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Counter-punch is all important in politics & Mr. Earle is a master

To The Daily Sun,

I know little about Steve Earle except that he lives in the town of Hill and occasionally writes letters to The Daily Sun with fact and wisdom. He did this again last Friday by validating real and present bias in most American newsrooms. In politics, the counter-punch is always more powerful than the punch, and that's when Earle is at his best.

Earle is quick to recognize those who try scamming the voters with dubious rhetoric. He challenges the public to embrace a common sense analysis on what they hear and read. His writings stir people to think for themselves.

Much of how Earle writes can be likened to this week's Weirs Times editorial page headline: "Statistical Frauds" by Tom Sowell. Sowell's column reminds us all to look beyond "false slogans" intended to rile people up for votes.

Yes, like Sowell, Earle's writings convey reason to issues, and in doing so quell the impact of political rants. Good reasoning by the "common folk" has that effect.

Roland Jutras

Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 08:32

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Play Pub Mania Bingo on Sunday to benefit Children's Auction

To The Daily Sun,

On Sunday, May 4th, Patrick's Pub in Gilford is hosting Pub Mania Bingo, with proceeds to benefit the LNH Children's Auction. For a $1 donation per game card, wonderful prizes will be awarded to lucky bingo winners to help celebrate Mothers' Day or simply enjoy the products and services of local businesses.

Tagg Team Pub Maniacs would like to thank Patrick's for hosting this gathering as well as all vendors and businesses for their donations to support this community fundraiser. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded from Avon by Heather Smith, Damsel in Defense by Deanna Pothier, Mary Kay by Crystal Tanguay, Pampered Chef by Kimber Dolloff, Scentsy by Eileen Burnell, Silpada Designs by Stacey Zalenski, Tastefully Simple by Tarsha King, Thirty-One by Desiree Smith, and Tupperware by Jo Elliott. Gift certificates will be offered from Angels in the Attic, Center for Therapeutic Massage, Crazy Gringo, DQ/OJ, Fratello's, Funspot, Giuseppe's, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Hannaford, Heaven Scent Design, Jon's Roast Beef & Deli, Kellerhaus, Lyon's Den Restaurant, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Mill Falls at the Lake, M/S Mt Washington Cruises, Patrick's Pub, Pizza Express, Shaw's, Shooter's Tavern, Tanger Outlet Center, T-Bones/CJs, Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, The Wine'ing Butcher, Winnipesaukee Playhouse and 405 Pub & Grill.

So, won't you stop by Patrick's on May 4th starting at 6 p.m. and join in the fun? You could take home some great prizes while supporting local children. See you there!

Judi Taggart
Tagg Team Pub Mania Team
Gilford.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 08:29

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Please join me in contributing to this education tax credit program

To The Daily Sun,

Have you ever wondered if your child could be better suited to a different learning environment (like a private school) but thought it was too expensive and you probably couldn't afford it ? Stop wondering.

I would hope by now that you are all aware that free money (no strings and not a loan) is available to send your student to a different public school, a private school or even to home-school. Applicants must qualify financially with a simple application (but the bar is set so low that more than of New Hampshire families currently qualify).

The free money comes from private donations made by individuals and businesses specifically for kindergarten through 12th grade students in New Hampshire. Please ... if you currently own a New Hampshire business and routinely pay either Business Profits Tax or Business Enterprise Tax you might prefer to contribute to this tax credit program. I did.

To donate or ask questions contact Kathy or Kate at Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) at 888 325-1776 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Greg Hill

Northfield

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 08:27

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Conservative media companies rule our public airwaves

To The Daily Sun,

Here are but a few facts which Mr. Earle deliberately chooses to ignore when it comes to who is in control of TV, radio, print media and blog outlets in the United States.

Internet sites where one can find just who and how our national media outlets are controlled: 1) www.freepress.net, 2) www.mediamatters.org, 3) www.opensecrets.org, 4) www.cfr.org, 5) www.flackcheck.org, 6) www.truthrevolt.com, and 7) www.monitorscourcewatch.org

In addition we cannot forget or should we discount the "One Percenters" who are contributing millions if not billions of dollars for airtime. How many of our politicians receive PAC and Super PAC monies from these individuals and conglomerates? By my count it comes to at least 16 or more conservative entities contributing to the GOP. At best this is a very limited accounting.

We would be remiss if we did not mention Noonan, Will, Krauthammer, Limbaugh, Beck and Palin, who appear weekly if not daily on any and all media outlets. We cannot and should not omit the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). This agencies oversight of national media is minimal at best.

Some suggestions for those who want a say in corporate media policies:

1. Purchase stock in those conservative media companies in order to have a say as a shareholder.

2. Inspect broadcasters' public files to ensure that they are within keeping of their public interest obligations.

3. Contact your local congressional elected officials to let them know that radio stations need to be locally owned.

Follow the money. Billions of dollars are funneled by politicians (via PACS & Super PACS) into our local TV stations to pay for campaign ads which, by law, do not have to be true. Remember this very simple fact: We the people own the public airwaves (local TV and radio). Sadly this is not the case with cable TV.

Suggested reading: 1. "Digital Destiny: News Media & the future of Democracy" by Jeff Carter; 2. "Media, Profit and Politics: Competing Priorities in an open society" by Kent State University Symposium; and 3. "Six Amendments" by Justice John Paul Stevens.

Bernadette Loesch

Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 08:24

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Jane Goss will be retiring on May 16 after 26 years as town clerk

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jane Goss for her 26 years of dedicated service to the residents of Sanbornton. On May 16 Jane will be retiring upon completing her final term as Town Clerk/Tax Collector.

I have served with Jane as her deputy for the past 5 1/2 years. During this time I have learned a lot from her, and she has allowed me to obtain my certification as deputy tax collector. As a result of her retirement, I am running for the vacant position of Town Clerk/Tax Collector in Sanbornton.

I hope that the residents of Sanbornton will support me as they have always supported Jane.

I would like to ask for your vote on Tuesday, May 13.

Marla Davis

Sanbornton

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 08:19

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