To The Daily Sun,
On a snowy Saturday night the community wore its heart on its sleeve and helped raise $3,518 to benefit Suzanne Taggett, who is battling cancer for the third time.
The Wicwas Lake Grange 292 hosted a benefit ham and bean supper, and in spite of the weather, a capacity crowd turned out for a good cause.
The event which included a silent auction and the raffle of numerous gift baskets could not have happened without the willingness of area merchants and others who generously donated goods and services.
The membership of the Wicwas Lake Grange 292 would like to offer a huge thank you to those who donated: Middleton Lumber, Maurice and Helen Gouin, Frank's Firearms, A.J.'s Bait & Tackle, Sunshine & Pa's, Amoskeag Beverage Company, NAPA of Meredith, Norwax Cleaning Products, Center Harbor Diner, Waterfall Cafe, Funspot, Annalee Dolls, Harley-Davidson of Laconia, Tim MacDonald, Jeanie and Jim Lowrey, Steve and Dawn Durand Double 'D' Ranch, Barry and Diane Ladd, Leslie Cyr, Bailey and Adalyn Taggett, Kimball Family & Friends, Dennis and Cookie Boulanger, Meredith Fire Department Auxiliary, Lou's Custom Exhaust of Meredith, Bill and Christine Taggett and Family, Style Works of Plymouth, Hair Excitement of Gilford, Family Affair of Meredith, Taylor's Country Style Restaurant, George's Diner, Louie's Pizza, Tom and Jan Joslin, Liz and Bev Lapham, John and Cheryl Ramsay, as well as all the people who baked beans, made coleslaw, baked cornbread, brown bread, made au gratin potatoes or baked cookies, pies, cakes and other desserts.
Steve Durand, Master
Wicwas Lake Grange 292
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:12
To The Daily Sun,
Has the president who won the Nobel Peace Prize nurtured peace? Or, is he, the president who promised to end war, instead become the president of never-ending war?
USA has been at war continuously since, at least, 1995. The infrastructure of U.S. Government security failed in national security protection, resulting, eventually, in the 9/11 attacks, primitive attack efforts, which by all security protocols, should have been "nipped in the bud."
Had U.S. government seen properly to its constitutional responsibilities toward vigorous common national defense, instead of wasting precious national resources of blood, treasure and energy on ineffectiveness and foreign adventures, 09.11.01, wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., all the costs and suffering incurred would have been avoided.
Where now are the architects of the resulting failed disastrous policies? Cutting brush in Texas? Hunting quail with friends?
The U.S. bumbling subsequent misguided attacks and interventions in the Middle East created nothing but chaos and death — and an interminable waste of life, blood and treasure. All this created a disastrous mess for U.S., which now we must deal with, for years numbered unknown into the future. The U.S. drew other nations into this vortex as well, and they suffer also.
U.S. citizens will have to pay for this humanitarian and financial mess, for all our future. We are in a dump.
Now, in 2015, the U.S. is involved in war, war, and more war. Many nations involved, no end in sight.
The last thing that officials in Washington will do is to blame themselves. Instead, blame the Boogieman.
Don't look to establishment, self-interested and invested, major political parties or government beneficiaries to resolve the mess. They are for themselves. Let us open up a dialogue, in the Jeffersonian tradition, of what we all citizens can do.
God save us from yet another Bush vs. Clinton establishment presidential election. Haven't these people done enough?
Let us step up and say that U.S. is not for sale. (And of course, if we fund all these foreign adventures, the U.S. hasn't the money, and we will have to borrow it, principally from China.)
Please be in touch, in the Public Square.
Meanwhile, what happened to Peace Prize Obama, the peacemaker? Mr. Nobel, who endowed the Peace Prize, must be sad.
Michael Harris, Ph.D.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:47
To The Daily Sun,
Most of us would agree that we live in the greatest country in the world. I wholeheartedly believe that. However, somewhere along the line, municipal government has been unable to protect and secure the rights of the people, including the right to live sustainably.
In Alexandria as well as nine other communities across the state, Community Rights Based Ordinances (RBO) have been adopted to exercise our right to create a new system of municipal governance. The RBO declares our self-governing authority, which secures and protects our rights as defined in the RBO.
