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Thank you, Sheri & Joel, for sponsoring the annual Veterans Day ride

To The Daily Sun,

There is a little publicized event that takes place each year on Veterans Day that I think my fellow motorcyclists should be aware of. Sheri and Joel who own and operate Tilton Haircuts for Men on Main Street in Tilton sponsor a police-escorted ride to the Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen each Veterans Day. Attendance varies each year and weather this year kept many riders from attending. Having just removed my wet clothing, I thought I'd submit my first ever letter to this publication.

I would like to urge all my fellow riders to postpone that heartbreaking day when you put up you're beloved two wheelers (and three wheelers) to the 12th of November. This ride is something special. This a show of support and respect to all our fallen heroes, those who have served as well to those who are away from us today serving our country and protecting our freedom. The sacrifices our veterans have and are making for us are far greater than the small amount of discomfort we may have experienced riding in the rain today. In fact, the poor weather only served to make it more meaningful for those who rode today. We can never begin to thank our veterans enough nor can we ever offer an acceptable apology to those who served in Vietnam for the way some in our society treated them upon their return home.
Today's ceremony at the cemetery was well attended as usual but poorly attended by the motorcyclists of this state. If you have never visited the Veterans Cemetery I cannot suggest a better day to do it than Veterans Day. Prepare to be impressed. Our Veterans Cemetery is known to be one of the best if not THE FINEST in the country!
Thank you Sheri and Joel for continuing to sponsor this event. Special thanks to the N.H. State Police motorcycle officers, the Tilton Police and Officers Hunter and Sullivan from Alton, who rode all day with us without the benefit of issued rain gear! It seems that Alton does not provide their motorcycle officers with rain gear (?). Despite being soaked to the core and freezing, these two officers had a smile on their faces and said they hope to be back next year ... hardcore!
This ride has special meaning to me as it does to all participants. I had a special treat this year. Choosing to take up the rear on the ride back to Tilton my rear views reflected nothing but blue lights on my tail. What a novelty knowing they weren't intended for me!
Thanks for a great job everyone and good Lord willing, see you again next year.
Mike Boudreau

Gilfordl

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A great explanation of how 6-day creation spanned billions of years

To The Daily Sun,

I read with great interest the letter by Scott Joyce about how he believes in the God of the Bible but also knows the universe is 14 billion years old. I have always known the Bible contained ultimate truth, even before I began looking into it seriously. How did I know? Because the beauty of the poetic language has a weightiness, a depth and a substance that resonates with truth, more than any other poetry I've ever read. So much so, that it exists in a category of its own. I knew it had to come from God. When I began to attend church and read the Bible I knew the six-day explanation for the creation of the world didn't make sense. But it didn't bother me. I knew there was a way to understand it that I hadn't reached yet.

Then I read a book titled, "I Have A Friend Who's Jewish, Do You?" by Don Goldstein. He gives a great explanation of how the 6-day creation actually spans billions of years. It's not something I can recreate in a few sentences. I recommend reading his great book. Mostly his book is about how the Old Testament reveals Jesus. I know a lot of books do that, but this book has a uniquely inspired and lively way about it that I would highly recommend. The author is Jewish and he's writing for Jews and he approaches his subject from a very intellectual vantage point, which I appreciate. It is possible to arrive at a belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior through study and scholarly investigation, despite the claims of Calvinist types that it can only happen by being struck dumb by something completely outside yourself and devoid of any mental effort. That's baloney, as anyone who's read C.S. Lewis can attest.

Mr. Joyce says he came to his belief in God and adoption of Jesus as Savior while going through a difficult time in his life. This is what happened to me. I was dealing with an issue that was so large and impossible to cope with I knew that only God could help me. Further, I was dealing with something I believed was demonic, and I knew from hearing it all my life that Jesus is the go-to man for dealing with demons. So I began attending a church. In time I began to see my own sinfulness and was blessed with an intuitive understanding that unless I was saved, I would be nose to nose with all the black gunk inside my own soul for all eternity. Yuck!

Mr. Scott's assertion that you can't really grasp the meanings of certain Bible passages unless you read them in Greek or Hebrew gives me a strong desire to do that. But I'm daunted by the thought of how long it would take and how hard it would be to learn. Maybe Mr. Scott could write back and say something about that. I'm no spring chicken. I don't have 30 years to spend to learn two languages. But maybe it wouldn't be as hard as it seems. Also, if possible I would like to study these languages without doing it online, as I'm somewhat internet averse.

Hillarie Goldstein
Franklin

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