Who are they to say people who don't agree with them are 'uninformed'

To The Daily Sun,

People have a right to vote. Although the right to vote isn't written in our Constitution, people are entitled and allowed to vote in this country.

Why would a group of people petition to take away your ease of voting on our town budget? Why would they want you to give up a Saturday to sit in uncomfortable chairs for hours, listening to people repeat and repeat the same old arguments?

Keeping SB-2 and voting at the ballot booth on a Tuesday makes sense for several reasons.

1. It takes minutes instead of hours to vote.

2. You can vote in private without the person sitting next to you knowing how you voted.

3. The homebound elderly or disabled can vote by absentee ballot.

4. People on vacation can vote by absentee ballot.

5. The "snowbirds" who haven't come home yet can vote by absentee ballot.

6. People in the military and away from home can vote by absentee ballot.

Town Meetings are antiquated. There are 2,424 registered voters in Gilmanton. On average, only 100 people show up on a Saturday to vote at Town Meeting. This alone should tell us something. These days our world is moving so fast people can't and don't want to spend an entire day voting. Perhaps people have to work on Saturday just to afford their taxes. They shouldn't have to sit in a room feeling intimidated when they don't support a particular article. Instead they should have the privacy to vote in the ballot booth so they can vote their true feelings.

For several decades I have been one of the 100 people attending the Saturday Town Meetings. I have seen special interest groups phone their friends when it's time to vote for a particular article. The friends show up to vote and then leave. Those people apparently don't want to spend their Saturdays at Town Meeting, either. Yet, these same people are the ones signing the petition to do away with the SB-2 way of voting.

The petitioners will say, "The people are uninformed when they show up at the voting booth." Who are they to say that? Just because people have a different opinion it doesn't mean they are uninformed. A voter will be as informed as they want to be. SB-2 affords voters the opportunity to vote without being present by using the absentee ballot. Why would anyone want to take this right away?

In my opinion this petition in Gilmanton to do away with SB-2 is just a way for the special interest groups to push their agendas and keep the majority from voting with ease. Since SB-2 took effect, the percentage of residents voting on our budget has increased dramatically.

Let's not take a step backward. Let's keep SB-2. Please vote "No" on the articles asking you to do away with SB-2.

Brett Currier

Selectman, Gilmanton

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Fox News engaged in a truly dangerous & vicious undertaking

To The Daily Sun,

Fox News is a cable network owned and controlled by an Australian who became an American citizen. Fox News is not really a "news" organization. Fox "News" is an entertainment channel and a propaganda machine supporting a Republican, right-wing agenda. It often deviates from the truth and at times actually makes up fabrications in the name of news facts. It lies and continually slants its reporting to achieve some end.

But, what end? Why does Fox operate in this way, misleading and confusing its listeners? It is not just a program or an announcer within Fox but the entire staff. What is the true purpose of Fox "News"?

And, why do American citizens and their governmental entities treat Fox News as legitimate and tolerate its downright continual lies and slanted reporting? Let's not call it news. Let us call it an entertainment and a rallying program for the extreme right wing.

Since all programs and announcers take the same line of slanted or untrue material we might look at this as a conspiracy. A conspiracy is "a group that joins in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or to use such means to accomplish an end."

Again, why is Fox confusing and improperly reporting to the American people? This is truly a very dangerous and vicious undertaking. The polarization of our country is due, in part, to this false reporting. If people are only watching Fox programs they are getting a very distorted view of America and the world we live in.

Sedition is defined as incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority. Sedition can become treason when the serious breach of allegiance is aimed at the overthrow of the government. Is Fox News conspiring to promote seditious acts? Is their reporting aimed at disrupting the American government? Do they deliberately cloud an issue with untruthful "facts" to cause commotion, confusion, and anger among the American citizen? Are they committing treason against our federal government?

This cable station represents an immoral disservice to the people of this great nation by confusing them with "facts" and "news" that are at times complete fabrications and distortions. The owner of Fox "news," Rupert Murdoch, is an Australian. He has become a citizen, but he was not born here. His influence through Fox "news" is astounding. He is negatively affecting the moral fiber of our America through his conspiratorial programming.

This country has some very serious problems. We will never be able to identify and correct these problems and injustices within the current climate of disrespect and false "facts." I believe there is a conspiracy that is approaching treason. Open your eyes and you will see it, too.

