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Many to thank for success of Sportsmen's Club Game Dinner

To The Daily Sun,

The officers and directors of the Belknap County Sportsmen's Association would like to take a moment and thank all of our gracious supporters that come through for us year after year. On Jan. 25, we held our annual Game Dinner and Auction Night, which is always a major undertaking to put together, but also, always a huge success for the club.

That event essentially funds our programs for the year, such as the two fishing derbies that we hold for the children, college grants, supporting the Barry Conservation Camp, hunter education courses, the hiking program and many other programs which many people probably do not realize we support.

The following is a list of companies and/or individuals who have donated to the club in support of this night, as well as many other events that we run annually. Many of them do so year after year and deserve a pat on the back.

Please support those who support us.

Gold: Bank of New Hampshire, Beaver Creek Outfitters, Bosebuck Mountain Camp, Cantin Chevrolet, Curt's Caterers, D&D Country Market, Franks Firearms, HP Hood & Sons, Rymes Oil & Propane, Safari Charters, Sleeper Welding, Sundeck Cottages, TRB Enterprises, Mark Dickson, Tom Rock.

Silver: Airport Country Store, Belknap Landscaping, Caldwell Firewood, Engraving, Awards & Gifts, Fay's Boat Yard, Grevior Furniture, Herb's Archery, LL Cote Sports Shops, Lemon Stream Gamelands, Northern Waters, Province Kiln Dried Firewood, John Kane, the Klingers, Robert Moores, Frank Ross, the Scribners.

Bronze: Acu-Gage Systems, Foley Oil, Gilford Home Center, Gunstock Mountain Resort, HK Power Sports, Irwin Marine of Alton, LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School, Mount Washington Cruises, NH Trapper's Association, Don Flanders, the Normandins, Sig Sauer, Gary Sleeper.

Supporters: Al's Auto Service, Alton Home & Garden Center, Average Joe's Hunting & Fishing, Belmont Firearms, Boulia-Gorrell Lumber, Brick Front Restaurant, Dave's Motor Boat Shoppe, East Coast Welding, Ellacoya Barn & Grille, Fratello's Homestead Restaurant, Gilford Cinema 8, Gilford True Value, Hart's Turkey Farm, Jon Pike Service & Sales, Lakes Region Casino, Lakeside Restaurant, Lake Shore Garage, Napa Auto Parts, Osborne's Agway, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Sanborn's Auto, Soda Shoppe, State Farm Michael Testa Agency, Stinson Mountain Guide Service, T-Bones/Cactus Jack's, Top of the Town Restaurant, Trustworthy Hardware, the Ainsworths, Mike Betourne, the Cotts, Mike Dami, Lou DeFelice, the DeNuttes, Gene Menard.

If we have inadvertently missed your organization or name, we apologize. It is our intention to thank and recognize all those who have supported us.

Belknap County Sportsmen's Association


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:16

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Thankfully, I didn't fall prey to mindless dribble of hippie generation

To The Daily Sun,

I read with some amusement the letter by Elliot Finn in the March 27 edition of The Laconia Daily Sun. He finds it odd that conservatives should read Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals." Really? Gee Mr. Finn ... ever hear of "know thine enemy?"

Apparently in Mr. Finn's world it's unheard of to study what the other side is all about so you can form educated opinions as to whether their ideas are good or bad. I've known all my life there is nothing good about progressive ideas, which is simply a polite term for socialism which of course is just a nice way of saying communism. Perhaps it helped to have a parent who lived under tyranny and another who fought against it.

My husband and I are both avid readers, and Phil in particular will read anything and everything he can get his hands on about politics and government, be it federal, state, local or foreign, left or right. You have to do your research and study well to know how the other side thinks, in Mr. Finn's case ... how the liberals skew things.

That said, Mr. Finn might do well to study some conservative literature. He may actually come away learning something useful and develop some common sense which apparently he is in short supply of. Many of the so-called progressives today are nothing more than the anti-government protestors of the 1960s. How ironic then that those same anti-government, sit-in-a-circle and sing "Khumbiyah" types are now running things and gleefully embracing the very big government they so abhorred like it was a giant reefer.

