of doing that.

Dick Devens
Center Sandwich

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You won't be disappointed if you elect Landry to Meredith board

To The Daily Sun,

I'm writing today in support of my dear friend Rosemary Landry in her campaign to become selectman in Meredith.

When I met Rosemary we were in the same class to get our amateur radio license. Once we started talking and got to know each other we realized we had many of the same values. Rosemary helped me greatly in my own campaign this past fall. She was my biggest supporter in Meredith.

Rosemary is a real go-getter and independent thinker and an advocate for individual liberties. She can often be seen at the Statehouse speaking to legislators and is a regular at selectmen's and Planning Board meetings. Rosemary showed great effort and leadership in her opposition to the three roundabouts in Meredith.

In my opinion, she would keep taxes low and affordable through controlled spending. Please consider giving her your support, you will not be disappointed in her efforts.

State Rep. Glen Aldrich
Gilford and Meredith

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Mr. O'Brien doesn't believe Gilford residents can act resonsibily

To The Daily Sun,

A letter published in Saturday's Sun from outgoing Gilford Selectman John T. O'Brien caught my attention. In the very first paragraph O'Brien writes, "The Subject of personal fireworks has reared its ugly head again here in Gilford. A personal fireworks ban is the last warrant article on March 10."

Mr. O'Brien fails to inform the readers that the reason this issue is "rearing its ugly head" is because of a John T. O'Brien. You see, Mr. O'Brien was very bitter when he did not get his way at the Selectboard, so in retaliation he has initiated a petition to put a fireworks ban on the ballot.

O'Brien gives the readers his own distorted version of the history of this issue, leaving out several important facts while misrepresenting others. He mentions that "two years ago, the penalty aspect was brought up to the Board of Selectman for its review." In reality it was O'Brien himself who brought this issue up because he was upset that people in his neighborhood were shooting off fireworks near his home.

O'Brien claims that the 1988 ordinance banning fireworks (which has never been enforced) was simply overturned by the new makeup of the Selectboard. In reality this issue was researched and discussed ad nauseam and a public hearing was held. The previous ordinance was not simply "overturned", but rather replaced by a new ordinance that restricts the hours in which fireworks can be used.

Twice O'Brien whines about "disturbing noises" or "offensive explosions" at "all hours of the night," an issue that was resolved by the current ordinance. It is important to note that in a public meeting the fire chief stated that fireworks is not a problem here in Gilford. In fact the chief could not remember the department ever responding to a fireworks related incident. Is Selectman O'Brien really that forgetful, or is deliberately trying to mislead the public?

The petitioned warrant article to ban fireworks is Article 26. This ban would include sparklers and "party poppers"." The majority of the Board of Selectman (which O'Brien currently chairs) voted to "not recommend" passage of Art. 26.

A lot of things can be dangerous, but that doesn't mean we should ban them. Mr. O'Brien obviously doesn't have faith in the people of Gilford to conduct their patriotic fireworks displays in a responsible manner. O'Brien knows what is best for us and we commoners should just comply (insert sarcasm). What is next, are we going to ban chainsaws and log splitters because they, too, can be dangerous?

Don't let nanny-state liberal John T. O'Brien destroy your Independence Day celebrations. Vote "No" on Article 26.

Kevin Leandro


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