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Odds of 100 million heads in a row overwhelmingly positive

To The Daily Sun,

To answer Tony Boutin's question (about odds regarding the creation of the universe), over billions upon billions of chances, as our unimaginably huge universe provides, the odds of 100 million heads in a row is overwhelmingly positive. Do the math.

Johan Andersen


Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:17

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In which god do we trust? There are gods all over the place

To The Daily Sun,

Alan Moon throws some darts at James Veverka, then proclaims that no more evidence is needed to prove that we are a nation founded on Christianity by being a master of the obvious that it is stated on the dollar bill (IN GOD WE TRUST).

I know most of the intelligent people reading this realize that "GOD" is not a term exclusively used by Christians. In fact "GODS" are all over the place. Whether it be Judaism, Hindu, Aboriginal, Zoroastrianism or whatever, they all refer to their high deity as "GOD." In fact, there are many pieces of our society that could be pointed at as contradictory to being a nation based on Christian morals. But the fact is even if this were true, it is not the case anymore.

I would bet double the amount of people that go to church on Christmas didn't go to church but still celebrate it without any religious connotations. Every day there are stories of crimes committed by people who call themselves Christians that do not practice (and those that do), and I'm sure that the people who actively participate at their church are in the overall vast minority in this country now. So really, who cares?

We should be talking about ways that we can all get along rather than trying to puff our chests and talk up our faith like it's better than others.

Thomas Lemay


Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:14

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Nothing was 'under attack', not Lucky Charms & not School Board

To the Daily Sun,

I am writing in response to the article entitled "Lucky Charms Under Attack at Gilford School Board Meeting" on behalf of the concerned parents who were in attendance on Jan. 5.

Although it is true that some of the food options in our schools' cafeterias are indeed not as healthy as they could be, Ms. Cote was misquoted with regard to Lucky Charms being the only breakfast cereal available to our students. Lucky Charms was given as an example of one of the cereals we feel could be replaced with a healthier choice. The fact that such a cereal has been served to our students is indeed a matter of concern but nothing was "under attack" at this meeting — not Lucky Charms, not the School Board, not the administration, and not the Food Services director. It was simply an example to illustrate a larger point.

Our major concern is simple: foods high in sugar content, artificial flavor and dyes and preservatives continue to be available to our young children in meals that follow the federal guidelines for the nation's schools. Such foods are of great appeal to children of elementary-school age who are not always mature enough to make healthy choices when presented with a perceived "tastier" option.

We don't deny that this is a complex issue with many factors coming into play when developing a school food menu: the limits of a food services budget, federal as well as school wellness policies, support from the community and of course the most challenging — how to satisfy a child's palate with healthy food.

We were pleased to be invited to continue the discussion in the revision of the School Wellness Policy by school board officials and GES administration. It is our hope that together, as a community, we will be able to affect positive change while keeping our children's health and well being at the forefront.

Jen Coapland


Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:10

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Some facts of history are lost, left out or intentionally discarded

To The Daily Sun,

Anyone can compile a list of quotes from the Founding Fathers. Indeed, and they can compile a list of historical facts of individuals — one might also leave out facts, especially ones not contributing to their views.

The information presented on this website — http://candst.tripod.com/boston4.htm, had it also been listed with the link to the treaty which seems so very important to the secularist would have muted the need for such a listing. The history of the first Treaty of Tripoli and its failure and the passing of a second Treaty of Tripoli without Article 11, a treaty signed by the same individuals as the first and which any rational individual would agree negates the first.

I do hope that James Veverka heeds L.J. Siden's advice, "To twist the past to fit an agenda is intellectually dishonest." As to my twisting the past, history is written and rewritten, it's taught and then reinterpreted and taught.

The king of England declared the colonists to be in revolt on Oct. 27, 1775, after the Continental Congress submitted the Olive Branch Petition expressing its desire to remain loyal to the British crown on Sept. 1 of that year. I fully understand it is termed the Revolutionary War, but the fact is it was the War for Independence. And that is not a twisting of the past to fit an agenda, but presenting a fact which has been either lost, left out or intentionally discarded.

Lastly, I was speaking of those who seem to protest loudest and longest. Perhaps I have missed some letters over the years. I do not find being non-religious degrading, and "assuming" such was the intent speaks for itself.

G.W. Brooks


Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:05

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Long waiting list at County Home because it is the best there is

To The Daily Sun,

It is with optimism, hope, gratitude and pride that I write this letter. I have been employed by Belknap County Nursing Home for 8 1/2 years, most of them in my current position. I began there during very challenging times, when the nursing home was in immediate jeopardy of closing. Major changes were implemented and our team worked tirelessly to bring the facility back into compliance. The years have provided us with various challenges but we have continued to thrive, be progressive and maintain our mission: "To care for our residents as ourselves, with compassion, dignity and respect."

For those of you who have never passed through the doors of Belknap County Nursing Home but read the local newspapers regularly, I can't even begin to imagine what you think. And to those of you who visit us often and experience the love and warmth within our four walls, you know what we are really about. We are your loved ones' caregivers, friends, advocates and extended family. The decision to place a family member in a nursing home is, for many, a heart-wrenching one. We thank you for entrusting your loved ones in our care.

I am so very proud of the staff of Belknap County Nursing Home. We have had another very successful year and it is because of all of you. Our deficiency-free survey is an attestation to the work that you carry out each day. There has been minimal staff turnover, even when your benefits and insurance coverage are the topic of debate. You have become actively involved in politics. Your voice is being heard. You offer assurances daily to residents and families, even when you yourself feel uncertainty.

Our reputation as a high-quality, long-term and skilled-care facility, remains untarnished, in spite of the tensions between our elected officials. We continue to have a long waiting list of people who seek admission to Belknap County Nursing Home because we are the very best there is. As you come to work each day you give your all, leaving your own troubles at the door, for the sake of your residents. I thank each and every one of you for your ongoing dedication and commitment to the residents and families we serve. You are the heart of Belknap County Nursing Home; you are the reason we continue to succeed. I am so blessed to be a member of this family.

Dianne Roberts, RN

Director of Nursing

Belknap County Nursing Home


Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:00

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