Tom Dawson


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What we do here is forget that it is God alone who gives & takes life

To The Daily Sun,
E. Scott Cracraft, talking about "Biblical Quarterbacking," I have to laugh. If it were a sport, I think E. Scott would be its Tom Brady.
Scott asks, "What would Jesus do today? Would he tell a 12-year-old victim of incest that she should have her baby?" First off Jesus is God. If he in submission to God the Father willed it that the girl should miscarry there would be no fault in him for he is God. If not. I do not believe that he would counsel her to act as God and add the killing of her unborn child to the wrong done to her. Another wrong would not make her situation any better and would leave her with the guilt of having killed her baby. Something that so many women who have had abortions deal with.

Yet most abortions are not precipitated by such a dramatic event, but often as an unplanned pregnancy where the girl thinks she's not ready to be a mom, or wants to finish her schooling, or her boyfriend does not want her to have it, or there is pressure from her friends or family to have an abortion. What we do here is to forget that it is God alone who gives and takes a life. (He has shown us in what situations we can take a human life and not be held as guilty and this is not one of them.)

We act as though we were God whom we are not, and kill this innocent life because it is helpless and we can exercise our self will over it; to our snuffing out of its life in order to accomplish our own end. We want to control the outcome of our lives, but we don't want to control our loins, or exercise due caution in our relationships, so we conveniently forget or deny that a child is a gift from God.

The pleasure of sexual intercourse by design comes with the burden of parenthood. In order to decouple these we have come to do what only God has a right to do. We teach our children that this transgression of what is our proper human boundary is a right that they should fight for. These are the mores of the society that we live in, and it is an offense to God.

If you have already had an abortion God wants you to turn away from your old life and turn to Jesus and He will forgive you of all of your sin and you can be released from your guilt and you will have it no more. Turn away from your sinful life and say, Lord Jesus, please come in to my heart and forgive my sins, and He will come into your heart and make His abode with you. Then find a good Bible preaching church and go to it. And have a happy forever.

If Mr. Cracraft thinks that I'm "Biblical Quarterbacking" I suggest that he should take up the discussion with me in this forum.

John Demakowski


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Kiwanis Club of Laconia has provided over $100k in scholarships

To The Daily Sun,

We, the members of the Board of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, want to take this opportunity to recognize the Kiwanis Club of Laconia as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International. On the evening that the local Kiwanis Club was celebrating the 100th anniversary, the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation was holding its annual meeting and we were unable to speak during the formal celebration.

The Laconia Kiwanis was one of the founding organizations of LRSF. Since 1956, the Kiwanis Club of Laconia has provided over $100,000 in scholarships to local college-bound students. We have been fortunate over the years to have several of its members serve as trustees and officers of LRSF. We are also grateful for their support of our annual community spelling bee with their sponsorship of a Key Club spelling team as well as a program ad.

We appreciate the long service you have given to our city with so many worthwhile programs, all benefiting the youth of our community. Best wishes to you, Kiwanians, for your continued success and dedication.

Board of Directors

Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation

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Those on the left just deny that other people's money will ever run out

To The Daily Sun,

Isn't it great how gas prices are falling? Even heating oil has come down some and in a cold mid-winter this can be a help to many of us. President Obama is taking bows for his policies which have achieved this. Only problem is he has had nothing to do with it. Facts are that oil production on private lands has increased by 61 percent but on government (Obama controlled) land it is down 6 percent. Only thing he did was he didn't interfere with private land production as he has with lands and sea that he controls.

Mr. President could actually help lower the price even more if he lifted his administration long bans on drilling. Also, if he approved the Keystone pipeline that could save billions in transport costs. Right now oil from western Canada is shipped by rail to our refineries in the South. BNSF (Burlington Northern-Santa Fe), the railroad that own all the lines from there, charges $30 a barrel. The Keystone would cost only $10 barrel. An interesting fact is that big bucks Obama/Democratic supporter Warren Buffett owns the BNSF. Not hard to connect these dots folks, unless some don't want to.

Lefty writers here are telling us how well the economy is doing. Wall Street is booming, banks are making all kinds of money, unemployment is down under something or other. Great. And only after six years of Obama policies. The other side of that coin is we have the lowest job participation rate since 1978, the middle class has been hit like a hammer driving so many down under the poverty line and reports say wages have been stagnant now for years while prices rise.

So what does our fearless leader say he'll do to fix things? Veto the Keystone. Borrow more billions and spend, spend, spend. Of course those on the left support this and just deny that other people's money will ever run out, even if they have to mortgage our great-grandchildren s futures. And for those on that side of reality let's wait and see what the president does with all those bills Harry Reid blocked in the Senate for years after they finally get passed and sent to the president's desk. Bet we won't hear anything about the President of "No" from them.

Steve Earle


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