An RBO is founded on our state's Constitution (Article 10-Right of Revolution), which declares our right to change government. The RBO elevates the rights of the community above the claimed rights of corporations. It includes rights that are fundamental to the sustainability of a community and the ecosystem therein.
In Alexandria we passed a RBO in March 2014. This was prompted by our town being faced with an industrial wind turbine corporation proposing an unsustainable project. The developer has since abandoned that project. Unfortunately, a Portugal-based corporation, EDP, has now proposed an industrial wind turbine project, which would include 29 500-foot-tall turbines in Alexandria, Groton, Orange, Dorchester and Canaan. The citizens of Alexandria have said "No" over and over, only for our voices to fall on deaf ears.
Large corporations that bully small communities and do not acknowledge our efforts to protect our rights has been frustrating to say the least. We realize that we have to continue to fight for our unalienable right to local self-government and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents and nature.
As such, we have another RBO on the Alexandria 2015 ballot. It does not replace the current RBO, but rather complements it, providing our town with additional layers of binding law at the local level. Law is organic and meant to change as needs change. As wind developers have changed their corporate plans for our community, Citizens of Alexandria Rights Effort (CARE) Group is prepared to encourage binding law at the local level to further protect Alexandria from becoming a wind resource colony.
Vote "Yes" on Article "16" on March 10 at the Alexandria Old Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Remember, Absentee Ballots are available through the Town Clerk's Office if you are not able to make the polling hours. Your vote counts.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:44
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Phil Wittmann and I am running for the three-year term selectman's position in Alton. My wife and I have been full-time residents of Alton for 35 years. I am in my 26th year as a recreation director in a nursing home-rehab center and have also run a small business as a band leader.
I am running for selectman because I love my town and state and want to give something positive back. I feel, being in the sixth year of a recession, this is a bad time to raise taxes on our citizens. It's possible to hold the line on spending and still take care of our town employees.
I think the most important thing a selectman can do is to listen respectfully to concerns and ideas from citizens and to perform as much town business in public meetings as possible. The citizens should be welcomed partners in their town's affairs. They should not fear intimidation during public input for voicing concerns and exercising their First Amendment rights.
I believe in small government, local control and low taxes. Please consider voting for me on March, 10 as one of the fiscally responsible candidates in the race. I will take my job very seriously and do my best to serve the town I love.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:41
To The Daily Sun,
Candidate Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 promised to be the most "transparent administration in the history of the United States of America." After six long, excruciating years of the most divisive, radical, ideological president in the history of our great nation, we know this was another failed Obama promise.
Anyone not sleeping in a cave during the last two presidential elections knows that the media, minus Fox News and conservative talk radio, worked openly and actively to elect Barack Obama. Our founders would be disgusted at the fact we here in the United States of America have in many ways "state-run media", much like regimes in North Korea and China.
One of president's biggest supporters is the New York Times. The "Great One" Mark Levin, a conservative talk radio host, affectionately refers to the Times as the "New York Slimes". When the "Times" rants negatively about this administration, you know times are tough.
Times reporter James Risen went on a Twitter rant on Feb. 17 against the Obama administration. Mr. Risen called out the most political, corrupt, divisive attorney general in history Eric Holder by name several times. Mr. Risen tweets "the Obama administration is the greatest enemy of the press in a generation," and "Eric Holder leaves behind a wrecked First Amendment."
Mr. Risen tweets "Eric Holder has been the nation's top censorship officer, not the top law enforcement officer."
The following are all separate tweets from Mr. Risen all published on Feb. 17. "Eric Holder has done the bidding of the intelligence community and the White House to damage press freedom in the United States." "Eric Holder has sent a message to dictators around the world that it is okay to crack down on the press and jail journalists." "Eric Holder managed to destroy any semblance of a reporters privilege in the United States." "This is Eric Holder's true legacy on press freedom: There is no First Amendment "reporter's privilege". From DOJ brief in my case." "My son is a reporter. I don't want him to have to live in a country where there is less press freedom than when I started as a journalist." "I plan to spend the rest of my life fighting to undo damage done to press freedom in the United States by Barack Obama and Eric Holder."
Much of the damage done by the Obama administration to our great nation is irreversible. President Obama and Eric Holder have set a scary precedent for any future administration.
The fact that Eric Holder served this nation as the "top cop" is a disservice to all honorable law enforcement, a mockery of our justice system.
God Bless the United States of America,
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:38