Phil and I grew up in the 60s, have been musicians all our adult lives and I can proudly proclaim performing in a warm-up band to the likes of Muddy Waters and Chicago. But thankfully I didn't fall prey to the mindless dribble of the hippie generation. I avoided it like the plague.

Some of us are endowed with good common sense and we're not afraid to get into the belly of the beast. We study the likes of progressives and read all we can about them so we know our enemy, Mr. Finn.

Christine Wittmann

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:09

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Scott Brown owes it to his newsly adopted state to take the Pledge

To The Daily Sun,

There has been a lot of recent discussion surrounding the current U.S. Senate race and the People's Pledge. I am writing to encourage Scott Brown to sign the pledge and run a campaign worth of the people of New Hampshire.

Senator Shaheen, who has been loyally serving our state since 1997, has made clear she will listen to our needs and concerns by signing the Pledge. Scott Brown owes it to his newly adopted state to do the same.

It is difficult for me as a longtime New Hampshire resident to see Brown coming into our state and refusing to play by the same rules he created in Massachusetts. As someone who should be making an extra effort to respect our viewpoints Brown's current hypocritical position is disconcerting.

Senator Shaheen understands that her constituents deserve to know who is behind campaign advertisements. She is making sure that her campaign is accountable to us, not to outside interests and dark money. It is time Scott Brown held himself to the same standard.

Richard Marini

New Hampton

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:56

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Thank you Republicans for saving taxpayers at least $12 million

To The Daily Sun,

Fortunately for Belknap County residents, the Republican majority on the Belknap County Delegation has been considering taxpayers and fighting to ensure that needed county services are provided effectively and efficiently.

And, wow! Listen to the special interests squeal. They aren't used to anyone daring to question and oversee government spending or slow the flow of hard-earned taxpayer dollars into their coffers.

The squealing, the lawsuits, the personal attacks, the threats, the loud complaints are just the tools of the special interests and their protectors to try to make our representatives approve their spending demands.

During these last several economically stressful years, the private sector has been hurting, with most private sector workers earning flat or declining incomes. Senior citizens on Social Security have received small, and rare, increases.

Despite the financial stress on Belknap residents, the county commissioners recommended significant increases this year and last year. County employees have done well, most getting decent raises and enjoying benefits rarely, if ever, available in the private sector.

Considering the volume of the hysteria you might think that the delegation was demanding huge cuts in county spending, services, and jobs, but they are not. The delegation is evaluating new funding requests and pursuing efficient and cost-effective delivery of needed county services.

Remember last year's demands for a $42 million prison with its high operation costs? Remember the outrage and hysteria leveled at Republicans who rejected that plan and demanded that it be reconsidered?

Now the commissioners say the prison cost is under $30 million. Thank you Republicans for saving the taxpayers at least $12 million (more like $24 million when including interest).

With further consideration, hopefully the cost can be reduced much more because even a $30 million prison will add $4-5 million to county costs annually (for debt service and additional operating expenses) which would increase the amount to be raised by taxes (i.e., your county taxes) by approximately one-third.

The Republican majority, and mostly Chairman Worsman, has been hysterically and viciously attacked for simply considering the taxpayers' burden while fighting to deliver needed services effectively and efficiently. They deserve the thanks of Belknap County residents, especially struggling taxpayers.

Note that these Republicans, who are fighting so hard to provide a quality, responsive, efficient and affordable county government, are fighting just as hard in Concord to make our state government provide its services in a quality, responsive, efficient, and affordable manner.

Thank you Colette Worsman and the Republican majority. Please keep up the good work.

Don Ewing


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:52

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An unbelievable act of going above & beyond what's expected

To The Daily Sun,

I wanted to share the amazing experience I had at the Interlakes Animal Hospital on March 22. I brought my indoor cat, "Jack", in for his checkup and when I was walking across the parking lot to leave, the crate door on my cat carrier opened and "Jack" escaped.

For over three hours in the cold, snowy weather the entire team at Interlakes stayed late, crawling around in the snow, on the cold ground doing everything they could think of to catch "Jack". With perseverance and patience we were finally successful.

The kindness and compassion of Dr. Julie, Dr. Chris and their entire team was without a doubt the most unbelievable act of going above and beyond what is expected. How blessed we are in the Lakes Region to have such wonderful, competent, compassionate people to care for our much loved furry family members.

Sue Batstone



Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:46

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