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Our heartfelt thanks for volunteers who serve on city boards

To The Daily Sun,

There are many things to be thankful for this time of year, especially for those of us lucky enough to call Laconia our home. We are surrounded by beautiful lakes and mountains, city parks and recreational opportunities abound, we enjoy friendly neighborhoods and a traditional New England downtown in the midst of an exciting revitalization.

All of the things we love about Laconia don't happen by chance. There are approximately 100 volunteers who serve on the city's more than 20 boards and commissions. These groups meet once or twice each month; beyond that commitment, however, the members devote a great deal of additional time reviewing information prior to their meetings. In spite of all the wonderful things we love about our city, like every other community we have our challenges. These generous volunteers do their best all year long to ensure that we are ready to meet those challenges and that Laconia will continue to be a place we are proud to live, raise our families, work and play.

So during this holiday season we give our heartfelt thanks to this special group of volunteers and citizens. Laconia would not be the community that it is without your hard work and commitment.

Mayor Edward Engler
Ward 1 Councilor Ava Doyle
Ward 2 Councilor David Bownes
Ward 3 Councilor Henry Lipman
Ward 4 Councilor Brenda Baer
Ward 5 Councilor Robert Hamel
Ward 6 Councilor Armand Bolduc

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Left-wing tactics only work on people in their dwindling choir

To The Daily Sun,

To E. Scott Cracraft, the ever-willing propagandist for the left: you may believe that you have a way with words but it is quite formulaic.

1. Start with the Saul Alinsky playbook. When you have nothing to offer in the way of a positive argument for your side, divert. And the very best way of diverting is to blame the other side of exactly what you are doing — The Big Lie, "You can keep you insurance plan and your doctor."

2. Add in a comparison of your foe to the perpetrator of one of the world's worst crimes against humanity — Hitler.

3. Then call them psychopaths with nary a fact of proof.

4. Label all difference of opinion as hate.

5. Then after specifically naming your enemy subtly move the discussion not of them but of others unnamed who have actually called for the killing of certain groups and by innuendo hang that call around the necks of your named enemy.

All very clever and soaked up by those who follow the Kool-Aid you disperse. But we on the right have learned how to understand your tactics and they no longer work on anyone but your dwindling choir. Better you should take a page from your former compatriot from the Conway area, Ms. Susan Bruce, who recently called for everyone to follow the Unitarian Universalist call for peace and the end of name-calling. Just maybe if you listened to the other side rather than hiding behind an ideology, you might learn that all the vast majority of people wish is to have the government leave them to their own devices and for others of differing opinion to go about their lives without demanding that all champion their beliefs to the detriment of all others.

Charles Wibel


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